COVID-19 update

05.01.21 Update

The county of Kent, along with the rest of England is now under a National Lockdown following a government announcement on 4th January:

The new government requirements are:

Staying at home is vitally essential, you must only leave home for specific reasons listed in the link above (GOV.UK).

You can exercise outdoors in a local area and you can meet one person from another household but remain socially distanced.

  • Hands: wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • Face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Space: stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings).

Explore local green spaces!

Access to the outdoors for exercise and socialisation will be more important than ever for our wellbeing. Even though the days are getting colder and darker, we should all make an effort to stay active and maintain our connection to the outdoors. To do this we suggest:

  • Using the Explore Kent activity map to find local parks and open spaces across Kent.
  • Using the Public Rights of Way Map to find walking and cycling routes near to you for work or leisure.
  • Go outside for exercise and maintain your usual exercise routine but do not travel to busy areas. (Top tip: If it’s dark by the time your finish work, take a long lunch break to get your daily dose of the outdoors.)
  • Stay at least 2m from other people. Please be considerate and maintain distance when using Public Rights of Way close to people’s homes and gardens.
  • Wash your hands when you get home from being outside and as often as possible additionally using hand sanitiser if available.

Countryside, beaches and parks remain open (but outdoor gyms are closed). Facilities such as cafes, visitor centres and toilets are likely to be closed so check ahead.


Kent Country Parks – visitor centres are now closed. Car parks and toilets will remain open. Please don’t travel far, use your local spaces.

Shorne Woods Playground – as of 20th January Shorne Woods playground will be closed. The decision is reflective of the significant number of visitors, social gatherings and lack of social distancing and supervision around and in the play area. By closing the play area we hope that this will disperse visitors over a wider area as well as discourage gatherings, thereby increasing people’s safety at this time.


The National Trust – gardens, parks and countryside in England remain open for local members to enjoy the fresh air and exercise. Gardens and parks will continue to have a daily number limit, you will need to book to visit your local site. Please remember to only visit if you are local to the site.


Please note: Parks and footpaths are becoming increasingly unpleasant underfoot, with mud mud and more mud. We advise you wear boots/wellies and dress appropriately for winter weather.

Continue to look out for each other and stay safe,

The Explore Kent Team

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