After considering places to go when it is wet, I had a think this week about free places to go.
There are some wonderful free attractions in Kent, and with many of us trying to cut back after Christmas now is a great time to explore them!
So here are my top picks:
Cobtree Manor Park
The Cobtree Manor Park Project aims to encourage greater public use of the park by providing facilities for all the family.
In June 2013, a new large play area based on the history of Maidstone Zoo, including towers, tunnel slides and wobbly bridges; new circular footpaths; and a resurfaced main path in the woodland walk, which will make the walk far more pleasant during the muddy winter months!
Lower Leas Coastal Park
Lower Leas Country Park is an award winning park with free events and facilities for the whole community – a great day out!
It is split into three sections:
1. The Formal Zone – a more formal area with pine avenues, gardens and flowers in bloom.
2.The fun zone – the largest free adventure play area in the south east.
3. The wild zone – a beautiful spot where wildlife is carefully managed so it can thrive.
Whitstable Castle Play Area
If you have children who like adventure then take a visit to Dollar Dan’s Cove, a play area for children up to the age of 8. You will follow the adventure taken by Dan through the poem on display, hunt for the treasure chest, climb the pirate ship and enjoy a new way of playing; the use of natural materials, surfaces of different textures, water, sand and level changes.
Turner Contemporary, Margate
The Turner Contemporary is a dynamic visual arts organisation that believes in making art open, relevant and fulfilling for all. The Horniman Walrus was a HUGE hit with my toddler – looking forward to the different exhibitions that the gallery will be hosting in the future!
Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
Maidstone Museum is a gem, set in an Elizabethan Manor House with Victorian, 20th and 21st Century wings, there is much to explore. Free to enter, the museum offers a wide range activities for children (including sleep-overs!)
The Beaney: House of Art and Knowledge
The Beaney is an art museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury. The activity trays around the museum have entertained both the adults and children I’ve taken here!
Your Local Library
Your local library is a great free place to visit! My son has his own library card and loves choosing some new books to take home. We discovered the audio book section last week so we’ve got a new story to listen to in the car now!
After discovering this listing for Ranscombe Farm Reserve on Mumsnet Kent, I’m going to take my little one here soon:
Ranscombe Farm Reserve
Ranscombe Farm Reserve is a beautiful piece of Kent countryside, with amazing views across the Downs and along the Medway Valley. It is also one of the UK’s most important places for rare wild flowers, so its great for anyone who loves wildlife. The reserve is in easy reach of Strood, Cuxton and the rest of the Medway Towns. It’s free to visit at any time, right through the year. Want to have a go at geocaching, an action-packed outdoor treasure hunt? There’s a trail of six plant-themed geocaches hidden around Ranscombe Farm Reserve. Whatever your child’s age, there’s plenty of space at Ranscombe to let off steam and become intrepid explorers.
Where are your favourite free attractions in Kent? Comment below or even better, list them on the Mumsnet Kent site.