#1 Groombridge Place
Groombridge Place and its stunning Enchanted Forest is somewhere I have no hesitation in recommending for a family day out. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was filmed there and we love discovering new parts of the grounds each time we go.
There are often different themed events taking place throughout the year and children are bound to enjoy discovering Crusoe’s World which used original props from the ‘Crusoe’ television series when it was constructed. It is formed of two tree houses which are linked together by a bridge and is a really unique ‘playground’ in the forest for children of all ages.
Look out for little fairy houses dotted around the forest, as well as some teepees and traditional gypsy caravans along the way. The woods are truly magical and the gardens are gorgeous too! Other activities include archery, giant tree swings and zip wires, a canal boat ride and visiting the birds of prey during the warmer months.
#2 Bewl Water
Bewl Water is such a wonderful way of discovering the great outdoors with the family. Stretching across 800 acres and surrounding a lovely lake, we have visited several times, hiring bikes on one occasion and sailing across the lake on another visit on one of the rowing boats which we rented for the morning.
The path which surrounds the lake is 12.5 miles and can take approximately six hours to complete by foot. There is also an option of getting the water-taxi back to shore half-way through the route if it’s getting a bit challenging.
The playgrounds at Bewl are excellent too, with a static pirate ship, several different slides and plenty to keep the children occupied. Fishing and water-sports are all on the agenda. There are some different options for eating too, at the Boathouse Bistro, the Waterfront Restaurant & Café or taking along a picnic.
Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst
Entry is only £2 per car, meaning you can always treat yourselves to a BBQ (during the summer months) or meal at one of my favourite child friendly pubs, The Vineyard, in Lamberhurst….