Kent countryside

Wildlife Experiences

Port Lympne Wildlife Park

Port Lympne Wildlife Park

This is like a an African Safari experience set in over 600 acres. You are transported by wagon across the ‘plains of Africa’, then explore on foot four areas called Basecamp, Discovery zone, Carnivore territory and the Primate trail.

Tigers at Howletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts Wild Animal Park - is home to the largest breeding herd of African Elephants in the UK and also one of the largest breeding groups of Lion-Tailed Macaque in the world. However, the park is most famous for having some of the largest family groups of Western Lowland Gorilla in the world.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Wingham Wildlife Park

Wingham Wildlife Park Kent

Wingham Wildlife Park is a small animal reserve specialising in exotic birds and small animals.

Eagle Heights

Birds of Prey

Eagle Heights Birds of Prey Kent

Eagle Heights Bird of Prey Centre currently has a collection of approximately 150 raptors or birds of prey  many of which are now breeding at the centre or can be seen flying in our daily demonstrations.

Wildwood Trust

Wildwood KentWildwood TrustWildwood set in 40 acres in Kent

Wildwood - over 300 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see Wolves, Bison, Deer, Owls, Foxes, Red Squirrels, Wild Boar, Lynx, Wild Horses, Badgers, Beavers and more as you make your way around the park. Let your children go wild in the adventure playground with drop slide, tube slide, wild fort, tree-top towers and more!

Chatham

Dickens World

Building inside Dickens World in ChathamDickens World KentDickens World in Chatham, KentBridge in Dickens World Kent

Dickens World is a themed attraction based on the life and works of Charles Dickens and is a popular thing to do in Kent. The attraction offers an interactive, multi-sensory experience, whereby visitors can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of 19th century England. Visitors can enjoy a journey of discovery as they meet some of Dickens most well-known and best-loved characters. Dickens World could be an ideal thing to do in Kent in school holidays.


The attraction is NOT a theme park although there are some experiences to enjoy such as a long dark ride, the "Great Expectations" log flume. Other experiences include the Haunted House of Ebenezer Scrooge, a Victorian school room, a 4D high definition cinema show, "The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters", a themed bar and restaurant, and Fagins Den, a play area.

Historic Dockyard

Chatham Historic Dockyard in Chatham, KentHMS Gannet at Chatham Historic DockyardChatham Historic dockyard submarine HMS OcelotVictorian Ropery at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent

Chatham historic dockyard is a great family day out with lots of things to see and do. As a starting point there are 3 ships to explore. There is a Naval sloop called HMS Gannet, a world war destroyer - HMS Cavalier, and a cold war submarine HMS Ocelot. Chatham historic dockyard also has a number of demonstrations and exhibitions. In the victorian ropery you can enjoy a 40 minute tour, watch a rope making demo and find out about the life styles of the people who worked there. The 'Steam, Steel & Submarines' will tell you the dockyard story. There is a collection of 17 RNLI historic lifeboats to see. There are also seperate exhibitions for the 'big things' like trucks, trains and machinery, the Railway workshop, maritime museum, restaurant, shop, softplay area and picnic area. Enough to keep most families amused for a few hours at least.

Revolution - Skateboard / BMX / Climbing Wall

Revolution Skatboard, BMX, Climbing wall in Kent

Revolution Skatepark first opened early in 1998 due to the high demand from Skateboarders, Inliners and BMX'ers from all over Kent. It has been designed to suit all levels of ability and ages. Challenging, without compromising safety. The centre also has an extremely challenging rock climbing centre.

Brands Hatch Motor Racing

Brands Hatch motor racing

Brands Hatch Motor Racing Circuit - has a schedule of racing events from March to Nov 2015. There are also track days for cars, bikes, training, testing and experience days. The Club MSV can provide you with everything you need to get you onto the grid! They are committed to getting more people into racing and want to ensure that they help you every step of the way.

The Hop Farm Country Park

Train ride at Hop farm country park in Beltring near East PeckhamMusic concert at Hop Farm country park

The Hop Farm Country Park is a 400-acre Country Park in Beltring, near East Peckham. The centre has a period Victorian village, a small wax works exhibition, a petting farm with shire horses and small animals, a themed play area called the enchanted kingdom, a maze, 3-d films, children's rides, children's driving school, magic factory and many other fun things to do. The centre is also host to a number of major events and music concerts.

