South East Things to Do
Whether visiting for a day, a week or a month, the South of England boasts a plethora of some of the best tourist attractions and outdoor pursuits to be had anywhere in the UK. Come rain or shine, there are endless options when you’re looking for fun things to do in the South East.
We are never short of ideas for absorbing days out that are guaranteed to satisfy every member of the family. Use the map feature on our themed pages to find something near you.
2017's Top Days Out
For thoughtful days out, delve into the southern England's rich legacy by visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the many historic houses, impressive forts and castles and inspiring churches and cathedrals – a perfect setting for a romantic escape, and in some of them you can even stay the night. For a tasteful experience, drop in on one of our fine breweries or vineyards for a glass or two (be sure to leave the car at home) or splash the cash on a spot of retail therapy at one of the area’s tempting shopping centres.
Here's our recommendations of the best things to do throughout 2017:
- Drusillas Park, East Sussex
Family day out with animals and rides
- Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire
Iconic World War II codebreaking
- Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
Designer shopping, leisure and restaurants at great prices
- Goodwood Estate, West Sussex
Stately Home, Aerodrome & Ultimate Driving
- British Airways i360, Brighton
The world's tallest moving observation tower
- 1066 Country Events
Family Fun activities
- Pashley Manor Gardens, East Sussex
One of the finest gardens in England
- Cherwell Boathouse, Oxfordshire
Delightful riverbank restaurant
- Grayshott Pottery, Surrey
One of southern England’s few remaining working potteries
- Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire
Racedays suitable for the whole family
- Didcot Events, Oxfordshire
Events and Festivals within Didcot
Looking for things to do today or this weekend? Many of our listed attractions are open all year round so simply click on one of the categories linked to on this page or do a search for your location using the form on the left of this page.
Opening times and contact details mean you can check before you travel and enjoy a stress free day out. Our What's On guide also shows a calendar of special events taking place at attractions across the south east. For a closer look at some of the best things to do and places to visit in the south, check out our videos page.
Fun For The Kids
Find things to do in South England for a great day out with the family. With some of the best theme parks in England, as well as fascinating zoos and wildlife parks, farm parks and intriguing museums, the opportunities for amusing your kids are endless. Why not take a look at our Family Fun packed with great ideas for fun days out with the family or see our dog friendly guide to the South East.
If you want to get out and about and discover even more things to do in the south, have a look at the range of guided tours or walking tours. If coastal beauty is what you're after, our things to do on the South Coast section has plenty of ideas from seaside activities to days out on award winning blue flag beaches. The British Airways i360 in Brighton is the world's tallest moving observation tower and, on the clearest days, guests can see all the way to Beachy Head and the Isle of Wight.
If all that is still not enough to fill your well-earned leisure time, ideas for active days out in the South East include our great range of golf courses, cycling and watersports. The South East is also home to some of the country's finest racecourses.
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