In the far south east of the country, Kent and Sussex are both destinations well worth stopping short of Calais for. From the iconic White Cliffs to Camber Sands and the South Downs, this stretch of coast is brimming with exciting things to do on a family break.
Some of Britain’s most iconic seaside towns are located in Kent and Sussex, with plenty of history attached to them. Dover Museum is unmissable, while you could spend an afternoon pondering the fate of King Harold at Senlac Hill, site of the Battle of Hastings. Of course, all the traditional seaside treats are in abundance in places like Hastings, Eastbourne, Margate and Brighton.
This region is also well equipped for a more active holiday, with a variety of water sports catered for along Camber Sands and beyond, as well as some more unusual attractions such as Diggerland in Strood.
It goes without saying that all of our holiday parks in Kent and Sussex are filled with activity options - and these include water slides, crazy golf and show-stopping evening entertainment for the whole family.
Ready to plan your getaway? Read on to find more.
Reasons to visit Kent and Sussex
Serene Camber Sands or bustling Brighton
Castles, cathedrals and iconic chalk cliffs
Wine and dine on local seafood and wines from Kent and Sussex
Three fantastic seaside holiday parks to choose from
Enough activities to fill every day with amazing memories
If we’re talking British scenery, then the White Cliffs of Dover are certainly among the most iconic. Finding a spot up on the cliffs to gaze over to France across the water is an absolute must for your holiday itinerary, just make sure to bring a picnic if the sun is shining!
For something slightly different, consider visiting The Old Lighthouse at Dungeness and climbing the tower for some lovely views of the nearby nature reserve, as well as the English Channel.
Sand is in abundance in both Kent and Sussex, with the iconic Camber Sands the jewel in any Sussex holiday’s crown. If you stay at Camber Sands Holiday Park, you’ll have the glorious beach and all its activities right on your doorstep.
Beach lovers will also enjoy relaxing on the 2-mile stretch of golden sands at Greatstone Beach, straight opposite Romney Sands. Heading a little further north of the region, St. Margaret's Bay shingle beach offers a great day out exploring rock pools and trying out watersports.
There’s enough to see and do in this part of the world to keep you coming back year after year.
Whether it’s a trip through thousands of years of history at Dover Museum, a lazy stroll through the cobbled streets of the quaint town of Rye, or even a day clambering around the Go Ape high ropes course at Leeds Castle, there’s so much to explore and discover to fill several holidays!
History & Culture
How many holidays offer you the chance to stand in the exact spot where English history changed forever?
A visit to Senlac Hill, outside of Hastings, provides exactly that, with its English Heritage-run sculpture trail and abbey offering a unique and authentic insight into the Battle of Hastings. Historical and cultural sites don’t stop there, either, with Rochester Cathedral and Castle well worth a day trip.
Some of the best English wines are produced here, and there are vineyards scattered across the region. The Chapel Down Winery offers tours of their wine making process and even a tasting session along the way!
If you’re more of a foodie, then holidays in Kent and Sussex won’t disappoint - freshly caught seafood is available all along the coast, at places such as the Court Yard Oyster Bar in Deal and Webbe’s at the Fish Café in Rye.
Kids and adults alike will be enthralled by Diggerland in Strood, a theme park in which you can drive and ride in all sorts of diggers and construction equipment big and small.
Moving on from heavy machinery to heavy animals, Howletts Wild Animal Park boasts the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, amongst other wild creatures like tigers, gorillas and baby rhinos!
Outdoors & Adventure
Activities to get the pulse racing can be found in abundance all across the region.
A Camber Sands holiday isn’t complete without giving some of the beachside activities a go, such as kitesurfing along the shore or trying your hand at sailing in a small dinghy. For a more sedate waterborne experience, consider touring the historic city of Canterbury by boat, along the pleasantly babbling River Stour.
Celebrating Kent’s war heritage, the WWII Weekend at Dover Castle is one of the highlights of the Kent calendar, featuring authentic battle reenactments and talks by historical experts explaining the Battle of Britain.
As for holidays in Sussex, if you’re willing to make the trip along to Brighton then the annual Brighton Festival is one of Europe’s leading arts festivals, featuring world-class visual artists, comedy and music.
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