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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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!