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).

Weekend Away in Liverpool

Weekend Away in Liverpool
As a family we tend to be home bods. We are staycationers (UK hols) and love exploring Great Britain. One place we’ve not been and yet one I’ve heard so much about is Liverpool, which is why the Weekend Away in Liverpool campaign caught my eye. If you’re a hashtag fan, look for #YourLiverpoolONE.
 
This is a campaign all about informing families like ours who haven’t visited Liverpool before, about what they are missing. Hearing about the campaign and seeing the posts made me look a little further and this is what I found.
 

Food Glorious Food

There are a vast number of eateries in Liverpool One which means Roy, the boys and I will all be able to find something we can eat, be it cafe/quick bites or sit down meals. Having had a quick nosy it looks as if my annoyingly complex dietary needs will be easy to deal with and the reviews of many of the eateries I’ve looked at are great. With children’s menus available the Gruesome Twosome will be easily pleased. I noticed that are Japanese restaurants alongside many others which I’m interested in, having never really explored Japanese cuisine. I feel visiting Liverpool could be something of a culinary adventure!
 

Family Friendly

Everything about Liverpool One screams family friendly, as well as offering easy access to all. Everything seems very well set out, there are plenty of toilets and lots to keep the boys (and us) entertained, from the Nature Trail to the Odeon Kids Club nearby. There are three thousand car parking spaces at Liverpool One which means we wouldn’t need to fight to find parking in the centre and we’d be confident our car would be safe and secure and more than that, that we’d be able to find it again! 
 

Shopping

There are HUNDREDS of stores so you can buy pretty much anything you need for anyone. In a way, I wish I’d stumbled across all of this a little sooner as it would have made a fabulously festive Christmas shopping weekend with my sisters. With some spending money in their pockets though I’m pretty sure the boys would be able to cope with some shopping with Mum and Dad too!  
 
Shopping, weekend away in Liverpool
 

Sports

We couldn’t be less sporty as a family if you tried however even I have to admit that if sport, particularly the football is your thing, Liverpool is the place to be. With so many places to stay, events and more, hitting a game would only be the start of your weekend away.
 

A Weekend in Liverpool Offers So Much

The more I looked, the more I found. Liverpool is known for being a fabulously friendly place to visit and I really want to experience that for myself. Alongside the people and the facilities (everything from shops to cinemas and more) there are regular events run throughout the year, many of which would be perfect for us as a family. The history of Liverpool is vast and there are many museums and sights to see, not to mention there being a well-known and much-loved music scene (one for a Liverpool weekend for me and Roy I think).
 
When it comes down to it, the boys are growing up so quickly, with our eldest now being twelve (which seems ridiculous). It won’t be too long before our family adventures become few and far between or stop altogether so we want to make each memory as special as possible. They are sure to fly the nest at some point! After the family trips end though, there’s nothing to say that Roy and I can’t keep adventuring, and a weekend away in Liverpool would be at the top of our list.
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