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

Child-Friendly Activities in the South East this Summer


With the school summer holidays fast-approaching, we’ve compiled a guide to the best family friendly activities across the South East.


Dinosaur Week 

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


Open Air Theatre 

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


Drusillas Park 

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


Wisley ArtsFest 

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


Science Saturdays at Petworth House 

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


Superhero Show at The Look Out Discovery Centre 

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


Living History Day 

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


Wild Woodland 

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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