A one stop guide to Kent; The Garden of England.

Glamping offers you so much more freedom and Kent is one of the best places on earth to enjoy this.  We rarely have extremes of weather so (usually!) our climate is ideal and there is so much to see and do.  We are surrounded by stunning coastline and countryside, our cuisine is increasingly renowned, with affordable Michelin star restaurants springing up everywhere, we excel in the arts and our architecture is stunning.

We can help you plan all the elements to your holiday, including routes  and recommended campsites along with providing you with every conceivable item you’ll need for a totally luxurious camping trip.  We can even help you on deciding what’s good to do whilst you are chilling out.

Take a look at some of the great places you can visit for entertainment, cuisine, the kids and much more…

Kent is a county in south eastern England on the English Channel which is packed full of the sensual delights that make up the garden of England, tantalising your senses with it’s beautiful rolling hills, sweet apple orchard aromas and quaint thatched cottages and oast houses. Here are just a few recommendations of places to visit.  We have many other suggestions so please give us a call and we’ll be happy to tell you more

The Oare Marshes in Faversham is an internationally important nature reserve known especially as a site for migratory birds.  If you’re a twitcher, this is likely to be your idea of heaven.  With over 81 hectares of grazing marsh, the reserve is vast, tranquil environment.  Make sure you’re prepared should you venture out on the marsh.  Take a bag to bring home your samphire should you get lucky and don’t forget your sun cream – Faversham has the highest ever recorded temperature of 38.5c, so take some sliced lime and ice with you!  If G & T isn’t your tipple, perhaps a real ale is more your thing?  If so, you’re in lucky as Faversham is the home of Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame.  Join one of their tours around the brewery and then head back for some quality assurance work in their function room.  We are told that audience participation is very much encouraged!

Canterbury, a City famous for its tales written by Chaucer; it’s Archbishop and Cathedral; the site where Thomas  Becket was martyred in 1170.  But let’s us not forget that Canterbury is also famous for its display devoted to Rupert Bear, whose creator is buried in Canterbury.

Do you know what Winnie The Pooh and Rupert The Bear have in common?  Their middle name.  (We’re here all year…)

But if bears and Bishops are not your thing, there are many other things to do in Canterbury.  The place is full of great bars and restaurants with amazing architecture around every corner and boutique shopping has a certain Parisian feel to it.  However, if none of the above floats your boat, why not try canoeing in the local area with Kent Splash.  Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll get you booked in.  Canterbury really is a wonderful place with something for everyone.

Whitstable.  The fishing and harbour town, famous for oysters, art galleries and sublime sunsets, it an absolute must for a pint and some fish and chips on the beach.  Let’s not relax too quickly though,   hey?  Whitstable is also a popular destination for sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing.  So get rippin’ that H20 (or sand….err…if you’re gig is kite surfing)

If you are after a slightly less ‘energetic’ experience, why not visit during the Whitstable Oyster Festival?  On all week from the 27th July until the 2nd of August, Whitstable is packed full of fun activities for everyone in the family to get involved with.  So come along and join the Oyster Parade as they land the catch!

Botany bay beach.  With a bit of creative thinking it wouldn’t be hard to convince yourself that you are a wannabe Leonardo Di Caprio, fighting through jungle and splash pool to get to the hidden paradise beach.  Until that is, you remember that you actually got to the beach by driving along the B2051…in a classic campervan…

Broadstairs.  Yes it’s the jewel in Thanet’s crown, it’s the home of Dickens and we agree, the beach is lovely and the architecture traditionally ‘British seaside’.  But let’s cut to the chase… Morelli’s Ice Cream Parlour has been tickling taste buds in Broadstairs since 1932.  This wonderful story of the Morelli family running the ice cream parlour for all these years culminates in the opening of the Harrods parlour in 2003.  So get your ice cream and head for the Lilliputt championship designed mini golf course for a fantastic fun filled day

Sandwich is a historic town which has retained many of its original medieval buildings (some of which are public houses, so in the name of historical research, simply must be investigated further).  Once a major port, it is now two miles from the sea.  Sandwich is also home to nature reserves and two world class golf courses, including Royal St George’s where the open is hosted.
Towards the end of August, a number of events are staged at the Sandwich festival.  These include European markets, motorcycle rallies, boat and ship parades, concerts – both classical and pop and there is even a chess tournament.  The festival lasts for 8 days and there really is something for everyone.

