Family Friendly Days Out in Kent This Summer Holiday

The summer holidays are upon us again! A time to enjoy time away from the classroom with your family and friends. With 6 weeks ahead of you it can sometimes be difficult to plan activities and days out to keep your little ones entertained or to prevent you getting cabin fever. So we have collected some ideas for some fun days out this summer to suit every budget. 

1) Howletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts Wild Animal Park have some awesome activities packed for a roarsome day out this summer! Go wild and visit the herd of African elephants, meet gorgeous Kumbi the 150th baby gorilla to be born at the park and get up close and personal with lemurs in the Lemur Walk! Perfect for your own cheeky little monkeys! 

Not only can you see some of the best loved and beautiful animals at Howletts but your children can meet their favourite TV characters too! Each Wednesday a different character will be visiting the park to make it an even more memorable day for your little ones.

2nd August – Paw Patrol – Meet Chase, Marshall, Rubble and Skye

9th August: Peppa Pig – Meet Peppa Pig, George Pig, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig

16th August: PJ Masks – Meet Catboy, Gekko and Owlette

23rd August: Hey Duggee – Meet Duggee

30th August: Bluey and Bingo – Meet Bluey and Bingo

 You can win family tickets to Howletts Wild Animal Park in our latest competition! Head over to our competition T&C’s to find out how you can win this amazing prize!

2) Medway Summer Trails

Medway Summer Trails is back this summer! Children can take part in the family-friendly trails throughout the summer holidays at either Rochester Castle, The Guildhall Museum, Eastgate House, Temple Manor or Upnor Castle to win the award of a cool badge and stamp! Complete all 5 trails, you’ll be given a £5 voucher to spend in any of the gift shops.

Where to find the trails:

Knights Code of Chivalry Trail at Rochester Castle

Soldiers and Gunpowder Trail at Upnor Castle

Short Brothers Plane Trail at The Guildhall Museum

Find Tudor Ted at Eastgate House

Grand Master's Coats of Arms Trail at the Temple Manor

Trails start from 22 July and run until 2 September 2023.

3) Biddenden Tractorfest

Biddenden Tractorfest is back for its 9th year on the 19th and 20th August. Tractors are the star of the show at this countryside celebration but you will also discover steam engines, horticultural machinery, stationary engines, classic cars and emergency vehicles.

Not only will you find a plethora of farm vehicles to keep your little ones entertained, you will find plenty of stalls, vehicles, demonstrations, children’s entertainment, animals and arena displays to entertain both young and old alike. Treat yourself to some delicious food and drink whilst enjoying the live music. With so much more to see and do you will have all you need for a fun filled family day out in the beautiful Kentish countryside. 

Book tickets online via the Biddenden Tractorfest website. 

4) Herne Bay Pier Family Disco

Put on your dancing shoes and head to Herne Bay Pier on the 25th August for a fun-filled party overlooking the beautiful waters of the Kentish coast. Be entertained by local DJ - DJ5 - for a summer party not to be missed.

Children under 12 go free to this event but under 18’s will need to be accompanied by an adult. 

5) Strawberry Picking

Strawberry season is upon us! And what better way to enjoy summer than a bowl of strawberries and cream! There are plenty of farms across the county which offer pick your own (PYO) fruit picking and often farms offer other fruits such as raspberries and cherries. Strawberry picking is a fun and active morning or afternoon out and one that will have a tasty ending! Be sure to check out your local farms opening times on their Facebook pages before you head out. 

Check out our recipe for scrumptious strawberry ice lollies which you can make with your picked fruit! The perfect low key day your kids will love! 

Whatever you get up to over the summer holidays we hope you have a fantastic time. Take a well-deserved break from teaching and take time for yourself to relax and recharge your batteries. Happy Summer Holidays!

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