Child-Friendly Activities in the South East this Summer
Find out what's going on in the South East this summer to keep the kids entertained
With the school summer holidays fast-approaching, we’ve compiled a guide to the best family friendly activities across the South East.
From the 20th – 25th August the Folkestone Museum is hosting Dinosaur Week; a fun, yet educational experience where kids can find out what life was like hundreds of millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Address: The Town Hall, 1-2 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, CT20 1DY
Telephone: 01303 257946
Tickets: FREE admission
This summer, Leeds Castle in Maidstone is playing host to an al fresco performance of Peter Pan. This children’s classic will fly all of the family away to Neverland to meet Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, Captain Hook and friends. Showing on 17th and 18th August.
Address: Leeds Castle, Maidstone, ME17 1PL
Telephone: 01622 767865
Tickets: Children, £12; adults, £15
This charming wildlife park is a firm favourite amongst locals and those travelling from further afield. Not only can you expect to see a variety of animals at this zoo, but the Park also has a range of rides that are suitable for all.
Address: Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS
Telephone: 01323 874100
Tickets: Children and adults, £17.95 each. Family tickets from £35.90
On 14th and 15th July, the Surrey branch of the Royal Horticultural Society is hosting ArtsFest – an event celebrating 250 years of the circus. Needless to say, you can expect to find a whole stack of themed activities, such as trapeze workshops and roaming magicians.
Address: RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB
Telephone: 01483 224234
Tickets: FREE to RHS members. Children (5-15 years-old), £7.25; adults, £14.50; family (two adults, two children), £37
On 4th, 11th and 18th August, book your young ones into an hour-long science workshop at National Trust-owned Petworth House in West Sussex. Attendees will take part in experiments, slime making, magic tricks and everything in-between.
Address: Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9LR
Telephone: 01798 342207
Tickets: Children, £7
The Superhero Show is coming to Bracknell this summer. This interactive science demonstration is perfect for primary school aged children and focuses on superpower experiments to build strength and invisibility.
Address: The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7QW
Telephone: 01344 354400
Tickets: Shows cost £1.95 per person, on top of entry fee. Entry fee: U4s, FREE; children (4-15 years-old), £5.20; adults, £7.60
Set in Arundel Castle, one of the most picturesque spots in the South East, Living History Day (31st July) features historical characters, face painting, archery and falconry.
Address: Arundel Castle & Gardens, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB
Telephone: 01903 882173
Tickets: Children (5-16 years-old), £11 ; adults, £13
Swallowtail Hill Farm’s Wild Woodland day is perfect for budding conservationists and wildlife lovers. Children can enjoy forestry activities, such as lighting a campfire, building dens and learning woodcrafts. The workshop takes place on Thursday 9th August, from 10am – 3pm.
Address: Swallowtail Hill Farm, Hobbs Lane, Beckley, TN31 6TT
Telephone: 01273 492630
Tickets: Child members, £18; non-members, £23
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