Family activities near Chilston Park Hotel

Family activities near Chilston Park Hotel

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There are plenty of fun activities and sites for the family to visit and enjoy, here at Chilston Park Hotel.


Your guide for family days out and activities near Chilston Park Hotel.


Buckmore Park


Open all year round!

Buckmore Park is an MSA licensed, 1200m international outdoor kart circuit catering for sports, corporate and hire-kart drivers aged 4 to 84 years. Established in 1963, facilities include a stylish conference centre and the biggest fleet of hire-karts in the country. It is the kart circuit where current British F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button learnt their craft.

With five fleets of karts for 2009, and quad bikes, Argocats, Powerturn buggies and Laser Tag, Buckmore Park near Chatham and Maidstone has it all. Buckmore: the best place to go karting. Set your sat nav to ME5 9QG for karting and so much more.




Open all year round!

Built in a former chalk quarry, this is the UK's 2nd largest indoor shopping centre with 330 stores inside! Bluewater's striking architecture and innovative retail design sets it apart from other shopping destinations.

Situated in a stunning location among towering 50 metre high cliffs, Bluewater is surrounded by a tranquil landscape of lakes, parkland and trees.


Fremlin Walk


Fremlin Walk is an inspirational new shopping experience creatively designed in the heart of Maidstone. Built on the site of an old Kentish brewery, the new development places the historic county town of Kent in the UK’s top 50 shopping destinations.

Choice, convenience, and style – these are just some
of the benefits of visiting Fremlin Walk, Maidstone's
most fashionable destination. Fashion leads the way at Fremlin Walk, with your favourite brands and top designer labels all in one convenient place. With 45 stylish stores, coffee shops and restaurants, you're sure to find something to suit every style and budget.


Historic Dockyards


This location is favoured by many film and tv producers for its stunning 80 acre site with historic builsding, museums, galleries, historic warships and a vibrant programme of events and activities, providing plenty of entertainment for a day out.

Contact the Historic Dockyard on 01634 823 800


Kent Life


Kent Life is a 28 acre, premier heritage farm attraction that encompasses a wonderful farmyard with a family of friendly animals ranging from donkeys, horses and ferrets to piglets, goats and lambs, many of whom are reared on site.

Kent Life also offers a developing nature trail, aviary, boat trips, tractor rides and stilt walking as well as other activites to entertain visitors during holidays and weekends, such as sheep dog trial and sheep shearing demonstrations, bottle-feeding lambs, craft activites and animal grooming.

Light refreshments are available at Kent Life in the Tea Rooms or the Coffee bar, and the gift shop has a wide range of both traditional and modern souvenirs.


McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Shopping Village


With over 80 designer and high street stores offering discounts, this complex in Ashford is the ideal destination for those in search of a bargain.


Port Lympne Wild Animal Park


Set in 600 acres of countryside, this park boasts an impressive collection of animals including tigers, lions, rhinos, monkeys and giraffes to name but a few. There is also a mansion and 15 acres of landscaped gardens, making it an ideal destination for all the family.


Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway


The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railways is Kent's mainline in miniature. First opened to traffic in July 1927 as the 'World's Smallest Public Railway' and now covering a distance of 13.5 miles from the picturesque Cinque Port of Hythe, near the Channel Tunnel, to the fishermans cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness.


Tyland Barn


This restored 17th century barn holds exhibitions about wildlife and conservation, with plenty of hands-on displays for children. The shop and tearoom caters for all age and the shop specialises in Natural History publications, animal and bird homes and feeders.

A variety of Kentish habitats surround this wooden barn and the park is rich in wildlife, with over 250 wildflowers recorded. It has a large pond, meadow, chalk bank and scrub habitats, as well as a bird watching hide and displays on composting, ‘green picnics’ and a wide variety of different native plant species.

Tyland Barn also houses a shop selling an extensive range of wildlife and environment-related books and gifts. The cafe serves a selection of drinks, sandwiches and hot snacks.

The Canterbury Tales


Distance from Chilston Park – 20 miles approximately 40 mins

Step into medieval Canterbury and accompany Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way their stories of love, romance, jealously, trickery and greed are all vividly re-created. A children’s commentary and multilingual commentaries are available.

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Canterbury Roman Museum


Distance from Chilston Park – 20.2 miles approximately 36 mins 

Explore Canterbury’s underground museum built around remains of a Roman town house with mosaic floors, preserved where excavated. Amazing finds from everyday Roman life displayed in reconstructions of a house and market, with a Roman mystery sword burial, intricate glass, silver spoon hoard and rare cavalry horse harness.

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The Rare Breeds Centre


Distance from Chilston Park – 19.3 miles approximately 35 mins

Fun, Excitement and Discovery – Friendly Farm Animals – Play Barn – Encounter Paddocks, Seasonal Pig Racing, Woodland Assault Course, New Tube Maze, Walk through Butterfly Tunnel, Falconry, Aviary, Trailer Rides, Woodland Trails and much more.

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Kent and East Sussex Railway


Distance from Chilston Park – 15.1 miles approximately 30 mins

Tenterden – Northiam – Bodiam Enjoy a scenic ride through 10.5 miles of glorious countryside in vintage steam and historic diesel trains dating from Victorian times. • Park free at Northiam and Tenterden • Refreshments • Railway Museum • Gift Shop • Children’s play area • Special packages for groups • Buffet car for lunches and teas (booking essential) • Excellent facilities for the disabled

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