Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (5 miles)
Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
is the world’s smallest public railway where families can travel 13.5 miles from the picturesque Cinque Port of Hythe, near the channel tunnel, to the fishermen's cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness. There are six stations and our station at Dymchurch is only a 5 minute walk away from the Beach.
Rare Breeds Centre (5 miles)
Rare Breeds Centre
From the exotic Butterfly tunnel to the delights of the Discovery Garden; woodland walks to the Secret Lake; plus two play parks, falconry displays, a tube maze and indoor soft play barn: there is something for everyone.
Lydd Karting (6 miles)
Junior and Cadet karts for younger users, who are able to have a go from just 4 years old! If the kids just fancy a blast about in one of the karts with their friends then they offer 15 minute sessions for a mere £20.
Camber Castle (6 miles)
Accessible by guided tour only, this historic castle is bound to get kids' imaginations going as well as teach them something, plus monthly guided walks round Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (6 miles)
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
A heady mix of terrains to explore, this is an SSSI due to it's unusual flora and fauna, and also offers visitor centres, bird hides, vintage military forts and stunning natural features: basically an adventure waiting to happen!
Rye Castle Museum (6 miles)
Rye Castle Museum
A small independently run museum set in an early 14th century building with medieval gardens. Under 16s get in free. Activities include a Captain Pugwash treasure hunt and dressing up in the basement.
Dungeness Beach (7 miles)
Definitely for exploring, this is a visually dramatic shingle beach with RSPB hides and lots of local wildlife. No swimming, no immediate facilities.
Camber Sands (7 miles)
Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's busy you can find a space for yourselves. Good amenities.
Lathe Barn (8 miles)
Mini golf, kiddie go karts, indoor and outdoor play areas plus friendly animals.
Tenterden Leisure Centre (8 miles)
Tenterden Leisure Centre
For fantastic family fun days out visit Tenterden Leisure Centre with giant flume, waves, giant inflatable, floats, toys and a themed pirate beach are with jets, sprays, rapids and ship wrecked pirate ship.
Imagine Play Centre (8 miles)
Imagine Play Centre
Experience Kent's biggest children's indoor play centre. Huge play structures, triple storey wave slide, trampolines, large padded football area, baby/toddler areas and Imagine Village with little cars. Hot and cold food served all day. Themed parties and seasonal events.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (8 miles)
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
A safari adventure set in 100 acres where animals roam free together as if on the plains of Africa: plus the world’s largest gorilla enclosure and big creepy crawlies in the Discovery Zone.
Kent & East Sussex Railway (8 miles)
Kent & East Sussex Railway
Enjoy 10 miles of pure nostalgia on England's finest rural light railway. Beautifully restored coaches and locomotives dating from Victorian times enable visitors to experience travel and service from a bygone age. The picturesque line weaves between Tenterden and Bodiam terminating in the shadow of the...
Tankerton Beach (8 miles)
Good for swimming but not building castles, this is a pebble and shingle beach with an intriguing natural causeway to explore.
Ashford Leisure Trust (10 miles)
Ashford Leisure Trust
A fully equipped leisure facility offering kids funcamps and exciting courses throughout the school holidays. Facilities include: a leisure pool with flumes and raging river, 25m main pool, teaching pool, fully equipped gym, group fitness classes. Health Spa, 8 court sports hall, crèche, spacious...
AMF Ashford (10 miles)
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Kippys Paint Your Own Pottery (10 miles)
Kippys Paint Your Own Pottery
We are a delightful pottery studio in Ashford offering a relaxed atmosphere for all ages to enjoy a creative experience. Painting your own pottery is a fun way to create a personal gift. Or just to while away a rainy day and enjoy time together with friends and family.
The Mill Toy and Pedal Car Museum (10 miles)
The Mill Toy and Pedal Car Museum
A museum with one of the largest collections of pedal cars in Europe (see the Guinness Book of Records!), plus a variety of collectable toys. Free entry for kids who are under 3 years old.
Ashford Paintball and Lazer Park (11 miles)
Ashford Paintball and Lazer Park
Outdoor laser tag cobalt gaming played in the paintball arena but available for 7+ because it's zero contact! Play harmless infra red tag and be named Best Sniper, Rookie Star or Crazy Shooter, if you're good!
Brockhill Country Park (11 miles)
Brockhill Country Park
Offering a new adventure playground, lakeside walks with friendly ducks around and a circular route which explores the whole things. No glitz and few features but great terrain for a traditional picnic outing.
Mudpie Pottery Painting Creative Studio (13 miles)
Mudpie Pottery Painting Creative Studio
is a beautiful “just-walk-in” pottery painting studio with a huge selection of pieces for people of all ages and abilities to get creative. Also offering hand and foot impressions in paint and 3D clay, Decopatch and Foam Clay, parties and Storytelling Time.
Elham Valley Railway Museum (13 miles)
Elham Valley Railway Museum
Step back in time to the 1930's. Come along and visit the Elham Valley Railway Museum at Peene,
just off the A20 at Folkestone, Kent, England. Leave the M20 motorway at junction 12, just after
signs for the Eurotunnel.
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum (13 miles)
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum
One of the longest established aviation museums in the country, offering a vast array of exhibits and aircraft to enjoy plus regular fly bus by vintage planes at the sound of the klaxon!
