Tramble exists to make spending time as a family easy and fun. So we wanted to write about 10 things to do with the kids in Kent, and sometimes East Sussex, that meet the Tramble criteria. And, as an added bonus, a bunch of these family activities are completely free! So let’s get started with our favourite things to do with the kids in Kent and East Sussex…


Number 1 – Birling Gap

We adore walking, so it makes sense to kick off the list with one of the best walks in the UK. Yes, we are talking about Birling Gap!

What makes it more fun? Fossil hunting and rock pooling…

Birling Gap is located between Eastbourne and Brighton and features a large array of rock pools to explore when the tide goes out, so make sure you read the tide tables. Adding to that there’s a National Trust Cafe so you can have a lovely tea and cake when you need a break.

An image of Birling Gap at Sunset

More information on the website.

Number 2 – Cinderhill Woods

Second up is another walker’s paradise. The 12-hectare Cinderhill Woods nature reserve managed by the Kent High Weald Partnership has well looked after footpaths so it is easy to explore the wildflowers and spot some animals. Another top pick for some fresh air and a firm favourite when considering things to do with the kids in Kent and East Sussex!

More information on the website.

Number 3 – Canterbury Tales

Now onto one of the main known attractions for families in Canterbury. The interactive story of Chaucer’s pilgrims takes you and the kids on an interesting journey of discovery at the Canterbury Tales. And, you’ll be in Canterbury so there are plenty of other little treasures to explore (including our Canterbury Tramble Codebreaking Walk!)

More on the Canterbury Tales here.

Number 4 – Drusillas Zoo

Drusillas Zoo comes with a fiercely good reputation. And for good reason. A day out at Drusillas will see you and the family take part in a bunch of brilliant activities. They often throw themed events so make sure you check out the website for more information.

Drusilla's Theme Park is one of ten great things to do with the kids in Kent and East Sussex

More on the website here.

Number 5 – Hever Castle

You don’t clock up over 700 years of history without having a few stories to tell. The same is true at Hever Castle. There is an excellent water maze, lovely grounds and, our personal favourite, the jousting events in the summer. There is something for everyone here making it one of our favourite things to do with the kids in Kent and East Sussex.

More information on the website here.

Number 6 – Dino Golf

We love mini-golf. It’s sure to get the whole family involved and, hopefully, still smiling by end of the 18 holes… Why not give it a go at Mr Mulligan’s Dino Golf? A really good activity for the kids in Tonbridge.

More information on that here.

Number 7 – The Pells

We love activities and that’s why we recommend a splash at The Pells outdoor swimming pool, which happens to be the oldest documented freshwater outdoor public swimming pool in the UK. It can be found in the beautiful town of Lewes in East Sussex, which is soon to have a Tramble walk to accompany it.

More information about the outdoor swimming pool here.

Number 8 – Wingham Wildlife Park

Wingham Wildlife Park seems to be always improving! You may well remember that it started off as a bird park and now has developed into an extensive animal collection, with play diggers for the younger members of your family and go-karts for the older kids. Check it out.

A dinosaur on a mini golf course

More information on their website.

Number 9 – Swanley Park

Swanley Park is set in around 60 acre with a visit to the splash park thrown in for FREE. Add to that the cafe, fun on the bouncy castle and a lovely boating lake. For the more active amongst you why not take a punt on the bikes for hire and explore!

Find out about everything at Swanley Park here.


Number 10 – Tonbridge Castle

Walking in and around the Tonbridge Castle Grounds is something of pure pleasure. Get up to the castle and see the cannon by the entrance and watch down by the river as the boats and kayakers stream on by. You could even hire a boat next to the bigger bridge on Tonbridge High Street. Starting at £5 per Adult and £2.50 for under 16’s per hour you can have quite the adventure on a budget.

Explore Tonbridge Castle here


Need More Ideas?

So there are 10 ideas from us to get you and your family active on a budget.

If you need other days out inspo, be sure to check out our Day Out Builder and search for family activities near you.

Tramble Day Out Builder - Things To Do With The Kids in the UK

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