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Family Days Out near to Canterbury
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Canterbury Historic River Tours (< 1 mile)
Canterbury
Canterbury Historic River Tours 40 minute historical boat tour with light hearted informed commentary and pleasing features for kids to look at, including going under bridges,
Canterbury Heritage with Rupert Bear (< 1 mile)
Canterbury
Canterbury Heritage with Rupert Bear From Roman settlement to Rupert Bear, see the history of Canterbury through fascinating objects, hands on displays and activities all set in the magnificent medieval Poor Priests' Hospital.
The Canterbury Tales (< 1 mile)
Canterbury
The Canterbury Tales A visit to The Canterbury Tales, with its stunning reconstruction of 14th century England, invites you to step back in time and experience sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era. Join Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket...
Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
Canterbury
Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trail The fun way to explore! This Trail is one of over 1,000 brilliant family trails across the UK designed to be a healthy, educational and fun outdoor activity for the whole family. Choose from Spy, Treasure or Mystery Trail and find answers to clues based on buildings and monuments.
Espression Interactive Art Studio Cafe (< 1 mile)
Canterbury
Espression Interactive Art Studio Cafe A place for all age groups where you can drop by, try out some creative activities such as pottery painting, mosaic making and glass painting and have some really good fun!
Canterbury Roman Museum (< 1 mile)
Canterbury
Canterbury Roman Museum Explore the Roman town beneath your feet. Canterbury’s underground Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics preserved where excavated. Discover amazing finds including a hoard of hidden treasure, stroll through the marketplace and look...
Dane John Gardens (< 1 mile)
Canterbury
Dane John Gardens A nice natural setting for a walk and a play conveniently close to the shopping centre. Not a full day's worth but if you're dragging the kids around the stores they'll thank you for the play break!
Kingsmead Lesiure Centre (< 1 mile)
Canterbury
Kingsmead Lesiure Centre offers 1m, 3m and 5m diving boards to the public. The centre also boasts a creche facility, multi-purpose sports hall, solarium and family cafe.
RSPB Reserve Blean Woods (2 miles)
Canterbury
RSPB Reserve Blean Woods A place for a gentle walk away from traffic through beautiful woodland. There are 5 trails to follow, including one for dog walking. Loads of different birds to spot throughout the year.
Kids-Kingdom (2 miles)
Canterbury
Kids-Kingdom Offers a castle themed play area with apparatus designed for children aged 4 to 10 years, as well as apparatus designed for children aged up to 4. Also has nursery and cafe.
Howletts Wild Animal Park (3 miles)
Bekesbourne
Howletts Wild Animal Park The famous animal collection is set in 90 acres of ancient parkland. From close encounters with tigers at the glass-fronted enclosures to a high ropes adventure on the Treetop Challenge and a walkthrough Lemur paddock, you'll find surprises around every corner.
Druidstone Park (3 miles)
Canterbury
Druidstone Park Whether you are interested in meeting lots of friendly animals, having fun in the adventure play areas, finding peace and tranquility in the enchanted woodland or just relaxing in the idyllic surroundings of the park, you won't be disappointed at Druidstone Park.
Wildwood (4 miles)
Herne Bay
Wildwood Wildwood is a great day out where you can see amazing British wildlife including wolves, foxes, deer, badgers, owls, wild horses, lynx, beavers, wild cats, bison, squirrels, wild boar and many more. Plus, kids can go wild in our amazing adventure play park featuring Kentâs tallest vertical drop slide.
Bursted Manor (4 miles)
Canterbury
Bursted Manor BHS qualified staff offer lessons from age 5, scenic hack, trekking and cross country rides plus Pony Club.
Snappys Adventure Play (5 miles)
Whitstable
Snappys Adventure Play a huge dinosaur themed multi level adventure climbing structure with extensive facilities for the under 4s too.
Whitstable Spy Mission Treasure Trail (6 miles)
Whitstable
Whitstable Spy Mission Treasure Trail If you are looking for something new to do with kids then why not try a self-guided, themed Treasure Trail: they offer an imaginative and fun way to explore, and learn about, the great outdoors.
1st Bowl Whitstable (6 miles)
Whitstable
1st Bowl Whitstable Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Memorial Park (6 miles)
Herne Bay
Memorial Park There is a small lake, a children's play area, tennis and basketball courts and cricket and football pitches plus a host of new equipment from the recent revamp.
Herne Bay Hippodrome (6 miles)
Herne Bay
Herne Bay Hippodrome The play area is suitable for a range of age groups with designated areas for the under 2s, under 5s and over 5s together with a party room and a private party play area.
Herons Leisure Pool (7 miles)
Herne Bay
Herons Leisure Pool The pool offers a varied swimming programme for all ages including Family Fun Time, with their fantastic inflatables, amazing Water Walkers and of course the Giant Flume!
ifun at Sandancers (7 miles)
Herne Bay
ifun at Sandancers Home of the great 18 hole Herne Bay Mini Golf, with kiddie clubs available. Also on site: arcades and ice creams!
