Wild life!

There’s still time to enjoy the outdoors fun at Bewl Water. Molly Miller tells you what your little ones can enjoy this month…


With summer fading away and the kids heading back to school, the crazy Monday morning rush is making a strong comeback – you know the drill, school bags being tossed around, PE kits mysteriously vanishing, and you’re left searching for just one shoe!

But even though some parents might be breathing a sigh of relief after scrambling to fill six weeks with excitement, others are still faced with the challenge of looking after little ones who stay home while their older brothers and sisters return to their usual schedule.

If you’re looking for something different to keep them entertained, head to Bewl Water, the largest reservoir in southeast England tucked away in the gorgeous countryside of Lamberhurst. It boasts 800 acres of stunning scenery and loads of things to keep kids busy, like the indoor soft play area.

Found next to the Waterfront Café, the play zone offers two exciting levels of fun and adventure, along with a dedicated area for babies and a breakout for toddlers. It’s a hit with kids aged 0-8, and sessions only cost £5 for 50 minutes of play, while babies under 12 months enjoy free entry.

Crammed with interactivity, different play features, and many climbing routes up and down, it’s the perfect space for children to dive into. They’ll be racing through the play structure, dodging biff bags and exploring the twists and turns of each level.

Hanging snakes add an element of excitement as they swing through, whilst the stepping stones help master the art of balance and coordination. With funfair mirrors, windows to wave out of, plenty of slides and winding tunnels, soft play at Bewl Water has been designed especially for little adventurers with every corner packed full of fun.

Sessions can be booked online at bewlwater.co.uk and whilst car parking for the day costs £7, the outdoor playgrounds give little ones even more to explore during the visit. Built to develop skills like balance, agility, memory, and teamwork, toddlers can let their imagination run free on the rocking boat and navigate their way up the climbing frame before sliding back down again.

There are tunnels to crawl through and plenty of interactive elements to keep them occupied, plus a giant sandpit for hours of messy fun! You can find it over by the pirate ship – Bewl Water’s second play area but for slightly older children.

Both free to enjoy, the playgrounds are surrounded by picturesque views and landscapes where parents will find an ice cream parlour for a sweet treat after their day out. Delicious snacks and tasty lunch items can also be enjoyed in the Waterfront Café for hungry tots looking to refuel.

While you’re there, make sure to pick up a complimentary trail map for Ranger Bear’s latest adventure. It’s perfect for inquisitive little ones who enjoy exploring the great outdoors and will lead you through the enchanting woods at Bewl Water. There, you’ll encounter incredible wildlife, meet his friends at the bug hotel, and have to solve the secret code to finish the quest!

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