Today’s increasingly digital world can sometimes make it feel like nature is way beyond our reach. Luckily, West Sussex is accessible, affordable and a fantastic all-round option for families looking to reconnect.

What do you look for when choosing a family holiday or short break? Vast expanses of pristine sandy beaches where you can sail, surf, swim and enjoy simple seaside pleasures, like eating fish and chips and playing in classic coastal arcades? Deserted campsites in hidden locations where phones are strictly forbidden but roaring campfires are positively encouraged? Well-connected walking routes where you can stop off for a picnic al fresco? Stunning countryside scenery with uninterrupted views of ancient downland? The chance to learn to horse ride, zip-wire through the forest, see birds of prey up close and stargaze as darkness falls and the evening birdsong begins? All of this is well within your reach in West Sussex.

If you're up for a family bike ride, don't miss out on one of our car free routes such as the Downs Link, or a ride along the promenade with plenty of places to stop for an ice cream!` Or perhaps you’d prefer one of the many water activities on offer for a family looking for a fun way to entertain their children while keeping them healthy and active.

Snuggle up under canvas, bed down for the night in a cosy bed and breakfast in a quaint Sussex village or stay at one of the child-friendly boutique or spa hotels that are dotted throughout the region. There really is something for every budget and age range.

If you’re looking for peace, tranquillity and an abundance of outdoor activities that will help you reconnect not just with each other, but also with nature, isn’t it time you booked your trip to West Sussex? It’s much closer than you think.

Activities

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Enjoying some good old fashioned family fun at Fisher's Farm Park

A truly fun day out

Ruth, Gideon, Louis & Olivia get close to nature

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Escaping it all on top of Kingley Vale

Relax and feel one with nature

Paula reflects on the varied beauty of West Sussex

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In search of secret swimming spots and learning to SUP

Family watersports fun

Discover the joy of getting out on the water

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The top picnic spots in West Sussex

Bring your picnic blanket

Discover these great places to tuck in

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Fun for all the family at Woods Mill

Explore the natural surroundings

Vicky, Barry & Megan discover nature at Woods Mill and Borde Hill Gardens

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The best Instagram-worthy spots in West Sussex

Snap away

Discover these stunning spots

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Exploring the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Follow your nose

Hugh finds solace in the peaceful trails through ancient forest

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Birdwatching at RSPB Pagham Harbour

Go beyond the beaten track

Ed and his family enjoy birdwatching at Pagham Harbour

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Top family attractions in West Sussex

Get back to nature with the family

Discover these great family days out

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A perfect family nature trail

Spend time together outdoors

Elise takes a family outing to the coast

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Top wildlife encounters in West Sussex

Discover nature close up

Get back to nature with these great family days out

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Fresh air in Horsham & Denne Hill

A bit of mud never hurt

Lucy loves to get out and stretch her legs

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A chance to catch up with Dad

A little bit of everything

Tom takes a walk on the wood side

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Mark gets some exercise and fresh air

Perfect for the kids

A pub walk from Patching for all the family

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The best things to do in the SDNP

Explore this stunning national park

Get back to nature with these great activities in the SDNP

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Woodland stroll at Angmering

Magical woodland sights

A family enjoys bluebells and fresh air

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Family ride around Chichester

A perfect family outing

Nicola and co enjoy a gentle two-wheeled adventure

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