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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 Hever Castle Golf Club to your Itinerary

    Hever Castle Golf Club


    Golf Course


    9 hole golf course and squash club near Royal Tunbridge Wells

  2. Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Gym

    Add Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Gym to your Itinerary

    Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Gym


    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

  3. Add Fenton's Curling Rink to your Itinerary

    Fenton's Curling Rink


    Sports Ground

    Near Kippings Cross, Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The only curling rink in England.

  4. Add Tunbridge Wells Museum at Royal Victoria Place to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Museum at Royal Victoria Place



    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Whilst the 1950s building is closed for redevelopment some collections are displayed in the Library’s temporary premises at Royal Victoria Place shopping centre (level 1, opposite Fenwick and Muffin Break).

  5. Add Kentish Lady River Cruises to your Itinerary

    Kentish Lady River Cruises


    Boat Trip


    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.

  6. Bowles Outdoor Centre


    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.

  7. Ashdown Manna Cookery School

    Add Ashdown Manna Cookery School to your Itinerary

    Ashdown Manna Cookery School


    Cookery School


    A small independent cookery school, offering inspirational half and full day courses.

  8. Add Spa Spa to your Itinerary

    Spa Spa


    Spa and Relaxation

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Spa treaments, massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy,relaxation, unwind, de-stress, indulge

  9. Add Spa Health to your Itinerary

    Spa Health


    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Indoor heated swimming pool 10m, two gymnasiums,
    Steam room and saunas and floodlit tennis court
    There are Qualified Personal Trainers on site

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