February half-term in and around East Sussex in 2016

This article was about our February half-term activities in 2017. We’ll be updating this with 2018 event information next year. Half-term will soon be upon us and there are lots of ways to get kids outdoors and having fun in and around East Sussex. Follow the winter spotter trail at Bateman's, or join in the anniversary celebrations at Scotney Castle. Along the way you’ll be able to tick off a few of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities like flying kites, building hotels for bugs or making a den. Your visit this half-term will help us to care for our special places for years to come.

A child with a mail hood and wooden sword at Bodiam Castle gate

Bodiam Castle 

Become a volunteer for the day with our ‘visiteering’ activities. There’s a chance to learn something new as we use the winter months to make and mend. Try out different medieval crafts each day, from weaving and dyeing to helping polish our extensive armour collection. Daily during half-term, 11am-3pm. Free event, normal admission applies.

Child checking trail notes


Follow the winter spotter trail and learn more about the season in the garden. Some animals love winter, others hibernate, some plants flower in the winter, some rest. Behind the scenes, lots of animals and insects are busy preparing for the spring! Discover who is out and about and who is yet to make an appearance. Daily during half-term, 11am-4.30pm. Normal admission charges apply, £1.50 per trail.

East Head, West Sussex

Coast and countryside 

The coast and countryside we look after in and around East Sussex lies waiting to be explored. Explore the wider estate at Bateman's or take in coastal vistas at Birling Gap. Tackle winding trails in the Cuckmere Valley or climb up Devil's Dyke. Wherever you choose, breathe in the fresh air and feel free this half-term.

The Old Castle on a frosty morning

Scotney Castle

It's 180 years since the first stone was laid for the new house at Scotney. See the original plans for the building and the architect’s model, and play spot-the-difference. You'll also find coins and documents that were hidden under the house - how would you capture history in your time capsule? Daily during February half-term, 11am-4pm. Free event, normal admission applies.

Family walking with dog through woods

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Brighten up your half-term with a visit to the International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition, featuring beautiful photography from across the world. Displays are brought to life using plants from the garden, and unseen images from our archive will be on display in the tower. Meanwhile the estate has marked trails ready to explore, and there's warming treats in the café. Daily during half-term, 11am-4pm. Combined entry £6.70 per person, members enter for free.