Enjoying the UK’s Rainy Days!
The UK isn’t exactly renowned for being a sunshine island. In fact, the weather can be pretty terrible, but that doesn’t mean you should stay at home and hibernate. There’s plenty to do when the forecast takes a turn for the worse, so why not head to the South East of England and spend those rainy days in Kent? Here are ten top activities you’re sure to enjoy.
Whether you’re interested in history, architecture or simply want to see the infamous shrine of Thomas Becket who was murdered at this very site back in 1170, don’t miss a trip to Canterbury Cathedral – one of the most-visited and admired religious structures in England.
Ever wondered what life was like in medieval England? Head to the Canterbury Tales and discover the sites, sound and smells of the 14th century. Learn all about the Father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, and unravel five tales of love, infidelity, courtship, intrigue and death.
Calling all adventurers! Dover Castle offers an action-packed day out for the whole family. Climb the Great Tower, explore the underground hospital and (if you’re brave enough) venture within the white cliffs to discover all about the Secret Wartime Tunnels.
Located in Chatham, Dicken’s World pays tribute to one of the most famous authors of all time and is a fun way for families to explore the Victorian London Dickens knew and wrote about in his gripping tales. Complete with boat rides and a 4D cinema, this attraction is a sensory masterpiece.
Hornby Visitor Centre
Offering a unique insight into the history of Britain’s best-loved toys, Hornby Visitor Centre is ideal for kids and adults alike. Featuring toys from many well-known brands including Hornby, Scalextric and Airfix, this attraction is an interactive delight for those who appreciate the history of toy making.
When there’s clouds in the sky and the rain’s pouring down, how about a trip to Bluewater? Home to over 330 shops and three leisure villages, this impressive shopping centre is sure to fulfil all your retail therapy needs.
Ashford Designer Outlet
When in Kent, the Ashford Designer Outlet is a superb place to pick up a bargain from one of your favourite brands including Jack Wills, Calvin Klein, All Saints, Ted Baker and more. With well-known restaurants on-site too, you can satisfy your hunger whenever you feel a bit peckish.
Silver Blades Ice Rink
Looking to burn off some pent-up energy? Then Silver Blades Ice Rink could be your rainy day activity of choice. Visitors of all ages will love trying out their moves on the ice and when the boots come off there are places to grab a drink or a bite to eat.
Entertaining little ones on a rainy day doesn’t have to be a chore thanks to attractions such as Tiny Town in Larkfield. Here, children can act out their dream job – be it a fireman or an astronaut – in specially created play areas.
Penshurst Place and Gardens
Once owned by King Henry VIII, Penshurst Place and Gardens is a grand family home. There’s plenty to see inside including lavish staterooms and a medieval hall, but if the rain clears don’t miss the Tudor gardens and the wonderful wooden playground.
Staying in Kent
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay while on your adventures, why not choose the Marquis at Alkham, a luxury boutique hotel in Kent offering a fine-dining restaurant with rooms? With a variety of exquisite menus featuring fresh, locally-sourced produce and an extensive wine list, this enchanting hotel is the ideal place for a quintessentially British getaway.