Days out in Kent

The summer holidays may be over for another year, and children are now finally back at school, but there is still one more half term break to get through until the new year and our season finishes! There’s never a better time to look for things to do, and days out in Kent for the family. You may think you have exhausted all your options over the 6 week break, but fear not, there are plenty of days out in Kent that you can take advantage of over the October holidays.

Diggerland Kent

The whole family can experience our unique Theme Park with ride and drives to suit all ages.  Here you can drive, operate and ride real diggers and a range of other full size construction machinery like dumpers. This is a fantastic and unique attraction if you want fun, excitement and somewhere that is full of action. We will be open 10am-5pm during the October half term, so you definitely won’t get an “I’m bored!” out of any of your kids. October probably won’t bring much sunshine, but as long as you come prepared with a change of clothes, and a spare pair of shoes, you can spend all day at Diggerland.

You can also experience:

With an onsite eating establishment, and an indoor play area, there is something for all ages. If you want a day of adventure for the whole family then look no further! With 3 other parks around the UK, we have you covered, wherever you are.

Diggerland - Dumper trucks

Handy tip: If you come equipped with a Nestle sweet wrapper and a voucher from the website, kids go free with a paying adult (Please note: The voucher will expire 28/10/18, so don’t miss out!)

Historic Dockyard – Chatham

One of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and the world’s most complete dockyard from the ‘age of sail’ – will prove to be quite an adventure. With something for the whole family, it’s one of many perfect days out in Kent. With 3 historic ships to explore: HMS Gannet, Second World War Destroyer HMS Cavalier, and Cold War Submarine Ocelot, make it a trip to remember!

The Historic Dockyard have put together a top 10 list on things to do when you visit:

  • Make rope at the ropery,
  • Peek through the periscope on HMS Ocelot,
  • Mission Explore!
  • Indoor Play
  • Green Screen Fun,
  • Pipe Bending
  • Ring the bell on HMS Cavalier,
  • Swing in the hammocks in HMS Gannet,
  • Try out Kentish Pies,
  • Sit in our giant deckchair.

Hop Farm – Paddock Wood

For days out in Kent located further out of Medway, The Hop Farm Family Park can be found in Paddock Wood, Tonbridge. The Hop Farm family park is packed full of attractions for the children and fabulous places to eat and drink. With attractions including: Giant Jumping Pillows, 4D Cinema, Combat Laser Quest, Driving School, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Childrens Rides and live magic shows and discos. During the October holidays, kids can get involved in special events: ‘Halloween Half Term Fun’ and ‘Fireworks Spectacular’.

As well as providing day time fun, The Hop Farm Family Park also offer the Moonlight Drive in Cinema, so why not pick a film,book your tickets, park up, order some movie snacks and enjoy the entertainment from your own car.

Buckmore Karting Circuit – Chatham

For exhilarating days out in Kent, Buckmore Park is one of the most prestigious karting venues in the UK. They provide a safe and enjoyable experience that leaves children with memories that last a lifetime. Located in Chatham, Buckmore offer Junior Karting available to children from aged 4 and up. All the family can enjoy karting sessions on the main circuits on which Quadruple World Champion Lewis Hamilton honed his skills as a youngster. Perfect for competitive family days out in Kent.

Port Lympne Animal Reserve

Home to over 700 rare and endangered animals, and with regular animal births and new species coming in every year, there’s always something different to see at Port Lympne. Make it an extra special October break and treat your children to an Experience Day, including: Gorilla Scatter Feed and Animal Encounters.

Visitors will even have the option to go all out, and treat the whole family to the ultimate safari, and book yourself in for the night at the Port Lympne Hotel or any other of the short stay accommodations available. Which is especially useful if you haven’t managed to experience the whole of the park in one day!

Leeds Castle – Maidstone

With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, a maze and grotto, free flying falconry displays, an ancient caste to walk around with a museum and exhibition, and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out in Kent located in Maidstone. During the October half term, kids can get involved in ‘The Monster Halloween Quest’ and attend a spectacular Firework show with the whole family.

If you fancy something a bit more adventurous and exhilarating to wear the kids out, Go Ape can also be located at Leeds Castle. Go Ape Tree Top Junior, is a jam-packed hour of wobbly bridges, intricate crossings and an awesome zip wire finale suitable for children aged 6-15.

* All information correct as of 11/09/2018.