Hope you have survived half term? There are just a couple of days left until the kids are back to school and there are plenty of family days out around Tunbridge Wells to keep us all occupied over the next few days. Here they are…
#1 Crowborough Summer Fun Day – Saturday 3rd June
Crowborough & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting the tenth Summer Fun Day this Saturday from 9am to 5pm in Crowborough Town Centre. Always a popular event, there’ll be an Italia in Piazza guest market this year as well as street entertainers, a professional face painter, climbing wall, bouncy castle, music, food stalls and much more!
#2 Plant your own Summer Fairy or Elf Garden at Sussex Country Gardener – Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June
Children are invited to plant their own Fairy or Elf Garden at Sussex Country Gardener this weekend. There’ll be lots of ideas and inspiration for the summer and the workshops include refreshments and a tool set for every child. Sessions are from 10.30am to 12.30pm and cost £15 per child. Advanced booking is essential by calling 01892 852 828. Find out more about Sussex Country Gardener HERE.
#3 Penshurst Farmer’s Market – Saturday 3rd June
This month’s Farmer’s Market in Penshurst includes tastings of simple but delicious fish dishes by cookery book writer Mary Gywnn, using fish from stallholder Paul Saxby, as well as a FREE FISH HUNT around the market for children – find all eight fish and win a yummy reward. Taking place from 9.30am to 12 noon, you could always combine it with a visit to Penshurst Place (more info in #9) or a stroll around the estate.
#4 Swashbuckling fun at Groombridge Place – now until Sunday 4th June
Visit Groombridge Place for some swashbuckling fun at the Pirates and Mermaid Event. Meet the naughty pirates and mystical mermaids of Groombridge lakes and join in the story-telling, a pirate sing a long, Mermaid crafts, bouncy castle and lots more to see and do. Taking place from 10am to 5.30pm, read our recent review HERE and find out more about the event HERE.
#5 A Picture a Day at Trinity Theatre – Now until Sunday 4th June
The amazing Agatha O’Neill (a local Mum and friend too) started drawing a picture a day in January 2016 and posting her artwork on Instagram. She gained a considerable following, allowing her a new dynamic audience which can now be seen in an exhibition at Trinity Theatre from now until Sunday. Her illustrations and paintings are inspired by contemporary fashion and magazines, using collage techniques, inks and spray paint to create bold lines and fun colourful prints. A Picture A Day features Agatha’s initial original artworks as well as new creations inspired by the series. Let’s support another local Mum and pop in to this must-see exhibition!
#6 Splash around at The Mercure – now until Sunday 4th June
The Mercure Tunbridge Wells is offering My Tunbridge Wells readers a discounted rate for the use of their leisure centre. Pay just £10 for an adult and child session (normally £12) and a family pass (2 adults + 2 children) is £18 (saving you £6). The kids are bound to love the indoor heated pool with a smaller children’s play pool. If you go with another adult, take turns to use the steam room and sauna too. Just use the code MYTUNBRIDGEHT when paying for entry (at the hotel reception), which will give you the discount mentioned.
#7 Edwardian Life at Hever Castle – Now until Sunday 4th June
Go back in time to the early 20th Century at Hever Castle and enjoy a fascinating glimpse of the Edwardian era. Children can take part in an Edwardian school though they will need to mind their p’s and q’s to avoid upsetting the teacher! Learn about the study and collection of butterflies and moths from the colourful resident lepidopterist and meet costumed characters from the era. Remember to try your hand at traditional games of the period including a coconut shy, tin-can alley, and bean bag race, or enjoy a leisurely game of croquet on the lawn too.
#8 Mr Mulligan’s Dino Golf – Open Daily
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Mr Mulligan’s Dino Golf in Tonbridge yet, then now is the perfect time to try it. Kids (and adults) will love this 18-hole miniature golf adventure through the Jurassic, riddled with terrifying dinosaurs and perilous obstacles along the way. It’s suitable for ALL ages and abilities allowing the whole family to have fun together whilst ‘subtly’ competing against one another. Open Monday to Friday from 11am to 7pm and from 9.30am to 7pm on weekends, there’s no need to book ahead – just turn up and have a rip-roaringly good time.
