Sun, sea and sand in Kent

School is (nearly) out for summer, the sun has arrived and glorious weather means Kent’s leafy parks and sandy beaches are looking more welcoming than ever. So, grab your sun hat, top up the sun cream and head out the door for plenty of fun family days out in Kent this summer. 

Be beside the seaside

Who doesn’t love to be beside Kent’s seaside? Grab your bucket and spade because our top 10 beaches cover some of Kent’s best bays to enjoy this summer. From the sweeping Dymchurch Beach, to the Victorian Herne Bay Pier, Kent has all the trappings of a traditional seaside getaway. If you’re looking for something a little different, from 22nd July Bluewater will be home to its very own beach, complete with sun, sand, water and even some of your old favourite rides to keep children and adults happy throughout summer.

Wild days out

It’s time for the kids to get back to nature with Camp Wilderness at Penshurst Place from 28th July to 18th August. Build a fire and learn the art of campfire cooking and orienteering before falling asleep amongst the trees. For a roaring good time, Howletts Wild Animal Park is going really wild this month as kids get in free with a paying adult!

Make history 

From 12-13th August, Leeds Castle will be bringing history to life, with a little added humour at the Heroes, Heroines and Hoods Event. Practice your circus skills and learn of the legends of Kings, Queens and heroes! It’s back to school at Hever Castle from 22nd July – 28th August, but you won’t find any maths lessons here. At Knights and Princesses school you’ll master the art of jousting, practice the perfect curtsey and hear all about living in a royal household.

Family fun

From 25th July, the whole family will be star-struck on the Medway Open Top Bus Tour. Discover Medway’s famous locations and hear all about the films and television shows they have appeared in from movie mogul Jack Hunter.


Sometimes when the sun is shining, a leafy park, a picnic and a frisbee is really all you need to keep the family happy. For glorious views and bracing walks and cycle trails, Pegwell Bay Country Park is well worth a visit this summer, while award-winning Mote Park in Maidstone offers woodland walks, crazy golf and lakeside strolls. If you’re in search of a sea breeze, Barton’s Point Coastal Park is a welcome change when the weather heats up. The 40-acre park is a perfect destination for geocaching, picnicking and bird watching, and even has its very own miniature steam railway!

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Ice cream! Cool off the old-fashioned way down at Kent Life this summer, as the attraction welcomes its second Ice Cream Festival back on 28th August, with ice cream vendors, chocolatiers and sweet stalls galore! The family-friendly farming attraction near Maidstone is the perfect place for a family day out and has a packed programme of activities this summer.