The West Kent Family Grapevine - Summer 2022

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SUMMER 2022

WEST KENT

ONLINE & hyperlinked

The Essen Guid tial Fam e for ilies in West Kent

Inside Essential listings for families Lots of local family events Summer reads for children & teens Godstone Farm's Summer survival tips Stay safe in the water with Puddle Ducks Find out more about Target Shooting Get ready for Castlemas Competitions: Hever Festival Theatre EM Forster Theatre Knockhatch Adventure Park Into The Trees Festival Good Vibrations Festival And more.....

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Welcome!!

Hi.. A HUGE welcome to our Summer edition. With hundreds of listings at your fingertips, lots of family ideas for places to go and days out, plus some amazing competitions We also have some great content to include Lit PRs pick of Summer reads for children and teenagers, Sumer survival tips from Godstone Farm, water safety advice from Puddle Ducks, a great introduction to Target Shooting, and a special message from Castlemas! We really hope you enjoy and please do follow us on social media and check our regularly updated website for all of our listings, events, competitions and local news. You can also subscribe to our online hyperlinked edition and submit your free local events and business listings on our website at www.thefamilygrapevine.co.uk/west-kent. Have a wonderful Summer!

Listings Index Welcome! 3 Competitions 4,5 Local Business 6 Family Health & Support

Baby & Toddler

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Preschooler 8,9,10 Nurseries & Preschools

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Independent Schools 12 Primary Schools 12,14 Private Tutoring 14 A-Z Activities for Children 5-16 yrs

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Party Stuff 18 Holiday Schemes & Activities

Family Days Out & Attractions

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Discount Vouchers 10,20,22

Our Best Wishes, James and Clare

Advertisers Index All Sorts of Fun 18 Aquapax Water 20 Babee Ballet 9 Brinley First Aid Training 6 Cascade Dance 14 Castlemas 26-27 East Grinstead Museum 20 EM Forster Theatre 25 Evolution Dance Academy 9 Fortitude TaeKwon-Do Tunbridge Wells 17 Godstone Farm 21 Helen O'Grady Drama Academy 9 Holden Park Pre-School 11 Lingfield College Prep School 12 Little Fishes 9 Little Street 10 Monkey Music 9 Mum2Mum Market West Kent 6 Pied Piper Activities 19 Play 'n Grow 19 Pool Schools 8 Puddle Ducks 8 Radtastic Entertainment 23 Razzamataz 15 St Georges Childcare Summer Holiday Club 19 Target Shooting School 15 Teach Kent and Sussex 12 Temper Temper Chocolate 18 The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle 24 The Supercar Event 23 Tracey Cambridge Osteopath 6

Editorial Content & Fun Stuff Competitions 4,5 Summer Water Safety with Puddle Ducks 10 Summer Reads for Children & Teens 13 Target Shooting School 16 Godstone Farm Summer Survival Guide 21 Upcoming Summer Family Events in West Kent 22,23 The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle 24 EM Forster Theatre 25 Castlemas 26,27 Port Lympne & Howletts 28 Wild Kids Puzzler 27

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Local Business • Family Health & Support * Baby * Kids * Maternity *

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Local Businesses ABCS UK, award-winning bookkeeping practice helping parents with their business accounts www.abcsuk.com, 01732 495224 Babyprints, Unique 3D casts of babies, children, families and pets, 07714 531747 Baldwins Travel, independent travel agent, 01892 506445 Bubbly Books: FREE Books for Schools; Start your Own Business; Buy Usborne Books, 07500 707243 Family & pet-friendly taxis, up to 8 seats, for those who need extra care, 01892 642121 Felicity Harvest, Humanist UK Clebrant, for your namings & other ceremonies, 07708 933607 Independent travel agent specialising in family holidays worldwide, 01892 882750 KMJ Property, your local, independent Estate Agent Mum2Mum nearlynew sales in Kent, www.mum2mummarket.co.uk MyChristie, Professional & Creative Graphic Design Services, 07796 105190 RMW Services, Kitchen painting and custom painted furniture, 07761 530679 Rural Atelier, we sell a variety of ecofriendly, ethical, sustainable and fairly traded goods - www.ruralatelier.co.uk Sarah McIntyre specialises in bespoke baby naming ceremonies. Truly memorable, 01732 833121 The Diamond Setter, Professional Ear Piercing Services, 01892 458042

Vibrance Beauty, Mobile Beauty Therapist. Tonbridge & surrounding areas, 07377 994655

Local Information Offices Tourist Information Centre and Council office, Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 01732 770929

Photographers Blanke Atelier Photography, school photos, family photos, children portraits, 07903 749019 Esther Nichols Newborn Photographer, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 07578 596183 Lottie Topping, Wedding Photography & Family Portrait Photography, 07595 988453 Lucy McKenzie Photography, Maternity, Baby & Children, Tunbridge Wells, 07863 550676 Nic Bisseker Photography - Family Portrait and action dog photography, 07879 840171

Libraries Borough Green Library, High Street, Sevenoaks TN15 8BJ, 03000 413131 East Peckham Library, Pound Road, East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 5AU, 03000 413131 Hildenborough Library, 3 Riding Lane, Hildenborough, Tonbridge TN11 9LN, 03000 413131 Kemsing Library, Dippers Close Kemsing, Sevenoaks TN15 6QD, 03000 413131 Otford Library, High Street, Otford, Sevenoaks TN14 5PH, 03000 413131 Paddock Wood Library, 9 Commercial Road, Tonbridge TN12 6EN, 03000 413131 Pembury Library, Henwood Green Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4HS, 03000 413131 Riverhead Library, 31 London Road, Riverhead TN13 2BU, 03000 413131 Rusthall Library, Rusthall High Street, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8RZ, 03000 413131 Seal Library, High St, Sevenoaks TN15 0AL, 03000 413131 Sevenoaks Library, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1LQ, 03000 413131 Sherwood Library, Lakeside, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 3LZ, 03000 413131 Showfields Library, Showfields Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5PR, 03000 413131

The Good Estate Agent Sevenoaks, friendly & professional local agents, low rates, 01732 617066

Southborough Library, 137 London Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN4 0NA, 03000 413131

The Magical World of Children’s Books. Huge discounts. Find us on fb, 07895 243757

The Eden Centre Library, Four Elms Road, EdenbridgeTN8 6BY, 03000 413131

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Tonbridge Library, 1 Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge TN9 1TG, 03000 413131 Tonbridge North Library, 5 York Parade, Tonbridge, TN10 3NP, 03000 413131 Tunbridge Wells Library, Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1NS, 03000 413131 West Kingsdown Library, London Rd, West Kingsdown TN15 6EL, 03000 413131 Westerham Library, London Road, Westerham TN16 1BD, 03000 413131

Tracey Cambridge, Osteopath specialising in babies, 01342 323851 Tunbridge Wells Cloth Nappy Library, Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas, 07733 161744

Child and Family Support and Advice Amanda Sokell Practical support for parents with a child struggling at school, 07711 183919

The Adventure Zone- try before you buy, swings, trampolines, 01732 822659

CASPA supporting Autistic young people and their families and adults, 07957 924297 Citizens Advice, providing free, independent, impartial and confidential advice, 08082 787810 Gemma Coe, highly qualified sleep specialist for infants and children up to 5 years, 07706 656880 www.childsleepspecialist.co.uk, The Money Advice Service, clear unbiassed money advice, 0300 500 5000 Auditory Verbal UK- helping deaf babies and children listen and talk, 01869 325000 IMAGO, support and empower vulnerable groups, 01892 530330

Bereaved Parents and Family Members

Domestic Abuse, Support and Advice

Financial & emotional support for families who’ve lost a young adult aged 16-25, 01323 482772

National Centre for Domestic Violence www.ncdv.org.uk, 0800 970 2070

Gifts and Keepsakes Babyprints, Unique 3D casts of babies, children, families and pets, 07714 531747 Kiddicone, themed gifts to celebrate the first day at school, 07976 828348 Personalised toddlers, kids & adults tote bags by Cat Sparrey, www.catsparrey.com

Outdoor Activity Equipment

Child and Family Health Woodland Chiropractic Clinic caring for the whole Family, Borough Green, 01732 887177 Family Bear Club, creating healthy beginnings- from pregnancy to age 2. Mother & baby wellness, 07393 995583 Hairforce, nit and head lice professional treatment, 0208 2497381 Hayley G Wellness Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, EMDR, EFT & TFT Practitioner, 07818 426171 Health Visiting Services, supporting families with a new baby or a child aged under five-years-old, 0300 7900243 Tiz Kids, mindfulness classes, 3-11 yrs, tunbridge wells. private and group sessions, 07887 951968

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First Aid Training for Parents and Carers Brinley First Aid Training, for nurseries, preschools, charities & all groups, special local rates available, all levels, 01293 420963 www.brinleyfirstaidtraining.co.uk Daisy First Aid Tunbridge Wells & Sevenoaks, Baby & Child First Aid Classes, 07939 507662

Fostering and Adoption Anchor Foster Care, Foster Care Services, Medway & surrounding areas, 01634 283140

Mediation Services West Kent Mediation, free family mediation for families living in West Kent, 01732 469696


Family Health & Support • Baby & Toddler Parenting Courses and Support Baby and You, a course for new parents and their babies, 6wks-6mths, 03000 411035 Baby and You, The Ark Children Centre, 6wks-6mths, 03000 411035 Daisy First Aid Tunbridge Wells & Sevenoaks, Baby & Child First Aid Classes, 07939 507662 New Parents Groups, Paddock Wood Children’s Centre . New BornsCrawling, 03000 411035