Herne Bay Museum and Gallery (7 miles)
Herne Bay
Herne Bay Museum and Gallery Fun hands on activities and a family trail keep kids interested throughout this local art and seaside themed facility. Events include creative workshops and special activities for schools and groups.
Wingham Wildlife Park (7 miles)
Canterbury
Wingham Wildlife Park Butterfly house, refurbished reptile house, oodles of monkeys, parrot house, meerkats, new adventure play area and picnic area, lots more. A full day!
Faversham Swimming Pool (9 miles)
Faversham
Faversham Swimming Pool All-year-round swimming with the added summer-time bonus of three fantastic outdoor pools; 33 metre pool with diving boards (1m and 3m springboard and a 5m platform), a paddling pool and a wild water rapids pool which are all available from May to September.
East Kent Railway (9 miles)
Dover
East Kent Railway - is a volunteer run heritage railway operating vintage trains on an ex colliery railway. Plenty of attractions for kids including miniature and model railways and special events all year round! Fantastic country atmosphere and friendly volunteers. Hot and cold food and woodland walks.
Monkton Nature Reserve (9 miles)
Ramsgate
Monkton Nature Reserve Set in 16 beautiful acres of abandoned chalk quarry, which has been dramatically reclaimed by nature and is ready for exploration. They also house the Thanet Observatory and the first artificial bat cave built in the UK.
Rare Species Conservation Centre (11 miles)
Sandwich
Rare Species Conservation Centre A great chance to see and learn about the captive breeding and conservation of lesser known rare species of animal from around the world.
Jungle Jims (12 miles)
Birchington
Jungle Jims A Fantastic Family Entertainment Centre with Indoor Soft Play, Outdoor Adventure Play, Build A Base Indoor Nerf Combat Arena, Maize Maze, Falconry Displays, Craft Village,Paintballing,Lazer Combat. A full day!
Powell-Cotton Museum (12 miles)
Birchington
Powell-Cotton Museum Major Powell-Cotton was a pioneer in the use of the diorama to display mounted mammals in representations of their natural habitats. The collections support the study, understanding and simple enjoyment of the zoological, cultural and ecological diversity of Africa and the Indian sub-continent. Further...
Peene Quarry Picnic Site (12 miles)
Peene
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!
Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Musem (13 miles)
Ramsgate
Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Musem A chance to see and learn about iconic RAF fighter planes from World War II. There is also lots of memorabilia to check out, mostly from the time of the war. Free to visit.
Elham Valley Railway Museum (13 miles)
Folkestone
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.
Kippys Paint Your Own Pottery (13 miles)
Ashford
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.
AMF Ashford (13 miles)
Ashford
AMF Ashford Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Ashford Leisure Trust (13 miles)
Ashford
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...
Dover Transport Museum (13 miles)
Dover
Dover Transport Museum has a fascinating collection of vintage transport and transport models of all types including a few unusual ones like Romany Caravan, charabanc and steam roller. Seasonal opening.
Fowlmead Country Park (13 miles)
Deal
Fowlmead Country Park Offers leisure pursuits such as cycling (leisure, road, and mountain biking), running, orienteering, geocaching, archery, walking, fossiling, nature walks, den building. Bike hire available.
Kidz Planet (13 miles)
Folkestone
Kidz Planet Different areas for age suitability, with a multitude of fun colourful features, toys and equipment including some terrific slides.
West Bay Beach (14 miles)
Margate
West Bay Beach Blue Flag Awarded sand and rock beach, with lifeguards during summer season. Good immediate facilities including cafes and shops, accessible toilets, tennis, putting, sailing and windsurfing.
Mudpie Pottery Painting Creative Studio (14 miles)
Folkestone
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.
Brockhill Country Park (14 miles)
Hythe
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.
Folkestone Ski Centre (14 miles)
Folkestone
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.
Sunny Sands Beach (14 miles)
Folkestone
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.
Tides Leisure and Indoor Tennis (14 miles)
Deal
Tides Leisure and Indoor Tennis Families can enjoy swimming in a free form leisure pool with wave machine and jaccuzi pools
Ollies Childrens Indoor Play Centre (14 miles)
Margate
Ollies Childrens Indoor Play Centre 4 level indoor play area for 12s and under, also offers creche. As housed in a leisure centre, plenty of sporting opportunities exist including swimming. Max height 148cm.
Lower Leas Coastal Park (14 miles)
Folkestone
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.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (14 miles)
Hythe
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.
Strokes Adventure Golf (14 miles)
Margate
Strokes Adventure Golf We are an 18 hole mini golf course set in attractive surroundings which incorporate rockscapes, plants and water features. Overlooking the beautiful Westbrook Bay in Margate, Strokes Adventure golf is a skill based course with natural hazards that is both challenging and fun.
Imagine Play Centre (14 miles)
Ashford
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.
Little Potters (15 miles)
Sittingbourne
Little Potters A friendly, family run pottery painting studio, cafe and small soft play area. Little Potters is a great place to relax, unwind and express your artistic side.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Canterbury 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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