While we don’t have a mountain range, and the chances of a dusting of a snow are unlikely, our winter activities, from skiing and snowboarding (yes, in Kent) to virtual reality games are the perfect way to stay off the sofa and get active this season. Take a look at some of our top winter sports and fun activities to keep you entertained and away from a Netflix binge this winter.
Right, let’s jump in – yes, you can ski in Kent! At Chatham Snowsports Centre their dry ski slopes are perfect for total novices right up to those hoping to dust off their skills ahead of a skiing break. Take private lessons, group sessions, or train up as a family, whether you fancy having a go at skiing or snowboarding, and better yet, you don’t even need to bring your own equipment. For a little more light-hearted fun, we recommend having a go on the toboggan track, the longest in the UK and perfect for some fun.
Newly refurbished, Folkestone Sport Centre is another great spot for snow bunnies to test out their skills. Offering groups, children and adults a memorable experience on their 60 metre dry slope, this newly surfaced slope offers the chance to ski or even snow ring. Learn the ropes and build up your confidence in snow sports without ever having to take to the mountains!
We didn’t say winter sports had to be outside now, did we? Head to Boom Battle Bar at Canterbury Riverside and battle it out with their selection of games. But we’re not talking any old games, we’re talking the chance to have a go at something out of the ordinary with augmented reality axe throwing, crazier golf, augmented reality darts, beer pong and so much more! Once you’ve tried your hand at something a bit different, we recommend pulling up a chair and tucking into some of their Boom Bites.
Oh yes, we really do like to do things a little out of the ordinary around here. While the Panic Rooms in Gravesend have plenty of escape room challenges to test your brain and put your mind to work, their brand new Urban Axe Throwing sessions will test your coordination and throwing skills! Take on this new tradition, learn the techniques and see who in your group has the best and most accurate throw.
Brand new and beyond your imagination, Virtual Recreation in Ashford has all sorts of games and activities to take on, but we love the Free Roam Arena. Book in with your friends and step into a world beyond reality in this free to move around experience, where you’ll be immersed in the virtual world with the ability to run, jump duck and even run through this new world.
If you do fancy stepping out into the real world, we recommend taking a visit to Thanet. Discover bracing clifftop walking trails along the coast with Active Ramsgate, enjoy guided cycling tours with Col’s Kent Bike Tours, or try your hand at something a little different with brand new Nordic Walking experiences. If you fancy takin on a real challenge, we recommend the Viking Coastal Trail, a 32 mile circular route through the coastline and villages of the Isle of Thanet.
Proper adventure deserves proper gear, so you’ll find us heading to Ashford Designer Outlet to source our active wear this year. Brand new stores including The North Face and Columbia are the perfect place to pick up winter weather clothing, ski gear and everything you need to proclaim the phrase, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” And as a final added bonus, with outlet prices at up to 60% less, you may as well treat yourself while you’re here.