Where better to spend your next holiday than in the
"Garden of England" ~ the county of Kent?
The county of Kent is in South-East England and is one of the 7 "home counties" (the counties that border London: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Essex, Kent and Surrey). It borders London to the North West, Surrey to the West, East Sussex to the South West, and across the Thames Estuary to Essex. The county "home town" is Maidstone and with a population of over 1.4 million, Kent is the second most populated county in the South East region after Hampshire.
Kent has approximately just over 350 miles of stunning coastline, with quaint harbours and coastal villages and is also known as "The Garden of England" because:
- 85% of the land area is classed as green-space,
- 6% of land accounts for domestic gardens
- less than 2% of the land is covered by buildings.
Kentish Man, or Man of Kent?! Traditionally, residents from the eastern side of the River Medway are known as "Men of Kent" and from the western: "Kentish Men" - or "maids" of course!
Kent has a simply huge list of iconic residents from both sides of the river! Charles Dickens, H.G.Wells, Geoffrey Chaucer (the bain of an awful lot of GCSE students with his "Canterbury Tales"!), E.Nesbit to name just a handful of Kentish authors. Along with a whole host of more modern day presenters and actors, including Frank Muir, Kenneth Clark, Michael Bentine, Tony Hart, Bob Holness, Jan Leeming, Ian Hislop, Rod Hull, Fiona Phillips, Nicki Chapman, Kelly Brook, Peter Cushing, Tom Baker, Michael Crawford, Jack Dee, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Orlando Bloom - the list is literally never ending!
- The very first white road-lines were painted in Kent! On the London to Folkestone Road at Ashford, in 1914... it wasn't until 1918 that further such projects were tried elsewhere in Britain.
- Pocahontas was buried in Gravesend, Kent. She died of TB when on board a ship off Gravesend, about to return to the Americas and was buried in the town, although sadly: the whereabouts of her grave were lost long ago.
- The world’s first aircraft factory was opened on the Isle of Sheppey by the Short Brothers in 1909. They began by building Wright Flyer aircraft there and the first ever flight in Britain was made in 1909 by John Brabazon: at 500 yards, 35 feet over the town of Leysdown on the island. Later that same year - he made the first ever "live cargo flight" by attaching a waste-paper basket to the strut of the aircraft and he airlifted one small pig!
- The Isle of Sheppey maybe small - but is steeped in history: in 1532, Henry VII and Anne Boleyn spent their honeymoon at Shurland Hall, in the village of Eastchurch, near Minster.
- The first motor show in Britain, (and possibly the world), was held on October 15 1895 at Tunbridge Wells.
Here's just a handful of ideas to plan into your holiday:
Ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full-size construction machinery... makes for a great day out with 18 different rides, drives and other activities.
Visit the all new animal farm and bird of prey zone, incredible outdoor adventure play area, 4D underwater-themed cinema, the spectacular Magic Castle and all at a £1 entrance fee!
An amusing, interactive guided experience taking you back in time to Dickensian England, along with the chance to meet all of the nice and nasty characters that Charles Dickens loved and wrote about in his novels and short stories.
Set in 40 acres of ancient woodland, Wildwood holds a stunning collection of over 200 British animals in semi-natural enclosures, laid out around a twisting woodland trail. See wolves, foxes, deer, badgers, owls, wild horses, lynx, beavers, wild cats, bison, squirrels, wild boar, otters and their new collection of Kormisosh bears!
Certainly a day to remember! The magical world of mystery and intrigue includes giant tree swings, zip wires and rope swings, wooden bridges, a maze and Crusoe’s World which is a recreated film set from the TV series ‘Crusoe’. Visit the Teepees and see faces carved out of tree stumps!
Go & meet "Alaska", the Bald Eagle, "Harold", the Griffon Vulture and watch them soar thousands of feet above the village of Eynsford in the Darent Valley. Witness the speed of the Falcons as they hunt down the Falconers Lure.
Get up close to the snakes and mammals during the daily animal encounter presentations.
You can meet and handle a selection of reptiles, spiders and also get to meet some of the babies that needed to be hand-reared by the staff. There are walk through enclosures including the deer and wallabies. You can walk through with the prairie dogs and also get to walk through with the Ring-Tailed Lemurs. As of 31st March 2016, the new animatronic dinosaur exhibit is also open!
Make rope like the Victorians on the Victorian Ropery Tour and get a taste of life at sea aboard our Three Historic Warships. Visit The Big Space and learn of heroic stories in RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection. Pop into the Commissioner's garden for a little peace and quiet after allowing the children to let off steam in both The Railway Workshop indoor and outdoor adventure picnic and play areas.
Probably THE most iconic of all English fortresses - commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. Climb the Great Tower and immerse yourself in vivid medieval interiors. Delve deep within Dover’s White Cliffs to witness the drama in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Roam through centuries of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the Cold War, in an action-packed day out.
Over 400 animals, including Kent's only giant anteaters! Take a turn on the Treetop Challenge, or the Animal Adventure Challenge!
These tunnels were built as a form of deep shelter around the 1940s, at one point housing over 1000 local citizens during the war. It's a unique opportunity to revisit the underground version of daily life in the shelters, great for kids schooling in wartime histories, but fascinating to imaginative kids of all ages. (and afterwards you can take a relaxing rest on Ramsgate's beautiful beach!)
This is a small animal rescue charity and zoo, with more than 1000 animals. There are lots of different animals for the kids to check out, such as a range of birds, including Barn Owls, a variety of lizards, turtles, rabbits and of course; the beavers.
The park offers a safari adventure set in 100 acres where animals such as wildebeest, giraffe, black rhino, ostrich and zebra roam free together as if on the plains of Africa. Don't forget to visit the world’s largest gorilla enclosure - The Palace of The Apes and get up close to the creepy crawlies in the Discovery Zone!
The iconic RAF fighter planes of the Second World War, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI and the Hawker Hurricane IIC, all housed together at the historic Battle of Britain airfield in Manston.
Discover over 70 feet of underground passageways and a cool rectangular chamber, first unearthed to the landowner's surprise in 1875, with some 4.6 million shells mosaiced in mysterious patterns and pictures on the walls. Still nobody knows who made it or why! A wonderful trip for all ages, and one the kids will be pondering for a lifetime!
So - now you have a few ideas of your Holiday-Days-Out...
Find your perfect Kentish Holiday Home:
ETK ID No: 5849 - PARK RESORTS: ASHCROFT COAST: This beautiful 3-bedroomed static caravan is on the Isle of Sheppey, SE Kent, sleeps 6 plus a travel cot and is 4-paws-friendly! Just click the link to see more details.
ETK ID No: 5850 - PARK RESORTS: ASHCROFT COAST: This stunning 6-berth, 3-bedroomed static caravan on the Isle of Sheppey has stunning sea views, with a full "meet and greet" service from its owners. Just click the link to see more details.
Both AlsVan and ABI Arizona (the two properties detailed above) at Ashcroft Coast are available for "double bookings" for larger families - subject to availability! They are sited within a few minutes walk of one another on the same area of the park.
ETK ID No: 7185: SPEYER BROTHERS (formerly owned by Park Resorts): WARDEN SPRINGS: This lovely 6-berth, 2-bedroomed static caravan on the Isle of Sheppey has one double room and a triple room and is dog-friendly. Click on the link for more details.
ETK ID No: 9143 - PARK RESORTS: ASHCROFT COAST: This 8-berth, 3-bedroomed static caravan is on the Isle of Sheppey. Click the link for more details.
So what are you waiting for?
Book your Kentish holiday today - there's a link on every listing to contact the Owner direct to make your reservation.
Happy Holidays from ETK!
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