Little Kent Life
PUBLISHED: 18:28 30 May 2015 | UPDATED: 18:29 30 May 2015
Cheer on cycle races in Sandwich, take part in a fun run at Brands Hatch and explore the woods to see what wildlife you can spot
Vive Le Weekend in Sandwich
Love all things French? Get over to Sandwich on 6 and 7 June to enjoy a two-day festival of French food and drink, music, dancing, games and family fun. You might like to cheer on participants in Le Tour de Sandwich on 7 June - a series of cycle races of varying lengths taking in the beautiful surrounding countryside and beginning and ending in King Street. Or join in the shorter race, Le Petit Tour, that takes place on 6 June and is more suitable for children and less serious cyclists. Oh la la...
3 other great things to do this month…
• You’re never too young to appreciate the classics. Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed, London-based classical concert series for babies, children and parents. A special concert takes place in Whitstable on 11 June (10.30am), featuring live performances of familiar classical music. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.bachtobaby.com/northkent
• Take part in a 2km fun run at Brands Hatch in Longfield and raise money for the Heart of Kent Hospice at the same time. The event takes place on 12 June and offers participants the chance to run one lap of the famous Indy Circuit. Go online to register - £5 per person, http://www.hokh.org/events/detail/brands-hatch-10k-fun-run
• Aeroplane enthusiasts unite at the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight on 13 June. The Red Arrows will take to the skies, along with spitfires and other wartime models, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. On the ground, there will be interactive stalls, arena events, vintage vehicles and meet-the-pilot sessions. Advanced tickets only, available at http://www.bhfof.com/
Little Kent Loves… WOODS AND FORESTS
June is the perfect time to explore the woods to see what wildlife you can spot. Just make sure you leave everything as you find it and respect your surroundings at all times.
• Toys Hill: This spectacular wooded area covers more than 200 acres and is said to be one of the places that inspired Octavia Hill to co-found the National Trust in 1895. It is part of the Lower Greensand Ridge, which runs all the way along the northern side of the Weald of Kent, and offers a tranquil home to many rare types of flora and fauna.
• Lyminge Forest: A haven for cyclists; this forest on the North Downs makes up part of the county’s largest wooded area. It has five designated cycle routes ranging from two and a half miles to eight miles. A lack of stiles or barriers also make it an ideal location for easy and accessible walks and strolls.
• Cobham Wood: This peaceful wood contains a secret - the recently restored Darnley Mausoleum that was designed in the 18th century and featured on the BBC’s Restoration programme. Aside from this fascinating piece of local history, there are also plenty of picnic spots and walks to enjoy in the well-maintained, cattle-grazed woods.
• One Tree Hill: The steep climb to this beauty spot near Sevenoaks is well worth it, thanks to the stunning views over the Weald of Kent. The area is an official Site of Special Scientific Interest, thanks to its thriving population of rare plants, insects and molluscs.
• West Blean and Thornden Woods: These attractive woodlands fall under the care of Kent Wildlife Trust and contain plenty to keep young naturalists engaged. Aside from the woods themselves, there are ponds to explore, plus heathlands that attract rare butterflies and a wide range of British birds.