Festive family fun in Kent

There’s no denying it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and here in Kent we like to think we know a thing or two about how to make Christmas extra special.  With our fairytale castles, miniature steam trains and frosted ice rinks, Kent is perfect for some family-friendly festive fun. So what are you waiting for? The lights are up and the tinsel is out – the countdown to Christmas has officially begun.

Hever Castle

Kids from one to ninety two can revel in the Christmas spirit at Hever Castle this year. See the castle dressed for Christmas and guess the festive tales that have inspired the décor, or wrap up warm for sparkling trails through the gardens at dusk and a turn on the frosted fairground. And because no Christmas castle would be complete without a visit from the man himself, Santa’s grotto can be found hidden away in the grounds, so make sure you’ve got your list, because he’ll be checking it twice. 
Traditional treats

Christmas at Bedgebury

Does it get much more festive than a whole pinetum of conifers lit up for Christmas? This year at Bedgebury the treetops are well and truly glistening, with a one mile shimmering path through the forest to create a true winter wonderland. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and take a trail lit with more than 100,000 lights, stars and giant baubles to fire pits made for marshmallow roasting, and be sure to keep an eye for Father Christmas along the way. Trust us, Christmas doesn’t get much more magical than this.
A winter wonderland

Ice skating at Eastwell Manor

Wrap up warm and stretch your legs because it’s time to pirouette and twirl across the ice at Eastwell Manor. Glide, spin and show off your skills because this is one family event that’s sure to thrill. But if your moves are more Bambi than Torvill and Dean, you can always sit Bolero out and head for the mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas shopping in the Eastwell Manor boutique.
Magic at the manor

Bewl Water

We can’t guarantee a white Christmas, but we can guarantee plenty of festive fun at Bewl Water this year. Take the little ones to Santa’s grotto, skate across the Magic Ice Rink and fly high above the shimmering lake with unlimited turns on the fairground! When Jack Frost begins to bite, it’s time to warm up by the firepit with toasted marshmallows and s’mores – what’s not to like?
Get your skates on

One Warwick Park

Here in Kent not only can you pay a visit to Santa, but you can dine with him in style! Pull up a seat at One Warwick Park, enjoy a three-course meal and get those Christmas lists in early as Father Christmas makes his way around the tables to find out who’s on the nice list.
Santa surprises


Elf at the Spa Hotel

You need only look to Buddy the Elf to kickstart those Christmas feels this year as on 2nd December Spa Hotel will host a screening of family favourite, Elf. Plus, while you’re munching on milk and cookies or mulled wine and mince pies, vocalist Jessica Louisa will be there to sing out those Christmas favourites, because as everyone knows, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
Good for your elf



You don’t need us to tell you Bluewater is the one stop shop for your Christmas list this year, but did you also know this year’s magical line-up includes Santa’s Grotto, The Giving Tree and an outdoor ice rink? Why not bring the kids along for the Christmas shop and sweeten the deal with plenty of fun and the chance to see the man himself?
Bright lights at Bluewater

The Elf Express at Quex Park

It’s all aboard the Elf Express at Quex Park this Christmas! Through the Magical Elf Forest, you’ll be greeted by three elves waiting to whisk you away to meet with Father Christmas for treats and presents (even for the adults).
He’s making a list

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave      

If you think that every Christmas party ends in a Bailey’s induced headache, think again. This Christmas cracker at Dreamland is for the little ravers, complete with bubbles, balloons and even a snow machine, so your toddler can make some shapes on the dancefloor to music from DJ duo Baker & Beale.
A Christmas cracker

St Nicholas Parade

Join fun and festivities in the annual parade from Westgate Hall to Canterbury Cathedral. Watch out for fanfares along the way through the city streets, and then look forward to a short service in the beautiful Canterbury Cathedral for the ultimate Christmas treat.
Join the parade