5 West Sussex Hidden Gems You Need to Visit Now!
Hey there, how’s it going? We are steaming ahead with our hidden gems series and we’ve already covered beaches in Lincolnshire and hidden places in Cambridgeshire! Today on the blog we have a guest post from Gemma who blogs over at Mummy’s Waisted. She’s covered all her hidden gems in the West Sussex area.
Now if you’re a regular reader then you’ll know we are reasonably familiar with this part of the UK. My Nana lives there and we often visit. We tend to stick to Bognor though and always stay at the Church Farm Haven site. It is fab by the way!
Anyway let’s get started!
Keep the Family Entertained in West Sussex!
West Sussex is situated right down on the South Coast of England and has an eclectic mix of towns and cities. From Gatwick and Crawley in the North, to country villages inside the South Downs National Park, there’s something for everyone. Famous for towns such as Bognor Regis, Chichester and Worthing, West Sussex has many celebrity residents, including the most recent Masterchef winner and children’s author, Julia Donaldson. Whilst many areas of West Sussex get very busy in the summer months, there are plenty of hidden gems with brilliant family attractions.
Situated on the coast between Brighton and Portsmouth, Littlehampton is a town with plenty to do for all the family. It has lovely sandy beaches and a big green and playground next to it, along with the retro Windmill cinema. The beach is only one of four in West Sussex to earn the UK Seaside Award for bathing water quality.
There’s also Harbour Park for entertaining the little ones, plus plenty of playgrounds. A miniature train connects Mewsbrook Park and Norfolk Gardens, with a small swimming centre in between. There’s also a lively riverside area with lots of restaurants and seaside shops.
Weald and Downland Living Museum
The Weald and Downland Living Museum has a whole range of historic buildings dating from Tudor times onwards so you can really immerse yourself in history. They also have a brilliant programme of events throughout the year. These include the Food Festival and Working Animals weekends plus a Christmas market and activities during the summer holidays. They also host outdoor theatre events, including The Midnight Gang by David Walliams. The organisers have put a huge amount of thought into making the events enjoyable for all the family, with attractions and entertainers and plenty of ice cream!
Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre is famous for staging many musical performances before they hit The West End, but they also have a large family programme of shows and community events. This summer you can see Me and My Girl with Matt Lucas and Caroline Quentin. They are also staging The Midnight Gang in October.
RSPB Pulborough Brooks
This is a nature reserve nestled in the South Downs National Park and they’ve recently updated their family attractions. There’s a new adventure playground and a Wetland Discovery Trail. There’s a visitor centre at the entrance to the reserve with lots of useful information about which birds and insects you can spot, plus an excellent restaurant! During the school holidays the reserve runs seasonal activities such as pond dipping, bug hunting and making nature habitats.
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit different to take your toddler, then Adventure Avenue is the answer. It’s housed in an old shop in the middle of Burgess Hill and is an Aladdin’s Cave of dressing up and role play! Your child can try out being a vet, musician, builder, fire officer and many more and there’s a great cafe to sit down in. Whilst it’s not as big as other role play centres, children love it and it’s a bargain price. Sessions are 90 minutes long and there’s a multi-storey car park nearby.
Thanks so much Gemma for such a great insight! Gemma is a mum to two children and is a freelance content writer. She blogs at Mummy’s Waisted, which features family life, parenting, gardening and The Busy Mum’s Guide To series about small business concepts. Follow Gemma on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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Reading this post makes me want to book another trip down to Church Farm! We go most years and I’ve written a few posts on what we got up to in Bognor Regis, as well as Arundel and Littlehampton. They are great places to visit when you have little ones.
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