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Hello there. It’s fantastic to be here. The lovely Rebecca has invited me to put together a guest post on how to have a family day out in Kent for her wonderful blog.
So here’s a little about me. I’m Sally and I blog over at Life Loving and All That Grows. Life Loving is my outlet to hopefully inspire others to get out and about and enjoy life more. All That Grows is more focused on my passion for gardening. I live down in sunny Kent, so I’ve put together this post about what there is to do in the gorgeous garden of England.
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
Located near Sevenoaks, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is a great day out for all the family, including the four-legged kind. Located over near Sevenoaks, you’ll find easy parking and over 12 glorious acres to explore. If you fancy getting your heart pumping, you can embark on the walk up to the viewpoint. It’s well worth the effort as there are amazing views across Kent from the tip. The team at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens also run lots of festivals and events throughout the year, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their events page to see what’s coming up.
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Shepherd Neame Brewery
The Shepherd Neame Brewery is the oldest brewery in Britain and has lots of famous names under its umbrella. It’s well worth a visit as you can book on to one of their brewery tours, allowing you to see exactly how their beer is made. There’s also a tutored tasting after the tour, plus the opportunity to visit the gift shop. The brewery is located in picturesque Faversham, so you can enjoy the local town on either side of your tour and even take a pit-stop at one of the local eateries for a spot of lunch.
On the outskirts of the village of Goudhurst is Bedgebury Pinetum. Perfect for walking, cycling and picnicking. Whether you fancy a family bike ride or a more adventurous ride via their mountain bike trail, they have the route for you and your family. The walking trails are perfect for little ones to burn off their energy, plus great for even littler ones in prams and pushchairs. Parking is easy and cheap from £10 per car, per day.
Situated just off the M2 is Brogdale Fruit Farm. It’s ideal if you are looking to educate yourself and your children about all the different varieties of fruit that can be grown in the UK. If you are visiting during a school holiday period, they often have events running, so check ahead on their website to see what’s on. Favourite events include the strawberry fair, cider event and apple festival. Whilst you are there, take a tractor ride, indulge in an afternoon tea and have a look at their interactive weather station.
The Historic Dockyard in Chatham is one of the main tourist attractions in Medway. There’s a lot to see, plus many interactive activities for all the family. You can explore a real submarine, a retired warship, plus also try your hand at rope-making. There’s tons of history there, so you could easily spend a couple of days there exploring all that’s on offer. If you are visiting for a day, I suggest you plan ahead and make sure you tick off all the things you want to see and do.
On the outskirts of Maidstone, Leeds Castle is tucked away in the village of Leeds. It’s one of the prettiest castles you’ll ever see. There are lots to see in the Castle, including learning about the fascinating history surrounding the ownership of the Castle. Once you’ve visited the castle, there are so many other attractions to see, including falconry, a hedge maze, two adventure playgrounds, plus a dog collar museum. Plenty to keep everyone entertained all day.