10 Free Things to do over the Summer holidays in and around Tunbridge Wells

Entertaining the children during the summer holidays can be expensive. To help save your bank balance this summer, we have come up with the top ten FREE things to do with your kids in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and East Sussex.

1) Visit a Beach

Whether you are after sand, shingle or wanting to explore rock pools, the coast line of Kent and Sussex offer some beautiful beaches. Our page on beaches offers comprehensive information including blue flag status and facilities. It’s worth noting that for a token fee (£2 per person, or free for children who live in Thanet) there is the brilliant Rocky Shore Safaris, which is suitable for all the family (especially 4-14 years). Locations, times and dates vary; click here to be taken to the Rocky Shore Safari website.

2) Family Fun Days

Family fun days are taking place in various locations throughout the borough of Tunbridge Wells. With something for everyone including sports and art & craft, they are free and there is no need to book in advance. Check out our event calendar for times and locations.

3) Free Drop-in Workshops at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall

There are two free drop-in workshops at at the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall this summer holiday. In anticipation of the showing of the children’s favourite “Aliens Love Underpants” the theatre is holding an “Aliens Love Underpants and So Do We” workshop on Friday 9th August 11.00-15.00 (suitable for children aged 2-15 years). Children will be able to help the theatre decorate the aliens’ underpants so that they can be displayed during the show’s run. On Friday 23rd August 11.00-15.00, the theatre is looking towards its Christmas Panto of “Jack and the Beanstalk” and holding “A Giant of an Art Workshop”. Suitable for children aged 2-15 years, kids will have the opportunity to help create a Jack and the Beanstalk mural, which will be displayed on the Assembly Hall canopy from December.

4) Take a Family WalkPepenbury-Woodland-walk-300

Tunbridge Wells and its surrounding areas offer beautiful walks for all the family. For woodlands consider Birchden Woods, Broadwater Warren and Hargate Forest. If your children enjoy climbing then Wellington Rocks in Tunbridge Wells common is a good choice. Dunorlan Park is a great place to scoot/cycle/walk round the lake with the added bonus of also including a fabulous kids playground and the chance to feed the ducks.

5) Young Nature Hunters and Mini Beast Safari

Explore nature and discover some scary mini beasts with a museum expert. Times and locations vary, for more information check out our event calendar page.

6) Go to the library

Lots of children love going to the library; spend time browsing the books with them and then let them choose a couple to take home. Even if they’re not big readers a non-fiction book on their favourite topic is likely to go down well. The library also offers Baby Rhyme and Story Time for free, visit the Tunbridge Wells library website for further information.

Fordcombe-park-image-3007) Playgrounds

There are so many playgrounds to choose from in and around Tunbridge Wells and what child isn’t happy to wile away an hour or two near some swings. Our favourite playgrounds include Tonbridge Park (a huge recreation ground that has the added bonus of a miniature railway), Grove Park (nice and central in Tunbridge Wells with a good area for a picnic) and St John’s Park. For those looking for a more peaceful outing then Fordcombe and Frant are good choices. For more information, visit our parks and playgrounds page.

8) Dunorlan Birds of a Feather

OwlTunbridge Wells Museum are organising a fabulous birds of prey display. On Saturday 3rd August 11.00-16.00 live birds of prey will be on display, along with showcases of falconry and a chance to try your hand at bird handling. For more information click here.

9) Free Festival of Fun at Royal Victoria Place

The Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells is offering families a Free Festival of Fun. Children will have the opportunity to meet Captain Barnacle & Kwazii (7th August), watch the Big Top Circus (9th August), take part in a Waybuloo Yogo Workshop (14th August), listen to story telling with Mike the Knight (21st August), be amazed by Charlie Farley’s Magic Show (23rd August), and meet Rastamouse & Scratchy (28th August).  Times vary, please visit the Royal Victoria website page for further information.

10) Visit a London Museum

Ok, so you will need to fund the trip into London but the fact that entry to these fabulous museums is free means that they are still worth a mention. Particular favourites include the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.