There are over 200 green spaces and parks in Kent. Sprawling with play areas, lakes, Roman forts, wildlife, walking and cycling routes. Above all, plenty of rolling green space to run, sit, play, kick around a football and just relax.
So when the kids need a day out to run around during those long school holidays, the dog’s looking longingly at the lead or you just need to get away from it all for a couple of hours, here are some ideas of parks in Kent for you.
Parks In Kent To Make An Ideal Day Out
In autumn Kent’s parks offer bright bursts of colour, like Mote Park with its beautiful lake and woodland where you can crunch through the leaves. While in summer, parks like Kearsney Abbey Gardens are a place for soaking up the sun, wandering around the lakes and even enjoying a BBQ. Spring is the time for bluebells and Ham Street Woods National Nature Reserve‘s woodland floor is carpeted in glades of bluebells and wood anemones on a spring walk. On crisp winter days, parks like Knole, a medieval deer park, are perfect for frosty mornings and snow-swept days, with a tea room to retreat into when a warm mug of something is needed.
Of course, when it comes to a visit to the park all children really need to know is whether there’s space to kick a football and throw a Frisbee and, most importantly, how good the play area is. Whether it’s the south east’s largest adventure play area at the glorious cliff-top Lower Leas Coastal Park or you’re looking to explore Dollar Dan’s Tankerton Cove at Whitstable Castle, you’ll find parks packed with plenty to keep children amused. So pack a picnic, grab the kite and head to the nearest green space.
For nature lovers, Kent’s parks can be more than play areas and lazy green spaces to flop down in the shade. Wildlife abounds in this area, from Bedgebury’s fantastic mixture of habitats and world-class collection of conifers, to sweeping Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve, with its wading birds and birds of prey sweeping across the shore.
- Lower Leas Coastal Park – Folkestone
- Brockhill Country Park – Saltwood
- Kearsney Abbey Gardens – Dover
- Pegwell Bay Nature Reserve – Sandwich
- Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest – Goudhurst
- Mote Park – Maidstone
- Ham Street Woods National Nature Reserve – Ham Street
- Knole Park – Sevenoaks
- Dollar Dan’s Tankerton Cove – Whitstable
- Shorne Woods Country Park – Gravesend
- Reculver Country Park – Herne Bay