Little legs on little wheels

Little legs on little wheels

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February Half Term

Take the frazzle out of freedom at half term by planning a family holiday in the Garden of England.

Mellow sloping countryside hillocks and exciting child-friendly activities in Tunbridge Wells will provide your family with the best days out in Kent.

The Tunbridge Wells region in the ancient landscape known as the Weald of Kent has plenty of things to do indoors and out that won’t break the bank.

10 Free Fun Ideas for the Fresh Air

There is ample space to cycle, picnic, walk, run, throw a ball, play hide & seek…the list goes on.

We guarantee all these ideas are in stunning locations to get away from it all and relax the mind whilst improving your physical health too.

Think ruddy cheeks and a lungful of fresh air!

  1. The Commons - 104 hectares of free wide open green spaces right in the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. If you can keep quiet, you may spot some wildlife.
  1. The Rocks - Great big, ancient, unusual rock formations, free to clamber over and explore - ideal for active imaginations: a moonscape, an epic canyon, hiding from trolls, finding fairies, there's no limits to the adventures.  Quite a sight to behold near a town centre!
  1. Calverley Grounds - pretty landscaping, paths, gardens, café, small adventure playground and a lovely little knoll to roll down!
  1. Local woodlands and nature reserves - Wander the woodlands and turn a walk into an exciting adventure. While the trees are without their leaves it is the perfect opportunity to see the woodland birds as they flit amongst the foliage.  Challenge the children to discover how many different sounds they can hear or how many different birds they can spot on the way. Look out for Robins, Blue Tits, Goldfinches, Greenfinches and Wrens one of the smallest of birds with the loudest of voices!
  1. Dunorlan Park – A park with so many accolades and its own tree trail! Children can try to identify the Scots Pine, the Weeping Willow, the Japanese Maple tree, the Oak tree, and the Copper Beech. There are 18 trees on the trail – can you find them all? Walk (or scoot) around the lake and a have a bite to eat in the café.
  1. 2020 is the 125th anniversary of the world famous National Trust  Their estates have a myriad of paths to walk round which are free, naturally you can adapt the walk to suit the length of your legs!  There are 5 National Trust properties within a 40 minute drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells.
  1. Another option for little legs is the parent and toddler walks outlined on the Kent and High Weald Partnership web site.
  1. Pepenbury Woodland is in a beautiful location, is a 10 minute drive from the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells and can be admired at any time of year.  Free to wander through (donations to Aspens charity for autism and learning disabilities gratefully received) and make sure to visit the Bluebell Café with access to musical sensory equipment amongst other fun!
  1. Bewl Water activity park in Lamberhurst offers school holiday programmes for children. Some are chargeable and some are free, watch the kids discharge some energy. Most importantly hot food and hot drink can be enjoyed inside the warmth of the café overlooking the massive reservoir! Parking only £3 per car all day long.
  1. Grosvenor Park has one of the best play areas in town: adventure playground for young children; zip-wire for the more adventurous; basketball court for older children and 5-a-side court, skate and bike park.  Not only is it the town’s oldest park alongside its lake and grottoes, Grosvenor Park is connected to Hilbert Woods Nature Reserve. This is another haven for wildlife in the heart of town. Warming refreshments are available in the café just don’t forget to take some binoculars with you.

Adventure Outdoors

A large country park experience can be enjoyed at Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest who make a small charge for parking, although it is for the whole day. This goes towards conservation of the forest and further research. 

A mere 20 minute drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells, it has excellent woodland play parks and holiday activities for children, not to mention a café with lakeside views for warming up. The café won Gold in the Beautiful South Tourism Awards in December 2019.

For budding train drivers, let off steam at the Spa Valley Railway.  Take an exciting ride back through the valley and bring big smiles to little faces! Buggies, prams, bicycles and dogs are all welcome, and carried free of charge. Kids travel for only a quid (£1)!

Penshurst Place offers exciting adventure based on the history of the grand house and estate, including the Enchanted Garden Trail and the Woodland trail. 

This Februrary take part in a special Amazing Inventions trail to see if you can spot the everyday items hidden in the gardens.

The Penshurst Place manor house appeared in the acclaimed dramatic TV series, Wolf Hall. Come and see what the drama is about in real life!

Rainy Day Activities

Have you got the next celebrity chef in the family? Get the youngsters into the kitchen with one of the local Cookery Schools. Temper Temper Chocolate is sure to be a favourite!

Slap n Dash is a pottery studio in the rural area of Hawkhurst. They offer ceramic painting, decopatch, foam clay, canvas painting, 'Make A Bear' and craft workshops. Based on the Hawkhurst Fish Farm, easily spend a day here taking lunch in the Waterside café

Afternoon tea options are aplenty in this part of the world from Sandhurst to Brenchley.

Sports centres in Paddock Wood, Cranbrook and Royal Tunbridge Wells provide first class facilities in an enjoyable atmosphere.

With the swimming pool, diving pool, gym, indoor badminton, squash and tennis courts the choice is yours at Tunbridge Wells. The soft play sessions offer an affordable and safe place for your children to play, explore and make friends in the warm and dry.

Many more ideas are lodged on the Rainy Day page too including curling and climbing.

Fun Indoors at The Theatre

Could your child produce the next Wallace & Gromit? For the 9 – 13 year age group, Trinity Theatre offers a fantastic workshop called ‘Stop Motion Animation'

Alternatively you can all take a seat, indoors, and relax being entertained at Trinity Theatre. Productions include Sleeping Beauty ballet and High School Musical 2. The exciting family film Frozen 2 is showing as well.

At Hawkhurst Kino Digital Cinema (a delightful boutique and cosy winner), on Saturday and Sunday mornings the first film of the day is a cheap seats session for the family.

Children pay only £9 per ticket and the accompanying adult’s ticket is free (T&Cs apply).

Tuesdays is 2 for 1, but book as soon as you can because this is very popular.

Make the most of your holidays

We’re not short of ideas so for many more, either contact the Tourist Information Centre or search our What’s On listings to find just the thing for you and yours.

Browse through the Family Friendly or Activities pages at any time of year for more inspiration and for your next visit.

For places to warm up and refuel check our Food & Drink section.

Make sure your stay is as comfortable and cosy as can be by browsing our accommodation pages.

We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful region of Tunbridge Wells.

External links

Kent High Weald Partnership

National Trust

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