Registered Children’s Complementary Therapists Osteopath for the little ones with Ian Clutton, Integrated Health, 01732 464109 Tracey Cambridge, Osteopath specialising in babies, 01342 323851

Speech and Language Hayley Quinn, Speech Language Therapist, 07780 910992

Stay Fit and Healthy Group and Private classes, suitable for All levels, including Prenatal/ Postnatal, www.yogabymargarita.com MyPilates group mat mixed abilities classes, Sundridge & Brasted, , 07375 200495 Tonality Dance/Aerobic Fitness Classes - Frant Hall, Frant Near Tunbridge Wells, 07721 747201

Antenatal Services Hey Baby 4D is a boutique private ultrasound clinic based in Tunbridge Wells, 01892 489166 KW Mother Nurture, Hypnobirthing & Antenatal Education, Group & 1-to-1 courses, 07817 512865 Providing practical and emotional support for new mothers and their families, 07974 001362 Strong Like Mama, hypnobirthing and antenatal - for a calm, confident birth!, 07711 078507

Antenatal and Postnatal Exercise Group and Private classes, suitable for All levels, including Prenatal/ Postnatal, www.yogabymargarita.com At home fun Mama & Baby/child workouts, suitable for all ages incl, prenatal, 07707 346552 Freestyle Yoga Project Studio, Pregnancy Yoga, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 624398 KW Mother Nurture, Pregnancy Relaxation weekly classes, Snodland, 07817 512865 Pregnancy Yoga & Postnatal Yoga with Baby Massage in Tunbridge Wells, 07702 751143

Pregnancy YOGA, Paddock Wood Children’s Centre, TW, Saturdays at 10.30am, 07885 754556 Sandrines Pilates, Mum and baby pilates, 01892 618493 Unity Birth Programme Comprehensive mind & body antenatal courses in T-Wells, 07702 751143 You Baby Beyond, 1-2-1 PT (studio or home visits) + Mum & Baby Fitness Classes, 07592 305124

Hypnobirthing Good Birth Practice, practical & fun hypnobirthing classes, courses & workshops, 07905 986810 Strong Like Mama, hypnobirthing and antenatal - for a calm, confident birth!, 07711 078507

Midwives and Doulas Emma Mills, private midwife prenatal & postnatal care. One-off appointments/packages of care, 07985 526595 Flourish Birth & Baby, Carole Youdan, Birth & Postnatal Doula, 07786 610328

Breastfeeding, Weaning Help and Support BoobieMilk Ltd, Maternity and Nursing Bra fittings and sales, 07951 600777 NCT Baby Café, Manna Café, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 522323 NCT Breastfeeding Helpline, 0300 330 0700 South Tonbridge Children’s Centre, Tonbridge, 03000 418008 Spring House Children’s Centre, Sevenoaks, 03000 411035

Children’s and Family Centres Edenbridge Children’s Centre, 03000 420995 Harmony Children’s Centre, Rusthall, 03000 420890 Little Forest Children Centre, Tunbridge Wells, 03000 420892 Little Foxes Children’s Centre, Waveney Road, North Tonbridge, 03000 418008 Paddock Wood Children’s Centre, open week days 9am-12pm. Activities for 0-5 yrs, 03000 411035 South Tonbridge Children’s Centre, Tonbridge Youth Hub, 03000 418008 Southborough Children’s Centre, 03000 420891 Spring House Children’s Centre, Sevenoaks, 03000 421137 The Ark Childrens Centre, Broadwater Lane, 03000 414600 West Kingsdown Children’s Centre, 01474 854624

Angel Placements Childcare Agency, 01622 815271 County Nannies, meeting the needs of parents and childcarers, 01795 520060 East Green Childcare Services, taking care of all your childcare needs, 01732 838417 Elizabeth Henry Nannies: Nannies, Maternity Nurses, Nursery Staff, babysitting, 01732 851313 Katie Nanny, professional Nanny Ad Hoc, Daytime, Evening, Travel, Temporary, Emergency, 07852 345124 The Little Au Pair Agency: Bromley based, small, friendly, covering the UK, 020 8462 6041 Tinies Childcare, 0203 6918828

Baby and Toddler Other Groups Baby Yoga with Margarita, postnatal yoga for mums, gentle baby yoga and massage for babies under 10 months, www.yogabymargarita.com At home fun Mama & Baby/child workouts, suitable for all ages incl, prenatal, 07707 346552 Baby Sensory, baby development classes from birth to 13 months in Frant, TW, 07921 998654 Baby Stay and Play, The Ark Childrens Centre, Broadwater Lane, 03000 414600 CYCLEme TOTS, Mid-Kent Classes, 2-7 years, 07739 389281 Dad & Me 0-5yrs Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 01892 541118 Daddy and Me 0-5yrs, Pantiles Baptist Ch, Frant Rd, Tunbridge Wells 2nd Sat am, 01892 521093 Lingfield Littlies Free Stay & Play. Baby & toddler. Fridays (Term time) 9.30 - 11am, Lingfield Prep, 01342 778772 LullaBaby, developmental, multisensory & exploratory sessions for babies aged 0-24 months, 07546 552657 SEVENOAKS, Baby and Parent Cinema Club, Stag Community Arts Centre, Tues10.30am, 01732 450175 Toddler Sense, toddler adventure classes from 13 months to 4 years in Frant, TW, 07921 998654 Trinity Theatre, mums and babies film club, 01892 500673

Father’s Groups Dad & Me 0-5yrs Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 01892 541118

Mother’s Groups Singing Mamas, St Stephen’s Church Community Centre, Tonbridge, Mondays 10.30-12, www.lauralamn.com/singingmamas

Baby and Toddler Additional Needs Groups The Children’s Trust School Taddies Playgroup for children with complex needs, 01737 365810

Baby and Toddler Yoga Baby Yoga with Margarita, postnatal yoga for mums, gentle baby yoga and massage for babies under 10 months, 07305 622446 Baby Bumpkin: Age 6 weeks-2 yrs, Baby Massage and Yoga, 07511 048803 Banana Studio Yoga, Toddlertastic Yoga Club. Pre School & Youth Yoga Courses, 07834 518619 Creating healthy beginnings- from pregnancy to age 2. Mother & baby wellness, 07393 995583 Fitness and Form, mother and baby pilates class, 07913 994432 www.fitnessandform.co.uk, Mummy & Me Pilates Classes every Wednesday at 11am at Pembury Pavilion, 07876 787869 Postnatal Yoga for Mum & Baby Massage, Yoga and songs for babes!, 07702 751143 Tatty Bumpkin, Sevenoaks, fun yoga-inspired activity, 6wks-7yrs, 07870 598606 Yoga for children 4+ Available for group sessions in schools or youth clubs, 07885 754556 Zen Baby Massage, Baby Massage & Yoga, Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, Tunbridge Wells, 07539 501402 www.zenbabymassageyoga.com,

Baby and Toddler Massage Baby and Toddler Explorers, for 0-2 years, for your child’s sensory development, 07947 380135 Baby Massage, for babies 6-16 weeks, Sevenoaks, 07788 971627 Baby Yoga and massage classes and courses in Tunbridge Wells, www.yogabymargarita.com Blissful Bébé Massage group and private baby massage courses, 07732 808623 KW Mother Nurture, Baby Massage, Snodland, 0-12months, 07817 512865 Zen Baby Massage, Baby Massage & Yoga Tunbridge Wells, 07539 501402 www.zenbabymassageyoga.com,

Nannies and Au Pairs

Pandas Playgroup Daddy and Me, 2nd Saturday mornings 0-11yrs, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 521903

Baby and Toddler Music and Dance

A TRAVEL NANNY, professional Nanny providing travel nannying all year round, 07852 345124

Pops and Tots for Male Carers, 1st Sat monthly, New Life Ch, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 691509

Babee Ballet, ages 2.5-5yrs. Buzzie Bee Ballet fun! Various locations and times, 07889 647338

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Baby & Toddler, Preschoolers babyballet Song and Dance Academy, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, 07809 148348 Cascade Dance: Creative Dance for 3&4 years with Cascade in Tunbridge Wells, 07540 724027 Dance, craft, story time and Music classes for children aged 18 months-6 years Gymboree Play and Music, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, 0-5 yrs, 07827 910978 Gymboree Play and Music, Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells, 0-5 yrs, 07308 160024 Lamberhurst School of Theatre Dance, Tunbridge Wells, 07817 290552

Preschooler’s Gym and Physical Play

Monkey Music - Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Pembury, Hildenborough, 01892 671997

Charlton Football Coaching 3-5yrs, Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, 01732 470700

Mummy and Me Ballet with Just Dance, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 864517 Musical Bumps Music Classes with traditional songs, lullabies and musical games, 07784 737183

Jumping Beans: Creative, physical and fun classes, 3mths-5yrs, 07768 038172 Little Kickers, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, 18mths7yrs, 0208 432 0982

Tatty Bumpkin, Yoga and Music 2-7yrs, 07511 048803 Top of the Tots, baby/ toddler music, Bessels Green Baptist Church, Sevenoaks, 01732 454921

Baby and Toddler Signing and Communication

Want to learn to dance and have fun? evolution Dance academy classes are for you!

