We may be a tiny country in comparison to many, but England has its charms. Up and down the country there are so many wonderful things to see and do especially during school holidays with the kids. Finding relaxing or adventurous days out can be a bit daunting but in this guide we’ve decided to focus on the South East of England, Kent and East Sussex and write a bit about some of the best places to visit in that area.
If you’re looking for a fun and educational day out for little (and big!) ones, Drusilla’s is an excellent find. It’s a small zoo but has so much more to it than that and is both family and child friendly. They’re sole goal is involvement so they have made the zoo itself very interactive with activities all the way round for kids. They can collect stamps of all the animals they’ve seen and get involved with pulleys and buttons throughout the park. Feed the lorikeets with honey and see your children’s faces light up as they walk around and the lemurs run around them. There’s soft play right in the centre and an outdoor play park as well as Hello Kitty world where they can enjoy rides and meet Hello Kitty! A brilliant find nestled in between Eastbourne and Polegate.
Move a little further west and discover Brighton. Just off the famed Kings Road, Brighton pier stretches right out to see and is packed with fun! Arcades, the end of the pier fun fair which houses the Turbo Coaster, and plenty of restaurants along the way, everyone can enjoy a great day out. The only piece of advice we can really give you is to eat inside so the pesky seagulls don’t nick the famed fish and chips from your hand! Weddings can be held on the pier and there is a huge dome packed with activities for all the family. Just off the pier are the cobbled and winding streets of Brighton with its eclectic markets and small boutique shops. Quirky restaurants line the road and as one of the biggest university towns in the country, packed with wonderful hotels and B&Bs.
You could be hiring a caravan through Haven or just down for the day, but the endless stretch of sand at Camber can be a very inexpensive day out. There’s no shale on the beach so soft sand and towering dunes. If you’re lucky enough to experience the mist rolling in, your little ones will appreciate how they can pretend to be pirates like Captain Jack Sparrow! Bring down the buckets and spades and build castles to rival those fought for in 1066. If you’re looking to stay the night head over to kingsheadrye.co.uk for a gorgeously intimate venue for you and the family. After a long day of digging holes and splashing the surf, crashing out at a bed and breakfast which is family run with locally sourced food is the best way to relax.