outdoors

A family run business based on 250 acres overlooking Bewl Water with broad range of outdoor pursuits including helicopter rides, quad bikes, Honda Pilots, and country sports such as archery and clay pigeon shooting.

Spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas, fine specimen trees, roses, bluebells, natural woodland walks, children’s play area, café; house open to pre-booked groups (min 20) and dog friendly.

A championship 18 hole golf course set in the stunning grounds of Hever Castle.

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.

Welcome to your fairy-tale adventure in the Garden of England!

Groombridge Place near Tunbridge Wells promises a fun day out for all the family providing award winning manicured gardens, Crusoe’s world adventure playground, the Romany camp, the Owl and Raptor Centre, the Enchanted Forest – with its hidden woodland characters, giant tree swings, tree canopy walkway, river boat ride – and other thrills of the imagination to discover.

The moated manor house itself was rebuilt in 1662 by Philip Packer when Charles II ruled to replace a medieval building that can be traced back to 1230.Enjoy a trip on the canal boat along the River Grom flowing in the grounds between the gardens and the Enchanted Forest.

You can see the heritage Spa Valley Railway engines and carriages snaking their way through the Wealden countryside from the heights of the climbing courses.

The gardens feature a giant chess game which you can play, a board-walk through the forest and a maze! The birds of prey show their flying skills off twice a day.

The different formal garden areas were designed by John Evelyn in the late 17th century. The Secret Garden contains blue agapanthus and gazania amongst other blooms. The Knot Garden has a tantalising tulip display in spring. The White Rose Garden stars in the artistry of diverse shades of white. The Oriental Garden comes to life thanks to the fiery colours of dazzling Japanese maples. The Drunken Garden’s highlights are veronica, clematis, ceanothus and lilies in blue and yellow.

As if this isn’t enough, there is a Sherlock Holmes museum too! The connection is that the setting for Conan Doyle’s novel The Valley of Fear is right here. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used to visit his friends who owned the property in the late 1800s on a regular basis. He thought his friends’ estate was the perfect backdrop for this mystery thriller, the final Sherlock Holmes book. The museum displays the artefacts and links between the property and the author.

Keep an eye out for the native wildlife especially in the deer park and the birds and animals including the peacocks, pony, donkey and famous zedonk!!

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Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

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.

Dog friendly.


7 acres of gardens with beautiful and rare plants surrounding a 17th century manor house.

With 10 years of adventures under their belt, there’s a reason why Go Ape Bedgebury Pinetum is a popular choice for a day out. With zip wires up to 170m long, epic Tarzan Swings and a beautiful location, Bedgebury Pinetum has everything you need for an unforgettable day out with friends or family. Head to Go Ape Bedgebury to enjoy either of the two adventures Go Ape are well-known for – the classic Tree Top Adventure or the child-friendly Tree Top Junior.

Tree Top Adventure

On Tree Top Adventure (suitable for those over 1.4m tall and 10 years of age), you’ll experience two to three hours in the trees, taking on wobbly crossings and obstacles, zip wires, rope ladders and more.

Minimum Age – 10yrs
Minimum Height – 1.4m (4ft7″)
Maximum weight – 20.5 stones (130kg)

Tree Top Junior

For mini-Tarzans who fancy an adventure of their own, there’s Tree Top Junior for children of all ages (over 1m tall). They’ll experience a course designed just for them, exploring their own wobbly crossings and zip wires, lasting 1-hour long.

Minimum Age – N/A
Minimum Height – 1 (3ft 3″)
Maximum weight – 20.5 stones (130kg)

Go Ape believe that everyone has an inner Tarzan just waiting to be unleashed! The adventures are for anyone who likes a fun challenge – you don’t have to be a seasoned explorer to enjoy a Go Ape experience.

There’s no greater rush than the great outdoors, so whether your tribe is a stag do, birthday party, corporate event or simply a day out with the kids, we make our courses as fun and as accessible as possible.

Corporate Team Days Out

Looking for an office day out with a difference? Encourage teamwork, boost morale and forge new friendships. Go Ape has a range of tree-mendous extras to add to your day including forest BBQs, team-building challenges and African Drumming. Unleash your inner Tarzan and live life adventurously with your colleagues! Visit https://goape.co.uk/team-building to find out more.

 

Carp fishing for the family with a choice of 7 lakes, café and pottery (no dogs allowed).

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