Whatever the weather, one thing is for sure: there’s absolutely loads of things to do in Tunbridge Wells this weekend and every weekend! We’ve compiled our very favourites, all within really easy reach of Tunbridge Wells.
Where do you love to go at the weekend? Are there any places you think are missing from our run down? If so, just pop us a message as we can easily add them in.
The area of Tunbridge Wells is blessed with fantastic heritage attractions. Here are just a few…
Henry VIII once used this gorgeous 14th century house as a hunting lodge. Now Penshurst Place is one of the loveliest estates in the area. You can visit the house or just the 48 acres of gardens and grounds. The adventure playground is brilliant, and we love the little bags of fish food you can buy to feed the fish in the huge pond – keeps our kids entertained for ages.
This is a fantastic destination for adults and grown ups. There’s 200 acres of parkland, and within that there’s a pirate-themed adventure playground, formal grounds, an owl and raptor centre, enchanted forest, maze and so much more.
It’d be hard to find a more picture-perfect castle – a huge main castle (it was the ancestral home of Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn), gorgeous wide moat, incredible formal gardens and a maze, plus the kids will love the three playgrounds and water maze. Plus there’s loads of events going on like jousting and archery.
Spa Valley Railway
Board a steam train and enjoy a gentle countryside journey through the High Weald. The train stops at four stations, each with plenty to explore from there.
While the castle at Sissinghurst is charming the star of the show is really the gardens. Visitors flock here from the world over during the summer month to take in the spectacular formal gardens.
This lovely National Trust castle has some lovely grounds, with a natural playground (kids love the fantastic ball run) and a fantastic moat with loads of ducks and fish to spot.
Pashley Manor Gardens
The spectacular gardens at Pashley are not to be missed. The best time to visit is in Spring during their tulip festival, but really the gardens are incredible anytime they’re open (April to September)
Things to do in Tunbridge Wells this weekend – Take in some culture?
We’ve got loads of brilliant cultural hotspots in Tunbridge Wells to check out, including live music, comedy and shows.
See a show
Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area has loads of great theatres, including the Assembly Hall and Trinity Arts Centre in town (Trinity’s Sunday shows for kids are brilliant), plus the Stag in Sevenoaks and the EM Forster theatre at Tonbridge School.
Jazz on the Pantiles
Every Thursday evening throughout summer, there’s free live jazz in The Pantiles at the bandstand. Book an al fresco table at one of the bars or restaurants and enjoy the buzz.
From Pub in the Park to Black Deer Festival, farmers’ markets to gin festivals, there are always loads of events on in and around town. Check out our events calendar for more details.
Head to the cinema
We have a number of cinemas in Tunbridge Wells, from the massive Odeon on Knight’s Park industrial estate, to film evenings at Trinity and the art-house cinema Kino on Hawkhurst. There’s also a new cinema planned for The Pantiles, and Rusthall have their own community cinema.
Whether you love skateboarding or wakeboarding, golf or tennis, climbing or cycling – there’s something for you in Tunbridge Wells. Here are a few ideas…
Tee off with mini or crazy golf
If you fancy a bit of light golf with the kids, then there’s a cute little mini golf course in Pennington Park in Southborough, or a brilliant crazy golf course at Dino Golf next to Aldi in Tonbridge.
Hit a skate park
If your kids love skating or scooting, why not test out one of our local skate parks? There is the Grosvenor Skatepark in Grosvenor & Hilbert Recreation Ground, and the Skate Garden in St John’s Park. Slightly further afield there’s a skatepark at Goldsmith’s Leisure Centre in Crowborough and Skatepark Longmead near Longmead Sports Ground
Have a game of tennis
There’s plenty of tennis courts around, many of which you can book ahead or even join a club like The Tunbridge Wells Tennis Club at The Nevill or St John’s Lawn Tennis Club. Elsewhere there are courts at Hawkenbury Rec, Calverly Grounds, Grosvenor & Hilbert Rec, Pennington Park, The Spa Hotel (bookable for non-guests), Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre and Pembury Rec.
More things to do in Tunbridge Wells this weekend – Go for a swim?
Whether it’s sunny or rainy, there are some lovely pools to take a dip in Tunbridge Wells. Tonbridge Pool has an outdoor and indoor section – it pays to book ahead in the summer months, while Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre has a huge swimming pool, dive pool and baby pool. Check out our list of the best pools around.
