Traditional morris dancing at the annual Speldhurst Fete

Traditional morris dancing at the annual Speldhurst Fete

by David Hodgkinson

Speldhurst

Looking for a short jaunt out from Tunbridge Wells?

Then stretch those legs and cycle or walk to Speldhurst!

Only 5 km from Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, much of Speldhurst dates from the 19th century and is another fine example of our quaint Wealden villages.

A real fun filled community

They must have a sense of humour here; look at the Pram Race picture above!

Every year the village hosts the annual pram race in the spring - this is a completely “bonkers” event in May! 

Adults and children in daft fancy dress pushing decorated prams around; with prizes for the best dressed pram!

Music, mayhem, food and laughter are all compulsory!

Keep an eye out for the next event in our What's On section.

World renowned sausages!

Speldhurst is a fine place for walking and enjoying the rural countryside at its best being in an Area of Outstanding Beauty and a Special Landscape Area.

Speldhurst is on the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk with a standalone section of its own.

There are other shorter local walks too; more details can be found in the External Links at the bottom.

The village has a little shop, post office and a village hall.

There are many old pretty country cottages, oast houses and a cricket pitch.

Original birth place of the Speldhurst Sausage, these delicious little lovelies are now made in nearby Eridge.

They can still be purchased in the village shop.

The olde worlde George and Dragon pub opposite the church is said to date from the 13th century. 

Today the pub prides itself in offering “glamour” next to a pie and a pint of local bitter.

Food is sourced locally and organically; this is a country pub with roaring log fire and garden for relaxing no matter what our capricious weather does!

As Grandma says “Look up for the exciting stuff”

A settlement has existed here since before the Norman Conquest.

Many of the buildings standing today are from the 16th and 17th Centuries.

The original medieval church was destroyed by lightning in 1791.

The present church of St Mary the Virgin was built in 1870 and Burne-Jones and William Morris designed its spectacular stained glass windows.

This is included in the Wealden Church Trail.

The beams in the pub are over 1,000 years old too!

Accept our invitation to stay

Take a look at our Accommodation section to find out how and where you can extend your stay to properly take in the breath-taking beauty of this area.

Penshurst Place is nearby and so is the Salomon’s Estate, both attractions are well worth a visit and the community of Southborough is on the doorstep.

External links

The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk including the Speldhurst section.

More local walks can be obtained from the Speldhurst parish website.

Tags: Speldhurst, Speldhurst Village, Speldhurst Village Kent

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