Great ideas for the school holidays include children’s trails in Kent, with fairy and teddy bear trails, underwater monsters & lots more. Adding more as we find them. Plus, all-year quiz trails and themed hunts too – see under our tours and trips category for more inspiration. Also, check our Summer Holidays Events in Kent round-up and our Things To Do and What’s On categories for lots of great ideas. By Julie Roy
Children can learn and act like their favourite earthy creatures at the Summer of Play Wildlife Trail at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Ashford. With challenges and fun facts too, until 31st August.
Every Wednesday to Friday from the until 1st of September, head to the vines for the new Vineyard Trail at Squerreys Winery in Sevenoaks. For this fundraiser for Hospice in the Weald, little ones can hunt for questions around the vineyard, and receive a lollipop once they’ve completed the trail.
As part of the Octonauts Deep Sea Adventure at Historic Chatham Dockyard in Medway little ones can take part in a trail help the Octo-Crew identify these curious creatures when you pick up your logbook and find the clues. Until 2nd September.
Medway’s Summer Trails
With five hunts for badges at historic sites in Rochester, from until 2nd September they will recieve a voucher if they find all five. Children have to hunt for the gunpowder barrels with soldiers and then answer questions about the soldiers and their families who lived there at the Soldiers & Gunpowder Trail at Upnor Castle. At Guildhall Museum, visitors have to name the Short Brothers planes at the Short Brothers Plane Trail. For younger adventurers, there’s an eye spy trail where they can hunt for planes. At Temple Manor with the Grand Master’s Coat of Arms Trail see if you can figure out the name of the Grand Master – you will be able to if you complete the quest to collect all the Knights’ Grand-Master coats of arms, placed on shields around the wonderful grounds – limited opening dates. There’s the Find Tudor Ted trail at Eastgate House and at the Knights Code of Chivalry Trail at Rochester Castle see if you can find all the rules of behaviour that Knights live by. (Check opening dates for each venue as times and days vary).
Plenty of photo opportunities for fun pix as you head into the parkland to discover paintings, and framed views of Knole and the park with the Paintings & Frames Summer Trail at Knole House in Sevenoaks. Until the 3rd of September.
Emmett’s Garden in Sevenoaks has been invaded by an army of ants and little visitors can join the fairies as they prepare to defend their garden, visit their camp and enjoy some traditional games as they relax before the battle – dressing up is encouraged. With the Into The Fairy Garden Summer Trail, little ones can enjoy this story-led adventure with a prize. Until the 3rd of September.
Pick up the Summer Trail at the Trosley Country Park in Gravesend and out more about the park as you explore the woods in this self-led activity trail. Also at the Summer Trail at Lullingstone Country Park in Sevenoaks, little ones can explore the woods and park while following this self-led Summer themed trail. At both parks, all completed trails will receive a small prize, until the 3rd of September.
At the Summer of Play at Chartwell in Sevenoaks, they can pick up a woodland spotter sheet where they will make their way up to the treehouse. Plenty of other activities too – dance classes, meeting Winston Churchill’s soft toys, dressing up, and more. Until 3rd of September.
From the 30th August to 3rd September 2023 on the Troy Treasure Hunt at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks, help find their forgetful dog, Troy, and all his scattered possessions, with Troy stickers for all his super fans too.
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