Sing and Sign Baby Signing the fun way, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, rebeccaclowsingandsign@gmail.com

Street, MuSical theatre, Ballet, tap, conteMporary & perforMance Group

Baby, Toddler & Preschooler Swimming

Bi-annual dance show

Alison Marks Swim School, Hildenborough, 3yrs+, 01732 365440 Aquatots, baby swimming, Sevenoaks, Halstead, and Otford, 020 8688 6488 Little Fishes, parent and baby/ toddler/children 4ys+, Oxted and Westerham, 07834 737211

iDta exaMS offereD, with a 100% paSS rate claSSeS in eDenBriDGe, linGfielD & SevenoakS contact us for more details on: 07709 348723 or evolutionda@outlook.com

Water babies, from birth, Classes held across Kent, 01622 729989

Preschooler’s Art and Messy Play Messy Monsters - Messy play company, weekend Sessions, suitable for 6m - 5yrs, 07538 952689

Preschooler’s Dance and Drama Babee Ballet, ages 2.5-5yrs. Buzzie Bee Ballet fun! Various locations and times, 07889 647338 Babyballet Song and Dance Academy, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, 07809 148348 Catherine Bellinger School of Dance, Tunbridge Wells 2yrs+, 01892 542549

Puddle Ducks, Swimming classes from 0-4 yrs - Sevenoaks, Hildenborough & Tunbridge Wells, 01892 617246 SwimKidz NW Kent & Sevenoaks, for Pregnancy, Babies, Toddlers and Children, 07809 227637

Cascade Dance: Creative Dance for 3&4 years with Cascade in Tunbridge Wells, 07540 724027 Dynamic Dance, for all ages from toddlers, various venues, based in Tonbridge, 01732 357518 Evolution Dance Academy, ballet, street, musical theatre, several venues, 2yrs+, 07709 348723

Evolution Dance Academy Firefly Dance School, Ballet, Modern, Tap, National, Irish Boys/Girls, all ages, 07734 816989 Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Kindy Drama, preschool classes, 2½-5 yrs, 07587 006176 Inception Dance, fun, lively ballet and dance classes, Hartfield, 2yrs+, 07920 181454 Jigsaw Performing Arts, 3-18 years, Sevenoaks, 020 8447 4530 KA Dance Academy, Ballet, Tap and Stage, 3yrs+, Crockham Hill Village Hall, 07810 443575 Lamberhurst School of Theatre Dance, Tunbridge Wells, 07817 290552 Make Believe Sevenoaks: Sing, Act, Dance Ages 3-18, 0208 123 7927 Mini Motion, creative parent/toddler classes, Crowborough, T’ Wells, Langton Grn, 07734 863791 Showtime Performing Arts 3.5yrs+ Malling School Oxted School Weekends Only, 07749 650222

Pre School Gymnastics, 6mths-3yrs with parents or 3-4yrs, 01892 540744 Preschool Gymnastics and Trampoline, U5yrs, Angel Leisure Centre, 01732 359966 Ready Steady Sport - Multi sport for all children 3yrs upwards, 07764 187401 Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Toddlers Gym, 01732 470700 Tiggers Trampolining Time, Preschool, Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, 01732 470700 Toddler Gym, under 5yrs Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, 01732 470700 Toddler Sports, U5yrs, Edenbridge Leisure Centre, 01732 865665 Toddler Trampolining under 5yrs Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, 01732 470700

Preschooler’s Educational and Multilingual Sessions Caroline Cunnington-King, French tutor, Tonbridge, 07884 255749 Kidslingo Preschool French and Spanish, from 18 months, 07726 590289

Preschooler’s Multisensory Sessions Baby Massage, Rhyme and Music, Sevenoaks, 4 -18 months, 07788 971627

Preschooler’s Music and Movement

Southborough School of Dance, Tunbridge Wells 3yrs+, 01892 531632

Family Music Fun 3mths-5yrs Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Friday am’s, 01732 359966

Theatre Train Mini’s Dance Act Sing 4-5yrs, 07710 478246

Hartbeeps, various venues, 07795 103197

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Preschoolers • Nurseries & Preschools Humpty Dumpty Club Music and Movement, 07860 801173

Little St Sevenoaks, Children’s Role Play Centre, 01732 668347

Little Notes Music Classes by top notch musicians, 01892 300103

Minor Mania, soft play, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 752042

Monkey Music - Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Pembury, Hildenborough, 01892 671997

Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, 01892 540744

Music Bugs, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, 07738 878821 Musical Bumps Music Classes with traditional songs and musical games, 07784 737183 Pipsqueaks Music, Otford, 07951 587806

Soft Play Centres Buzy Bee’s, Soft Play Area and Café and outside toys, Ash, 0 to 12 years, 01474 874118 Edenbridge Leisure Centre 0-4yrs, 01732 865665

Daycare Nurseries BRENCHLEY, Kinderversity Pre-school, wrap around care, holiday clubs, 0-11 years, 01892 458231 DUNTON GREEN, Broughton Cottage Day Nursery, TN13, 3 months to 5 years, 01732 462339 EDENBRIDGE, Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, 3 months - 5 years, 01732 605341 EDENBRIDGE, Monty’s Day Care, TN8, 3 months-5 years, 01732 864629 HILDENBOROUGH, Stables Daycare, TN11, 3 months to 5 years, 01732 833266

Tips for keeping safe around water this summer by Puddle Ducks The summer holidays are almost upon us…yippee! At Puddle Ducks, we often get asked about how to safely enjoy swimming away from our classes – especially when on holiday. Well, you won’t be surprised to hear that it isn’t rocket science! Deep down, we bet you all know the answers but we’ll share our thoughts anyway.

First and most importantly – stay safe! When researching your holiday or day trip (or arriving at the destination if you haven’t yet done so) check the safety arrangements of any water-based activities and see if there is lifeguard cover. Children will gravitate towards water – teach them to never enter the water without your supervision. Take time to check the depth, water flow and layout of pools. Follow the pool rules. Check bathing sites for hazards, check the safest places to swim and always read the signs – find out what local warning signs and flags mean. Swim with any children in your care – it’s more fun and you can keep them close and safe. Understand your swimming environment – especially how the depth changes. On beaches stay in a safe depth. Check when the tide will be high and low and make sure that you won’t be cut off from the beach exit by the rising tide. Also, be aware of dangerous ripcurrents – if caught in one, swim parallel to the shore. Inflatable dinghies and lilos are a well-known hazard and can easily be blown out to sea - don’t use them in open water. Children’s vulnerability changes with age but those under 12 months are relatively immobile and entirely dependent on caregivers. They can drown very quickly and in very little water, and in containers that may not be perceived as risks (for example, in a bucket or a toilet). Children who are mobile but too young to recognise danger or to get out of water are also at risk, especially in the absence of barriers and capable supervision. It’s important to stay safe at home too so always supervise bath time (never leave children unattended) and empty the bath as soon as possible after use. If, by chance, we have some hot days here in the UK(!), remember to empty paddling pools and buckets as soon as they have been used and always turn paddling pools upside down once empty. Puddle Ducks hope you have a very happy, sunny (and safe) summer! To find out more about Puddle Ducks West Kent & East Sussex www.puddleducks.com/westkentandeastsussex Facebook @PuddleDucksWKES 01892 617246

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Nurseries & Preschools Ofsted Registered Childminder ‘Trish’s Tiddlers’ Please call for availability, , 07940 029793

SEVENOAKS, Weald PreSchool, Church Road, 01732 450272 SOUTHBOROUGH, Holden Park Preschool, 2 to 5 years, 01892 520626

PADDOCK WOOD, Barnies Day Nursery, Hop Farm, 3 months to 5 years, 01622 872788

SOUTHBOROUGH, Southborough Preschool, Community Centre, Crundwell Rd, 2-5 years, 01892 538666

PENSHURST, Well Place Day Nursery and Preschool, 3 mths-5 yrs, 01892 870118 SEVENOAKS Day Nursery, Otford Road, TN14, 01732 460384

SPELDHURST, Speldhurst Nursery School, St Marys Lane, 2-5 years, 01892 860577

SEVENOAKS, Acorns Day Nursery, TN13, 6 months to 5 years, 01732 459162

The Little Learning Tree Preschool @ Salvation Army TW, for children 2-5 years, 07948 085991

SEVENOAKS, Asquith Nursery and Preschool, TN13, 0330 057 6242

The Little Learning Tree Preschool, Number One Community Centre, TN2, 2-5 yr, 07925 177730

SEVENOAKS, Busy Bees Children’s Day Nursery, TN13, 6wks-5yrs, 01732 450466

TONBRIDGE, Brenchley Preschool Limited, 2-5 years, 01892 724261 TONBRIDGE, Capel Preschool Playgroup, 01892 833363

SEVENOAKS, Oakley Day Nursery, TN13, 3 months -5 years, 01732 459651 SEVENOAKS, Steps to School Day Nursery, TN15, 3 months - 4 years, 01732 780431 SEVENOAKS, Teddies Nurseries, (Bright Horizons), TN13, 01732 742252 SOUTHBOROUGH, Asquith Woodlands Day Nursery, TN4, 0330 057 9741 TONBRIDGE, Asquith Nursery and Preschool, Pembury Road, TN9, 0370 218 8553 TONBRIDGE, Asquith Nursery, West Kent College, Brook Street, TN9, 0330 057 3654 TONBRIDGE, Barnies Day Nursery, Hadlow, TN11, 3 months to 5 years, 01732 850033 TONBRIDGE, Hilden Oaks Nursery, TN10, 3mths+, 01732 353941 TONBRIDGE, Oaklands Day Nursery, TN9, 4mths-5yrs, 01732 353486 TONBRIDGE, Teddies Nurseries, (Bright Horizons), TN9, 01732 500565 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Asquith Day Nursery and Preschool, TN4, 0333 920 2726 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Forest Park Nursery and Pre-School, TN2, 0-5yrs, 01892 512313 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Juniors Day Nursery, 07940 728905

