The Hidden Gems of Kent

Kents' hidden gems

Fascinating Places to Explore in Kent

Known as the Garden of England, Kent is a sight to behold offering a wealth of fascinating places to explore, from quaint towns and villages to both rocky and sandy beaches.

While attractions such as Canterbury Cathedral and Whitstable Harbour are magnets for tourists visiting Kent each year, there are many hidden gems which often go unnoticed – even by the locals. So, with this in mind, here are some lesser-known places to pop onto your itinerary.

Kent Cookery School, Ashford

If you love whipping up a host of culinary treats in the kitchen but could do with sharpening your skills, a trip to the Kent Cookery School in Ashford could make for the ideal outing. Offering a wide array of cookery masterclasses, you can learn everything from how to cook Thai cuisine to preparing the perfect fish course. If baking is more your thing, then how about a cake decorating session?

With a fun and varied timetable of events, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. But, if you don’t fancy standing over the oven yourself, how about booking a seat at the Chef’s Table and enjoying a privately cooked dinner for up to twelve guests?

Bengrave Nature Reserve

When it comes to Kent points of interest, Bengrave Nature Reserve is certainly a wonderful place to visit for anyone who loves walking, running, trekking or simply spending time in the great outdoors. Located between the River Medway and the northern edge of the residential area of Rainham, Kent, the nature reserve offers approximately 15 hectares of woodland to explore and forms part of the larger Riverside Country Park. With ownership of the land traced back to William the Conqueror, the areas is of historic interest with occupation of the land being traced back to the stone age.

The Big Cat Sanctuary

If you’re looking for things to do in Kent UK, don’t miss the Big Cat Sanctuary which is home to an impressive selection of endangered cats both big and small within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Smarden countryside, this lesser-known attraction offers a host of experiences for visitors including Big Cat Encounters which allow you to see some of the most sensational animals in the world up close and personal. During the weekend, it’s also possible to become a ranger for the day and, if you want to adopt one of the rarest cats in the world, you can do so for a fee which will go towards their protection and care.

Extending your Kent Visit

With so much to see and do in Kent, it’s a good idea to stay for a couple of days to make the most of each location. The Marquis at Alkham is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a boutique hotel with a fine-dining restaurant and luxurious rooms, with the 200-year-old former village inn oozing class and charm. It is perfectly situated for trips to Dover and Folkestone, and ideal for exploring the surrounding areas.