Traditional Kentish history of countryside vineyards and ancient castles meets a vibrant new modern era in Ashford and Tenterden thanks to a gastronomic regeneration in this buzzing area. Ideal for families to explore together, every member of the family can find a way to escape the everyday in this exciting corner of Kent.
Gusbourne Vineyard with Wine Tours of Kent
Start the day in the heart of the English wine scene at Gusbourne vineyard near the picturesque village of Appledore. A tour with Kent Wine Tours promises an exciting journey through the wine making process, and of course, the chance to sip on the award-winning English sparkling wine for the adults. Stay on site for a foodie lunch of the finest local produce right next to the vines.
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Live like royalty at Leeds Castle
Head just 30 minutes from the vines to ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’, Leeds Castle. This magnificent picturesque castle rises from a traditional moat and is steeped in 900 years of fascinating history. Today, it’s perfect for the kids to explore with archery lessons, a Knights playground and adventure golf. Sleep like royalty and stay the night in their plush manor house or secluded holiday cottage – or for a night the family will never forget, opt for Knights Glamping to sleep in splendid large striped pavilions under the stars.
Explore Kentish Produce at Macknade Ashford
When morning rolls around, head from Maidstone to the thriving market town of Ashford, where the trendy new food scene is making waves across the county and beyond. Head to the recently expanded Ashford Designer Outlet where you can pick up discounted designer labels throughout the 75 stores, and refuel after your shopping tour at Kent favourite Macknade. Their newest store in brand new Elwick Place is a haven of the finest local produce from jarred goods to fine deli meats and cheeses. Pull up a chair for coffee and brunch in their rustic and trendy open warehouse setting and enjoy experiencing some of Kent’s best gourmet goods
Discover Godinton House
While away an afternoon in the glorious gardens of Godinton House. It may be just outside the town centre but this hidden gem is one of Kent’s finest historic estates and boasts twelve acres of tranquil gardens surrounded by picturesque parkland. Encompassing rose gardens, lily ponds and herbaceous gardens, as well as a summer sculpture exhibit within the garden itself, it’s not be missed for an afternoon enjoying the sunshine.
Dine at Coachworks Ashford
End the day in style at Coachworks, a dynamic new food & drink destination and outdoor event space in Ashford. You can enjoy a refreshing pint from Boutilliers whilst devouring a delicious pizza from Il Pakkero, mouth-watering American BBQ from Streetking Smoke Shack or Mexican inspired dishes from California Cravings. There’s plenty of veggie and vegan options on offer to satisfy all family members as you debrief about your weekend away under their twinkling fairy lights - and they're situated right next to Ashford International Station for a quick journey home, to London and beyond.