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Activities in Tunbridge Wells

So what can you do in Tunbridge Wells?

You’ll be pleased to know there are many exciting things to do in Tunbridge Wells!

The rolling Wealden countryside lends itself to all sorts of different activities for the peaceable countryside admirer and the adrenaline fuelled visitor.

Wet or dry, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re looking to plan an activity break in Tunbridge Wells or just an activity for the day you’ll find a whole host of pursuits that you can get stuck into with family or friends.

Free things to do in Tunbridge Wells

Criss-crossed by a network of footpaths and longer walks such as the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk and The Weald Way, ramblers will find lots to love and experience from the many walks in Tunbridge Wells.

Cycling, tramping, rambling or walking, perusing art galleries and museums are just a few of the fabulous free things to do in Tunbridge Wells, not to mention very popular.  You will see why when you visit as your sense of wonder and escapism will be thrilled by such exceptional views.

For one of the best we recommend cycling up a former Tour de France hill stage in Goudhurst as well as round Brenchley and Paddock Wood!

For playful rock climbing visit Wellington Rocks and have a go at clambering all over them, as many a Tunbridge Wellian child has before you!

Genteel pastimes

Apart from promenading on the Pantiles and watching the world go by, why not have play a round of golf?

A number of our golf courses welcome visitors and it is certainly a healthy way to enjoy the countryside with the 19th hole nearby to refuel.  Either next to town or in a remote rural village, you can improve your handicap and revel in some of the prettiest parts of the UK at the same time.

Fishing is also a popular hobby in the Tunbridge Wells region; some say the perfect serene get-away. Numerous lakes are open for coarse and fly fishing in quiet, timeless backwaters.

There are opportunities for gentle swimming indoors at one of the sports clubs, hotels or leisure centres.

Of course, visiting a Royal Spa town means there are deliciously luxurious ways to unwind here. The Spa page and Blog can give you the details on the best places to go.

For the Adrenaline Junkies...

There are a number of sports to get involved in in this area, just have a read through!

Rock climbing is a growing sport in these parts.  There are three places where you can go rock climbing: The Bowles Outdoor Centre, Chimera Climbing Centre and Harrisons Rocks.

Harrisons Rocks is a natural wonder in Tunbridge Wells, open to all and worth going just to look at although you can experience serious levels of ropework here.

Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, the region’s largest lake, offers the perfect opportunity for water sports including sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, fly-fishing and a 21km cycle route round the reservoir.

Bedgebury, near Goudhurst, is home to a beautiful forest of conifer trees, and a restful place to walk in all seasons. Come again and again to see the stunning colour changes throughout the year, especially round the lakes.

The two thousand acres of forest has enough room for family cycling and cycle hire, mountain biking, horse riding, walking, picnics and adventure playgrounds as well as ParkRun.  Dogs welcome too!

For the more adventurous, visitors can experience the award winning high-wire attraction Go-Ape, at Bedgebury. Go whizzing down the zip wires through the tree canopy just like in the Jungle Book. Suitable wires are set up for children.

The Bowles Centre has 2 dry ski slopes, canoeing trips as well as sandstone rock climbing. There are many other family-friendly activities too.  The nearby train station is Eridge – 40 minutes from London.

Train driving is many a boy’s dream. Dreams can come true with Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells.  Take a shunt along the line through the countryside and relish a train enthusiast’s paradise!

Winter Fun

Try your hand (err.. feet!) at ice skating from November to January in Calverley Grounds.

Make sure you book well in advance for the session of your choice; this gets more and more popular each year.

Surrounded by wooden chalets and cafés selling warming hot chocolate and homemade sausage rolls or gluhwein and bratwurst (or is it bockwurst or knockwurst…?!!), come and soak up the cosy festive atmosphere.

Curling is another increasingly popular sport and we are lucky enough to have the only curling rink in fair England - Fentons - right here in our borough.

Top Tips and Further Information

For rainy day inspiration do read our Rainy Day page. The Sports Centres are just one of the places you can go and burn off some energy.

Search from a wide and varied list of outdoor and indoor activities in the area using the ‘Search Things To Do’ box on the right.

Stay at a hotel in Tunbridge Wells or rent a self-catering home from home to really get stuck in to your down-time on holiday.  High quality accommodation will soothe you to ultimate relaxation in the Garden of England.

Read through our web pages for plenty more detailed information on all these local activities and things to do for the visitor.

Get the insider info from the locals on their Blogs too.

Even more inspiration for activity breaks in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area can be obtained from the Be Inspired pages not to mention the Tourist Information Centre.

