Top 5 Family Photo Locations In West Sussex

Family Photoshoot Locations In Sussex

There are many wonderful options to choose from when searching for the perfect family photoshoot location in Sussex.

We are lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of natural areas with forests, lakes, meadows, and rolling hills, all nestled in South East of England.

I’ve narrowed my favourite list of my current top 5 places to shoot based on a number of factors, including picturesque backdrops for your family photos and how family-friendly the locations are when you visit.

What Makes A Great Sussex Family Photoshoot Location?


As a parent, I know the struggle of leaving the house with kids, so you won’t want to endure a hike with them in tow when you arrive. Most of the locations listed below are right next to where we take photos or involve only a short walk from the car park.


The location should be child friendly. You’ll want to let your children run around and have fun without the stress of a busy road, steep terrain or a bog nearby. A family-friendly environment allows you all to relax and enjoy your time together.


The shoot location ideally should have family-friendly toilets available. When nature inevitably calls, you’ll be glad there’s one close by. There are also bonus points given if there’s a cafe nearby for an after-shoot coffee/treat.


It’s important to select a location that provides adequate privacy. This may involve scheduling the session during a time when the area is less crowded, increasing the likelihood of minimal foot traffic. By avoiding the presence of onlookers, you and your loved ones can fully relax and enjoy the photo session without any distractions or interruptions.

Best West Sussex Family Portrait Locations

Let’s jump into my favourite West Sussex family photoshoot locations.

The Heales Family

Buchan Country Park

Free Parking



Easy Accessibility

Located just outside of Crawley, West Sussex, this country park is set over 170 acres and boasts a lake, grassy meadow and woodland trails that meander around the grounds. An ideal location for the kids to explore and makes a stunning backdrop for family photos. There are also good facilities on site and picnic sites for the inevitable snack break, and the trails are quite buggy-friendly.

Buchan Country Park
Horsham Rd, Crawley RH11 9HQ


Family pose for photo sitting on a blanket
a tender mother and some portrait

RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Paid Parking


Cafe / Food

Fair Accessibility

Located right next to the RSPB site between Pulborough and Storrington, this area offers stunning backdrops for family photos all year. I love the golden brown colour the bracken changes to in the autumn. With an avenue lined with tall pine trees and heather-covered meadows, it’s a popular option for families of all ages.

RSPB Pulborough Brooks
Wiggonholt, Pulborough RH20 2EL

Goring-By-Sea Beach

Paid Parking


Cafe / Food

Fair Accessibility

Goring-by-Sea Beach and, equally, West Beach at Littlehampton are lovely locations for a family looking for a beach family photoshoot. Timing is key to minimising visiting when the beaches are busy. We’ll typically schedule your portrait shoot for later in the day to avoid the crowds, and the sun is lower in the sky, creating stunning golden wrap-around lighting. Depending on the time of year and how brave you and the kids are feeling, you can get your toes wet and make a splash (towels are essential!)

Goring-By-Sea Beach
Marine Cres, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing BN12 4HR

Sullington Warren

Free Parking

No Toilets

Limited Accessibility

Located next to Storrington, this 61-acre site offers woodland trails that wind through areas of heathland and grassland that are stunning to visit earlier or later in the day as the light is soft and gorgeous. There’s a large open area in the centre for the kids/dog to charge around, and is ideal for a mid-session break for snacks and a drink.

Sullington Warren
Storrington, Pulborough RH20 3NR

Bonus Suggestion – Your Home

No Travel


Self Service

Perfect for newborns

One of the big bonuses of an at-home family portrait session is that there’s no travel involved. No battle to get the kids in the car; that’s a big win!

It’s also the perfect opportunity to document you all as you are at this time in your life. Adventuring in the garden, practising the violin, baking a batch of cookies and drawing fire-breathing lamas is all part of family life that needs capturing.

Let’s plan a portrait session at your favourite location

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