There are several great climbing centres in and around Tunbridge Wells. Clip and Climb in Tonbridge is a great option, as is Chimera Climbing on North Farm industrial estate. Bowles Activity Centre also offers climbing, while many seasoned climbers love the natural rocks of Harrison Rocks, Happy Valley and Eridge Rocks (these really are for experienced climbers only).
Go for a bike ride
A bike ride is a fab way to explore the rolling countryside around Tunbridge Wells, and it’ll tire out the kids nicely too. We’ve compiled a list of the best family bike rides around Tunbridge Wells
Take up a water sport
Why not try a bit of sailing? You can take sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing and canoeing classes at Bewl Water. There’s a rowing club based there too.
Ski or snowboard
Yes, you can even ski and snowboard in Tunbridge Wells. Bowles Rocks has a dry-ski slope where you can take lessons or just go to practice.
Join a family fitness class
Family Inspired Training offer really fun workout classes for the whole family – train alongside your kids and get those endorphins pumping.
Swing through the trees
GoApe in Bedgebury offers adrenaline junkies the chance to swing, jump, wobble and zipline through the trees. There’s a course for kids and adults, as long as kids are more than 1m tall.
Jump around at a trampoline park
There’s no denying kids love trampoline parks – and they’re pretty fun for adults too. Since Jump In in Tonbridge sadly closed, our nearest trampoline park is Urban Jump in Uckfield.
Do a water-based assault course
Bewl Water is host to an amazingly fun water assault course, Aqua Park. Slip into a wet suit and jump, swim and splash your way around the inflatable course with your friends and family. You definitely need to book ahead.
Fun for foodies around Tunbridge Wells
Kick back and relax at a pub
Tunbridge Wells is teaming with pubs and bars, so you’ll always find one that suits you. If you want to sit out and enjoy the sunshine, check out our run down of the best pub gardens in Tunbridge Wells. If you’ve got kids in tow, then there are loads of pub gardens with playgrounds – here’s our definitive guide.
Thanks to the many farms that surround Tunbridge Wells, we have plenty of farmers’ markets to pick up local produce and sample the very best Kentish fare. There’s a farmer’s market on the first and third Saturday of the month in the Pantiles from 10am to 4pm, and one in Market Square round the back of the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. There are also farmer’s markets in Lamberhurst on the first Wednesday of every month, Penshurst Place on the first Saturday of every month and Sissinghurst Castle on the second and fourth Friday of every month.
Pick Your Own fruit and veg
And talking of farms, you can also enjoy local produce with zero food miles thanks to loads of local farms offering Pick Your Own options. We’ve compiled a list of the best local pick your own farms here.
Enjoy some coffee and cake
Who doesn’t love a bit of cake? There are some fantastic independent cafes in Tunbridge Wells, and some well-loved chains too. Check out our list of the best child-friendly cafés in Tunbridge Wells.
Things to do in Tunbridge Wells this weekend – Discover new places!
Even if you’ve live in Tunbridge Wells all your life, there’s still plenty to discover – especially for the kids. Here are some other places we love…
This country park has a huge lake to walk around (with ducks to feed), and you can also go fishing in the lake, plus there’s a decent playground for the children. We also love the on-site café, which is located handily between the car park and the lake.
Whether you want to do watersports (see above in the ‘Be Active’ section for more details), cycle, walk, picnic, fish or play in the playground, Bewl Water has so many activities on offer. And one of the best slides in the area!
You can’t get fresher air than that at Bedgebury. This managed woodland has a fab Gruffalo trail, meandering walks in stunning scenery, a great playground and a cycle path (you can BYO bike or hire one on site).
Find new playgrounds
There’s nothing like discovering a new playground if you’ve got kids. Variety is the spice of life, afterall! From Calverley Grounds and Grosvenor & Hilbert Rec to cute tucked away ones in Pembury and Southborough. We have so many playgrounds in Tunbridge Wells – here’s a rundown of our favourites.
We hope you found this blog post about things to do in Tunbridge Wells this weekend useful? It you have anything to add, please do let us know in the comments below….and of course, we hope you have a wonderful weekend!