When I first moved to Tunbridge Wells, Penshurst Place and Gardens was one of the first places I visited when friends and family came to stay. Over the past 8 years, we have returned again and again, whether it’s been showing our friends around the stunning grounds, having afternoon tea in the restaurant and a mooch around the 14th-century house with my Mum or in more recent times, taking the children there to burn some energy at the Adventure Playground.
We visited Penshurst Place with the boys (1 and 4 years old) on Sunday and here’s what I thought…..
The gates to the Gardens open at 10.30am on Sundays, so after an early start thanks to my youngest son, we went to The Porcupine Pantry beforehand for something sweet!
There’s usually a fabulous selection of cakes and treats as well as good coffee and some savoury food too. The café is at the entrance to Penshurst Place and has plenty of outdoor seating for when the weather is good, as well as a bright and spacious indoor seating section.
My husband and I decided to split a tasty slice of Victoria Sponge while the boys shared an enormous flapjack – both of which went down well!
The House and the Toy Museum open at noon on a Sunday, so our first port of call was the Adventure Playground which is close to the entrance.
This is no ordinary playground – set amongst rolling fields, the Adventure Park stretches across a gorgeous grassy area with the central play equipment and assault course for the older ones towards the back.
There’s an area for the tots at the front near the kiosk, which sells ice-cream, hot drinks and snacks directly from The Porcupine Pantry too.
The boys adore the basket swings there and much of our time in the playground was spent pushing them back and forth.