16 great things to do this June half term!
May half term crept up on you a bit too quickly this year? Don't worry, Muddy has you covered with the best family-friendly things to do over the hols right here in your hood.
Sea Life, Brighton, open daily
There is always something to delight the kids at the World’s oldest aquarium with over 5,000 sea creatures and even a glass bottom boat trip. And, until 3 July you can actually meet Peppa Pig (squeals!).
The Eastbourne Eye, Western Lawns, open throughout summer
Woah. Eat your heart out the London Eye as we have our own in the shape of this bad boy in Eastbourne that comes in at a whopping 160ft tall – making it the UK’s largest transportable Ferris wheel that gives cracking panoramic views over the town and coastline.
The Outdoors Project, clubs throughout Sussex, various dates
Love this holiday club with franchises all over the county. Kids can enjoy loads of outdoor activities with exercise, learning, nature, wild time with space for creativity & imagination (but they don’t promise they’ll be clean when they come home!). Where do we sign?
Bodiam, Standen & Sheffield Park Half Term Trails, 28 May – 5 June
Get them off the screens and out to explore at these National Trust sites over the holiday. Get involved with a nature trail including Colour Bingo at Sheffield Park and Spot the Unicorns at Bodiam.
Wilderness Woods, Hadlow Down
Always loads going on here including art workshops, weekly Mini Movers dance classes outside for children from 1 to 5, plus wood-work and crafting demos for the family.
Paultons Park, Hampshire, open year round
It’s worth travelling over the border for a full day here, its’ just on the edge of the New Forest. They have over 70 rides and attractions, animals and special events. Plus this spring they have this new roller coaster The Farmyard Flyer for young thrill seekers.
Painting Pottery Cafe, Brighton & Kilnwood Studio, Uckfield
Get the kids creative with colour at one of these pottery painting cafes where they can pick out items and turn them into *ahem* masterpieces.
Alice in Wonderland, Nymans, 30 May
Enjoy an outdoor theatre production of the much-loved Lewis Carroll story in the stunning grounds of Nymans. Curiouser and curiouser!
Pells Pool, Lewes, open selected dates
If we’re lucky with the weather get them in the water here at the UK’s oldest freshwater pool. Be warned it’s not heated so expect some chattering teeth! Booking essential.
Weald & Downland Museum, 28 May – 5 June
If your family loves to explore, discover and learn in the fresh air, they’ll love all the hands-on activities at this outdoor attraction with a theme of celebrations to mark the Jubilee.
Pop Princesses, Chequer Mead East Grinstead, 29 May & White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 31 May
A kids pop concert with a difference with four ‘Princesses’ who, (what a coincidence), just love to sing! It’s a girly mix of pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, & Taylor Swift plus songs from all their favourite films.
Sky Park Farm, West Harting
Sky Park Farm is a one-stop shop for holidays, with nature walks, play area, farm shop and a seriously good family restaurant (no turkey twizzlers here!).
Half Term events, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, nr Horsham
There’s heaps going on at this gorgeous gardens including wildlife, a Jubilee Afternoon Tea, walks plus activities for National Children’s Gardening Week to encourage children to enjoy and learn about being green fingered.
Brick Wonders, Novium Museum, Chichester, until 5 June
Yep, that really is made out of LEGO® ! The Brick Wonders room at this small museum will transport kids around the world where they can spot sights such as an Egyptian pyramid, the Grand Canyon and the International Space Station, all made out of those wonderful little bricks.
3D Eastbourne Heritage Trail
Make a walk a bit more interesting with this Smartphone trail round Eastbourne. Simply scan QR codes at 12 locations across town to view and rotate an uncovered artefact in full 3D.
Wakehurst, Haywards Heath
You can fill a whole day at Wakehurst, from the tree trunk play area (above) to the Millennium Seed Bank and acres of forests to explore in between. Plus you can get a decent slice of cake in the cafe. Win win!