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Cultivate the mind with our immersive experiences. Whether you’re just exploring for the day or making a stay of it, our Green Spaces itineraries celebrate and nurture the land and capture the local way of life.

  • 4 days
  • Canterbury

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4 Day Cultural Countryside Escapes to Capture Your Creativity

Cultivate the mind with our immersive experiences. Whether you’re just exploring for the day or making a stay of it, our Green Spaces itineraries celebrate and nurture the land and capture the local way of life.

Close-up of person setting lead, in stain glass window.
Day 1 PMArts & Crafts

Creative Glass Classes

Start your break with a Draw Down and join Creative Retreats and Holidays for a range of creative glass classes in the Kent Downs AONB and be inspired by the beautiful surroundings. 

Use recycled stained glass to make an environmentally friendly stained-glass mosaic. Or learn to fuse glass to create coasters, bowls, suncatchers and more! 

Creative Glass Classes
Double bedroom at The Woolpack Inn. Pine bed with white sheets and red cover.
Day 1 Settle DownAccommodationPlaces to Stay

The Woolpack Inn

Stay the night at The Woolpack Inn for a countryside escape – it is also dog-friendly which is great news if you are taking your pooch away with you! 

Woolpack Inn
White Cliffs of Dover, with grass on top of cliffs and sea below, on a sunny day.
Day 2 AMCulture & HeritageArts & Crafts

Capture Kent

Take in a Show Down and join Capture Kent on a relaxed 2-hour photography walking experience.  Photograph one of England’s most iconic landmarks – the white Dover Cliffs. Your experience will include discovering the impact that the Second World War had on them.  

You will get to photograph The Deep Fan Bay underground war shelter, the First World War concrete sound mirrors, as well as taking in the views across the Channel to France.  

Your experience will round off with a Kentish cream tea at a National Trust café on the cliffs! 


Capture Kent
Close-up pottery vase, blue bird with red beak, with pens in opening at top.
Day 2 PMArts & CraftsFamily Fun

This Art of Mine

Based in the beautiful Kent countryside, This Art of Mine is an all-year-round pottery painting studio and, from May to June, a stunning peony farm.

This Art of Mine
Slice of cake or traybake on plate, with a raspberry and mint.
Day 2 DinnerPlaces to Eat

Frankie & Finns Wood Fired Pizza or The Dog & Bear Hotel

Enjoy an artisan sourdough pizza from family-run Frankie & Finns (££) in Lenham. Pizzas are available for collection or delivery.

Overlooking the picturesque village square, The Dog and Bear Hotel (££) in Lenham combines the friendly atmosphere of a local pub with all the comforts of a stylish hotel and restaurant. The fully refurbished 17th-century hotel serves great traditional pub dishes, freshly prepared using the finest seasonal, local produce.

Frankie & Finns Wood Fired PizzaThe Dog & Bear Hotel
Outside Stable Oak Birch cottage. Single storey, with small cottage garden.
Day 2 Settle DownAccommodationPlaces to Stay

Stable Oak Cottages

Stable Oak Cottages are a beautiful group of self-catering holiday homes.  The cottages are located in a smallholding with alpacas, pigs, sheep, and various birds for company. Guests are more than welcome to pet and feed them. It’s dog-friendly too! 


Stable Oak Cottages
Close-up person holding a small colourful painting of walkers in a field.
Day 3 AMArts & Crafts

Creative Pilgrims

Take a trip back in time with the Creative Pilgrims and a sketchbook where you will be inspired by centuries-old art along the same tracks taken by pilgrimsYou will discover and respond to the nature and history of the quaint village of Stowting through simple mark making and journaling to create lasting memories.    

Creative Pilgrims
Outside of Potten Farm Shop with colourful plants, wood, kindling and fresh produce.
Day 3 LunchPlaces to Eat

Potten Farm Shop

Family-run Potten Farm Shop (£) sells a wide selection of fruit and vegetables, as well as fresh daily bread and cakes.

Potten Farm Shop
Women smiling at camera, holding a phone, other people walking up a hill towards trees.
Day 3 PMWalking

Pilgrimage in Kent

Feeling inspired and want to continue discovering more about Kent’s pilgrim history and culture? The Kent Downs AONB has many routes for discovering the quieter side of the county as you continue your journey following in the footsteps of the pilgrims that walked them in times past. 

Find a walkPilgrims Cycle TrailVia Francigena: Canterbury to ShepherdswellVia Francigena: Shepherdswell to Dover
Outside The Tiger Inn pub. Sunny day, with outdoor seating area.
Day 4 DinnerPlaces to Eat

The Tiger Inn or The Five Bells Inn

Situated in the picturesque village of Stowting, The Tiger Inn (£££) is a true country destination pub. With real ales, craft beers, cracking wine and freshly prepared food, their ethos is to use the most local and seasonal produce to deliver fantastic gastro food with a twist.

The Five Bells (££) is a stunning 16th-century inn overlooking the rolling hills of the North Downs in East Brabourne. Enjoy a great selection of seasonal Kentish produce. Plus, the inn will happily cater for vegans, vegetarians and all dietary requirements.

The Tiger InnThe Five Bells Inn
Double bedroom with wooden eaves and white walls.
Day 3 Settle DownAccommodationPlaces to Stay

The Lydden Bell B&B or Woolton Farm cottages

The Lydden Bell B&B, is set in the rural village of Lydden. Converted from a grade 2 listed barn, it offers modern facilities and comfortable beds that are all with en-suite.

Woolton Farm is in Bekesbourne. You can choose to stay in cottages, a bell tent or bring your own tent for a stay under the Kentish stars!

The Lydden Bell B&BWoolton Farm Cottages
Close-up person with small axe cutting on wooden block to make a spoon.
Day 4 AMArts & Crafts

Spoon Carving/Green Woodworking

Satisfy your creative streak by learning to carve a spoon from green wood using axe and knives in a beautiful woodland setting in the Kent Downs AONB.

You will be guided through the process, from selecting a log through to your completed spoon. The experience is suitable for complete novices, or those who’ve had a go at carving before but want to improve. A delicious lunch and woodland tour is included. 

Spoon Carving/Green Woodworking

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