May half-term in and around East Sussex in 2017

This article was about our May half-term activities in 2017. We’ll be updating this with 2018 event information next year. Challenges, trails, activities and the Great Outdoors await this May half-term in and around East Sussex. At Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the junior gardener trail will delight green-fingered apprentices. Over at Bodiam Castle, trouble stirs with a peasants revolt on the horizon. When you spend time together in the outdoors this summer, you help us care for places inside out.

Children running around at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

The junior gardener trail uncovers fun and interesting features, with activities to try along the way. Ask at visitor reception or the garden gate for your trail. Tick off your 50 things with den building and more across the estate.

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

Bodiam Castle 

Calling all young rebels. It's time to rise up in your very own peasants revolt. Learn how to live outside the harsh medieval justice system and rely on the land for survival, from tracking wild animals to exploring inside a tree. Price £6.50 per child, booking required.

Mother and two children in garden


The infamous local gang of smugglers, the Hawkhurst Gang, have been spotted lurking about in the garden. What have they been up to? Claim your map from our visitor reception and go on the hunt for clues. £1.50 per trail, daily 11am to 4pm.

Craft volunteers

Smallhythe Place 

Sit out in the garden and join in arts and crafts. Decorate a special memory with a handmade photo frame or fashion a kite to have fun with in the spring breeze. Price £2 per child, normal admission applies.