Peene Quarry Picnic Site (14 miles)
Peene Quarry Picnic Site
Located in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Peene Quarry is home to a variety of rare flowers and insects, IDEAL for kids into their mini beasts!
Lower Leas Coastal Park (14 miles)
Lower Leas Coastal Park
Landscaped gardens with stunning floral displays, easy access to the beach and The Leas, and the largest free play area in the south east with rocking boats, climbing walls, tunnels, wobbly bridges, tube slides, toddler construction area, sand diggers and a sunken pirate ship.
Kidz Planet (14 miles)
Different areas for age suitability, with a multitude of fun colourful features, toys and equipment including some terrific slides.
Folkestone Ski Centre (15 miles)
Folkestone Ski Centre
All year round dry ski slope offering a vast range of activities for ski, snowboard and toboggan. Suitable for beginners and experts alike.
Smugglers Adventure (15 miles)
Join notorious smuggler Hairy Jack as he leads you through acres of underground caverns, passages and tunnels on a voyage back through time to the heyday of smuggling!
Cliff Railways (15 miles)
The charming West Hill Lift is the UK's steepest funicular railway and a source of immense local pride.
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings (15 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings
Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of other amazing aquatic creatures. Don't miss the amazing tropical underwater walkthrough tunnel! Informative, entertaining talks and feeding displays throughout the...
Shipwreck Museum (15 miles)
With fascinating family friendly exhibits of local historic shipwrecks, and a Cretaceous gallery with everything from dioramas and footprints to fossils and a preserved 138 million year old fish!
Fishermans Museum (15 miles)
Housed in a disused church this is a wonderfully atmospheric exhibition of local maritime history including a full size lugger and a wealth of art and artefacts.
Curious About Hastings (15 miles)
Curious About Hastings
is a unique day out with two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued. Answer clues and find pictures, whilst reading stories about this infamous, glorious seaside town. Buy or instantly download the booklet then explore in your own time.
East Hill Cliff Railway (16 miles)
East Hill Cliff Railway
Provides access to Hastings Country Park which overlooks the Old Town and Rock a Nore. The lift provides views over the Stade, home to the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe.
Petley Wood Equestrian Centre (16 miles)
Petley Wood Equestrian Centre
BHS approved facility welcoming nervous 3 year olds upwards for a variety of lessons, plus woodland hacking and competitions for all levels.
Alexandra Park (16 miles)
Features include a boating lake, bowls green, cafe, refurbished adventure playground, tennis courts, multi play area, formal flower and rose gardens, reservoirs for fishing, natural woodland and a miniature railway. Yay!
Hastings Adventure Golf (16 miles)
Hastings Adventure Golf
Features 3 differing 18 hole courses which include waterfalls, fountains and even a cave to negotiate around! With Adventure, Crazy and Mini Golf options there are picks for the picky and a feast for the rest!
Hastings Beach (16 miles)
Sand and shingle beach with good swimming and lifeguard cover. Many features and facilities at one end, quiet at the other. Connected to Pelham Beach.
Sunny Sands Beach (16 miles)
Sunny Sands Beach
A hugely popular sandy beach at the eastern end of the Stade and Folkestone Harbour. It is a firm favourite with families throughout the summer, with good facilities nearby including WCs and cafés, pubs and beach shops.
Battlezone Laser Hastings (16 miles)
Battlezone Laser Hastings
An awesome outdoor laser tag venue offering realistic war games: hide in the undergrowth, find a sniper spot in a tree, and hit the dirt when the smoke bombs go off! Played with harmless infra red rays in all weathers!
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (16 miles)
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
A varied and exciting collection spanning many themes and ages. There are plenty of special features for children, with fossils that transform into dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodiles and fish, a diorama of local animals and birds and much more.
Clambers Indoor Soft Play Centre (16 miles)
Clambers Indoor Soft Play Centre
With climbing frame, scramble nets, tarzan ropes, swing bags, ball ponds and a slide with a special play area for the smaller customer. Plus seasonal outdoor play area.
Battle Abbey (17 miles)
Here you can walk the site of the battle of Hastings and stand on the very spot where King Harold met his fate! Atmospheric abbey ruins to explore, plus a great interactive exhibition to see in the Visitor Centre.
Yesterdays World (17 miles)
The whole family will enjoy discovering 150,000 nostalgic British artefacts from the past 125 years including virtual and interactive exhibits. Journey through history with superbly recreated life size street scenes and shop displays, with evocative sounds and smells of the past.
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest (18 miles)
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
Open every day, Bedgebury is the perfect place for kids to let off steam. The National Pinetum offers beautiful walks and picnics amongst the conifers. Bedgebury Forest features family cycling, mountain biking, Go Ape, riding, walking and adventure play. The Visitor Centre has a bike shop, refreshments and...
Go Ape Bedgebury (18 miles)
Go Ape Bedgebury
The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior (18 miles)
Go Ape Tree Top Junior
A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with an awesome zip wire.
Bursted Manor (18 miles)
BHS qualified staff offer lessons from age 5, scenic hack, trekking and cross country rides plus Pony Club.
Pebsham Equestrian Centre (19 miles)
Bexhill On Sea
Pebsham Equestrian Centre
Hire A Pony days during school holidays, fun with horses, mucking out, grooming and of course horse riding, a chance for children aged 5 to13 years to experience life at the stables.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior (19 miles)
Go Ape Tree Top Junior
A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Brenzett with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Kent can enjoy the great day out as well.
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