Sevenoaks and the surrounding area in Kent has a fair bit to offer this May Day Bank Holiday
May Day! May Day – what can we do for May Day?
Here are a few ideas to keep families entertained, as always some are free and others will cost a few pounds.
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We all know it’s bluebell season (I hope) so check out my post of the best places to see them locally HERE!
I’ll start with one I’ve not tried myself yet…
Chipstead Sailing Club, Chipstead Lake, Sevenoaks, is having an Open Day on 6th May from 10am
It says “fun for all from 7 to 70+. See sailing in action. Taster Sails. Opportunities for adults and children to learn how to sail. Model yachting, canoeing, open water swimming, paddleboarding, sea cadets. Refreshments, lunches and free parking”
Found on the way to Hildenborough / A21 Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is a real sight for sore eyes.
Their Bluebell Festival continues until 6th May and their Rhododendron Riot is in full swing throughout May.
Usual entrance fee applies. Take money for cake – it’s delicious!
Reuthe’s Nursery is free to enter and well worth a visit
Reuthe’s Nursery is next to the Crown Point on the way to Borough Green. There is a fab cafe selling local produce as well as a little play area for the kids to let off steam.
I got loads of great feedback about Reuthe’s from readers after my February things to do post. They loved the alpaca trails (I must book myself on that)! These will be running over the May Day bank holiday weekend.
Shoreham Primary School are hosting Happy’s Circus.
OK it’s strictly speaking not over the weekend (it’s on Wednesday 8th May) but it looks to be a good craic. Gates open at 4pm, show starts at 6pm until 8pm (with a 45 minute interval for much need wee and refreshment breaks).
Tickets are £8.50 each or a family tickets £30.
As well as the circus there will be a bouncy castle, food, bar (they had me at bar) ice lollies and games. Parking is available from Darenth Valley car park from 5pm or grab the train – it’s a ten minute walk from Shoreham Station. Entrance to the event is via the village car park on Filston Lane.
The Papermakers Arms, Plaxtol, Sevenoaks
Pizza and live music Sunday 5th May. Wood fired pizzas from 5pm and live music from 6.30 – yummy!!
Emmetts will be in its full Bluebell and spring flower glory.
We love Emmetts as it has a lovely natural play area with tents, dressing up clothes – not to mention the tea rooms.
Be aware that it gets very busy so check their Facebook Page to make sure they haven’t had to close
We visited Ightham Mote for the first time recently (you can read my review of Ightham Mote here) – we were blown away with how lovely the grounds and staff were.
There is a fabulous play area here – make sure you take wellies and a change of clothes for the kids as they are sure to want to “paddle” in the stream…
As with most of the National Trust properties there are plenty of play areas and more than most at Chartwell, swings, seesaws, a lovely caravan with dressing up bits and pieces.
Chartwell does get busy and so check their Facebook page before you set off
Westerham Brewery, Beggars Lane, Biggin Hill
We popped here a couple of weekends ago but the weather wasn’t great and there were no tables left inside. In good weather this place will be superb! We stayed long enough for Monsieur Incidental and Granny Incidental to sample their pale ale and they haven’t stopped going on about it since!
Each day every weekend they have a different food van – well worth a trip over to check out a working brewery, sample the local ales and take in some freshly cooked food! Check out their Facebook page for details of whats on and when each weekend.
The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle
This Saturday, 4th May at 8pm seeing Horrible Histories recreate Barmy Britain – take a trip back in time with this fabulous West End show where all the horrible bits of history are left in! For more information and to book tickets click here
Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone
Is hosting a literary festival over the whole weekend.
Children’s day is on Monday 6th May (we’ll be there – as we’ve been given press tickets) when the illustrator of our childrens favourite book Giraffes Can’t Dance will be there along with clay modelling workshops from Aardman Animation among others. Check here for full details and admission prices.
Groombridge Place, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells
Over the bank holiday they are holding a Wild West Spectacular Weekend with Devils Horsemen Wild West Show. Who doesn’t like a cowboy? I know I do! It promises a Buffalo Bill style display – shout YEEHAAAAH and don your stetsons! Click here to book tickets
For a more traditional May Day grab your bells and dance round a maypole at Kent Life on 6th May. There will be Morris Dancing workshops, tug-of-war, think May Day on the village green and you get the picture.
A family ticket online is just under £30 – grab yours here
Entry is £4 per car and then you pay as little or as much as you wish. We usually make the most of the free playgrounds and have relaxing boat trip on the Bewl Belle (which is £4 per person).
In May their much anticipated water park is opening – watch this space!
Spa Valley Railway
Visit the Spa Valley Railway this which is running a yellow timetable this May Day bank holiday Saturday and Sunday only. Check out both steam and diesel engines – we went at Easter and had a blast!
Check out the website for full details here
For a quick and free way to let off some steam there are plenty of free playgrounds in Sevenoaks, including Pontoise Close which had a little refurb in January.
There is also the Environmental Park behind the leisure centre, Otford, Hollybush and a little one on the Vine next to the lovely cafe.
For a free wander there is always Bradbourne Lakes, opposite the Wildlife Reserve on Bradbourne Vale Road. Take some porridge to feed the ducks – there might be some ducklings too
If the weather is awful then Bluewater offers plenty to keep the kids occupied both undercover and outdoors.
Outdoors there is Pirate Cove with gold and all sorts and also the Nature Trail.
Indoors you have Gravity trampoline park, soft play with a difference in the form of Dinotropolis (we reviewed it recently, read what we thought here) and of course the cinemas – have you checked out the luxury recliners?
Whatever you do, have a lovely weekend SUMMER IS COMING!!