Family days out this winter in and around West Sussex

Here are our top picks of the best places to play, for families in Sussex this winter. Don’t let the weather hold you back. We’ve got puddles to splash in, refreshing raindrops to shake from shiny leaves and cosy tea rooms to warm up in. So get the kids welly-proofed and raring to go.

Family walk in winter

Sheffield Park 

It might not be great weather outdoors at this time of year but that shouldn't stop you from getting outside and enjoying the garden. Wend your way to the most peaceful, creative and sensory zones of the garden.

Family on a winter trail in the garden


There’s plenty for families to see and do at Nymans. Patter along the paths in the garden to our exhibition of illustrations by Quentin Blake. Activity and spotter sheets will keep little ones happy while our seasonal trails in the garden and walks in the woods are fun for everyone.

Standen in Winter


Explore the woodland on a wintery walk around the estate at Standen. Discover our Victorian electricity exhibition in the house and join in with activities and trails during February half term.

Gullies in the wave cut platform at low tide off Birling Gap

Birling Gap 

There’s so much for you and your family to see and do at Birling Gap, even in winter. Tracker packs for strand line searches and fossil hunting can be picked up from the Visitor Centre. Then come and warm up in the cafe for a hot chocolate or a slice of cake.