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Unmissable family days out

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Sophie Hewitt
12th February 2024

We know what it’s like, there are those days when the kids are bored, you’re tired of doing the same thing and you’re wracking your brains for something new to keep them entertained. Well, that’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up some of the best ideas and tips for fun family days out in Kent, from steam railways, to high rope adventures and go karting excitement. So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our selection and start earning some Brownie points! 

Wonderworks

Margate has recently welcomed a wonderful new family attraction to the town, where you can experience the wonders inspired by the UK’s best known hobby brands – Hornby. From model trains to James Bond cars, there's plenty of family-fun to be had over at Wonderworks.

Play time for all!

Canoe Wild

You can guarantee a day out with Canoe Wild is sure to create a family memory that'll last a lifetime. From laughter in the canoe to witnessing the magical wildlife - it's an experience certain to go on your summer list of family activities.

Time for a paddle

Kent's Castles & Gardens

Let's have a think... Where to take the little ones to let off some steam, all whilst stepping back in Kent's history and soaking in a break taking view? Why a castle of course! And as we approach the warmer months, exploring Kent's gardens is a great way for your energised little ones to have some fun, and let's be honest a walk in the fresh air is something the parents can enjoy too!

 

Dreamland

As everybody's favourite vintage theme park, this land of dreams needs no introduction. Of course you have a whole selection of vintage rides, including the Big Wheel, Margate Express and Hurricane Jets, but there’s also the Roller Room. So strap on your skates, round up the family and head to Margate, because this is one dream you won’t want to wake up from. 

Dreaming in Margate

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

So iconic is the Romney, Hythe and Dymchuch Railway that we happen to think any visitor to Kent ought to take a spin on it, and if you have youngsters in tow, it’s a must. Starting off in the seaside town of Hythe (for real Brownie points, don’t forget to pick up an ice cream), it’s all aboard the miniature railway, which steams along the coast to Dungeness. For the ultimate family day out, be sure to check out their Special Events throughout the year.

All aboard

Penshurst Place

Yes, it’s a perfectly preserved manor house with some of the finest gardens in the county, but did you know Penshurst Place is also a top day out for children? With a Toy Museum (arguably the best kind of museum there is), Woodland Trails, and an Adventure Playground, this beautiful estate is a firm favourite for a historic day out. Feeling hungry? Head to the Porcupine Pantry for a delicious lunch.

History in the making

Betteshanger Park

With miles of traffic-free tracks and trails, wildlife and regular family events, a day out at Betteshanger Park should be on every family’s list. Hire bikes, test out your archery skills, take on a geocaching treasure hunt and take your little ones out on an adventure. Be sure to visit the Kent Mining Museum whilst you're there too! This adventure is about to get even bigger.

Get energised 

Go Ape Bedgebury

If you’ve got a head for heights, it doesn’t get much more dramatic than high up on the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. Swing through the trees on high ropes and whoosh along zip wires on an adventure the whole family can enjoy. Or why not tackle the cargo nets and fly down the Tarvan Swing with gusto in the Treetop Challenge. Bonus points if you can do a better Tarzan call than your little monkeys! 

High above the canopy

Howletts Wild Animal Park

With a variety of animals big and small, not to mention the chance to meet Animals of the Ice Age, Howletts is a family favourite. Whether the kids are fascinated by giant anteaters or in awe of the elephants, you’ll find plenty of creatures to keep them wild at heart. 

Wild thing

Emmetts Garden

High up in the Weald of Kent you’ll find panoramic views across the Kent countryside at the National Trust’s Emmetts Garden, but what you really need to know is that it’s also a great place for the kids to let off some steam. Get stuck into outdoor adventure in the Wild Play Area with a climbing frame, play net, mud kitchen and fairy ring of toadstools.

Outdoor adventure awaits

Buckmore Park 

If you really want to race straight into your kids’ good books, it doesn’t get much more thrilling than a day on the track at Buckmore Park. Visit for one of their Open Junior Sessions and you can let your budding racers squeal around the circuit where World Champion Lewis Hamilton once honed his skills – how’s that for a seal of approval? 

It's race day

Wildwood

Little ones will love Wildwood and with plenty to keep them busy, you’ll love it too. The Wildwood Trust's mission is to protect, conserve, and rewild British wildlife, so you'll have the chance to learn about their work and come nose to nose with over 200 species, set in 40 acres of ancient woodland. 

A rare treat

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