The Active for Life team have put together a list of ideas to help you get active with your family and friends over the summer in Brighton & Hove.

Many of the ideas and activities are free. Where there's a cost please check with the activity provider for more information on concessionary rates. 


Head to one of the cities parks for a picnic and play.

There are 45 play park areas in the city that are being refurbished over the next three years. To book sports pitches and courts send an email to uk.


Leisure centres

Freedom Leisure centre sites across the city are running a summer of holiday activities. These are for children aged 3 to14 years old.

The activities include:

  • dance at the King Alfred
  • family fitness at Moulsecoomb
  • trampoling at Portslade
  • tennis at Withdean

Find out more on the Freedom Leisure website.


You could learn to skateboard, ride a BMX or a scooter. These activities are very popular in the city.

Find out where you can learn to skate, and about local skateboarding projects.


Visit one of the 3 Freedom Leisure swimming pools in the city:

Don’t forget that all people under 16 years of age who go to school in Brighton and Hove can register for a free swimming card.

Find out how to register and where and when they can swim.

Holiday Activities and Food programme

The summer 2021 free Holiday Activities and Food programme is for those aged 4 to 16 who are in full-time education and receive benefits-related free school meals.

A range of community organisations and playscheme providers are providing activities during the summer.

This includes:

  • sports
  • arts
  • music
  • personal development

The children and young people receive a free healthy and tasty meal. They can also take part in interactive ways to learn more about healthy eating.

Find out more about the Holiday Activities and Food programme.

Kipling Gardens, Rottingdean

Did you know these beautiful gardens are named after Rudyard Kipling who wrote the Jungle Book. 

Find out more about Kipling Gardens.

Breeze up to the Downs

Take the 77 bus up to Devils Dyke for a walk in the Southdowns national park.

Find out about ticket prices and timetables.

Seafront health walks

Join the Signed Seafront Healtwalk that covers four miles of seafront between Hove Lagoon and Brighton Marina. There are regular information boards along the route and distance markers so that you can see how far you've walked. 

Find out more about the Signed Seafront Healthwalk Route.

Stanmer Park

Stanmer Park has a wealth of different areas for families to explore. These include

  • beautiful woodland walks
  • rolling fields
  • bike paths
  • meadows
  • structured play facilities

As part of the regeneration of the park and woodland there are fun free activity ideas put together by the park team.

Find out more about the activities in Stanmer Park.

General advice

For more information about summer activities and other general family advice you can visit:

Free web resources