May half-term in and around West Sussex

With spring turning to summer, warmer weather on the way and half-term school holidays to look forward to, it’s the ideal time to explore the outdoors and try new things. Bring the kids to our fun half-term activities in and around West Sussex. Become a plant hunter at Petworth or explore the gardens and estate at Nymans and Standen on a trail. There's something to keep every little explorer entertained.

Children in long grass in the garden


The garden and woods at Nymans are perfect for some nature-themed exploring. Plus there are clay-craft activities to enjoy, inspired by plants and wildlife.

One of our young visitors trying out the summer trail at Petworth House


Come on a journey round the Pleasure Ground on a fun trail about the trees and plants at Petworth. Follow in the footsteps of past Plant Hunters around the world.

Children building a den


Standen is blossoming this May. Signs of spring are everywhere, there are loads of activities to do and a host of places to explore. Make the most of the half-term holiday with a trail in the garden.

Family on the beach at Birling Gap and Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Birling Gap

There’s so much for you and your family to see and do at Birling Gap. Tracker packs for strand line searches, rock pooling, fossil hunting and grassland bug hunts can be picked up from the Visitor Centre.

Summer garden childrens event at Alfriston clergy house

Alfriston Clergy House

Find out what's on offer this half term at this beautiful little Wealden hall house, the first property bought by the National Trust,

A heavy horse being admired at Saddlescombe Farm open day

Saddlescombe Farm & Devil's Dyke

There is so much to do this Spring at Devils Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm. From our favourite 50 things activities to family fun events, why not head out and have a fun packed family time at this iconic downland spot.

A view across the bridge at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

Bodiam Castle 

Have fun with our John Drawbridge, knight in training half-term trail. Enjoy the challenges faced by budding knights of old and claim your prize when you've completed them. Trail costs £2.50 and runs Sat 26 May-Sun 17 Jun, normal admission applies.

Mother and two children in garden


Based on nature poetry from the I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree children's book, and inspired by the garden and estate, this trail will have children looking around the garden, play area and wider estate for clues. Collect the answers and claim your prize. Trail costs £2.50 and runs to Sun 2 Jun, normal admission applies.