Jump into Autumn with Family Fun Activities around us!

In the heart of the countryside, Ashdown Park Hotel is ready to welcome you and the family for a wonderful time making memories to last a lifetime. In the surrounding area there are endless activities and experiences to weave into your days and make the most of your stay! 

This October Half Term we have some fantastic free activities for families staying with us (kids go free!) and a spooky Halloween event too. Find out about our Half Term Offer here A Family Staycation: Children Stay for Free this Half Term | Ashdown Park Hotel

Read through some of our recommendations for a great family day out below. 

1. Pooh Corner

Pooh Corner in Hartfield was built in 1703 and used to be the old sweetshop frequently visited by Christopher Robin and AA Milne. Today it’s the go-to place for fans worldwide and has a tea shop, gift shop and Pooh-seum displaying the years of the well-loved characters.
Find out more here Pooh Corner Hartfield Homepage - Pooh Corner Hartfield  

2. Alpaca Walking

Enjoy this unique experience of a gentle walk around the grounds of Spring Farm with an alpaca! Stroll through wildflower meadows with your new friends and reward their good behaviour with some carrots! Minimum child age is 12 years old. Find out more here Alpaca Walking - Spring Farm Alpacas 

3. Tulleys Farm

Offering year-round events and activities, from pumpkin picking to tea rooms, there is always something to enjoy at Tulleys Farm. Their upcoming Shocktober Fest is full of haunts, rides and tasty treats for a full-on interactive experience – take the older teenagers to this one as the actors’ makeup and props are a little too real! Find out more here Tulleys Farm - Unique Seasonal Events & Festivals - Sussex

4. Hever Castle

The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of Elizabeth I. This romantic double-moated 13th century castle is steeped in rich history and with beautiful gardens there is so much to explore.  Find out more here Hever Castle & Gardens | Visit Hever Castle located in Kent

5. Bluebell Railway

Ride the steam train at Bluebell Railway which runs between Sheffield Park to East Grinstead. Enjoy the delicious treats served onboard, from traditional fish and chips to afternoon teas. 

 A great day out for the family and lots of photo opportunities! Find out more here The Bluebell Railway in Sussex | A heritage steam railway (bluebell-railway.com)

6. Sheffield Park

A fantastic day out to get back to nature with the kids. Marvel at the beautiful views around the landscaped gardens, lakes, rolling parkland and woodland play trail. Find out more here Sheffield Park and Garden | Sussex | National Trust

7. Penshurst Place & Gardens

An enchanting historic family home, once owned by Henry VIII, provides entertainment for the whole family with a large wooden Adventure Playground, Toy Museum, Woodland Trail, Garden Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop and lots of events year-round! Find out more here Penshurst Place and Gardens 

8.      Ashdown Park Hotel Family Pumpkin Carving & Spooky Afternoon Tea 

Of course, we had to finish the list with an event at the hotel! This Halloween we have a fabulous pumpkin carving afternoon followed by an afternoon tea with some eerie treats and wicked delights you and the children will love. Join us on Sunday 29th October, find out all the details here Family Pumpkin Carving and Spooky Afternoon Tea | Ashdown Park Hotel