Westfield Lane, Westfield, East Sussex TN35 4SB
Dotted with beautiful green hills and wealdland, jaw-dropping white cliffs and serene boating lakes, East Sussex could easily have been plucked straight out of a landscape painting. But the region is not only a delight to look it – it’s also blessed with a huge amount of things to see and do for visitors.
The Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings provides a fantastic family day out or a kid’s birthday party. You are taken on a journey from the shorelines of Hastings to the tropical waters of the deep ocean. See some incredible views of reef sharks, stingrays and colourful reef fish as well as octopus, jellyfish, turtles and seahorses. You can also watch many of these exotic species during their feeding times. Amenities include a café and a gift shop. (Distance from park: 5.5 miles)
The delightful art deco White Rock Theatre in Hastings stages high-quality productions spanning numerous art forms including classical and rock music, stand-up comedy, circus, panto and community events. You can book backstage tours, and there’s a great café serving tasty British dishes with a seasonal seaside flavour. (Distance from park: 4.7 miles)
The Shipwreck Museum in Hastings welcomes millions every year who come to learn more out about maritime disasters of lore. It tells fascinating stories of shipwrecks discovered in this area and explores the geological and environmental circumstances that have helped to preserve them. It’s well worth a visit and you can pick up a souvenir in the on-site gift shop. (Distance from park: 5.5 miles)
Located near the village of Alfriston, this fun-packed park is brilliant for younger kids. There’s a Hello Kitty secret garden, Thomas the Tank Engine ride, Go Bananas, Go Wild Outdoor adventure play area, Amazon Adventure soft play area, am interactive maze and a small zoo considered one of the best in Europe. Cool down during hot summer days in the Explorer’s Lagoon paddling pool, while there are plenty of cafes to enjoy a tasty lunch or snack. (Distance from park: 22.5 miles)
With something for all the family, whatever the weather, Knockhatch Adventure Park provides fun and memorable experiences. Activities include a falconry centre, mini quads, crazy golf, a Laser game, adventure playground, boating lake, drop slide and a bungee trampoline. Events are held all year round to provide a fun-packed day. Children will love the array of animals and birds to see. Why not book an Animal keeper or meerkat experience.
(Distance from park 18.5 miles)
With its massive towers and moat, Bodiam Castle is a perfect example of a 14th-century medieval fortress and a great place to learn how life as a knight might have been. Follow the Bodiam adventure map to see if you can find your way to the tower, before stopping for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea at the Wharf Tea Room. Numerous events are hosted at the castle throughout the year. (Distance from park: 8.6 miles)
The attractive town of Battle takes its name from the famous Battle of Hastings that took place in 1066. Rich in history, it offers an array of attractions, shops and restaurants. The Abbey ruins and battlefield are cared for by English Heritage and are well worth a visit. The High Street has several notable Georgian buildings and the cottages and houses near the Abbey date back to around 1700.
(Distance from park: 5.4 miles)
The UK's highest chalk sea cliff looms large at the western end of Eastbourne seafront. Visit the Beachy Head Countryside Centre, Beachy Head pub or take a boat trip to the iconic Beachy Head lighthouse. The spectacular cliffs tops are a must-see for all visitors, and you have plenty of options for reaching them, including walk, cycling, a bus tour or an adventure boat trip. (Distance from park: 5.4 miles)
Spanning 660 acres, Hastings Nature Reserve is the largest area of public open space in the region and is renowned as an area of significant archaeological importance. It is home to several protected spots including cliffs, a beach and a country park, and is also a wildlife conservation area. It offers fantastic walking landscapes including ancient gill woodland and lowland meadows. Some of the most stunning views of the southeast coast can be enjoyed here, especially on clear days. (Distance from park: 5.8 miles)