Days Out Crawley

Museums, Attractions & Gardens

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Diggerland Kent


Diggerland is the UK’s most unique digger-themed adventure park where children and adults have the chance to ride, drive and operate REAL full size construction machinery, under the guidance of trained staff – no driving licence required!



It really is the perfect place to take your kids for an action packed family day out. Experience the variety of rides and drives on offer – whether it’s enjoying the view on Sky Shuttle, hanging tight on Spin Dizzy, going for a bumpy ride in the Groundshuttle or digging dirt with a 6 tonne digger, there is something for all ages!
There are indoor and outdoor play areas, sandpits, coin operated rides and much more where the younger guests can let off steam whilst parents can relax and just watch the fun… or join in!

With four Diggerland theme parks located in Devon, Durham, Kent and Yorkshire, you can dig until your heart’s content!  Unique to the Kent Diggerland Adventure Park are the breathtaking, spectacular views across the River Medway of Rochester and its historic, 11th century cathedral and the 12th century castle which you can take in from 50 feet up on the Diggerland Skyshuttle… don’t forget your camera!

Why not upgrade your visit to include a Monster Digger Experience, JCB Experience, Dumper Truck or JCB Racing?

Open most weekends and school holidays (closed Nov to early February) openings times vary check the website.

Where: Medway Valley Leisure Park, Roman Way, Strood, Kent, ME2 2NU

Tel: 0871 22 77 007

Regular competitions and discounts through Facebook and Twitter


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Fishers Farm

The multi-award winning Fishers Adventure Farm Park is the much-loved family day out in the heart of the lovely West Sussex countryside. Fishers offers a unique mixture of animal adventures, exhilarating indoor and outdoor play the whole family can experience – it’s no wonder that Fishers is still “Where the Family Comes First”.

Fishers Farm has over 40 rides and attractions on offer for a jam-packed family day out, such as, their NEW attraction Sky Fall and NEW indoor adventure play ‘Higgledy Village’, Tractor Rides, Ghost Tunnel, Climbing Wall, Devils Dyke Descent, Adventure Golf, Pony Rides, Farm Shows, Indoor Soft Play, Quad Bikes, Go-Karts, Jumping Pillows, Fishers Castle and Maze, Merry-Go-Rounds and so much more!

The Animal Encounters Barn is an animal-lovers heaven, home to lambs, goat kids, chicks, rabbits, horses, sheep, cows, pigs and more – lucky visitors might even get to meet a few in our daily Animal Handling Sessions! Their Saddle Rooms Restaurant is a popular choice for lunch with home-grown food on their homemade menu. Catch up with your friends or watch the kids play whilst you sit-down and relax with a coffee and a cake in their comfy indoor seating areas.

Fishers Adventure Farm Park is undoubtedly the ultimate, great-value, jam-packed, fun-filled family day out all-year round, come rain or shine!

Prices start from £9.75 (adult) and £7.75 (child).  Under 2s go free.  Playzone only tickets available at discounted price.

Did you know we also do birthday parties?  Click here for more information.

Where: Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, RH14 0EG


Tel: 01403 700063

Alfriston Clergy House (NT)

This rare 14th-century Wealden hall-house was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust, in 1896.

The thatched, timber-framed house is in an idyllic setting, with views across the River Cuckmere, and surrounded by a delightful, tranquil cottage garden full of wildlife.

Open Saturdays-Wednesday 10.30am-5pm until end of October, then weekends only 11am-4pm

Where: The Tye, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5TL

Tel: 01323 871961

Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway

Situated in Beech Hurst Park, Haywards Heath, this miniature railway gives fine views over the Sussex countryside.

Between Easter and October, we run a public passenger services from 2-5pm Saturdays and Sundays, plus bank holidays and Wednesday afternoons in the school summer holidays.

Just £1 to ride for adults and children. Free parking on site.

Where: western end of Beech Hurst Recreation Gardens, Bolnore Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4BX


Bluebell Railway

Preserved steam trains running through the heart of Sussex beween Sheffield Park and East Grinstead.

Trains operate every weekend, daily from April-October plus school holidays. No service December or January.

