The summer holidays are here and for some schools, adding inset days to the break, it’s almost 7 weeks long. So you go on holiday for a few, stick the kids in holiday for some other days (some of us still have to work) but how do you fill the other time? Weather permitting, we are lucky to have loads of outdoor spaces and events going on in the city and surrounding areas. We’ve compiled a list of places you may not have considered and most are free or low cost plus accessible by public transport. Just add a packed lunch or picnic for the ultimate budget staycation.
Parks and activity areas
The Chattri Memorial, Brighton
Walks and Trails, Brighton and Hove
Withdean Woods, Brighton
The Big Park, Peacehaven
Cycle The South Downs Link, Shoreham
UNESCO Biosphere locations, Biosphere.org’s Top 10 sites from Shoreham to Brighton to Saltdean
Geocaching, a list for tourists (but accessible difficulty levels for families).
Woods Mill, Henfield
Helpful Outdoors Fun Downloads and Apps
Free leisure Swimming, throughout the school holidays, King Alfred, Prince Regent and St. Luke’s. Kids under the age of 16 with a Brighton and Hove address swim free.
Useful links: Information and application form.
The Playbus August, Mon, Tues, Wed various dates and park locations in the city. It’s National Play Day on 3rd August, perfect for meeting up with friends and letting the kids explore together!
Active For Life Days Mondays and Wednesdays, various park locations in the city.
Eastbourne Airshow 11-14th August, 10am – 6pm daily
Drop-in sock puppet making workshop, 3rd August, Open Market 11am – 1pm
Useful links: Brighton Open Market
Bikeability cycle training, now till 2nd September ages 9+, various park locations in the city.
Useful links: Booking page.
Breeze Up To The South Downs National Park, (kids go free)
Pocket Science Fair, 16th August, Moulsecoomb, 3rd September, Brighton (Synergy Centre)
Useful links: Brighton Science Facebook page
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Our community events calendar has a mixture of family and parent centric activities. After all, grown ups like to have fun too (without the kids)!
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