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10 PLACES TO VISIT ON A RAINY (OR SUNNY) DAY IN KENT
I love getting out and about in this beautiful county in which we live. Unfortunately, being the UK, the weather isn’t always up to scratch, so I thought I would compile a list of 10 places in Kent, great to visit in any weather.
Kent is full of wonderful things to do when the weather is not playing ball – from trampoline parks to indoor swimming pools and bowling or soft play.
I’ve complied a list of 10 exciting things you may like to consider on a family day out in addition to the activities listed above.
1. Prison Island, Maidstone.
Gather your friends, form a team and solve exciting logic or physical challenges in themed prison cells. Play amongst yourselves or choose to compete against other teams, the choice is yours – all that matters, is that you can escape the island.
2. Chislehurst Caves
The caves at Chislehurst are a labyrinth of man made tunnels forming a maze covering over six hectares, thirty metres below the woodlands above. They were dug for chalk used in lime burning and brick-making for the building of London, also for flints to fire the tinderboxes and flintlock guns of years ago.
First open to the public in the start of the 20th century as a showplace, the guides told the Victorian history of Druids, Romans and Saxons, smuggling and murder.
The last 100 years has added munitions storage for the Woolwich Arsenal in the 1914-18 war, mushroom growing in the 1920’s & 30’s and becoming an underground town as one of the largest deep air-raid shelters in the country, protecting over 15,000 people at the height of the blitz.
In the 1960’s & 70’s as a venue for dances and concerts, presenting the foundations of Jazz, Skiffle & Folk music to the most famous names in pop and rock.
3. The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Unique experiences await you as you explore this unique destination. Discover our 3 historic warships (including our very own Submarine!), make your own rope in our awe-inspiring Victorian Ropery and learn the 400 year story of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham in over 10 museum galleries.
4. The Ramsgate Tunnels
The tour starts with a short film show in a 150 year old Victorian Railway Tunnel before heading off into purpose built Air Raid Precaution tunnels under the town of Ramsgate.
- Hear about the “Mad Mayor” who saved the town
- Discover how the tunnels were built
- See where a town below the town evolved
- Listen to stories of life underground
5. Clip ’n Climb, Tonbridge
Where climbing meets theme park – an indoor climbing arena where adults and kids can enjoy some healthy action-packed fun. The centre has 33 individual and multi climber wall challenges of varying design and difficulty – Perfect for all ages. The whole family are guaranteed to be entertained. No climbing experience is necessary as a full safety briefing is given before you start and Clip N Climb boast top of the range safety equipment. With 3 dedicated party rooms and an onlooking cafe – we play host to all types of corporate events from networking to team building as well as private parties for special occasions.
6. The Ice Planet, Gillingham
Ice skating for all the family with value public skating sessions on weekdays and weekends.
7. Dover Castle, Dover
The most iconic of all English fortresses commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. Climb the Great Tower, meet the characters and immerse yourself in vivid medieval interiors. Then delve deep within Dover’s White Cliffs to witness the drama in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Roam through centuries of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the Cold War, in an action-packed day out.
8. The Hornby Visitor Centre
A journey through the history of Britain’s best-loved toys!
Featuring rare products from the Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi archives, track the history of Hornby’s iconic model trains from Frank Hornby’s early home-made toys in sheet metal, through the development of Hornby ‘O’ gauge and Hornby-Dublo.
Don’t miss the spectacular Model Railway and Scalextric layouts, plus grab the latest products in the Shop which offers an extensive range of Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix, Humbrol and Corgi products.
The Hornby Hobbies Visitor Centre is open every day, from 10am – 4pm.
9. The Turner Contemporary, Margate
Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries, situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, it presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which make intriguing links between historic and contemporary art. The gallery offers a space for everyone to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning.
Admission to the gallery is free
10. Canterbury Tales
Meet costumed guides, walk alongside Chaucer’s pilgrims and revel in the recreated medieval scenes as five colourful tales of love, infidelity, intrigue, courtship and death are brought vividly to life. You can experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England; a unique and theatrical introduction to Canterbury and its famous literary connection.
Your adventure begins at The Tabard Inn. Here you will meet the first of your costumed guides who’ll prepare you for your pilgrimage to Canterbury. As you leave your guide to walk alongside Chaucer’s pilgrims, you will find yourself in the midst of a story-telling contest. Five of Chaucer’s colourful and entertaining tales of love, infidelity, intrigue, courtship and death are brought vividly to life as you make your journey through the recreated medieval scenes and listen to the audio guide. When you reach Canterbury, you will be met by a second costumed guide who will take you to your ultimate destination – the shrine of St Thomas Becket.
This pilgrimage appeals to visitors of all ages.
10 (a) – Photography by Imelda’s Studio
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I hope you had a lovely summer. Be sure to pop back and tell me about the places you visited from my list.
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