Sip Sparkling Wine
Make the most of being in the ‘Wine Garden of England’ by paying a visit to one of the area’s award-winning vineyards. Enjoy a tour and tasting at either Staplehurst’s Balfour Winery or Tenterden’s Chapel Down – both industry leaders in the production of English sparkling wine and nestled in the picturesque rolling hills of the Kent countryside.
Alternatively, forget having to allocate a designated driver and join one of the fabulous guided vineyard tours of Kent. Wine Tours Of Kent and Vine & Country Tours both come highly recommended and offer full-day tours including transport and lunch.
Paddle & Picnic
If the weather is on your side, pack up a picnic of some of Kent’s finest produce and set up camp in one of Tunbridge Wells’ beautiful parks. Dunorlan Park makes for a great day out, with a boating lake, historic monuments and green spaces to explore. Pedal boats, rowing boats and canoes can be hired throughout the Summer via Dunorlan Park Boats.
Other spots to enjoy a picnic include Tunbridge Wells Common or Calverley Grounds. For the picnic itself, I recommend a visit to The Cheese Shop on St John’s Road or Groombridge Farm Shop to pick up some treats.
Learn A New Skill
If your partner is a lover of the sweet stuff, try out one of Temper Temper Chocolate’s workshops for a fun daytime activity. Based in Southborough, their two-hour workshops are perfect for any budding chocolatiers, and will provide some delicious treats to enjoy together.
Alternatively, learn to cook some new dishes together at Ashdown Manna cookery school in Blackham. From Artisan Pizza evenings to a Sushi Roll class, you’ll have loads of fun making (and eating!) a delicious meal together.
Walk Around Beautiful Gardens
There’s a reason why Kent is known as the ‘Garden Of England’, so get back to nature with a romantic stroll around one of Tunbridge Wells’ beautiful formal gardens. The former home and passion project of writer and poet Vita Sackville-West and husband Harold Nicolson, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens boasts a picturesque oasis to explore, along with magnificent views across the Kent countryside. If you’re peckish after your walk, have lunch or dinner at The Milkhouse.
Similarly, Hole Park in Rolvenden and the historic Penshurst Place are gorgeous spots to explore to take in the sights and smells of the area’s flora and fauna! Visit Hole Park for their bluebell spectacular in April / May and Penshurst Place for their peonies in May / June.