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, The Green Cave Day Nursery, TN1, 6mth-5yrs, 01892 800033

HILDENBOROUGH, Stocks Green Preschool, TN11, 2½ to 5years, 01732 834115

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, The Tunbridge Wells Nursery and Montessori PreSchool, 3mth-5yrs, 01892 540068

HILDENBOROUGH, The Oaks Nursery, Riding Lane, TN11, 01732 834401

Montessori Nurseries SEVENOAKS, Hollybush Montessori Nursery, TN14, 07984 133318 SEVENOAKS, Moniques Montessori Day Nursery, 01732 452931 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, New World Montessori, Linden Park Cricket Club, Fir Tree Road, 07787 155247 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, The Tunbridge Wells Nursery and Montessori PreSchool, 3mth-5yrs, 01892 540068

Sessional Preschools and Nurseries BIDBOROUGH, Village Nursery School, Village Hall, TN3, 2 to 5 years, 07517 145731 CHIDDINGSTONE, Chiddingstone Nursery School, TN8, 2 to 4 years, 01892 871315 EDENBRIDGE Nursery School, Edenbridge Primary School, 3 to 4 yrs, 01732 863787

LANGTON GREEN, Village House Nursery, Village Hall, 07935 156969 Little Fosse Nursery, Fosse Bank School 2-3yrs, 01732 834212 PADDOCK WOOD, Scalliwags PreSchool, 01892 835980 PEMBURY School House Nursery, TN2, 2-5 years, 01892 825580 PENSHURST, Penshurst Pre-School, Village Hall, 2 -5 years, 01892 870250 RIVERHEAD, St. Mary’s PreSchool Group, Village Hall, 07502 428413 SEAL, Top Banana PreSchool, 2-4 years, 07958 528808 SEVENOAKS, Bradbourne Park PreSchool, grds of Sevenoaks Primary, 2¾ to 5 years, 01732 779149 SEVENOAKS, Chevening School Nursery, TN13, 2½-5 years, 01732 452342 SEVENOAKS, Halstead Nursery, Otford Lane, TN14, 2-5 years, 07950 681846 SEVENOAKS, Pipkins Nursery School Chevening, TN14, 2-5 years, 07480 832356

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Little Cottage, Breakfast / Tea available, 2-4 yrs, two sites, 07702 180487

EDENBRIDGE, Church House Preschool, Rickards Hall, 07748 673798

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Little Rascals Nursery, TN1, 6 months-5 years, 01892 313245

EDENBRIDGE, Marsh Green Preschool, St John’s Church, 01732 864553

SEVENOAKS, Plaxtol Nursery School, TN15, 2½-5yrs, 01732 811395

EDENBRIDGE, St Paulinus PreSchool, 2-5 years, 07796 795811

SEVENOAKS, Radnor House Nursery, 2.5 years +, 01959 563720

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Nuffy Bear Day Nursery, Knights Park, TN2, 01892 882795 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Rainbow Creche and Nursery, Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, TN4, 01892 517215 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, St Georges’ Childrens Project Nursery, TN4, babies-5yrs, 01892 543982 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Teddies Nurseries, (Bright Horizons), TN4, 01892 531128

FORDCOMBE, Fordcombe PreSchool, Village Hall, 07895 472610 Groombridge, Groombridge PreSchool, 01892 861113 HADLOW Community Pre School, 2 to 5 years, 01732 853225 HARTFIELD, Hartfield Playschool, am and pm sessions, 2 -5 years, 01892 770830

SEVENOAKS, Platt School Nursery, TN15, 2-5 years, 01732 886600

SEVENOAKS, Spring Board PreSchool, TN13, 2 years 3 mths-4 years, 01732 452039 SEVENOAKS, St Lawrence PreSchool, TN15, 01732 763354 SEVENOAKS, Steps to School Day Nursery, TN15, 2 - 4 years, 01732 780431 SEVENOAKS, The Children’s Workshop, TN13, 2-5 years, 01732 741391

TONBRIDGE, Delarue Crickets PreSchool (2-5 Years), Welland Rd, TN10 3TD, 07496 288372 TONBRIDGE, East Peckham Preschool, 01622 871268 TONBRIDGE, Happy Faces PreSchool, Hectorage Rd, TN9, 2 to 5 years, 01732 368823 TONBRIDGE, Horsmonden Kindergarten, 2-5 years, TN12, 01892 724805 TONBRIDGE, Longmead Nursery (Robin Class), 3-5 years, 01732 350601 TONBRIDGE, Playaway Preschool, Cage Green School, TN10, 01732 354325 TONBRIDGE, Roselands Preschool, Woodlands School Grounds, TN10, 01732 368580 TONBRIDGE, St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Nursery School, TN9, 2-5 yrs, 01732 358000 TONBRIDGE, STEPS, St Stephens Church Pre School, Waterloo Road TN9, 01732 363642 TONBRIDGE, Tots Teachers Preschool, 07752 127522 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Bishops Down Primary School Nursery 3+ yrs, 01892 520114 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Hawkenbury Nursery School, Forest Road, 07833 772857 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Little Dragon’s Playgroup at St George’s, 01892 543982 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Little Owls, Toch Hall, 07840 977238 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Little Rascals Preschool, TN1, 2 -5 years, 01892 313244 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Manor Road PreSchool, 07972 739852 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Nivan Lodge PreSchool, King Charles the Martyr Hall, 2-4 yrs, 07563 908977 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Niven Lodge PreSchool Nursery, Tunbridge Wells TN2, 01892 547259

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Primary Schools • Independent Schools TUNBRIDGE WELLS, St Augustine’s Nursery, TN4, 01892 542783

The Schools at Somerhill, Yardley Court, Tonbridge TN11, boys, 7-13 years, 01732 352124

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, St James’ Church PreSchool, TN2, 07905 276612

Tonbridge School, boys, day and boarding, 13-18 years, 01732 365555

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, St Matthew’s High Brooms PreSchool, Church Hall, TN4, 2-5 years, 07768 518191

Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks 3-18yrs, 01732 451334

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, St. Luke’s Nursery School, St Luke’s Church Hall, TN4, 2½4yrs, 01892 619955

Primary Schools Bishops Down Primary School, Tunbridge Wells, 3-11 years, 01892 520114

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, The Rocking Horse Nursery, TN1, 2 yrs+, 01892 532704

Brenchley and Matfield Primary School, Tonbridge TN12, 4-11 years, 01892 722929

Independent Schools Beechwood Sacred Heart, Tunbridge Wells 3-18yrs, 01892 532747

Broadwater Down Primary School, Tunbridge Wells TN2, 4-11 years, 01892 527588

Easy2name, you name it - we label it, 01635 298326

Cage Green Primary School, Tonbridge, 4-11 years, 01732 354325

Fosse Bank School and Fosse Bank Kindergarten, Hildenborough 2-11yrs, 01732 834212

Edenbridge Primary School, 4 to 11 years, 01732 863787

Hilden Grange School, Tonbridge, coed, 3-13 years, 01732 351169

Fordcombe Cof E Primary School, Tunbridge Wells TN3, 01892 740224

Hilden Oaks Preparatory School & Nursery, Tonbridge, 01732 353941

Four Elms Primary School, Edenbridge, 4 to 11 years, 01732 700274

Holmewood House School, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells 3-13yrs, 01892 860000

Ide Hill Cof E Primary School, Sevenoaks, 4-11 years, 01732 750389 Ightham Primary School, 4 to 11 years, 01732 882405

Kent College Prep School, Pembury 2.5-11yrs, 01892 822006

Kemsing Primary School, 4 to 11 years, 01732 761236

Kent College Senior School, Pembury TN2, 11-18yrs, 01892 822006

Langton Green Primary School, 01892 862648

New Beacon School, Sevenoaks, boys 4-13yrs, 01732 452131

Long Mead Community Primary School, Tonbridge, 3-11 years, 01732 350601

Radnor House Prep School, Sevenoaks, 01959 564320 Radnor House Senior School, Sevenoaks, 01959 563720

Longmead Community Primary School, 01732 350601

Rose Hill School, Tunbridge Wells, 3-13yrs, 01892 525591

Paddock Wood Primary School, Paddock Wood, 01892 833654

Russell House School, Otford, Sevenoaks, 01959 522352

Pembury Primary School, 4-11 years, 01892 822259

Sackville School, Hildenborough 1118yrs, 01732 838888

Penshurst Primary School, Penshurst TN11, 01892 870446

Sacred Heart School, Wadhurst 3-11yrs, 01892 783414

Platt Primary School, TN15, 4 to 11 years, 01732 882596

Sevenoaks Preparatory School, 2½-13 years, 01732 762336

Rusthall Primary School, TN4, 01892 520582

Sevenoaks School, co-ed, day and boarding, 11-18yrs, 01732 455133

Seal Primary School, Seal, 5-11 years, 01732 762388

Solefield School, boys, Sevenoaks TN13, 4-13yrs, 01732 452142

Sevenoaks Primary School, TN13, 4-11 years, 01732 453952

Somerhill Pre-Prep at The Schools at Somerhill, Tonbridge TN11, co-ed, 3-7 yrs, 01732 352124

Shoreham Village School, Sevenoaks TN14, 4 to 11 years, 01959 522228 Southborough C Of E Primary School, 01892 529682

St Michael’s Preparatory School, Otford 3-13yrs, 01959 522137

Speldhurst C of E Primary School, 4-11years, 01892 863044

The Granville School, Sevenoaks girls 3-11yrs boys 3-4yrs, 01732 453039

St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Tunbridge Wells TN4, 01892 529796

The Mead School, Tunbridge Wells TN2, co-ed, 3-11yrs, 01892 525837 The Schools at Somerhill, 3 schools, pre-prep co-ed, boys 3-13yrs, girls 3-11yrs, 01732 352124

St George’s C of E Voluntary Controlled Primary School, 4 to 11 years, 01732 882401

The Schools at Somerhill, Derwent Lodge, Tonbridge TN11, girls, 7-11 years, 01732 352124

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St James School, 7- 11 years, 01892 523006

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Summer Reads from LitPR Children's Books Poppy Loves Devon By Gillian Young

Children's Books Baller Boys - Vanessa Taylor (Hashtag Press)

Poppy wants to befriend anything that moves, but she's never successful. It seems all the other animals find her too big, loud and boisterous. Dad is convinced she needs a playmate, but Poppy's unsure. She enjoys the fuss and attention from her family so much, she is not willing to share. The choice is taken away from her when one day a puppy comes along. However, Poppy soon discovers the puppy is lost and alone. Her big heart and caring nature kicks in when she discovers a monster lurking in a nearby wood. Poppy must act fast to save the farm, her family - and the puppy. Meanwhile, a handsome border collie ticks all the boxes as the ‘perfect' dog - but is he? Poppy Loves Devon follows her pursuit of making friends but not realising what's under her very nose.

