Things to do in Sevenoaks in the May half term holiday

Sevenoaks and the surrounding area has a lot to offer over the May half term holiday

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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Let’s get things rolling with…

Bouncy Kingdom at Greatness Recreation Park, Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks Town Partnership has arranged this Bouncy Kingdom fun at Greatness Recreation Ground from 29th May to 2nd June. Shall we take bets on how many broken bones there will be? All joking aside it looks like good fun at a reasonable price.

bouncy kingdom in Sevenoaks

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

We love Riverhill Himalayan Gardens and they always make a special effort in the school holidays. From 25th May to 2nd June they are holding a Make a Monster event. Take your time to explore the gardens and awesome children’s play area – treat yourself to cake too!  Usual entrance fee applies.

Reuthe’s Nursery is free to enter

Reuthe’s Nursery is next to the Crown Point on the way to Borough Green. There is a fab cafe serving fresh, local produce as well as a little play area for the kids to let off steam. 

As well as a well stocked nursery you can also meet the Alpacas and take them on a trek. For more information click here

Lullingstone Country Park, Shoreham nr Sevenoaks

A Half-Term Activity Trail from 25th May to 2nd June which you can book online or just turn up. It’s £3 and completed trails will win a small prize. To book click here

National Trust Properties local to Sevenoaks have a bundle of activities on offer: 

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks

Bird trail, Sat 25 May – Sun 2 Jun, 10am-4pm. Find out about bird life and complete activities on the May half-term trail in the garden. Price: Normal admission applies, £1 per trail

We love Emmetts as it has a lovely natural play area with tents, dressing up clothes – not to mention the tea rooms. 

National Trust Emmetts

The tent at Emmetts with dressing up clothes inside

National Trust, Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks

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 are two activities on offer over the week:

Fox and Rooster trail Sat 25 May – Sun 2 Jun, 10am-4.30pm. Grab your compass and explore the garden on our Fox and Rooster trail. Tick off number 45 of your 50 things as you discover how to find your way with a map.
Price: Normal admission applies, £2.50 per trail
Animal Craft Thurs 30 May. Make your own funky foam fridge magnet animal to take home with you.
Price: Normal admission applies, £2 per craft activity, materials included

National Trust, Chartwell, Westerham

Exotic animal trail Sat 25 May – Sun 2 Jun, 10am-4pm. Discover Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite exotic creatures on this fun family trail. Animal characters from London Zoo and all around the world are hidden throughout the garden. Some of them roar, some of them climb, others fly, two of them swim and one of them even hops!
Price: Normal admission applies, £1 per trail

There are also plenty of play areas at Chartwell, swings, seesaws, a lovely caravan with dressing up bits and pieces.

National Trust, Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst

Discover the Children of Scotney Sat 25 May – Sun 2 Jun, 10am-5pm.  Start ticking off the new 50
things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list or learn how to identify trees with the help of their estate guides.
Price: Normal admission applies, £2 per trail

National Trust, Smallhythe Place, Tenterden

Three Little Pig Tails – Wed 29 May, 1-2pm. Join Garlic Theatre as they entertain the whole family with beautifully crafted puppets, music and a garlicky French twist to a traditional tale. This brand new version of the classic story of the Three Little Pigs is set in Paris where a grumpy old wolf is a chef that wants a special ingredient for his soup. Bring your little ones along to enjoy this interactive performance with plenty of laughter and live music.
Price: £8
Macbeth – Fri 31 May, 7.30-9.40pm
King Lear– Sat 1 Jun, 7.30-9.40pm An ideal treat for the older kids this half-term. There’s a choice of two Shakespeare classic tragedies brought to life on stage by East 15 Acting School (established over 50 years ago out of the work of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop) who have been training together for the last two years. Led by a professional director, the actors use their individual and collaborative company skills to present a thrilling and original production – Shakespeare with a fresh mind.
Price: £12, Students/Children £10

National Trust, Bateman’s, Burwash, East Sussex

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree trail Until Sun 2 Jun, 10am-4pm

This half-term, follow the trail of Frann Preston-Gannon’s beautiful illustrations from the ‘I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree’ poetry book. Frann’s delightful and creative drawings highlight a poem for every month of the year and can be found in the formal gardens, meadow, quarry garden and play area. Discover the nature and fascinating species that live within the outdoor spaces in the beautiful Sussex countryside as you journey around the trail.

Price: Normal admission applies, £2.50 per trail

National Trust, Bodiam Castle, Nr Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Castle Characters trail

Sat 25 May – Sun 2 Jun, 10am-4pm

Discover eight child-size characters around the castle and find out all about the people who once lived and worked here on this family trail. Information shields reveal about what the rooms would have looked like in 1385, how they were used and what roles the characters played in castle life. Grab a photo with your favourite character on your visit.

Have-a-go archery

Weekends & holidays from Sat 6 Apr 11am-4pm

Come along and practise your archery skills.

Price: Normal admission applies, from £3

Kent Wildlife Trust – Sevenoaks Wildlife Trust, Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre

 11am to 2pm. Join them for a day of owl and bird based fun with a live outdoor display and talk from Kent Owl Academy.

A chance to have a wonderful day out at the reserve with your family and learn a lot about birds, owls and the surrounding wildlife. There will be guided walks of the reserve looking for birds throughout the event. Plus bird based crafts such as making bird suet feeders and bird feeding stations.

