Kent Life Heritage Farm and Park was one of the first places I ever wrote about on My Tunbridge Wells, over 3.5 years ago! We have been back to this gem several times since, with our most recent visit being a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a little background about Kent Life, as well as our favourite things to do there…
What is it?
Kent Life started off as Sandling Farm in the mid 16th Century and has evolved through the years to become what it is today – a Heritage Farm Park.
Located near Maidstone, around a 45 minute drive from Tunbridge Wells, Kent Life features a Vintage Village from World War II – decked out as it would have been from the 1930’s to 1950’s. The collection of original buildings includes a Village Hall relocated from Ulcombe, the Granary, the Oast House, traditional Hoppers’ Huts, cottages and the working blacksmith’s forge.
There’s are many different breeds of animals to look at (and in many cases to feed) dotted around the farm – including sheep, cattle, pigs, horses, donkeys, goats, poultry, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, ducks, geese and alpacas. The kids can also get the chance to hold some of the smaller farmyard friends at Cuddle Corner!
There’s a large outdoor play area and mini peddle tractors as well as an indoor play-barn which covers three floors. Children can also get involved in the paint-a-pot-studio and there’s are tractor and train rides available for the whole family too.
What were our highlights?
♥ Cuddle Corner is a really lovely experience and a great opportunity for the kids to get hands-on with the smaller animals. The boys got to cuddle a big fluffy rabbit and to hold a chicken when they were there. They were a little nervous at first but with a little encouragement, they were really glad that they did it. The staff are really lovely and so gentle with the animals (and children!) too.
♥ We usually head straight for the Vintage Village and this is definitely my favourite part of our visit. It’s like stepping back in time as each of the buildings is set out exactly as it would have been many years ago. Visitors can wander around these buildings freely and it’s a particularly interesting place to look around for our parent’s generation who no doubt feel nostalgic when looking around. In many ways it reminded me of visiting my grandparents’ house when I was little…
♥ Who doesn’t love a train or tractor ride? We got to go on both the train and tractor on our last visit, both of which were fun. It’s a fairly short journey around the farm (and a bit bumpy too) and it’s included in the ticket price so a definite must when you are there.
♥ Both the indoor and outdoor play areas are big enough to keep the kids occupied while parents have a rest! We have gone to Kent Life in winter before too and it was nice to escape from the cold weather by sitting down for a nice hot cuppa in the play barn (which has a cafe in it too).
Tell me more…
There’s also live entertainment taking place across the Summer in the Big Top arena (and at other times throughout the year) which includes puppet shows, magic shows bubbles shows and more. You can check out the timetable HERE.
Dotty’s Tearoom looks like a lovely place to eat, though we have always brought a packed lunch with us as I often find it easier to do this (due to having a particular fussy three year old).
There are events taking place throughout the year at Kent Life – including an Ice Cream Festival on 27th August, Hops ’n’ Harvest Beer Festival on 8th & 9th September, See the Gruffalo on 27th September and a Halloween Spooktacular from 20th to 28th October. Find out all about the upcoming events HERE.
For opening times, tickets prices and more information, visit the Kent Life website HERE.
Address: Lock Ln, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
Disclosure: Kent Life is a partner of My Tunbridge Wells. We received complimentary entry for the purpose of this honest review.