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Things to Do on a Rainy Day at Harbour Park

Maisy Farren

As one of our favourite seaside spots to visit from London, Littlehampton is an obvious choice for sunny days and glorious weather. But long queues, busy beaches and jam-packed car parks can leave even the cheeriest of families feeling worn out and exhausted. Make the most of England’s grizzly days (after all, we do get enough of them) and take a trip to Harbour Park as the rain falls – here’s what you can do when you get there. 

Make the most of no-queues
Whilst Harbour Park is already an inexpensive day out, in sunnier weather the queues simply can’t be avoided. With unlimited day-passes and ticket books costing less than £20 per person (and entry to the park itself completely free), spending a day enjoying unlimited rides offers a pretty low-cost family day out. Make the most out of your unlimited wristband by visiting on a slightly rainier day, investing in a couple of stylish rain ponchos and let your kids have free roam of the 14 outdoor rides!  

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Explore the indoor attractions 
Perfect for babies, toddlers and older kids – the indoor soft play zone is a completely rain-free zone for grey days. The Under 3s area features a mini ball-pond, tunnel, slide, soft toys and building blocks to be explored, whilst the older kid’s zone features cannon ball blasters, ball volcano, wind room, rope swings and soft play. The max play height in the Over 3s section is 1.4m, but adults over 16 can join in to accompany younger children. These devoted fun zones are open from 10am-6pm, with wristbands, ride tickets and tokens accepted for entry. 
There’s something for everyone in the family arcade, where kids, mums and dads will all enjoy traditional seaside attractions. Stick to the classic games and try your hand at the two-penny machines or take on the infamous soft toy cranes for a souvenir to remember. Collect toys and teddies from some of the most famous TV shows and films, or even take on TV show games like Deal or No Deal! Collect your tickets from your (inevitable) string of wins, and let the kids take their pick from the generous prize counter. Cash in your tokens for something as small as a bag of sweets or come back time and time again to take home a star prize. 

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Enjoy a bite to eat 
Naturally, a quieter day at Harbour Park ensures you can bag your favourite table at one of their popular eateries. Both Harbour Kitchen and The Galley Restaurant & Tea Rooms offers ever-popular food for both kids and grown-ups alike. Harbour Kitchen offers close proximity to the indoor soft play area, meaning you can put your feet up and enjoy a break whilst the kids burn off some steam, whilst The Galley Kitchen boasts a car-sized model of the HMS Victory for young ones to explore. Fancy a little walk? Grab your brolly and head out towards the seafront, wandering along Littlehampton’s popular promenade. Check out the wonderful sculpture of the East Beach Café, stopping off for a catch of the day dish and enjoying the picture windows with views out to sea. Be sure to check out the UK’s longest bench whilst out and about, before getting back to the car to warm up and dry off!  

Harbour Park can be found on Windmill Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LH. Regular trains from London Victoria (1 ¾ hours), Brighton (1 hour) and Portsmouth (1 hour) serve Littlehampton, and Harbour Park itself is just a short walk from the train station. Click here for more information and to book! 

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