There is nothing worse than being stuck in with the kids and not knowing where to go. Luckily there are plenty of family friendly attractions in Sussex, where you can enjoy a fantastic day out. Whether you are looking for something educational, an experience in nature or just a bit of fun, we have you covered. It wasn’t easy, but we have narrowed down a list of our top 5 family attractions in Sussex, ensuring that you can have an unforgettable time with the whole family!
#1 The Llama Park
For a truly unique experience, head to the Llama Park near Nutley and take a Family Llama Walk! The Park is home to an array of friendly llamas who love to take treks with visitors and explore the beautiful countryside and woodland of the Park. During a family walk, 2 llamas will accompany you and obey your commands as you lead them around the paths. The Park is also home to a variety of other animals including alpacas, reindeer, sheep, horses, donkeys and more with plenty of opportunities to interact with them. If that wasn’t enough, there is a fantastic children’s play area! You can enjoy a delicious meal and a drink at the onsite restaurant while keeping an eye on the kids as they entertain themselves nearby. Savour a slice of cake and a cup of tea in the locally renowned tea room and take a look around the shop. The Llama Park offers plenty of activities for an unforgettable family day out!
#2 Bluebell Railway
Take a journey back in time with a trip on the Bluebell Railway heritage steam line. This is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the past with vintage carriages, real working steam locomotives, staff in period clothing, museum exhibitions and interactive experiences. The train runs for 11 miles between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead with stops at Horsted Keynes and Kingscote. You can hop on and off as much as you like with an all-day ticket and it is well worth exploring all the stations as each has something different to offer. Each is restored to a different period and 1920s Horsted Keynes is particularly popular with film crews, having featured in Downton Abbey, the Woman in Black and the Muppets Most Wanted. Bluebell Railway offers a nostalgic and informative trip back in time, making the perfect family day out!
#3 Brighton SEA LIFE
Head to the world’s oldest aquarium, first opened in 1872, and marvel at the many different marine species. SEA LIFE has recently completed a multimillion-pound restoration that has brought the glory of the original Victorian arcades back to life and introduced the spectacular new Day and Night experience. You can see the sea at night with bio-florescent tropical shores, deep caves and an underwater tunnel. And of course, there are sharks, rays, sea turtles and many different species of fish and crustaceans for you to discover. It is a magical place to visit as a family with many different activities for kids, including the exciting glass bottomed boat tour, the rainforest adventure and floor to ceiling viewing windows. Head to SEA LIFE and you will not be disappointed!
#4 Go Ape
Located in the fascinating National Pinetum and Forest in Bedgebury, Go Ape allows you and the kids to discover the world’s largest and most complete collection of conifer trees. The site is set over 2500 acres with a host of different trails to discover on foot, by bike or through orienteering. There is a family trail with an amazing array of things along the way to entertain the little ones from a shipwreck to an enormous tree house! Not forgetting the activities on high in the trees – there is the Treetop Challenge, a high roped course where you can swing through the trees and navigate a series of tricky rope crossings. There is also the more family friendly Treetop Adventure with its own exhilarating zip-wire. A day at Bedgebury is a fantastic way to relax in nature and the chance to entertain your wild side!
#5 Paradise Park
Finally, if there are a mixture of different interests in your family, then a trip to Paradise Park offers something for everyone. Its Heritage Trail and Gardens are great fun with a Dinosaur Safari taking you back to the prehistoric era with sights and sounds of robotic dinosaurs. There is also an extensive collection of plants in the Planthouses from around the globe, complete with lakes and waterfalls! The Planet Earth Museum containing a collection of fossils, minerals and crystals can also be found on site and is one of the best museums of its kind in the UK. You and your family can explore the history of planet Earth over 500 million years with informative and interactive exhibits. You will also find a miniature railway, crazy golf, children’s play areas and plenty of other amusements to keep the whole family entertained. Paradise Park offers a full family day out that you will not forget in a hurry!
So, there you have it 5 ways to keep the family entertained for a wonderful trip to beautiful Sussex! If you are flying down to the area, make sure to check out Parkhero for great value parking at Heathrow Airport and others across the UK!