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. Join the Jungle Book trail or take part in a First World War weekend at Bateman’s . Explore and learn more about nature on Bodiam’s 50 things trail. 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.

Families playing in the badger and pepper play area

Summer family fun at Scotney Castle

Bring the whole family to explore the garden and estate, follow trails and have a go at some of our 50 things to do before you're 11¾.

A view across the moat to Bodiam Castle in the early morning sunshine

A summer's day out at Bodiam Castle

Visit Bodiam Castle in the summer sunshine and gaze at the reflection in the moat or imagine yourself as an archer standing on the battlements preparing to defend the castle or enjoying a feast in the Great Hall with Sir Edward Dallingridge.

Mother and two children in garden

Summer holiday activities at Bateman's

Enjoy the summer holidays outdoors at Bateman's this year. Join us for our Jungle Book trail or World War I weekend or just explore the estate or the garden and stop by the tea room for a piece of our 'flavour of the month' cake.

The house and garden in June 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.

Family walking by the river

The Dragonfly Trail

Enjoy a day of family fun as you trail our dragonfly while covering vegetable gardens, gardens, woodlands and lakes. There's lots of fun activities for you to try along the way as well as finding out about the key conservation work which helps protect our estate. Pick a map up from visitor reception when you arrive to begin your adventure.

How will you do in the summer trail at Sheffield Park and Garden this summer?

Summer adventures for families at Sheffield Park and Garden

There's more than ever to keep young explorers busy at Sheffield Park this summer. Families will love our Canadians in the Park trail, and with our natural play area and 50 things activities, it is the ideal season to visit.