If you are looking for some inspiration and ideas as to how to spend those long and hopefully sunny days then you are in luck. There are so many great things to do in Kent – including enrolling on one of our courses ready for our new term of course!

Whether you are looking for a cultural experience, to entertain the kids or to enjoy the sun, we thought we’d give you our top ideas of things to do in Kent.

Shop till you drop at Bluewater (Greenhithe)

Looking for some retail therapy over the summer? Bluewater is home to a whole host of big names from the high street so even the most ardent shopper will be satisfied. There are also over 60 places to keep you fed and watered whilst you pick out that outfit. What’s more, for a limited time only they have their very own beach with rides and attractions to keep you entertained.

Explore Kent’s heritage at Kent Life (Maidstone)

Kent Life is ideal for a fun packed day out for the whole family. Discover the mini village or relax in the Kentish gardens. For those with little ones there is a family play area, whilst the big top arena hosts a variety of shows during the school holidays including Punch and Judy. For animal lovers a visit to the farmyard and owl sanctuary is a must.

Hop Farm Family Park (Tonbridge)

Don’t miss the Hop Farm in the garden of England for more family fun. There are many great attractions including an outdoor adventure play area, a 4D cinema and a farm full of animals to get up close to. There are also plenty of places to eat and drink so there’s no need for a packed lunch.

Leeds Castle (Maidstone)

Billed as “the loveliest castle in the world”, Leeds Castle has plenty to offer and your entry ticket allows you multiple visits throughout the year. The castle and its grounds feature breathtaking views, a beautiful moat and formal gardens. There are many special displays and daily events throughout the year.

Kent’s beaches (various locations)

It wouldn’t be the summer without a visit to the beach. Luckily, in Kent you are spoilt with so many good ones to choose from. Broadstairs, with its iconic colourful huts has a number of great beaches linked by its promenade. Whitstable has a fantastic pebble beach but a visit isn’t complete without exploring the quaint seaside town as well, it’s full of fabulous pubs and restaurants – don’t forget to try an oyster. For those wanting to combine the beach and an adrenaline rush there is Margate, with its sandy beach and the Dreamland theme park with its vintage rides. A visit to the Turner Contemporary art gallery is also a must.

Don’t forget, Kent has more to offer than just days out. Learn a new skill, meet new friends or take up a hobby with us at KAE.

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