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Family Fun

If you would like help planning your holiday or day out, contact Burgess Hill Tourist Information Centre at 96 Church Walk, telephone: 01444 238202, email: touristinformation@burgesshill.gov.uk. Our knowledgeable staff would be happy to help.

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Amberley Working Museum
(45 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Amberley Museum is a 36 acre open-air site set in the South Downs National Park. Dedicated to recording the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and historic bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), a Connected Earth telecommunications hall, an electricity hall, a printing workshop and much more. The Museum is also home to traditional craftspeople, such as the broom-maker, blacksmith and potter, plus a restaurant, gift shop and numerous picnic areas where the lovely countryside surroundings can be enjoyed. For more information visit Amberley Museum.

 

Arundel Wetland Centre
(45 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Set in 200 acres of spectacular parkland, visitors have the option to take a lakeside walk and enjoy the amazing local wildlife or they can participate in a spot of fishing.  Arundel Wetland Centre offers a varied programme of events and activities for all ages. For more information visit the WWT website.

 

The Ashdown Forest Centre & Llama Park
(35 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the ‘home’ of Winnie-the-Pooh. For more information visit the Ashdown Forest website.

 

Bedelands Farm Local Nature Reserve, Burgess Hill

The Nature Reserve consists of ancient meadows, woodland, hedgerows and ponds, covering 33 hextares (80 acres). For more information visit our Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve page.

 

Beech Hurst Park & Miniature Railway, Haywards Heath
(10 minutes from Burgess Hill)

This popular local heritage park covers an area of just under 6 hectares and hosts some beautiful views of the South Downs and has a wide range of facilities on offer including the Miniature Railway, Children’s Playground, Croquet Lawn, Artificial Bowling Strip, Petanque Pistes, Restaurant and much more. For more information visit the District Council website.

 

Bluebell Railway, East Sussex
(25 minutes from Burgess Hill)

A heritage Steam Railway running through the glorious Sussex countryside. The Bluebell Railway runs regular events and special themed visits. For more information visit the Bluebell Railway website. 

 

Borde Hill Garden, Park and Woodland, Nr Haywards Heath
(15 minutes from Burgess Hill)

A fun day for all the family with a new adventure playground and the famous botanically-rich garden with rare trees and shrubs. The 200 acres landscape offers magnificent views across the High Weald. For more information visit the Borde Hill website.

 

Drusillas, Near Lewes
(35 minutes from Burgess Hill)

A brilliant small zoo, Drusillas Park offers an opportunity to get nose to nose with nature with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and crocodiles to penguins and meerkats. But animals are only half the fun – Go Wild! Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure are perfect for anyone who needs to let off steam and the resident Thomas the Tank Engine offers a train service 362 days a year. For more information visit the Drusillas website.

 

Fishers Farm Park, Wisborough Green
(30 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Fishers Farm Park is the multi award-winning all-inclusive attraction offering a unique mixture of farmyard and adventure play – the ideal place for family visits. This Park was designed with children in mind, particularly 2-12 year olds. For more information visit the Fishers Farm website.

 

Glowballs
(30 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Brighton Marina’s very own 12 hole indoor ultra violet crazy golf course. Based on a Jurassic or Tropicana theme, players can enjoy putting amongst wonderful life size neon glowing sculptures and vivid wall art. Fully air-conditioned. Perfect for any day of the year. For more information please visit the Glowballs website.

 

Go Ape
(20 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Explore the forest canopy scaling wobbly bridges, Tarzan swings and zip wires. With a Treetop Challenge, a Treetop Adventure and a brand new Forest Segway has you covered for all levels of excitement. Visit the Go Ape website for more information.

 

Godstone Farm, Surrey
(40 minutes from Burgess Hill)

A Childrens Farm set in beautiful countryside, housing many animals, ponds and nature trails. For more information visit the Godstone Farm website.

 

Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest, Tunbridge Wells
(45 minutes from Burgess Hill)

There’s magic and mystery, history and intrigue, romance and peace at these beautiful award winning gardens.  With a wonderful programme of special events throughout the season there’s bound to be something to interest you and your family. For more information visit the Groombridge Place website.

 

Guildford Spectrum, Surrey
(1 hour from Burgess Hill)

A fantastic family fun day out with the options of ice skating, tenpin bowling or swimming in the leisure pools. For more information visit the Guildford Spectrum website.

 

 

Every care has been taken in preparing this information, but you are advised to check the details with the organisations concerned to avoid any possible disappointment. None of these firms have been inspected by Burgess Hill Town Council and no recommendation is intended. Distances have been calculated using the AA Route Planner.

 

 

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Jill Windmill
(15 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Jill Windmill is situated above Clayton Village, along with her neighbour Jack (in private ownership), standing atop the scenic South Downs with spectacular views of the Sussex Weald. Jill Windmill was moved to her present site in 1852. After years of neglect she has been restored to working order and grinds flour occasionally. Whether you drive up to see the windmill or enjoy a picnic or drop in as part of a long distance walk along the Downs you will have the opportunity to step back more than one hundred years into a working windmill. For more information please visit the Jill Windmill website.

