There are lots of things to do with kids near Haywards Heath and our glamping site at Wild Boar Wood. You can take the kids for a ride on a steam train, to feed llamas and other exotic animals or to explore beautiful gardens and adventure playgrounds. We’ve put together the following list of some of the best family-friendly attractions in our little corner of Sussex. All of the suggested family days out are within easy reach of East Grinstead, Burgess Hill and Lewes too.
Take a ride on the steam trains of The Bluebell Railway
The romance of the railways is brought back to life on the Bluebell Railway, a preserved railway which runs 11 miles from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park with stations styled as if they were stuck in time. Kids will love the sound of these old-fashioned locomotives chugging into action and whistling on corners. While mums and dads will appreciate views of the High Weald on the journey, which is why it tops the list of our great things to do with kids near Haywards Heath.
The railway has regular events and special services throughout the year. Wild Boar Wood Campsite is located between two stations: Horsted Keynes and Sheffield Park. Both are within ten minutes’ drive. Tickets are £17/£8.50 (adult/child) and allow you to ride all day getting on and off as you please. A family ticket (two adults and up to three children) is £45.40. Check out our own post on The Bluebell Railway for more information.
Feed the animals at The Llama Park
Younger kids and animal lovers will appreciate a visit to The Llama Park at Wych Cross. The park offers the opportunity to feed llamas and other animals too including reindeer and alpaca. There are opportunities for donkey rides and llama walks too as well as a tea room on site. The park, which is six miles from Wild Boar Wood Campsite, also hosts special events throughout the year and regular craft shows. Entry is £6/£5 (adult/child) or £20 for a family ticket (two adults, two children).
Enjoy the great outdoors at Sheffield Park
This National Trust property is well set up for families and a great place to explore. There are acres of gardens and parkland to explore and family activity ideas are available daily from reception. You are also able to borrow all-terrain puchchairs and baby-carriers and there are baby-changing facilities and children’s lunches available. Sheffield Park also hosts a large number of family-friendly events and workshops for children. At about three miles from Wild Boar Wood, Sheffield Park is one of the closest attractions to our campsite. Entrance is free for National Trust or RHS members or £10.90/£5.45 (adult/child).
Celebrate the summer at Tulley’s Farm
Children of all ages will enjoy getting lost in the Maize Maze at Tulley’s Farm. One of 25 attractions at the farm during the summer season, young families can team up to lose themselves in the labyrinth and older children will enjoy the challenge of going it alone. The farm also offers tractor rides, a puzzle park and The Animal Patch where you can view rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, chicken and ducks. The farm is approximately nine miles from Wild Boar Wood Campsite.
Picnic and play at Borde Hill Garden
A stroll around the beautiful formal gardens, parkland and woodland at the 200-acre Borde Hill Estate. Despite the impressive array of plants, it is probably the adventure play area which will be of most interest to the younger family members! The play area has been thoughtfully designed with separate areas for younger and older children and includes zip wires, balance beams, swings, slides and climbing frames. After walking and monkeying about you can enjoy a family picnic overlooking the lake. Entrance to the gardens, seven miles from Wild Boar Wood, is £8.20/£5 (adult/children) or £24.20 for a family of four.
Visit the British Wildlife Centre
If your kids can’t get enough of the wildlife at Wild Boar Wood Campsite, you might like to take them to The British Wildlife Centre. It’s about 11 miles away from the campsite, just over the county border into Surrey, and houses more than 40 native British species including deer, owls and many more.
Go for a swim at The Triangle
If you’re looking for a rainy-day activity you could always take the kids for a swim. The closest leisure centre is The Dolphin in Haywards Heath but for slides, a lazy river and more head a bit further afield to The Triangle in Burgess Hill (nine miles from the campsite). The leisure centre also has an indoor soft play centre and a cafe.
We’re lucky to have our campsites based in such wonderful areas in Sussex. If you can tear yourself away from the beautiful woodland and cosy campfire, there are plenty of fantastic attractions and nearby towns to visit nearby. For more things to do near Wild Boar Wood check out our things to do section.