Wondering what the best Father’s Day activities in Kent might be? We have out together a guide with over 20 suggestions for ways to spend Father’s Day weekend…
Let’s hope the weather stays somewhat sunny as we have written about over 20 Father’s Day activities in Kent and East Sussex, nearly all of which are outdoors! Although we have included some ideas for things to do at home too. Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have a lovely weekend!
Also if you haven’t sorted out a Father’s Day present as yet, check out our gift guide featuring 12 ideas from local businesses around Tunbridge Wells…
♥ Dunorlan Park Boats have re-opened so why not stay local and enjoy some time out on the lake? For opening times and prices please visit their website
♥ I’m hearing great reports from people who have enjoyed some social distanced mini-golf at Mr Mulligans in Tonbridge. Make sure you book ahead.
♥ Penshurst Place is open for pre-booked visits only. At the time of writing, there are still some slots for Father’s Day. Visit their website to find out more including which facilities are open / closed.
♥ The grounds and gardens at Hever Castle have reopened. Visitors will need to book a date and time slot for arrival online. At the time of writing this, there is still good availability for Father’s Day weekend.
♥ Beautiful Bewl Water is back open from 8am daily. Parking and admission is £5 (pay and display). Bike hire and fish are open too as well as The Waterfront Cafe which is serving take away hot and cold drinks, snacks, crisps and ice creams from 11am to 4.30pm. Social distancing measures are in place and the loos are open too. The round reservoir route is 13 miles which takes around 6 hours to walk and 3 hours to cycle. We haven’t made it around but we usually go part of the route.
♥ We visited Walshes Park in Crowborough for the first time last weekend and what a find it was! The park is a mix of boardwalk, slightly bumpy tracks and fields with a stream along the way. Lovely for a socially distanced picnic and very few people there when we visited… Bikes are apparently allowed for children (not adults) and we parked at Alderbrook Way. Please note that Alderbrook Way is a residential street so considerate parking is a must. Also don’t use your sat nav to get to the address online for Walshes Park as it leads you down a country lane to a building site.
♥ Have you ever tried Foot Golf? I have to say I don’t really know much about this but it does look like fun. Available at Tunbridge Wells Golf Club and at Tonbridge Golf Centre, you’ll need to book your place online in advance. At the time of writing, there are plenty of times available at both locations.
♥ The beautiful Riverhill Himalayan Gardens have reopened. Visitors will need to book online ahead of their two hour visits. Explore and enjoy the gardens and woodland, while social distancing too.
♥ Have you been to Pick Your Own this year? There are strawberries galore at several of the local farms which we have written about HERE.
♥ I mentioned this last weekend but Wellington Rocks on Tunbridge Wells Common is a fab place to let the kids blow off some steam. Fine Grind which has set up at the Forum will keep you fed and watered and why not wander down to our beloved Pantiles for some Taywells Ice Cream at The Zero Waste Company? Or try out some of our other independent cafes in Tunbridge Wells open for takeaway now!
♥ Many of the National Trust properties are open now – well at least the car parks, toliets and gardens. You do need to -pre-book for all of them though. Read our update about which National Trust Properties are open now here.
♥ I’m updating our Beach beach beach blog post to include some of the quieter beaches too. As beautiful as Camber is, it can get so busy at peak times and there are some super alternatives too. Pack up your bags, visit the beach and finish off your day with some fish and chips?
More Father’s Day activities in Kent and East Sussex to choose from…
♥ Chiddingstone Castle has great open space where families can picnic and run around. Facilities are not currently open and there isn’t a charge for entry, but there’s a suggested donation of £2 for parking to help with the maintenance of the grounds.
♥ Choose one of our 30+ walks for families – there’s bound to be at least one that you haven’t tried?
♥ Look out for the hidden fairytale village for woodland creatures at Limpsfield Common near Oxted. Enjoy a stroll, fly a kite or just relax and unwind under the magnificent beech trees at the common too. For the fairytale village, park at Ridlands Carpark on Ridlands Lane.
♥ Keen bikers and walkers can enjoy miles of track at Bedgebury Pinetum. The cafe is open for takeaway and the car park is open from 8am to 6pm daily. You don’t need to book ahead but there is limited capacity – visit the website for more details.
♥ Have you been to Bodiam Boating Station? They have a brand new jetty which makes it easier for people to board their boats safely and contact-free. Open for boat hire from 10am to 7pm and 12pm to 8pm for takeaway from Lime Wharf Cafe, this could make a fantastic family day out. Pre-booking is preferable via the website.
Try something new for Father’s Day?
♥ Have you been to Eridge Rocks? I have to admit we haven’t but it has been recommended a few times now so it’s on my list. Described as ‘a majestic sandstone rock outcrop among mixed woodland,’ the reserve is 44 hectares and can be accessed via Warren Farm Lane.
♥ If you ever see my Insta stories you’ll know that we are big fans of a bike ride! Forest Way, Tonbridge Park to Haysden and The Cuckoo Trail are probably my favourites right now (flat, not hilly!). Check out our round-up of 9 of the best family bike rides in Kent and East Sussex!
♥ Create your own grazing table at home full of delicious food from local farm shops. Think olives, cheese, freshly baked bread, cured meats, sweet treats, antipasti and more!
♥ Something a bit different! Treasure Trails have more than 1,200 self guided adventure trails across the UK and one of them is based right here in Tunbridge Wells. Lasting around two hours, each family friendly trail has its own theme and makes use of well-known local landmarks, signs, statues, monuments, images, engravings or any other unique or eye-catching features to create an exciting adventure. They are £9.99 each and can be downloaded at home or you can buy a print version too.
Whichever Father’s Day activities in Kent you choose this year, we hope you enjoy it!