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Half terms are here for teachers to repair their frayed nerves. They also offer the little/big ones some time to pitch up and decompress from their mammoth climb up Mount Education-est. And for you, the grown-ups, it’s time to don your jester hat, juggle work life, family life and make sure the kids are well-fed and entertained!

This foodies guide to kid-friendly favourites should help you breeze through the half term in Brighton, Hove and Sussex. And to make things easier on the pocket too, we’ve put some offers together here.

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Family Friendly Brighton

If you’re looking for somewhere to take the brood this half term, then best start by heading to our BRAVO 2022 page for the top 20 family-friendly venues in Brighton. This acclaimed list of venues was selected by you, so we have it on good authority that your crew will be well catered for!

Child Friendly Restaurants

Brighton is brimming with brilliant restaurants and many aren’t exclusively for adults. Split bread with the family this half term and visit these choice child-friendly restaurants.

Pretty French patisserie sweets served on a glass cakes stand with glasses of champagne.

Afternoon tea at Leonardslee

Head out of town to Horsham and visit the stunning Sussex countryside. If the idea of a ramble through nature induces eye rolls, try tempting them with the tantalising offer of an afternoon tea at Leonardslee. The dedicated kids menu, lakeside and woodland adventure trails might just be enough to coax them off the sofa!

Beach babes

What better way to spend half-term than on the beach, with ample space, maximum airflow, and a gazillion pebbles to draw on and throw in the ocean. When your tummies start rumbling, you won’t be short of kid-friendly lunch stops either. Lucky Beach Cafe serves quality local produce. Their strong sustainable policy means you’ll be doing the children and their worldly inheritance good in one easy move.

Ohso is perfectly positioned right next to the Palace Pier. They offer a fantastic range of family favourite dishes and if the kids don’t eat too much ice cream you could head for a post-lunch ride on the Dodgems.

Shelter Hall is a much-loved Brighton location. The food hall houses six regular kitchens, one guest pop-up and offers a dedicated kids menu. The indoor/ outdoor location is perfect for kids to tear around between beach and your observation station.

interior of shelter hall
teens can cook

Brighton Cookery School

Nurture the budding chef in them by sending your mini-Michelin star to Brighton Cookery School for one of their kids cook classes. It’ll keep them busy and you’ll be able to reap the benefits of their new skills. The words “grub’s up mum” never came a moment too soon!

Family time away

Whisk them away for a half term staycation. There’s nothing like a change of surroundings to get the family bonding. With our list of choice venues that offer spectacular dine and stay options, you should be able to book that time away in no time. 

Wood panelled walls, butterfly display case and Victorian fireplace. Kingside bed.
A crowd of onlookers surround a man on a tall unicycle as a child in a green jecket throws up a white juggling club to him

Fringe fun

The Fringe Festival runs until 5 July, with plenty of fun and entertainment bursting onto the streets and parks. You really don’t have to go far to find something, in fact often, it’ll find you! But even live entertainment isn’t all that fun on an empty tum. Use our Foodie Guide to the Festival to make sure grumbling bellies don’t steal the show. 

> See what’s on at the Fringe Festival for families

Spot your yacht

Brighton Marina is host to many fun-filled family activities – there’s bowling, arcades, glow crazy golf and the big screen. When you’re done with the inside entertainment, why not take a stroll around the docks and play spot your yacht (the big one named Daisy will do nicely) and then head to The Watershed or Taste Sussex for a spot of waterside dining on local produce and plan your sailing trip around the world.

> Read Brittany’s foodie family blog post for Taste Sussex

A row of tables with red parasols facing out on the Brighton marina front