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 11th South Easts Spa Valley Railway Beer Festival is back from the 7-9th October with 160 Real Ales and 50 Ciders perfectly complimented by live entertainment at Tunbridge Wells West, a range of food stalls and of course their steam and heritage diesel trains!

The main Real Ale & Cider bar will be at Tunbridge Wells West and additional bars can be found at Groombridge, Eridge and on both trains that will be in operation.

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

If Whiskey is more your cup of tea, then save the date for the Kent Whiskey train on the 22 October or try the stereotypical british fish & chips over a thrilling murder mystery theatrical experience.  Spa Valley Railway host many fantastic, themed events for all ages so keep an eye on our events calendar.

Trains will be running every weekend and select week days throughout these 2 months as well.

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

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.