If you’re looking for a bit of family adventure this summer, this is the perfect guide. We have also curated a guide of outdoors things to do – beaches, gardens and castles to visit. If you want a memorable experience; a bit of thrill and fun, this is where to find inspiration.
It would be impossible to live in Brighton & Hove and not go on the i360 at least once. If you still have not had a ride on this Sussex landmark, do it this summer. Enjoy incredible views of the sea and our glorious city. Any guesses for how tall the i360 is? (Go to the bottom of this list for the answer!) At the moment, you can buy a Brighton Explorer Pass to discover the Upside Down House too with 20% off on the two attractions in one ticket. This includes flexible entry to Brighton i360, priority entry to Brighton’s Upside Down House, and an exclusive Upside Down House souvenir! Otherwise, the Brighton i360 Standard Ticket includes a 25-minute experience with specified timeslot. You also have access to the Sky Bar, and Weather Guarantee from £8.95 (child ticket) – £17.95 (adults 25+). Under 4s go free. You can also check what events are on at the deck and in the pod at brightoni360.co.uk/whats-on/.
How does the pod go up and down, or what does it mean when they say they built from the bottom up? Find out in the family-friendly exhibition after your journey on the pod. The Gift Shop stocks environmentally friendly items for children and plenty of souvenirs of your visit. Plus, the onsite restaurant, West Beach, is the perfect place for families to refuel before continuing your Brighton adventure. Expect a good selection of children’s meals all freshly made onsite.
Enjoy a great family day out at one of the top kids days out in Sussex. Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country, Drusillas Park has created an animal and child friendly environment. The focus is always on fun finding out. However, animals are only half the fun. You can also explore The Rainforest Adventure, SPARK, Amazon Adventure, Mungo’s Adventure Maze. The free children’s rides are paradise for anyone wanting a theme park experience. Get close to animals via the close encounters and opportunity to be a keeper for the day. Or run around the playgrounds and soft play.
The zoo hosts hundreds of animals, with plenty of interactive information points and challenges. Go Bananas! Is a play area for under 6s, while Go Wild! Is an adventure park for under 12s, ensuring all zones are age specific and appropriate. On top of all that there are a few optional activities where there is also a small charge. These include Little Monkey Makeovers, Panning for Gold, Vertical Limit, Penguin Plunge, Dino-Dig and the Shooting Gallery.
There are plenty of hospitality spots for food and drink refuelling, and shops too so that you can take a piece of the fun and adventure home with you. Pre-book your tickets online by midnight the day before you visit and save 20%! (no discount code required).
Knockhatch Adventure Park is a family play park with a petting farm & owl sanctuary, plus waterslides, rowing lake & soft play. We all know that a Sussex summer is not always sunny, so it is lucky that Knockhatch has one of the largest indoor soft play areas in Sussex. Inside is the Froggies soft play, Lost World Playbarn, and the Dino Drop ride, or Dino Safari simulator. Little ones can also go on the tiny tractors, while children a little older may enjoy the Sherlock Holmes Experience.
On a sunnier day, get outside and enjoy the jumping pillows and climbing wall, mini golf and the dragon castle. There is so much to see and do to ensure no one is bored. But if that is not enough, there are animals to witness and pet too.
Book your tickets at https://knockhatch.com/tickets or enter our competition to WIN the Meerkat Experience at Knockhatch for two people. Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham BN27 3GD
Fishers Adventure Farm Park
A little further out from Brighton is another incredibly fun adventure park, Fishers Farm. You can expect live animal encounters, outdoor rides, indoor play, theatre shows and thrilling attractions. This really is an action-packed day for all ages, with new attractions being added every year.
The ‘Splash Attack’ is a giant, colourful, exhilarating splash area and water zone for all ages to enjoy, and one of the first of its kind in Sussex. Flick off your flip flops and sink into a sunny deckchair, where you can absorb the beautiful Sussex scenery whilst the kids run riot on the spongy splash zone surface. With ice creams, drinks and water-shooters readily available – this is most certainly ‘the place to be’ during the warmer months of the year. For daredevils, Sky Fall is a terrifying, sky-high jump for only the bravest. The first of its kind at any Farm Park in the UK, Sky Fall was introduced in 2017 at Fishers and has been a huge hit with parents and children alike. There is also an Assault Course, Toddler Village to play in, quad bikes, enchanted woods and more, making this an incredibly unique day out.
Should you wish to stay a short while, the Holiday Cottages are a cozy accommodation situated next to Fishers Farm. the perfect rural retreat for a family-friendly holiday in the stunning West Sussex countryside. One thing that makes this holiday ideal for a family break is that all guests receive unlimited access passes to the Farm Park whilst staying with us. (Please note, all stays are for a minimum of 2 nights).
To read more about the park attractions, and book your tickets go to fishersfarmpark.co.uk/attractions/. Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green RH14 0EG
Chichester Harbour Water Tours
For a different type of thrill, instead of heading to an adventure park, get a ride on the waves with Chichester Harbour Water Tours. They are the oldest and the original harbour tour company operating from Itchenor, founded in around 1986. One of their tours on offer is a specialised Seal Watching tour. This is a two hour trip cruising around the harbour looking for the resident seal colony (around 46 mixed grey and harbour seals!) Or simply enjoy a trip on the water, taking in the views of Chichester Harbour from a different perspective (only £10pp). If you would like to introduce the little ones to a new experience, why not let them try a spot of fishing? They offer half day trips for families, younger people who have not been boat fishing before, or full days for the more experienced fisherman. All the equipment is supplied and our experienced skippers are on hand to give you the help you need (£40pp for half day trip).
If you want to stay a bit closer to home you have the perfect family summer day out, and a host of water activities, right here in Hove. Discover kids sailing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing too. All sessions are organised by age so that your children are not put straight into the deep end (literally). The kids taster half days are £50pp where they get to attempt all three sports in the space of three hours. Don’t want to miss out on the fun, there are also Family Watersport Day packages available too.
The Family Watersports Days are three and a half hours long and will give you an introduction to windsurfing, sailing and paddlesports. Full instruction and all equipment, including wetsuits, is included. Your instructor will show you how to use the equipment and get you up and going. Should this be something your children become completely engrossed by, send them along to the Summer Activity Week where they can immerse themselves in a whole five days of sports, fun, and team building including raft building and racing, dinghy sailing and kayaking. lagoon.co.uk/hove-lagoon-watersports-centre/ Kingsway, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 4LX
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