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1066 Country - Great Dixter House and Gardens

1066 Country - Great Dixter House and Gardens

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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 2018

Hampshire

  • Escape from the commotion of everyday life aboard Solent Forts’ Amazing Island Hotels (Spitbank Fort and No Man's Fort).
  • Enjoy a relaxing short break at Chewton Glen.
  • Fancy a family break where you’re never stuck for something to do? Head to the Isle of Wight this summer with Wightlink.

East Sussex

  • The Summer School Holidays just got a lot more fun at Proud Country House, Stanmer Park, Brighton!
  • Set among the domes of a former world famous observatory, The Observatory Science Centre have over 100 interactive exhibits that offer something for all ages.
  • Don’t miss out on the summer fun at the award-winning Drusillas Park, East Sussex. Beat the heat with their amazing Get Wet! splash pad or explore the zoo and meet over 100 different species of animal!

West Sussex

  • Enjoy new event every weekend during the Summer Holidays at Fishers Farm Park.
  • Summer Explorers at Wakehurst 23 July – 2 September - A bumper-packed summer holiday filled with everything from music and story-telling, to photography workshops and tree climbing.
  • The Loxwood Joust is the most spectacular mediaeval festival in the Realm with an unrivalled programme of mediaeval mayhem.
  • Matt Lucas and Caroline Quentin lead the cast in this uproarious, much-loved musical comedy directed by Daniel Evans, featuring the hits The Sun Has Got His Hat On, Leaning on a Lamppost and Lambeth Walk. Strictly limited run until 25 August at Chichester Festival Theatre.
  • Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for families, which take place at the Weald & Downland Living Museum every Wednesday in August.

Kent

  • On select weekends, join Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn in the procession to the Jousting arena where The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Jousting Tournament at Hever Castle.
  • Kent Life, where history and family fun sit side by side! A working farm, the animals, Owl Academy cuddle corner and farmyard are always popular with visitors.
  • Pick ‘n’ mix classic holiday adventures at Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate! See a family fun film, bursting with things to do, many free. Build castles and paddle along 15 sandy beaches and bays.

Surrey

Berkshire

  • Enjoy a historical break with Cliveden and enjoy one night with their compliments.

Buckinghamshire

  • Don’t miss Amazing Summer Adventures at Odds Farm Park from 21st July to 2nd September, with Knight & Princesses and Pirate Shows, Arts, Crafts, Summer-time games and Mini Land Rover Rides!

Oxfordshire

Isle of Wight

  • A famously subtropical climate, gorgeous beaches, picturesque villages and top attractions on the Isle of Wight – enjoy them all when you stay at The Royal Hotel in Ventnor.

River Thames

  • The River Thames is the perfect playground for families. Enjoy a walk along the Thames Path National Trail and discover the towns and villages along the way; London, Windsor, Reading, Henley, Marlow or Oxford. Explore on a boating holiday, take a sightseeing cruise or hire a boat (canoe, punt, rowing or motor cruiser) from a few hours or more. Visit family friendly gardens or stay in a family friendly hotel. Book a workshop at the River & Rowing Museum.

Bournemouth

  • With seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, beautiful award winning gardens and watersports galore, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all. With a wealth of accommodation from B&Bs and guesthouses to boutique hotels and four star luxury, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.