August is upon us and we’re already full flow into the summer holidays with the kids. Hopefully you’ve already got your summer holidays strategically planned out. However, if you’re already pulling your hair out or simply looking for some inspiration on things to do with the children over the next month and live in either Kent or East Sussex, then the good news is the Family Friendly Fun website is the perfect place to start looking!
Family Friendly Fun have tried and tested a great range of child friendly activities in Tunbridge Wells, Kent & East Sussex to provide a comprehensive list of things to do with the kids. To give you a taste of what’s on in August have a look below for their recommendations or check out their events calendar for a comprehensive listing.
To burn off some energy, throughout the summer holiday Bewl Water is offering its visitors a large choice of outdoor activities to partake in until 3rd September. This includes hydroballs, fishing, paddle boats, mini golf, spacehoppers, go karts and rides.
At Sissinghurst Castle, children can learn some bushcraft survival skills on the 15th August as part of the 50 things to do before you’re aged 11 3/4. If survival skills aren’t your thing then perhaps an Adventure Walk at Sissinghurst Castle on the 22nd August will appeal more with trails, barefoot walks and rolling down hills! Or if you like getting lost (!) the fabulous Maize Maze makes a welcome return to Penshurst Place until 7th September.
Not forgetting the fantastic Camp Beaumont Day Camps at Kent College. Open every Monday to Friday until August 22nd, with a choice of over 40 creative, adventure and sporting activities to choose from as well as theme days and special events, children are guarenteed days of fun filled adventure and friendship.
2. ARTS AND CRAFT
A lot of the attractions hosting summer events offer their visitors some sort of art & craft (for example at Penshurst Place you can create walky talky cups or model horses as part of their Summer Sundays, and Bewl Water has a colouring tent as part of its Summer Holiday Fun event). There’s also Glazy Daisy in Tunbridge Wells which allows your children to paint their choose and paint their own ceramics. Booking slots are available from Tuesday to Sunday and your guaranteed to have lots of fun.
3. CASTLES AND STATELY HOMES
There is a big medieval theme this summer. Leeds Castle is hailing its Medieval Festival from 23rd-31st August as its 2014 flagship event, promising a wealth of entertainment including jousting, knights school, falconry displays and a medieval market. Not to be left out, Bodiam Castle will be offering its younger visitors the chance to attend its brilliant Knight and Princess Academy every Wednesday and Thursday throughout August until 28th August. And, finally, for those who wish to watch an exciting battle, Dover Castle is holding its Clash of Knights event 16th-17th August which sees four teams of knights meet head on with shield and club.
4. FAMILY FUN DAYS
Family Fun Days are completely free with a huge range of activities to appeal to all the family including Kwik Cricket, tag rugby, football, arts & craft and much more. There is no need to book – just turn up. For more information on dates and venues visit Family Fun Day.
5. MEET AND GREET
There are two key venues for meeting and greeting this Summer. At Drusillas Park there is the chance to meet Hello Kitty, Peppa Pig & George, the Fat Controller andFireman Sam. Peppa Pig & George will also be visiting the Spa Valley Railway as will Mike the Knight. Please check the Drusillas Park and Spa Valley websites for dates and times.
For nature-lovers there is a wealth of events scheduled for this summer. Bird spotters might be interested in the Secret Life of Birds at Sissinghurst Castle on the 8th August. Here you will be able to learn all about birds and their habitats. Visitors will also have the opportunity to make a bird box to take home.
For a more fishy theme, Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium are holding a Predators Week 11th-17th August where visitors will be able to find out which creatures really do rule the ocean, and a Claws Week from 25th-31st August.
If your child has a passion for science there is no doubt that the Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux Castle is the place to visit this summer. Rocketry on the 6th August, Paper Making on the 7th August, The Family of the Sun 12th August, Colour Kaleidoscope 13th August and Cool Chemistry 19th August.
8. SCHOOL HOLIDAY COURSES
School holiday courses are a wonderful opportunity for children to be entertained, learn a new skill and make friends. For details of holiday courses in the area then visit Summer Holiday Courses.
9. TRANSPORT FUN
Perhaps for younger children Spa Valley Railway’s Teddy Bear’s Day Out on the 16th-17th August will appeal (all accompanied children who bring their teddy will travel for £1).
If your child is a budding engineer then Chatham Dockyard is likely to be a good option with its Doc Yard’s Techsplorers from 1st-31st August. Throughout the month of August there will be a range of hands on activities for the family (particularly suitable for children between the ages of 7 and 12 years). Examples of activities include building your own balloon car and racing it, design and make a kite, and K’nex.
10. THEATRE AND FILM
Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells is a great place to consider if your children love film and you want a change from your normal cinema experience. They currently having two showings of Maleficient (tonight 4th August at 17:00 and Tuesday 12th August also at 17:00) as well as a number of other children’s films worth checking out. Unfortunately their theatre workshops are now fully booked. Also at the beautiful Penshurst Place visitors can listen to lighthearted World War I storytelling by the fabulous Aardvark Productions as part of the estate’s Summer Sundays event Sundays until 31st August.
With so much going on there’s hopefully no reason for your kids to get bored. Or you could of course just stay in…!! Hmmm.