Easter adventures in West Sussex

The long Easter weekend provides a much-needed opportunity for escape, whether that’s a day of adventure with the family or a few nights’ getaway in secluded surroundings.

Whatever you have in mind, we’re confident you’ll find something to suit everyone on your trip and make fond memories whilst discovering the best of West Sussex.

So, we’ve put together some ideas to help you get started and inspire your upcoming spring and Easter escapades, with options for the little ones, the whole family or an adults-only escape.

Getting here

As a county well connected by rail and bus routes, getting around via sustainable methods of transportation couldn’t be easier. From London, you can travel by train to Haywards Heath or Crawley in as little as 45 minutes, and to Chichester or Arundel in an hour and a half.

For the little ones

Get moving and eat chocolate galore at one of our many historic properties

You can always count on our many National Trust landmarks and heritage properties to provide a whole host of family-friendly activities and, of course, Easter is no exception. From Easter egg hunts to spring crafts, wildlife investigations and activities, you’re guaranteed a great day out whilst also exploring some of West Sussex’s culture.

Looking for something a little different? Little ones can join Bertram Bunny on a fantasy ‘Easter Island’ story trail at Borde Hill. Embark on a journey through the Garden as you search for the treasure hidden within the story boards, left behind by the adventurous Jumping Jack Bunny fresh from his high-seas escapades.

Alternatively, head to Wakehurst Place and join Bluey and her family as they take over the gardens. With play zones across the landscape, choose from a host of different activities inspired by well-loved Bluey episodes.

Get back to nature this lambing season

Celebrate the meaning of Easter and witness new life! You can find open days and events for lambing season at Coombes Farm near Lancing and Saddlescombe Farm.


Coombes Farm Lambing
Coombes Farm


Staying the night? Check out Nunnington Farm Camp Site, a beautiful site close to the Witterings and with access to a pet park for feeding and grooming sessions with the fluffy residents. You can find more campsites and caravan parks here.

Reimagine historical characters and events

The start of April always signifies a season of magical re-enactments, hands-on workshops and action-packed events at Arundel Castle. The castle is hosting its Easter Medieval Festival from Good Friday – Easter Sunday. Step back in time to 1216 and experience King John and his loyal followers battling to fend off an invasion from France.

Travel further back in time and imagine life as a Roman at Bignor Roman Villa or Fishbourne Roman Palace. From costumes and ancient recipes to craft demonstrations and craft activities, there will be plenty to inspire your kids’ imaginations.


Fishbourne Roman Palace
Fishbourne Roman Palace

For grown-ups

Make a day of it with a vineyard tour and tasting

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and embark on a day amongst the vines. Great British Wine Tours will take care of your itinerary from start to finish, organising pick-up and drop-off, with tours and tastings at two of the UK’s top vineyards and even a classic country pub lunch.

If you’d like to spend the day at your own pace, why not head to Kingscote Estate? This impressive estate and vineyard welcomes visitors between 10am – 5pm for tours and tastings or a relaxed visit to the bar, café or shop.


The grand oak front door of Kingscote Vineyard, West Sussex
Kingscote Vineyard


Nearby must-visit: Nestled within the countryside close to many of the county’s vineyards, Gravetye Manor offers a Michelin star dining experience in this beautiful and atmospheric setting.


Gravetye Manor
Gravetye Manor

Unwind in quiet surroundings

Looking forward to a long weekend out of the office? Say no more and book yourself in for a restoring massage or luxurious relaxation package. At The Yoga Garden, you can combine all of this with a yoga session, whilst in the stunning surroundings of the Knepp Estate.


A group of ladies having a picnic outside a yurt
The Yoga Garden

Events for everyone

Get stuck into a chocolate workshop

Whether you’re a family or a group of friends, everyone will love getting their hands messy with a chocolate workshop at the Chocolatician studio in Shoreham. From the history of chocolate production to creating truffles and pouring lollipops, you can arrange a bespoke adventure that’s perfect for foodies.

Test your limits

Put your mind to the test with a day of puzzle solving, fun and thrills at the Tulleys Escape Rooms. There are different activities to choose from, suiting a range of ages, abilities and group sizes, so everyone is a guaranteed a good time.

If your group is looking for a little more exhilaration, why not head to Crawley’s Go Ape and spend an afternoon walking amongst the treetops? A choice of different routes awaits you, with thrilling zip wires and challenging crossings to navigate.


Children playing on tightrope at Go Ape
Go Ape


Nearby: Stop off at The Crown at Turners Hill for a traditional home cooked pub meal to reward yourselves after a long day.

Enjoy the great outdoors

It doesn’t cost a thing to get out into the wild and in West Sussex, there’s certainly no shortage of countryside to explore!

Easter is the perfect time to pack a picnic and witness the beauty of bluebell season, with family, friends and four legged companions. We love a springtime walk around Denmans as well as the woodlands surrounding Nymans.


©National Trust Images Paul Harris

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