In the final week of June, the government announced further changes to the lockdown measures that would take effect from July 4th - independence day anyone? 😉 The good news is that a number of restrictions will be lifted, new rules will kick in and the things we can or can't do will change.
Whilst the easing of the lockdown doesn't mean we should forget everything we learnt about social distancing, we can at least look forward to the summer holidays with increased optimism. As we all begin to plan our summer vacation, rather than plan a trip abroad and further expose yourself to risks outside your control, why not consider a stay-cation instead and contribute towards boosting the UK economy.
With the hope of a return to normality in mind, we decided to create a 2-part list of the top places to visit/family outing options (in no particular order) available in Kent this summer - one of the best places to visit in England.
Kent, also known as the “Garden of England”, is 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 weather elements. Whatever your family entertainment needs, Kent will be sure to deliver.
The iconic award-winning Mote Park is a huge 450acre Parkland/Woodland garden in Maidstone, Kent. This multi-use public park which has been in existence since the 13th Century is rich with natural features – grassland, woodland, rivers and even a lake – and has a lot to offer. From dino golf, a climbing wall, water sports, the walled garden and even a waterfall! The great thing about Mote Park is that all the activities are open to both adults and children.
Outside of the year-round activities, there are also a number of organised events that take place throughout the year. This summer, Spirit of Rock’s Ramblin’ Man Fair the annual Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK, Rock the Mote and the retro 80’s festival that is Let’s Rock Kent are scheduled to hold at Mote park. Sign-up for a Mote Park membership or go to Visit Maidstone to find out more.
If you’re into dinosaurs or anything Jurassic, then you’ll definitely love Dinotropolis. This recently opened family friendly adventure park has something for everyone. Visitors can expect to see the impressive life-sized, roaring animatronic dinosaurs, take part in the Dino Escape Challenge, enjoy the awesome dinosaur interactives or even grab a bite at the dinosaur-themed Fossil Café.
Located at the Bluewater Shopping Centre (the fifth largest shopping centre in the UK) near Dartford, Dinotropolis has a fantastic soft play area spread over three storeys that is touted as the best Dinosaur soft play area in Kent. Overall, it’s a great place to take the kids especially after they’ve been cooped up indoors for such a long time. Although they're currently closed, we anticipate that they'll be open for the summer holiday. You can still look to book your next visit or if you plan to become a frequent visitor, consider becoming a member.
Get a taste of the Grand Prix in your very own go-kart. Experience the twists and turns and the adrenaline rush that comes with driving on the hallowed tarmac of Buckmore Park. Buckmore park has been at the forefront of British karting for several decades and are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience that will last you and your kids a life time, this is one fun day out that you won’t want to miss out on.
The Hop Farm is one of Kent's iconic and historic landmarks. Featuring the world's largest collection of Victorian oast houses, it was a major supplier of hops to London breweries in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The farm offers a variety of indoor and outdoor entertainment for the whole family. From giant jumping pillows, laser quest, a 4D cinema, to live magic shows and an animal farm featuring donkeys, horses and lots of smaller fluffy creatures to get close to. There's even a museum that showcases the history of hop picking, giving an insight into the life of a hop farmer, including the fascinating harvest celebrations. Your kids can also get a taste of driving with the fun circuit driving school, or create imaginative fairy gardens. This year they've got lots of family friendly entertainment planned for the summer holiday.
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.
If you’re a city dweller looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a weekend away, then a short holiday in Kent is an amazing option. The Garden of England isn’t just a gigantic playground for the whole family to explore and enjoy but a place of incredibly picturesque villages that are rich in culture, history and delicious food. With such a variety of places to see and experience, and only a couple of days to immerse yourself within a new place, picking the right place to visit can prove somewhat difficult. To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite places in Kent to visit for the weekend.
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If you’ve ever wondered what it will feel like to drive and operate real construction vehicles like diggers and dumpers, then Diggerland is the place to visit. Diggerland is an adventure theme park were adults and children can ride, drive and operate real life heavy duty construction machinery. With 20 different rides on offer there’s loads to choose from – JCBs, excavators, the Skyshuttle and even Go-Karts – you’re bound to find something you’ll like. Diggerland is a great place groups of all sizes and the park is also suitable for children between 4 and 14 years of age.
So that’s part one of our list, hope you found it useful - look out for the second part next - and if you are looking for some Fabulous Family Serviced Accommodation in Kent, Click Here for more information. Not all the venues on our list are open at the moment and there's no guarantee that they'll be open for the summer holidays. While no one knows when the lockdown will fully come to an end and all restrictions lifted, but end it will, of that we are certain. When it does, remember to stay safe, play responsibly, follow the social distancing rules and most importantly be adventurous.