Chislehurst Caves

Guide at Chislehurst Caves

Chislehurst Caves were originally chalk and flint mines that extend for 22 miles.

During the war the caves were used as air-raid shelters and became home to approximately 15,000 people.

Today, tours take place Wed - Sun, every hour on the hour and take about 45 minutes. Please check times before setting off.

The Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales exhibition

The Canterbury Tales help you to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era in this fabulous recreation of medieval life; a unique introduction to Canterbury and its famous literary connection. On your adventure, you will accompany Geoffrey Chaucer, and his merry band of pilgrims on their journey of discovery from The Tabard Inn in London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way, Chaucers colourful and entertaining stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery are dramatically brought to life for you to enjoy.

Kent Life Heritage Farm Park

Buildings at Kent life heritage farm park

Kent Life is a vibrant and fun destination with host of attractions on it's 28 acre site which offer a great family day out.  It explores the history of Kent through its food production and farming heritage.  No matter whether your family are seeking nostalgia or want to discover more about animals, this is a great place to be.

Each season brings new and different things to do and see, so whenever you chose to visit there will be something different.  The now unique and only working coal-fired Oast House is fired up in the autumn for drying hops and the traditional process of beer making begins.  There are lots of family friendly farm animals, play and picnic areas, wonderful vintage tea room and historic houses and buildings to explore.

Kent Life heritage farm park animal demonstrationFeeding animals at Kent life heritage farm park

Bedgebury Forest

Cycling at Bedgebury ForestHorse riding at Bedgebury Forest

Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape.

Cyclopark

Cyclopark in Kent

Cyclopark is a purpose-built facility for cycling and other outdoor activities. The Cyclopark has smooth tarmac routes for races, mountain bike trails, BMX Tracks, Skate parks, play park and a multi use sports area.

Scenic Rail trips and Heritage lines

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway

Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway

Spa Valley Railway


Elham Valley Railway Museum


Scenic railway trips

Things to do in Kent

Walking along the North Downs Way

Walking the North Downs

The North Downs way is a long distance footpath through Surrey to the Kent Coast at Dover. It is 156 miles long, including a loop via Canterbury at the eastern end. The path runs along the chalk ridge of the North Downs and despite going through one of the most built up parts of Britain, it still takes in plenty of quiet open and beautiful countryside.

Historic Buildings and Places to visit in Kent

Rochester Castle

Rochester Castle

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Penshurst House

Penshurst Place

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Dover Castle

Dover Castle

Lullingstone Roman Villa

Lullingstone Roman Villa

Deal Castle

Deal Castle

Lghtham Mote

Lghtham Mote

Theatres

Kent probably has more theatres than any other area of the UK with the possible exception of London. The theatres range from established mainstream theatres to small village and seaside halls.

Sinden Theatre - Ashford

Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

Gulbenkian Theatre - Canterbury

Herne Bay Little Theatre - Canterbury

Playhouse Theatre - Canterbury

Edward Alderton Theatre - Dartford

Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre - Dartford

Astor Theatre - Deal

Leas Cliff Hall - Folkestone

Tower Theatre - Folkestone

Guild Theatre - Gravesham

Hazlitt Arts Centre - Maidstone




Central Theatre - Medway

Kings Theatre - Medway

Medway Little Theatre

Hever Festival Theatre

Stag Community Arts Centre

Arden Theatre - Swale

Avenue Theatre - Swale

Theatre Royal - Thanet

Margate Winter Gardens - Thanet

Tom Thumb Theatre - Thanet

Granville Theatre - Thanet

E. M. Forster Theatre - Tonbridge

Assembly Hall Theatre - Tunbridge Wells



Dreamland - Margate

Dreamland in Margate

Dreamland amusement park in Margate has reopened and includes 17 restored vintage rides, a roller disco, arcade & amusements and Pleasure gardens. This park featured in one of the episodes of ‘Only fools and horses’. One of the iconic rides is the timber framed scenic railway. The park is not one that contains the terrifying ‘white-knuckle’ rides but is lots of fun. The site continues to develop and a ballroom, dance studio and event space will be included very soon.

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