Inexpensive Activities in Kent
With the school holidays upon us, many families will be out and about over the summer looking for things to do. Keeping everyone entertained for six weeks, however, can be a challenge and can certainly lighten the wallet. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few suggestions for inexpensive or free things to do in Kent.
Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells
Dunorlan Park is a favourite with families year round thanks to its plentiful green space and range of outdoor activities. There’s a play area designed to blend with the natural surroundings, and visitors can hire boats or canoes on the beautiful lake for a small charge. Parking is free and the café is open between 9am and 5pm every day.
Knole Park, Sevenoaks
Kent’s last medieval deer park, Knole is home to a herd of wild deer descended from those hunted by Henry VIII. Over the summer, it’s hosting Family Mondays, which offer children from 5-12 a range of themed arts and crafts activities, such as creating a musical instrument from nature, planting seeds and tracking animals. These free sessions run from 11am-3pm.
Kent’s array of seaside towns are ideal for an inexpensive day out. Choose from the quaint shops and fine pebble beach at Whitstable, the relaxed cafés and sandy shores at Broadstairs or the pretty town and fishing pier at Deal. Fish and chips, of course, are a must!
Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, Maidstone
With over 600,000 artefacts including an ancient Egyptian mummy and dinosaur fossil, Maidstone Museum offers a fascinating day out. Admire one of Britain’s finest collections of Japanese art, discover local history and wonder at Bronze Age objects. Regular storytelling is held here, as well as children’s activities during the holidays.
Rochester Cathedral, Rochester
One of Kent’s most beautiful examples of Norman architecture, Rochester Cathedral dates back to 604AD and is a fascinating place to visit. Its renovated medieval crypt houses the only existing copy of the first code of English law, which influenced the wording of Magna Carta, and the Chapter Room door is one of the oldest in the country.
Turner Contemporary, Margate
Set on the Margate seafront, the Turner Contemporary houses an enchanting collection of historical and contemporary art. Admission is free and exhibitions from modern artists such as James Muriuki and Michael Armitage run throughout the year. There is, of course, always work by Turner on display too. Family workshops and guided tours also take place during summer.
Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden
Spanning 24 acres and producing award winning wines, as well as cider and juices, Biddenden Vineyards is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard. Visitors can wander through the rows of vines and enjoy a tasting for free, or take part in a Charity Tour for £1 per person to learn more about the history of the vineyard.
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, Headcorn
With its intriguing collection of aircraft engines, objects and uniforms, Lashenden is the ideal place to find out about air warfare and Kent’s part in it. Centred around the craft that flew in and out of Headcorn Airfield, it has artefacts from World Wars I and II, Vietnam and the Falklands on display.
The Perfect Base for Exploring Kent
If you’re out and about in Kent, you’ll need a comfy place to rest your head at the end of a day’s adventuring. Why not treat yourself to a luxury room at the Marquis and enjoy a meal at the elegant restaurant before heading upstairs for a peaceful night’s sleep?