The Amelia Scott Exhibitions - The Amelia Scott Cranbrook Museum - photo by Chris Shoebridge Cranbrook Museum - photo by Chris Shoebridge Fabulous Chagall Windows at Tudeley Church - photo by David Hodgkinson Fabulous Chagall Windows at Tudeley Church - photo by David Hodgkinson Children's activities at the Amelia Scott Pottery Painting - Slap n Dash Afternoon Tea - Salomons Estate

Although we are known as “sunny Tunny” for a reason, even we have the occasional day of rain! Here is some inspiration to make the most of your holidays no matter the weather.

Got that rainy day feeling?

On the days when the sun isn’t shining, don’t sit around wondering what to do; head indoors and discover some of the things to do in Tunbridge Wells on a rainy day.

Try a new sport

Let off some energy at the one of our three Sports Centres (Southborough, Paddock Wood and Cranbrook) which offer a wide variety of indoor activities (racket sports, table tennis, basketball, football, and swimming).

At the Tunbridge Wells Sports Center in Southborough, you will find that the recently refurbished swimming pool is a great place to get together with family and friends for some fun and healthy activity.

If you don’t want to get wet, the indoor tennis, squash, and badminton courts will burn off plenty of energy. Who knows, you may even discover that you have a potential future Wimbledon champion in your midst!

Don’t forget the soft play centre, which is open daily from 10am, providing an affordable and safe environment for your children (up to 8 years old) to play and explore, whilst you make new friends chatting over a cup of coffee.

Make a note also to visit this challenge on a rainy day: the Chimera Indoor Climbing Centre to try your hand at indoor rock climbing. There are courses for all ages and abilities, and best of all, there is no need to provide any special equipment – just come as you are and climb.

Discover a new skill

Get your creative hat on and try out one the Arty Farty workshops or pottery paintings at Manic Ceramix in Royal Tunbridge Wells and Slap n Dash in Hawkhurst. Just outside the quaint village of Brenchley, you can also create your own pottery during the Ceramic Studio workshops or short courses. Learn how to make professional pieces such as vases, dishes, sculptures, and homeware.

Or, why not put your chef’s hat on and join a cookery class at one of our cookery schools. Discover a new dish or cuisine in the varied menus.

Sit in a cosy Café or pub

Grab a cup of coffee and get cosy in one of our many cafés. These are the best places to people watch or read your holiday books. Lots of pubs also have board games which are a fun group activity.

Treat yourself, sit back and relax

Relieve the stress and strain of a rainy day and splash out on a luxury spa day. The only decision that you will have to make is choosing from the range of health and beauty treatments that are available.

Love rainy days…

Are you the kind of person that can not wait for those rainy days and enjoys soaking up the local culture and history? We have some great suggestion for you!

Learn about the history of Tunbridge Wells

The newly opened The Amelia Scott provides an abundance of entertainment for all ages. Learn about the ‘History of the Wells’ or explore the galleries and discover the ever-changing exhibitions in the temporary exhibition space. You will also find the library under the impressive, vaulted ceiling on the first floor. Grab a book and sip a coffee in the cosy café downstairs. Keep an eye on our events calendar for talks, tours, and events at the Amelia.

Visit the Cranbrook Museum, set in a tranquil garden and housed in a delightful timber-framed building dating from 1480, contains some 6,000 exhibits encapsulating the Cranbrook of times past.

The Salomons Estate in Southborough celebrates the lives of three generations of the Salomons family: David Salomons, a campaigner for Jewish civil rights; David Lionel Salomons, a noted scientific innovater in the late 19th century; and David Reginald Salomons, who was killed in the First World War. Discover the fascinating history of the occupants that once lived between these walls and why not enjoy a spot of afternoon tea or lunch in the bistro during your visit.

Browse an art gallery

From contemporary fine art to a range of luxury jewellery made from the caps of champagne corks, Tunbridge Wells has numerous art galleries to suit all tastes and budgets.

All have free admission and regularly changing exhibitions. So whether you have five minutes or you have all day, pop into one of the many galleries and see the wonderful things on offer.

Soak in the culture

Royal Tunbridge Wells has two theatres (Assembly Hall Theatre and Trinity Theatre) where you can watch all genres of plays and musicals, as well as a buzzing music scene at the Forum. Be sure to keep an eye on our events calendar.

In Hawkhurst you will find the Kino, a boutique cinema showing art house and mainstream film, as well as live or recorded opera and ballet with a cosy café.

Sometimes you have to create your own sunshine

The Wealden Church Trail

If you want to explore, why not take to the car and dodge the rain drops with a tour of the Wealden Churches. These unique historical buildings reflect the times that they were built in and all have their own tales to tell.

All the Wealden churches have their own unique features, from the little church of St Martin of Tours in Ashurst, one of the oldest and one of the most simple churches in the area to one of the largest, which became  known as the “Cathedral of the Weald”, St Dunstan’s in Cranbrook.

To ensure you don’t miss gems such as All Saints church in Tudeley with its stunning stained-glass windows designed by Marc Chagall, or the spectacular windows at St Mary The Virgin in Speldhurst, designed by Burne-Jones and William Morris download the trail leaflet.

If that all seems too much like hard work, tour the delightful Wealden towns and villages searching for that quintessentially English and ultimate indulgence afternoon tea.  Choose from the classic cream tea with scones and clotted cream to quirky afternoon teas with a glass of champagne.

Go on a road trip!

For a carefree tour, why not follow the scenic driving tour around the Weald of Kent, through a rich landscape of orchards, rolling countryside and vineyards, taking in the most picturesque villages along the way.

The villages are more than just pretty places to visit. Each one has its own character and community, with tea-rooms, shops, and pubs waiting to welcome the visitor.