Kent, known as the Garden of England, is a wonderful area to explore. Filled with countryside walks, popular towns and fun-packed beaches, there are plenty of things to do with family and/or friends. So, if you’re in need of some inspiration for things to do in Kent, then scroll down to see five recommendations from a local!
Admire the Views from Wye Downs
Wye Downs, a 15 minute drive from Ashford, is home to gorgeous views and lots of greenery. This is the perfect place to take a walk with the family, and why not finish your walk in one of the lovely pubs in the quaint village. This is also the perfect place for a Sunday picnic, or somewhere to walk your dogs – many of the pubs welcome dogs too!
Catch the Steam Train from Tenderden to Bodium Castle
Why not grab some breakfast in the lovely town of Tenterden, hop on a steam train to Bodium Castle and back? It’s a great way to spend the day and will keep everyone happy! Bodium Castle is part of the National Trust, so if you’re already a member then you won’t have to pay for entry, otherwise entry to the castle is not included in your steam train ticket.
Explore the White Cliffs of Dover
The White Cliffs of Dover is a National Trust site on the Eastern Coastline and makes an ideal day out for the whole family. With the option to go for a little wander, or a very long walk, there is a bit of countryside to suit everybody. You do need to pay for parking, unless you are a National Trust Member, then your card will cover the parking fee. There is a lovely cafe on site as well as toilets. Enjoy views over the cliffs and you can also walk to Dover Castle.
Fill your Day with Entertainment at Lockmeadow
Lockmeadow is an entertainment centre in Maidstone, just outside of the town centre and is filled with things to keep you and your family busy – its especially good for little ones! There are plenty of things to do here, which makes it a great place to be on a rainy day. Inside the centre you can find an Odeon (Cinema), Hollywood Bowl (Bowling and Arcade), Gravity (Trampoline Park) and restaurants. There is parking on site, or if you’re already spending time in Maidstone Town Centre, then Lockmeadow is walking distance from there.
Take the Bikes down to Bewl Water
Bewl Water is a stunning countryside park, home to both land and water-based activities which makes a perfect day out for the whole family. If you don’t have bikes you can hire some right at the centre, as well as many other activities such as water sports. There is a restaurant and cafe at the centre with a lovely view, and plenty of picnic areas too.
Enjoy your day out in Kent, and I hope you enjoy the many lovely things Kent has to offer.
As always, love Elise x