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Post-Pandemic Kent Bucket List


It finally seems like the UK may be getting a little bit back to normal as we start to see some major attractions, beaches and zoos reopen to the public. Weeks of being in lockdown forced us to stay within the confines our homes, only venturing out for the weekly shop or daily exercise.This routine scarily became the new norm, but with the transmission rate declining, we can start to look forward to planning some adventurous days out with our loved ones while sticking to the 2-metre rule. 

Post-pandemic life may look very different, many will be returning to work or school whilst others continue to work from home or remain furloughed. While we are trying to go back to our lives before the pandemic, it is important to recognise our wellbeing and to practice self-care. It can be a very anxious time, so remember it is good to get outdoors and embrace nature, get some fresh air and take a break from work. 

We have created a list of five Kent attractions which are bound to brighten up your week. Round up the kids, it’s time to treat the family to a well-deserved day at the zoo, ice cream at the beach, or adventure at your local castle. 

Whatever you decide to do remember to take a moment to reflect on your thoughts and use this opportunity to enjoy your new surroundings. 

1) Howletts Zoo

Howletts is Kent’s original wild animal park which homes up to 390 animals, including 52 species. Ensure you book in advance online to visit the African elephants, lowland gorillas, leopards and much more. The zoo recently reopened on the 15th of June and have stringent new health and safety guidelines. Howletts Zoo will be limiting the number of visitors to ensure social distancing is kept at all times with additional hand sanitiser points around the park. 

2) Leeds Castle 

Travel 5 miles east of Maidstone, and you will find the historical Leed’s Castle, the private property of six of England’s medieval queens. Spend a day exploring the woodland and large lakes fed by the River Len, don’t forget to look out for the wildfowl and woodland birds! 

Grounds and gardens have been reopened to the public, but visits must be reserved online including existing ticket holders. 

3) Hever Castle

The venue reopened its gardens on the 1st of June. Visit the 125 acres of grounds at Hever Castle which includes the beautiful Italian Garden and Pompeiian Wall or take a stroll through peaceful woodland and Anne Boleyn’s walk with trees planted more than 100 years ago. Everyone will need to book a date and time slot online. It is recommended to book 1.5 hours to explore the gardens, download a copy of the map which includes the new one-way system that is in place. 

4) Joss Bay Beach 

Joss Bay is sandy beach with shallow waters, making it ideal for families with young children. This hidden gem in Broadstairs has brilliant amenities, including accessible toilets and a café which have reopened to the public. If you don’t fancy sitting on the beach for too long you can take a coastal walk or bike ride in the surrounding area. Some of us may have missed our summer break abroad, but we can still make the most of Kentish beaches. 

5) Wingham Wildlife Park 

A wildlife park situated in Wingham, hosting the largest number of animal and bird species out of any of Kent’s wildlife parks and zoos. They also have a dinosaur section which makes this park special for the more adventurous travellers who want to explore historical creatures. Go online to book your time slot.  

The park will be offering 13 slots daily with an equal split between the ticket types of 40 tickets per time slot. You must arrive during the time slot selected, and you may need to wait at your vehicle until a later slot if you arrive late. 

Try something different this weekend and enjoy time outdoors with friends and family. We should always take the time to get outside, check out our blog ‘6 Benefits of Getting Fresh Air’. Let us know what you get up to in Kent this weekend and share an image on our Facebook page.  

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