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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 2019

Hampshire

  • Set in mature woods and ancient meadowland, this award-winning Solent Hotel & Spa offers a warm, country house welcome yet it is only a stone’s throw from the M27, located midway between Southampton and Portsmouth.
  • Explore The Mary Rose Museum and the remains of Henry VIII’s favourite ship, recovered from the seabed in one of the most challenging archaeological excavations of all time.

East Sussex

  • 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 fun at the award-winning Drusillas Park, East Sussex and explore the zoo and meet over 100 different species of animal!
  • 1066 Country: Over 40 attractions set in beautiful coastal and countryside locations, you won’t have to spend too long in the car to experience the best of 1066 Country. Visit a fairy tale castle, watch a  medieval battle, hire a sea or river kayak, run wild in the country park. For family attractions, special offers and free things to do see.
  • Take to the skies to see Brighton and the South Coast as you have never seen them before with British Airways i360!
  • Take a step back to the 1870s to help Phileas Fogg on a thrilling immersive theatrical adventure around the world.  You’ll need your wits and courage to complete a truly daring quest full of challenges and puzzle across 5 continents at Phileas Foggs World of Adventures.
  • Charleston, the home of the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell (sister of Virgina Woolf), became the country meeting place for the group of writers, artists and intellectuals known as Bloomsbury. The interior forms a unique example of their decorative style.

West Sussex

  • The multi-award winning  Fishers 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 with an unrivalled programme of mediaeval mayhem.
  • Nestled at the foot of the South Downs just 6 miles north of Chichester, West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest restored English gardens open to the public today.
  • Wakehurst has been managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1965. The collections are in general arranged geographically to create an 80 minute walk through the temperate forests of the world
  • With its quintessentially English setting amongst the rolling West Sussex countryside, the historic 12,000 acre Goodwood Estate, home to the Dukes of Richmond for over three hundred years, features an eclectic combination of thrilling unconventional experiences, breath-taking vistas, priceless works of art, organic and award-winning produce.

Kent

  • Everyone can spend time looking at the beautiful interiors and historic elements in the Castle as you discover the childhood home of Anne Boleyn 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.
  • The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum tells the story of Britain’s most famous fighter station through the personal experiences of those who served there, and the community who supported them.
  • Set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside, the Rare Breeds Centre offers fun and adventure for all the family.

Surrey

  • Escape to the woodland playground and floral gardens at Watts Gallery Artists' Village.
  • Visit Guildford and stay in the Guildford Harbour Hotel, Mandolay Hotel or Angel Posting House in the town centre, or enjoy tranquillity of  hotels in the surrounding Countryside.  Experience numerous quality dining options and don’t forget to taste some Silent Pool Gin or local Albury or Denbies wine. 

Berkshire

Buckinghamshire

  • Whatever the Season and whatever the Weather, you’ll always find stacks of Animal fun, Indoor Play & Outdoor Adventure at Odds Farm Park.
  • This great little award-winning Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds and their families, has three fun and fact-packed galleries full of hands-on displays and activities. 
  • Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. 

Oxfordshire

  • Head to Henley and join the fun at The River & Rowing Museum.
  • The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic  restaurant and  punt station close to the centre Oxford. Established in 1904 and  it has been  a family run for over 50 years as a working Boathouse and restaurant with over 80 handmade punts in the water.

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.

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