Looking for things to do around Tunbridge Wells this weekend?
Writing this weekend’s What’s On Blog has given me that warm, fuzzy feeling! It’s so, so good to see local events cropping up, to be celebrating amazing local businesses being open again and share what’s going on with you all again. Long may it last! Enjoy your weekend everybody….
♥ As part of the ‘Say Hi to the High Street Campaign,’ we have been exploring Paddock Wood and I must say there are some absolute gems! From a forest walk and family friendly pub to a fantastic florist, the infamous Hop Farm and a legendary department stores, read all about our top 10 places to visit in Paddock Wood.
♥ The Rare Breeds Centre, near Tenterden in Kent, is open for pre-booked tickets only (bought at least 24 hours in advance). Explore 100 acres of farm animals, petting barn, playgrounds, pig racing, marsh adventure trail, bluebell woods and more. Please note – at the time of writing, there are just a few family tickets available (in the afternoon).
♥ The recently refurbished driving range at Hilden Park, Hildenborough now has the addition of cameras that track your ball, transferring ball speed, distance, height, side spin etc onto small screens. A friend went recently and said it’s good fun and great value. You can virtually play some of the best golf courses in the world or play games, competing against your family or friends. Prices start from just £6 for 40 balls.
♥ During Lockdown we discovered just how many rocks there are around us. Do you know the Toad Rock Trail? Print the route out here, the rocks are all named, so you could have fun ticking them off, playing in the sandpit and clambering (carefully) on the rocks. The lovely independent café Daily Bread on Rusthall high street is ideal for refuelling, with a few tables in the back courtyard.
♥ Further afield, Diggerland has tickets available for Saturday (at time of looking) where your little (and big) builders are let loose on 20 rides and driving experiences, including full-size diggers and dumpers. The outdoor play areas are open but the indoor ones and Little Tikes area are temporarily closed due to Covid restrictions.
♥ Last month The Pantiles Market made a welcome return and is back this weekend, with food, drink, flowers, crafts and much more. Grab a coffee from one of the many independents, we really are spoilt for choice in this area. Then take the little ones for a play at Grove Park or Calverley Adventure Grounds, which has its own lovely café of course.
♥ The outdoor pool at Tonbidge Leisure Centre has opened for the season. If you don’t fancy that just yet, you’ll be pleased to know that the indoor teaching and fitness pools are also open. You’ll need to pre-book a 45minute family session or lane swim.
♥ Reuthe’s–the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks is holding its forest Eats ‘n Drinks Festival to celebrate the best of springtime from local food producers. Fun for the whole family includes, cookery demos, bars, hot food from around the world, live music and alpaca treks. Due to limited parking, visitors are requested not to arrive by car unless they have a pre-booked parking ticket.