 

Jump In – Inflatable Theme Park
Burgess Hill

The South’s ONLY inflatable theme park offering 25,000sqft of pure inflatable heaven! Alongside this there is also a kids giant soft play and a comfortable cafe for parents to relax whilst they wear the kids out! Just minutes from the A23, accessible from Brighton, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham and surrounding towns. For more information visit the Jump In website.

 

Knockhatch, Near Eastbourne
(45 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Set in 80 acres of countryside, the Park offers a wide variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities, from crazy golf, to indoor soft play, quadapillar barrel rides, boating, go-karts, bungee trampolines, birds of prey displays, animals and more…! There’s something for all the family, no matter what the weather! For more information visit the Knockhatch website.

 

The Lavender Line
(30 minutes from Burgess Hill)

The Lavender Line is a preserved railway that boats a fantastic family atmosphere in the heart of East Sussex. The railway travels for a two mile round trip between the village of Isfield and Worth Halt located in the Parish of Little Horsted. At Isfield you will find the headquarters of the Lavender Line which includes an original Victorian station and signal box. For more information visit the Lavender Line website.

 

Phileas Foggs World of Adventures
(15 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Described as a similar type of experience to the Crystal Maze, beat the clock and complete as many skill, mental and mystery games in your team before the time runs out. All of this takes part in 14 elaborate and exotic sets. With live actors amongst sets created by designers from Harry Potter, James Bond & Star Wars films the experience is suitable for everyone however the challenges are recommended for ages 7+. For further information please visit the Phileas Fogg website.

 

Monkey Bizness, Lewes
(30 minutes from Burgess Hill)

An indoor children’s multi-activity centre, incorporating exciting and challenging adventure play equipment as well as a healthy restaurant and dedicated party rooms. For more information visit the Monkey Bizness website.

 

Sealife Brighton
(25 minutes from Burgess Hill)

The world’s oldest operating aquarium with over 150 marine species and 57 displays plus an underground tunnel and Lulu, the giant sea turtle. A magical experience for all the family. Save money and book your Sealife Brighton tickets at the Town Council Help Point! 

 

Stoneywish Nature Reserve, Ditchling
(10 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Stoneywish is a lovely Nature Reserve with wildlife walk, small farm holding, large play/picnic area, tea room and gift shop. For more information visit the Stoneywish website.

 

Tilgate
(20 minutes from Burgess Hill)

The award-winning Tilgate Park Centre is home to over 100 species of animals including the ever-popular meerkats, lemurs, pigs and reindeer. See weird and wonderful creatures such as tapir, serval, capybaras, macaws and chameleons. Take a walk around the famous lakes and woodlands, enjoy the maze and relax in the peaceful, landscaped gardens. Open all year around (excluding 25th Dec). For more information please visit the Tilgate website.

 

The Triangle Leisure Centre
Burgess Hill

The Triangle is a large leisure centre offering a wide range of sporting and leisure activities. It has a competition swimming pool, a leisure pool with slides and rapids, a baby pool and an outdoor pool. The Health Club has a modern gym and sauna / steam room. A variety of classes are available, from yoga to martial arts.  There are squash, badminton, tennis and netball courts and a full size synthetic football pitch which can be split into three for ‘5-a-side’. For more information visit the Places for People website.

 

Tulleys Farm
(30 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Tulleys is renowned worldwide for an unique experiences for families, adults and groups. This includes Escape Rooms, Christmas & Halloween Experiences. They also run a year round tea room and play park. For more information please visit the Tulleys website.

 

Washbrooks Family Farm, Hurstpierpoint
(10 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Washbrooks is a working family farm with exciting adventure play areas and an indoor heated playroom, tea rooms and shop. For more information visit the Washbrooks website.

 

Weald & Downland Museum, Near Chichester
(1 hour 5 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Set in 50 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside this is a very special place to wander amongst a fascinating collection of nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century, many with period gardens, together with farm animals, woodland walks and a picturesque lake. For more information visit the Weald & Downland website.

 

Wey & Arun Canal Trust, West Sussex and Surrey
(45 minutes from Burgess Hill)

The Trust has several ongoing restoration projects, and lengths of the canal are now in water. A 30-seat trip boat on the canal runs cruises on the idyllic Loxwood section of the canal. Boat Trips every Weekend & Bank Holiday until October. For more information visit the Wey & Arun Canal website.

 

Wilderness Wood, East Sussex
(35 minutes from Burgess Hill)

Wilderness Wood is a unique family-run working woodland park in the beautiful hills of the Sussex High Weald. The Park covers 61 acres of beautiful and peaceful woodland with trails, a playground, picnic places, a tea room, tea garden and exhibitions. Friendly and informal, it is great fun for children and eye-opening for grown-ups. For more information visit the Wilderness Wood website.