Half-term fun in Kent
PUBLISHED: 19:46 17 October 2015 | UPDATED: 19:46 17 October 2015
Raise money on a spooky sprint and enjoy lots of fun activities in Kent this month
Fearsomely fit fundraising!
Enjoy some Hallowe’en fun, get fit and raise money for Parkinson’s UK at the charity’s ‘Spooky Sprint’, taking place on 17 October after dark at The Hop Farm, Paddock’s Wood.
A family fun run sets off at 5pm. To register, or for more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more at: www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/spooky-sprint-kent
3 other great things to do this month…
Calling all grandparents! Come to Kent Wildlife Trust’s special morning at The Warren, Ashford for toddlers and grandparents on 23 October and enjoy some outdoor crafts and seasonal fun together. Places must be booked in advance on 07747 608826. Find out more at: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2015
Get the kids into trampolining for a great way to keep fit and stay warm as winter approaches. Jumpers Rebound Centre in Gillingham is the UK’s only purpose-built trampoline centre, housing 15 international standard trampolines. Visit www.trampoline.co.uk to find out how to join the jumping fun and find out
Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden is running a packed half-term events programme from 27 to 31 October, with pumpkin carving and face painting from the Tuesday to the Thursday and a thrillingly spooky Night Express train ride towards the end of the week. Book in advance via the online shop at www.kesr.org.uk.
Little Kent Loves… LITERARY LINKS
Kent boasts a large number of connections to famous authors and their books, including the birthplace of H.G. Wells in Bromley and the local railway line in Halstead that inspired The Railway Children
Broadstairs: Charles Dickens is a name that every student of literature will know. Kentish locations have provided the setting for many of his novels’ most famous scenes. His old cottage in Broadstairs is now home to Dickens House Museum and is well worth a visit for its fascinating history and collection of memorabilia.
Halstead: This pretty village bordering the London Borough of Bromley was home to author Edith Nesbit for a time during the 1870s. She lived at Halstead hall, situated about a mile and a half away from the railway line and thought to have provided the inspiration for her classic tale, The Railway Children.
Canterbury: contemporary children’s author, Michael Morpurgo was working as a teacher in Canterbury when he decided to write his own stories after his class failed to be impressed by the one he was reading to them. He went on to publish more than 100 children’s books, including War Horse, and served as Children’s Laureate between 2003 and 2005.
Rolvenden: Frances Hodgson Burnett lived at Great Maytham Hall near Rolvenden at the turn of the 20th century. She based her famous children’s novel, The Secret Garden, on its overgrown walled garden, which she restored and filled with roses.
Bromley: Science fiction giant, H. G. Wells was born in Bromley and later played professional cricket for Kent County Cricket Club. He lived for a time with his mother at Uppark, a country house in neighbouring Sussex now in the care of the National Trust. H. G. Wells wrote many seminal works of science fiction, including The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds.