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Family Fun Days Out & Weekend Breaks

If you’re planning a “staycation,” weekend breaks with kids or searching for family day out ideas and things to do with kids, there’s no better place than the beautiful South of England.  

Over recent years the South East has worked tirelessly to ensure it remains an ideal holiday destination with a magnitude of family days out and attractions. With a multitude of blue flag beaches, hundreds of things to do while the sun is shining, great value holiday parks and free festivals and events; the South East offers parents and children an unforgettable UK holiday without breaking the bank.

What's on for families this weekend?

See our list of family events to see what's happening close to you this week and use the map view to find something nearby. There are many free things to do with attractions also putting on extra activities during school holidays giving you plenty of ideas for your weekends away with the kids.

Best family fun days out & things to do with kids in 2017

Hampshire

  • Away Resort's Mill Rythe  offers catered Family breaks with a superb range of facilities and services in an attractive and secluded location.
  • Discover the national collection of artillery at Fort Nelson.
  • If you're looking for some 'weather proof' family fun during the holidays, Rock Up is the ultimate adventure destination. With 26 indoor climbs suitable for children from the age of 4 - plus harnesses to fit mum and dad too.
  • At the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is a multi-award winning family day out with something for everyone.
  • Situated in the stunning New Forest, Sandy Balls is the perfect place to escape the everyday.
  • Chewton Glen is a luxury country house hotel and spa set in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park.
  • The leading UK maritime museum and home to the world-famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard also offers hands-on fun.

East Sussex

  • Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas.
  • Proud Country House is set in acres of stunning woodland and parkland in the heart of Sussex.

West Sussex

  • Wakehurst boasts formal and ornamental gardens, woodlands, wildlife and a nature reserve. It is also home to the Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world.
  • Fontwell Park holds 24 race meetings each year, including the busiest fixture of the year on Boxing day. There is plenty to do for the whole family and don't forget to catch the family fun days.
  • The multi-award winning Fishers Adventure Farm Park is the much-loved family day out in the heart of the lovely West Sussex countryside.
  • The Loxwood Joust is the most spectacular mediaeval festival in the realm taking place at the enchanted Loxwood Meadow, West Sussex. 
  • Ride a guided boat through bustling wetlands at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre.

Berkshire

  • Enjoy a walk along the Thames Path National Trail, or choose a circular walk that starts from the river bank along the River Thames.

Kent

  • Get ready for an adventure and enjoy 10% off at Go Ape with two locations in Kent

Surrey

Buckinghamshire

  • Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction.

Oxfordshire

  • There's always lots of fun to be had for the whole family at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.
  • Finest Hour Experiences provides luxury gift vouchers and aerobatic flying experiences, which can be redeemed in exchange for flights in its fleet of immaculately-restored aeroplanes.
  • Inspiring, entertaining and interactive...the River & Rowing Museum is so much more than a Museum!
  • Visit Wonder Woods at Stonor - where children up to the age of 15 will have hours of entertainment swinging, jumping, sliding, climbing and splashing.

Isle of Wight

  • With free unlimited return visits over a seven day period, award-winning Robin Hill definitely qualifies as one of Isle of Wight's favourite country attractions.
  • Overlooking the stunning South coast of the Island and set in beautiful cliff top gardens, Blackgang Chine offers an enchanting experience like no other. 

Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs

The Festival of Steam and Transport

It is ‘Full Steam Ahead’ once again at the annual Festival of Steam and Transport on Easter Sunday and Monday 1 and 2 April 2018...