Five Fun Family Days Out In Sussex
Bored of same, same walks? Looking for an actual activity or indulgent treat? Want to get out of the house and do something fun with your family? Lockdown regulations are ever so slightly relaxed at the moment and half term is on our doorstep. Make the most of unlimited time outside, drives and extra family time near home on these tried and tested fun family days out in Sussex.
Littlehampton Road, Ferring, Angmering, Worthing BN12 6PW
Roundstone’s is a vast PYO farm with lots of different crops to choose between and pick. Phone ahead to see which fields are open before you head over. Strawberries, rhubarb, onions and broad-beans are all ready to pick right now. Roundstone’s have gone to great lengths to put sensible social distancing measures in place. Rest assured that you can roam, pick & pay and stay safe.
Roundstone’s PYO is a rare day out for all the family with an activity and semblance of normality. Not to mention the bonus of lots of fruit to eat when you get home.
Great for kids…
There’s a tractor that drives around the farm, with pick up and drop off points in each field. The girls loved that they had lollies to buy at the checkout.
Furner’s Green, Uckfield TN22 3RG
If your kids are missing the traditional sunny day out plus ice cream combo, this is the place to take them. Latchett’s Creamery is a total treat from start to finish. Gelato is freshly made on site, using milk from the creamery’s own cows. Latchett’s is set in award-winning Heaven Farm a truly stunning setting in the heart of the Weald.
The shop is open for takeaway tubs of ice cream (no cones), coffees and milkshakes. Markers have been put on the floor and hand sanitiser must be used before entering the parlour.
Latchett’s Farm is a brilliant day for all the family. It’s the perfect blend of fresh air and sugary indulgence. The nature trail on site takes you through breathtaking woodlands and waterside walks. And if you’re lucky you might get to spot a wild wallaby. Homemade gelato in a rainbow of flavours is a treat for even the biggest kids.
Grab a couple of Latchett’s glass bottles and fill up with fresh milk from the dairy. A great way to stock up on the basics, support local and reduce plastic consumption. Love, love, love.
Lancing Beach Green, Lancing, West Sussex
The playground is chained shut, the Perch is closed for the foreseeable but the skatepark is open. It’s all about the small wins at the moment. The skatepark is a great space for kids on bikes, skateboards or scooters. Especially if you manage to get the park to yourselves.
The ramps are right next to the beach, which has a lovely wide, flat cycle path running for miles. When you’re bored of the ramps, head out along the coast to burn off the last of the wiggles and enjoy the sea air.
Take a box of breakfast snacks and head out for an early morning scoot, ride or skate while the bigger kids are still in bed.
South Downs Way, Henfield
The Old Railway, Upper Station Rd, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9PJ
This has been our number one place to take the girls for a long bike ride or scoot for years. It’s a pretty path with breathtaking views and oodles of nature to take in. There’s a public car park next to The Old Railway Pub (used to be the Cat & Canary) so you can pull up and just get going.
The Southdowns Way is great for kids starting out on bikes or transitioning to no-stabilisers as it’s off the road away from traffic. You do need to keep an eye out for the more serious lycra-clad cyclists who like to whizz past. Think Center Parcs without the fun of the Tropical Paradise or Pancake House.
Good to know
The Old Railway Pub has opened up a takeaway kiosk in the garden, The Sidings, serving panninis, snacks and coffees if you need to refuel after your ride or fancy a take away lunch out. Social distancing rules apply. Open 9am – 4pm, hot food until 2pm.
Woods Mill, Shoreham Rd, Henfield BN5 9SD
Woods Mill boasts gorgeous woodlands and wetlands. It’s also the proud Headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. If you’re looking to totally immerse yourself in nature this is an ideal spot. It’s teaming with elderflowers, caterpillars, bird song, trees to climb, pond life, swans and wild flowers.
Woods Mill is a prime example of what the wider countryside once contained. Visitors can walk past the old ponds and lake, through the ancient woodland, alongside the streams and waterways into the unimproved meadows with their wild hedgerows – habitats all contained within its 47 acres. This variety of habitat attracts an impressive number of species including mammals, insects, amphibians and birds.The Woodland Trust
We’re incredibly fond of Woods Mill. It’s where we used to take the girls for Forest School in the pre-school years. There’s a lot to take in. You could easily lose a whole day here.
What you need to know…
The public toilets and pop-up cafe are currently closed. Plus the Woodland Trust ask that you don’t use the bird hide because you can’t properly social distance in there. And no dogs are allowed.
While you’re here…
It’s been a total joy pulling together these fun family days out in Sussex. Like everyone, we’ve had highs and lows at home. A positive focus that we can still go out and do fun things together and putting on my thinking cap to come up with some simple days out for half term has made all of the difference to our collective mindset. If you found this article useful, come and say hi over on Instagram or share this post with your friends on social media. ❤️✌🏻
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