The Sussex Santa Experience returns for the festive period and there’s so much to do! Greet the Head Elf at the Wonderland Walkway, pop into the Polar Post Sorting Office where you can write your letter to Santa, make your own Reindeer Food to take home and graduate from our NEW Reindeer Flying School, before meeting Santa himself and choosing a special surprise from the Elves’ Toy Shop.
Early booking is advised as they did sell out in 2016. Visit website for dates, times and prices. Book online and save.
Hear what Father Christmas has to say at Spring Barn Farm Park ……
Address: Spring Barn Farm Park, Kingston Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3ND. Tel: 01273 488450
Enjoy the magic and enchantment of Christmas at Drusillas Park between Saturday 18th November 2017 and Monday 1st January 2018 with the dazzling Winter Wonderland.
Visit Father Christmas in his cosy cottage and receive an early Christmas gift and don’t miss the magical illuminations; an animal themed light show synchronised to music! There will also be the chance to hug a husky and meet Santa’s reindeer on selected dates and enjoy hot doughnuts, a glass of mulled wine or a mince pie.
Saturday 18th November onwards (weekends only) Thursday 14th – Saturday 23rd December (daily)
*Please note tickets can only be purchased at Drusillas, on the day. Santa tickets are not available in advance. The Christmas Cottage is open 10am – 4.30pm (last admission to
the Park at 4pm). You will not be able to join the queue after
4pm without a ticket and the queue line will close at 4.30pm,
so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Address: Drusillas Park & Zoo, Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS. Telephone: 01323 874100 Website.
Visit Scream Barn Farm and enjoy our spookiest event yet!
Daily from 21st to 29th October, little spooks will love all the thrills of a fun – not scary – Halloween at Spring Barn Farm with a FREE Pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Carving all included in your Scream Barn Farm Pass! Wander down the Witchy Walkway and meet our real life Witches, get some temporary ink in our Terrible Tattoo Parlour, explore the spooky Halloween Maze, visit the Pumpkin Patch to get your free pumpkin and carve it on site with help from our staff (no mess at home)! Visit their website for more information and don’t forget to book online to save on your tickets!
Address: Spring Barn Farm Park, Kingston Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3ND.
Spooky Halloween week at Drusillas Park Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October 2017
Shriek Week at Drusillas Park is the perfect place to bring the kids for a fun-filled and spooky Halloween week! Drusillas which is located between Brighton and Eastbourne always conjures up oodles of eerie Halloween events and seasonal surprises to keep your little horrors half term happy! Don’t miss it!
Venture through the creepy cobwebbed corridors of Haunted Heights into the terror-tory of sin sisters, Hocus & Pocus as they play hide and shriek with the unsuspecting public!
Haunted Heights towers high above the skyline of Drusillas but deep at the heart of the derelict castle lies a ghostly secret. Thrill seekers are invited to knock on the trap door and discover the spook-tacular surprise within. Will you dare to get into the spirit of things?
Missing from the tomb of Eden’s Eye, an ancient Mummy has been seen wandering through the shadowy pathways of the twisted terror maze. Enter through the old temple ruins and unravel the mystery within…but take heed you don’t come to a dead end!
Creepy Crawly Encounters
Scuttle along to the Discovery Centre for some creepy crawly encounters throughout the week and meet some amazing mini monsters.The Discovery Centre, open between 10.30am and 4.30pm, will be swarming with weird insects, slimy molluscs, scary spiders and experts from the zoo team will be available to answer your questions.
Scooby-Doo – Wednesday 25th October
Crime solving Scooby-Doo will be coming to meet budding detectives at various intervals throughout the day. Come and investigate with the cowardly hero but don’t forget the Scooby snacks!
Fang-tastically frightening tattoos and face painting is available in the Parlour transforming little angels into witches, black cats and monsters.
Thomas Event Back on Track after Bridge Damage at the Spa Valley Railway
The planned Thomas the Tank Engine Event at the Spa Valley Railway this weekend and next will go ahead as planned as recent major damage to one of the railway bridges has now been repaired.
Chairman Chris MacRae said: “Our contractors have repaired the damage done by the bridge strike by an over height Heavy Goods Vehicle. This required a road closure by the two county council roads authorities. This disruption has caused us a lot of lost revenue and having to re plan operations due to curtailed services. It has placed huge strain on our volunteers, but thankfully we are now open again and able to run our scheduled services including “Days Out With Thomas” and our “CAMRA Beer Festival”. We are incredibly grateful to our loyal customers and supporters and to all our external partners who have pulled out all the stops to assist us during this difficult time to try and reopen the railway in time for Thomas’s arrival this weekend. Ongoing work with County and Borough Councils to prevent recurrences of such bridge strikes by over height vehicles continues.”
Visitors to the railway this weekend and next (30 Sept and 1st, 7th and 8th October 2017) can meet Thomas the Tank Engine and some of his friends from the famous railway stories including Diesel and Daisy and of course the Fat Controller. Everyone can also take a journey on a real steam train and take part in Thomas-themed activities.
Families can start their journey at Tunbridge Wells West Station before taking the branch line train to visit Thomas at Ffarquhar. After spending an hour at Ffarquhar, including meeting Thomas and the Fat Controller, watch Thomas shunting trucks or taking part in story re-enactments before returning to Tunbridge Wells again hauled by one of Thomas’s friends.
There will be further attractions in the engine shed at Tunbridge Wells West to enjoy before and after your train journey including the Imagination Station, Face Painting / Temporary Tattoos, and Vintage Penny Machines. There is also a buffet car and Thomas gift shop. The 15.10 train is also the Fat Controllers Tea Party (must be booked in advance) and is hauled by Thomas in one direction!
Special fares apply, which are cheaper if booked in advance, on the day prices: In advance:
Discover great days out with the National Trust this Autumn in Sussex.
Nothing beats heading out with the family for a walk on a crisp autumn day. Enjoy woodland trails, half-term craft activities and halloween fun.
Visit the Alfriston Clergy House and see their bumper crop of pumpkins and during half-term there is a Halloween Hunt for the children.
Join in the Folklore and fairy trail at Bateman’s. There’ll be fairies to be found in the garden over half-term and children’s tales brought to life on their trail.
Each year when Hallowe’en comes around there’s fun and games in at Bodium castle when the Crones come to visit. Are you brave enough to enter Crones’ Corner to experience their unique concoctions and magical tales.
At Sheffield Park there’s plenty to keep your little ones (and big ones too) entertained with the woodland play area, trail, climbing walls, storytelling chairs and loads of den building materials.
There’s plenty to see and do at Wakehurst, whatever the season. With natural play areas for the children, and wildlife all around, there is something to keep everyone entertained. Join in family activities Sat 14th and 15th October and in December enjoy a magical after-dark walk when the majestic woodlands are brought to life with glowing, handcrafted lanterns.
Visit Petworth Park October half-term and take part in some spine tingling activities. Enrol in the Petworth Witches and Wizards Academy and make some spooky craft to take home.