Shay and Frankie are best friends and football crazy! They eat, sleep and breathe football (even when they're at school!). They dream about playing football, love a kick-about in the park, watch all the big games on TV... all that's missing in their lives is the chance to play for a real football team. All Cultures United is the best club around for miles and everyone wants to be on the team, including Shay and Frankie. Are they good enough to impress Coach Reece at the AC United trials? Can their friendship survive the competitiveness of football? Will they ultimately fulfil their goal to become Baller Boys?

Children's Books Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah (Scholastic Children’s Books)

Children's Books A Head Full of Magic by Sarah Morrell (Hashtag Press)

In this heart-stopping adventure, Benjamin Zephaniah shows us what it was like to be a child of the Windrush generation. Leonard is shocked when he arrives with his mother in the port of Southampton. His father is a stranger to him, it’s cold and even the Jamaican food doesn’t taste the same as it did back home in Maroon Town. But his parents have brought him here to try to make a better life, so Leonard does his best not to complain, to make new friends, to do well at school, even when people hurt him with their words and with their fists.

Fleur is used to balancing her two different cultures from her English Mum to her West Indian Nan but when she discovers that she can talk to animals she finds herself in a whole new world! Can her new powers help her take down Celeste 'The Best' the hockey-loving, ankle-smashing new girl, once and for all?

Early Teen Books Emily Knight I Am... by A. Bello (Hashtag Press)

Young Adult Books Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random House Children’s)

First in the series (three books available, 4th out 2023) How does it feel to be different and misunderstood? And who cares? Emily Knight is young and famous, self-aware and intelligent. But what if the one thing that makes Emily different also makes her a target for evil? Can she defend herself...and everything she loves? A.Bello breaks boundaries with this gritty and gripping fantasy novel.

I am restless, my feet need to fly. Amber is trapped by her father's rules, by his expectations, by her own fears. Now she's ready to fight - for her mother, for her sister, for herself. Freedom always comes at a price. Run, Rebel is a trailblazing verse novel that thunders with rhythm, heart and soul - perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan, Elizabeth Acevedo and Rupi Kaur.

Early Teens Spellboda by JC Clarke

Young Adult Books BeingAmanibyAnnabelleSteele(HashtagPress)

Trust, belief and a little magic… then maybe they could both fly free. Since Trevor’s mum died his dad can barely look at him without yelling. Home is awful, school is worse. People just let you down, and Trevor only talks to Mrs. Bingo-Wings, his mum’s cat. But then he meets Midge, a peregrine falcon in danger, and finds out he has a gift that could change his life forever. Trevor is thrown into the heart of a magical adventure that could promise freedom – for Midge and for himself – but can he overcome his doubts and fears, and take on the destiny he’s only just discovered?

It's been over a year since that night and Amani hopes that starting all over again will help her move on from the past. So, when she moves to a new city, Amani wants to focus on her new life, her best friends and the boy she's been crushing on but everything is falling apart and Amani finds herself looking for happiness in all the wrong places. Can Amani confront the ghosts of her pasts so she can become the girl she's always wanted to be? *Contains sensitive issues that some may find triggering.

JC Clarke - Author of Spellboda Jo was born in Hollingbourne, and grew up riding her bike and sledging over the Downs. Jo’s love of wildlife began by wandering the fields and meadows around the village, watching the seasons change and affect the countryside - and its inhabitants - around her. Jo’s parents continued to live in the village, and it's still a big part of her life, not least due to the very happy childhood memories of Hollingbourne Primary School, and in later teenage years, pulling pints at The Windmill Pub as a part-time job! Jo went to Maidstone Girls’ Grammar School, and has continued to live and work in the area for most of her life. She still spends as much time as possible outdoors, and is as obsessed with birds and animals as ever. She’s a passionate supporter of wildlife charities, and is a frequent visitor to local Kent charity The Wildwood Trust, who she supports through sales of Spellboda. Jo can often be found there, sharing her passion for wildlife and signing copies of Spellboda! Jo also visits schools in Kent on a regular basis, giving workshops to students to fire up imagination and encourage their creative writing skills.

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Tutors • A-Z Activities for Children Temple Grove Academy, Tunbridge Wells, 4-11 years, 01892 520562 Weald Primary School, come and visit us just outside Sevenoaks to find out more, 01732 463307

My Spanish Tutor, One to One Online Spanish Tuition for All Ages and Levels, 07545 018144 Sevenoaks English Language Centre, english for foreigners, 07717 214041

West Kingsdown CE Primary School, 4 to 11 years, 01474 853484

Spanish for children, Edenbridge rea, native teacher, 07917 744515

Woodlands Primary School, Tonbridge, 01732 355577

Tonbridge Russian School, Beginners to GCSE and A-level, 10yrs experience, 3yrs+, 07715 559035

Tutoring, standard school subjects and 11+ 11+ mock tests and revision courses Tunbridge Wells run by experienced tutors, 07517 861487 English all ages to A level/IB, Creative Writing, French, 07786 392763 Exams Access Arrangements Assessor (Y5-Y13) available now West Kent/ Sussex, 07504 939649 Extra Tuition Centre, all over Kent, 11+, 0800 917 4194

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition Caroline Stinton, Piano, Bassoon and theory lessons, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 524315 Classical singing lessons Tunbridge Wells from beginners to advanced. all ages, 01892 538453 Joe’s Academy of Music: music for all ages and abilities, Tunbridge Wells, 07938 226435 Timothy Lowe ARCM, FISM Expert piano and theory tuition, 07588 549622 Tunbridge Wells Music Lessons Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Piano Tunbridge Wells, 07904 320750 TW Music School: Drum, Guitar, Bass, Vocal Piano, 01892 750157

Activities for additional needs children Bradbourne Riding Centre (Riding for the Disabled), Sevenoaks, 01732 453592

Arts and Crafts Little Springers: Baking, cooking, Crafts, Gardening, Music 3yrs+, 07768 466327

Basketball Sevenoaks Leisure Centre 14-15yrs, 01732 470700 Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, under 16s, 01892 540744

Circus Skills Showtime Performing Arts 3.5yrs+ Malling School Oxted School Weekends Only, 07749 650222

St Johns C of E Infant School, Sevenoaks TN13, 01732 453944 St John’s Cof E Primary School, Tunbridge Wells TN4, 4-11 years, 01892 678980 St Katharine’s Knockholt Church of England Primary, Sevenoaks TN14, 4 to 11 yrs, 01959 532237 St Lawrence C of E Primary School, Sevenoaks TN15, 4 to 11 years, 01732 761393 St Mary the Virgin C of E Primary School, Hartfield, 4 to 11 years, 01892 770221 St Michael’s Primary School, Withyham, 4 to 11 years, 01892 770307

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Fleet Tutors: Britain’s Leading Tutoring Service Provider, 0333 920 9629 IELTS Exam Lessons. 1:1 with very experienced teacher. Tunbridge Wells area, , 07504 939649 Kip McGrath, English and Maths Tuition, Tunbridge Wells, 6-16 years, 01892 458184 Kumon Maths, Sevenoaks, 01342 851221 Kumon Maths, Tonbridge, 01622 817544 Lyn Wurf private tutor - I teach primary Maths/English/touch typing from my home, 07792 052292

Private tutor, Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas, primary school, 11+, SATs, www.yltuition.com Tutor English GCSE. Very experienced teacher. Tunbridge Wells area, 07504 939649

Foreign Language Tuition Caroline Cunnington-King, French and Spanish Tutor, Tonbridge, 07884 255749 Elisabeth Reichert-Eckersley, conversational german tuition, 01342 811099 Kidslingo Preschool French and Spanish, to 11yrs, 07726 590289

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Climbing Chimera Climbing Centre, a vibrant and modern public amenity, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 457294 Clip n Climb, Indoor climbing arena for adults and children, 01732 753330 Extreme Ventures, outdoor rock climbing courses, nr Tunbridge Wells, 6yrs+, 07835 528548 Kent and Sussex Climbing Indoor, Climbing Academy 6yrs+, 01892 673167 Kids @ Chimera, minimum age 5 years (under 16’s adult supervision required), 01892 457294 Nuts 4 Climbing Outdoor Climbing activities, 01892 860670


A-Z Activities for Children The Climbing Experience Fun Wall and Bouldering Gym, Maidstone 4+, 01622 677977

