Entertaining Kids in South East England without Breaking the Bank

With the Easter Holidays behind us now and the summer holidays on the horizon, it won’t be long before it’s time to plan those long summer days out with kids.

These ideas are designed to be suitable for families on a budget who want to enjoy days out across the whole of the holidays rather than a one-off special day out.

Preston Park Clock by Elsie Esq on FlickrParks of Brighton

If you are looking to spend some time in the great outdoors with the kids and get them back to basics, then one of the many parks of Brighton and Hove could be a great place to start.  There are over 90 parks and public gardens in Brighton and Hove, some of the best including Stanmer Park for woodland walks along the trails, or Preston Park for balls games and a family picnic. There is also St Ann’s Wells Garden in Hove for its well-known wildlife and child friendly surroundings.

If you can persuade the kids to appreciate some history, then why not take them to the Pavilion Gardens in the centre of Brighton for a picnic in the grand surroundings of the Royal Pavilion.

Cycling with the Kids

The South East of the UK has some fantastic spots for cycling with the family. You could cycle all along the coast from Hove to the Brighton Marina without having to move onto the main roads at all. You can soak up the sun and keep your children on the right track as you make your way along the side of the pebble beach and glistening sea.

If you feel like tackling the glorious South Downs, then why not make your way over to Devils Dyke for a fun day out on the wheels while taking in the far-reaching views of East and West Sussex.

Red PandaFun with the Animals

Drusillas Park is a leading small zoo in Alfriston in Sussex and hosts a wide variety of rare species of animals, as well as newsworthy additions such as the Red Panda that came in the Easter holidays. When the sun is shining there is nothing better than tearing your kids away from the Xbox or TV to see some of nature’s fine animals. The people at Drusillas Park have made the zoo even more child-friendly with the addition of special guests making appearances all year round, from children’s favourite TV show characters to classics such as Thomas the Tank Engine’s Fat Controller.  The whole zoo is perfectly designed for family fun.

However you spend your time with the kids this summer, make sure you have a couple of nice ideas up your sleeve for when the sun makes his appearance and it’s time to venture out!

Tom Clark is a travel writer living in Brighton whilst providing UK travel advice. One of his personal favourite things to do is visiting zoos in the south.

Drusillas Park is a leading zoo in the south of the UK http://www.drusillas.co.uk/.

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Image credit to Elsie Esq

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