40+ things to do with children in and around Sevenoaks this summer

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Something to do in and around Sevenoaks EVERY DAY this summer holiday!

I have lived in Sevenoaks my whole life and I am still finding new places to go with my children. I recently asked in the class WhatsApp for more ideas (thanks to them for their suggestions) and here they are! Some are paid, some are free. You can save a few pennies by grabbing a portable picnic blanket and taking your own food and drink!

Where possible I have included clickable links to the websites. Please remember you may need to book in advance and check websites or social media first to avoid disappointment.

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve: Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks – free to enter but paid parking on site. Visitor centre, toilets & cafe. No dogs, bikes, joggers etc (it’s a wildlife reserve)

Bradbourne Lakes: Various entrances, Bradbourne Vale Road, Lambarde Road & Betensen Avenue. Several ponds with lots of wildlife. Feed the ducks (not bread) – free parking on street. No toilets  

Lullingstone Roman Villa: (English Heritage) Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Nr Sevenoaks – Pay to enter (free for English Heritage members). Museum with gallery, self service food and drink, picnics and toilets. 

Castle Farm Lavender and PYO: Redmans Lane, Shoreham, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 7UB – Parking onsite £2.50. Beautiful (and very popular) lavender fields and PYO apples when in season. Farm shop with all sorts of produce and gifts, kiosk selling tea, coffee etc. 

Stonepitts Farm PYO: WATERY LANE, SEAL CHART, SEVENOAKS, KENT, TN15 0ER – pick your own strawberries & raspberries. Parking on site 

Mount Vineyard: The Mount, Church Street, Shoreham, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 7SD – A lovely vineyard with a restaurant (stone fired pizzas) you can sit indoors or out and take away is available. Coffee kiosk also on site – venue is dog friendly inside & out! Free parking on site. The surrounding roads are a tight squeeze

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens: Riverhill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RR. A gorgeous garden that puts on all sorts of activities (changing weekly) over the school holidays and has a resident yeti in the woods. Parking on site, cafe, toilets, outdoor shop selling plants and gifts. Check out what we thought here 

riverhill himalayan gardens, Sevenoaks, view of water feature in the natural theatre overed in grass

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Reuthe’s Nursery: Sevenoaks Road, Seal Chart, Kent, TN15 0HB – An 11 acre ancient woodland with nature trails, alpaca treks, farmers markets etc. Forest Family Festival 27th to 29th August. Parking on site with a cafe, toilets and shop. 

Sevenoaks Library & Museum: Buckhurt Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1LQ – Although events are not taking palce at the moment the library is open to borrow books and rent DVDs. The museum is also open and an art exhibition taking place. Located next to several central Sevenoaks car parks (Suffolk Way etc)

Sevenoaks Leisure Centre: Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1LW Swimming is available along with other classes. Check online and book ahead. Pay to park 

Chipstead Lake: In the village of Chipstead is Chipstead Lake. Enjoy a walk here, Tri Swim offer open water swimming (don’t just go for a dip) and members of the angling club fish. Parking can be difficult on the surrounding residential roads. The Bricklayers Arms pub faces the lake and has tables on the green – booking recommended.

Coolings Lifestyle (formerly Green & Pleasant): Main Rd, Knockholt, Sevenoaks TN14 7LJ – A lovely garden centre which also boasts a lovely nature trail featuring all sorts of animals (paid) and Willows Birds of Prey. Cafe and toilets, free parking on site 

Polhill Garden Centre: London Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 7AD- A vast garden centre with a restaurant serving hot & cold food and tiki huts outside. There is also a children’s  playground as well as go karts and inflatables on water (in season)

Woodlands Garden CentreKent Firefighting Museum: Ash Lane, Ash, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7EG A garden centre with a cafe featuring Kent Firefighting Museum (open 3 days a week). Parking on site, cafe and toilets

Spa Valley Railway: West Station, Nevill Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY – steam & diesel trains, buy tickets online and board at one of the several stations. A really lovely day out with the kids, they also do special afternoon teas, dining evenings and so on. We’ve been a couple of times, our review is here

Spa Valley Railway, High Rocks Station. Ugly the steam train approches the platform

Ugly – Spa Valley Railway, High Rocks Station

Eagle Heights: Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Sevenoaks, Kent, DA40JB – One of the UKs largest bird of prey centres but also home to alpacas, huskies and more. You can spend a day here or even camp in one of their tents overnight. Tearoom, toilets, playgrounds, picnics. Free parking on site

Bore Place: Bore Place Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AR – Bore Place is set in 500 acres of countryside which encompass an organic dairy farm, organic market gardens, conference centre, environmental education centre, as well as programmes to provide opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. There are lots of different child only activities over the holidays like den building, wildlife and arts and crafts 

Stag Theatre: London Road, Sevenoaks, KENT TN13 1ZZ – Cinema & live performances along with a cafe. Parking in the car park behind the Stag

Hever  Festival Theatre:  Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG – A fabulous outdoor theatre set in the glorious grounds of Hever Castle. Check the website for shows including child friendly ones. We visited in 2019, our review is here 

Groombridge Place: Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG – A 17th century moated manor house, sculpted formal gardens and 200 acres of parkland. With giant swings, a maze and canal boats to take you across to the enchanted forest there is lots to see and do for a whole day out

Bedgebury Pinetum: Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, TN17 2SJ – Three walking trails, bike hire, Go Ape, horseriding and much more! Dogs on leads welcome. Parking, cafe toilets  

Bewl Water: Bewlbridge Lane, Lamberhurst, Kent, TN3 8JH – Take on the 13 mile walk around the lake, hire bikes, laser tag, aqua park, playgrounds. £5 to park all day. Take a picnic or eat in the restaurant/cafe 

Penshurst Place: Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG UK – visit the house or just take in the gardens with their adventure playground & woodland trail. 

