We’ve made it to the weekend, and it’s set to be a scorcher! Here’s our run down of events and activities to enjoy with the family – including theatres, which have made a welcome return. Plus ideas on where to make the most of the glorious weather in and around Tunbridge Wells! Enjoy!
♥ Are you ready to win some prizes in Southborough this Saturday? As part of the Tunbridge Well Borough Council ‘Say Hi to your High Street’ campaign, Southborough is the destination for a very special treasure hunt. The perfect opportunity to discover some of the local gems which you might not even know about yet! Why not enjoy some refreshments from the gorgeous Earl Grey Cafe and pop into Pennington Park playground afterwards? More info about the treasure hunt here!
♥ The Festival Theatre season is back at Hever Castle, and it’s bigger than ever! There are 4 outdoor stages across the estate, offering a range of performances including ballet, opera, films and plays. There are also family shows, such as Blue Planet III, a family-comedy-nature-documentary, which sees ‘two idiots” at the BBC making a new series of Blue Planet, using only office supplies and their imaginations! Sunday 13th June at 2.30pm.
♥ Horrible Histories is live on stage at the Assembly Hall Theatre for matinee and evening performances of ‘Barmy Britain’ this Saturday and Sunday. Meet all the favourite characters from history and hear their stories, including all the gruesome bits of course!
♥ Soak up the atmosphere of Old Times and Good Times this weekend at The Pantiles Vintage Fair. From 10am – 4pm stroll through the stalls selling vintage clothing, furniture, collectables and antiques, alongside food, live music and dancing from the Lindy Hoppers on the bandstand. Pop up to Grove Park playground or Calverley Adventure Grounds too or take a walk around the Common (which I always think is far bigger than I ever realised)….
♥ This Sunday from 11am-5pm, there’s a rare chance to look around the manicured gardens/grounds of 9 properties for the Tunbridge Wells in Blooms Open Gardens. Entry is £5 (booking in advance advised) to raise money for Hospice in the Weald and there will be cream teas, refreshments and plant sales. Enjoy the unique opportunity to visit a British cut flower market garden on Sunday. From 10am – 5pm Town Flowers Tunbridge Wells will be offering tours of the garden to watch the daily activity and plants will be on sale.
♥ To cool off why not take a dip at Tonbridge Swimming Pool. There is an indoor and outdoor pool, which non-members can pre-book up to 2 days in advance. If you haven’t booked for this weekend, then consider booking ahead for the coming weeks… My kids love the park next door too, with its large playground and crazy golf, and ice cream/coffee cart. Parking is free on Sundays. You can also walk/cycle to the Haysden Park from there. You could also pop along to the Tonbridge Farmers Market, on the second Sunday every month (taking place tomorrow) at Sovereign Way, for locally produced food and drink.
♥ Bewl Water is another great local option for outdoor fun and exercise, plus it’s often cooler down by the water. If you’re up for the challenge adrenaline junkies can take on the challenge of the Aqua Park, which is 30% bigger this year and offers over 2400sq meters of inflatable fun on the water! The popular pirate ship at the adventure playground has recently been expanded and the indoor soft play (for age 8 and under) at the Waterfront Café has re-opened. Our favourite is to cycle around the water and find a peaceful spot for a picnic! Parking is £5 per car.
♥ The Gruffalo Spotters trail returns to Bedgebury this weekend (after being postponed during lockdown). Grab an activity fun pack from the Visitor Centre, download the Gruffalo Spotters App before you head off into the deep dark wood and get interactive with all their favourite characters as they come to life, thanks to amazing, augmented reality technology!
♥ Explore the disused railway ‘Forest Way‘, a 10 mile stretch ideal for cycling (as well as walking and horse riding) between Groombridge and East Grinstead. We have parked up just outside Groombridge and joined the trail there (you can read about exactly where in this Facebook thread) and have also parked at the old train station in Hartfield and then gone to the little play area in the village afterwards. As it is quite flat, it’s buggy friendly too and most of it is shady too.
♥ Bexhill – If you’d like to make the most of the weather, why not spend a day at Bexhill? After a walk, scoot or cycle along the promenade, you could enjoy some takeaway fish and chips on the beach!! We normally park along the road running parallel to the promenade. Parking was previously free but more recently the whole seafront has varying charges for parking so watch out for that. It’s one of our favourite beaches to visit and really doesn’t take that long to get to from Tunbridge Wells. Also, it’s worth visiting Egerton Park for its fab playground while there too
♥ Anyone with green fingers might be interested to know that entries for Tunbridge Wells in Bloom need to be submitted before the end of June. So if you’ve got a blooming hanging basket, front garden, planter etc at the front of your house or business, get involved! All entries receive a voucher for Coolings Garden Centres. The overall aim is to achieve a litter free, cleaner and greener town. A good activity to do at home and to get the kids involved in….maybe?