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Sweetbriar - Open Garden for NGS

Sweetbriar - Open Garden for NGS Exotic jungle garden of Steve Edney and Louise Dowle, RHS gold medal winners. Average sized back garden transformed..... See more >
Sweetbriar, nr Sandwich CT3 2AX
Sun 21 Jul, Sun 18 Aug, Sun 15 Sep

Doddington Place - Open Garden for NGS

Doddington Place - Open Garden for NGS 10 acre garden, wide views; trees and cloud clipped yew hedges; woodland garden with azaleas and rhododendrons;... See more >
Doddington Place, Sittingbourne ME9 0BB
Wed 28 Aug, Sun 22 Sep

Tonbridge Food and Drink Festival

Fire up your taste buds at this year’s fabulous Tonbridge Food & Drink Festival in the town’s beautiful castle grounds... See more >
Tonbridge Castle Kent TN9 1BG
Sat 31 Aug and Sun 1 Sep

Emmetts Garden - Open Garden for NGS

Emmetts Garden - Open Garden for NGS 5 acre hillside garden, with the highest tree top in Kent, noted for its fine collection of rare trees and flowering... See more >
Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks TN14 6BA
Wed 4 Sep

The Copper House - Open Garden for NGS

The Copper House - Open Garden for NGS The Copper House garden is a modern flower garden successionally planted to provide interest and colour throughout the... See more >
The Copper House, Cranbrook TN17 4LE
Sun 8 Sep

Sissinghurst Castle Garden - Open Garden for NGS

Sissinghurst Castle Garden - Open Garden for NGS Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with..... See more >
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Cranbrook TN17 2AB
Sun 8 Sep

Learn to make labneh and paneer

We are very pleased to welcome Rachna Jhala back to Bore Place. For those who have attended her Yoghurt Making..... See more >
Bore Place Bore Place Road Chiddingstone TN8 7AR
Sun 8 Sep

2 Highfields Road - Open Garden for NGS

2 Highfields Road - Open Garden for NGS The garden is a multi-season, in the hope of attracting wildlife, birds, amphibians, and, of course, humans... See more >
2 Highfields Road, Edenbridge TN8 6JN
Sun 8 Sep

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craftand Gift Market

Artisan Crafts and Gift market offering fabulous jewellery , artwork , homeware , soaps, candles, gifts and much much... See more >
One Warwick Park Hotel , 1 , Warwick Park , Tunbridge Wells , Kent TN2 5TA
Sun 8 Sep, Sun 22 Sep, Sun 13 Oct, Sun 27 Oct

Tonbridge Farmers Market

Tonbridge Farmers Market is held on the 2nd Sunday of the month in Sovereign Way TN9 1RG between the hours of 9... See more >
Long Stay Car Park, Sovereign Way. Tonbridge, Kent. TN9 1RG
Sun 8 Sep

The Silk House - Open Garden for NGS

The Silk House - Open Garden for NGS Japanese stroll garden with Koi, wildlife ponds, canal pond, unusual acers, flowering cherries, large bamboos, bonsai,... See more >
The Silk House, Tunbridge Wells TN12 6PA
Sun 8 Sep

Ramsgate Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Ramsgate Gardens - Open Garden for NGS Evolving gardens in the beautiful, yet windy, coastal town of Ramsgate showing different sized plots and how to make... See more >
Ramsgate Gardens, Ramsgate CT11 9PX
Sun 8 Sep

Chartwell - Open Garden for NGS

Chartwell - Open Garden for NGS Informal gardens on hillside with glorious views over Weald of Kent. Water features and lakes together with red brick..... See more >
Chartwell, Westerham TN16 1PS
Wed 11 Sep

Goodnestone Park Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Goodnestone Park Gardens - Open Garden for NGS One of Kents outstanding gardens and the favourite of many visitors. 14 acres with views over parkland... See more >
Goodnestone Park Gardens, Canterbury CT3 1PL
Thu 12 Sep

Keep it Local Craft Show

The Keep it Local team first ran a series of successful craft fairs at Coolings in 2012. The events have grown now to..... See more >
Coolings Nurseries, The Gardener’s Garden Centre, Rushmore Hill, Knockholt TN14 7NN
Fri 13 Sep to Sun 15 Sep
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Things to do around Kent

Here are some delightful day out options in Kent, a county in the south-east of England:

1. Marvel at the White Cliffs of Dover:
- The smooth rise of Kent’s iconic coastline looks like a professionally painted canvas of white. While nothing beats seeing it from the water, walking along the edge shows the stunning contrast of white cliff against emerald sea. They’re one of the most iconic landmarks in England. There are plenty of activities to keep you active too, like learning about scientific discoveries at the Victorian lighthouse or exploring the WWII tunnels within that rock façade. Exmoor ponies (who help control grass growth) may randomly pop up to surprise you. Last but not least, make sure to check out Dover Castle and the nearby memorial that marks the first cross-channel aircraft landing¹.

2. Delve into Dover Castle:
- As part of the Kent day out alongside the knightly cliffs, Dover Castle is one of the most impressive things to do in town. Built to protect the narrow sea crossing with mainland Europe, the fortressed structure sits atop the grounds of what used to be a Roman lighthouse and the adjacent Church of St. Mary. Within the thick walls of the Great Tower are interactive exhibits that educate on medieval times; my favorite part, however, are the secret wartime tunnels. I joined a 50-minute tour that brought us into the narrow, chalk-hewn underground first discovered during the Napoleonic Wars. Through video projections within the passageway itself, we were told the story of the Dunkirk evacuations in 1940 (if you’ve seen the Christopher Nolan movie, you know what a difficult operation it was). Code-named Dynamo, this is the behind-the-scenes stage for that famous incident. Visiting Dover Castle on your day out in Kent is an enlightening and unusual activity I highly recommend – castles are after all one of the best reasons to visit England! ¹

3. Be entertained at Margate Dreamland:
- Margate Dreamland is a vintage amusement park with a retro vibe. Enjoy classic rides, roller coasters, and carnival games. The scenic location by the sea adds to the charm. It's a fun day out for families and anyone seeking a nostalgic experience¹.

4. Explore Canterbury Cathedral:
- Canterbury Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest Christian structures in England. Marvel at its Gothic architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and historic tombs. Don't miss the chance to explore the beautiful cloisters and the serene gardens surrounding the cathedral¹.

5. Discover the Historic Dockyard Chatham:
- The Historic Dockyard Chatham offers a fascinating glimpse into Britain's naval history. Explore historic warships, including the HMS Victory and the HMS Ocelot submarine. Learn about shipbuilding, maritime heritage, and the lives of sailors. It's an immersive experience for all ages¹.

6. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Kent Downs:
- The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Go hiking, cycling, or picnicking amidst rolling hills, woodlands, and picturesque villages. The views are breathtaking, especially from the North Downs Way trail¹.

Remember, Kent's diverse attractions promise an unforgettable day out – from natural wonders to historic sites! 🌳🏰🌿¹.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 30/01/2024
(1) 27 All-Time Best Days Out in Kent for 2023 | Day Out in England. https://dayoutinengland.com/best-days-out-in-kent/.
(2) THE 10 BEST Fun Activities & Games in Kent (Updated 2024) - Tripadvisor. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186310-Activities-c56-Kent_England.html.
(3) Things To Do & See In Kent, Attractions, Ideas & Days Out. https://www.visitkent.co.uk/see-and-do/.