Sheffield Park Station, RH22 3QL (parking available)
Horsted Keynes Station, RH12 7BB (parking available in Summer)
East Grinstead Station, RH19 1EB (parking available a short walk away)

Tel: 01825 720800


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 Museum and Art Gallery

A state-of-the-art visitor attraction with dynamic and innovative galleries and exciting interactive displays that appeal to children and adults of all ages.  You can also download and print a trail for your children to follow during your visit.

In addition to the permanent galleries, there is a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions.

Open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

Adult entry £5.20, child £3.00

Where: Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1EE

Tel: 03000 290 900

British Airways i360

The world’s tallest moving observation tower, with breathtaking views over Brighton and the South Coast.

Children will love the 360-degree views of Sussex, pointing out landmarks, ships out at sea and birds flying past.

Open daily.  Tickets go on sale approximately 4 weeks in advance. Under 4s go free (but must still have a ticket).

Where: West Pier, Brighton, BN1 2LN



Chartwell (NT)

Beloved home of Sir Winston Churchill and his family – a fascinating resource for personal information on him.

The gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of nature, including the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the Marycot playhouse. Beyond the gardens are woodland family trails, natural play areas, den building and a Canadian camp.

Where: Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS

Tel: 01732 868381

Chessington World of Adventures

Theme park with over 40 rides and attractions and 1000 animals in the Zoo and Sea Life centre.

Where: Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NE

Tel: 0871 6634477

Chiddingstone Castle

A fascinating historic house set in 35 acres of informal garden with breathtaking views of the North Downs.

Throughout the year the Castle hosts themed activity days, when families can enjoy arts and crafts activities, interactive workshops, dressing up, nature trails and much more!

Open Sunday-Wednesday (incl. bank holidays) April to October 11:00am-5:00pm

Where: Hill Hoath Road, Childdngstone, Edenbridge, TN8 7AD

Tel: 01892 870347

Claremont Landscape Garden (NT)

Previously the countryside retreat of queens and heirs, this 18th century garden is a green oasis in the heart of Surrey with many unique and unexpected features to discover, including the large turf amphitheatre, serpentine lake, grotto, Camellia Terrace and Belvedere Tower.

Our children’s play area is a great place to run off steam, and look out for the Thatched Cottage, a Victoria refuge filled with toys, games and dressing up clothes.

Where: Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG

Tel: 01372 467806

Crawley Museum

Local museum which tells the history of Crawley, moving from the well known modern history of the post Second World War New Town, to the town’s less well-known Victorian and Medieval past.

Due to open later in 2017 in its new home at The Tree in Crawley High Street.

Until then, the museum is open at Goffs Park on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm

Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

Where: Goffs Park House, Old Horsham Road, Crawley, RH11 8PE

Tel: 01293 539088


East Grinstead Museum

East Grinstead Museum is situated in a purpose built building in the centre of the town, only a few minutes from the historic High Street, the Museum tells the story of East Grinstead and the surrounding area from its early beginnings to the present day.

Opening hours: 10am-4pm Wednesday to Saturday; 1pm-4pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Free admission.

Where: Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3BJ

Tel: 01342 302233

Emmetts Garden (NT)

Interesting hillside garden with year round features. Offers panoramic views over the unspoilt Weald as well as some great walking opportunities.

Where: Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6BA

Tel: 01732 868381

Gatwick Aviation Museum

With a unique collection of British aircraft from the “golden age” of British aircraft manufacture, from the end of WWII until the 1970’s.

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Summer opening (27 March-30 October) 9:30am-4:30pm. Winter opening (31 October-26 March) 9:30am-3:30pm

Adult entry £7.50, children 5-14 £2.50. Unders 5s go free.

Where: Vallance By-Ways, Lowfield Heath Road, Charlwood, RH6 0BT

Tel: 01293 862417


Groombridge Place & Enchanted Forest

Outdoor adventure for all the family.

  • See our resident animals and birds of prey
  • Take a canal boat trip to our Enchanted Forest
  • Discover a magical world of mystery with tree-lined forest paths, water pool, rope swings, wooden bridges, tree swings and a maze!
  • Enjoy our award winning gardens
  • Finish off with a bite to eat in our licenced restaurant and coffee bar

Open 10am-5:30pm (March to September) and 10am-4pm (October to February)

Children under 3 go free.

