Christmas Day is done, you’re stuffed with food, the kids are driving you mad, but your wallet feels significantly lighter. What can you do?
Right! You still have a few days off work, and you could do with some fresh air and exercise, so why waste them sat at home in your dressing gown?! Make the most of your time off and explore some of the beautiful free things to do in Sussex. And wear the kids out while you’re at it!
South Downs National Park
The best thing about the South Downs is that it’s virtually endless. Wherever you are in Sussex – East or West – you’re likely to be near the Downs. Put your wellies on, wear a warm hat, and go and explore nature. If it’s sunny, why not take a picnic (of Christmas leftovers, of course) to enjoy in front of a glorious view. Get some steps in, absorb the fresh air, and make the most of what’s on your doorstep.
Home to Rudyard Kipling, Rottingdean boasts a number of beautiful areas of interest. Visit the Kipling Gardens or head down to the rockpools on the beach to hunt for crabs and pretty shells. You could also head up to the windmill, which gives you a beautiful view of the county.
While Arundel’s castle is the main point of focus, you can still appreciate the beauty of the historical town outside of the grounds. Walk along the cobbled streets looking into the vintage windows, stroll up to Swanborough Lake, and either follow the trail or hire the boats for a row!
For those of you with little Winnie the Pooh fans in the family, Ashdown Forest is the place to be. Follow the footsteps of AA Milne and visit the Heffalump Trap, the Hundred Acre Wood, and Eeyore’s Gloomy Place.
Beachy Head – Seven Sisters
Perhaps one of the most infamous sections of coastline in the UK, the Seven Sisters are a glorious sight to behold regardless of the weather. Pop along to the Seven Sisters Country Park and/or Birling Gap for a naturally beautiful walk both on the clifftop and along the beach.
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Free entry for all guarantees a fascinating (and uncostly!) afternoon out. Ogle at the art work, ponder over the historical artefacts and take a look in the gift shop for the ultimate cultural pastime.
Beautiful by day or night, Brighton’s Palace Pier is fun for everyone in the family, regardless of their age. Get rid of your pesky change by playing the 2p machines and try your hand at winning a keyring or toy to commemorate the moment. If you don’t fancy parting with your cash, a brisk walk up and down the length of the pier will be sure to blow away any cobwebs, and the views from the end are fantastic.
Go for a ramble at Bramber Castle! The ruins are spectacular to look at, and the accompanying countryside walk is picturesque. Stretch those legs along another historical piece of land and make the most of what’s on our doorstep.
Cathedrals are beautiful places to visit, whether to admire the architecture or simply collect your thoughts, and Chichester doesn’t disappoint. Take the opportunity to roam around Chichester and explore a new place.
Sand dunes are gorgeous in both the height of summer and the blistery winds of winter. Many people travel from afar to visit Camber Sands in the summer, but it’s usually reserved for the locals at this time of year. The occurrence of a beautifully sandy beach in what is an area notorious for its pebble beaches, this is the perfect place to visit for a change of scenery.
For more ideas in Sussex check out Places to Visit Sussex