Top 10 Things to Do in Canterbury and Surrounding Areas

Visit Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury’s world famous cathedral is something not to be missed. Growing up in the Canterbury area I have been lucky enough to visited many times including singing in the cathedral with the school choir several times.

Why not take advantage of the children go free offer (valid until 31st October 2021, children aged 17 and under when accompanied by a paying adult).

After you have explored this magnificent cathedral you could explore the surrounding cobbled streets and grab a bite to eat in one of the many fantastic local eateries.

Visit a Beach

With so many beautiful beaches on the south east coast you have a spectacular choice. With both stony and sandy beaches there is bound to be the perfect beach for you.

Head to Birchington Minnis Bay Beach where you will find a vast flat area of sand ideal for a family day, with parking along the seafront; this can get very busy on hot days so arriving early and setting up for the day is a great plan. Or maybe take a trip to Viking Bay in Broadstairs where you will find a beautiful sandy beach in the quaint seaside town with lovely shops and delicious fish and chips. There is limited parking close to the beach however there are a selection of car parks in Broadstairs but will mean a walk down to the beach. No Car no problem there is a train station in Broadstairs head to National Rail to book train tickets.

Head over to either Herne Bay and Whitstable beach if you prefer a pebbles. Herne Bay has a lovely pier steeped in history where you can explore the local small business huts and then sit back and relax with some of the delicious treats they have to offer.
Over in Whitstable you could look to explore the harbour and have a delicious fish treat from the Lobster Shack.

Try Local Food and Drink

In the Canterbury area we have a fine selection of fabulous local food and drink to try.

The Foundry Brew Pub a unique Craft Brewery, Distillery, Restaurant & Bar, located in the heart of Canterbury City Centre. Why not try their beer Taster Tray, Five 1/3 of a pint samples of any of their beers or ciders.

Kathton House offers fine dining at it’s best and if you want to make a night of it you could book their guest room. Why not try their six course tasting menu that you can have with or without matched wines.

Locally award winning wine from Simpsons Wine Estate in Barham sold in many of the local farm shops or why not book one of their wine tour and tasting experiences.

Over at The Goods Shed you can either buy local produce to take away and try or take a seat at their restaurant and enjoy the delicious seasonal offerings.

Gibson Farm Shop is a delightful farm shop set in the countryside just outside of Wingham, stocked with lots of locally produced food and drink. They have their have their own Café where you can enjoy some delicious treats.

The Anchor at Wingham is a great place to visit for great pub grub and live music.

And one currently on my list to visit is The Corner House a 16th Century former Coach House overlooking the city walls and is now a stylish restaurant but one which retains lots of its original character.

These are a few of the many amazing places you can eat and drink in the Canterbury area. Please remember many places require you booking before you arrive however don’t presume places are fully booked on the day as unfortunately many do get last minute cancellations.

Pick Your Own

Take your pick of Kent’s finest fruit and vegetable offerings. A great family day out and you get to take it home, that’s if you haven’t already eaten it! Felderland Pick Your Own is my favorite.

Why not get messy with the children and make some Jam, a pie, a cake or a family meal with your pickings. I often set up mini cooking challenges for the family this is a great way to learn long term life skills.

Take a River Trip

It’s time to explore a River or two. Take a chilled guided tour in the heart of the city with Canterbury River Tours.

If your up for an adventure and getting stuck in yourself why not take a trip over to canoe wild to hire a canoe or maybe you will try paddle boarding.
If a river is not your style then head to explore the coast instead, with one of Dover Sea Safaris unforgettable Experiences.

Visit a Castle

Step back into history and visit one of the local Castles. if your looking for something small and beautiful then head to Whitstable Castle and Gardens where you can also take a visit to their tea room for afternoon tea (pre-bookable only).
Looking for something a little bigger for the children to play knights of the castle then head to the white cliffs and explore Dover Castle.

Go for a Walk

Where do I start? There are so many fantastic walks suitable for every ability.
If your looking for a guided walk the why not take a guided walk along The Crab and Winkle Way with Saltmarsh Walking Company.

Remember that a walk doesn’t have to be long or in the middle of nowhere, it needs to be fun and enjoyable. So why not get out and do some exploring yourself? Check out Explore Kent for some fabulous walks. And for some walking inspiration follow The Wild Native on Instagram.

I am currently designing walking tours so be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep updated on new experiences coming later in the year.

Visit an Animal Park

Here in the South of Kent we have an excellent selection of animal parks. If your looking to see some elephants then head to Howletts to see the largest African elephant herd in the UK. The elephant herd maybe heading back to their natural habitat so take the opportunity now to visit them before they depart.

If your a penguin or giraffe lover then head to Wingham Wildlife Park. During the English covid19 lockdowns the wildlife park hosted many fabulous Facebook Live streams so lets get supporting them now they are open.