Where: Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9QG

Tel: 01892 861444



Hampton Court Palace

There’s lots for families to see and do at Hampton Court Palace. Highlights include our free ‘Time Explorers’ app, the Magic Garden – our exciting new interactive play garden, family trails and audio guides, a family room for under 5s, and ‘the most famous Maze in the history of the world’.

Summer opening (April-October) 10am-6pm

Winter opening (November to March) 10am-4:30pm

Where: East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Tel: 0844 482 7777




Hatchlands Park (NT)

Stretches of sweeping parkland sheltering a classic country house.

Take the time to wander through our 400 acres of rolling parkland and woodland, open all year round, and don’t forget to pay a visit to our natural adventure area for children.  You can also see inside our house on four afternoons a week between April and October, when specially designed Georgian costumes will be available for the children to enjoy.

Where: East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT

Tel: 01483 222482

Hever Castle and Gardens

Come and visit this thirteenth century romantic castle – once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.

Set in magnificent gardens from the majestic formal Italian Garden and topiary, to the informal meanderings of the lakeside and Sunday Walk. The Water Maze on Sixteen Acre Island and the Yew Maze challenges both adults and children alike!

Summer opening (Apr-Oct): open daily 10:30am-6:00pm

Where: Hever Road, Nr Edenbridge, TN8 7NG

Tel: 01732 865224

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery

More than 26 galleries covering subjects from local trades to fashion, prehistory to poetry.

Horsham Museum offers a whole host of interesting and fun things to see and do for children of any age with free admission, including:

Where: 9 Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1HE
Tel: 01403 254959

Hove Museum and Art Gallery

One of the most family friendly and accessible museums in the South East.  Children and families will enjoy the interactive toy gallery, designed with the theme of a wizard’s attic. Highlights include a mock-up of the Wizard’s workshop for broken toys and a bedroom split by time, half modern-day and half Victorian.

Free admission. Closed Wednesdays. Parking available.

Where: 19 New Church Road, Hove, BN3 4AB

Tel: 03000 290900

Ightham Mote (NT)

Outstanding 14th century moated manor house.

Highlights include the picturesque courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel and the private apartments of Charles Henry Robinson.

The house is surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks.

Where: Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT

Tel: 01732 810378

Knockhatch Adventure Park

A fantastic choice for families with a petting farm, owl sanctuary, large indoor play centre, outdoor adventure playgrounds, trampolines, crazy golf, a boating lake, and lots of picnic areas. Plus paddling pools and water slides for the hot weather.

Prices and opening times vary by season so check with the attraction before planning your visit.

Where: Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham, BN27 3PR

Tel: 01323 442051


Knole Park (NT)

Knole is a historic house and medieval deer park situated in the market town of Sevenoaks. With a large number of free attractions on offer including the Visitor Centre, Park Experience room, several exhibitions and the entire deer park, a visit to Knole makes for a wonderful, fun and affordable day!

Where: Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP

Tel: 01732 462100

Lavender Line Railway

The Lavender Line is a heritage railway running a 2 mile round trip through beautiful Sussex countryside between the village of Isfield and the parish of Little Horsted.

Attractions include half hourly train service, children’s play area, model railway and Cinders Buffet, serving delicious food, cakes and beverages.

Open every Sunday throughout the year from 8:30am-4:30pm

Where: Isfield Station, Nr Uckfield, TN22 5XB

Tel: 01825 750515


Leith Hill Place (NT)

An atmospheric house with panoramic views across the Surrey countryside.  Feel inspired as you walk around a place that has been the setting for so much creativity, whilst taking in lovely views, listening to music and relaxing with a cup of tea.

Where: Leith Hill Lane, Leith Hill, Surrey, RH5 6LY

Tel: 01306 711685

Lewes Castle & Museum

This Norman castle is over 1000 years old, with stunning views across Sussex from the top – the perfect backdrop for a family photo.  The Barbican House next door is home to the Museum of Sussex Archaeology, with a mini cinema that tells the story of Lewes and the castle from prehistoric to Victorian times.

There are lots of dressing up clothes for kids to try on, trails to follow, plus quizzes and activity boxes available for families to get stuck into throughout the site.

