Days Out Crawley

Beaches & Seafront Attractions

Bognor Regis Beach

The 2017 Seaside Award winning beach in Bognor Regis is a sand and shingle beach with lots of facilities, including lifeguards during summer months, Historic Pier, promenade train, mini golf and amusements. Plus, it’s all just a few steps from the town centre and main shopping centre.  The wide, flat easy access promenade is great for families.

The Beach on the Beach is an enclosed area full of washed beach sand, perfect for building sandcastles!

Bognor Regis Butlins – Day Visitors

Butlins is the perfect place for a fantastic day out with your family, with a great choice of entertainment and activities.

Included in admission:

  • Unlimited rides in the outdoor funfair
  • Live daytime entertainment
  • Sports activities with qualified coaches
  • Splash Waterworld (afternoon only)
  • Tot’s indoor fair and soft play area

Where: Butlins, Gloucester Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1JJ

Tel: 0330 100 9732 option 1

Brighton Beach

A long pebbly beach housed in a cove which means it’s safe for shallow family swimming and offers southerly wind protection. There’s no lifeguard cover at all though so do be careful and don’t take inflatables along. Immediate vicinity amenities include accessible toilets, plus nearby are many galleries, antique shops, and seaside restaurants and cafes.

Brighton Marina

A 1500 berth yacht marina with shopping, quayside bars and restaurants, leisure, fishing and sailing.  With an 8-screen cinema, 26-lane bowling alley, casino and health and fitness club, there’s never a dull moment.

Free on-site parking.

Where: BN2 5WA

Tel: 01273 693636

Brighton Pier

Open 364 days a year, with free admission, and rides and attractions for the whole family, from traditional fairground favourites to the latest gaming mayhem. If you’re bringing the little ones, they will have hours of fun climbing the Mega Slides, driving around the course on Fantasia or spinning on The Cup & Saucers.

Where: Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1TW

Tel: 01273 609361

Brighton Treasure Trails

If you’re looking for things to do with family and friends when visiting Brighton then these self-guided Treasure Trails are certainly a unique way to explore!

There are two trails available, a murder mystery themed trail of Brighton’s cultural quarter and a treasure hunt themed trail of the seafront. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Both trails start at Brighton Pier and cost £6.99 to download the trail booklet.

Tel: 01872 263692

Eastbourne Beach

The Grand Parade Main Resort Beach is a pebble and shingle beach that runs from the Pier to Wish Tower (approx. half a mile). It is the safest bathing for families, with lifeguards, first aid, Kidzsafe wristband scheme and swimming only zones.

Facilities include showers and toilets, nearby refreshments, beach merchandise for sale, mattress and parasol hire, and beach huts available for rent on a seasonal or daily basis.

Where: Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 3AD


Eastbourne – Beachy Head

The dramatic 530 feet high cliffs of Beachy Head give stunning views over Eastbourne and the English Channel.

Walk from the foot of Beachy Head or climb to the top for dramatic views of the famous red and white striped lighthouse.  Wheelchair users and families with pushchairs can also enjoy the area by using the accessible Peace Path on Beachy Head.

Once you’ve had enough walking, stop off at the Beachy Head Pub for a drink and meal whilst enjoying the splendid panoramic views.

Pay and display car parking available.

Where: Beachy Head, South Downs, Eastbourne, BN20 7AY

Eastbourne – Fort Fun

A multitude of indoor and outdoor amusements, play areas, mini golf, and soft play on the Eastbourne seafront. With an 18 hole mini golf course, the only bouncy pillow in Eastbourne, a Splash Park, giant play fort, role play village, dodgems and carousel rides, and an enormous indoor soft play adventure area.

Buy a Fort Fun wristband for UNLIMITED rides on all the attractions.  Family tickets available.

Where: Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7LU

Tel: 01323 642833

Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress

Built to keep Napoleon’s armies out of Britain, the Redoubt has stood for over 200 years.  One of only three surviving Napoleonic Redoubts in the UK, this fortress is recognised by English Heritage as being of national importance.

Entry: Adult £4.50, Child £2.50

Where: Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7AQ

Tel: 01323 410300

Eastbourne – Treasure Island

Our pirate themed adventure park and its unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions offer you a great day out whatever the weather.  Featuring Treasure Island Outdoor Theme Park, Buccaneers Indoor Adventure, and Pirates Adventure Golf.  Plus, enjoy a bite to eat in the Hungry Pirate Café.

Where: Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7AE

Tel: 01323 411077

Littlehampton East Beach

Littlehampton’s award winning, family friendly sand and shingle beach is over a mile long, with the perfect sand for sandcastles.  Plus when the sea goes out, there are tide pools to explore.

Stroll along the promenade, sit on Britain’s longest bench (1000 feet long), and admire the view or take a dip in the sea. East Beach is bordered by large seafront greens, perfect for picnics and ball games.  The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer season and Kidcare wristbands are available.

There are three pay and display car parks on the seafront.

