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Help me plan our staycation in the South East

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BendingSpoons Mon 10-Jun-19 14:49:02

We have a 3yo and a baby. Instead of going on holiday this summer we are looking at having a variety of days out. (This is probably as much for my benefit as I am a bit sad not to be going on holiday!)

We live nearish Gatwick (near M25, A3). Ideally looking for places within 60-90 mins of home. We could possibly book a night in a hotel if an area has several things to do. We will probably do one thing a week rather than all together, as would be exhausting!

I like swimming, seaside, lakes, views. DH likes countryside, walks etc. 3 yo likes the usual soft play etc. Splash parks and fun swimming pools are a particular favourite.

So far my ideas are:
Paultons/Peppa Pig World
Swimming pool e.g. Coral Reef
Coastal town - not sure where
New Forest - no specifics yet

Anyone got any suggestions?

CatToddlerUprising Mon 10-Jun-19 14:51:47

- Birdworld
- Wisley

OhMsBeliever Mon 10-Jun-19 14:54:49

Tilgate Park in Crawley.
Southwater Country Park in Horsham.
Littlehampton is my favourite beach
Brighton has paddling pool on the seafront as well as the pier etc.
Nymans Gardens or Wakehurst Place.

LIZS Mon 10-Jun-19 14:57:21

Bluebell railway/Watercress line
Bocketts farm/Godstone farm
Ashdown Forest - Winnie the Pooh walk near Upper Hartfield
Arundel castle and wildfowl reserve.

BendingSpoons Mon 10-Jun-19 15:41:55

Thank you, these are some great suggestions. I will have a busy couple of evenings looking them up.

BendingSpoons Mon 10-Jun-19 15:50:12

Some places here I have heard of and forgotten about, Birdworld, Tilgate, Bluebell railway, Littlehampton and some new ones to explore. DD absolutely loves Bocketts Farm so will probably return there to! Thanks so much everyone.

Seeline Mon 10-Jun-19 15:54:45

Groombridge Place

eurochick Mon 10-Jun-19 16:41:31

Groombridge is fab.

Hever Castle

Marwell Zoo is really nice

Bocketts and Godstone Farms are good for littlies

The British Wildlife Centre is a nice gentle day out.

waterandmilk Mon 10-Jun-19 16:43:16

Godstone farm prices are mental at the moment.

Loopytiles Mon 10-Jun-19 16:45:32

Hated birdworld, depressing!

Liked Paulton’s Park, but Peppa pig bit queues were insane. Park outside good though, plenty of rides for small DC.

Grasspigeons Mon 10-Jun-19 16:47:42

The British Wildlife Centre sort of crawly direction is good

itbemay Mon 10-Jun-19 16:48:04

West Sussex - Selsey, Chichester

redredrobins Mon 10-Jun-19 16:51:06

If you decide to do the Winnie the Pooh walk to the bridge take your own sticks for pooh sticks, the place is completely free of fallen twigs on the ground (all been found and used already).

SoupDragon Mon 10-Jun-19 16:52:22

I've never been there but there is the Llama Park on the A22 near the ashdown forest.

Butterflyone1 Mon 10-Jun-19 16:58:26

We just paid for an English Heritage membership and it's cost £105 for 15 months. They have an offer if you pay by direct debit, you get an extra 3 months on the annual membership.

What's best is the price includes two adults and up to 12 children! So you could go out with other friends and get the children in for free on your membership.

We walked around Battle Abbey and the field yesterday and it was interesting. There was also a play area and lots of sheep wandering around.

The kiddies might not be that interested in the history but I'm sure they'll enjoy being outdoors and the park.

BendingSpoons Mon 10-Jun-19 17:10:01

I was just looking at Hever Castle, remembered the splash maze from when I was younger.

Some more places I've never heard of so lots to look at! (Just to say we aren't super close to Gatwick, it was a convenient location without being too specific, hence why I am reasonably ignorant of places around Crawley etc!)

smallereveryday Mon 10-Jun-19 17:53:20

Another second for Groom bridge place - fabulous for young ones.. lots of lovely Airbnb's around Groombridge /Eridge real country cottage stuff .. take a couple of days and go to Ashdown Forest and play Pooh sticks in Hartfield.. then on the Spa Valley steam railway in Groombridge - to finish in Tunbridge Wells.. coffee and ice creams or a G&T on The Pantiles .. fabulous.

mamapolenta Mon 10-Jun-19 22:27:59

I would head out to Kent coast for a day? Broadstairs, Deal etc or maybe down to Camber Sands.
I grew up in Dorking and as kids we were taken down to Witterings near Chichester practically every weekend

mamapolenta Mon 10-Jun-19 22:31:26

Also on a rainy day, the jumpin fun inflatable theme park near burgess hill is great for wearing them out. They have special toddler sessions. It's a step up from your average soft play!

RoadrunnerMeepMeep Mon 10-Jun-19 22:37:46

Knockhatch is favorite for a summer holiday day out, good value for money.

OhMsBeliever Mon 10-Jun-19 22:40:42

Ooh, Amberley Museum. I love that place!

Soola Mon 10-Jun-19 22:41:48

Leeds castle in Kent

Ariela Tue 11-Jun-19 00:00:57

Hollycombe fairground museum/railway.
Day trip to Ryde on the ferry.
Day visit to Butlins, Bognor.

teddyhatesapples Tue 11-Jun-19 00:03:56

Moors valley- fantastic place.

teddyhatesapples Tue 11-Jun-19 00:05:06

I think it's more south west though...but bordering se!

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