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7 Free/Cheap Things to Do this Half Term

With half term next week we have done the hard work for you to find you seven activities to do with your kids in and around Worthing.

This time of year, anything you do really needs to be cheap or ideally free with Christmas just around the corner. With this in mind and to get your little monsters hopefully at least a little worn out, we have focused mainly on outdoor activities.

Woodsmill, Henfield is a beautiful nature reserve managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust. It’s completely free to go, very easy to get to and has 19 hectars of tranquil woodland, meadows and large pond.  Find it here:  Woodsmill Nature Reserve

Arundel Swanbourne Lake can be found just at the bottom of Arundel Castle. You can take your kids there to feed the many ducks and geese, go for a long windy walk around the lake through the woods and even hire a boat for exploring the lake on the water. There is a cafe providing hot drinks and food, and also duck food. Find it here: Arundel Swanbourne Lake

Tilgate Park, Crawley is a huge park just on the edge of Crawley. It’s a little bit further to get to but well worth the visit. The park boasts a fab adventure playground, a big lake for cycling or walking around and a Nature Centre with lots of animals to see from endangered species to farmyard favourites. There is also a restaurant on-site and the very popular GoApe for kids and one separately for adults. There is a parking charge at £1/hour or £5 for the whole day. The Nature Centre is £2.50/adult and £1.50/child. Find it here: Tilgate Park

Chichester Treasure Trail is a 2 mile trail starting in Tower Street in the centre of Chichester. The trail is a treasure hunt themed way to find out more about where you live and exploring something new. The cost is £6.99 per booklet and typically you would buy one booklet for a group of 4/5 people. The trail can be completed in your own time and it is advised that you download your booklet before you arrive. Check out their website: Chichester Treasure Trail

Southwater Country Park, Southwater with it’s fabulous Dinosaur Island playground is a place where we spend a lot of time. The park itself is centred around a big lake with a path all around for cycling/walking. There is a cafe for food, ice cream and good coffee. In the summer there is a dedicated swimming area with BBQ stations dotted around. And of course, there is Dinosaur Island, a fantastic Dinosaur themed playground with a volcano, a sandpit with dinosaur excravation and lots of climbing/sliding in dinosaur style. Find it here: Southwater Countrypark

Shoreham Fort is located on Shoreham Beach just at the mouth of Shoreham Harbour. It’s an old fort surrounded by a ditch, with a gun platform overlooking the whole site, beach and harbour. The beach on the harbour site is also a good place for doing some rock pooling when the tide goes out. Find it here: Shoreham Fort

Diwali Celebrations in Brighton: This is a free event at Brighton Open Market on 28th October between 10 – 4. It is drop-in, no need to book. There will be free workshops to make colourful Kandil lanterns, make clay diya lights, create Diwali character puppets, listen to Indian music, watch a Bollywood Dance display at 11.30pm, 12.30pm and 2pm, join an Indian Kathak dance workshop at 10.45am and 3.15pm with Eve Zandi  and watch a Kathak dance performance at 2.30pm. Activities free and suitable for children ages 5 and upwards. Here is the link to the event: Diwali Celebrations

Of course, when you take your little ones out, there’s always plenty to come home with for carrying on indoors, collect leaves, conkers and sea shells to be creative with when it’s too cold to stay out.

We hope this will help you make some good plans for next week. Do let us know if there’s any other activities you can think of, leave them in your comments below for other readers to find and feel free to tweet or send us your pics via Facebook or Instagram!

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