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Family-friendly places to visit in Sussex

Discover great places for family days out with the National Trust in Sussex, including Nymans, Bodiam Castle, Petworth and more. Whether you’re popping in for a couple of hours or planning a bigger adventure, you’ll find acres of space, natural play areas and cosy cafés.

May half term in Sussex

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Nymans 

Explore this very special teatime through extracts and illustrations from Judith Kerr’s classic story, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, on a family trail around the garden, produced in partnership with HarperCollins Publishers. Sat 4 May - Sun 14 Jul. During May half term, pick up a free trail sheet and see if you can spot what's on the menu as you explore the garden. There are more tea-time fun and games in the Play Glade too.

Family playing on thrones in the courtyard at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Bodiam Castle 

Can you unlock the mystery of the castle keys? Explore the rooms of this medieval castle ruin to find the hidden keys, try your hand at puzzles and learn about the Keeper of the Castle. Mystery-solvers will become keepers of their very own special key to take home. Plus, why not try your hand at longbow archery? Learn how to get to grips with a bow and arrow from friendly instructors against the backdrop of Bodiam Castle. Come back over the Bank Holiday weekend to see history come to life as a medieval encampment pitches up at Bodiam Castle. Meet characters from the 1400s and discover their way of life. Enter the arena to watch dramatic sword demonstrations, have a go at dressing a medieval knight and more. Trail runs 25 May to 2 June, 10am to 4pm. £3 with small prize. Designed for children aged 4 to 12. Have-a-go-archery runs 25 to 2 June, 10.30am to 4pm, £4 for 6 arrows. Suitable for adults and children aged 6+. Medieval encampment 25 to 27 May, 10am to 4pm. Free with admission.

A family strolling across the top of the rectangular pond at Bateman's with the rose garden in the foreground

Bateman's 

Baloo, the sleepy brown bear, has hidden puzzles and games to play around Bateman’s for you to discover. Put your skills to the test and uncover the clues around the house and garden to solve the puzzles. Trail runs 18 May to 2 June, 10am-4.30pm. £2 with small prize. Best suited for primary aged children.

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May half term at Sheffield Park and Garden 

Play a fun colour bingo trail at Sheffield Park Garden inspired by the bold, bright colours of the rhododendron flowers. Celebrate nature's colour palette during Sheffield Park's spectacular rhododendron season. A great way for your children to get out and about this half term.

Family exploring nature in the garden at Petworth

May half term at Petworth 

We'll be creating a buzz this May half term at Petworth with our free honey bee-themed family trail. Take part in our crafting activity to create your own bee, and learn more about this incredible insect on our garden trail, with games and activities.

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May half term at Standen 

This May half-term become a nature explorer at Standen where you'll create a nature journal as you explore the garden. Get creative doodling, spotting and searching as you complete nature explorer activities.

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Nymans 

There’s plenty for families to see and do at Nymans. Patter along the paths in the garden. Spotter sheets will keep little ones happy while our seasonal trails in the garden and walks in the woods are fun for everyone.

Woman photographing a little girl on the lawns by the house in October, Petworth House and Park, West Sussex.
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Petworth House and Park 

Petworth Park is an exciting place for families to explore. Roam through acres of parkland and look out for the fallow deer herd. The ancient tree trail includes hollow trunks big enough to crawl inside, plus there are games and activities every school holidays.

A friendly duck and visitors at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
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Sheffield Park 

Whether you are visiting with friends or family, there are plenty of new things to discover and fun ways to get active in nature at Sheffield Park and Garden.

Adventure Corner with natural play at Standen
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Standen House and Garden 

Find out the family-friendly things to do on a day out at Standen, from taking a walk in the woodland and building a den to seasonal trails to follow in the house and garden.

The cliffs in twilight at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex
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Birling Gap 

There’s so much for you and your family to see and do at Birling Gap. Hunt for ocean finds along the strand line and look for fossils on the beach. Don't forget pop in to the café for an ice cream or a slice of cake too.

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Bateman's 

Planning a day out with family? There’s plenty of things to see and do waiting to be discovered at Bateman's.

Family playing on thrones in the courtyard at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
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Family-friendly things to do at Bodiam Castle 

Discover things to see and do on a family visit to Bodiam Castle. Join in with activities and let your imagination run riot in this Medieval setting.

House reflected in the mill pond at Bateman's, East Sussex

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Sussex is a place of iconic coastline, gardens, literary greats, rolling South Downs, vast art collections and a castle.