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Tunbridge Wells May Bank Holiday Events & Activities

Tunbridge Wells May Bank Holiday Events
The Eight Bells Country Pub in Hawkhurst

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Who else is looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend and the start of May?! Here’s our run down of local events, activities and destinations for family days out or shorter bursts of fun this weekend near Tunbridge Wells…

Hawkhurst’s monthly Market is taking place this Saturday from 9am to 12 noon in the carpark at The Royal Oak. Traders this time include The Angry Whelk,The Kitchen of the Old Dragon, Chiddingstone Farm, Soaps ‘n’ Sorts, A Crafty House and many more local producers and creators. I have written a blog post highlighting 10 reasons to visit Hawkhurst as part of the ‘Say Hi to Your Highstreet’ campaign with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and have loved exploring this vibrant village. Have a look and decide where you might like to go? After strolling around the market, the picturesque Eight Bells pub up by The Moor, with its super sandpit and garden would be my top option for lunch…

 Kent Life is celebrating the Bank Holiday weekend with a traditional English tea party. You can enjoy a cream tea on the terrace or a taste of Summer with a Pimms. Then say hello to the animals at cuddle corner, go on a farmyard ride and burn off energy at the outdoor play area.

Family Funday Picnic at Salomons Estate

Do you like the size of Bank Holiday Jazz with Bottomless Bubbles & BBQ on Saturday or maybe you would prefer a Family Funday Picnic on Sunday? Well Salomons are hosting both events this weekend on their gorgeous grounds. Read all about the spectacular Spring events at Salomons here and how to book ahead.

♥ If you’ve missed the traditional fun of the British seaside, Eastbourne has plenty to do with the family. As well as the shingle/sand beaches of Eastbourne and nearby Hollywell (great for rock-pooling), you can board the tourist train, take a stroll along the prom and pier, practice your put at Pirate’s Adventure Golf at Treasure Island or even hire a kayak. For more coastal locations to explore, check out our guide to the best family beaches in Kent and East Sussex.

best family bike rides in Kent and East Sussex

♥  If you fancy a family bike ride, we have 9 route ideas here. In lockdown we have enjoyed the Tudor Cycle Trail from Tonbridge to Penshurt, which is mostly off road. We usually park up at Tonbridge Swimming Pool (parking is free on Sundays) or for a shorter ride you can pick up the trail at Haysden Country Park where we often stop for a picnic, coffee from the café and play in the playground. There is also a fun little wooded area with natural cycle ramps. If you make it all the way to Penshurt (there is a challenging hill in both directions towards the end) it’s a really lovely scenic route and you can reward everyone at the Porcupine Pantry at Penshurst Place or the lovely Leicester Arms Pub.

The Alfresco Theatre at the Hop Farm has live performances this weekend, of The Gruffalo, an ABBA tribute and Mark Watson’s Carpool Comedy Club (+14 years). While the Drive-in and Dine is showing several blockbusters including The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long, Jurassic Park, Grease: Sing-a-long, Bohemian Rhapsody and more!

♥ This weekend seems like the perfect opportunity to enjoy a pub lunch, and if you’re stuck for ideas we have over 40 in our Guide to pubs with play areas in Kent and East Sussex, including some of our favourites…The Plough in Leigh with its pretty enclosed garden and play equipment and The Poacher & Partridge in Tudely –  yummy food and a relaxed family atmosphere!

Tunbridge Wells Walks

♥ If a family stomp is on the cards, take a look at our blog post for 35 top local walking spots, from rocks, to forests, country parks to commons.

♥ The Dunorlan Park Boats have reopened at weekends. There’s rowing boats and pedallos, you can pay by card and there’s no need to book. The café is open for take away and there are plenty of benches to enjoy the view across the lake.  There is a lovely adventure playground and feeding the ducks is another popular activity (food available to buy in the café).

Mr Mulligans Dino Golf Tonbridge

♥ At the time of looking there are still slots available at Mr Mulligans Dino Golf in Tonbridge this weekend. There’s a cafe for takeaway drinks and treats and it’s good fun for the whole family.

 The popular Discovery Walk has reopened at Priory Farm, perfect for a spot of shopping in the Farm Shop, followed by fresh air and exercise. The children’s nature trail has a surprise at every turn and lots to learn along the way, while the grown-ups take in the views of the Surrey countryside.

 It’s bluebell season and if you’re looking for somewhere to lose a few hours among these beautiful flowers, the Riverhill Gardens Bluebell Festival is now in full swing! Stroll through a carpet of blue on the special woodland trail, enjoy the bluebell inspired craft fair, explore the gardens and don’t miss Ottos Café.


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