One of the top things to do in Tunbridge Wells this season is to eat!!  We are well known for our local food, drink and produce as well as top notch eating and drinking venues, so this is the ideal place to celebrate all things edible.

The end of summer spells harvest time and amongst other events, we have The Pantiles Market during every weekend in the Royal town centre. Not only is there a dizzying multitude of different foods to try, bites to sample, meal ideas, dining out ideas, ales to taste, fizz, spirits, cocktails, and live music too, but there are quality made gifts, sustainable toiletries and the heartfelt atmosphere of a flea market.

Pantiles Market by David Hodgkinson

Hawkhurst market is on the first Saturday of each month and has lots of mouth-watering local and fresh produce to purchase – maybe for a picnic? Whilst you are there Hawkhurst has some good country pubs and cafes in the vicinity to while away some leisure time.

The Kent Gin Train is running at the Spa Valley Railway on 4th September, 16th and 26th October. Kent gin maker Anno Distillery will be starring alongside the steam locomotive. Tickets include 3 gin drinks to enjoy in style, and canapes as well as a souvenir balloon gin glass of your own.

Various meals are served on different days including Ploughman’s Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Fish and Chip Suppers.

The Model Railway Weekend is on from 11 – 12 September – a first for the Spa Valley Railway, and big real life vintage trains will be running too!

Sir Keith Park engine, Spa Valley Railway
Real ales on Spa Valley Railway

The Fawlty Towers Dining Experience is going to be a farcical affair as one would expect, on 25 September! Book now so you don’t miss out being mistreated by the infamous trio.

The world-renowned Real Ale and Cider Festival will be back for its 10th year on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October. This will have more than 200 real ales, 40 ciders, live entertainment, food stalls and not forgetting the steam and diesel engines!

Trains will be running every weekend throughout these 2 months as well.

the vineyards at Lamberhurst village

Vineyards are characteristically full of life at this time of year harvesting the grapes and opening their cellar doors, take a self-guided tour of the vineyards in our region and taste the full flavour of wine and cider from Kent, rivalling the top French and Italian terroirs.