So many interesting and unique events and days out around Tunbridge Wells this weekend! Enjoy some ME time at Speldhurst Sparkles or Kingdom’s festival to welcome Spring! Family activity ideas include Dino Golf, Bateman’s World Book Day weekend, a Taekwondo class, a bike ride at Rye Harbour and an Inflatable Theme Park! It’s a busy weekend for School Open Days, Waterstones Book Club plus the town’s first ever Repair Café as well as International Women’s Day celebrations!!
♥ Do you have clothes and household items that need a bit of TLC to get them wearable or working again? Take them along to the first Tunbridge Wells Repair Café, in the lovely Trinity Theatre café between 10am-1pm on Saturday (7th March) and the specialist volunteers will attempt to fix them there and then – donations welcome! So much better than throwing your broken items away and the café will be open for a cuppa and cake.
♥ Experience what makes Fosse Bank School unique and how your child could be treated as individual at the forthcoming open day on Saturday 7th March.
♥ ITF Taekwondo modern Martial Arts training methods provide realistic self-defence in exciting and fun classes, with the added benefits of learning discipline, gaining fitness, confidence and flexibility. Everyone from age 3+ can learn with the Fortitude Academy on Saturdays in Southborough – with classes for Ninjas (age 3-6) at 9.30am, for Dragons (age 6-8) at 10am or enjoy a family class together at 10.45. Sign up now for a free 4-week trial.
♥ Bricklehurst Manor School is a flourishing family owned, independent day school set in beautiful countryside around fifteen minutes from Tunbridge Wells. We welcome boys and girls aged three to eleven.Their broad curriculum offers every child the opportunity to thrive, whether that means excelling academically, in the arts, music or sport. Parents are warmly invited to come and discover more about Bricklehurst on our Open Mornings on Saturday 7th March and Tuesday 10th March from 9.30am to 11.30am. To book your place, please visit our website www.bricklehurst.co.uk, or call us on 01580 200 448
♥ The whole family can celebrate World Book Day together at Bateman’s this weekend. As well as free storytelling, a Puffling Children’s Trail and Jungle Animal Quiz Sheets, the book tokens can be exchanged in the gift shop. Going dressed up as favourite book characters is of course all part of the fun!
♥ Combine a bike ride with a spot of birdwatching at Rye Harbour nature reserve, a stunning coastal habitat with changing coastline and military history. You can park in the Harbour at the start of a wide traffic free pathway and follow it down to the shingle beach, stopping off to look out from the hides along route. It’s worth popping into the temporary visitor centre and chatting to the very knowledgeable staff and then trying to spot the birds and ducks that are currently visiting the Reserve. On Saturday 7th March the monthly Wildlife Watch club for children aged 5-11 is meeting up, a great chance to find out more about the natural world and the special wildlife found at Rey Harbour. Includes exploring the reserve, playing games, craft activities and learning how to help wildlife thrive. Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential. Wrap up warm as you can get a bit wind swept, but there is a pub and café in the Harbour to warm up in.
♥ Speldhurst Sparkles is a beauty, fitness and wellbeing fair in the Village Hall on Saturday 7th March from 10.30am-1.30pm. This is your opportunity to meet local practitioners all under one roof, for pampering of the mind, body and spirit at the free taster treatments and fitness classes (bookable in advance). Don’t miss the quality gifts, beauty products and clothing on showcase too.
♥ The Tunbridge Wells Labour Women’s Forum are hosting International Women’s Day celebrations at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells from 2pm until 7pm on Sunday 8th March. The event aims to raise awareness, celebrate achievement and rally for change, helping to forge a more gender-equal world.
With fantastic contributions from local women including live music, Bollywood and Irish dancing, a panel discussion, poetry, Taekwondo, workshops, stalls, delicious refreshments and more there really is something for everyone. Raising money for local charities DAVSS (domestic abuse) and Baby2Baby and Beyond, look out for the raffle with incredible prizes from local businesses and find out more about the event HERE.
♥ As the weather picks up we can enjoy more and more outdoor activities, such as Mr Mulligans Dino Golf in Tonbridge. This 18-hole outdoor adventure course winds its way through a Jurassic World of large dinosaurs, obstacles and water features, plus its floodlight for the darker evenings (open until 8pm) . It’s a hit with my boys, but I would say it can be enjoyed by all ages. It takes up to about an hour to go around the course and there is a café, free parking, plus an area to sit and watch. You can book a time slot in advance online and the prices are pretty reasonable.
♥ If you know Kingdom (near Penshurst), you’ll know it’s a very tranquil, beautiful place to relax and unwind and an ideal location to celebrate Spring’s arrival. Kingdom invite you to Flourish Fest on Sunday 8th March from 9am, to do just that! Firstly, enjoy the nourishing arrival refreshments on offer or take breakfast in the Café, before the 45 min free taster classes begin. They include, Yoga, Tai Chi, Nature’s Bootcamp, Reiki, Reflexology and Mindful Crafts. A children’s table will also be provided.
♥ Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderes is a magical children’s adventure story for kids. Eleven-year-old Tilly lives above her grandparents’ bookshop and solves the mystery of her missing mother with the help of classic children’s characters that cross over from pages of the books. Book worms are invited along to Waterstones Book Club on Sunday between 3-4pm to share what they think of Anna James’ debut novel.
♥ The South of England’s only Jumpin Inflatable Theme Park at Burgess Hill, West Sussex has been recommended to me by a friend. Approx. 1-hour drive from here, the wall to wall fun is for all ages, which is great as little ones can join in too! There’s plenty to keep you entertained for the full hour – including a giant assault course, interlocked games, challenges, slides and a huge ball pit. There’s also a café serving hot food and soft play for the 5 and under.
Here’s a round-up of several blog posts which you may find useful too:
♥ 50 things to do in Kent when it’s raining – read the full post HERE.
♥ Top places for soft play in Kent – near Tunbridge Wells – read the full post HERE.
♥ 9 of our favourite family walks in Kent and East Sussex – read the full post HERE.
♥ 9 of the best family bikes rides in Kent and East Sussex – read the full post HERE.
And don’t forget to check out the EVENTS CALENDAR for lots of exciting events coming up over the next few months!