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9 playgrounds and nature parks across Kent that are well worth a visit

If you’re looking for ways to get the kids off the couch and into the fresh air while on vacation, what better place to start than an adventure playground.

Kent has some of the best playgrounds and parks in the country that will keep children entertained all day long. Whether it’s rock climbing, jumping rope, biking or bouncy castles, there’s something for kids of all ages.

We’ve rounded up some of the best playgrounds and activity parks we could find, maybe your local is already on this list or maybe you’ll be inspired to venture further afield and try something again.

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1. Lower Leas Coastal Park, Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone



Folkestone’s Lower Leas Coastal Park is one of Kent’s hidden gems

The park is divided into three recreational areas, so there is something for every member of the family, there is a natural area, formal gardens and “The Entertainment Zone” area of ​​the park which is home to the most Southeast’s great free adventure playground.

You’ll find rocking boats, climbing walls, slides, plus an enclosed toddler area with sand diggers and a wreck play structure.

For more information go HERE

2.Toddlers Cove, Whitehall Road, Canterbury



Toddler Cove
Toddler Cove

The playground is located along the Great Stour in Canterbury. With a pirate ship, fort, zip lines and a play village, there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained at Toddlers Cove.

There are children’s goal posts on the green next to the play equipment for those who want to have fun. You can also bring fishing nets and buckets as there are a few places along the Great Stour accessible enough to safely lower your nets into the water.

3. Mote Park Main Children’s Playground, Maidstone



Mote Park Lake is a favorite visitor attraction
Mote Park

Maidstone’s largest park is set in 450 acres of historic parkland. There are four playgrounds, including a wooded playground for children aged 8 to 15. A skate park, a BMX track, sports fields, a nautical base and a leisure base, so many choices for the whole family.

For more information, go HERE.

4. Calverley Adventure Land, Tunbridge Wells



The Adventure Playground at Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells

This playground is designed for children of all abilities up to the age of 12. The playground is open 7 days a week with no opening or closing hours.

In addition to plenty of play equipment such as swings, rocking boats and climbing frames, there is also a water feature and a sand play area for children.

Described as a “one-of-a-kind children’s playground”, the park was designed by local resident and award-winning landscape architect Jennette Emery-Wallis and inspired by the heritage of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

For more information, go HERE.

5. Swanley Park, New Barn Road, Swanley



Swanley Park has its own model railway
Swanley Park has its own model railway

Set in 60 acres of parkland, there is something for all the family with its wide range of attractions and activities open from 11am throughout the summer.

Attractions include a miniature railway, treetop trek, bouncy castles, go-karts. Soft play and more.

The most popular attraction is the large paddling pool with water games. New for 2022 are some new Swan rowing and pedal boats.

For more information, go HERE.

6. Knights Fortress Playground



Leeds Castle Playground
Leeds Castle Playground

Located at Leeds Castle, this adventure playground is a wooden replica of the castle itself. Intended for children from 6 to 14 years old with climbing walls, fire poles, giant nets and zip lines.

There is a shop and a lounge area where parents can keep their little ones. During the summer months of April to September, the playground is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information go HERE

8. Betteshanger Park, Deal



Betteshanger Park

The website says this park “guarantees an energized day in Kent” with a huge range of activities to suit all ages and interests.

There’s more than just a playground to discover at Betteshanger Park. With activities such as cycling, orienteering, fossil hunting and archery also available.

Some activities are available every day, while others take place during special events and must be booked in advance.

For more information go HERE

9. Shorene Woods Nature Park



Shorene Woods National Park

Set in 292 acres of woodland, it is one of the country’s most popular parks. The playground here is due to undergo work from April 18, and although it is not closed, the website says it “may impact your visit”.

There are many other activities to enjoy here such as fishing lakes, a cutting trail, and an eco-friendly visitor center.

For more information or to plan your visit, click HERE.

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