My Tunbridge Wells Being outside

Famous for her insider knowledge on the best places to visit in Kent, we caught up with Clare Lush -Mansell aka My Tunbridge Wells to find out her top places to visit to get the kids outside this Summer.


With a seven year old, four  year old and 6 month old, keeping them busy and away from screens, as much as I can help it, is a big priority for me. On the weekends and school holidays, we try to do at least one activity outside of the home each day. Here are three of our favourite things to do locally:

  • Taking the bikes out. At the moment we love the Forest Way trail at Groombridge. It’s a flat, 10 mile path on a disused railway, surrounded by forest on either side. We normally start outside Groombridge and cycle for about half an hour before turning around and cycling back the same way. It’s buggy friendly which is handy too. We also like parking at Tonbridge Swimming Pool (it’s free on Sundays) and cycling to Haysden and back. It’s just the right length for my boys.

  • My sons love going swimming and taking them along to the pool during the winter when I had a newborn baby was so convenient. I would sit in the cafe with the baby whilst my husband took the boys into the pool for several hours. Our favourite places to go in Winter are Larkfield Leisure Centre and Maidstone Leisure Centre. More locally, Tonbridge Swimming Pool is great in the summer with its outdoor section.

  • Discovering some our favourite local attractions or parks is always a winner, assuming the weather is ok. We have a National Trust membership which we have had so much value from: Scotney Castle, Chartwell, Ightham Mote and Emmetts Garden are probably our favourite. We also love visiting Hever Castle, Penshurst Place and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens and Bedgebury Pinetum - all of which we have had membership for at various times. We nearly always take a packed lunch so the kids can eat whenever they are ready plus it saves money too!

For everything you need to know about being out and about in Tunbridge Wells click here to visit the My Tunbridge Wells website