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  1. Add Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Pashley Manor Gardens



    Ticehurst, Wadhurst

    At Pashley you will discover 11 acres of beautiful borders and vistas - the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening and an admiration of the tradition of the English country garden.

  2. Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk


    Waymarked Trail

    Tunbridge Wells

    The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk is a 27.5 mile (44.3km) route that explores the wide variety of fertile and beautiful countryside around Royal Tunbridge Wells, a town within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the borders of Kent and East Sussex.

  3. Add Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Spa Valley Railway


    Steam Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Spa Valley Railway takes you on a picturesque railway journey through through the beautiful Wealden countryside from Tunbridge Wells to High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge

  4. Add Penshurst Place and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Penshurst Place and Gardens


    Historic House / Palace


    Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place & Gardens and the surrounding estate have stood on the banks of the river Medway since the 14th century, when the awe-inspiring medieval Baron’s Hall was built as a country retreat for the Lord Mayor of London, Sir John De Pulteney.

  5. Add Chalybeate Spring to your Itinerary

    Chalybeate Spring



    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Visitors came to see and be seen in fashionable Tunbridge Wells, but above all to 'take the waters'.

  6. Add Kino Cinema Hawkhurst to your Itinerary

    Kino Cinema Hawkhurst




    Kino is the UK's first purely digital cinema with the full HD experience.

  7. Add Hush Heath Winery to your Itinerary

    Hush Heath Winery




    Wine, Ciders and Juices available to order online. ( Shop and Estate closed) 
    Our products will continue to be available on the website where we are offering free delivery on all orders to mainland Britain with no minimum spend required.

  8. Add Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre to your Itinerary

    Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre



    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Located in a converted Grade A listed church by the noted architect Decimus Burton, Trinity Theatre hosts a varied programme of art exhibitions, theatre, films, dance, opera and music productions.

  9. Add The Forum to your Itinerary

    The Forum


    Event Venue

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    From spring water dispensary to nationally acclaimed live music venue in Royal Tunbridge Wells!

  10. Hollywood Bowl

    Hollywood Bowl



    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Bowl on one of the 24 lanes, have a drink from the bar, play at the American Pool Pit, dine out and experience the latest in arcade technology as well as Virtual Reality.

  11. Add Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre


    Sports Ground

    Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

    Purpose built centre provides sports hall, fitness studio, meeting rooms, outdoor tennis courts, football and rugby pitches.

  12. Add The Hop Farm Family Park to your Itinerary

    The Hop Farm Family Park


    Adventure Park / Playground

    Paddock Wood, Maidstone

    The Hop Farm Family Park is Kent’s major visitor attraction and event venue. Open every day of the year and only £3 per person to enter (this includes all day Outdoor Adventure Play, Indoor Soft Play, The Animal farm, Crazy Golf and Free Parking), the Family Park has attractions for all age groups…

  13. Nevill Cricket Ground

    Add Nevill Cricket Ground to your Itinerary

    Nevill Cricket Ground



    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Groundsman 01892 530833 Pavillion 01892 520846  

  14. Add Hever Castle and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Hever Castle and Gardens


    Historic House / Palace


    Childhood home of Anne Boleyn and later of Lord Astor.

  15. Add Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre


    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A great local resource for those interested in health and fitness, with most facilities available on a pay and play basis.

  16. Add Biddenden Vineyards to your Itinerary

    Biddenden Vineyards




    Biddenden Vineyards is the oldest commercial vineyard in Kent, established in 1969. It has grown to 23 acres, producing White, Red, Rosé and Sparkling English Wines. The vinyard is also known for producing cider and pressed juices. <br /><br />The vinyard and shop are open to visitors all year…

  17. Add St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook to your Itinerary

    St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook


    Church / Chapel


    Cathedral of the Weald.

  18. Clay Pigeon Shooting

    Clay Pigeon Shooting


    Activity Centre

    Meadowhead Sporting Shooting School, Eridge TN3 9JA Tel. 01892 770576 Pre Booking ESSENTIAL Arena Pursuits, Flimwell TN5 7PT 01580 879614 Pre Booking ESSENTIAL West Kent Shooting School, New Hay Farm, Old Hay, Brenchley, Paddock Wood TN12 7DG 01892…

  19. Add Ightham Mote to your Itinerary

    Ightham Mote


    Historic House / Palace


    Moated Manor dating from 1320 reflecting seven centuries of history from the Medieval crypt, to a 1950's library. Owned by Knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and society Victorians.

  20. Add Dunorlan Park to your Itinerary

    Dunorlan Park


    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A glorious local awarding winning park and testament to the Victorian landscaping era. Boating lake and cafe.

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