Opening times:
March to October: 10:00am-5:30pm (11am Sundays and Bank Holidays)
November to February: 10:00am-3:45pm (11am Sundays and Bank Holidays)

Where: 169 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1YE

Tel: 01273 486290


Madame Tussauds

Rub shoulders with the stars at one of London’s favourite attractions and experience Hollywood, Bollywood, the Royal Family and Rock Royalty to name a few.

Where: Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR

Nearest tube station Baker Street.

Tel: 0871 894 3000

Nymans (NT)

National Trust gardens, set around a romantic house and ruins.  Explore the garden and woods or discover hidden treasures in the house. Activity and spotter sheets will keep little ones happy while our seasonal trails in the garden and geocaching in the woods are fun for everyone.

Where: Handcross, near Haywards Heath, RH17 6EB

Tel: 01444 405250

Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.

Permanent indoor exhibits exploring astronomy, the Earth & beyond, and Light & Colour, plus large, interactive exhibits in the garden – designed to be a ‘science playground’ to explore concepts such as force, movement, sound and water.

Admission: £8.25 adult, £6.25 child (4-16 years)

Where: Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731



Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

Approx 1.5hrs drive from Crawley.

Paultons Park Theme Park including large adventure playground based on Peppa Pig, with 7 rides, indoor playzone, splash park and much more Peppa-themed fun.

Where: Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, SO51 6AL

Tel: 023 8081 4442

Petworth House and Park (NT)

A stately mansion in the South Downs housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.  New in the mansion for our youngest visitors, pick up a Petworth Play Bag and match colours, feel textures, look for shapes and pose like a sculpture.

With 700 acres to explore there are endless opportunities for walking at Petworth. Download one of our trails and try out the Park Explorer to get the most out of your stroll.

Where: Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9LR

Tel: 01798 342207

Polesden Lacey (NT)

Looking for new ways to explore the outdoors as a family? Surrey’s Polesden Lacey offers experiences the whole family will love. From free binoculars to borrow to the Squirrel’s Corner adventures playground, there’s something here for everyone!

With 1400 acres of grounds at Polesden, why not bring the family and the dog, and take a walk in this beautiful setting.

Grounds open 10:00am-5:00pm, with house opening at 11:00am.

Where: Great Bookham, Nr Dorking, RH5 6BD



Pooh Corner – Ashdown Forest

Pooh Corner is the ‘Gateway’ to Pooh Country and gives information about the locations of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories and the famous Poohsticks Bridge within Ashdown Forest. This surprising establishment is also home to the world’s largest collection of ‘Pooh-phernalia’.

If you plan to visit the actual ‘Pooh Places’, call in to Pooh Corner first and Pick up your FREE Map.  There are no charges to visit Pooh Corner or any of the real Pooh Places and they are open to the public throughout the year.

Where: High Street, Hartfield, TN7 4AE

Tel: 01892 770456

River Wey Navigations (NT)

Tranquil waterway running for nearly 20 miles through the heart of Surrey.

The award winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on them.  Visitors can see where the huge Wey barges were build and climb aboard ‘Reliance’, one of three surviving barges.

Boat trips available.

Where: Navigations Office and Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RR

Tel: 01483 561389


Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

A great little family Museum, situated in Great Missenden (approx. 1hr 15 mins from Crawley), the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years.

The Museum, aimed at ages 6-12, features three hands-on galleries and is home to the Roald Dahl archive.

Open Tuesday-Sunday (plus some Mondays in school holidays).
Adult admission £6.60, Child £4.40, Under 5s FREE.

Where: 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL
Tel: 01494 892192


Royal Pavilion Brighton

An exotic palace in the centre of Brighton, offering a unique experience for all the family. Audio guides are available for £2, with a special tour for children, timed so that they can follow the tour at the same pace as other family members.

The Royal Pavilion Tearoom offers a perfect half-way stage to rest those legs and enjoy a snack, lunch, afternoon tea, or ice-cream.

Children’s trails available to download in advance of your visit.

Open 9:30am-5:45pm April to September; 10:00am-5:15pm October to March

Where: 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE

Tel: 0300 029 0900


Scotney Castle (NT)

Scotney Castle is a great place to visit as a family. With plenty of activities on offer and over 780 acres of parkland and woodland to explore as well as the house and garden and Old Castle, there’s so much here for all the family to enjoy.

