Outside is very much open! Make a date to meet up (as per the current government regulations) with long missed and much loved family and friends in one of the stunning estates and gardens in Tunbridge Wells.

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is an idyllic place for a picnic as well as exploring the lovely trails on foot or by bike. With miles of footpaths in 10.5 square kilometres of forest to explore there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend at home.

The big outdoor playground is a popular visit for the little ones and the café serves some very tasty refreshments. Bike hire and Quench Cycles are all open, but watch out for the Gruffalo, he may be about! And not forgetting the adventurous Go-Ape zone – a great way to whizz through the trees!

Go-Ape at Bedgebury National Pinetum

Bewl Water Country Park has the largest lake in the south east and offers a variety of exciting water sports like open water swimming or the Aqua Park as well as the Laser Challenge and walks for the whole family.

The walking and cycle trails at Bewl present some physical tests to help reduce the lockdown lard! The circular lake walk can take up to 6 hours although there are many captivating seats upon which to enjoy a picnic, take in the views or watch the wildlife.

The kids can burn off any excess energy in the fantastic wide open space, roly-polys down the gentle slopes towards the water are good for a giggle.

Laid back options are there to enjoy too. Admire the beautiful vast lake, sunbathe on the lawns, hire a boat to go fishing, enjoy a cuppa and cake from the café or take a short stroll over the dam to the other side.

Adrenaline-fuelled activities such as mountain biking and rock climbing are available in the region. Bedgebury has additional mountain bike trails.

Spa Valley Railway Rural Steam
Spa Valley diesel gala

The Spa Valley Railway steam and diesel engines chug through a Site of Special Scientific Interest and stop at the National Ancient Monument, High Rocks, where you can wander around the magnificent ancient sandstone outcrops in a tranquil woodland setting (adults only).

Don’t miss the visit from the Battle of Britain steam engine Sir Keith Park in mid-July. The railway is truly a popular attraction with many interactive events, including the Summer Diesel Gala and Ales on the Rails so what are you waiting for, book immediately we say!

Hawkhurst Fish Farm is great for fishing with kids or for adults only. Set far out in the countryside, this is a peaceful way to revive yourself!

Hawkhurst Fish Farm