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bestmealoftheday Fri 02-Jan-15 08:23:39

We're off to Kent (Sandwich area, with car so can spread out) for a couple of days with a 10yo and 8yo. We'll be fitting in some beach walks to blow away some cobwebs, but heavy rain is forecast, so we're looking for ideas (preferably local attractions like kid-friendly museums, rather than the obvious things we could do anywhere, like cinema). Any thoughts?

wannabestressfree Fri 02-Jan-15 08:33:50

Come to Thanet smile
Google Carlton cinema in westgate very cheap.
Broadstairs is lovely.
Revolution skate park in St. Peter's is good if you have boys.
Fowlmead in between is good for riding bikes.
Turner etc in margate.

FoxgloveFairy Fri 02-Jan-15 08:40:50

You could visit my aunt in Tonbridge. If you were very desperate indeed.

Tryharder Fri 02-Jan-15 08:45:30

Dover Castle?

ThePrincessWhoSatOnTheSprout Fri 02-Jan-15 08:46:04

Animal Park... www.aspinallfoundation.org/howletts

Tryharder Fri 02-Jan-15 08:46:23

Day trip to Calais on ferry.

ArsenicFaceCream Fri 02-Jan-15 09:15:56

The shell cave/grotto in Margatey area is good

ArsenicFaceCream Fri 02-Jan-15 09:18:39

Canterbury Tales is pretty good for an hour for primary aged children and Canterbury museum is bargainaiseous and child-friendly with hands-on activities, but not large, you can then make it a triple with the rupert bear/bagpuss mueum (also cheap and my favourite).

vienna1981 Fri 02-Jan-15 09:18:52

Go and watch Homes Under The Hammer being filmed. Lucy Alexander is almost always in Chatham or Gillingham confused.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Fri 02-Jan-15 09:21:39

Dickens world
Museum of kent life
Leeds castle
Chatham dockyard

ArsenicFaceCream Fri 02-Jan-15 09:23:07

canterburytales.org.uk/

www.canterbury.co.uk/museums/

www.canterbury.co.uk/museums/heritage-museum/Bagpuss-and-Rupert-Bear.aspx

Roman museum was the one I meant for DC. Bagpuss and Rupert have apparently now been entirely subsumed by the Heritage museum

shellgrotto.co.uk/ Open this weekend

hesterton Fri 02-Jan-15 09:25:00

Have a snack at the bistro at Dom and Steph's gaff (posh couple from Gogglebox).

ArsenicFaceCream Fri 02-Jan-15 09:25:18

How far do you want to travel OP?

Museum of Kent life is indeed fab.

madasa Fri 02-Jan-15 10:03:37

Whitstable is not far......and lovely

Nux Fri 02-Jan-15 10:13:21

Visit Quex! Museum full of amazing taxidermy and pretty gardens, Quex Barn for a great meal and excellent local produce, Jungle Jims softplay is there too if it's pouring and you're desperate - all spread out around the site.

Wingham Wildlife Park is really good too (although not much fun in the rain). Dover Castle is brilliant. Turner Contemporary in Margate is lovely and Margate itself is actually much improved for a wander around

silveroldie2 Fri 02-Jan-15 12:39:16

How about Hever Castle? one of my favourite places to visit.

www.hevercastle.co.uk/

HemlockStarglimmer Fri 02-Jan-15 13:27:54

I was going to suggest Quex as well.

I also recommend Wild Wood (http://www.wildwoodtrust.org) if it's not raining too hard!

londonrach Fri 02-Jan-15 13:29:01

Chatham dockyard was amazing. I made rope. Climbing in and out of ships and submarine. I dare anyone to not enjoy a day there. It was on tesco days out vouchers when we visited!

wannabestressfree Sat 03-Jan-15 08:01:42

Dover castle is shut all week in the winter.

meandjulio Sat 03-Jan-15 08:08:25

Leave and go to London. Or France.

Oh all right.... Canterbury's pretty close isn't it? Cathedral.

ArsenicFaceCream Sat 03-Jan-15 10:14:59

The jewelly treasure stuff in the crypt of the Cathedral is pretty impressive for that age group (challices studded with rubies etc) plus it's a crypt.

Caitmous Sat 03-Jan-15 10:24:34

Deal is fab. Lovely high street and cafés. Walmer Castle great too.

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