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Follow a fun trail through Kings Woods seeking out art installations all the family will love, followed by a delicious woodland picnic before exploring Godington House & Gardens. Find out what it was like to be ‘Kentish Gentry’ living in this amazing mansion surrounded by acres of delightful parkland.

  • 1 day
  • Food & drink available
  • Ashford

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Cultural Exploits for all the Family

Follow a fun trail through Kings Woods seeking out art installations all the family will love, followed by a delicious woodland picnic before exploring Godington House & Gardens. Find out what it was like to be ‘Kentish Gentry’ living in this amazing mansion surrounded by acres of delightful parkland.

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Kings Wood

Visit the beautiful Kings Wood. A natural playground situated in the heart of Kent Downs AONB. Allow your children to lead you on the 3 ½ mile Stour Valley Creative Sculpture Trail around the forest discovering art installations from miniature animal houses to B52 bombers!

Kings Wood
LunchFood & Drink

Macknade Fine Foods

If starting your North Downs AONB family adventure from Ashford why not grab some delicious items for a picnic from Macknade Fine Foods (££) There are picnic benches in the car parking area of the wood.

Macknade Fine Foods
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Godington House Gardens

After your woodland exploration why not visit Godington House & Gardens. Nestled at the base of the Kent Downs you can take a tour of the 14th Century Jacobean Mansion – finding out how it was to live as the last owner. Or you can just explore the 12 acres of glorious gardens rounded off by a trip to the Billiard Room Cafe! Picnics and ball games are allowed in the grassed area near the car parks. You can be guaranteed of school holiday activities as well (bookable in advance) and the best thing is children under 16 are FREE to enter house and gardens!

Godington House
DinnerFood & DrinkPlaces to Eat

Wagon and Horses Pub, Ashford

Try this lovely family run pub (also close to Longbeech Wood) serving delicious locally sourced food. The pub has a children’s menu and a lovely outdoor space.

Wagon and HorsesLongbeech Wood
OvernightPlaces to Stay

Stay in Chilham

Self catering options on the North Downs AONB can be found at Mulberry Cottages or Original Cottages 

The Woolpack Inn in Chilham has 2 family rooms. 

The Woolpack InnMulberry CottagesOriginal Cottages

Travel

Train station at Wye/Chilham/Charing/Ashford/ Faversham with a regular train service to London

Bus – The 652 bus service from Canterbury to Ashford provides bus transport along the A28

The 666 bus service from Faversham to Ashford

The 10X bus service runs along the A20 – Ashford – Maidstone

Cycle Hire – Cycles need to be booked in advance – good quality cycles available from £21.95 per day. Can be collected from Ashford or delivered.

Car Parking available at all suggested places.

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