Walking in beautiful Ashdown Forest, the home of Winnie the Pooh

Walking in beautiful Ashdown Forest, the home of Winnie the Pooh

D Hodgkinson

New Year in Tunbridge Wells

Who knows what day it is after Christmas is done!

Never mind losing track of the days, when the Christmas festivities are over it’s time to look forward to the New Year, shake off the winter blues and get out of the fug putting some air into the lungs!

What’s on for the New Year in Tunbridge Wells?

If you haven’t been to Hug-Many then you must. A once in lifetime event on The Pantiles of Royal Tunbridge Wells on 31 December.

This is where the locals like to live it up and see in the Hogmanay Tunbridge Wells style!

Live music, live acts including a traditional Highland Piper, lots of pubs and bars spilling out onto the terraces and of course, people to create a unique and friendly outdoor party.

All profits from this event go to local charities. Please book your tickets in advance online, you don’t want to miss the fireworks or the hugs!

New Year's Eve Parties

The Forum will have their annual New Year's Eve party hosted by DJs Markus Holler and Richard Marshall. Ring in the New Year with their vinyl sounds from funk to Hip Hop from 9pm until 2am. 

The hotels and restaurants will be dressed up to the nines in and around Tunbridge Wells and more than ready to celebrate with you and yours. Choose from gala dinners, live music and dancing, but do dress up and enjoy!

Instead of forking out for a taxi home, book a hotel. There are lots of accommodation options but do book early otherwise you will miss out.

Perhaps you want to do your celebrating during the first day of the new year.

On 1 January, munch and brunch with the best in our chic hotels, gourmet gastropubs and classy restaurants right across the region. Toast friends, absent and present with local produce, wine, beer, cider, juice, coffee, hot chocolate, take your pick, all deliciously available wherever you go in the Garden of England.

A Mindful New Year in Tunbridge Wells

After celebrating hard, your mind, body and soul might need a little pampering.

Royal Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area have a profusion of luxury health spas, hotels and venues offering a variety of traditional and innovative health and beauty treatments to choose from.

It’s the perfect place for a spa break to re-charge the batteries and perhaps spend your Christmas vouchers by indulging in some shopping therapy in the January sales as well.

Do some research in advance by reading two of our blogs on just two of the lovely spas in our area and also the Spa Break page.

Other things to do: get outside and get active

Alternatively, you may prefer to indulge in some more natural ways to wellbeing.

Put your best foot forward and try out a new activity, or a favourite in a new location! If the festive season hasn’t put you off food yet, learn some new culinary skills or master a particular style of cooking at one of the friendly cookery schools in the area.

We all know the importance of exercise (especially after the indulgence of Christmas!), so this year why not make the most of all nature has to offer, and head outside? Just being outdoors makes you feel better!

Get away from the traffic, noise, bustle and pollution by visiting the rural areas of the borough.

The winter has its own radiant beauty and walking at this time of year offers a refreshing change of pace. Whether it’s an enchanting silent world of frost and mist or a bright invigorating day, the fresh air is bound to revitalise you.

With miles and miles of footpaths waiting to be discovered grab your walking boots, wrap up warm and go explore the wildness of the Wealden countryside. It’s a great opportunity to blow away the festive cobwebs and enjoy the clean country air and rural views!

To add a bit of competition in to your walk, why not try one of the stunning golf courses in the area? There are 5 to choose from which all welcome visitors to their attractive grounds and facilities.

The National Trust in Kent

At Scotney Castle there are over 780 acres for the whole family to enjoy including four easy to follow trails. Don’t forget to take your furry friend along as dogs are welcome.

Enjoy the great outdoors, sniff out the best places to explore and keep tails wagging.

Venture onto the Ightham Mote estate on one of the three estate walks, which offer stunning views across the Kent countryside. Be sure to pick up one of the walks leaflet from the visitor reception at Ightham Mote, ideal for a brisk walk or leisurely stroll to recharge those batteries.

Many of the National Trust estate grounds are open to explore during the winter as are the cafes.

New Year in the Kent Countryside

The Parkland and Riverside walks across the ancient historic parkland of Penshurst Place provide scenic walks all year round. This is the Winner of the Visit Kent Family Attraction Award in 2018! For copies of the walking guides visit the gift shop.

Nearby is the Penshurst Bike Park, well known by bike enthusiasts for off-road cycling and the Kingdom Café is available on site for fantastic home-made food.

Bewl Water, near the village of Lamberhurst, is a vast country park which features the largest reservoir in the south east. The river’s edge is a 12 ½ mile walk and has a café and bistro overlooking the water. Cycling is also available including bike hire.

Bedgebury Forest is open all year round and has a selection of all ability walking routes and cycle trails for all the family to enjoy whatever the season. There is plenty designed for the younger family members which will allow them to run off lots of energy while getting involved with the latest activities.

Warm up in the wooden café, an attractive log cabin style building overlooking one of the lakes. Grab yourself some warming drinks, soup and cake and you can carry on going!

New Year challenges

If you prefer your exercise on two wheels, get on your bike and take up the challenge of the Forest Way and Ashdown Forest Circular. This is a refreshing way to kick start your new year resolutions.

The Tudor Trail cycle route goes from Tonbridge to Penshurst Place. It is mostly off road and goes through the Penshurst Place estate and the beautiful Weald of Kent countryside. Whilst road bikes can be used do expect uneven ground.

For details of the cycle routes visit the High Weald and Explore Kent websites.

If money is a bit tight we have some fantastic ideas for you on 10 Things To Do For Free and you might want to have a read of the inspirational Rainy Days article too!

So what are you waiting for? Those who want to plan a break should check out our accommodation pages.

Cheers to 2020!!

External Links:
High Weald
Explore Kent
National Trust

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