Visiting Kent in the Summer
The UK is a great place to explore during the warmer months and, if you’re thinking about visiting Kent, you won’t be disappointed thanks to the wide array of beautiful and fascinating landmarks dotted throughout the region. Indeed, this vibrant and historically important part of the world offers everything you need for a joyful adventure, so here’s how to plan the perfect summer weekend.
Draw up an Itinerary
Knowing what to do in Kent is the key to maximising your time away. With this in mind, how about drawing up an itinerary which might include some of the following activities?
For History Lovers…
Canterbury Cathedral: Dating to 597 AD, this historic site is not only architecturally magnificent but historically significant too, and is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Leeds Castle: Once frequented by King Henry VIII, Leeds Castle gives a fascinating insight into Tudor England and is an ideal attraction for the whole family to enjoy. There’s even a Go Ape adventure centre here for anyone who enjoys navigating high ropes, walking across wobbly bridges or swinging through trees like Tarzan.
Hever Castle: As the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, this fascinating, double-moated castle holds the secret to almost 700 years of British history.
For beach lovers…
Sunny Sands Beach, Folkestone: If you fancy a traditional day at the beach, this is the place for you; the atmosphere is buzzing and vibrant while the scenery is spectacular.
Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate: Prefer somewhere a little more tranquil? Pegwell Bay – regarded as an area of immense geographical interest – is perfect for a relaxing walk.
St Mildred’s Bay, Margate: Overlooked by cliffs and with a beautiful promenade, this part of the coastline is also a great place to grab a drink or a bite to eat.
Of course, there are many other top places to explore, so it’s a really good idea to do your research and jot down anywhere that looks exciting.
When it comes to weekend getaways, packing carefully is important. In order to bring the right clothing and equipment, try to think about what you’ll be doing during your stay. If you plan to hit the beach every day, swimwear is essential. But, if you intend to climb spiral staircases, walk cobbled streets and throw yourself into the Kentish culture, you’ll need comfortable clothes and footwear. That said, don’t forget to pack something smart to wear in the evenings, especially if you enjoy dining out.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
As one of the warmest parts of the British Isles, Kent often has good weather, making it the perfect destination for weekend breaks. Indeed, the average temperature in July and August tends to be around 21ºC, but it’s important to keep your eye on the forecast to ensure you’re not caught out. The UK is renowned for its temperamental weather conditions, after all, so it’s a good idea to pack layers and to throw a coat in the car, just in case.
Staying in Kent
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during your trip, the Marquis at Alkham offers an array of luxury rooms as well as an exceptional fine dining experience with imaginative menus that will get your tastebuds tingling. Located in the heart of the Kent countryside, not far from top locations such as Dover and Folkestone, this boutique hotel is a great choice for romantic getaways.