Summer family adventures in and around East Sussex

Find something to do with the whole family throughout the summer holidays at our special places in and around East Sussex. Try the Puck's summer trail or join a puppet making session at Bateman’s . Explore and learn more about the characters that lived at Bodiam Castle. Or try some historic childhood activities, games and trails at Scotney following in the footsteps of the Hussey children. 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.

Child trying medieval games at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex.

Summer holidays at Bodiam Castle

Take a step back in time this summer to discover life in the medieval castle or enjoy exploring the grounds and having a go at our archery sessions or 50 Things challenges.

The nature activities area inside the oast house

Nature Activities at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Read on to find out more about what's going on inside the oast house. Be sure to take a look inside before exploring the estate to help set up your great adventure.

Children playing in the summer

Summer family fun at Scotney Castle

The endless days of summer are where memories are made and adventures begin. If you're planning a visit to Scotney Castle then take a look at the extensive range of walks, talks, trails and theatre events we have all summer long to keep young and old entertained.

Mother and two children in garden

Summer family visit to Bateman's

Enjoy a wild day out with the family this summer on our summer holiday trail, building dens in our wild play area or making puppets at one of our puppetry workshops.

Children climbing on a wooden gate at Smallhythe Place

Summer holidays at Smallhythe Place

A summer visit to Smallhythe Place. With new exhibitions, kids' crafts activities, colourful gardens and performances in The Barn Theatre and in the open-air, it's the perfect time to explore and spend some quality time with the family.

Giant willow acorn on the Summer of Seeds family trail

Summer of Seeds Trail

Can you spot the giant acorn or the enormous chestnut? Explore the beautiful gardens and along the way look out for plenty of fun facts and craft activities. The trail stops in at the Learning Garden where we have planted some experimental flowerbeds. Help us record the results and the weather conditions.