Christmas in Kent (and beyond!)
This year I have been making the most of the festive season and exploring the best that Kent has to offer. My little boy has just turned four and he is at that age where Christmas is so magical. I don’t know who has been enjoying it more!
Here is a round up of some of the fantastic events that we have visited to celebrate Christmas in Kent.
Christmas at Bedgebury
This has been on my to do list for a few years now and it didn’t disappoint! We went at the very start of December and it got us all feeling very festive. The illuminated trail through Bedgebury Pinetum was absolutely stunning and felt really magical. There are a range of amazing installations each accompanied by music, a crowd favourite definitely being the tunnel of lights – don’t forget that selfie! Around the trail there are different stalls to grab drinks and snacks and the cafe is also open. I think this is definitely my favourite way to spend Christmas in Kent.
Top tip: make sure you book early as this sells out quick!
Castlemas at Tonbridge Castle
This was a new event so I was really pleased to be invited to the opening night. Set in the grounds of Tonbridge Castle, Castlemas has a Christmas market with gifts and different food and drinks stalls. There is also the Jingle Bell bar where you can get yourself a mulled wine and enjoy some free festive entertainment. Castlemas have a fantastic range of shows with events for children and families during the day. There is adult entertainment in the evening, you’ll find all of this in the Igloo Stage. I had a great night watching the fabulous comedy show “The Twelve Days of Jessmas”. Castlemas how now finished for 2021 but I look forward to seeing what Castlemas brings next year!
Top tip: Get there at 6:30 to enjoy the daily snowfall!
Legoland at Christmas
Ok so this isn’t Christmas in Kent but I just had to include it! The park was decorated beautifully with the most Christmas trees I’d ever seen. There were loads of festive Lego models all over the park, as well as Christmas shows and the chance to see Father Christmas. It also was a great time to go as the park wasn’t overly busy. We didn’t have to queue for the rides, meaning we got to experience so much more of the park than when we have been in the summer.
Top tip: book for a school day if you can!
The Elf Express, Quex Park
This was my son’s first year seeing Father Christmas so I wanted to make sure it was extra special. The Elf Express was really magical and combined a trailer ride (The elf Express) and an interactive trail. This culminated in getting to meet the big man! There were lots of characters along the way ahd we also got to meet some festive animals. Father Christmas was a great, even though my little one was terrified! He got to choose a toy at the end and even got to pose in Santa’s sleigh.
Top tip: it can get muddy so bring wellies!
the Rudolph Trail, Betteshanger
After doing the Halloween trail this year we just knew we wanted to come back and do the Chritsmas one! The kids loved following the trail through the beautiful woodland decorated with twinkling lights and festive characters. At the beginning they were given a sheet and they had to find the clues around the trail in order to work out the password. They could then meet Rudolph at the end and receive their gift. Halfway round the trail there was the chance to grab a warm drink, perfect for those chiller days!
Top tip: This is another muddy one so don’t forget those wellies.
Festive afternoon tea at The Lane
When I think of afternoon tea I think of the Lane! So when spending Christmas in Kent I just had to head there for their festive version. I made the right choice! What I love the most is the great vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. No one has to miss out! They even do a children’s version. The festive afternoon tea has everything you would expect; pigs in blankets, mince pies, alcohol free mulled wine and even crackers. My vegetarian version had meat free sausage rolls, brie sliders and halloumi wrapped in aubergine.
Top tip: Make sure to ask for a doggy bag to take home.