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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 Go Ape! Bedgebury to your Itinerary

    Go Ape! Bedgebury

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Goudhurst

    Go Ape is the UK's number one forest adventure

  2. Add Hever Castle Golf Club to your Itinerary

    Hever Castle Golf Club

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    Golf Course

    Edenbridge

    9 hole golf course and squash club near Royal Tunbridge Wells

  3. Bowles Outdoor Centre

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    Adventure Sport Centre

    Eridge Green, Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Fun recreational activities including ski-ing, snowboarding, rock climbing and canoeing for individuals and groups. Organisational training and development, residential personal development courses for schools, colleges and youth groups too.

  4. Add All Saints Church, Maidstone to your Itinerary

    All Saints Church, Maidstone

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    Church / Chapel

    Maidstone

    The Parish Church of the county town of Kent was largely built by Archbishop Courtenay (14th century) and is one of the largest and finest Perpendicular churches in England. Of note are the medieval choir stalls and the Washington family memorial.

  5. Add Bayham Abbey to your Itinerary

    Bayham Abbey

    Type

    Historic Site

    Lamberhurst

    Historic Abbey ruins

  6. Add Kentish Lady River Cruises to your Itinerary

    Kentish Lady River Cruises

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    Boat Trip

    Maidstone

    River boat trips through the picturesque Kent countryside, departing from Maidstone in a 100-seater passenger boat. Three hour cruises must be booked in advance. 1 hour cruises available during the school holiday and weekends.

  7. Add Knowle Grange Health Spa to your Itinerary

    Knowle Grange Health Spa

    Type

    Spa and Relaxation

    Tunbridge Wells

    Spa and Beauty Treatment

  8. Add Slap n Dash Pottery to your Itinerary

    Slap n Dash Pottery

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    Activity Centre

    Hawkhurst

    £4.00 Studio fee plus ceramics from £3.00

  9. The Walled Nursery

    Add The Walled Nursery to your Itinerary

    The Walled Nursery

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    Garden Centre

    Hawkhurst

    Garden centre with a difference! Visit a Victorian walled kitchen garden and the Vinery cafe.

  10. Add Knole to your Itinerary

    Knole

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    Historic House / Palace

    Sevenoaks

    Set at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent, Knole's fascinating links with royalty as well as its literary connections with Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, make this one of the most intriguing houses in England.

  11. Add Emmetts Garden to your Itinerary

    Emmetts Garden

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    Garden

    Sevenoaks

    This peaceful garden, at one of the highest spots in Kent, is noted for its spring flowers, autumn colours and its collection of rare trees and shrubs. An idyllic setting with breathtaking views.

  12. Add Biddenden Vineyards to your Itinerary

    Biddenden Vineyards

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    Vineyard

    Ashford

    Vineyard

  13. Add Maidstone Museums to your Itinerary

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    Maidstone Museums

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    Museum

    Maidstone

  14. Add Nevill Golf Club to your Itinerary

    Nevill Golf Club

    Type

    Golf Course

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    18 hole course considered to be one of the best in the County.

  15. Add Fenton's Curling Rink to your Itinerary

    Fenton's Curling Rink

    Type

    Sports Ground

    Near Kippings Cross, Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The only curling rink in England.

  16. Add Mote Park Outdoor Adventure to your Itinerary

    Mote Park Outdoor Adventure

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Maidstone

    Welcome to Maidstone’s brand new Mote Park Adventure! Whether you’re looking to burn off some excess energy, or to lose yourself in an adventure – Mote Park Adventure have outdoor activities to keep the whole family entertained. Chose from the 32ft Sky Trail, 32ft Climbing Wall and off-roading…

  17. Add Chapel Down Winery at Tenterden Vineyard to your Itinerary

    Chapel Down Winery at Tenterden Vineyard

    Type

    Vineyard

    Tenterden

    The home of England's premier wine producer. Bistro & wine bar, vineyard walks and guided tours.

  18. Add Odeon Cinema Tunbridge Wells to your Itinerary

    Odeon Cinema Tunbridge Wells

    Type

    Cinema

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Multi-screen cinema

  19. TimeQuest | Live Escape Room

    Add TimeQuest | Live Escape Room to your Itinerary

    TimeQuest | Live Escape Room

    Type

    Activity Centre

    Paddock Wood

    Solve the puzzles and clues to complete the mission and escape in under 60 minutes or ....

  20. Add Go Ape - Forest Adventure Leeds Castle to your Itinerary

    Go Ape - Forest Adventure Leeds Castle

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Maidstone

    We’ll brief you for safety before you fly down our zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breath taking scenery up in the trees.

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