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.
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.
You can always count on our many National Trust landmarks to provide a whole host of family-friendly activities and, of course, Easter is no exception. From Cadbury Easter egg hunts taking place across all locations to spring crafts, wildlife investigations and activities with kids’ favourites like the Gruffalo, you’re guaranteed a great day out whilst also exploring some of West Sussex’s culture. Check out the Easter egg rolling fun at Devil’s Dyke near Saddlescombe Farm or follow the Gruffalo Trail at Wakehurst.
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.
The start of April always signifies a season of magical re-enactments, hands-on workshops and action-packed events at Arundel Castle.
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.
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 Ridgeview Wine Estate? The vineyard welcomes drop in visitors between 11am-4pm for tastings, or you can book onto a classic tour. If the weather is nice, you might even choose to stay and enjoy a hamper of local produce.
Nearby must-visit: Nestled within the South Downs and close to many of the county’s vineyards, The Ginger Fox is a fantastic gastropub with delicious seasonal menus.
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.
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.
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.
Nearby: Stop off at The Crown at Turners Hill for a traditional home cooked pub meal to reward yourselves after a long day.
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 the springtime walk around Angmering Park Estate, as well as the woodlands surrounding Nymans.