Don’t know what to get your loved ones for Christmas? We have compiled a list of 9 meaningful experiences in the Tunbridge Wells borough.

#1 A Spa Day

The Spa Hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells offers an array of spa packages: from their relaxing pool, to massages and manicure, or even a full spa day with afternoon tea.

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#2 Afternoon Tea

Salomons Estate, in Southborough, is a beautiful Victorian country house set in 36 acres of woodland and rolling parkland & lakes. It is a beautiful place to stay or simply enjoy the surrounding after an afternoon tea. You can also learn more about the Salomons family home in their museum.

For more information about Afternoon Tea venues in Tunbridge Wells, click here.

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#3 A Membership

For our UK based heritage enthusiast visitors, why not gift an annual membership to the National Trust or English Heritage. There is one of the highest concentration of Stately Homes and Castles in this area than any other in England. In the borough of Tunbridge Wells, you will find two National Trust properties Scotney Castle and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, as well as Bayaham Abbey which is part of the English Heritage. Only a couple minutes from Royal Tunbridge Wells, you will also find Knole Park, Ightham Mote, and many other privately owned properties.

Give the gift of a membership for English Heritage or the National Trust.

#4 A Steam Train Ride

Tunbridge Wells is set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and what better way to escape the everyday than taking in the view on the rolling hills from a heritage railway! The Spa Valley Railway hosts several themed events throughout the year such as Murder Mystery’s, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, as well as their annual Craft Beer and Cider festival.

For an extra special bucket list experience, you can gift your loved one the once in a lifetime chance of driving a heritage train.

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#5 Give the Gift of Going Out

Do you have a foodie in the family? Are you looking to have a delicious meal during your trip to Tunbridge Wells? Then no need to look any further. Give the gift of going out on your trip with these hospitality vouchers.

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#6 An Adventure

Escape your busy everyday life and venture into the Kentish countryside. Countrybike offer bespoke weekend experiences. You do not have to worry about a thing! Countrybike will arrange for a guide to show you around the High Weald on your e-bikes. Explore the stately homes and castles of West Kent, or taste some of the great wine and produce the Garden of England has to offer!

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#6 Private tour

Curious about how Tunbridge Wells town became ‘Royal’? The Pantiles is a fascinating historical area with its white colonnades and the Chalybeate Spring, famous for its iron rich water. Treat you and that special someone or even your family or group of friends to a Blue Badge guided tour of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Learn about the town’s history in an engaging tour full of interesting facts and anecdotes.

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#7 Behind the Scenes at Folly Rescue

You have a unique opportunity to be a part of our wildlife rescue at Folly’s near Royal Tunbridge Wells. Meet some of the animals and learn more about the local wildlife you can spot in West Kent.

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#8 New year new skill!

Try a new skill in 2023. Get your creativity going at an Arty Farty Retreat workshop in Southborough, or learn from professional potters at The Ceramic Studio in Brenchley. Knot Works provide an array of workshops run by local artists in their studio in Southborough. In the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells you will find Manic Ceramix where adult and children enjoy painting on various pottery items.

If you want to shake things up then why not book a cocktail class at One Warwick Park to enjoy the experience together.

#9 A hot air balloon trip

See things from a different perspective. Enjoy the view from above as you fly across woodlands, green plains, and spot some of our most famous attractions!

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Whether it be for a day trip or for a weekend getaway, gift a meaningful experience to your loved one to make your trip extra special. The Visit Tunbridge Wells team wishes you a happy Christmas!