#9 Stick Mania at at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens – now until Sunday 4th June
Stick Mania is taking place at the amazing Riverhill Himalayan Gardens from now until Sunday – open from 10.30am to 4pm, this is your chance to make anything from sticks! Check out the lovely cafe while there or have a picnic in the gardens. The kids will love wandering around the woods, getting lost in the maze, visiting the adventure playground and trying to spot the elusive yeti!
#10 Snap Happy Spring Holiday at Penshurst Place – now until Sunday 4th June
Penshurst Place is hosting a new activity designed for snap happy visitors. Armed with a trail sheet brimming with pictures of Penshurst Place, step through the walled gardens to see if you can match the location of where the photos were taken, make a note of the letter left at each spot and uncover the hidden word at the end. Younger visitors can head over to the Old Coach House to enjoy crafting activities from 12 noon too. Don’t forget to check out the amazing playground while there too! Find out more HERE.
#11 Superhero Half Term Fun at The Hop Farm – now until Sunday 4th June
There’s a super selection of children’s attractions open from 10am to 5pm at The Hop Farm with lots of ‘Superhero’ themed entertainment. Entry is just £1 per person and under 1’s go for free! As well as the usual Hop Farm attractions including soft play, animal farm, zorbing, Hovermania and Giant Pillows, expect a fun-filled amazing Magic Show, Krypton Disco with DJ and a Superhero training camp – check out the daily timetable HERE.
#12 Jump In Tonbridge – Open Daily
The kids are guaranteed to burn some energy while having great fun at Jump In Trampoline Park in Tonbridge. There’s a brand new soft play frame for the Under 5’s too and along with bouncing away to their heart’s content, ‘jumpers’ can enjoy dodgeball, tumble track, a giant air bag, battle beam and foam pit too! Finish off with some refreshments in the spacious cafe including some yummy cakes, tea, coffees and slushies as well as some great value pizza for the kids!
#13 Jaguars on the Lawn at The Observatory Science Centre – Sunday 4th June
Open from 10am daily, visitors to The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux can take in Tours of the Telescopes and Science Shows alongside the hands-on exhibits for all the family to see. The popular ‘Jaguars on the Lawn’ is taking place othis Sunday from 11am to 4pm, with a super selection of beautiful cars on display from the East Sussex Jaguar Enthusiasts Club.
#14 Pirates at Chatham Dockyard – now until Sunday 4th June
Join the Pirates at Chatham Dockyard in what promises to be lots of swashbuckling pirate fun on-board the Dockyard’s very own Pirate ship Gannet! With a variety of activities including a treasure trail, children are bound to enjoy the story telling, knot tying, have a go hammock too. Come along dressed as a pirate and have a go at walking the plank and try out other activities including colour in the pirate, badge making, and design your own pirate flag. Visit the Chatham Dockyard website to find out more.
#15 Middle Farm’s Big Wooly Weekend – Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June
A bit further afield, Middle Farm in West Firle has an action packed timetable for ‘Wooly Weekend’ including sheep shearing displays throughout both days from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Activities include Guinea Pig Feeding, Small Animal Handling, Lamb Bottle Feeding (awwww!), Pig Feeding, a Sheep Wool Workshop and more. Entry to the Open Farm is just £5pp and under 3’s are free. The PJ Outdoors Camping Show will be running throughout and the Farm Shop, Cider Barn, Restaurant, Gift Shop, and Plant Store will be open for business. Exact timings can be found HERE.
If you are looking ahead for family days out around Tunbridge Wells in June, July and August (as well as events to go to without the kids), check out the Events Calendar below which I am adding to daily: