Experience the best of the outdoors this summer
The days are long, the weather is warm, and the summer holidays are upon us. Now is the perfect time to get out and about in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Whether it’s spending time together as a family, having a good time with friends or something a bit different, we have your summer covered!
There are plenty of things to do, see and experience across The Downs.
For outdoor family fun inspiration
- Take your favourite teddy bear for a walk in the woods for a teddy bears picnic at Lullingstone Country Park.
- Become a Poo Pioneer as you embark on a stinky exploration of the world of poo at Brockhill Country Park. Create a poo slingshot, explore the park hunting down poo and identifying who the culprit could have been!
- Pick up a pair of binoculars and immerse yourself in the spectacular flora & fauna of Samphire Hoe. Let our rangers help you spot some of the UK’s most majestic and rare birds — all while helping log and protect the nature reserve for future generations.
- Let’s go for a walk and find your perfect stick at this Stick Man-themed event at Trosley Country Park. We will turn your chosen stick into Stick Man “I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, that’s me!” and enjoy storytime with your very own Stick Man.
- Meet some exotic insects before setting out on a mini beast safari as you discover Bugs at Brockhill Country Park this August.
- Jump into your walking boots and leap onto the footpaths with your family to explore the hidden valleys around Alkham nestled in The Downs. Paddle through the calm stream surrounding Kearsney Abbey and enjoy an ice cream or hot chocolate in the gardens and play area.
For the big kids at heart
- Join the rangers of the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership for a selection of guided walks as part of their Big Summer Festival. Discover the unusual geology of Folkestone Warren, get a taste of walking the North Downs Way, or lookout for the fascinating birds, insects and reptiles of Romney Marsh.
- Immerse yourself in Kent’s ancient woodlands, learning practical conservation and creating your own crafts using traditional techniques in this restful, rural retreat from Medway Valley.
- Head into the woods near Canterbury and become a woodsman for the day with Natural Pathways. Try foraging, mindfulness, staff making, or even take the whole family on a bush survival adventure!
- Quit the hustle and bustle and discover what it means to be a Rebel Farmer. Learn how to make organic fruit and veg all-year-round, tour their micro farm and get a real taste of locally grown produce.
- Make traditional rustic wreaths and spectacular floral crowns using woodland materials, immersed in the serene and historic surroundings of Kent’s Admiral Woods, before polishing off delicious local picnic.