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Fabulous Chagall Windows at Tudeley Church

Fabulous Chagall Windows at Tudeley Church

David Hodgkinson

Rainy Days in Tunbridge Wells

Although we are known as “sunny Tunbridge Wells” for a reason, even we have the occasional day of rain!

Got that rainy day feeling?

On the days when the sun isn’t shining don’t sit around wondering what to do, head indoors to let off some energy at the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre which offers a wide variety of indoor activities.

The newly reburbished swimming pool is a great place to get together with family and friends for some fun and healthy activity. What could be more fun than splashing about in the pool while a serious swim will tone every muscle from top to toe.

If you don’t want to get wet the indoor tennis, squash and badminton courts will burn off plenty of energy and who knows you may even discover that you have a potential future Wimbledon champion in your midst!

Don’t forget the brand new soft play centre which is open daily from 10am providing an affordable and safe environment for your children (up to 8 years old) to play and explore whilst you make new friends chatting over a cup of coffee.

If you are still full of energy and looking for an exhilarating new challenge on a rainy day, head over  to the Chimera Indoor Climbing Centre to try your hand at  indoor rock climbing.

There are courses for all ages and abilities and best of all there is no need to provide any special equipment, just come as you are and climb.

Relieve the stress and strain of a rainy day and splash out on a luxury spa day. The only decision that you will have to make is choosing from the range of health and beauty treatments that are available.

Love rainy days…

For something a bit more cultured head for the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery. With over 60,000 objects, covering local history, natural history, archaeology, fine and decorative arts and social history set the kids a challenge to find the smallest object in the Museum!

Stay a while and use the family explorer backpacks, these interactive backpacks are themed around the museum collections and help the whole family to explore the museum.

Test the detecting skills of the smaller family members by using the I SPY activity trails, to help them explore the galleries as they search for hidden objects, and answer questions and puzzles.

For the artistic ones amongst you, get creative with the colouring sheets that are available to use. 

From contemporary fine art to a range of luxury jewellery made from the caps of champagne corks, Tunbridge Wells has numerous art galleries to suit all tastes and budgets.

All have free admission and regularly changing exhibitions. So whether you have five minutes or you have all day, pop into one of the many art galleries and see the wonderful things on offer.

Sometimes you have to create your own sunshine

If you want to explore why not take to the car and dodge the rain drops with a tour of the Wealden Churches. These unique historical buildings reflect the times that they were built in and all have their own tales to tell.

From the little church of St Martin of Tours in Ashurst, one of the oldest and one of the most simple churches in the area to one of the largest, which became  known as the “Cathedral of the Weald”, St Dunstan’s in Cranbrook.  

To ensure you don’t miss such gems as All Saints in Tudeley with its stunning stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall, or the spectacular windows at St Mary The Virgin in Speldhurst, designed by Burne-Jones and William Morris download the trail leaflet.

If that all seems too much like hard work, tour the  delightful Wealden towns and villages searching for that quintessentially English and ultimate indulgence afternoon tea.  Choose from the classic cream tea with scones and clotted cream to quirky afternoon teas with a glass of champagne.

For a carefree tour why not follow the scenic driving tour around the Weald of Kent, through a rich landscape of orchards, rolling countryside and vineyards, taking in the most picturesque villages along the way.

The villages are more than just pretty places to visit. Each one has its own character and community, with tea-rooms, shops, and pubs waiting to welcome the visitor.

So don’t let the rain chase you away. Stay a bit longer the clouds will roll away and the sunshine will return.

If you are looking for accommodation Tunbridge Wells we have  a variety of quality accommodation to suit every itinerary and budget.

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