East Sussex is a wonderful place to holiday – there are a plethora of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether it be of an educational nature or taking a load off in the great outdoors, Shire county truly embodies the true spirit of the UK. Expect rolling, lush-green hills, historic villages of the medieval mould and breath-taking beaches. Offering sites of deep marvel, specifically the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and Beachy Head near Eastbourne, this area is a favourite for many Londoners. For foodies and shopaholics, there’s Brighton, which offers authentic shopping experiences and a multitude of hip pubs and eateries. If you’re looking for fun activities in East Sussex and cosy autumn holiday rentals, you’ve come to the right place.
We take you through some of our favourite spots and put you in the right direction in terms of where to stay, below.
Fun Activities in East Sussex
For the Children – Blue Reef Aquarium
One of our favourite fun activities in East Sussex, the Blue Reef Aquarium is perfect for the kids! Experience a real ocean safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings. Your children will be able to see the likes of seahorses, sharks that are native to the shores of the UK, a giant octopus and many more, extraordinary undersea creatures.
There’s a massive ocean display which kids will love because they’ll get to walk through a tunnel where there are thousands of tropical fish for them to see. It’s also affordable and educational.
Probably the best and most well-known small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park is a great day out for the kids! It is home to hundreds of exotic animals, including monkeys, meerkats various birdlife, and every child in the world’s favourite, the Panda!
Drusillas Park also offers an authentic experience called Go Safari! This attraction couples an African themed safari some of the most enjoyable rides the area has to offer such as the Hippopotamus, Flying Cheetahs and the Safari Express train. Trust us, your little ones will have an absolute ball.
For The Whole Family – Seven Sisters chalk cliffs & Beachy Head
A natural wonder, The Seven Sisters is a string of chalk cliffs that are found on the coast of East Sussex, located in between Seaford and Eastbourne. Many people hike from the cliffs all the way to Eastbourne, which is an option depending on how into the outdoors you are.
The walk is 11 miles in total and has many hills and is quite strenuous. It gets quite busy at Beachy Head and Birling Gap, so if you’re wanting the whole place to yourself, we suggest doing it on a weekday. It’s incredibly beautiful.
Another of our favourite fun activities in East Sussex, we highly recommend spending a day here. Brighton Marina offers so many activities including an 8-screen cinema, 26-lane bowling alley, casino, and a fitness centre.
If you’re a shopaholic, there is a wide selection of boutique stores where you’ll find many gems! The best part of the marina is the number of different restaurants, bars and café’s that are on offer. There’s something for every palate, from Asian and American to Greek and Italian.
The East Sussex Nightlife – Farm on Friday Street, Eastbourne
Feel like drinking pints in a converted barn? Of course, you do! Farm on Friday Street in Eastbourne is the place to do it. You can wind down here and wet the gullet after your hike from Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.
They have a daily changing menu and are winners of many a beer and wine award. When in season, we recommend their Pan Roasted Cod Loin that comes served with a delicious tomato, chorizo & prawn risotto.
Latest Music Bar
Keen for a night out listening to live music? Well, you should definitely go to Latest Music Bar. Amy Winehouse and Herbie Flowers have even performed at this venue.
It also hosts tongue-in-cheek sleaze evenings and some of the UK’s funniest stand-up comedians. You could say its Britain’s hipper, more unique version of the Hard Rock Café.
Places to Stay
This amazing, centrally located house has a bright orange exterior and is colourful on the inside and outside. It’s a two-bedroom so it’s perfect for smaller families. It’s perfect for whichever weather, allowing you to relax on its enclosed patio in summer, or cosy up by the log burner in winter. The second bedroom offers two single beds.
If you’re not going to be visiting! Farm on Friday Street, then you can drink pints in your very own converted barn. Enjoy a tranquil night’s sleep surrounded by countryside. When you’ve had enough of the quiet and calm, the coast at Camber Sands is not far away and the amazing villages of East Sussex and the steam railway are a short drive away.
This fantastic holiday cottage is situated at Winchelsea Beach, one of the true gems on the Sussex coast – stretches of coastline as far as the eye can see minus the crowds normally akin with such a wonderful Sussex seaside location. It’s spacious and right near the ocean.
Right in the centre of Hastings Old Town, which has recently been named “Portobello Road on Sea” due to its spectacular vintage scene, a short walk to the seafront, is this quaint 3 story property.
The property is fully furnished with a blend of antique and new making it very trendy but still comfortable with all you could dream of when it comes to a seaside holiday. There’s a magical, enclosed courtyard garden as well as an awesome kitchen where you’ll be able to cook up a storm.
There are restaurants and pubs that serve freshly caught seafood and a wide array of independent shops to explore. With so much to do in Hastings such as the Country Park, the unique inshore fishing fleet, art galleries, and museums, you’ll never run out of things to do.
Treat yourself to these fun activities in East Sussex this autumn, you won’t regret it! For more accommodation in the area, visit our listings site here.