It’ll be three years in September since we moved our family from Essex to Kent. We hoped for a better life for the girls and since being here I honestly believe that we are. Although there are some amazing places to visit in Essex for families, I have found the range of different things over in Kent so much more exciting.
Despite being here for nearly three years, we are yet to actually visit some of the attractions and places to see that really are right around the corner or at least not very far away. I have put together a little bucket list of places I have been or really want to go with my family.
I went here a lot as a child. I never realised where in the country it was until we moved to Kent and actually it’s only about a 30 minute drive from where we live now. They are man made caves well beneath the woodlands and I think they are absolutely spectacular. Under 3s are free too which is a bonus.
White Cliffs Of Dover
I have only ever seen these coming back from a school trip on the ferry. I think this would be a fantastic destination to explore with children. The beaches look amazing. There’s changing facitilies, a coffee shop and family friendly walks too.
Howletts Wild Animal Park
Very close to Canterbury, this animal park is right up my girls street. They adore animals and we keep meaning to head to Howletts but just haven’t yet. We will probably head here this Easter Holidays as it’s so close.
This probably seems a silly choice seeing as we live so close but my girls really enjoy heading off for a hotel stay and are practically begging us for another trip. Something that has it all in one area would be perfect. Swimming, restaurants and the excitement of a new bed. We have the Allhallows Haven Park so close that it would make a fantastic mini break destination for us. A home from home.
Throughout the year Hever Castle has lots of different activities. This Easter there’s plenty going on including a Lindt Bunny Hunt which looks like so much fun. Hever Castle is even closer than I thought to us and definitely a fab place to visit with the castle to explore, adventure playgrounds and many other exciting things for families.
I went here last year I think when the weather was pretty hot. It’s quite a small animal park with farm animals and lots of play areas for the children.
Probably the ultimate experience for a family. Glamping in the middle of a zoo! I loved camping as a child but am yet to experience the luxury of a glamping holiday. This would just be really fun plus with access to the park you can’t really go wrong.
I think this is probably more for older children but I personally would love to go and visit here. It looks so educational and interesing.
Every year we have said we’ll go to Hop Farm. But guess what, we haven’t. There’s animals, play areas, indoor and outdoor activities. There’s also restaurants and shops to explore on your day out.
The softest beaches I’ve ever experienced with high sand dunes to slide down, Camber Sands holds very fond memories from my childhood. We are definitely going to Camber Sands this school holidays whether the sun shines or pours. Hubby isn’t a fan of the beach but the girls are completely in awe every time.
Writing this post has certainly imprinted the love I have for the county we live in. The Garden Of England. It certainly is a beautiful place to be with so much going on for the children. Have you been to Kent or live in the are and could suggest any more family friendly places to visit? Leave me a comment below.