Kent is also known as the Garden of England because of the number of green and leafy orchards and hop gardens – but did you know it also has 8 blue flag beaches? There are lots of great family days out around the Kent area, both by the sea and inland. Here are some of our favourites, all within an hour or so drive from Allhallows Leisure Park…

  • Some parts of Knole House in Sevenoaks date back to the 1450s – just before the Tudor era! The grounds have remained mostly unchanged for the last 400 years and for £11.25 for a family you can go for a ramble around the impressive estate – keep a look out for deer! You can go into the stately home for an extra price – visit the National Trust website for more information. (55 minutes from Allhallows)

Knole House

  • The South Foreland Lighthouse Walk in Dover is a ‘secret’, a 4 mile walk starting at the Visitors Centre, over the white cliffs to the Lighthouse and back again. After the walk it’s worth climbing to the top of the lighthouse to take in the amazing 360° view. For more information on the walk click here. For information and admission prices to the Lighthouse click here. (1 hour 15 minutes from Allhallows)

South Foreland Lighthouse

  • Down House in Down near Bromley and Orpington is better known as the home of Charles Darwin. You can see the study that Darwin wrote his famous book ‘Origin of the Species’, take a stroll through his garden and gaze at some of his specimens- this lovely little country home is a brilliant and educational day out. For more information and admission prices click here(50 minutes from Allhallows)
  • All aboard the world’s first light railway! The Kent and East Sussex Railway line opened in 1900, closed in the 1950s and then reopened as an attraction by some very dedicated volunteers in 1974. It’s one of Britain’s best loved heritage railways and well worth a visit. For more info visit their website.  (1 hour 10 minutes from Allhallows)
  • Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn! With 125 acres of gardens and the double moated castle, there’s plenty to explore at Hever Castle. They host a number of family fun activities so keep an eye on the ‘What’s On’ page here throughout the year.  (1 hour from Allhallows)

Hever Castle

  • The Thanet district is home to eight (yes, eight!) Blue Flag beaches – more than any other in the country. Botany Bay, Joss Bay and Westbrook Bay are all lovely sandy spots with great beach facilities. Plus you can make excursions out to see the lovely Thanet seals just off the coast. (1 hour 10 minutes from Allhallows)

Thanet Westbrook Bay

  • Chislehurst Caves are a labyrinth of man-made tunnels, 30 metres below the woodland above. There is a theory that the mines were made by the druids, Romans and Saxons, as far back as the year 1250. As well as being open to the public over the last 100 years the caves have been used as a munitions storage during the First World War, an underground town during the Second World War protecting 15,000 people from the Blitz and a concert venue in the 1960s and 70s! (45 minutes from Allhallows)

For more things to do in Kent you can always check out the Visit Kent website here.