Top 5 things to do in Kent this summer for families!

Published: Tuesday 21st Jan 2014

Written by: Carol Attwell

These are just a glimpse into what Kent has to offer during the summer. No matter what you’re after, Kent is sure to have what you’re looking for. Best of all, lots to keep your little ones entertained! Here are our top 5 suggestions….

1. Port Lynpne Wild Animal Park

Perfect for all the family, Port Lynpne Wild Animal Park is one of the largest wild animal’s parks in the UK! With over 700 rare and endangered animals, including big cats, giraffes, zebras, and much more! Enjoy the authentic African experience and hop on board the safari truck to explore the 100 acres the park has to offer. You can watch over these fantastic animals while they roam freely within the parks superb grounds.

*Savings tip* If you visit their website and purchase your tickets online, you can save 20% on family tickets!

2. Dickens World

Step into the world of Dickens with an interactive guided tour experience! This fabulous venue will sweep you off into Victorian England and feel like you’re placed in Dickens stories. Explore the Collards Greengrocers and walk through Dickens life from a young boy through to adulthood.

The first tour begins at 10am so you can enjoy a lovely Kentish breakfast beforehand. Tickets are £7.50 but children under the age of three get in free! Call Dickens World to book your tickets in advance.

This unique venue also hosts over events such as live music and comedy nights and tickets can be booked through the website.

3. South of England Rare Breeds Centre

Families and children of all ages will love the Rare Breeds Centre. This wonderful 100 acres farmland is found nestling right in the centre of the Kent countryside. Start by taking a walk through the exotic butterfly tunnels which run through to the lovely woodland out towards the Secret Lake!

An animal lover’s paradise, the Rare Breeds Centre has lots of animals for you to see including cute piglets and remarkable owls. It’s a great day out for the kiddies too with lots to keep them entertained including mysterious trails, pig racing, and lots of fun learning experiences.

The adults aren’t left out either with the discovery garden on offer and the local farm shop for stocking up on goodies for your self-catering holiday.

4. Kent Life – The Kentish Experience

If you’re holidaying in Kent then what better way to truly make the most of your time in it’s beautiful countryside then experiencing its heritage. Kent Life is set within 28 acres of gorgeous countryside and offers hands-on activities for all the family to get involved in. Get to know how Kent has grown over the years to the fabulous garden of England it is today, and explore its vintage villages, gardens, farmland and lots of fun activities.

Last but not least…!!

5. Kent & East Sussex Railway

A trip to Kent isn’t complete without a ride on its prestigious railway. As the world’s first light railway, their fab steam trains travels from Tenterden, known as The Jewel of The Weald, then on for ten and a half miles cruising past miles of unspoilt rolling countryside and ending at the tremendous National Trust castle at Bodiam.

It’s a great way to explore Kent and East Sussex, you could spend the day hopping off at different stations and discover more of the area’s hidden gems. Or even sit back and enjoy the scenery!

Want to book your holiday accommodation in Kent? Check out our page here for a list of superb holiday cottages available for you to book online today!

Carol Attwell
Carol Attwell


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