Explore some Gardens

Why not take a visit to one of the many beautiful gardens hidden in Kent.
One of my favorites is Mount Ephraim Gardens take time to explore their gorgeous grounds, gardens and yummy food at the tea room.

Have lunch in Westgate Gardens in the north west of Canterbury situated next to the iconic West Gate Towers.

Just outside of Canterbury in the village of Goodnestone are Goodnestone Park Gardens not only are these beautiful gardens but also offering theatre performances and other events throughout the summer.

Stay Over Night

Visiting Canterbury? Why not stay here too? And even if you live local why not take a local mini break?

Airbnb is a great option for those wishing to have a home from home whilst visiting Canterbury.

If your looking for something luxury then head over to The Cave Hotel which is simply stunning with fantastic facilities including a golf course, pool and restaurant.

Looking to be outside with nature? Then head to one of the many local glamping/camp sites; Nethergong Camping, Woolton Farm Or maybe the delightful Shepherds Hut nestled in vines by Hut in the Vines.

Canterbury and the surrounding areas really have so much to offer all times of the year. Why not take some time out this summer and spend it getting to explore Canterbury more.

Taking time out

Family fun exploring Ingleton Water Falls. Taking the time out to spend time with the ones you love making memories can be done anywhere.

With some truly hidden gems in the UK maybe you could look to take sometime out too.

Coexistence

Coexistence- we can live together successfully. The day Mum and I stumbled upon these beautiful herds of elephants in Green Park London 🐘. Think we may need to take another trip to see them again anyone coming?

Check out the CoExistence website, simple things mean we can live in harmony. I try to make my garden a haven for wildlife with simple things, a part of the garden that we do not mow, a bee drinking tray, a small bird bath. These things are simple and inexpensive why not try something different for wildlife in your garden this year.

P.S. I would love to bye one of these elephants don’t think I have the space or money right now 😉🐘

Reculver Towers

I have spent time this morning with a wonderful friend and took a walk by Reculver Towers. The towers are steeped in history and a beautiful place to explore. With an easy trail for many to walk or cycle along the sea shore.

Reculver is believed to be one of the first Roman Forts and was later transformed into an Anglo Saxon Monastery and then later again transformed into the parish church of Reculver. The towers were added later when the church was remodelled in the 12th century. The towers are used by many as a navigation point from ships at sea to planes in the sky.

Why not make a visit and explore what is left of the ruins, the towers and walk along the coastal path either towards Birchington or Herne Bay.

In Reculver there is a lovely coffee shop Hat Hats. There are public toilet facilities and a car park making it a great place to base yourself.

Saturday Slowdown – The Runnymede Hotel

Saturday slowdown 🥂🥰 at The Runnymede Hotel a wonderful place to relax, eat, drink, soak up the sun and watch the world go by.

Sitting alongside the River Thames it’s a wonderful place to base yourself for having an adventure along the Thames Path.

After exploring you can come back to sit on the beautiful lawn area and terrace and watch the boats drift in and out of the lock.

You can even hire a boat and take a sail down the River Thames or play giant jenga and connect 4 on the terrace.

If your staying you can also book in to have a spa treatment. Need I say more? It’s a glorious place to stay and enjoy some time away from the day to day grind.

Vitamin D

Taking a walk at the beautiful Tankerton Slopes

Getting outside helps you to get vitamin d, which is important for your bones, blood cells and immune system. Sunlight helps your body make vitamin d and this helps your body absorb certain minerals like calcium.

Getting out and about in the sunlight even just for 15 minutes really helps and remember that in the winter you might even need to get outside a little bit more.

The Countryside Code

As we adventure and explore others are preserving and protecting so we can continue to enjoy. Do your bit and ensure you follow the countryside code when your exploring:

Respect everyone
✅ be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
✅ leave gates and property as you find them
✅ do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
✅ be nice, say hello, share the space
✅ follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available

Protect the environment
✅ take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
✅ take care with BBQs and do not light fires
✅ always keep dogs under control and in sight
✅ dog poo –bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
✅ care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance

Enjoy the outdoors
✅ check your route and local conditions
✅ plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
✅ enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory

Health Benefits of Walking

Walking increases cardiovascular fitness, and boost muscle power and endurance.

It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.

Is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace.

Walking with others can turn exercise into an enjoyable social occasion.

Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or done for long periods in order to improve your health.

The beautiful ‘clock’ of the dandelion 💛

The seedhead is a large conspicuous ‘clock’ composed of cylindrical seeds with a long-stalked pappus or parachute to aid dispersal.

Dandelions have many uses including as a diuretic, the blanched leaves can be added to salads, roots are used to make dandelion ‘coffee’ and dandelion wine is made from the flowers.

Did you ever blow to tell the time or make a wish?

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