Pepenbury Nature Trail: Aspens Bluebell Cafe  Cornford Lane, Pembury, Kent TN2 4QU – a cafe with playground and woodland walk set in the grounds of a very special residential home for people with disabilities and complex needs. Limited parking on site 

Circus Zyair: Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY 30th July to 16th August. All seats £9.99

FREE! Family Fun Days from Sevenoaks District Council

Monday 26 July 10am to 2pm
Seal Recreation Ground, High Street, Seal TN15 0AF

Tuesday 27 July 10am to 2pm
Swanley Park BR8 7PW 

Wednesday 28 July 10am to 2pm
Dunton Green Recreation Ground TN13 2UR

Thursday 29 July 2pm to 5pm
Edenbridge, Stangrove Park, off Station Road TN8 5LU

Friday 30 July 10am to 2pm
Eysnford, Anthony Roper Primary School DA4 0AA

Monday 2 August 10am to 2pm
West Kingsdown, Gamecock Meadow TN15 6BZ

Tuesday 3 August 10am to 2pm
New Ash Green, The Minnis DA3 8HH

Wednesday 4 August 10am to 2pm
Knockholt Recreation Ground TN14 7LD

Thursday 5 August 10am to 2pm
Hextable Gardens BR8 7LT

Friday 6 August 10.30am to 2pm
Chipstead Recreation Ground TN13 2SA

Monday 9 August 10am to 2pm
Four Elms Recreation Ground (behind Four Elms Primary School) TN8 6NE

Tuesday 10 August 10am to 2pm
Hartley, Woodland Avenue Recreation Ground DA3 7DB

Wednesday 11 August 10am to 2pm
Halstead Recreation Ground TN14 7HG

Thursday 12 August 10am to 2pm 
Crockenhill, Harvestfield BR8 8LH

Friday 13 August 2pm to 5pm
Leigh, The Green TN11 8QL

Monday 16 August 10am to 1pm
Fawkham Village Hall, Valley Road, Fawkham DA3 8NA

Tuesday 17 August 10am to 2pm
Sevenoaks, Greatness Recreation Ground TN14 5BU

Wednesday 18 August 10am to 1pm
South Darenth, Heathside Recreation Ground DA4 9AZ

Thursday 19 August 10am to 2pm
Westerham, King George’s Playing Field TN16 1BN

Friday 20 August 2pm to 5pm
Chiddingstone Causeway, Sports Field TN11 8JN

Kent Country Parks

All have parking on site, toilets and cafes. There are various activities at each centre including play equipment, zip wires, swings etc.

Trosley: Waterlow Road, Vigo, Kent, DA13 0SG

Lullingstone: Castle Road, Eynsford, Kent, DA40JF

Manor Park: St Leonard’s Street, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6PE

National Trust properties, gardens and parks near Sevenoaks

Parking on site at each (free for National Trust members). Cafes and toilets open

Knole Park: Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP (Sat Nav TN13 1HX) – Knole House is set in an ancient deer park. Perfect for rambling days and picnics – there is no play area at this property 

Emmetts Gardens: Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6BA – Gorgeous hillside garden with natural play area for kids. This August they will be hosting outdoor theatre

Chartwell: Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS – Family home and garden of Winston Churchill. A fabulous garden and lakes with various children’s play areas 

Igtham Mote: Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT – 14th century moated manor house with spectacular gardens. Plenty for kids to do in the natrual playground – take wellies and a change of clothes so they can play in the river. Our review is here

National Trust Emmetts

The tent at Emmetts with dressing up clothes inside

Playgrounds in and around Sevenoaks – FREE!

Hollybush: Hollybush Cl, Sevenoaks TN13 3UH – free parking in residential streets, also a paid car park. Cafe and toilets (ask for the key in the cafe). Playing fields, playground with swings etc

Pontoise Close aka The Sandy Mountains (bigger kids): Pontoise Cl, Sevenoaks TN13 3ES – children’s playground with swings, slide, climbing frame. Field with football goals, walk up the “mountain”. Free parking on site – no toilets

Pontoise Close/Mount Close (toddlers): Hidden between two houses a short walk from Pontoise Close play park is a playground especially for little ones to enjoy.   

Greatness Recreation Ground: Mill Lane, Sevenoaks, TN14 5BX – outdoor gym, swings and slides, skate ramps and large open space

Otford Recreation Ground: High Street, Otford, TN14 5PG – Full size football pitches, swings and slides. Parking on site

Castles in and around Sevenoaks

Hever Castle: Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG – Famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn there is so much to do at Hever Castle. Even if you aren’t visiting the house itself the gardens are packed with adventures. There are two play grounds, two mazes – one is water, a huge lake to walk around and over the holidays there are different quests along with jousting events. Cafes, restaurants, kiosks, take a picnic. Parking on site

Leeds Castle: Broomfield, Maidstone ME17 1PL – Within the grounds, as well as the gardens, there is an obstacle course, adventure golf and playgrounds. This summer there will be challenges, open air cinema and children’s theatre.

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