20 Best Things To Do In Kent Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Kent

From historic castles to astonishing wildlife, there are lots of wonderful things to do in Kent for you and your family.

 

Did you know Leeds Castle is known as the "loveliest castle in the world"? We suggest you take the kids there and check for yourself if the claims are all true! If you’re looking for more info before you go, you can read a review of Leeds Castle, written by Fran, a mom who’sbeen there with her little ones.

The list of great family days out in Kent doesn’t end there! From adventures at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, to amazing animals at Port Lympne and scenic steam train rides on Spa Valley Railway - you’ll have lots to keep you busy. Need more ideas? Here’s what multi-award winning travel blogger Penny Alexander thinks are the best things to do in Kent.

Oh, and here are the Kent school holiday dates for this year - it’s another useful resource for your family day out planning!

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Flip Out Ashford

Flip Out Ashford

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

You are never too young or too old for trampolining! Want to give it a try? Book a jumping session at FlipOut Ashford - since age is not a problem, t...

Kids reading booklet on Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Canterbury Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Canterbury
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Explore on a spy mission with the Canterbury self guided Spy Mission themed Treasure Trail. See the main sights and discover hidden gems as you wande...

Two little girls at Leeds Castle with toy swords and shields

Leeds Castle

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Take your little lords and ladies on an epic adventure through history at Leeds Castle... in Kent! Discover the secrets of the castle, from Norman ti...

Steam Train at The Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway in Sittingbourne

The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway

  • Sittingbourne
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

At the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway, there's a charming LGB model railway with miniature surrounds that will happily entrance the younger visi...

Girl holding onto the zip wire at Go Ape Leeds Castle

Go Ape Leeds Castle

  • Maidstone
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Fancy an active day out the kids won’t forget in a hurry? Head out to Go Ape Leeds Castle - it combines scenic views of “The Loveliest Castle in the...

Families playing at Swallows Leisure Centre in Sittingbourne

Swallows Leisure Centre

  • Sittingbourne
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Here at the Swallows Leisure Centre we have lots of activities aimed at children. They have a swimming pool with features including flume, waves, pir...

Train at Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway

  • Sittingbourne
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway line dates back to 1905 and runs on a 2' 6? gauge track and engine size. Some of the carriages are open t...

Painted bowl at This Art of Mine Studio in Maidstone

This Art of Mine Studio

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

This Art of Mine studio is in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside. The studio can seat up to 40 people and has plenty of space for everyone t...

Indoor soft play frame and seating area at Merry Go Round in Sittingbourne

Merry Go Round

  • Sittingbourne
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

With a classic ball pit, slick slides, dramatic swing ropes, precarious rope bridges, plus things like giant balls and swinging bags to negotiate, be...

People go kart racing at Bayford Meadows in SIttingbourne

Bayford Meadows

  • Sittingbourne
  • Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Bayford Meadows Kart Circuit in Sittingbourne, Kent is one of the country's premier outdoor floodlit karting circuits. Featuring an 1100m MSA license...

Star Wars craft at Little Potters in Sittingbourne

Little Potters

  • Sittingbourne
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Little Potters is a friendly, family run pottery painting studio, cafe and small soft play area. From beginner to budding artist, grandchild to grand...

Outdoor swimming pool at Faversham Swimming Pool

Faversham Swimming Pool

  • Faversham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Faversham Swimming Pools offers all-year-round swimming with the added summer-time bonus of three fantastic outdoor pools; 33 metre pool with diving...

Aircraft at Lashenden Air Warfare Museum in Ashford

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

You can catch live flybys atLashenden Air Warfare Museum by vintage aircraft including P51 Mustangs Spitfires! Be ready for the sound of the klaxon t...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

Faversham Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Faversham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

If clue busting is your bread and butter then don’t miss the Faversham Mystery Treasure Trail; those skills will be essential to finding the fabled,...

Indoor soft play frame at Wear M Out Indoor Playcentre in Maidstone

Wear 'M Out Indoor Playcentre

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Indoor adventure awaits at Wear M Out Indoor Playcentre. Put on your best socks, and head on down for a day of family fun. The climbing frame is giga...

Soft play slide at Faversham Activity Centre

Faversham Activity Centre

  • Faversham
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Faversham Activity Centre is a multipurpose, child friendly, clean facility which has both a gymnastics arena as well as a super fun soft indoor play...

Cineworld Ashford

Cineworld Ashford

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Discover the latest hit films from around the globe at Cineworld Ashford. Share the magic of the big screen with your whole family at this ultra-mode...

Victoria Park Ashford

Victoria Park Ashford

  • Ashford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Fancy a walk in the park, or a cycling session with the kids? Ashford’s Victoria Park is the perfect place for a peaceful stroll. There are lots of o...

Painted plates at Kippys Paint Your Own Pottery in Ashford

Kippys Paint Your Own Pottery

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Kippys Paint Your Own Pottery We are a 22 seat studio but can accommodate up to 28 on the ground floor by special arrangement and we also have a part...

Family bowling at AMF Bowling Ashford

AMF Bowling Ashford

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Ready. Set. Bowl! We've got brilliant family entertainment taken care of at AMF Bowling Ashford. It's fun for all the family with a touch of healthy...

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