Free & Cheap Family Things To Do This Easter Brighton 2016
The long bank holiday weekend will soon be upon us so we’ve gathered up some of the best free or cheap things to do with kids in the Brighton area to help you keep your littles ones occupied!
Plus Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company are offering free travel on Saturday the 26th of March for up to three children under 16 (and BUS ID holders) when travelling with an adult, so it’s even easier to get out and about and enjoy our great city on the cheap this Easter!
Go rock pooling at Rottingdean beach
Jump on a bus to Rottingdean and visit their lovely beach. Aim to go when the tide is low and there will be rock pools galore for you and your children to explore. You’ll find crabs, starfish and all sorts of other creatures hiding amongst the seaweed, it’s the perfect activity for curious kids.
When: When the weather is calm and the tide is low
Price: Free, plus bus travel
Easter Egg Rolling at Devil’s Dyke
Decorate your own hard boiled eggs before heading up to Devil’s Dkye and joining in with the Easter custom of rolling them down the Dkye; the one that gets the furthest wins! There’s also a “best dressed egg” competition for any budding artists. Add to the fun by taking the number 77 bus up to the Dkye instead of driving; the view from the top deck is superb on a clear day. Discover more here.
When: Monday 28th March, 10.45am-12pm. Meet near the stone seat in the car park
Price: £1, no advance booking required
Fly a kite at Ditchling Beacon
Avoid the traffic and take the number 79 bus up to Ditchling Beacon, one of the highest points in the South Downs.
The views are amazing and kite flying is fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. Find out more.
When: On a clear, breezy day
Price: Free, plus bus travel
Ride a miniature railway
Head to Hove Park and ride their ever popular miniature railway on the first day of this year’s running season. Then race around the fingermaze and pop by the large adventure playground to burn off some energy, before grabbing some cake at the lovely Hove Park Café. If you want to make a day of it, the Friends of Hove Park have organised an Easter trail in the park; find all the clues to win an Easter egg!
When: Monday 28th March. Trains run from 2pm-5pm. Easter trail 11am-2pm
Price: Adult £1 Children 50p
Easter Trail 50p per person
Fish & Chips on the beach
With any luck the sun will shine upon us this Easter bank holiday and if it does there’s nothing better than heading to the beach for an alfresco lunch. Freshly fried fish and chips on the beach is such a quintessentially British treat and kids love eating their lunch straight out of the chip paper! There are chip shops galore all along the seafront, so you’re spoilt for choice. Afterwards let the kids run off some energy on the beach while you relax and let your lunch go down!
When: Any time the sun shines
Price: Kids meals from around £3, adults from £5
Head west to Hove lagoon and the Big Beach Café where there’s plenty to wear the kids out whatever their age; from the skate park positioned outside the café, to the playground (with pirate ship donated by Fatboy Slim, no less), to the pedalos, mini golf and newly installed trampolines, there’s really something for everyone. And when the kids are exhausted, head to the café, the food is great and very reasonably priced for the seafront.
When: The cafe is open Mon-Sun 9am-6pm and the attractions will be open every day during the bank holiday weekend.
Price: Food from £3
Take your toddler to the cinema
If you’re wanting a bit of a sit down and a rest after all that activity, or if the weather isn’t all you’d hoped for, then the Duke of York’s cinema run special “toddler time” sessions for pre-school children. On Easter Monday they have “Messy Goes To Okido”, which is billed as a “comedy adventure, science-educational show”, which sounds great.
When: Monday 28th March 11am
Price: £3 per child, adults go free
Go on a Treasure Trail
A Treasure Trail is a great way to explore towns and cities all around the UK. There are a few trails available for Brighton, including a treasure hunt themed trail along the Brighton seafront.
It’s best suited to families with children aged 6 and over (the trail clues may be too hard for younger children) and the seafront trail is suitable for those with pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Price: Download and print at home for £6.99 or posted for an extra £1.49
Wear them out at soft play
A short stroll from Brighton train station is the Sama Fun Factory, which has climbing frames, slides, climbing walls, soft play and a ball pit for the kids and wifi and a café for the grown-ups! Best of all though they offer a “drop and shop” service where you can leave the kids supervised by one of their play workers and head off out for a break of your own.
When: Open 7 days a week, check their Facebook page for daily opening info
Price: From £2 for babies, up to £4.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and their “drop and shop” service
Go on an Easter egg hunt!
See our complete guide to Brighton Easter Egg Hunts 2016 here.