Wondering what to do in Tunbridge Wells this weekend with the kids? Here are six suggestions for things to do both locally and slightly further afield.
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#1 Family Day out at Wingham WildLife Park – Ongoing
Several parents have recommended Wingham Wildlife Park to me recently, so I thought it would be a good time to include it on here. The park, near Canterbury, is constantly expanding and improving and has a super collection of animals – going from being a bird park originally to holding more species than any other zoo in Kent including Big Cats, reptiles, penguins, various primates and much more!
Wingham Wildlife Park offers the full package of fun for all the family to enjoy, from play areas, mini diggers and go-karts to hands on encounters, museum exhibits and beautiful picnic locations!
#2 Winter Lantern Parade Workshop – Saturday 14th January
The annual Winter Lantern Parade hosted by CREATE is returning to Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 4th February and the theme this year is children’s book characters. There is a series of workshops taking place for the community to make their own lanterns ahead of this exciting event with the next one taking place this Saturday at St. Paul’s School in Rusthall from 10am to 3pm.
Participants are asked to make a minimum donation of £3 (remember cash!) to help cover material costs. Standard lanterns take at least an hour and a half to make, so the last lanterns are started at 1.30pm.
#3 Crafty fun at Glazy Daisy – Saturday 14th January
Following the success of St John’s Christmas Window Wonderland hosted by Small Fry Marketing, the awards ceremony is taking place this Saturday at Glazy Daisy from 3-5pm. You don’t have to have taken part in the quiz to go along and the afternoon promises to be lots of fun with bear themed pottery painting, activities, refreshments for all, bear photo booth & goodie bag! The cost is £10 per child – booking is essential by calling 01892 519719.
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#3 Grunts & Grapples Exhibition @ Tunbridge Wells Museum – Ends Saturday 14th January
Curated by design historian Kerry William Purcell, Grunts & Grapples is an exhibition profiling the golden age of British wrestling from the 1950s until the 1990s. Wrestling was a central part of British national life in this period with iconic figures such as Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy appearing in hundreds of UK town halls and theatres night after night as well as featuring on TV.
Through posters, photographs, souvenirs and costumes, the exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery reveals the origins of wrestling’s interplay of sport and spectacle and the development of personas. This is your last chance to go along to the exhibition which started in September and ends this Saturday. Grab one of the free explorer backpacks while you are there too and take part in one of the themed trails for 3-11 year olds, or visit the Fur, Feather and Flint room which includes a colouring-in table. The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm.
#4 Family Den Building at Wilderness Wood – Saturday 14th January
Lucy’s Little Forest School is hosting an afternoon session of Den Building at Wilderness Wood (just beyond Mayfield) for all the family to enjoy this Saturday from 1.30 to 3pm. Learn how to build a shelter than can withstand wind and rain, as well as make it as camouflaged as you possibly can only from using natural materials!
Families can venture into the wood and get into teams and build a shelter to be proud of! This session is suitable for anyone aged 0 to 99 and costs £7.50 per person. Contact Lucy directly to reserve your place: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wilderness Wood is a family favourite of ours with a super cafe, mud kitchen and play equipment for the kids, plus plenty of forest walks for us to burn off some energy. If you haven’t been there, you should visit soon!
#5 American Beauty @ Rusthall Cinema Club – Saturday 14th January
This one is really for the adults – American Beauty is being screened by Rusthall Cinema Club at Sunnyside Hall (TN4 8RA) this Saturday. Starring Kevin Spacey as a sexually frustrated suburban father in the throes of a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend, the doors for American Beauty open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
There’s a licensed bar and post film discussion group. Go in costume or just as you are! You can reserve a seat by clicking HERE before 12pm on Saturday. Entry is £2 for members and £7 for non-members. All are welcome.
I hope this post gave you some good ideas for what to do in Tunbridge Wells this weekend. If you are planning ahead for during the week, check out the My Tunbridge Wells Family Directory by clicking on the image below. There are lots of useful categories including Baby & Toddler Classes, Classes for Adults, Kids Classes, Services and more!