Days Out Crawley

Walks & The Great Outdoors

Ardingley Activity Centre

An idyllic location for sailing, windsurfing, fishing, paddle sports and more.

Junior taster sessions available.

Where: Ardingly Reservoir, Ardingly, RH17 6SQ

Tel: 01444 892549

Banstead Woods and Chipstead Downs Nature Reserve

A newly designated nature reserve that was once a deer park in the medieval period, boasting some of the finest views in the North Downs, and popular with ramblers, dog walkers and nature lovers.

Home to the new Narnia Trail, bringing to life iconic characters from the classic children’s tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Follow the trail and see Aslan, Lucy Pevensey waiting by the lamppost, and even walk through the wardrobe entrance to Narnia.

Where: Narnia trail starts at Holly Lane car park, Holly Lane, Banstead, Surrey, CR5 3NR

Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve

This wonderful Nature Reserve on the northern edge of Burgess Hill consists of ancient meadows, woodland, hedgerows and ponds, covering 80 acres. Pedestrian entry points are from a footpath near Valebridge Close and from beneath the viaduct in Valebridge Road. Parking available on Maple Drive.

Where: borders Leylands Park, Maple Drive, Burgess Hill, RH15 8DL

Bewbush Water Gardens & Ifield Mill

Made up of a northern and southern pond, as well as an area of semi-formal ponds and natural planting. Circular self-guided walks available via the boardwalk, or past the Ifield Water Mill, which is open to visiters on the last Sunday of the month (May-September). Activity sheets available to download for children to make the most of their time investigating the area.

Where: reached via Waterfield Gardens, off Gasson Wood Road, Bewbush, or via Rother Crescent, off Gossops Drive.

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 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

Broadfield Park

Ornamental gardens and landscaped lawns situated within Broadfield House’s grounds.  The site includes a small stream which spreads to form a series of shallow pools. Further downstream the valley has been dammed to form a small lake.  A marked nature trail leads from the lawns past the ponds along a boardwalk and through the woodland.

Where: accessed via the A23 or on foot via Vulcan Close.

Buchan Country Park

An excellent place for walking, watching wildlife or enjoying a picnic. We have a number of sculptures dotted around the park which families can have fun hunting for. We offer a Countryside Centre (Sundays and Bank Holidays), wildlife garden, picnic area, toilets, fishing, and hard-surfaced paths for easy walking in all weather conditions.  Free parking on site.

Where: Horsham Road, Crawley, RH11 9HQ

Chesworth Farm

Horsham’s secret paradise – a place where you can see natural wildflower meadows, walk the dog, have a family cycle ride, an meet friendly cows and rare sheep in a natural countryside setting which has been a farm since before 1086!

Open all year round, with countryside events during the summer months, including musical activities, bushcrafts, camp-building and arts and crafts.

Where: Chesworth Lane, Horsham, RH13 0AA

Devils Dyke

A legendary beauty spot on the South Downs, famous for its stunning panoramic views.

At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest dry valley in Britain.

With an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways, there’s plenty to explore for both walkers and cyclists.

Where: Devils Dyke, Nr Brighton, West Sussex (car park is 2 miles north of A27 Brighton ring road, and just off A281)

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

Go Ape, Tilgate

Enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings in our classic Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior.

Birthday party packages available including invitations, party bags, an hour in our Forest Shelter, and a T-shirt for the birthday child.

Where: Tilgate Park, RH10 5PQ

Tel: 0333 920 6267

Goffs Park

Crawley’s oldest park, set in over 50 acres and just a short walk from the town centre. Comprises a lake, woodland walks, children’s play areas, pitch and putt, model railway, pub & restaurant, museum, refreshments, toilets and free parking.

Where: Horsham Road, Southgate

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



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

Leith Hill Tower and Countryside

An area of woodland, parkland, farmland and open heath. Dowloadable walking trails available from National Trust.

Climb all 74 steps of the spiral stair at Leith Hill Tower to be at the highest point in South East England. On a clear day you can see the English Channel to the south and the clock face of Big Ben to the north.

Entry to the Tower £2 adult/£1 child. Free for National Trust members.

Where: near Coldharbour village, Dorking, Surrey

Tel: 01306 712711

Lewes Treasure Trail

Are you seeking a fun day out with the kids in Lewes?

Then why not explore Lewes on this self-guided Treasure Hunt themed Treasure Trail. Can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure?

Trail is 1.5 miles long and takes 2 hours to complete. Trail booklet should be purchased prior to leaving home.

Where: Trail starts at Tourist Information, South Downs National Park, Lewes, Bn7 2DD

Tel: 01872 263692

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

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


RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Pulborough Brooks is set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park.

The Visitor Centre and reserve is open all year and boasts a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland. Pulborough Brooks is a haven for a wide range of wildlife, and a fantastic day out for people of all ages.

Opening times: Visitor Centre open 9.30am-5.30pm daily (except Christmas Day & Boxing Day). Nature trail open daily sunrise to sunset (except Christmas Day)
Where: Uppertons Barn Visitor Centre, Wiggonholt, Pulborough, RH20 2EL
Tel: 01798 875851

Sheffield Park and Garden (NT)

Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland.

Garden open 10am-5pm until 5th November 2017, then 10am-4pm throughout winter months (closed 24th & 25th December)

Where: Sheffield Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3QX

Tel: 01825 790231

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



Tilgate Park

Voted Sussex’s number one children’s attraction, Tilgate Park has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks. As well as all this Tilgate Park also boasts some excellent facilities, including a nature centre, Go Ape, adventure play area and an outdoor gym. There is also a restaurant and café on site.

Where: Titmus Drive, Tilgate, RH10 5PQ

Tel: 01293 521168

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