Where: Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8JN

Tel: 01892 893820

Sea Life Centre, Brighton

Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths at the world’s oldest operating aquarium and see over 3500 amazing creatures.

Where: Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TB

Tel: 01273 604234

South Downs Light Railway

Volunteer run railway from Pulborough Garden Centre.

Trains run from March to September and are usually hauled by a real coal burning steam engine. It’s great fun for adults and children alike.

Trains run every 15 minutes between 11am and 12.30pm, and 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, and also on Wednesdays in school holidays.

Adults £2. Children £1.

Where: Pulborough Garden Centre, Stopham Road, Pulborough, RH20 1DS

Tel: 07518 753784


Spa Valley Railway

The Spa Valley Railway is a great value family-orientated day out, with full sized steam and heritage diesel trains providing a regular service between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge, and as the background for a number of special events between March and October. Peppa Pig, Paddington Bear and Thomas the Tank Engine are all regular visitors to the line.

Where: West Station, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY; Eridge Station, TN3 9LE; High Rocks Station, TN3 9JJ

Tel: 01892 537715



Standen House and Gardens (NT)

Arts and crafts family home with Morris & Co interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden.

Wonderful walks through 100 acres of the original Standen estate, including ancient bluebell woods and meadowland.

Opening times: House – 11.00am-4.30pm, Garden 10.00am-5.00pm. Winter opening (from 31st October 2017): House – 11.00am-3.30pm, Garden 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed 24th-25th December.

Where: West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4NE

Tel: 01342 323029

Sussex Prairie Garden

Britain’s largest “Prairie” or “Naturalistic” garden with eight acres of stunning garden to roam around. Unlike most gardens of a comparable size, we have no castle or stately home, and encourage visitors to walk into the borders to enjoy the plants up close.

Why not pause in our teashop and sample our homemade cakes, sandwiches and refreshments.

Opening times: open 6 days a week from 1st June until 15th October 1pm-5pm (closed Tuesdays)

Where: Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9AT

Tel: 01273 495902



Toy and Model Museum

An Aladdin’s cave of toys and models for all ages.

Historic undercroft arches of Brighton railway station transformed into over 4000 square foot of toys and models including trains, boats, dolls, domestic toys, puppets and planes.

£6.50 adult, £4 child. Designated parking within 50 metres.

Where: 52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4EB

Tel: 01273 749494

Tulleys Farm

A seasonal family events venue running a variety of attractions through the year.  In addition, Tulleys Tea Room and Animal Patch are open every day of the week for most of the year serving a range of hot and cold food, cakes and drinks.

Where: Turners Hill Road, Crawley, RH10 4PE

Tel: 01342 718472

Wakehurst Gardens

Wakehurst is a beautiful botanic garden in West Sussex, managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the area, enjoy afternoon tea or learn about the essential conservation work of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. With natural play areas for the children, and wildlife all around, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

Where: Selsfield Road, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, RH17 6TN

Tel: 01444 894066

Wings Museum, Balcombe

Come and see original items from the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Home Front including the real Dad’s Army, Russian Front, D-Day, Bomber Command, and US 8th Air Force.

Open Saturdays and Sundays (March-October)

Adults £8, children £4. Under 5s free. (Please note, the museum does not accept card payments)

Where: Unit 1, Bucklands Farm, Brantridge Lane, near Balcombe, RH17 6JT

Winkworth Arboretum (NT)

Created in the early 20th century, this hillside arboretum now has more than 1000 species of shrubs and trees, many of them rare.  There is always something new to see no matter what time of year.  In the summer it is an ideal place for family days out and picnics, and in winter you can take a peaceful stroll among the hollies and snowdrops.

Where: Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD

Tel: 01483 208477

WWT Arundel

Spot water voles from the boat safari, hand feed rare geese at World Wetlands and stroll gentle pathways to quiet spots to watch Sussex wildlife. Stunning views from the café make it perfect for relaxing, and kids will love the play areas and pond dipping.

Children under 4 get in for free.

Where: Mill Road, Arundel, BN18 9PB

Tel: 01903 883355