SUM­MER’S FAB FIVE

Here at My Kent Fam­ily, we like to give you in­spi­ra­tion for some great fam­ily days out. Our My Kent Fam­ily pick five favourite at­trac­tions to head to in the county

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1 Can­ter­bury Tales Me­dieval Gar­den

We had the most fun I think it’s pos­si­ble to have in a small back gar­den when we joined the team at Can­ter­bury Tales ear­lier this year.

Os­car, six, went into Knight School where he learnt to use a shield and jump like a knight from the Round Ta­ble – per­fect, old-fash­ioned fun. We also took part in may­pole danc­ing, sto­ry­time and me­dieval medicine-mak­ing lessons. The gar­den ac­tiv­i­ties are in­cluded within the price of your ticket to Can­ter­bury Tales.

2 Knole Park

For pic­turesque wood­land sur­round­ings, a per­fect place to pic­nic, tree climb­ing and a bit of deer spot­ting you can’t beat Knole in Sevenoaks. Ad­mis­sion to the grounds and its me­dieval deer park is just £5 with your car park­ing fee, which is a fan­tas­tic price for a fam­ily day out. For that you have ac­cess to acres of an­cient wood­land just per­fect for minia­ture ex­plor­ers. In Au­gust, Knole Park holds Fam­ily Mon­days with arts and crafts for ages five and over.

3 Pi­rate Cove Crazy Golf

The 36-hole crazy golf course at Blue­wa­ter was the first time we’ve taken chil­dren to play crazy golf and they loved it.

De­spite ex­pect­ing them to be bored af­ter hole num­ber five, the four of them, aged three, five, six and nine, re­ally took to the game and the course kept their at­ten­tion un­til the very end! It’s bril­liant fun for fam­i­lies and we teamed it with a walk on Blue­wa­ter’s free na­ture trail.

4 Walmer Cas­tle

Orig­i­nally a Tu­dor fortress, Walmer Cas­tle in Deal evolved into a homely res­i­dence for many well-known names. In­side the cas­tle you can ex­plore its his­tory and you can even have a peek at the orig­i­nal Welling­ton boots – al­though I have to ad­mit to my son be­ing more fas­ci­nated with the cham­ber pots. It’s out­side that our fam­ily had the most fun – ex­plor­ing acres of mag­nif­i­cent gar­dens and wood­land.

5 Wing­ham Wildlife Park

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well maybe not bears, but pos­si­bly ev­ery other crea­ture you can imag­ine in­clud­ing those of the pre­his­toric va­ri­ety.

There is so much to see and do. Along­side big cats and chim­panzees, mon­keys, wolves, pen­guins and meerkats, there is an enor­mous rep­tile house, birds, bats, but­ter­flies and that’s just for starters.

The ad­di­tion of the di­nosaurs has been a big hit and the chil­dren also love the enor­mous ad­ven­ture play area for a run about.

For more great ideas for the fam­ily, go to mykent­fam­ily.co.uk

Here’s one of our lucky com­pe­ti­tion win­ners, Rachel Rowl­in­son, en­joy­ing her win­ning fam­ily ticket on the Rom­ney, Hythe and Dym­church Rail­way.

Her mummy, Suzanne, sent us this pic­ture and said: “We all had a won­der­ful time at the week­end rid­ing the rails. Thanks for an awe­some prize!”

We love to get your spe­cial pho­to­graphs. Show us the fun you’ve had by email­ing them to mykent­fam­i­ly­page@thek­m­group.co.uk – make sure the pic­tures you send are clear, sharp jpegs. Fred­die Crouch, four, from Gravesend, is also our win­ner for our Tiger Who Came to Tea com­pe­ti­tion. Con­grat­u­la­tions!

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