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Fear not if you have forgotten to arrange anything for Sunday (yes, Father’s Day is this weekend). Because we’ve got lots of Sussex Father’s Day ideas.

Get on your bike

You don’t really need an excuse to get up on the Downs, and the South Downs Way is a stunning if challenging way to enjoy time on the bike with Dad. There are quite a few bike hire places in Sussex too (get in touch if you’d like details) if you haven’t got enough wheels to go round.

Camber Castle bike ride

If you don’t fancy a ride up on the Downs, there are also a number of National Cycle Network routes in Sussex:

  • Centurion Way (West Dean to Chichester) – 8.5 km
  • Cuckoo Trail (Heathfield to Polegate) – 16.7 km
  • Forest Way (East Grinstead to Groombridge) – 16.4 km
  • Hastings to Bexhill Waterfront – 5.7 km

Visit a Sussex brewery

Honestly, I don’t know many dads who will need much persuading about this idea. And we asked Sussex beer super fan, Timmy Sussex Ovard, for his recommendations. He suggests Harvey’s in Lewes, Long Man near Litlington, Bedlam near Burgess Hill, Langham near Petworth, Arundel Brewery, Firebird in Rudgwick and Hepworth near Pulborough. Thanks Timmy.

Sussex Beer

Have lunch by the Sussex sea

You might need to book if this hot weather keeps up but what’s nicer than lunch by the sea? Or dinner!  Or both. Try the Crabshack and Perch on the Pier in Worthing, Perch On Lancing Beach, or the Beach Café in Littlehampton in West Sussex. In East Sussex, what about Goat Ledge in St Leonards’s, The Beach Deck in Eastbourne or Frankie’s Beach Café in Seaford. Or what about oysters and fizz at Brighton’s Riddle and Finns?

Worthing Pier

Go to a museum 

We have so many amazing museums in Sussex, and there is bound to be something that tickles Dad’s interest. Littlehampton Museum is free and has a great Roman exhibition at the moment (it’s not open on Sunday). Marlipins Museum in Shoreham is open Thursday to Saturday and is also free. You’ll find lots about the history of the town, the maritime history of Sussex, and local archaeology, as well as a new exhibition of nearly 100 photographs of Shoreham through the ages.

Shoreham Museum

Winchelsea’s Court House Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday and entry is £3. It is in one of the oldest buildings in the town and exhibits include maps, models, pictures, local pottery and items relating to daily life in the town and its surrounding area. Bexhill Museum is open every day and has some quirky exhibits including Eddie Izzard’s train set (he is their patron) and WWII and motor collections. Seaford Museum is in a Martello tower on the seafront and is open at weekends and Brighton and Hastings have lots of museums.

Bexhill motoring heritage

Hang out on the pier 

In Sussex, we have piers in Bognor, Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. And what a great excuse to eat candyfloss and muck about by the seaside!

Eastbourne Pier, Sussex

Take to the Sussex skies 

Want to go big with your Father’s Day ideas? OK, this is going to take a bit of planning but what about buying Dad a flight? Think hang gliding over the South Downs at Firle or Devil’s Dyke in East Sussex, or flying lessons from Shoreham airport. Head further west for flying experiences at Goodwood!

Shoreham Airport

Put the peddle to the metal

Did you know you can now book a track day at the South of England Showground at Ardingly? Crawley Adventure Circuit Driving Experiences offer trackdays, driving experiences, and adventure circuit driving experiences. Or of course, you could save your Father’s Day celebrations for a trip to Goodwood Festival of Speed! 

Festival of Speed

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