10 Rainy Day Ideas

It’s finally the weekend and you’re ready to seize the day, but the pitter patter of raindrops makes it seem like things aren’t going your way. You think your weekend is doomed as the weather has gloomed but fear not, Visit Kent has some rainy day ideas to make your day seem hot. So put the flip-flops away and discover where to go on a wet day…

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Now that it’s raining more than ever you can stand under Ashford’s tented umbrella. McArthurGlen Ashford Designer Outlet is the destination for luxury brands at discounted prices, offering up to 60% off RRP. With over 70 leading British heritage brands and international favourites including All Saints, Tommy Hilfiger and Ted Baker, you’re sure to have a whale of a time. You’ll be sheltered from the rain under the shopping centre’s famous tented design and when you’re tired from all the shopping you can grab a bite to eat in one of the 12 different restaurants and cafes onsite. You can stand under my umbrella…

A Castle with a Difference

Discover the enchanting childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the queen consort sealed with a terrible fate as she was beheaded by order of the king, King Henry VIII, just three years into their marriage! Learn about Boleyn’s incredible story and about Hever Castle, the 13th century castle that formed the backdrop of events that changed the course of the UK’s history, monarchy and religion. Although there are plenty of outdoor attractions at Hever Castle the castle itself won’t disappoint with one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery. Set fire to the rain…

There’s Always A Show At The Marlowe

No one’s going to rain on your parade at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. From cabarets to comedy, opera to musicals and spoken word to drama there’s a whole host of events going on at the Marlowe theatre. Since opening in 2011, The Marlowe have welcomed the best touring and national companies to their stage making it one of the country’s most successful regional theatres. If events aren’t your thing you can also enjoy their escape room experience where you must overcome a series of clever interactive games and puzzles to unlock the works of Marlowe. A night at the opera…

Turning Heads at Turner Contemporary

There’ll be no singing in the rain inside the internationally-renowned Turner Contemporary gallery which showcases contemporary and historical artwork. There’s also a number of exhibitions, events and learning opportunities that occur all year round and better still admission to the gallery is free. Situated right on the coast, the gallery has stunning views from their café overlooking the Margate sands where you can enjoy the seaside without having to get wet! Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…

A Castle of Many Histories

If it’s raining cats and dogs outside seek shelter in Dover Castle, a castle of many stories. Above ground step into the dazzling medieval royal palace in the Great Tower, where you can immerse yourself into the King’s court life; and meet the lifelike projected figures guiding you round the castle chambers. Below ground tells a very different story. Explore the dark atmosphere of the Secret War Tunnels, buried deep in the ground with vivid recreations telling the story of Churchills’ plans for the Dunkirk evacuation. The Key to England…

Tales of Ales in Faversham

If rain drops keep falling on your head, then come on over to the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre and Brewery Tours, Britain’s oldest brewer who has produced beer for over 850 years. Learn the ancient art of brewing on Shepherd Neame’s award-winning tour which ends with a tutored tasting of Kentish ales and speciality lagers. Taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s well, try malted barley and smell locally-grown Kentish hops. Brewer Brilliance…

Escape the Rainy Blues at Bluewater

Escape the cold November rain and indulge in a bit of retail therapy to rid yourself of your rainy blues. Bluewater, Europe’s largest retail and leisure destination, has 300 leading UK and international retail brands to choose from and when the hunger strikes there’s no need to worry as there are over 50 places to eat and drink. After a long day of shopping the fun doesn’t have to end as the Showcase Cinema de Lux is open until 3 am on Friday and Saturday, so make a night of it. There’s more to Bluewater than shopping as the kids can be distracted at the Gravity Trampoline Park whilst you shop ‘til you drop. Shopping splendour…

The Loveliest Castle in the World

A Norman stronghold, a home to six medieval queens, a palace for Tudor royalty, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion and an elegant retreat for the rich and famous, Leeds Castle is one of the most visited historic buildings in the UK. Leeds Castle has always been a place to entertain and impress, so come rain or come shine there is always something to see and do no matter what the weather.  Dine like royalty in one of the many delicious dinning places offering classic British dishes of fish and chips or settle in for afternoon tea in the Castle dining room. A leading Castle…

Set Sail to Escape the Hail

Take a trip to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and the world’s most complete dockyard from the ‘age of sail.’ Step aboard the three historic warships and discover over 100 years of life at sea. Explore steam steel and submarines that tell the powerful story of the 19th and 20th century dockyard, and imagine life as a Victorian Rope Maker as you visit the quarter-mile long Ropery that has been making rope since 1618. In the Navy…

The Place to Be For a Fine Cup of Tea  

When it’s pouring down there’s no need to frown as you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a spot of afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin & Bistro, situated close to the centre of the beautiful Royal Tunbridge Wells. Afternoon tea is the most quintessential of British customs, often had between four and five o’clock and usually consists of finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of delicate cakes, accompanied by tea. At Hotel du Vin & Bistro you can add a little sparkle to your afternoon tea with some added Champagne and candyfloss all in the setting of a Grade II-listed sandstone mansion. Tea anyone?…