As the weather gets that little bit chillier and the days get shorter, we’re scheduling in some must-see attractions across the county to visit before they close their doors for the season. Whether you want to head down to the Kentish coast, fancy strolling through iconic heritage sites, or you’ve got your eye on an adventure-filled day out, this checklist has something for you. Clear those diaries and book yourself in for a day out in Kent before we enter hibernation!
Closed November – February
Set sail through the tides of history at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, where exploration and adventure await. With events running up until November, you’ll want to catch the thrill of Monsters of the Deep and the excitement of Ships Photography before they close their doors for the season. But fear not, if you fancy heading along to get festive, spend they day in December as they re-open exclusively for Christmas fun!
Closed 29th October – 31st May
While the glorious parkland at Penhurst Place is open year-round to give you a picturesque spectacle no matter what the season, you’ll have to book in before 29th October to experience the house, grounds, and gardens. Wander the halls of the 14th century house, having been home to the likes of the Lord Mayor of London and the Sidney family. Soak in the history of the grounds and gardens, snapping pics while taking in the beautiful sights.
Closed from 1st November
In the beautiful Sevenoaks countryside, you’ll find the stunning Chiddingstone Castle, tucked within rolling hills under beautiful skies. Fancy taking a trip and visiting this site filled with over 400 years’ worth of history. Ancient Egyptian, Japanese, Jacobite and Stuart, and Buddhist objects and stories all await you on your visit…who’s ready to explore?
Open weekends only from 6th November
For an autumnal day out along the Kentish coast, head over to Dover Castle before it closes for the season to experience the Secret Wartime Tunnels, Underground Hospital, Great Tower, and much much more. Venture through the castle and look out over the channel, where once many years ago history was made. Make your day out even better and get there car-free to enjoy 20% off your ticket!
Open Thursday-Saturday only from November
With a reputation as one of Kent’s finest gardens to visit, Great Comp Garden is a must visit on our bucket list this year. Showcasing seven acres of beautiful and rare plants, all of you with green fingers are in for a real treat with this one. Enchanting woodland walks, The Old Daisy Tearooms, and an unforgettable Italian Garden can be found all in one place, right here.
Closed from 31st October
To get a glimpse at a fantastic collection of natural history before the end of the year, a visit to the Powell-Cotton Museum is a must. Head along before 31st October for the chance to see some of the best display of cultural objects from around the world, as well as local archaeology from the Thanet coastline. Enjoy a tour of the stunning Quex House, or step outside to explore the 10 acres of woodland and gardens.
Closed from 28th September
Sat among 3,000 acres of stunning natural landscape, including beautifully maintained gardens, orchards, woodland, and even a cricket pitch, is the magnificent 18th century Belmont House. Delve into the history built over several generations here, presenting a magnificent armoury, Cazabon painting collection, and (for a true taste of time gone by), the extraordinary Clock Museum!
Open until the last weekend of September
Calling all history buffs! Originally constructed on the opposite side of the River Thames to Tilbury Fort, New Tavern Fort in Gravesend was built in the late 18th century to protect London, and still stands today for visitors to explore. While there, you’ve got to check out Milton Chantry, a chapel built in 1322, making it the oldest in Gravesham!
Looking out over Westbrook Bay in Margate, this mini golf adventure is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Put your golfing skills to the test as you battle it out on the 18-hole course, set on the beautiful Kentish coastline and incorporating the natural elements of the outdoors – rockscapes, plants, water features, and more await! Get your game face on, we’ll see you there…
Before the sunny season ends, book your next day out with the Joss Bay Surf School, where you can master the art of surfing, SUPing, or paddle boarding. Whether you go for a private lesson or take part in a group session, you’re sure to have an unforgettable day out at sea.
Last trip on 18th October
For a day out at sea that you’ll never forget, head out onto the water with the Sea Searcher Boat Trips. Experience the water like never before, with sightseeing, seal watching, wildlife sessions, and fishing tours. Starting at Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour, set off for a day of adventure and excitement – pack the cameras, and get ready!
Running until the end of October
And if you’ve got a taste for that aqua adventure, fear not, there’s more to be seen! Until the end of October, you and the family can ride the Sandwich River Runner, taking a closer look at those beautiful seals, venturing along the magnificent coastline, or even travelling the Roman route up the River Stour to newly renovated Richborough Roman Fort.
Closed from 6th November
A fun day out for the whole family awaits at Diggerland this year, where Go Karting, soft play, safaris, and (of course) dirt diggers await! The little ones will always remember your day out at one of the best adventure theme parks around, so pack those bags, pop on your explorers’ hats and get ready for a day out for the memory books!