News articles - 2021

Summer holidays

Date: 28 July 2021

If you’re looking for some ideas for some great days out with the kids this summer, the below websites and schemes will be sure to give you some inspiration.

Children's Fun Sessions in Horsham Park


The ever-popular free children's fun sessions return to Horsham Park this summer, including Puppets and Magic Shows.


Shows are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2pm and 3.15pm in the school holidays. Held on the Podium in Horsham Park next to Kaya Cafe, each show lasts approximately 45 minutes.


There is no need to book a show, just turn up and enjoy.


For more information, click here.


Compass Card


The Compass Card is a discount card for 0 to 25 year olds with special educational needs or disabilities in Brighton & Hove or West Sussex. You can use the card at lots of leisure venues to get discounts or special offers, so you end up paying less to have fun!


Discover the full range of Compass Card offers here.


To get a Compass Card, you need to register on the ‘disability register’ for Brighton & Hove (Compass B&H) or West Sussex (Compass WSx). To find out more, including whether you’re eligible for a card, click here


Children and Family Centres


Many children and family centres have now reopened across Sussex and can offer lots of support to anyone in need during the summer holidays. They provide the following services:


  • Drop-ins for information, advice, and guidance
  • Support for families in crisis
  • Toy Libraries offering free rental of children’s toys


Find out more on the West Sussex County Council website.


Free activities and meals during the holidays


West Sussex County Council is working with a range of providers to deliver Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) during the summer holidays. The programme is intended for school children aged four to 16 who receive benefits-related free school meals during term time.


Supported by Marcus Rashford, MBE, the programme is fully funded by the Department for Education; enabling children and young people to enjoy free of charge fun activities, as well as nutritional meals. Find out more here.


Not sure if your children are eligible? Click here to check. 

The ideas below may require payment or booking in advance.


Days Out With The Kids


With over 7,500 attractions across the country,  Days Out With The Kids is one of the biggest websites for finding family activities in the UK. From theme parks and farms, to zoos and water attractions, they’ve got everything you need to keep exploring and sharing those special memories with your little ones.


Discover more here.


Visit England


Visit South East England for lots of family fun this summer; from royal castles and flowing countryside teeming with wildlife to rolling manor houses and exciting African safari parks. Alternatively you can step back in time in medieval villages, enjoy the sea air of quintessential coastal towns, or explore historic armour filled museums and palatial architectural gems.


Whatever takes your fancy, start planning your next adventure here.


National Trust


If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors this summer, check out the National Trust. They have a range of activities from classic sports games like boules, ping pong and nine-pin bowling, to arts and crafts that’ll be sure to help the kids run off some energy.


Find out more on their website.


Let the adventures begin!

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