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 an inventor extraordinaire at Petworth or explore the gardens and estate at Nymans and Standen on a trail. There's something to keep every little explorer entertained.

Illustrations of Elizabeth Ilive at Petworth


Follow a trail all about making a weird and wonderful tools. Try hands-on science workshops filled with goo, slime and bubbles as well as technology linked craft activities. We have plenty of activities during the summer holidays inspired by the pioneering achievements of Elizabeth Ilive who lived at Petworth House in the late 1780s.

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 - follow the clues and pick up your prize when the hunt's complete.

Children in long grass in the garden


Come and have some fun this half-term with our seasonal trail about faces and portaits. The garden and woods are perfect for some exploring. With an abundance of colourful plants, carpets of woodland flowers and beautiful views, you'll find something to keep everyone entertained.

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


This half-term discover more about Kipling's famous 'Just So' stories. Listen to our storytellers as they bring the tales to life in our special storytelling tent and enjoy exploring the garden with our 'Just So' trail. Collect the answers and claim your prize. Trail costs £2.50 and runs Sat 26 May-Sun 17 Jun, normal admission applies.