How to tackle the summer holidays
PUBLISHED: 16:49 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:49 05 August 2016
From Gruffalo hunting to a mini-break under canvas, Kent has plenty to offer active families during the month of August
Join national disability charity, Hft for its Gruffalo Day on 6 and 7 August, held in the beautiful grounds of Lympne Place on Aldington Road in Hythe. Enjoy woodland walks and outdoor games, meet the Gruffalo and have a photo taken with him, plus watch a screening of the well-loved story. Book tickets in advance online (free adult per booking),
Three other things to do this month
• Show the kids what traditional beach entertainment is all about with a wander down Herne Bay Pier. Games, crabbing, puppet shows, ice cream and stalls all add up to a fun hour or two. Watch out for the Herne Bay Carnival on 13 August and Herne Bay Airshow on 14 August too, www.hernebaypier.org
• In this centenary year commemorating the 1916 Battle of the Somme, older children might enjoy exploring local wartime history with a guided tour of Ramsgate Tunnels. The tour lasts around one hour (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). It’s strongly recommended to book tickets in advance via www.ramsgatetunnels.org
• Get down and dirty at Diggerland in the Medway Valley Leisure Park this month. Enjoy fun, themed rides, plus the rare chance to get behind the controls of real-life diggers, dumper trucks and heavy-duty machinery, www.diggerland.com/days-out-in-kent
Little Kent Loves… CAMPING
Dig out the tent to enjoy a staycation under canvas
• Canterbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site: Stay close to the city at this family-friendly campsite on Bekesbourne Lane near Canterbury. A great place to stop-over for the night on the way to France, www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
• Folkestone Camping and Caravanning Club Site: This is a peaceful campsite located conveniently close to the coast at Folkestone for walks, beach visits, bird watching and rock-pooling.
• Oldbury Hill Camping and Caravanning Club Site: A secluded campsite in Seal near Sevenoaks. Perfect for active families who like walks and local history - it’s opposite an Iron Age fort!
• Hawthorn Farm Holiday Park, Dover: Another easy option for coastal camping - the site is only 15 minutes drive from Dover’s iconic White Cliffs. The village has its own railway station for easy public transport links, www.keatfarm.co.uk/parks/hawthorn-farm-holiday-park
• Sutton Vale Country Park, Dover: Another coastal campsite with lots of child-friendly extra facilities, including a swimming pool, clubhouse and weekend entertainment in the holidays, www.sutton-vale.co.uk