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 – 19th and 20th June 2021.
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!
Please note – a lot of these Father’s Day activities need to be pre-booked. To avoid any disappointment, please do book tickets where possible and check the website / social media for the venue before visiting…
♥ Dunorlan Park Boats have re-opened so why not stay local and enjoy some time out on the lake? They are now open daily throughout the summer (weather permitting of course)…
♥ As part of the Tunbridge Well Borough Council ‘Say Hi to your High Street’ campaign, Cranbrook is the final destination for a very special treasure hunt which is taking place this Saturday! Find out how to take part in the Treasure Hunt here.
♥ 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.
♥ Hever Castle will host ‘Cars at The Castle’ this weekend 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 daily. Parking and admission is £5 (pay and display). Bike hire and fish are open too as well as The Waterfront Cafe. Check out the newly renovated pirate ship at the playground. 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.
♥ Have you been to Walshes Park in Crowborough? 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…
♥ Pizza and Movie night? Let Dad choose the film! Some of our lovely independents around Tunbridge Wells offer amazing takeaway and delivery services. Check out Bumblebee delivery service to order from your favourite restaurants, takeaways, shops & pubs in Tunbridge Wells.
♥ The beautiful Riverhill Himalayan Gardens have reopened. Visitors will need to book online ahead of their visit. Explore and enjoy the gardens and woodland. What a lovely time of year to visit!
♥ Have you been to Pick Your Own this year? There are strawberries galore at several of the local farms. Lower Ladysden slots are available for pre-booking. Enjoy picking strawberries, visiting the farm shop and enjoying your purchases while relaxing in the seating area overlooking the farm…
♥ Wellington Rocks on Tunbridge Wells Common is a fab place to let the kids blow off some steam. 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?
♥ The National Trust properties are open and welcoming visitors. However you do need to pre-book for all of them. At the time of writing this, there is still availability at many of the venues for this Father’s Day weekend…
♥ 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. The house is now open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays too, where visitors can view the collections and the tearooms are open on these days too. There’s a suggested donation of £3 for parking to help with the maintenance of the grounds.
♥ Choose one of our 35+ walks for families – there’s bound to be at least one that you haven’t tried?
♥ Keen bikers and walkers can enjoy miles of track at Bedgebury Pinetum. The Gruffalo Spotter is back up and running. You don’t need to book ahead for Bedgebury but there is limited capacity – visit the website for more details and keep an eye out on their social media.
♥ Have you been to Bodiam Boating Station? They have a fantastic jetty which makes it easier for people to board their boats safely and contact-free. Open for boat hire from 10am to 7pm, make sure you visit the Lime Wharf Cafe while there too. This could make a fantastic family day out. Pre-booking is required 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.
♥ How about watching a family friendly film? Peter Rabbit is on at the Odeon in Tunbridge Wells. The five of us went along to it and miraculously, my 2 year old sat through all of it!
♥ 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!
♥ Enjoy an afternoon at Salomon’s Estate overlooking our stunning 36 acres of gardens. Indulge in a delightful picnic, prepared their chefs, packed up and ready for you to collect upon arrival. Sip on a drink from the fully stocked bar, and dads even get a free beer!
♥ Fancy trying a pub with a play area? Then check out our guide with over 40 suggestions. But make sure you book ahead. Many of them can be combined with a walk too….
Whichever Father’s Day activities in Kent you choose this year, we hope you enjoy it!