It's all about family fun this February half term, with activities aimed at families throughout Sussex.
Whether you're staying in one of our cosy cottages, a house with sea view or a large-group cottage
, there's sure to be plenty to do. Although one of the first things I found when searching for ideas to tempt you with was Earthworm Watch - nothing, really, to do with half term or any particular place, but a totally brilliant idea. What kid of any age, including the grown-up ones like me, could resist grubbing about in the soil for a legitimate reason?
And how about Rye Bay Scallop Week (18-26 Feb)? I mean, again, not strictly a half-term activity but really, utterly irresistible. And certainly different. If some of the family aren't so sure about eating scallops, they'll surely find it hard to resist the barrow racing through Rye's ancient streets.
Herstmonceux Observatory and the South Downs Planetarium at Chichester both make a brilliant day out and always have plenty of activities and information, especially in school holidays and at weekends. Both are fascinating and great fun for all the family; and if you're staying in the South Downs National Park you'll be right in the heart of a Dark Skies reserve, so what better place to go stargazing?
For younger children, Drusillas Park near Alfriston always has plenty going on, including visits from Hello Kitty - though sadly I read that Thomas the Tank Engine has now left!
There are several places in Sussex where you could book a hawk walk or an owl experience - getting up close and personal with these awesome birds is something I can highly recommend. Or why not try a llama walk in the Ashdown Forest? Hire bicycles, go walking, book a leisurely trip on the Wey & Arun Canal or a fun ride on the Bluebell Railway
(with or without dinner)... wherever you're staying in Sussex, you'll be spoilt for choice this half term. Have fun!