Kent is called the Garden of England and it is easily accessible from London since it is located in the southeast of England. While there are lovely gardens, this is not what most children are going to want to do during their summer holiday. There are great leisure parks in Kent where on the days when the weather is not cooperating outdoors, you can plan to spend hours enjoying all the water activities that they supply. Most of these require a membership, check before you leave however the Pavilion Leisure Center in Bromley allows you to just pay by the day if you so choose.
If you are near Bexley, there is a free splash park in town. This is most likely to provide entertainment for the younger members of the family, but on a hot steamy day, it will be a welcome relief for all the members of the family.
Kent has a number of animal parks where you can take the children to enjoy the outdoors. Port Lympne is a park located on over 500 acres that provides an exciting day of communing with nature. You can take a truck ride through their African Safari Experience and see animals living in the open and there are also areas of the park where you walk and enjoy the baboons, cheetahs, elephants and much more. You can spend an entire day with the family and if you didn’t bring your picnic lunch, there is a restaurant that offers healthy dining options.
Kent has a lovely coast where you can spend a day at one of the many beaches. Margate is the quintessential English seaside resort where generations of tourist have come to enjoy the sea air, water sports and lovely beaches.
History abounds in Kent and if you manage to have your children absorb some while enjoy their summer holiday, it is a winning combination for all involved. Hever, Dover and Leeds Castles all offer good options. At Hever Castle, check out their website to find out when jousting tournaments will be offered. There is a yew maze, a splashing water maze where you need to be prepared for a good soaking and a children’s adventure area. In addition a tour of the house provides the history of Anne Boleyn and her husband King Henry VIII.
The city of Canterbury offers a magnificent and historic cathedral as well as the opportunity to take a shot at introducing the family to the Canterbury Tales. This attraction allows you to stroll back into the 14th century and join the members of Geoffrey Chaucer’s well loved book the Canterbury Tales as they begin their journey. It is both educational and entertaining.
Kent offers lots of other holiday options that will please all the children and the adult in the family. There are a multitude of places to stay in Kent including farms, bed and breakfast, self catering and hotels. You can visit Kent for a week, a weekend or even on a daytrip and you will find plenty of enjoyable ways to pass the summer holiday.