Great Family Fun

The Great Sussex Way®

With so many different ways to experience The Great Sussex Way, here’s our suggestion for a fun-filled adventure to suit the whole family.

An image showing Chichester Canal with a canal boat, taken by Meryn Woodland

City explorations

Discover the historic city of Chichester, with its Roman city walls, green spaces and array of shops and cafes. Chichester’s Canal offers scheduled boat trips, which are loved by adults and children alike – admire the local wildlife and learn about the history of this hidden waterway from the knowledgable staff. It’s also possible to hire row boats from the Canal basin, or try your hands at SUP with a family lesson on the canal.

An image showing a person dressed as a Roman Soldier at Fishbourne Roman Palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace

A short distance from Chichester are the remains of the largest Roman residence found in Britain, Fishbourne Roman Palace. Bring history alive as you take in the enormous collection of intricate mosaics, and try to imagine the opulence of the largest Roman home in Britain. Explore the recreated Roman gardens which are the earliest gardens found anywhere in the country.

A view of the pond at Weald & Downland Living Museum

Wonderful Weald & Downland Living Museum

This collection of rescued and carefully restored rural homes and buildings has something for the whole family. Immerse yourselves in stories of the past as you try to imagine life for the inhabitants of the homes. Visit the Museum’s animals – ducks, pigs, sheep, cows, geese and the magnificent heavy horses – you might even be lucky enough to see them in action.

An image showing a sunset at East Wittering Beach in West Sussex

Seaside fun

Time for some seaside escapades to complete this family adventure. For bucket and spade fun, the twin shores of East and West Wittering are perfect. For West Wittering, be sure to pre-book parking via Just Park ahead of your visit. Both beaches have opportunities for water-sports on hand, with local operators offering equipment hire and tuition. Or simply soak up the unspoilt views out to sea. Refreshments, including the all important ice creams, are on hand at both locations. East Wittering’s high street has everything you need for a family picnic or sunset barbeque.

Photograph: Caroline Cobbold

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Places to Visit

A photo showing East Wittering beach in winter East Wittering Beach

East Wittering’s sand and shingle beach is the ideal destination for bucket and space family fun, coastal walks and high-energy water sports experiences.  At low tide the beach is transformed as the sandy expanse of the shore is exposed. Breezy…

An image showing a person dressed as a Roman Soldier at Fishbourne Roman Palace Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens

Explore this first-century home and outstanding archaeological site. Get hands-on at our exciting family events and marvel at the largest collection of early Roman mosaic floors in Britain. Discovered in 1960, the North Wing of this remarkable building is an…

Selsey Lifeboat Station Selsey Lifeboat Station

Today’s lifeboat station at Selsey operates an all weather Shannon class lifeboat (AWL 13-20 ‘Denise and Eric’) and a D class inshore lifeboat (ILB D-827 ‘Flt Lt John Buckley RAF’).  Over its 150-year History the Crew have been presented with…

A view of the pond at Weald & Downland Living Museum Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and explore a fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park. Discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over a 1,000-year period ­ from…

The Novium Museum The Novium Museum

Opened in 2012, our award-winning museum is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and has three floors of fantastic exhibitions, telling the fascinating story of Chichester District and its rich heritage. It looks after 500,000 artefacts, both on…

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A Life in Art: The Muriel Wilson Bequest gallery interior A Life in Art: The Muriel Wilson Bequest August 5th November 29th 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

An important early Peter Blake painting is one of the exceptional pieces from the collection of Muriel Wilson. Curator and collector Muriel Wilson helped to introduce British art to the world during the 20th century. Discover works from her collection…

Chichester District Famers' Market Chichester District Farmers’ Market October 9th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

All stallholders at the Chichester Farmers’ Market are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 50 miles of Chichester. The majority of stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit,…

Weald & Downland Living Museum Historic Life Weekend: Music- Historic Homes & Harmonies October 16th 12:00 am - 12:00 am

This Historic Life Weekend has a theme of Music – Historic Homes & Harmonies. Come and listen to music played in the different historic homes at the Museum – some traditional melodies or songs, some played on historic instruments, and…

Chichester District Famers' Market Chichester District Farmers’ Market October 16th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

All stallholders at the Chichester Farmers’ Market are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 50 miles of Chichester. The majority of stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit,…

Chichester District Famers' Market Chichester District Farmers’ Market November 6th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

All stallholders at the Chichester Farmers’ Market are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 50 miles of Chichester. The majority of stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit,…

Chichester District Famers' Market Chichester District Farmers’ Market November 20th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

All stallholders at the Chichester Farmers’ Market are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 50 miles of Chichester. The majority of stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit,…