Summer family adventures in and around East Sussex

Round up the family and join in summer fun at special places in and around East Sussex. Little explorers under five will be enchanted by storytelling at Bateman's. For intrepid adventurers school's out and nature's in, with lawn games and archery at Bodiam Castle. Check our information for family facilities, including baby-changing and access information for little ones travelling on four-wheels. When you spend family time with us, you help us look after wild spaces for years to come.

Children running around at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Follow the dragonfly trail around the estate and discover the wildest places to play. There is supersized fun in store with big games, and lots of ways to tick off your 50 things. Dates and times vary, normal admission applies.

Girls dressed as princesses at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex enjoy a dance

Bodiam Castle 

Join in the medieval ‘war games’ as Bodiam Castle prepares for the summer campaign. Test your wits playing lawn games like chess and Nine Men’s Morris, then test your skills on the archery range. Tackle the Hundred Years War adventure trail. Runs throughout summer holidays. Prices vary, normal admission applies.

Mother and two children in garden


Much-loved characters from Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale are hiding in the garden. Join in the search for your favourite jungle creature, with a Jungle Book character medal awarded at the end of the trail. Runs throughout summer holidays. £2 per trail, normal admission applies.

Visitors on a bridge over the moat at Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle 

You can have your own adventure every day, building a den in a wilderness camp, exploring the discovery room or following a trail around the house. You can also join in a wildlife hunt on Wednesdays – check the website for details. Free event, normal admission applies.