We are in an enviable position here on the Park, being just 20 minutes away from some of the county’s best arts cinemas. In Rye and Hawkhurst (Rye being the closest) there is the Kino and in Ashford we have the new Arts Picturehouse. Both show independent and hollywood films. There is also a Multiplex in Ashford. Perfect for a rainy day trip…
For maximum excitement try out Action Watersports in Lydd. Situated at a 22 acre fresh water lake in Lydd, they offer experts and complete beginners the opportunity to jetski, waterski and wakeboard, and operate an aqua park (minimum ages apply).
With it’s flat routes, the Marsh is a favourite with keen amateur and professional cyclists. But, if you want to take it a little slower and enjoy the sun why not pedal along the seafront from Greatstone to either Dungeness, Dymchurch, Hythe or Folkestone.
Guided walking and cycle maps are available from the Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership
Dungeness is a large shingle headland sheltering the Romney Marsh from the sea. Just a short cycle, drive or train ride away, it is a wonderful place to explore. Dominated by a modern nuclear power station, there are also two lighthouses and a quirky village of mainly wooden houses in the area. The artist and film director Derek Jarman moved to Dungeness in the late eighties where he created a magnificent garden of metal sculptures before passing away in 1994.
Dungeness lies at the southernmost point of Kent and is an enormous flat of sand and shingle which has been a hazard to shipping for hundreds of years. The Lighthouse marks the end of the peninsula and is also an important way mark and reference for vessels navigating the Dover Straits.
The UK’s only desert couldn’t be a better place for seeing some of the most amazing starry nights. Just check out @visitkent on instagram to see some of the best photographs of these amazing skies!
For a great family day out in Kent, visit Dover Castle! Immerse yourself in the dramatic new visitor experience, Operation Dynamo: Rescue from Dunkirk, open now to visitors. Spectacularly situated above the White Cliffs of Dover.
Explore the darkly atmospheric Secret Wartime Tunnels now with a vivid recreation of the Dunkirk evacuation, complete with dramatic projections of swooping Spitfires and real film footage. Enjoy a colourful contrast with the richly-furnished Great Tower, where costumed actors introduce medieval life at King Henry II’s court. With exciting exhibitions, winding tunnels to explore, ghosts to hunt out – and of course restaurants, shops and the space for youngsters to run around – an action-packed, great value day out awaits!
English Heritage Site.
Set within 100 acres of beautiful unspoilt Kent countryside, there are lots of fun things to do and see for a perfect family day out.
The Rare Breeds Centre is the only Rare Breeds Centre in Kent and is approved by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
See and handle animals, visit the Butterfly tunnel and Discovery Garden, play on the adventure playground and take a woodland walk to the edge of the Secret Lake.
There are lots of animals to meet and pet and fun things to do for children including two play parks, a tube maze and indoor soft play barn. The Rare Breeds Centre also holds falconry displays, pig racing and many special events throughout the year.
There is a large restaurant offering hot meals and a children’s menu but you don’t have to pay to go onto the farm to visit the restaurant or Rainbow Nursery shop.
You’ll always find something to do at Haguelands. Meet the Alpacas, take cookery classes, ride on a tractor trailer around the farm, browse the Craft Fair, visit the farm shop or get lost in Kent’s largest maize maze (July, August & September).
Haguelands Village Maize Maze is a great way to keep the children happy for hours along with the Fun Yard and paintballing. There is also a programme of events planned for the summer.
Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle perfect for a day out. There is a historic moated castle, glorious gardens, playgrounds, birds of prey displays and events through the year.
Tickets to Leeds Castle are valid for one year from the date of purchase, so you can visit the castle and grounds as many times as you like.
For the past 90 years the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been an integral part of the landscape of Hythe and the Romney Marsh. Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, their world-famous, one-third full size, steam & diesel locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track from the cinque port town of Hythe and terminating in Dungeness; a national nature reserve and one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world.
With several stations in between, all within walking distance of the beautiful Kent coastline, the railway provides guests with an opportunity to explore this unique corner of Kent. Coast & country walks, with all manner of wildlife & flora to be seen, cycle rides, medieval churches and iconic lighthouses are all on your doorstep.