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101 Places of interest in Kent, Sussex and London in the school holidays

Posted on 29 Jun, 2017 by Sarah Hart

As both a Kent family photographer and a mum of two children, I’ve visited many, many places of interest in Kent, Sussex and the London area that  have made wonderful memories! I’ve put together a comprehensive list of family days out (some more expensive, some requiring few pennies to be spent) – my tip is to print this out and keep it in a Family Days Out folder – if you get some plastic wallets you can add leaflets of further places to visit to add to your folder and see how many fun days out you can tick off this list these summer holidays.

Places of Interest in Kent & Sussex

I’ve tried to compile a list of both the obvious spots to visit, and more unusual places, with both the cheap and more pricey options for things to do! Some places will be a whole day out, others may just help fill an afternoon in the summer holidays. The options in pink are those places that are owned by National Trust, so if you have National Trust membership, entry will be free. Similarly, if you are English Heritage membership, you’ll gain free access to those on the list in red. Most of the places, are within West Kent and just a short drive away, but I’ve also included places that may require a whole day out and a longer car journey.

Parks & Walks

Family photographer Crawley, East Sussex Sarah Hart Photography

Tilgate Park, Crawley, East Sussex – a wonderful day out


Dover Castle - great days out - family photographer Kent

Dover Castle, Kent – explore the tunnels and shoot your sibling!

Other Places of interest

East Sussex & Kent children's photographer, Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey, East Sussex – keeping cool in the battle ruins

Options for rainy days

Days out with your children, Kent Photographer

Lullingstone Roman Villa, Kent – dressing up as Romans


  • St Mildred’s Bay, near Margate
  • Royal Parade Beach, Eastbourne
  • Ramsgate Main Sands Beach
  • St Mary’s Bay, Broadstairs
  • Hastings Beach,
  • Camber Sands Beach
  • Botany Bay, Broadstairs
  • Sandwich Bay
  • Hythe Beach
  • St Leonard’s Beach, near Hastings

Days out in London

A trip up to London is considered a “treat” day out for our family as it usually ends up being expensive when you also factor in trains and restaurants, but there are some great spots that cost little or are even free to help keep the cost down. And don’t forget to look out for the 2 for 1 deals on this website: I’ve just chosen a few ideas here, but London obviously holds untold options for fun things to do!

London - taking photographs of your children

Shrek’s Adventure, London – a really fun family day out

So there you have it! My HUGE list of things to do this summer holidays. It’s taken many hours to compile so it would be great if you could share the page with friends. And if there’s something you feel I’ve missed, let me know so I can add it.

Hope you have fun this summer with your children…..feel free to share any great days out you have from using this list! And don’t forget to take plenty of family photos on your days out to help your children make memories that will last!

Sarah x

PS. If you’d like to book me as a family photographer at one of your days out, send me a message. You can view my family photography work here: Family Photography Sessions

making memories, take photos of your children

Downe House, Kent – listening to the audio tour and learning about Charles Darwin

Kent photographer, Swanley park, children's photography

Swanley Park – boating lake on a gorgeous summer’s day

Tunbridge Wells, Dunorlan Park, family photography in kent

Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells – running races and playing hide and seek with friends

Hayseden Country Park, Tonbridge Photographer

Haysden, Tonbridge – a great place to take the bikes

Nature reserve at Tilgate Park, Crawley

day trip out with your kids this summer, take photos

Natural History Museum – dinosaur fans will love this place!

Sheffield Park, East Sussex, Kent photographer

Sheffield Park and gardens – stunning!

Pennington Park, Southborough - take your buckets and spades. Kent Children's Photographer

Pennington Park, Southborough – take your buckets and spades!

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