Days Out

Fun Days Out In Sussex This Summer

There are plenty of great attractions and activities to keep you and your family entertained in Sussex this summer. From zoos and aquariums to ancient castles and nature parks – here are some ideas for fun days out in Sussex this summer. 

PADI Course

For something a little more adventurous this summer, why not learn to scuba dive. Oyster Diving is the UK’s premier diving centre and offers a range of scuba experiences and fully accredited PADI diving courses in Sussex. There is no minimum age to dive, so the whole family can enjoy this exciting activity. You can either choose to enjoy a fun scuba diving experience. Or, you can complete an Open Water diving course in just a few days. Once you have completed the course, you can dive and experience the diverse marine world at locations all across the world. The centre is open all year round, but summer would be the perfect time to enjoy some time in the water when the weather is warmer.


Explore the beautiful underwater world at the SEA LIFE centre in Brighton. The kids are sure to be kept entertained with over 5,500 marine creatines, including the UK’s biggest collection of sharks and rays, all under one roof. The centre also offers a number of fun and interactive events throughout the summer. The new Day to Night experience is the first of its kind in the UK and allows you to witness how coral reef transforms from day to night. The Pirates and Mermaid event is also being held throughout the summer months and includes an in-tank trail, a treasure hunt race, and even a mer-creature on show! Click here to check the upcoming events at SEA LIFE Brighton.

Drusillas Park  

Drusillas Park is one of the best small zoos in the UK and is located near Alfriston in East Sussex. It is home to a vast range of animals and interesting exhibits. There is also a safari, theme park, maze, and even the UK’s first Hello Kitty Secret Garden – making this the perfect day out for the whole family. You could take part in fun and informative zoo experiences on offer to keep kids entertaining. Some popular choices include – close encounters, photography days, keeper for the day, and penguin feeding. 

Herstmonceux Castle

Herstmonceux Castle is a magnificent 15th-century moated castle surrounded by 300 acres of stunning grounds and parkland. This makes the perfect family day out to discover the history of Britain and learn about the Renaissance period. There are daily guided tours available where you can explore the grandeur of the interiors of the castle. The castle grounds and gardens are the perfect spots for an afternoon stroll and picnic. There are plenty of interesting features including sculptures, a water lily-filled moat and several themed gardens including the Shakespeare garden and the Elizabethan garden. The castle offers plenty of fun and educational outdoor events throughout the year, so make sure to check for any upcoming events this summer.

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