Respect, protect, enjoy.
We know that following the new and updated guidance from the government allowing wider access to our beautiful outdoor spaces, restaurants, attractions and accommodation, you’ll be keen to get out and blow away the cobwebs. Our number one priority right now is ensuring that people are able to enjoy our glorious county in a safe and responsible way; looking after ourselves, one another, and the landscape around us.
With over 3,700 km², encompassing winding footpaths, glorious gardens, stunning coastal views, and exciting cycle trails, there’s more than enough Kent to go around. So, help everyone to enjoy a little slice of the Garden of England safely by following the simple steps below… And remember, always check directly with the attraction or destination website you're visiting before making the trip - #KnowBeforeYouGo.
- Respect the wildlife. Nature may have recolonised some areas, so please tread carefully and look out for wildlife that has moved into unexpected places during lockdown. Please keep your dog on the lead and stick to footpaths and bridleways so as not to disturb ground nesting birds and other wildlife.
- Respect and support our local businesses. Many Kent businesses are now open, and we really encourage you to shop with them. Visit Produced in Kent for a range of wonderful local producers and businesses delivering local produce and services. And be sure to show our foodie businesses your support by following Produced in Kent's #CaringCustomer pledge.
- Respect the attraction you're visiting. Always follow their guidelines, remember to check on their website ahead of visiting, to understand any specific requirements for your visit. Many attractions may now require you to book tickets ahead, may have limited facilities and reduced opening hours.
- Respect our local communities by sticking to the Public Right of Way (footpaths and bridleways), keeping dogs on the lead, not picnicking on private land, not parking outside people’s houses, and taking your litter home.
- Respect any specific guidelines that have been put in place by our friends and partners across the county, by planning ahead before travelling, and checking what facilities are open to you (Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, KCC Country Parks, National Trust, English Heritage, RSPB, RNLI, Natural England, The Canal & River Trust, Kent Downs AONB, High Weald AONB, Kent Wildlife Trust and your local district council)
- Protect yourself and others. Always follow hand washing guidance, and strict social distancing of 2 meters apart from others who are not in your household. Social distancing not only applies to any form of exercise such as walking, running or cycling but also sitting or sunbathing.
- Protect the landscape by ensuring you are following the Countryside Code, which sets out how visitors to rural areas can behave safely and responsibly. Take a look at the following video with an updated Countryside Code, produced by Natural England.
- Protect the environment by travelling sustainably and staying local. If you can, try to journey by foot or bike. This means you’ll have a chance to experience our wonderful county as you travel, and you won’t have to worry about finding a car parking space.
- Enjoy getting off the beaten track. We know everyone has their favourite spot in Kent - or maybe their favourite two, or three - but if large numbers of people head to the same place, it becomes impossible to stay safely socially distanced. Instead, seek out some new favourites away from the crowds.
- Enjoy our range of wonderful foodie businesses going the extra mile! With many signed up to the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, now's the perfect chance to sample our county's wonderful local food and drink at 50% off the usual price.
- Enjoy our beautiful beaches safely, by following the important advice issued by the RNLI. Please be aware that the usual life guard service may not currently be in place.
- When you’re out and about, enjoy taking photos of your surroundings and sharing them with us @VisitKent. We’d love to see them, and share them with others!
If you are holding off from getting outside for now, or are self isolating and unable to leave your home, we’re totally committed to bringing the very best of the Garden of England straight to you. Follow us on social at @VisitKent, or sit back and enjoy an at-home tour across this glorious county with our new Virtual Kent experiences (Virtual Gardens, Virtual Castles, Virtual Museums) . When the time is right and safe to do so, we’ll be waiting to welcome you with open arms.