There’s still plenty to enjoy when it’s raining outside, so don’t let that deter you from enjoying an adventure in Sussex! We have a few ideas of things to do in Sussex when it rains – whether it’s visiting our favourite bookshop, enjoying a film or taking part in something creative.
There are many bookshops across Sussex which you can spend many hours browsing and visit a coffee shop afterwards to keep dry.
We particularly love Kims bookshop in Arundel, which has a great selection of more unique books across lots of quirky floors.
Address: Kims Bookshop, 10 High Street, Arundel, BN18 9AB.
Another great bookshop is the Steyning Bookshop, located on Steyning high street. They sell a great range of new releases, older classics, local books and also stock a good range of Julia Donaldson books (who lives in Steyning!).
Address: The Steyning Bookshop, 106 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3RD.
Sussex has many museums to visit, especially indoor museums including the Novium in Chichester, Brighton Museum and Art gallery, and the Horsham Museum and Art gallery.
See some of our museum recommendations.
The Everyman Cinema in Horsham offers a more luxurious cinema experience. Their seating is made up of sofas for more comfortable viewing and they offer table service, where you can order food and drinks before the film starts which will be brought to your table!
Address: 16 Piries Place, Horsham, RH12 1EH
Chichester Festival Theatre was opened in 1962 and is a renowned theatre, producing some exceptional performances. It is well worth a visit and makes for a fabulous rainy day activity.
Address: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Way, Chichester PO19 6AP.
SEA LIFE in Brighton is the world’s oldest aquarium and was opened in 1872. It is home to over 5,000 sea creatures and over 100 different species. It was designed by Eugenius Birch, who also designed the now derelict West Pier.
Located just next to the Brighton Palace Pier it is a 15-20 minute walk from Brighton station and is perfect for a rainy day activity!
Address: SEA LIFE Brighton, Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TB
A visit to The Royal Pavilion in Brighton is another great rainy day activity. It is Grade I listed and was built as a seaside pleasure palace for George IV and combines Indian architecture with Chinese interior designs.
Address: 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE.
Cineworld Chichester is located on the Chichester Gate leisure complex and has 10 cinema screens so there is usually a good range of options for films to watch!
Also located in Chichester Gate is Air Arena, a trampoline park, and Tenpin bowling, which are great for children or as a rainy day activity. There are also a number of restaurants at Chichester Gate, including Nandos, Frankie & Benny’s and parking at the complex is free.
Address: Chichester Gate, Chichester PO19 8EL.
Art-ful Pottery Café is the perfect spot to get your creative juices flowing and is particularly good for children.
Choose from pottery painting, clay building, teddy bear making, slime making and much more!
Address: Art-ful Pottery Café, 71 Rowlands Road, Worthing, BN11 3JN.
The Triangle is located in Burgess Hill and has a large leisure pool, which has 2 flumes, indoor & outdoor rapids, and a jacuzzi. There is also an outdoor lido which opens during the summer.
Address: The Triangle, Triangle Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 8WA.
Choose from body therapies, facials, massages, nail treatments and much more. There is also a hydrotherapy pool, jacuzzi, swimming pool, sauna, and relaxation lounge.
Address: Alexander House & Utopia Spa, Turners Hill, East Grinstead, RH10 4QD.
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