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Kent School Holidays: Things to do, activities and ideas

Posted 26 April 2022
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Kids are always excited when school’s out but only parents know how much planning it takes to keep them busy for the entire Kent school holidays. We decided to make planning easier for you, so we’ll share our list of the top 5 most-popular Kent attractions on our site to help you generate much-needed family day out ideas for the year ahead.

In order to start building the itinerary, check out the Kent school holiday dates below and find the perfect time for your next family adventure.

Kent School Holiday Dates 2020/21

  • Term Starts: 1st September 2020
  • Autumn Term: 1st September - 18th December 2020
  • October Half Term: 23rd October - 2nd November 2020
  • Christmas Holidays: 19th December - 3rd January 2021
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 1st April 2021
  • February Half Term: 15th - 19th February 2021
  • Easter Holidays: 2nd April - 16th April 2020
  • Summer Term: 19th April - 21st July 2021
  • May Half Term: 31st May - 4th June 2021
  • Summer Holidays: 22nd July - 1st September 2021

Kent School Holiday Dates 2021/22

  • Term Starts: 1st September 2021
  • Autumn Term: 1st September - 17th December 2021
  • October Half Term: 25th October - 29th October 2021
  • Christmas Holidays: 20th December - 3rd January 2022
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 1st April 2022
  • February Half Term: 14th - 18th February 2022
  • Easter Holidays: 4th April - 18th April 2022
  • Summer Term: 19th April - 2nd July 2022
  • May Half Term: 30th May - 3rd June 2022
  • Summer Holidays: 25th July - 1st September 2022

Kids enjoying a day in the park

Top Things to do in the Kent School Holidays

The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood

Do your kids love cuddly animals? How about outdoor play, magic shows, discos and bumper cars? Offering all that and much more, The Hop Farm Family Park is your perfect family attraction. One moment your little ones will be getting up close with donkeys, horses and the rest of the farm animals, and the other - bouncing up and down a Giant Jumping Pillows. Sounds fun!

Caught by an unexpected shower? The Hop Farm Family Park has a lovely soft play area where the kids can run around and still have fun, even if the weather goes sour. Plus, there’s an entertainment team putting delightful live shows at the Big Red Barn all year long.

Dreamland, Margate

If you picture the perfect Kent school holidays to be filled with classic fairground rides in a beautiful seaside location, then Dreamland in Margate is the park to take the kids to. Enjoy some heartwarming (and a little bit nostalgic) fun - from the Retro Roller Room to the Big Wheel, and the classic merry-go-rounds. It’s just like when we were little!

Got daredevils in the house? There’s something for the adrenaline junkies too! From the terrifying Pendulum ride to the madly spinning Waltzer, and the hair-raising Dreamland Drop, you’ll experience lots of scream-worthy moments out there too.

Wildwood, Herne Bay

Aren’t bears just the cutest?! Wildwood’s star inhabitants are the adorable brown bears. Then again, over 200 animals live at the park, so there will be plenty more creatures to meet. As the name suggests, you’ll be feeling like you’re on an expedition in the wild woodlands, as you’ll be surrounded by deer, foxes, wolves, badgers and even a wild boar, and a lynx.

Want to make your day at Wildwood even more exciting for the kids? It’s worth investing in one of the experience days, which allows you to get close to bears, the arctic foxes, or the lynx.

Port Lympne Wildlife Park, Hythe

Fancy a wildlife safari? Maybe the next Kent school holidays are the best time to experience UK’s original safari at Port Lympne Wildlife Park. It’s much more than a zoo; there are 600 acres to explore with over 760 animals roaming within. You could feed the animals, take a guided tour and have lots more animal fun for the whole family.

Sounds like a day just won’t be enough? Well, for those of you who simply don’t want to leave, there’s the possibility to book a short break at the park. Turns out you won’t have to travel far to enjoy a holiday in the plains of Africa and Asia.

Wingham Wildlife Park, Canterbury

The fifth most popular day out in Kent is another awesome animal attraction - Wingham Wildlife Park. You, guys, just love animals, don’t you?

Interestingly, even though it now boasts a wide selection of creatures including big cats, penguins, crocodiles, lemurs and monkeys, Wingham Wildlife Park started off as a bird park. Who knew in 1986, when the park first opened doors, that today it would have its own Dinosaur Zoo, featuring 20 different live-sized dinosaurs?!

We hope our suggestions will help you make awesome memories in the Kent school holidays. If you want even more ideas, go to the Day Out With The Kids homepage and search for your postcode to discover all the amazing attractions near you.


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