Nine Fab Free Days Out in Sussex This Half Term - October 2019

Start making plans for a half term to remember with our guide to fab, free, family days out in Sussex.

These nine hand-picked adventures will appeal to children of all ages. Tried and tested by us with handy tips, guides and maps for hassle-free days out. Exploring new places has never been easier!

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Alison x

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Raystede animal sanctuary, Ringmer, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex

Meet the animals (cats, dogs, goats, sheep, horses, donkeys, rabbits, tortoises, chickens, turkeys and waterfowl); go on the discovery trail; feed the ducks and geese (free corn provided); and explore the unique play area. Free family activities daily (Mon 28th Oct - Fri 1st Nov). Click here for further details.

Bedgebury Forest, Goudhurst, Wadhurst, East Sussex

There are a huge range of activities here to keep the whole family happy all day long. Navigate the Zog activity trail; hunt for Gruffalo sculptures in the National Pinetum; and explore the unique playgrounds.

On Mondays and Tuesdays during half term (21/22 and 28/29) join in with the free 'Forest Art' activity to create a piece of forest art from the forest floor.

*Read our guide to Bedgebury here.

*Find out more about the Forest Art activity here.

National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Meet the cats and kittens in the rehoming centre; greet the donkeys; and explore the delightful woodland. Take part in the Scarecrow Trail this half term - looking for woodland clues to help Scarecrow find his missing cat. The trail costs £2 per child, which includes a small prize.

* Read our guide to the National Cat Centre here

* Find out more about the Scarecrow Trail here

Tilgate Park, Crawley, West Sussex

Discover the woodland and lakeside trails; play in the adventure playground; and discover the walled garden! This huge park also boasts a fantastic Nature Centre, housing over 100 different animal species. Whilst entry to the centre is not free, given it's quality and size it is very reasonably priced - Children (2-16) £3, Adults £4. Under 2's free.

* Read our guide to Tilgate Park here

* Find out more about the Nature Centre here

St Leonard's Forest, Horsham, West Sussex

Legend has it that a fearsome dragon was slain here in the 6th century! The forest spans 722 acres. Its mix of deciduous and coniferous woodland and wide paths make for a delightful place for a family walk or cycle. There are several trails to choose from, some of which are good options for autumn walks, as the paths remain relatively mud-free. Click here to plan your visit.

Alexandra Park, Hastings, East Sussex

This enormous, yet beautiful Victorian park spans 2.8 km end to end and includes some unusual features! Several water reservoirs provide a picturesque backdrop, and the network of smooth paths make it a great place for a family walk, scoot or cycle.

The park also has one of the best collections of trees in Britain - great for Autumn colour! Click here to find out more.

Arlington Reservoir, Nr. Hailsham, East Sussex

A gentle circular walk, suitable for the whole family, with spectacular views across the water. Find out more by clicking here.

Swanbourne Lake, Arundel, West Sussex

This beautiful circular lakeside walk, is suitable for the whole family. Home to a variety of waterfowl, children will love feeding the ducks (seed can be purchased from the ice cream kiosk). Climb to the top of the hill to discover Hiorne's Tower - an 18th century folly.

Learn more by clicking here.

Chichester Harbour, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex

Admire the boats in the marina (one of the largest in the country); walk along the shoreline at low-tide, climbing fallen trees and looking for treasures; and discover the tiny village of Dell Quay. Click here to find out more.

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