2021 - The Year of The Staycation

The prospect of going on a vacation outside the UK took a significant hit after the government announced that people travelling out of the UK will need to prove that it is for essential purposes, while those returning from "red list" Covid hotspots would have to probably quarantine in government-provided hotels.

What this means is that most people will think twice before booking a vacation abroad - making the prospect of a staycation very appealing. The only question left to answer is where to visit. The obvious answer to that question is Kent - “The Garden of England” - one of 2020's most popular staycation destinations.

The county plays host to a plethora of entertainment options for the whole family to enjoy. From the outdoors and enjoying what nature has to offer, to the indoor entertainers who cater for the sometimes-challenging English weather elements. Whatever your family entertainment needs, Kent will be sure to deliver.

Here are our top places to visit and things to do in Kent:

Mote Park - Maidstone

Located in Maidstone, one of the larger towns in Kent, this incredible piece of land covers over 450 acres and includes natural features such as woodlands, grasslands, rivers and even a 30-acre lake.

The perfect setting for walking, and adventuring through the many paths on offer, biking (a BMX track for the kids), and for other 2-wheel experiences, be sure to rent a Segway for a little fun.

Every Sunday during the summer months the incredible model railway is open for business, which will no doubt keep your little lovers of trains, in their elements.

There are also two large play areas for the kids, if they still have steam to let off after adventuring through the park.

If water sports are a family favourite, you will be spoilt for choice at the Mote Park Water Sports Centre, which caters for boating, sailing, swimming, rowing and windsurfing enthusiasts.

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Maidstone is also great for shopping, especially now that the Lockmeadow Centre has been built which includes a multiplex cinema, an abundance of brilliant restaurants, nightclubs, and the town’s age-old market square. Our Manhattan Heights block of serviced apartments in Maidstone are only a few minutes away from the high street.

Canterbury

Consistently one of the most visited cities in all of England, Canterbury is rich in quaint British character and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is famous for its glorious Canterbury Cathedral which was one of the first castles erected in Kent. It is also just a five-minute walk from East station.

The food in Canterbury is a stand out with delicious traditional British fine dining on Dover Street and a plethora of amazing English pubs which almost all have beer gardens.

If you time it well and visit here during October/November, you can experience the Canterbury Festival, which showcases a variety of music, art, comedy, a circus, theatre, walks, talks and even a science strand.

Historic Dockyard Chatham

With a rich history dating back over 400 years and over 400 warships built, the Historic Dockyard in Chatham was pivotal to Royal Navy's dominance of the seas. Learn how to make rope, like the Victorians did back in the day, from the master ropemakers who've been making ropes for Britain's ships for over 400 years.  Explore the insides of a replica submarine and steer the warship, the National destroyer, the HMS Cavalier. Visit the science lab, where you can experiment with lights, balls and balloons, and squirt colours from syringes onto the paint wall. Saunter through the “Command of the Ocean” gallery, taking in in all that is Maritime heritage. There's even the Railway Workshop, or the outdoor play area for more kids entertainment.

The dockyard also offers plenty of group-friendly activities and experiences for all ages. The great thing is that tickets to the dockyard are valid for a year, giving you 12 whole months to explore and enjoy all that's on offer. If you need a place to stay, our Pier Apartments in Gillingham are only 15 minutes away.

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Whitstable

A stone’s throw away from Canterbury is the exquisite seaside town of Whitstable. Enjoy oysters? This is the place where you come to eat oysters in England. Honestly, people have been feasting on oysters here since the Roman era.

It’s a good time village with quaint streets, coffee houses and of course the beautiful ocean.

As we said, it’s oysters deluxe in Whitstable so when you visit here, make sure you eat at the Whitstable Oyster Company.  Grab a platter or two of their rock oysters coupled with a decent bottle of dry white and you’ll soon find yourself in heaven.

Again, oysters, but try and time it so that you can attend the Whitstable Oyster Festival which takes place during the summer. It’s a fantastic celebration of their heritage, so expect historic plays, live music, food stalls and… you guessed it.

Rochester Castle

Standing on the east bank of the River Medway in Rochester, Kent is the beautiful Rochester Castle. This iconic castle which dates back to the late 11th century was strategically important and key to protecting England's south-east coast from invasion in the late medieval period. Its most prominent feature is the Norman stone tower or keep which was built in the 12th century and is easily one of the best preserved keeps in England or France.

Despite its complex history of destruction and rebuilding, today the castle stands as a proud reminder of the history of Rochester, along with the cathedral and cobbled streets. The castle is definitely a must see if you're ever planning to spend the summer holidays in Kent. The good news is that we've got a few serviced apartments in Rochester that can cater to your accommodation needs.

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Trip to the Beach

A day out at the beach is one of the better things to do in life, with more than 50 beaches in Kent, there’s plenty to choose from. Some of Kent’s sandy beaches could easily be mistaken for tropical escapes and attract thousands of visitors every year especially during the summer. Botany Bay – with its spectacular chalk cliffs offering awesome views of the sea – and Joss Bay, which stretches for almost 200 miles, are two of our favourite sandy beaches to visit in Kent. These relatively quiet and somewhat secluded hidden gems are both located at Broadstairs.

So that’s our list, hope you found it useful. The major thing you have to worry about is where to stay during your visit. That's where we come in - if you are looking for some comfortable self-catering Serviced Accommodation in Kent, Click Here for more information. 

Why a serviced apartment, you ask? Well, you’ll be able to cook for yourself and entertain your own guests as if you were living from home, but with all the amenities that’d usually be available at a hotel. Need more reasons to choose a serviced apartment over a hotel? Click here to find out why.

At KH Homes we offer accommodation in ChathamGillinghamMaidstoneRochester and Sittingbourne. Simply take your pick and we’ll do the rest.

During your visit, please remember to stay safe, play responsibly and follow the social distancing rules in place.

While you're here, why not checkout our list of top places to eat in Maidstone.

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