Where: East Beach, Littlehampton, BN17 5LG

Littlehampton Harbour Park

A family amusement park surrounded by an award-winning beach, a newly developed river walk and picnic greens, Harbour Park’s location is like no other in Sussex.  Featuring amazing rides like the Water Chute, Carousel and crazy golf, soft play, a family arcade, and a selection of eateries.

Where: Windmill Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LH

Tel: 01903 721200

Littlehampton Miniature Railway

A miniature railway running along the seafront from Mewsbrook Park to Norfolk Gardens in Littlehampton.

Trains run weekends and Bank Holidays until 29th October, plus Wednesdays-Fridays during School Holidays.

Return fare: Adults £3, Child £2, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £9. Under 3s FREE.

Where: Mewsbrook Park, Hendon Avenue, Littlehampton, BN16 2LX

Tel: 07746 907817


Littlehampton – Out of Bounds

Known as one of the best family activity venues and awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this is the perfect fun day out for all the family!

Indoor and outdoor activities for all ages, including Clip ‘n’ Climb, soft play, bowling, adventure golf, lazer tag, FootGolf, a 9-hole golf course and driving range.

Open 9:30am-9:00pm seven days a week.

Where: Golfers Lane, Angmering, Littlehampton, BN16 4NB

Tel: 01903 788588

Littlehampton West Beach

West Beach is home to one of only three sand dune systems in West Sussex. A great spot to relax with a picnic, on clear days you can enjoy views of Bognor and even the Isle of Wight.

Home to the award winning West Beach Café, plus the ruins of the Littlehampton Napoleonic Fort.

There is a small car park and public toilets.

Newhaven Fort

Visit this fortress, built during the 1860s and overlooking Newhaven Harbour and Seaford Bay.

Exhibitions, café and shop onsite for a fun day out for the whole family.

Open daily 10.00am-5.00pm 13th February to 5th November 2017.

Prices start from £7.50 for adults and £4.95 for children (4-15).

Where: Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9DS

Tel: 01273 517622

Newhaven – Paradise Park

Visit one of the top tourist attractions in Sussex for an educational and fun packed family day out.  With plenty to keep both adults and children entertained, there’s something for everyone.


  • Planet Earth Museum – story of the Earth from its earliest beginnings to the present day.
  • Heritage Trail and Gardens – plant houses, gardens and Dinosaur Safari
  • Playzone – with indoor and outdoor play areas and a miniature railway

Where: Avis Road, Newhaven, BN9 0DH

Tel: 01273 512123


West Wittering Beach

This large unspoilt sandy beach has excellent views of Chichester harbour and the South Downs.  With good facilities, extensive grasslands and tidal pools, this beach is a popular choice for families.

Refreshments and toilet facilities onsite at the Beach Café, including a coffee shop, takeaway and ice cream.  A beach goods shop is also available.

Worthing Beach

The gentle sloping beach at Worthing is sand and shingle, with most of the sandier parts being covered as the tide moves in. This means low tide is definitely the time to visit with kids as there are also some rock pools uncovered.  There is no lifeguard service.

Some pay-for-parking available along Marine Parade with direct access to beach, or a large multi-storey car park adjacent to the beach.

Worthing – Beach House Grounds

This beach-side open space surrounding the Regency building of Beach House is used for informal leisure pursuits and charity events and fetes.  It is also home to the following activity sites:

  • Gull Island Playground
  • Splash Pad wet play facility
  • Beach Sand Courts

Where: Beach House Grounds, Brighton Road, Worthing, BN11 2EJ

Worthing Seafront Walks

If you are looking for an opportunity to get out in the fresh air, Worthing’s wide open prom is accessible to all.

All walking times below are calculated from the Pier by

Heading East – take a short stroll to East Beach, or stride out further past the fishing boats and onwards. If you don’t fancy the walk back, hop on the train!

To Lancing: 45 minutes

To Shoreham-by-Sea: 1 hour 45 minutes

Heading West – onwards to the end of the prom and then along next to the beach huts, this peaceful route avoids roads.

To the Waterwise Playground: 25 minutes

To the Sea Lane Café in Goring: 1 hour

Worthing – Splash Point Mini Golf

Everyone loves a game of mini golf by the seaside – it’s something of a British tradition, and now you can enjoy 18 exciting holes on Worthing’s only seafront mini golf course.

Prices: Adult £4, Child £3.50, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £14

Open weekends and bank holidays (Mar-Nov) 10.30am-6.00pm and School Holidays 11.00am-6.00pm

Where: Denton Gardens, off Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3PM

Tel: 07493 613107

Worthing – The Lido

Family fun for everyone with various amusements both indoor and out, including a number of great value children’s rides, from teacups to trampolines, and both classic and modern arcade games.

There is also a range of shops including the Lido Gift Shop, selling everything from postcards to beach toys, inflatables and ice cream.

Where: Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3PX

Tel: 01273 706 773

Worthing – Waterwise Playground

About a 20-30 minute walk from the pier, this seaside themed playground alongside the beach contains a shipwreck, see-saw and sandpit area along with rope and pendulum swings.