Cricket Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club 7yrs+, 01892 825513

Cycling CYCLEme TOTS, Mid-Kent Classes, 2-7 years, 07739 389281 Southborough and District Wheelers, 8yrs+, 01892 537758

Make Believe Sevenoaks, Sing, Act, Dance Ages 3-18, 0208 123 7927 Medway School of Dance, Tonbridge, Latin Ballroom and Disco Dance 3 yrs+, 01732 358355 Pauline Quirke Academy Summer School, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, 07961 387798 Perform weekly drama, dance and singing class for 4-7yrs and 7-12yrs, 020 7255 9120

Dance and Theatre Arts

Razzamataz FREE TASTER SESSIONS in Singing Dance & Drama for ages 2-18, 07401 801318

Act II Academy of Drama & Performing Arts, LAMDA Teaching in the Sevenoaks Area, 01732 463293

Showtime Stage Schools now in Kent & Medway, Sat & Sun 4-18yrs Free Trials, 01732 430300

Cannon Holt Irish dance, classes for children and adults from age 3 years, Tonbridge & Aylesford, 07977 500673

SJ School of Dance Academy 5yrs+, 07880 499801

Cascade Dance: Ballet, street, contemporary, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks, 07540 724027 Catherine Bellinger School of Dance, Tunbridge Wells 2yrs+, 01892 542549 D2Dance School: Ballet, Modern, Street, Singing, Tap, Musical Theatre 3yrs-adult, 07709 173256 Dance Academy Sevenoaks, RAD Ballet Cont tap Modern, Commercial Jazz, 3yrs+, 01732 469806 Dancing Boutique, 82 Victoria Road, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 529720 Dynamic Dance, for all ages from toddlers, various venues, based in Tonbridge, 01732 357518 Evolution Dance Academy, ballet, street, musical theatre, Edenbridge area, 2yrs+, 07709 348723 Firefly Dance School, Ballet, Modern, Tap, National, Irish Boys/Girls, all ages, 07734 816989 Happy Me Kids, fun and funky dance classes for your child in Tunbridge Wells, 07427 371396 Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Otford, Sevenoaks, 5-18yrs, 01689 812336 Inception Dance, fun, lively ballet and dance classes, Hartfield, 2yrs+, 07920 181454 Italia Conti, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 529112 Jigsaw Performing Arts, 3-18 years, Sevenoaks, 01732 386053 JPA Academy, Acting Singing Dancing Academy 6-18yrs, 07870 460687 Judy Hamlet School of Dance, Kemsing - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street for 3yrs+, 07971 679055 Just Dance: Ballet, Modern, Tap, Street Dance, Musical Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 864517 Kent College Theatre Academy, Theatre and Drama lessons, 5-18yrs, 01892 822006 Lamberhurst School of Theatre Dance, from babies to adults, Tunbridge Wells, 07817 290552

Southborough School of Dance, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 529720 Stagecoach Performing Arts, 4-16 yrs, Tonbridge, 01444 456208 The Dance Studio, 2.5yrs+ Ballet, Tap and Jazz. T Wells, Paddock Wood, Otford, 07812 565826 The Talentz Musical Theatre 5-16yrs, 07899 998249 Theatre Train Dance Act Sing 6-18yrs, 07710 478246 Trinity Youth Theatre 8-18yrs, 01892 500673 VR School of Dance, Ballet, Street Jazz, Modern, Musical, Sevenoaks, 07539 551568

Fencing Junior Fencing, School ages, Angel Centre, Tonbridge, 01732 359966 Royal Tunbridge Wells Fencing Club, 7 years +, 07786 000488

TeenFit and Junior Spin 11-15yrs, Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, 01892 540744

Football Charlton Football Coaching 3-13yrs, Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, 01732 470700 D&D Footie Focus, weekend and evening football coaching for 2½ to 8 years, 07969 669153

At home fun Mama & Baby/child workouts, suitable for all ages incl, prenatal, 07707 346552

Pure Football Academy, Additional Training, Kent & Sussex, 18mnths 14yrs, 07872 864016

Tunbridge Wells Hockey Club 6-16yrs, Email via website

The Rondos Advanced Football Academy, 5-18yrs, Hildenborough, 01892 822554 Toddler Football, up to 4yrs, Edenbridge Leisure Centre, 01732 865665

Tunbridge Wells Ladies FC, Girls Football 5-16yrs, 07801 045941 Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, Fun Footie 5-7yrs, Girls 11-14yrs, Junior U16yrs, 01892 540744

Golf Hever Castle Golf Club 5yrs+, 01732 700771 Hilden Golf Centre, Tonbridge 3yrs+, 01732 833607

Mummy & Me Pilates Classes every Wednesday at 11am at Pembury Pavilion, , 07876 787869

Knole Park Golf Club, Sevenoaks, junior membership 11-17 years, 01732 452150

Sarah’s Runners, Nevill Pavillion Cricket Ground, TN2 5ES, minimum age 17 years, 07900 825836

Lamberhurst Golf Club, Tunbridge Wells 6yrs+, 01892 890591

Sevenoaks Nordic Walking, 01732 453271 Target Shooting School - Term time classes, holiday workshops, parties 8-18 yrs, 07426 301849

Kent College Gymnastics Academy Gym lessons 5-18yrs, 01892 822006

Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Gymnastics, 4-16yrs, 01732 470700

Tunbridge Wells Foresters FC, Football Club and coaching 5yrs+, 07718 393138

‘A’ Team Fun Club, 5-12yrs,Sat 09:3012:00, Angel Centre, Tonbridge, 01732 772685

Gymnastics, Angel Leisure Centre, Tonbridge, 01732 772685

Little Kickers, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, up to 7 years, 0208 432 0982

British Red Cross, 0800 028 0831

Fitness and Activity Clubs

Gymnastic Club Kent, Tunbridge Wells, all ages, 01892 550530

PreSchool, Juniors, 7-11yrs and Tramps, 5-14yrs, Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, 01892 540744

Tonbridge Invicta FC, New! Girls Football for 11yrs+, football club and coaching, 07891 626537

St John Ambulance Kent, enquiries, 0344 770 4800

Gymnastics

First Class Football: Advanced Football Skills Coaching 2yrs+, 07929 861394

First Aid Courses for Children Daisy First Aid Tunbridge Wells & Sevenoaks, Family First Aid Classes, 07939 507662

Wildernesse Sports Centre, Sevenoaks, 01732 451437

Hockey Tunbridge Wells Inline Hockey Club 6yrs+, 01892 535439

Horseriding Bradbourne Riding Centre, Sevenoaks, 01732 453592 Hadlow College Equestrian Centre, Tonbridge, 01732 852204 Matfield and District Riders Association, 5yrs+, 01892 836058 Orchid Riding School, 6yrs+, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 652020 Riding Farm Equestrian Centre, 4yrs+, Hildenborough, 01732 838717 South Farm Riding Stables, 5yrs+, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 864807 Wellgrove Farm Stables, Pembury 3yrs+, 01892 822087 White Rocks Farm Western Riding, nr Sevenoaks, 01732 761888

Leisure Centres Angel Leisure Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1SF, 01732 359966 Edenbridge leisure Centre, Stangrove Park, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 5LU, 01732 865665

Nevill Golf Club, Tunbridge Wells 6yrs+, 01892 525818

Putlands Sports and Leisure Centre, Mascalls Court Rd, Tonbridge TN12 6NZ, 01892 838290

Poult Wood Golf Centre, Tonbridge 8yrs+, 01732 364039

Sencio Community Leisure Centres, Edenbridge, 01732 865665

Tonbridge Golf Centre 3yrs+, 01732 353281

Sencio Community Leisure Centres, Sevenoaks, 01732 470700

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Target Shooting School Target Shooting School’s core values are Trust, Responsibility, Attention, Collaboration, Openness and Mindfulness. In our after-school classes our students from 8 to 18 years are introduced to target shooting as a hobby and shown a pathway towards excellence, should they choose it. This August we are offering a series of workshops across Kent where children can escape the holiday boredom, learn something completely different and parents can have a well-deserved break! We fulfil any child’s curiosity surrounding our sport and dispel all misconceptions fostered by computer games. We are a fantastic antidote to too much screen time! Target Shooting is also a superb alternative to main stream sports. It maintains a high level of competition but does not rely on team interaction or physical prowess for success to be achieved. In fact, it draws on different skills that are equally important for our lives in an environment that is much less overwhelming than a games field. Our classes provide animated social interaction, communication and teamwork are essential parts in integrating students. Each class is a group that works together, not just as individuals. We encourage students to become more autonomous, allowing them to work and play with increasing independence. Target Shooting School started in Kent 4 years ago with the intent of bringing shooting to a grassroots audience. Shooting used to be a widespread, community sport and we want to make it accessible again. We bridge the gap between a hobby and a committed sporting approach. Mal West, Principal of all Kent Schools, is a County Level coach with over 20 years’ experience coaching juniors. Target Shooting School employs experienced, qualified and DBS checked staff from a range of shooting and teaching backgrounds. Following a structured and progressive syllabus we have taught all kinds of children in a safe, controlled environment. From instilling safety rules, to the breadth and depth of marksmanship principles, termly progression opens a pathway to county and regional competition. Classes take place in multiple venues across Kent, made possible by our bespoke, portable 10 metre range and students use quality air rifles fit for competition. Target Shooting School provides a new and unique way to explore a niche sport. We have made an inclusive sport accessible, we are spreading the word and bringing it to you. Our students find themselves in a social group of like-minded people working within a disciplined activity where attention and responsibility forms trust. Sporting benefits include increased body and self-awareness in terms of biomechanics and coordination. There are mental benefits too, process discipline, concentration, calming, patience, perseverance and resilience. Mindfulness is a process that encourages all of these benefits and many students grow in confidence having experienced our teaching. We want to reach as many people as possible to give them the opportunity to try something new. We want to de-mystify the sport and educate, allowing people to get the most out of it. We consider ourselves ambassadors of shooting and we are passionate about the benefits it offers and the fun to be had along the journey. Come along and join us!