Sevenoaks and it’s nearby towns and villages are great places to visit for history, culture, food and fun!  Knowle Park, famous for its deer is a truly beautiful place for a stroll, or perhaps Ightham, famous for its mote and manor house are more your kind of thing.  Or perhaps you would like to venture a little further afield and drink from the Chalybeate Spring in Royal Tunbridge Wells.  Make a day of it as there is plenty to do there.  You can go rock climbing on the huge sandstone High Rocks, or grab a bite to eat at the numerous and delicious gastro pubs and restaurants.  If you want to shake it like a polaroid, there are plenty of late night venues and places to dance the night away.

Places to visit and things to do

Whatever you decide to go, you’ll want to find things to do – whether that’s for you or for your kids (or of course, all of you!).  Here are a few suggestions

Kent Battle of Britain Museum

Based in Hawkinge, near Folkestone, this museum has a fantastic array of Battle of Britain artifacts, including military vehicles, aircraft and weapons.

Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst

For a truly fascinating day out, why not take a look at Bayham Abbey.  These impressive ruins can be found in the set in grounds designed by famous landscape gardener Humphry Repton, who also planned the grounds of Kenwood House in London. A great place to visit for a picnic

Chartwell.  Winston Churchill’s Home

Chartwell was family home of Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life.  It’s an enthralling day out, with a magnificent house to look around where you’ll find the rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and other personal artefacts reflecting the broad interests of this great man.

Equally beautiful, are the hillside gardens and lake, showcasing Churchill’s love of the landscape and nature.

Chatham Historic Dockyard

Packed full of historic buildings, museum galleries, historic warships and an impressive calendar of events and activities, Chatham Dockyard has it all going on!  With 80 acres to explore, make sure you take what you need for a whole day!

Chiddingstone Castle

An impressive Historic House in a wonderful country setting – and an idyllic, award-winning wedding venue in Kent.

Packed full of beautiful artefacts, ranging from paintings to armour with gorgeous grounds, Chiddingstone Castle is a wonderful place to visit. They also have fun and educational Family Event Days throughout the year to entertain all ages. Throughout the opening season, on whatever day we are open, visitors can discover Samurai Warriors, Egyptian tombs and enjoy nature trails in the grounds. And if your parched, you can enjoy a brew at the charming Victorian Tea Room!

Penshurst Place

You’ll find this magnificent house in the Weald of Kent, surrounded by picturesque countryside and ancient parkland.

At its heart, Penshurst Place is a medieval and Tudor building, but fascinatingly the house has been modified and extended over the centuries.

The house includes a Toy Museum and State Rooms, whilst the gardens are absolutely majestic with seasonal flowers, picnic areas and even an adventure playground (which we went to as kids and it was amazing then.  Trust us, it’s moved on since then!)

Reculver Roman Fort and Reculver Tower

An imposing landmark, the twin 12th-century towers of the ruined church stand, surrounded by  the remains of an important Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ fort and a Saxon monastery. Popular with beach casters, this stretch of the coast is just great for a walk together before stopping off some for some lunch at one of the local pubs.

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West, with her husband, Harold Nicolson, began the transformation of the land at Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s. Visit  these amazing grounds and take in the stunning aromas and beautiful colours.  Enjoy the architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the vibrant planting which reflects the romance and intimacy of Vita Sackville-West’s poems and writings.

There’s so much to learn about and explore here – from the architecture of the buildings to the fascinating history of the place and the people who lived here.  Take in the entralling views of the gardens, the farm animals, and the huge wider estate.

Smallhythe Place at Tenterden

Built in the early 16th-century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding port, Smallhythe Place was purchased by renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry in 1899. Her daughter Edith Craig set up the museum in 1929 which houses a fasinating personal and theatrical collection. The collection highlights Ellen Terry’s extraordinary career and unconventional personal life.

Smallhythe Place includes a beautiful cottage garden and a charming 17th-century thatched Barn Theatre which provides an opportunity to attend a show.

 Walmer Castle and Gardens

Built during the reign of King Henry VIII, Walmer Castle was originally designed as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences,

The Duke of Wellington enjoyed his time spent at the castle and in recent years Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother made regular visits to the castle.

The armchair in which Wellington died and an original pair of ‘Wellington boots’ along with some of the rooms used by the Queen Mother are among the highlights. Walmer Castle has magnificent gardens, a woodland walk and some excellent bird spotting, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.

So, whatever you choose, you can be sure of one thing.  Kent has it all!

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