Calverley Grounds

Calverley Grounds

by David Hodgkinson

Parks & Lakes in Tunbridge Wells

Visitors delight at the greenery of the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The secret is the award winning parks, woods and commons

Top picnics spots in Tunbridge Wells

The beautiful Calverley Grounds in the town centre is hidden behind the tall mid-Victorian era shops and restaurants of Mount Pleasant Road and the magnificent Great Hall.

Locals use this formal landscaped park for meeting friends, lunchtime picnics and tennis as well as eating al fresco at the café.

Awarded a Green Flag for its cleanliness and sustainably well-maintained look, this is a neat little place to take a break in the town. Read more about its history.

Calverley Grounds is the venue for a number of events throughout the year including music festivals and a hugely popular ice rink at Christmas.

Dunorlan Park, a pleasant walk of 20 minutes from the centre, has a boating lake and café with wide grassy lawns and meadows for lazy days.

Ranked as the number 1 thing to do on TripAdvisor as “well worth a visit for a relaxing afternoon”, and a Green Flag winner too, this is one of the best parks in the Tunbridge Wells area and even better, it is free to park and enter.

Take a longer 1.6 mile walk to admire the views of the Weald and explore corners of almost 80 acres of parkland. There is plenty of open space for lots of fun and games.

In terms of entertainment for kids, many of the parks in the Tunbridge Wells area have an assortment of children’s playgrounds and activities.

There is play equipment at our oldest public park The Grove (near the High Street and a winner of a Green Flag), at Grosvenor & Hilbert Park, Pennington Grounds, Cranbrook, Paddock Wood, and Hawkenbury Recreation Ground to name a few.

These make good little stop offs for pent up bundles of energy and a picnic.

The Tunbridge Wells Rocky Show

The town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is slightly unusual as it is situated on sandstone which gives rise to some towering rocks actually in and within a stone’s throw of the town! 

Come admire and enjoy some rock scrambling or perhaps take some arty peekaboo photos of your own.

Fantastically fun places to visit, play and picnic around for a couple of hours at least.

Read the Rocks pages to uncover more about these various rocky sites.

Lakes around Tunbridge Wells

Naturally water is a starring component of the Tunbridge Wells lure.

Wetlands in the nature reserves and fishing lakes are easily found for hypnotic holiday breaks.

In the wider borough of Tunbridge Wells, lakes are to be admired in the historic gardens of the stately homes and castles. 

Scotney Castle has a moat beneath the 14th century fortress capturing enrapturing reflections of times of yore.

You can enjoy such watery activities from feeding the ducks to sailing your own vessel at Dunorlan Park and Grosvenor & Hilbert Park as well as other exciting watersports at Bewl Water.

There is the option of a leisurely boat trip navigating Bewl Water, viewing the woodlands from the deck whilst someone else takes the helm. A short river boat trip is available at Groombridge Place from the gardens to the Enchanted Forest. 

More information about Tunbridge Wells

Check our What’s On page for nature based events as well as our Activities page for the outdoor scene.

Browse the cafés too as there are many to choose from to refresh, or warm you, no matter what the weather. 


External links

List and map of borough council run playgrounds. 

Pennington Grounds in Southborough run by Southborough Town Council, just 10 mins north of Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre.

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    Hollywood Bowl

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    Bowling

    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.

  2. Bowles Outdoor Centre

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    Eridge Green

    A residential outdoor centre with accommodation for 94 offering rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing and outdoor management development courses.

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    UK Electric Bike Hire & Tours

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    Cycling

    Biddenden

    Why not try an electric bike, zipping between vineyards or maybe stop at an iconic castle or a world-famous garden?  Our routes take you along the  quiet lanes of the Weald of Kent, passing oast houses and Wealden hall houses, farmsteads and ancient woodland.  You can stop at a village pub for...

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    The Hop Farm Family Park

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    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...

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    Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre

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    Sports Ground

    Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

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

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    Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre

    Type

    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.

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    Assembly Hall Theatre

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    Theatre

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The Assembly Hall Theatre is a 1,000 seat theatre offering an eclectic programme with everything from family shows to classical music.

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    St. Mary's Church Speldhurst

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    Church / Chapel

    Tunbridge Wells

    We welcome visitors to our beautiful church.

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    Hole Park Gardens

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    Garden

    Rolvenden

    15 acres of spectacular gardens and woodlands. Spectacular bluebell wood.

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    Parish Church of King Charles The Martyr

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    Church / Chapel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The first permanent building in Tunbridge Wells. Stunning plasterwork ceiling by Sir Christopher Wren's Chief Plasterer.

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    St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel

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    Church / Chapel

    Capel

    Twelfth century church with wallpaintings of the same period - the most extensive in West Kent. They depict various biblical scenes including Cain and Abel and The Last Supper.

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    Salomons Estate

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    Museum

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Salomons Estate – Kent’s undiscovered gem

    Constructed by Decimus Burton for Sir David Salomon, it was the first house in Britain to use domestic electricity.

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    St. Mary's Church Goudhurst

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    The church on the hill above the village.

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    Dunorlan Park

    Type

    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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    St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

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    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    Cathedral of the Weald.

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    Bewl Water

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    Lake / Reservoir

    Lamberhurst

    Set in the heart of the High Weald and surrounded by 800 acres of outstanding natural beauty, Bewl Water is the perfect place to watch the seasons change and to enjoy some healthy family fun for all ages.

  17. Add Weald Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Weald Sports Centre

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Cranbrook

    High quality sporting facilities to include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness studio, exercise studio and creche.

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    Cranbrook Union Windmill

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    Windmill

    Cranbrook

    The tallest surviving smock mill in the British Isles, measuring 72 feet to the top of the cap.

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    Merriments Gardens Ltd

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    Garden

    Hurst Green

    The gardens at Merriments in the rolling Sussex countryside never fail to delight.

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    Biddenden Vineyards

    Type

    Vineyard

    Biddenden

    Biddenden Vineyards are set in 23 acres on a south facing slope where eleven varieties of grape are grown to produce white, red, rose and quality sparkling wines.

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