If you fancy getting out and about this weekend, we have come up with 9 ideas for places to visit, from playgrounds, to pub walks and boating to bluebells. You can also read all about what Southborough has to offer. Have a lovely weekend. Let’s hope it warms up a little!
♥ Southborough is the third instalment in Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s ‘Say Hi to your High Street’ campaign, and I have loved writing about this lovely town which I lived in for 10 years! Read all about 10 terrific things to do in Southborough.
♥ Set in 100 acres of parkland and ancient woodland is Heaven Farm near Ashdown Forest. Along with meeting the resident wallaby family, you can take a stroll through the bluebells on the nature trail, visit the tea rooms or even the Gelato ice cream parlour.
♥ It’s the last weekend of outdoor only dining before restrictions ease, so if you fancy letting someone else do the cooking, there are cosy, undercover outdoor dining areas at The Abergavenny Arms in Frant. The adventurous among us could leave the car behind and take the footpath through the fields and woodland from Tunbridge Wells to Frant, which you can pick up from Hawkenbury Recreation Ground or the closer Neville Golf Course.
♥ Further afield, discover 200 animals at Colchester Zoo from Aardvarks to Zebra as you navigate your way around different animal habitats from around the world and run off steam in the play areas. On Sunday runners can enter the Colchester Zoo Stampede, a 10K that starts and finishes at the zoo. Runners have free access to the enjoy the attraction for the rest of the day – or you can just cheer the runners on.
♥ The well-loved Even Flow Cafe in St John’s is now and up running in St John’s Recreation Ground, serving delicious cake and coffee! I am sure this will make a very welcome addition to local community, and we wish them well.
♥ I’ve been reliably informed by lots of our lovely readers over on Facebook, that the bluebells are still looking fantastic and well-worth a visit. Recommendations places to see them include, Hever Castle, Scotney Castle Estate, Wilderness Woods, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Groombridge Place, Birchden Wood and Hurst Wood. Just check before you travel, as some of these venues require pre-booked tickets. You can read the full thread with even more recommendations for Bluebells here.
♥ For something a little different, head down to the idyllic Bodiam Boating Station, for some messing about on the river through 1066 country. Pre-book your choice of craft, from the rowing boats, kayaks, canoes and SUPs, then enjoy a take-away from the lovely Lime Wharf Café.
♥ For a change of scene, not too far from home, why not pick one of the 21 walks from the Walk Tonbridge website which lucky for us, was compiled by a local mum in the first lockdown? The most recent one to be added, The Milk Train, is 2-3 hour circular walk starting at the Fleur De Lis, Leigh and passing The Greyhound at Charcott. It’s described as a leisurely walk with “millions” of bluebells, so go check it out!
♥ A great place to have a walk and a play with younger ones, is the popular Haysden Park, on the south side of Tonbridge. There is quite a bit to offer, from the take-away cafe, cycle/pedestrian paths around the two lakes, and the highlight for my kids, the playground. It’s a fairly large, gated area, with nicely spaced-out activities, including a small zip-wire, various size climbing frames and slides, and the popular tunnel. The car park gets busy at weekends, but you can usually find a spot and there is a small charge.