Our top 8 family days out in Kent and East Sussex

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School is out and the house is filled with the pitter-patter of tiny feet but don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of some of the top days out to help you survive until they go back to class.

1. Hever Castle

The castle and award-winning gardens have something for everyone. With scenic walks and the keep itself to explore, plus activities for the young ones including a Knights and Princesses school, and even authentic medieval jousting tournaments.



2. The Hop Farm

If you have young children, this is the perfect excuse to meet Paw Patrol’s Chase & Marshall (August 13), or Dora the Explorer and her friend Diego (August 22). There’s a whole slew of indoor and outdoor attractions including Giant Jumping Pillows, Water Zorbs and Hopper’s Animal Farm. If you’re looking to book a little get-away, you can also book a few nights at the campsite, with glamping also available.



3. Manic Monsters

This soft play centre in Edenbridge has two play frames, one for babies and toddlers up to five years old, and one for children up to 12, as well as two cart tracks, a football pitch and Lazer Tag. Home-made food is served along with great coffee so you can have a good time while your kids climb.



4. Penshurst Place

Another great day out can be had at this estate, which has parkland for walking and cycling, a Maize Maze to get lost in, a 14th century manor house, an adventure playground for the kids and even a toy museum. You won’t see it all in one visit, which makes returning as exciting as going.



5. Assembly Hall

Peppa Pig: My First Concert is an interactive introduction to a live orchestra with children’s favourite Peppa Pig, as well as Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and George. Learn about all the different sounds that instruments make together, and the little piggies can join in and make music of their own.



6. Drusillas

Aside from the Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Red Pandas and Humbolt Penguins at this zoo and park near Alfriston, there are plenty of play areas for the kids including a wet play Splash Pad and the new Rainforest Carousel. Visit in August and you can see Paddington Bear, Spiderman and Hello Kitty.



7. Bewl Water

From a half day to multiple weeks, the Kid’s Camps here are flexible, with a variety of outdoor activities including cycling, water trips and laser tag. Activities are rotated meaning that no two days will be the same, with sessions running on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For children aged 5 and up.



8. Groombridge Place

With its enchanted forest, gorgeous manor house and plenty of events, you can easily spend a whole day on the estate and still not see everything. Try the UK’s longest and highest tree-top walkway, walk through the formal gardens, let the kids play in the enchanted forest, or take them to see the open-air Wizard of Oz play in the Crusoe’s World Theatre (July 27 to August 11).



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