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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 activities 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.

2020'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.

Best things to do in South East England 2020

Things to do this weekend

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. 

Pay a visit to Drusillas Park, the award-winning family attraction in East Sussex.  With over 100 different animal species, large adventure play areas and variety of children’s rides, Drusillas is fun for all the family.

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.

South Coast

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.

While visiting British Airways i360 in Brighton, on the clearest days, guests can see all the way to Beachy Head and the Isle of Wight.

Sports

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.

Best places to visit 1066 Country

  • Battle – a town build on history, this market town is dominated by an astonishing 14th century gatehouse.
  • Bexhill on Sea – cute and quirky, a timeless seaside resort and the birthplace of British motor racing.
  • Bodiam - home to an immaculately preserved moated castle, one of the finest in the world.
  • Burwash – where once Rudyard Kipling lived; his impressive house, Batemans, can be seen to this day.
  • Hastings – full of surprises, home to the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe, a magnificent Old Town and the first castle that William the Conqueror built in England. 
  • Herstmonceux - the former home of the world-famous Royal Greenwich Observatory invites visitors to lose themselves in the magic and mystery of modern science.
  • Northiam - home to the 14th century Great Dixter house and the charming Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway.
  • Pevensey - landing point for the Roman and Norman invasions is littered with artefacts and architecture from its violent past.
  • Rye - this maze of winding streets, packed with Medieval and Georgian buildings, dominated the dreams of writers Henry James and EF Benson.

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Buckmore Park Kart Circuit

Buckmore Park Kart Circuit

Experience the thrills of high speed with sharp bends, head for Buckmore Park International kart…

Museum of English Rural Life

Museum of English Rural Life

The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) is England’s most extensive museum dedicated to…

Old Thorns Championship Golf Course

Old Thorns Championship Golf Course

Old Thorns magnificent championship golf course ranges across the rolling hills of the Hampshire…

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