Things to do in Sussex with kids

Children’s activities near Battle, East Sussex

With the opportunity to run wild in a 600-acre woodland your kids may be reluctant to leave our camping site in Sussex. But if you do fancy a day out during your stay, there are plenty of things to do in Sussex with kids. We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular family days out based on the experiences of previous campers. All are within easy reach of Beech Estate Campsite but are also great days out for families based in or visiting Hastings, St Leonard’s, Bexhill and other parts of East Sussex.

Learn the way of the woodland

You don’t need to go anywhere at all to take up our first suggestion! We often have Forest School sessions on Saturday mornings right here on the campsite. Led by an experienced Forest School leader, the lessons will keep kids, and accompanying adults, amused for a good couple of hours and will help them make the most of the woodland environment. Find out when these are running and how to book by getting in touch via our contact page.

Camping games for kids

Head to the beach

A trip to the seaside tops our list of things to do in Sussex with kids. If it’s sticks of rock, crazy golf and traditional seaside fun your after head straight to Hastings. But if it’s the natural beauty of the beach that you’re after you could try Cooden Beach, near Bexhill, or Covehurst Bay. Both are about a 25 minute drive from the campsite.

Nearby beaches

Discover The Observatory Science Centre

Kids (and their parents) will love the hands-on science, telescopes and stargazing at the world-renowned observatory at Herstmonceux, near Hailsham. Set in beautiful Sussex countryside, the science centre has a cafe and picnic area. Tickets are £8/£6.15 or £25.20 for a family of four.

For more information visit the observatory’s own website.

Learn about 1066 and all that at the Battle of Hastings Battlefield and Abbey

Kids can learn about the battle between King Harold and William the Conqueror at this English Heritage site. It’s the centre of 1066 country, and the closest tourist attraction to our campsite. There are often special events and workshops for children, especially in the school holidays and there is a cafe on site. Tickets are £8.30/£5 (adult/child) or £21.60 for a family (two adults and up to three children).

Visit the English Heritage website for further details.

Take a trip to Bodiam Castle

Things to do in Sussex with kids

Another historic site in our list of things to do in Sussex with kids! There’s lots of space to run around outside this 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge. The kids will love having to cross the moat to enter the ruins. It is described by the National Trust as one of the country’s “most picturesque and romantic” ancient monuments. It’s a great place for a picnic, although there is a cafe at the site and a pub with a garden opposite too. Entry is £7.90/£3.20 or £19.50 for a family.

Take a look at the National Trust website to find out about special family events and opening times.

Other nearby castles

Let off steam at Knockhatch Adventure Park

With indoor and outdoor play areas and attractions, Knockhatch is a good place to visit whether the sun is shining or not. It has attractions suitable for children of all ages. With soft indoor play areas, go karting, a boating lake, falconry and an adventure playground.

Ticket prices vary depending on the season and which attractions are open. Visit the Knockhatch website for the latest information.

Go on a Smugglers’ Adventure

Older children will enjoy exploring St Clement’s Caves with smuggler Hairy Jack at the Smugglers’ Adventure in Hastings. This tourist attraction takes you through acres of caverns and tunnels and teaches you about the dark history of smuggling on the south coast. Special discounted ticket prices are often available if you visit Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle or the Blue Reef Aquarium on the same day. Check online for the latest information.

You might also like to look at our other guides for family activities in the area including our things to do with kids in Lewes.

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