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Things To Do & Days Out near Canterbury
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Canterbury Roman Museum (< 1 mile)
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 inside recreated Roman rooms!
Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trail Solve the clues to complete a spy mission around Canterbury on this self guided themed Treasure Trail. Find all the answers along the route to reveal the deactivation code and complete your mission!
Canterbury Cathedral (< 1 mile)
Canterbury Cathedral Welcomes all casual visitors as well as spiritual to explore, tour, get your history fix or hear some heavenly music. Plenty of interesting facts and trails for the kids, including how they used to clean the beautiful stained windows with wee!
Canterbury Guided Walking Tours (< 1 mile)
Canterbury Guided Walking Tours A 90 minute tour of the area with either a drop in overview tour or a pre booked Special Interest type. Either way they're hugely experienced and highly accredited, great with kids and full of facts!
Espression Interactive Art Studio Cafe (< 1 mile)
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!
The Canterbury Tales (< 1 mile)
The Canterbury Tales is a medieval tour which is part live guided, part audio guided and is based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (< 1 mile)
Beaney House of Art and Knowledge With loads of galleries and collections to explore, plus family sessions, drop in activity sessions and workshops throughout the year. Plus family trails and a great range of adventurous birthday party themes!
Canterbury Ghost Tour (< 1 mile)
Canterbury Ghost Tour Take a twilit tour of this medieval city at your pleasurable peril and explore the central historic buildings and their horrible haunting stories, all told my a knowledgeable ghost in a top hat and cloak. Shivers and history aplenty!
Canterbury Heritage Museum (< 1 mile)
Canterbury Heritage Museum 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.
Canterbury Historic River Tours (< 1 mile)
Canterbury Historic River Tours Enjoy a 40 minute historical boat tour with light hearted informed commentary and pleasing features for kids to look at, including going under bridges and other ancient architecture. Comfortable and fascinating with views denied to landlubbers!
Dane John Gardens (< 1 mile)
Dane John Gardens A former castle park with small adventure playground close to the shopping centre and with great views over the city. Ideal for giving the kids an hour's break from the retail and resting your legs while they stretch theirs!
Westgate Gardens (< 1 mile)
Westgate Gardens With riverside walks and the Toddler Cove play area, picnic spots, and family trails plus evening bat walks and open air events in summer, this is a pleasing spot that's shortly getting even better!
Kingsmead Leisure Centre (< 1 mile)
Kingsmead Leisure 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.
Play Islands (< 1 mile)
Play Islands Offering a classic family friendly ten pin bowling alley, multi level soft play zone and slightly less friendly super laser tag! Truly something for everyone!
Big Fun House (2 miles)
Big Fun House The brilliant Tots' Town offers role play environments including construction workshop, Kids' Kitchen, Train Station and Disco! While the main play area is full of crazy padded antics and challenges, plus loads of slides and balls, and a football pitch on the very top!
Howletts Wild Animal Park (3 miles)
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)
Druidstone Park Whether you fancy meeting friendly animals, enjoying the adventure play area, finding adventure and whimsy in the enchanted woodland or just relaxing in idyllic surroundings, you won't be disappointed at Druidstone Park!
Wildwood (4 miles)
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 Kent's tallest vertical drop slide.
Bursted Manor (4 miles)
Bursted Manor BHS qualified staff offer lessons from age 5, scenic hack, trekking and cross country rides plus Pony Club.
Lazer Rush (5 miles)
Lazer Rush A futuristic arena with compelling zero contact war games, played with infra red laser phasors! Team up or go solo, the aim of the game is simply to shoot more targets than shoot you!
Snappys Adventure Play (5 miles)
Snappys Adventure Play a huge dinosaur themed multi level adventure climbing structure with extensive facilities for the under 4s too.
Playzone (6 miles)
Playzone is a soft play in Herne Bay, fantastic for children of any age. With 6 drop slides to suit any age from toddlers to tweens, children will love Play Zone!
Wingham Wildlife Park (6 miles)
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!
MFA Bowl Whitstable (6 miles)
MFA Bowl Whitstable is a 10 lane air conditioned bowling alley with good disabled access, offering fun for all ages plus arcade games and air hockey. All weather family fun!
Memorial Park (6 miles)
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 (7 miles)
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)
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)
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 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.
Faversham Activity Centre (8 miles)
Faversham Activity Centre Our clean and child friendly facility has both a children's gymnastics arena and a super fun soft indoor play area with loads of features plus an under 2s zone. We also host great children’s parties!
Faversham Swimming Pool (9 miles)
Faversham Swimming Pool 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)
East Kent Railway We are 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.
Monkton Nature Reserve (9 miles)
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.
Jungle Jims (12 miles)
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!
Quex Maize Maze (12 miles)
Quex Maize Maze The maze is more mysterious than ever, but the standards of fun and frolics will be high! Outdoor games, refreshment kiosks and Torchlight Nights all add to the fun too.
Lazer Rush Outdoor (12 miles)
Lazer Rush Outdoor A zero contact combat game played with infra red weaponry in the great outdoors! Whatever the weather, whomever the enemy, you're sure to have, and dispense, a blast! For over 8s.
Powell-Cotton Museum (12 miles)
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 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)
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)
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.
Dover Transport Museum (13 miles)
Dover Transport Museum Friendly museum with a fascinating collection of vintage transport and transport models of all types including a few unusual ones like a Romany Caravan, a charabanc and steam roller! Seasonal opening.
Fowlmead Country Park (13 miles)
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.
Kippys Paint Your Own Pottery (13 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.
AMF Bowling Ashford (13 miles)
AMF Bowling Ashford Kids versus kids? Kids versus ‘big’ kids? The whole family can battle it out on one of our 18 bowling lanes or in the fun filled amusement zone!
Ashford Leisure Trust (13 miles)
Ashford Leisure Trust Facilities include: a leisure pool with flumes, raging river and Toddler Fun sessions; 25m main pool; teaching pool; 8 court sports hall and creche.
Kidz Planet (13 miles)
Kidz Planet Different areas for age suitability, with a multitude of fun colourful features, toys and equipment including some terrific slides.
West Bay Beach (13 miles)
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.
Brockhill Country Park (14 miles)
Brockhill Country Park Offering a new adventure playground, lakeside walks with friendly ducks around and a circular route which explores the whole thing. No glitz and few features but great terrain for a traditional picnic outing.
Ceramics Cafe (14 miles)
Ceramics Cafe Paint your own ceramics. A relaxing and fun activity for families. Our studio in Dover is an ideal venue for kids parties, works parties or NCT groups. Studio locations: Dover, Kew, Farnham, Hersham, West Ealing and Basingstoke.
Folkestone Ski Centre (14 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.