Pub serving French and English fare and snacks with a country garden, motorbikers welcome.
Traditional dog friendly English pub on a walking trail in a beautiful part of the Weald on the Kent and Sussex border serving food.
Very smart English pub / bar serving locally sourced food in a gorgeous rural setting next to the Lamberhurst vineyards. Huge garden with marquee cover for wet days. Some might say it’s a gastropub. Outdoor bar and grill along with a big car park on site too. Dog friendly.
A number of local walks are in the vicinity to either work up an appetite or work off the calories. Rooms are available so you can stay and enjoy for longer!
Haysden Country Park covers an area of about 65 hectares (160 acres) including a range of habitats such as river, grassland, freshwater lakes, marshland and woodland, all dog friendly.
Grosvenor and Hilbert is one of the town’s oldest public parks designed by the renowned Victorian landscape architect Robert Marnock in 1889. It still contains original historic features, such as Marnock Lake and the grottoes or ‘dripping wells’. There is an exciting and challenging play area which is well worth a visit. This play area was updated in 2015 thanks to Heritage and Big Lottery Funding.
The park can be accessed for free from several entrances, the main ones being from Auckland Road, Upper Grosvenor Road and Hilbert Road. It is just a short walk or cycle from both the town centre and High Brooms train station. It is also on the 281 Bus route.
Facilities at Grosvenor and Hilbert Park include: a large play area, a café, an ornamental lake, a bowling green, a hireable community Hub, two full size grass football pitches, a kick around area marked for 5-a-side football and basketball, and public toilets. There is an exciting wheeled sports area located here too suitable for skateboards, BMX bikes and rollerblades.
The bowling green has been used by Grosvenor Bowls Club for over 100 years and is bookable in advance.
The park is home to a large variety of wildlife, which can be found within the wilder areas of the park, such as the Ancient Woodland, wetland area and community orchard. The wetland area now has a fantastic new boardwalk through the middle, complete with dipping platforms. The community orchard comprises of 89 fruit trees and is managed by the Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park. Hilbert Woods is designated a Local Nature Reserve and is managed by Kent High Weald Partnership. Chalybeate (iron-rich) streams run through the park, turning them an unusual rusty red colour. This is the same water that rises in the Pantiles and made Tunbridge Wells famous.
Owned by Knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and society Victorians, this moated manor dates from 1320 reflecting seven centuries of history from the Medieval crypt, to a 1950’s library.
Bike hire in Tonbridge near Tunbridge Wells
Sitting proudly at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent, Knole’s fascinating links with royalty as well as its literary connections with Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, make this one of the most intriguing houses in England.
Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place & Gardens and the surrounding estate have stood in the beautiful historic village of Penshurst since the 14th century, when the awe-inspiring medieval Baron’s Hall was built. The Hall, crowned by an original 60ft high chestnut beamed ceiling, is just one of many unmissable sights for visitors to the ancestral home of the Sidney family.
Surrounding the main house lies 11 acres of individual garden ‘rooms’ each featuring their own style and planting schemes to wow visitors throughout the seasons, including12,500 Jewel of Spring tulips in the Italian Garden and a 100metre long pink peony border.
In the early 16th century, Penshurst Place and the surrounding game-rich estate were used as a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII, since then many film and tv productions have been filmed at the house to bring his ownership to life, including The Other Boleyn Girl and Wolf Hall. It is alluded that the King used the estate to court Anne Boleyn from her nearby family home of Hever Castle.
The house was gifted to the Sidney Family in 1552 by King Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI and it has remained in their safe hands ever since. Welcoming visitors daily from the beginning of April until the end of October, Penshurst Place benefits from an annual calendar of events, as well as a large adventure playground, a woodland trail, den-making areas, toy museum and craft barn.
Available for weddings, celebrations, corporate events and team-building with activities like quadbiking and segway rides too!
The wider estate is free to enter and wander around all year.
Set in the heart of the High Weald and surrounded by 800 acres of outstanding natural beauty, Bewl Water is the perfect place to watch the seasons change and to enjoy some healthy family fun for all ages.
Bewl Water offers a range of activities that are sure to entertain the whole family. Take to the water on the Bewl Belle, enjoy a relaxing fishing trip or a gentle ramble beside the water’s edge with your four legged friends!
Fun fact: the reservoir holds 31,000 megalitres!!
The Bewl Water Walk
Want to kick it up a notch? The full route around the water is 12.5 miles and can be walked, run or cycled, with bike hire available from March-October or you can bring your own.
Refuel in the Boat House Bistro, where you can enjoy quality dining (like freshly caught trout from the reservoir) and tasty treats in a tranquil setting with panoramic views of the water. Children’s roast dinners are on offer every Sunday. Or enjoy a post-walk coffee or hot chocolate and watch the boats come and go on The Terrace.
Bewl Water’s walking and cycle path is open all year round and there are many activities to fill the warmer months. Whether you are looking for an active, fun-filled day out with the family or to simply enjoy the peace and serenity of the countryside, the possibilities at Bewl Water are endless! And it’s dog friendly too.
2019 saw the introduction of a new adrenalin fuelled feature in the form of the inflatable assault course on the reservoir water! Suitable for ages 6 and up – if you love water, this is a gigglefest galore!
Activities throughout the year include*:
Walking, cycling, bike hire, pedalo and row boats, canoeing, sailing, rowing, adventure playgrounds, fishing, The Bewl Belle boat, Water Taxis, dining at the Boat House Bistro and The Waterfront Café, and much more!
*Please note that certain activities are subject to availability and change. For more information, please visit our website or get in touch.
A variety of special events are held during the course of the year such as the Austin Seven Rally, the Christmas Experience, the Big Dog Day Out, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Outdoor Cinema Nights.
A new cookery school has opened up for private groups of up to 3 – an ingenious gift for a foodie fanatic.
Get back to basics with camping for small groups and romantic breaks against this serene backdrop. Check the website for opening dates.
Wedding ceremonies and receptions, stag and hen do’s, and conferences can be held at Bewl Water too. There is plenty of parking and space for everyone.
Only a 30 minute drive from the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells through some stunning countryside, passing Bayham Abbey and Scotney Castle on your way, follow the brown tourist signs to the other side of the pretty village of Lamberhurst.
An equally enjoyable way to reach Bewl Water would be to get on your bike. If you go the pretty way then it would take just under an hour to get there. Depending on which route you choose, it’s between 8.5 and 9.5 miles.
Here to delight your daydreams, have a look at A Day of Discovery at Beautiful Bewl Water by Royal Tunbridge Wells mum, Clare Lush-Mansell, about her day out with the kids at Bewl Water.