Monday, April 8, 2013

A Fun Family Weekend in Sussex

With summer just around the corner, thoughts might be turning to how to fill the endless school summer holidays. Once you’ve been to the park and taken the kids swimming and caught the latest film at the cinema, what can you do? If you can’t afford a week in the sun, six weeks can seem like an impossibly daunting length of time, especially if you need to work and sort out childcare. If this is the case, why not take your family off for a weekend in Sussex on the sunny south coast?

You don’t need to spend a fortune either. A great day out could be a long country walk on the South Downs, exploring Devil’s Dyke and rummaging through the little bookshops in the tiny villages on your way. Stop off for lunch somewhere relaxed and child-friendly, before continuing on to Coombes Farm where you can head off on a tour of its thousand acres of farmland dotted with sheep and cows.

Children will love the Bluebell Railway, a steam railway line which chugs its way through the beautiful Sussex countryside throughout the summer. On certain dates, you can enjoy afternoon tea in your carriage while you travel, which everyone from grandma from an excitable toddler will enjoy.

If you’re planning on staying in busy Brighton, hop on an open top bus to the Downs to check out some of the great sporting activities on offer – and even better, children travel free! If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at zorbing or paragliding, now is your chance, and teens will relish the chance to get their hearts racing in a range of thrilling extreme sports.

Children can get into the South Downs Planetarium for just £4, where they can watch some fascinating shows about a number of space-related topics from the Northern Lights to what the stars are doing this month. Little astronauts will love learning about all the astronomical equipment and the science behind our solar system and beyond.

Budding marine biologists and animal fans will have a splashing time at the Sealife Centre on Brighton seafront. With new temporary exhibitions popping up all the time, interactive rockpools and the highlight, the shark tunnel, no child will fail to be impressed by the extensive range of curious underwater creatures lurking in the tanks. With child-specific activities throughout, everyone will be kept amused.

Sussex is extremely child-friendly, with lots of museums, castles and farms to explore. Less than an hour away from London, it’s a great place to visit for grandparents, parents and children alike.

About the author:

Emma Lawson is a freelance travel writer who has been recently exploring her beloved home county of Sussex

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