I hope you are having a good week and if you’re looking forward to the weekend here are some ideas to entertain the family in and around Tunbridge Wells. There are some great opportunities for getting out in the fresh air and hopefully soaking up some Vitamin D, including the start of the pick your own pumpkin season and leisurely autumnal walks through castle estates. If you prefer something more adventurous, we have that too! I think all the suggestions require pre-booked tickets so please check with the venue well before you travel.
♥ Pull on some wellies and head over to Birchden Farm (10 minute drive from Tunbridge Wells) where a five acre patch of 18,000 pick your own pumpkins awaits. Fill a wheelbarrow with pumpkins of all colours, shapes and sizes, priced from 50p to £10.00 each. Book ahead for £5 per vehicle, to include £3 worth of pumpkins ready for your creepy carving creations. Open every weekend in October and every day from Saturday 24th – Saturday 31st October.
♥ Further afield at Priory Farm, in Redhill everyone is invited to “jump on your broomstick and have a horribly good time!”. Opening this Saturday 10th until Sunday 1st November dare to follow the Spooooooky Trail on The Discovery Walk and help the farm police solve the mystery of the missing pumpkins (£5) . Don’t worry there are still lots left for picking your own perfect pumpkins (prices start from £1.50) .On weekends and every day at half term Tractor Trailer Ride runs to and from the fields (£3 each).
♥ Since reopening in July and the launch of a brand new adventure play area, Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds has proved to be a popular destination for families looking for an enjoyable day out in a safe environment. Social distancing is easily managed as there is a 300-acre estate to explore that includes formal gardens, woodland, meadows, lakes and a folly, all set around the magnificent 15th century moated castle. You can pick up a Family Quiz and Activity Sheet on arrival, visit the 300-year-old sweet chestnut tree complete with giant tree swing and find your way through the Rope Maze. You can picnic in the grounds or grab something from the lovely catering van.
♥ Boost everyone’s mood by enjoying the vibrant colours of autumn and crunching through fallen leaves on the Hever Castle self-guided Autumn Colour Tour. Pack your boots as some parts of the garden/lake walk can get boggy and off-road buggies or child carriers are advisable. You are also invited to try out the Japanese art of ‘Forest Bathing” a great way to reduce stress, improve concentration and boost the immune system apparently. The outdoor play areas are great, just be mindful that they are operating a timed entry system, so queues form at busy times.
♥ This October join the search for Wally at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. As part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, you’ll need to look for 8 hidden Wallys among the exhibits to claim your prize. Also, this weekend is Railway Day, your chance to watch and get up close to the historic locomotives in action at Chatham Dockyard.
♥ You don’t need to be in London to visit Hamleys now because the famous toy store has arrived at Blue Water! I am not sure yet if this is bad or good news, but I do think Bluewater was lacking in this area. Known as ‘The Finest Toy Shop in the World”, Hamleys Blue Water is a magical place for kids anyway and has an incredible selection of toys. There is always something to see, from giant floating to bubbles to overhead flying drones and handily it’s here just in time for the kid’s Christmas lists!
Dinotropolis, the dinosaur soft play has reopened for a run around after all the excitement of Hamleys and to top that all off, you can choose from 22 flavours of ice cream at Joe Dellucci’s Italian Gelato kiosk!
♥ Further afield this one, but if you’ve got big fans of soft play, an inflatable bounce arena, called Inflate ‘N’ Play is reopening in Canterbury this weekend. Over 6500 sq. ft. of unique bouncing fun awaits the while family. Scale the Meteor Mountain, race through Lab Rat Run, get stuck in the slime pit or dare to slide down Atomic Falls. Book in advance for £8.95 per person, per hour.
Have you made plans for October Half Term and Halloween yet? Check out our Half Term Guide!