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A-Z Activities for Children Sencio Community Leisure Centres, Swanley, 01322 662188 Sevenoaks Leisure Centre: pool, gym, sports hall, crèche, martial arts, 01732 470700 Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, 01892 540744 Wildernesse Sports Centre, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks, 01732 451437

Martial Arts, Self Defence Bushido Judokan, Tunbridge Wells 5yrs+, 07823 441460 Fortitude Taekwondo, 3yrs+, Sevenoaks, Edenbridge, Westerham, Hildenborough, 01342 302192 Frontier School of Karate and Kickboxing (FSK), Crowborough, 3yrs+, 07970 686054 Fortitude TaeKwondo Tunbridge Wells, Martial Arts for ALL ages and abilities in Tunbridge Wells. 4 WEEK FREE TRIAL, 01342 302192 Oaks Martial Arts, 3yrs+, Sevenoaks, Hildenborough, Edenbridge, 01732 759988 PPCKD Self Defence for children as young as 3.5 years. Fun, fitness and friends, 07590 559421 Sama Karate Kids Karate 4yrs+ and Kickboxing 10yrs+, 01444 461889 Shinseido Karate, Riverhead Parish Hall, Sevenoaks, 18yrs+, 07710 437485 Vision Taekwondo, Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre 3yrs+, 01892 540744

Multiple Sports EXCEL Fitness Programme, 1116yrs, Angel Centre, Tonbridge, 01732 359966 Kickstart Fitness mixed games 5-10yrs, Angel CentreTonbridge, 01732 772690 Langton Green Community Sports Association, 01892 862967 Multi sports for 3-16yrs 3rd Sun 13:0014:30 Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, 01892 540744 Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, 5yrs +, 01892 540744

Music Groups, Centres West Kent Music Centre - Music lessons and groups for musicians of all ages, 01622 358408

Tunbridge Wells RFC Girls Rugby Years 7-13 girls only / Years R-6 Mixed, 07753 933936

Snow Sports Dry Ski Slopes at Bowles, Eridge Green nr Tunbridge Wells, 01892 665665

Squash Tunbridge Wells Squash Rackets Club - Junior Squash and Racket Ball, 01892 527736 Wildernesse Sports Centre, Sevenoaks, 01732 451437

Swimming, Pool Sports Alison Marks Swim School, Hildenborough, 3yrs+, 01732 365440 Angela’s Swim School, Sevenoaks, 07703 185837 Aqua Swimming Ltd, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells venues, 01732 455800 Edenbridge Leisure Centre Swimming, Classes and fun swimming, 01732 865665 Helens Swimming School, 4 months +, 01892 662484 Holmewood House Swim School 5yrs+, Langton Green, 01892 860035 Little Fishes, parent and baby/ toddler/children 4ys+, Oxted and Westerham, 07834 737211 Puddle Ducks, Swimming classes from 0-4 yrs - Sevenoaks, Hildenborough & Tunbridge Wells, 01892 617246 RTW Monson Learn To Swim (Level 3-competitive swimming), 07779 703317 Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Classes and fun swimming, 01732 470700 Starfish School of Swimming all ages and abilities, Sevenoaks, 01732 834186 Tonbridge Swimming Pool, Castle Street, indoor and outdoor pools, 01732 367449 Tunbridge Wells Sports and Tennis, Swimming classes for all ages, 01892 540744

Table Tennis

Outdoor Pursuits Centres

Byng Hall Table Tennis Club 7yrs+, 07768 742414

Bowles, Eridge Green nr Tunbridge Wells, 01892 665665

Tennis

Out of School Clubs Hubbub Out of School Club, After School Childcare 3-6pm, 07942 937006

Rollerblading and Skateboarding Tunbridge Wells Tigers Inline Roller Hockey 7yrs+, 01892 535439

Rugby Rugby Tots for 2-7 yr olds, weekday and weekend classes throughout West Kent, 0345 3130807

Evolution Tennis Coaching at Brenchley and Matlock Tennis Club Juniors, 01622 532354 Jarrett Tennis School at Tunbridge Wells Sports and Indoor Tennis Centre, 01892 538445 Jarrett Tennis School for 5-14yrs, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 538445 Oakbury Tennis Club Juniors, Sevenoaks, 07821 621403 Short Tennis, Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre 4-10yrs, 01892 540744 St Johns Tennis Club, Tennis Courses, 5-18yrs, 01892 546252

Tennis Academy, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, 01959 523377

Bessels Green Baptist Church, Bessels Green, Tonbridge, 01732 454921

Tunbridge Wells Lawn Tennis Club, 01892 525625

Bidborough Village Hall, 07517 145731

Trampolining

Brenchley Memorial Hall, 01892 832579

Edenbridge Leisure Centre, trampolining coaching 5-16yrs, 01732 865665 Putlands Sports and Leisure Centre, Paddock Wood 5yrs+, 01892 838290 Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Trampolining, 4-15yrs, 01732 470700 Trampolining, Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, 01892 540744 Wildernesse Sports Centre Trampolining, Sevenoaks, 01732 451437

Uniformed Groups Girlguiding UK for your nearest Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, 0800 999 2016 Scoutbase UK for nearest Beaver, Scout, Venture, Air and Sea, 0345 300 1818

Watersports Bewl Water Outdoor Centre: canoeing, sailing, wind surfing etc, 8 years +, 01892 890000 Edenbridge Sub Aqua Club, Edenbridge Leisure Centre, 14yrs+, 07702 473898

Yoga Banana Studio Yoga, Kids Yoga & Teens Yoga, 07834 518619

Youth Clubs The Hub, South Tonbridge, 03000 418008

Hall and Room Hire Ashurst McDermott Village Hall, 01892 740618 Bells Yew Green Village Hall, 01892 543025 Benenden Village Hall, 07419 989830

Camden Centre - Tunbridge Wells, 01892 521384 Copt Hall, Hawkhurst, 01580 752058 Cowden Memorial Halls, 2 halls, kitchen and car park, day and evening, 01342 850532 Delarue Hall and Barn, weekend and bank holiday hire, 01732 367917 Delarue Hall, Tonbridge, Hire for all occasions, 01732 367917 Dunton Green Village Hall, 01732 469610 Edenbridge WI Hall, 01732 865368 Frant Memorial Hall, 01892 752123 Groombridge Village Hall, 07552 170679 Hadlow Old School Hall, 01732 851878 Hildenborough Village Hall, six rooms for hire, 01732 833092 Horsmonden Village Hall, 01892 723955 Langton Village Hall, 07581 471147 Mencap Hall, Hitchen Hatch Lane, 01732 458775 Pembury Baptist Church Hall, Pembury, 01892 825590 Pembury Village Hall, 07983 228181 Putlands Sports and Leisure Centre, Paddock Wood, 01892 838290 Rickards Hall, Edenbridge, 01732 865368 Sackville School, sports hall, 4 x badminton courts, large playing fields & beautiful stately home school building, www.sackvilleschool.co.uk Sackville School, various facilities for hire for events including a large Marquee in beautiful grounds, www.sackvilleschool.co.uk

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Party Stuff St Luke’s Church Hall, Sevenoaks, 01732 743045

Edenbridge Leisure Centre, 01732 865665

St Mary’s Church Hall, Riverhead, 01732 450408

Extreme Ventures, outdoor rock climbing/scrambling, nr Tunbridge Wells, 6yrs+, 07835 528548

St Matthew’s Church Hall, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 618108 St Paulinus Church Centre, Edenbridge, 01732 864070 St Peter’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 327734 St Philip’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 531031 St Stephen’s Church Community Centre, Tonbridge, 3 halls, 01732 771977 Sunnyside Hall, Rusthall, Tunbridge

Minor Mania, soft play, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 752042 Parties at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, 01892 540744 Putlands Sports and Leisure Centre Paddock Wood, 01892 838290 Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, 01732 470700 Temper Temper Chocolate, Chocolate workshops and parties, 01892 538758 The Pottery Box, Tonbridge’s latest go-to pottery-painting destination for all ages, 01732 617440 www.thepotterybox.co.uk, Wildernesse Sports Centre, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks, 01732 451437 Woodland Parties, the perfect woodland venue for children’s parties, 07889 094821

Party Supplies and Planners Sleepy Teepeez Kent offer tailor made sleepovers for children, www.sleepyteepeezkent.co.uk Country and Garden Tent Hire, we hire beautiful bell tents for all occasions, www.countryandgardententhire.com Party Bag Online, your one stop shop for personalised filled party bags, 07976 728857 Soft Play Kent, soft play hire for under 5s in Kent, www.softplaykent.co.uk The Little Play Company, soft play hire, lots of different packages available, 07887 713436 Twilight Tents provide beautiful themed Tent Sleep Over Party packages, 07710 078467 Walking Balloons offer a great variety of animal balloons that walk beside you, 07763 860066

Showfields Hall, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 514544 Speldhurst Village Hall, 07786 948952 St Barnabas Church Hall, Tunbridge Wells St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Southborough, 01892 529158 St James Church Hall, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 521703 St John the Baptist, Sevenoaks, 01732 541710 St John’s Church Hall, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 540897 St John’s Methodist Church, Southborough, 01892 544578

