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Free days out with the kids in Sussex!

Posted 3 August 2016 by Lauren Shoosmith

Views from Cissbury Ring, South Downs, West Sussex

With a whole array of places to visit in Sussex – click here to see places in East Sussex and click here to see places in West Sussex, there are also a number of interesting things to keep kids happy which are absolutely free!

A picnic on the South Downs can be a great way to spend a few hours – a walk up Cissbury Ring, an Iron Age hill fort, offers stunning views, and children can be kept happy searching for pieces of flint.  On a clear day you can see as far as the Isle of Wight, and also the Sussex coast, including Brighton and Beachy Head.  There are no entry charges here, and there is free car parking too.

Nearby is another ancient hill fort, Chanctonbury Ring.  Perhaps for the more adventurous as the walk to the top is relatively steep, and through woodland.  Children will enjoy the many opportunities for tree climbing en route and there is a real sense of achievement once you emerge at the top and take in the views.  Chances are you will also have built up a great appetite ready in time for your picnic!  It is possible to walk between Cissbury and Chanctonbury Rings, but at over 4 miles, little legs might not quite be up to this!

If you are National Trust members then some of the houses and gardens have special trails on for kids this summer, as well as a check sheet for ticking off 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.  With membership and a picnic, there are plenty of options for free days out including Nymans, Petworth House and Park, Sheffield Park Garden and Standen House and Garden to name but a few.  You can still visit if you are not a member, but entrance charges will apply.

Of course one of the most obvious free days out in Sussex is a trip to the beach!  If you’re staying near Chichester, then you are within easy reach of the fabulous sandy beaches of The Witterings – buckets and spades galore for kids of all ages.  Guests staying near Rye or Camber will enjoy the dunes of Camber Sands.  Also in East Sussex is the newly restored pier at Hastings, with a whole range of family friendly attractions during the summer holidays.  Click here to view our selection of properties by the Sussex Coast if you are looking for a last minute getaway.