Sussex : Great Things To Do With Children

Sussex : Great Things To Do With Children

I may have already mentioned that we have booked a few days away for May half term. We are excited, to say the least. We’re going to the Lake District and can’t wait. Now the boys are a little older we are looking forward to exploring more of the UK. We have a few places on our list including going down south, to Sussex.

When you have young children and teens (I have one of both) you need to put a lot more thought and consideration into your holidays. Some children are notorious for getting bored easily, and thus you need to find somewhere that offers a lot of fun activities and things to do. More so though we need to find Sussex based activities that suits all of us!

Sussex is well known for being a county that boasts a vast selection of different things to do and see. In fact, this is one of the reasons why it is such a popular holiday destination. Read on to discover all of the fun things you and your children can enjoy whilst staying in self-catering properties in Sussex and the surrounding areas.

Fishers Farm Park, Wisborough Green, West Sussex

You will find it difficult to discover someone who has not enjoyed themselves at the Fishers Farm Park. This is an attraction which has something for the whole family. In fact, it was recently labelled one of the best farm attractions in the UK.  There is everything from animal racing, to tractor rides, to theatre shows, to toboggan runs, and so much more.

Pooh Corner, Hartfield, East Sussex

If you have Winnie the Pooh fans in your family then a stay in Sussex would not be complete without taking a trip to the Pooh Corner. The attraction is free to enter and your little ones can go on the hunt for their favourite Winnie the Pooh characters. Will you be able to spot Tigger and Eeyore? There is only one way to find out! I’m more excited about this one than my children are. You have to grow old, you don’t have to grow up!

Aztec Fun Pools, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

A trip to a swimming pool activity centre is something a lot of families like to do together. The Aztec Fun Pools are assured to go down a treat with your children. As the name suggests; fun is something this Burgess Hill based business is not short of. There is something for all ages. The shallow learning pool is great for really young children. Then there are the rapids, waterfalls, high-speed flume rides, and water sprays for those who are a bit older and like a thrill. Or you can meet in the middle with the animal water features and waterslide. This place is at the top of my list as it caters for everyone and is more affordable than you might think.

Drusillas Zoo Park, Alfriston, East Sussex

This small zoo has been created with youngsters in mind. It is not as scary and intimidating as other big zoos you will find in the country. Drusillas Zoo Park has a much friendlier atmosphere and most young children feel completely at ease with the animals here. The adventure play park is also a big highlight. Your kids will love getting lost in Eden’s Eye Maze or taking a dip in the swimming area. And, if your child is a Thomas the Tank engine fan, then even better. The Zoo Park has a Thomas the Tank Engine train ride that takes you on a tour of the exciting zoo. My two are animal mad so this is bound to be a winner.

Sussex seems to be a location which is great for all ages, but it offers something particularly special for children. Everything I’ve seen about it, including the four places above we’ve decided to try out, seem geared towards the who family while still being fun for the youngest. Let me know if you live in or near Sussex or if you’ve visited on holiday and have any other tips for places to go (that won’t break the bank).

Islands in the Mediterranean

Islands in the Mediterranean

2019 looks set to be a ridiculously busy year for us. We’re moving house, we have lots going on with work, school, other events booked in; do you blame me for looking for a holiday so we can all have a bit of a breather? With so many islands to choose from, deciding where to spend our time can become an almighty task. You have the Greek islands, along with Cyprus and Italian islands, too; all with their own perks and beauty. Which of these would you choose?


Cyprus has a special charm that infatuates hundreds of tourists, year after year. Dubbed in Greek legend as being the birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus is renowned for its stunning beaches, historical ruins, archaeological sites, and beautiful nature. Visit the Adonis Baths, the Paphos Mosaics and the Archaeological Museum in Limassol. For added luxury, stay at one of the beautiful Cyprus villa retreats located throughout the island.

Capri, Italy

If your holiday checklist comprises of beaches, sun, sea and idle sight-seeing, Capri is perfect for you. While here, you’ll be surrounded by a light-hearted atmosphere as well as tasteful shops and to-die-for gelato parlours. Be sure to enjoy a cocktail in the Piazzetta, or if you’re in need of a caffeine hit, enjoy a morning espresso.

For the best views, head to Giardini di Augusto’s terraces or the ruins of Villa Jovis. You should also witness Capri’s most famous sights – the Blue Grotto – and enjoy one of the many boat tours of the island.

Bozcaada Island, Turkey

After picturesque whitewashed houses, historical ruins and windmills? Do you want to unwind on a small beach and beautiful, rocky coves? This Turkish island is spectacular, to say the least, with its azure blue seas and vineyard. Walk the streets or take up a snorkel and swim with schools of fish in the Mermer Burnu.

Gozo, Malta

Visit Gozo and stay in one of the hilltop villages that offer sweeping seaside views. In your free time, explore the island’s watermelon fields and fig orchards, and take a hike long the cliffs of Dwejra and San Lawrenz. Snorkelling and diving are popular sports, especially within the Azure Window. Gozo does not shy away from its Christian roots, meaning you have many cathedrals, churches and chapels to explore, and the Citadel itself has many hidden gems for tourists to explore. Visit the graffiti ridden prison, the old medieval houses that are open to the public, and step foot in one of the many museums.

Hvar, Croatia

Croatia has grown in popularity the past few years, especially Dubrovnik, a well-known filming location for Game of Thrones. While Dubrovnik is a beautiful walled city, Hvar should also be on your list of places to visit.

The island has an abundance of vineyards, is surrounded by cobalt blue seas, and the Renaissance old town holds a breath-taking piazza. Streets are paved in marble, you’ll be spoilt for choice with monasteries, chapels and battlements, plus there’s a hike to the fortress that offers wonderful views. For late night luxurious dining, book a table at a quayside bar or at one of the rooftop restaurants. You’ll be surrounded by sparkling harbour lights as you enjoy a tasty meal. 

So Many Islands to Choose From

I’m torn! I’ve always wanted to go to Italy but think that Croatia would tick more of our boxes. The research is ongoing. If we’re going to do it, five star accommodation or something similarly swanky would really be the icing on the cake for me. Have you been to any of these places?


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