Cloudy sky before the storm at Halnaker windmill.

Walk the woods with alpacas

Climb Blackdown Hill through the vineyards, hire bikes from the Cycle Shop in Midhurst, play great golf courses at Hindhead and Liphook, or catch some polo at Cowdray. Kids can meet furry friends at Fisher’s Farm Park, dig the sands at West Wittering, go back 500,000 years at The Novium, or walk the woods with alpacas.

A father and daughter have stopped their bike ride to enjoy the view and chat. A father and daughter have stopped their bike ride to enjoy the view and chat. A father and daughter have stopped their bike ride to enjoy the view and chat. A father and daughter have stopped their bike ride to enjoy the view and chat.
 Godolphin Hall - kate & tom's Large Holiday Homes

Country kids

Get down to Fisher’s Farm Park for friendly animals, outdoor rides, indoor play, theatre shows and thrilling attractions. Or how about Harbour Park, right on Littlehampton’s award-winning sandy beach? Take a spin on the Whirlpool Waltzer, swim with friendly fish on the Ocean Coaster, or enjoy family favourites such as dodgems and mini golf.

Make it a beachy day out at West Wittering, with its large, unspoilt sand, great views of Chichester harbour and the South Downs, and kitesurfing and windsurfing. Or try East Wittering beach for the kind of sand that’s perfect for building castles. Or head to Littlehampton for the promenade, amusements, theme park and 1000-foot bench.

Go back through 500,000 years of history at The Novium, a museum built around the remains of a Roman bathhouse. Sit in the 100-seat theatre at the South Downs Planetarium Science Centre and see convincing celestial events without cloud cover or light pollution. Or see priceless historic aircraft at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.

Pick from a huge range of activities at Cobnor Activities Centre including dinghy sailing, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, raft-building and powerboat trips. Hack across the Sussex Downs with Willowbrook Riding Centre. Or take a walk through the woods with new furry friends at Dunreyth Alpacas.

Meerkat on the lookout.

For the grown ups

Bring your wellies and walk from the door. Just a mile outside the gate are the South Downs. Climb Blackdown Hill through the vineyards and enjoy spectacular views right out to sea from Sussex’s highest point. Or take countless footpaths from around the house for shorter strolls or day hikes.

Hire bikes from the Cycle Shop in Midhurst. Bring your clubs to play great courses at Hindhead, Liphook and Goodwood. See the Roman city of Chichester with its cathedral or visit Arundel for its castle. Catch some polo at Cowdray, horse-racing and motor-sport at Goodwood, or fly a fighter plane from the cockpit at The Spitfire Experience.

Take a narrowboat ride with Wey and Arun Canal Trips along the idyllic Loxwood Link section of the Surrey/West Sussex border. See one of the National Trust’s finest art collections at Petworth House. Dine, drink, work out and have fun at Chichester Gate. Or head up the i360 or just along the pier at breezy Brighton.

See the largest Roman home in Britain at Fishbourne Palace. Enjoy some bubbles in the sun at Tinwood Estate Vineyard. Potter one of the finest restored public gardens in England at West Dean. Wander through a 300-foot pergola, and see restored Victorian glasshouses, walled kitchen gardens, sunken garden and orchards.