Coast, country and local fizz

Guests get coast, country and golf here at Roseyard. Kids will love to dig and plodge at Botany Bay or Broadstairs. Unearth history at Walmer Castle Gardens. Or meet the meerkats at Wingham Wildlife. Grown-ups will love the history hotspots such as Dover Castle, shopping at Canterbury, and art galleries everywhere. Sneak in a round at world famous Royal St Georges or take the kids to Stonelees American golf to try their hand at the driving range. Top things off at night with local fizz from Barnsole or try one of many unique beers from local brewers Time & Tide.

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Coast and country kids

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.

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For the grown ups

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.

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