Roseyard sits in rural Kent but it offers kids both coast and country. Just a few miles from the beaches of east Kent, this is the best of both worlds. Get pebbles between your toes at Sandwich Bay, Deal, Kingsdown and Walmer. Or take your buckets and spades to Botany Bay, Walpole Bay, Broadstairs or surfers’ paradise Joss Bay.
Mix excitement with education at Walmer Castle Gardens, home to history as well as a play trail that includes hollow tree trunks to climb and wobbly bridges to cross. Refuel in the Glasshouse Café. Then visit Dover Castle, the most iconic English fortress. Roam through history, climb the Great Tower, explore the Secret Wartime Tunnels.
Wingham Wildlife is a fast-growing zoo that showcases penguins, meerkats, chimps, pandas, lions and tigers. And don’t forget the dinosaurs. Enjoy more animal adventures at Howletts Wildlife Park – get wild about all the usual suspects plus Ice Age smilodons and mighty mammoths.
Kent is rich with history, so museums abound. Try The Beaney, home to art, books, galleries and educational facilities. Or see boats that include the 1891 Saxon King and a Dunkirk ‘little ship’ at Deal Maritime. Elsewhere, ride the East Kent Railway, dive into Margate Caves, or ride the waltzers, Pendulum and Pinball at Margate’s Dreamland.
Plenty for grown-ups to get to grips with here. Kick off at history hotspots such as Walmer Castle, Deal Castle and Dover Castle, home of the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Then hop over to Canterbury Cathedral, one of Christendom’s most beautiful places, or Quex Park, home to some of England’s most beautiful gardens.
Keep the history and culture coming at Richborough Castle, containing the ruins of a Roman Saxon Shore fort, and Goodnestone Park Gardens, site of some stunning trees. Getting a taste for gardens in the Garden of England? The Salutation Gardens are widely recognised as amongst the finest in the country.
If you’re looking for a dip in the shallow end after all that culture, Canterbury’s Whitefriars brings you the best in fashion and lifestyle shopping, with independents aplenty in the King’s Mile, Westgate and St Dunstan’s. Whitstable, Sandwich and Deal also bring a Bohemian charm to local shopping.
Art galleries abound in Deal at Linden Hall, Taylor Jones and Don’t Walk Walk, in Margate with the Turner Contemporary and the Old Town, and in Canterbury at the Good Shed. Finally, time your visit well and catch a festival, whether food, soul or hop, at Deal, Canterbury, Broadstairs, Faversham and Margate.