Make the most of the warm summer months and Kentish countryside in Tunbridge Wells. Visit our many estates and gardens and discover why we are called the ‘Garden of England’.

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is an idyllic place for a picnic, as well as for exploring the lovely trails on foot or by bike. With miles of forest footpaths (10.5 square kms) 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!

Bedgebury is also a popular mountain bike destination where miles of dirt tracks await you!

Go-Ape at Bedgebury National Pinetum

Bewl Water Country Park is the largest area of inland water 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.

Some walking and cycle trails at Bewl Water can be more challenging. The circular reservoir walk can take up to 6 hours, although there are many captivating viewpoints with benches to rest, take in the views, have a picnic, or watch the wildlife.

Laid back options are there to enjoy too. Admire the beautiful lake, sunbathe on the lawns, hire a boat to go fishing, enjoy a cup of tea 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 also available in the region.

Spa Valley Railway Rural Steam
Spa Valley diesel gala

The Spa Valley Railway steam and diesel engines chug through the Kent countryside. With a destination at every station you are bound to have a day full of fun! Start your journey at Tunbridge Wells West near the Pantiles and hop on board for an exciting ride. On some days you can get off at High Rocks, enjoy a drink or lunch at the restaurant, and visit the National Ancient monument. Meander through the impressive high rocks and learn more about this scientific wonder. Next stop is Groombridge. Only a short walk away, you can explore the enchanted gardens of Groombridge Place.

Just over the border from Kent into Sussex you can get off at the final stop, Eridge, a small village, and hop on back to Tunbridge Wells for a stroll around the Pantiles.

View our events calendar to stay up to date with special events on the Spa Valley Railway!

Hawkhurst Fish Farm is great for fishing with kids or for just adults.

Respect, Protect, Enjoy

For those days when you really want to stay out in the big, wide outdoors, there are plenty of things to do in Tunbridge Wells.

Tunbridge Wells is the perfect destination for fresh air and exercise, with 69% of the Borough designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

From self-guided heritage trails, to accessible paths, toddler walks, to rambles and hikes, to Stone Age rock sites, woods, forest bathing, and on to the Tunbridge Wells Circular. We have it all! It’s hard to work out what to do next.

Remember your countryside code, and please respect the land and the wildlife – leave nothing but your footprints (and only on the paths!).

 

The perfect night’s sleep in Tunbridge Wells after a day in the fresh air

The days will pass so quickly you’ll end up wishing the holidays were longer.  Here is some outdoorsy accommodation options for the Tunbridge Wells region!

For the ultimate outdoor experience, camping is available at Apple Acres, Bedgebury, Bewl Water, Cedar Gables, St Ives and The Hop Farm at Paddock Wood, which is on the train line. Apple Acres is an option for camping if you don’t have children with you.

Glamping is open for business at Knoxbridge (next door to a lovely country pub) and Sunninglye Farm.

We also have a wide variety of budget friendly hotels and luxury boutique hotels as well as self-catering accommodation and B&Bs. Take your pick on our directory and escape to your chosen hideaway.

Hawkhurst Fish Farm