Things to do in Lewes with kids

Things to do in Lewes with kids can range from a day splashing around in the outdoor pool to picnicking in peaceful gardens. The history of Lewes, its picturesque setting and its independent shops and cafes make just wandering around a great day out for adults. But what about the kids? We’ve put together a few suggestions for things to do in Lewes with kids. This historic market town in the South Downs is within easy reach of both of our campsites – Wild Boar Wood Campsite, which is just over ten miles away and Beech Estate Woodland Campsite about twentyfour miles away.

Pells Pool


Pells Pool is a freshwater lido dating from 1860, making it the UK’s oldest. It is open from May to September and only heated by the sun. There is a paddling pool for younger children, a sun lawn and terrace. Facilities include a cafe where you can buy ice creams and drinks.

Lewes Castle


If your kids are budding historians, you might like to take them to Lewes Castle and the neighbouring Barbican Museum. As well as uncovering the history of the castle and the area, you can picnic on the lawn within the castle grounds and send your kids on a treasure trail. The trail is one of a number of activity sheets available to be downloaded from the website of the Sussex Archaeological Society who manage the site.

Southover Grange Gardens

A great spot for a picnic and a walk if small legs have tired of the town. Southover Grange Gardens is a little haven and so deserves its place on our list of things to do in Lewes with kids. There’s no playground, but plenty of beautifully-planted flower beds and lawns perfect for a picnic and a run around. The gardens are managed by the local council and open to the public all year around. The Grange itself dates to 1572 and is not open to the public. Refreshments including ice creams are available from a kiosk within the grounds which opens during the summer. Find out how to find the gardens at the council’s website.

Ocean Indoor Play

Lewes Leisure Centre has an indoor swimming pool and toddler pool. It’s great if it’s not quite warm enough for outdoor swimming at Pells Pool. In addition the leisure centre has a soft play area. This makes it a great place for family days out in Lewes if the weather is not being kind. Children up to the age of eight can explore the three levels of soft play. Parents can enjoy refreshments while the kids let off steam.

For more information on Lewes take a look at our guide to the town and for more ideas on family days out near our Sussex campsites check out our suggestions of things to do with kids in Sussex.

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