Things To Do In Kent – East Kent Highlights

East Kent Highlights

See Kent’s suggestions for things to do and see in East Kent. Our highlights cover towns and villages in Thanet, Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable, Faversham and Sittingbourne areas.
By Sophie Bland

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Things To Do 

Quex Adventure Farm Park
Time & Price: Varies for each attraction
There is always something to do at Quex Park with plenty of fun for the whole family and lots of activities in January, as well as throughout the rest of the year. Have a round of Adventure Golf at their 18 hole course, with a backdrop of mini lakes, real ducks and a ‘ruined’ building. Take a stroll through their Craft Village where you will find a silversmith and jeweller, a cake designer, pottery studio and children’s workshops. Plus  Paintball, Jungle Jims Indoor and outdoor play areas and the Quex Barn with a food hall and eaterie. Also, make a note for your diary the Jumping Pillows and Field of Fun is opening at beginning of February.

Clip ‘n Climb Thanet
Time: From March 19th 2022- bookings open now. Wednesday to Sunday 8:45am-8pm School Holidays Also Monday and Tuesday 8:45am-8pm
Price: Peak/Off Peak- £16/£13.50. Spectators: Free
Age Guidance: 4 years +
New activity centre will feature 15 unique climbing challenges for you to enjoy is opening soon, but bookings can be made now.

Herne Bay Cultural Trail
Herne Bay
Price: Free
Great free trail where you can explore a number of landmarks in this pretty seaside town including the local Seaside Museum and its Amy Johnson statue and lots more historical sights.

Whitstable Museum and Gallery
Time: Thursday to Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm School Holidays Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm
Price: Adult: £3/Concessions – aged 60 years +: £2/Student: £1/Child – under 18 years: Free/Local Residents – CT1 to CT6: Free
At this small but very informative museum, visitors can learn about local stories of diving, fishing, shipwrecks and more. On display is one of the world’s oldest railway locomotives, Invicta, as well as an 1867 fire engine and an 1830 stationary beam engine. This volunteer-run Museum also offers interactive activities for children, including dressing up in Victorian clothes and a Museum Trail and is proud to say it is bigger than it looks.

Fudge Kitchen 
Time: Open daily 10am-5pm.
Price: 2 People: £95/3 People:£125/4 people: £150. Group and party packages are available
Fudge Kitchen offers fudge making experiences where you can participate in demonstrations with a fudge expert. You have the opportunity to taste test the flavours they have to offer and pick out your favourites to take home.

Herne Bay
Time: Daily: 10am-5pm. Last entry 4pm.
Price: With Voluntary Contribution / Without: Adult (18 years+): £13.45/£12.27/Child -3-17 years: £10.95/£9.95/Senior: £12.45/£11.32/Student: £12.45/£11.32/Family – 2 adults + 2 children: £40.45/£36.77/Under 3 years: Free/Experiences: From £30 Disabled visitors pay the relevant child, adult or senior price, and their carer goes free. Free carers must be accompanied by at least one paying visitor (adult, child or senior). Under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Wildwood is one of Kent’s most popular animal parks and a great attraction for all ages to have a walk around the site and see a host of animals in their natural habitats. They have over 200 native animals set in 40 acres of ancient woodland including deer, birds, boars, rodents, snakes, mice, foxes, wolves, and more. Its conservation project aims to save our most endangered native mammals and you can find out more about the work that they do through a range of talks and experiences. There is also a play area with Kent’s largest drop slide, a wild fort to explore and lots more.

Wooden Box Gallery
Ramsgate, Thanet
Time: Thursday to Saturday 10.30am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, Monday to Wednesday hours vary depending on events.
New gallery in this coastal town showcasing a range of artists, as well as offering space for workshops, classes and other events.

Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint
Time: Monday to Friday and Sunday 12Noon-3.45pm
Price: Adult: £4/Child – 5-17 years: £2/Child – under 4 years: Free/Student: £3/Concession: £3/Family: £10. Tickets are available in the museum (up the Tower stairs) from the museum guide. Card payment only
The largest and arguably the finest of the country’s surviving medieval gateways, the Westgate was built during the One Hundred Years’ War to defend Canterbury from foreign incursion. Once the threat was over it served as a city goal, but during both World Wars it was bought back into active service as a key role in the city’s air defences. The current museum covers four themes including City Wars, Crime & Punishment, Westgate Through History and Magna Carta & The Maquettes, with breathtaking views over the City. Also home to Escape in the Towers escape room.

Bayford Meadows karting in Sittingbourne

Under One Roof
Ramsgate/Broadstairs, Thanet
Time: Daily. Sessions – Daily Sessions 10am-12:15pm, 12:45pm-3pm and 3:30pm-5:45pm
Price: Child: £6.50/Babes in arms – must pay full child price unless attending with a paying child: £1.50/Adult – 1 free adult with one child ticket, additional adult: £1.50
Children’s entertainment complex housing a multitude of activities and events in this soft play centre, including character days and run SEN sessions.

Bayford Meadows
Leisure Kart: from £45 – 30 minute sessions. Pro 200 kart: £45 per person – 16 years +/SuperPro 270 kart: £60 per person – 18 years +
All sessions except Arrive N Drive option must be booked in advance
Bayford Meadows karting circuit in Sittingbourne offers karting experiences from 9 years+. Experienced or first time drivers can book a series of sessions or turn up for the Arrive N Drive time, with family sessions also available. All sessions are supervised and include a safety briefing, basic tuition, and all necessary safety wear.

Time: Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
Price: Free entry – events may incur a charge
Macknade has been in the same family for six generations. Fredrick Neame Snr, was the first to bring the family to Faversham, Kent, in 1847, where they farmed the land for the first five generations. It now offers drink and food tastings, classes, as well as live music events, the space also offers a food village with an outdoor marketplace and dining space showcasing, as well outlets offering a range of produce.

The Shell Grotto
Time: Thursday to Sunday: 11am-4pm. Pre-booking advised. Sometimes daily during schools holidays.
Price: Adult: £4.50/Concession: £4/Child: £2/Family: £10/Children under 4 years: Free. Children and infants must be accompanied by an adult
There are 4.6 million shells in 70ft of winding underground passages leading to a rectangular chamber, with shells creating a swirling profusion of patterns and symbols, it is an unusual and unique place to visit that continues to amaze visually as well as historically. The heritage of this space is a mystery, however, what is known is that it was found in 1835, by the son of Mr J Newlove who, while digging for a duck pond, came across a tunnel covered with shells and hence the grotto was discovered.

Shell Grotto in Margate for East Kent Blog January 2022


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Picture Credit: © Top to bottom: Wildwood, Fudge Kitchen, Quex Adventure Farm Park, Bayford Meadows, and The Shell Grotto.
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