Remember my idea to share a few ideas for places to holiday in the UK? So far, I’ve written about what you can do in Suffolk, why you’ll love a break in Devon and today, it’s time for me to share why I recommend Kent and Sussex for a family holiday!
We’ve had a couple of breaks away in the Kent and Sussex area as a family and have really enjoyed ourselves each time so I thought I’d share some of our favourite places to visit in the area with you to show that you can have a great holiday there without spending a fortune.
Our top 5 Kent and Sussex memories
We’ve been to Brighton a couple of times, the first time with Jen from Mum in the Madhouse and her boys. It’s such a pretty town and I could have spend much longer wandering around the shops and just soaking up the atmosphere. We walked down the pier and the kids (and me) got super excited when we found a Zoltar fortune telling machine like the one from the movie Big which we’d only just watched at home. We had lots of fun in the amusements and on the rides and there may possibly have been an ice-cream or two involved in the day!
(not the best photo but it was a few years ago now)
Brighton Sea Life Centre
Fast forward a few years to last Summer when we were lucky enough to visit Brighton again. This time we didn’t do the pier as the kids have both developed some sort of weird pier phobia but we did spend a few hours at the Sea Life Centre there which was a brilliant way to spend some time. It feels totally different to the Scarborough Sea Life centre which is our local one and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Mr Frugal gets dragged around a lot of shops and theme parks when we go on holiday usually and the only thing he asks in return is that we take him go-karting. We found a couple of great little tracks to race on – one in Worthing which isn’t too far from Brighton and one just outside of canterbury. We didn’t go to both tracks in one break by the way, go karting is way more expensive than you might expect. We limit him to an hour or so each holiday as much more would bankrupt us!
Battle Abbey and Arundel Castle
We do love a good old historical site and Sussex has some great ones – Battle Abbey and Arundel Castle are just a couple of our favourites although we did find Arundel Castle quite expensive if I’m honest. We got into Battle Abbey free with our English heritage membership so that was a great free afternoon out for us.
The White Cliffs of Dover
The first time Master Frugal saw the white cliffs of Dover, he was literally speechless. Even Miss Frugal was impressed and had her phone out snapping what felt like a million photos to share on Snapchat and Instagram (as you do). We always make time to see this beautiful landmark when we’re in the area.
There’s so, so much more to see and do in the Kent and Suffolk area, these are just our favourite family memories from the area. Even with the three or four breaks we’ve had around the area, we still haven’t even scratched the surface of what we want to do!
Accommodation wise, there’s so much to choose from in this area of the UK that you can literally spend hours looking for the ideal place for you to stay. We stayed in a lovely little cottage last time we went and I enjoyed it so much more than staying in a hotel.
What would you recommend someone do if they’re visiting Kent and Sussex as a family?
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