Then at 1pm the Kent Owl Academy will host an outdoor display of a range of their birds of prey and owls with a detailed talk to help you learn about these wondrous animals.

Cost: £8 per person to book click here

If you don’t fancy signing up to an activity then just put your wellies on and go for a walk there. Entrance is free and it’s a lovely day out.

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve - Kent Wildlife Trust

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve – Kent Wildlife Trust

Coolings Green and Pleasant, Knockholt

Coolings Green and Pleasant isn’t your run of the mill garden centre. Here they have a wonderful nature trail with various animals as well as Willows Bird of Prey Centre who put on displays at various times during the day. Check here for prices 

Polhill Garden Centre, Polhill, Sevenoaks

Keeping n the garden centre theme Polhill is more than a garden centre. It also houses Maidenhead Aquatics with their HUGE koi carp tank. You can buy food to feed them – it’s awesome. It also has a free outdoor play area behind Novell’s Resturant. This is astro turf and features a climbing frame and small slide for little ones. 

Over in the Play Zone they have recently added mini golf, quads and boats. There is a £2 fee for each of these activities.

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent 

May half term is Edwardian Life week where costumed characters will be mingling and playing traditional games of the period. There will also be Punch and Judy and the activities are free with the purchase of a ticket to the grounds (although some will require a castle ticket too).

For prices and more information click here

Hever Festival Theatre, Hever Castle, Edenbridge

I’m very excited about this! This is a new one to me and I am going to see Mica Paris sing Etta James with my mum on 28th May. There are other many events including Ali Baba for all the family – check out full details here 

Hever Festical Theatre - Ali Baba

Hever Festival Theatre – Ali Baba

Groombridge Place, Groombridge

is Hosting a Peter Pan half term spectacular,wonderful fun live event with singing and dancing theatrical musical  show of Peter Pan and the  fun of Pirates  and Princesses as well as  Face painting, arts and crafts tent, where you can make your own pirates and princesses; Bouncy castles;  Outdoor Forest Theatre. There is also an arts and crafts area as well as Crusoe’s World with new rope bridges and walkways and a fabulous new wooden ship. You’ll find me on one of the giant tree swings! A family ticket is £49.50, for more information or to book check out the website here 

Bewl Water, Lamberhurst 

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.

On 25th May their much anticipated aqua park is opening book here

Spa Valley Railway

We spent a day at Spa Valley Railway recently and had a whale of a time – check out my review with hints and tips here.

Woohoo! Or should that be Choochoo?! It’s kids for a quid day 25th to 27th May. Standard travel on selected days during the rest of the week. Check out the website for full details here

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

From 24th to 27th May there will be a medieval jousting tournament – if Game of Thrones left you disappointed maybe this can lift your spirits. I suspect there will be a distinct lack of dragons though.

I also have it on good authority that there is a new (and pretty awesome) play area being. Check out the website for full information here – usual entrance fees apply

Godstone Farm, Godstone

A firm favourite for all the family Godstone Farm is having a Wildlife Discovery week over half term.

We were invited to review which you can read here. For further details and admission prices click here

Sevenoaks Playgrounds

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 refurb earlier this year.

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 

Pontoise Close

The new swing at Pontoise Close

Bluewater, Dartford

Come face to face with your favourite Superheroes at Bluewater! 23rd May – 8th Sept

Bluewaters all-new Superhero trail offers an action-packed break from shopping, inviting children to track-down 10 of their favourite superheroes.

Trail maps can be purchased from the concierge desks for £2 and everyone that completes the trail will be awarded a prize fit for a hero!

If that doesn’t float the kid’s boat Bluewater now offers a soft play with a difference in the form of Dinotropolis. We reviewed it recently, read what we thought here

The Rifleman Pub in Sevenoaks 

is having a May Bank Holiday Fun Day on Sunday 26th May. Join them for a whole day of FREE entertainment 
Live music by Andy Mac playing acoustic guitar, FREE burgers and hotdogs and even a Bouncy Castle to keep the kids entertained
Have a seat in our awesome garden, try some of the great selection of drinks behind the bar and relax!
BBQ from 2pm onwards and Music from 3pm

Westerham Brewery, Biggin Hill

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 weekend of 25th to 27th they are celebrating their 15th Anniversary, and will have an all day Beer Festival on Saturday 25th (from 11am until 10pm, no ticket required) featuring beer from Westerham and Friends, multiple street food vendors and live music all day. 

On Sunday they are hosting The Great Gig in the Marquee in the evening, and Monday will feature street food by the Moules and Bread Shed and chilled live music from 12pm-5pm.

Sunday 26th they are hosting On Thin Ice – the sounds of Pink Floyd – for more information click here

A little something for the older kids and adults…

Tonbridge Calling, Tonbridge 

All details are on the flyer!

Looking forward to the loooong summer holiday? 

If you are looking for something for your little treasures then look no further than:

Barracudas Activity Day Camps. Their Sevenoaks site is based at Walthamstow School and ideal for children aged 4 and a half to fourteen years old. 

barracudas activity day camps

It is rated Outstanding by Ofsted giving parents and carers peace of mind. Children have the chance to try their hands at lots of different activities while making new friends. Usual hours are 8.30 to 5.30 with the option to increase this from 8am to 6pm with their Early and Late clubs. Perfect for all parents and children! 

For more information and to book your childs place in time for the summer holidays click here

If you have any events that you would like me to add to this or include in future round ups please email me erica@theincidentalparent.com

*Contains days out that have been gifted and sponsored items

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