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Wells, 08450 743399 TN2 Community Centre, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 538230 Tonbridge Christ Church Centre, 01732 770334 Trinity Youth Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 500673 Wesley Centre, Paddock Wood, 01892 521384

Party Venues Angel Leisure Centre, Tonbridge, 01732 359966 Birthday experiences at Bowles, Eridge Green nr Tunbridge Wells, 01892 665665 Diggerland, Medway Valley leisure Park, Roman Way, Strood ME2 2NU, 0871 22 77 007

Wishful Winks provide a stress free sleepover party experience, 07957 491146

Party Catering, Cakes Clever Cooks, Catering and China Hire, 07768 993456 Large selection of partyware, balloons & cake decorating in Tunbridge Wells, 01622 717177 Vintage Afternoon Tea served in your own venue perfect for that special occasion, 07545 807031

Party Entertainers Allsortsoffun, Pirate, knight, spy party, magic, puppets, 07845 320001 Buzy Bee’s, themed parties such as Frozen, Princess, Football and more, 0-12 yrs, 01474 874118

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Childrens party entertainer and magic shows, Kent, Sussex and Surrey, 4-11 years, 07734 101987 D&D Footie Focus, football themed parties, 5 to 12 years, 07969 669153 Dance Parties for girls and boys, aged 3-12yrs. One or two hours available, 01892 864517 Dandelion and Clover Yoga - Yoga and art parties with a theme of your choice, 07734 435708 Enchanted Events, magical party & events entertainment, styling & catering, 07788 998441 Face and body painting, glitter designs and tattoos. Surrey Kent & Sussex, 07931 935539 First Class Football Parties 2yrs+, 07929 861394 Froggle Parties, drama games, dancing, story telling, balloon models, prizes, www.froggleparties.com Froggle Parties, face painting, glitter tattoos, any kind of designs, www.froggleparties.com Funky Footsteps, high energy disco parties, games, facepainting & fun!, 07912 685680 Hartbeeps the most original musical parties on the planet, 07795 103197 Humpty Dumpty Club Musical Parties, 07860 801173 Jumping Beans Parties, 07768 038172 Kazzamataz comedy magic show, crazy games and dance routines, 07859 015231 Little Kickers, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, 18mths-7 yrs, 0208 432 0982 M Sporti Football and Multisports, 07920 780983 Moondreamers is a luxury Teepee sleepover company providing for East Sussex/Kent, 07943 958937 Music Bugs: Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, 07738 878821 My Unique Sleepover, Sleepover parties for 5-13 year olds. Covering West Kent, 01732 905373 Nuts 4 Climbing Outdoor Climbing activities, 01892 860670 Once Upon a Wish Events - Events and Party entertainment tailored to suit you!, 07739 584988 Perform Parties for 4-7 years are high energy, fun and totally infectious, 020 7255 9120 Pic-n-Mix Parties for boys and girls, 1-11yrs, 07860 801173 Princess and the Pea Events, fun singing & dancing character packages, 07557 145648 Ready Steady Sport - Multi sport for all children 3yrs upwards, 07764 187401 Show Offs Parties: Circus Acts, Balloon modelling, themed parties, 07749 650222 Stagecoach Parties, 01444 456208


Holiday Schemes & Activities

Superstar Pamper Parties exclusive pamper parties for girls aged 5-14 years, 07941 509495 The Pottery Box, Tonbridge’s latest go-to pottery-painting destination for all ages - www.thepotterybox.co.uk, 01732 617440 Vintage Afternoon Tea served in your own venue perfect for that special occasion, 07545 807031 Zebadee Kidz Parties Tonbridge, one stop shop for all your entertainment needs!, 07773 066645

Holiday Schemes and Activities

Aqua Swimming Ltd, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells venues, 01732 455800

Activity packs for kids, crammed with

Camp Beaumont Holiday Camps, Kent College, Tunbridge Wells, 01603 851000

Barracudas - Activity Day Camps, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Maidstone, 0845 123 5299

Funtech.co.uk - Summer Tech camps, Tonbridge, 01628 621216

snacks and travel activities, 3-10 years, 07798 773960 Alison Marks Swim School Holiday Courses, Hildenborough, 3 years+ (not Winter), 01732 365440 Angel Centre, Tonbridge - Drop in fun sessions, 01732 359966

Bewl Water Outdoor Centre, kids camps, variety of activities, 4 years+, 01892 890000

Holden Park Preschool and After School Club, 2 to 11 years, 01892 520626

Bishops Down Holiday Play Scheme, Tunbridge Wells, 3-11yrs, 01892 520114

Hubbub, School Holiday Childcare, education, fun & adventure, High Brooms, 07942 937006

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Family Days Out & Attractions Penshurst Place and Gardens, the medieval Baron’s Hall is one of the grandest, 01892 870307 Quebec House, the birthplace of General James Wolfe, 01959 567430 Spa Valley Railway, journey through the High Weald countryside, 01892 537715 The Hop Farm Family Park, full of attractions, Paddock Wood, 01622 872068 Tonbridge Castle, Motte and Bailey Castle with a splendid 13th Century Gatehouse, 01732 770929

Places to Visit Junior Summer Golf Camps, Poult Wood, Tonbridge. 7-14yrs, 01732 364039 M Sporti Football and Multisports, 07920 780983 Nuts 4 Climbing Outdoor Climbing activities, 01892 860670 Perform, holiday activities and workshops, 020 7255 9120 Pied Piper Activities, 4-12yrs, multiactivity Easter & summer holiday camps, piedpiperactivities.co.uk Play ‘n Grow holiday club is a new club for 2-11 yrs, 8am-6pm Tue to Thu, 07727 692645 Premier Playscheme - action packed activity days, several venues, 01953 499 040 Recrea8 Tonbridge, , Sporting & Creative term time and holiday courses, , 01732 304123, www.recre8courses Sevenoaks Technology + STEM Holiday Camp for Kids, goble Southeast Kids Camps, activity day camps across Sussex/Kent - Children 4-12 yrs, 01444 461889 St Georges’ Childcare, 5-12 yrs Tunbridge Wells, 01892 543982 Super Camps, holiday activities in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, 01235 467300 Target Shooting School - Term time classes, holiday workshops, parties 8-18 yrs, 07426 301849

Chartwell, family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill, Westerham, 01732 868381 Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge Kent TN8 7AD, 01892 870347 Creams Café, T-Wells, Geltao, Waffles, Sundaes, Crepes, Indulge your senses, 01892 680059

Leeds Castle, 900 years of history, 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens, 01622 765400 Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham BN27 3QS, 01323 844224 The Llama Park at Ashdown Forest with Christmas Wonderland, Wych Cross, 01825 712040

Events and Places to Go In Kent Chiddingstone - Non-profit, 5-16yrs, Outdoor learning, Cookery, Farm, Nature, 01732 463255 Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre, 01892 530613

EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge, 01732 304241 Emmetts Garden, an Edwardian estate, 01732 868381 Groombridge Place, moated manor house, fun things to do for families, 01892 861444 Hever Castle and Gardens, Edenbridge, 01732 865224 Kent Life Heritage Farm, 01622 763936 Kent Wildlife Trust, lots of events for the whole family, Sevenoaks, 01622 662012 Penshurst Place and Gardens, the medieval Baron’s Hall is one of the grandest, 01892 870307 Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Hythe CT21 4LR, 50 species of animals to see, 01303 264647 Quebec House, the birthplace of General James Wolfe, 01959 567430

Family Days Out

Scotney Castle, National Trust, Lamberhurst, Kent, 01892 893820

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Bluebell Railway, steam hauled trains, great day out, 01825 720800 Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, 01580 830196 British Wildlife Centre, Newchapel, nr Lingfield, RH7 6LF, 01342 834658 Chislehurst Caves, miles of mystery and history, 020 8467 3264 Christmas Tree Farm, Downe Village, feed the animals, 01689 861603 Farmyard Childrens Parties at Christmas Tree Farm, Downe Village, 01689 861603 Go Ape, Bedgebury, high-wire Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior, 01603 895500 Godstone Farm, so much to do, a great family day out, 01883 742546

Heaven Farm, nature trail, camping, tea room, family fun, 01825 790226

East Grinstead Museum - Kid’s activities and exhibitions take place all year, 01342 302233

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks, 01732 459777

Hever Castle and Gardens, Edenbridge, 01732 865224

Blue Reef Aquarium, the ultimate undersea safari, Hastings, 01424 718776

Hastings Adventure Golf- outdoor family fun on the seafront, 01424 437227

Diggerland, Medway Valley leisure Park, Roman Way, Strood ME2 2NU, 0871 22 77 007

Workshops & science activities, school summer holidays, 01323 832731 Chartwell, family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill, Westerham, 01732 868381 Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge Kent TN8 7AD, 01892 870347 Emmetts Garden, an Edwardian estate, 01732 868381 Groombridge Place, moated manor house, fun things to do for families, 01892 861444 Heaven Farm, nature trail, camping, tea room, family fun, 01825 790226

Attractions Out of Area

Spa Valley Railway, journey through the High Weald countryside, 01892 537715 The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle www.heverfestival.co.uk The Hop Farm Family Park, full of attractions, Paddock Wood, 01622 872068 The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceaux, 01323 832731 Tonbridge Castle, Motte and Bailey Castle with a splendid 13th Century Gatehouse, 01732 770929

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Godstone Farm - Summer Holiday Survival Guide NICOLA’S TOP TIPS FOR THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS: Make a day of it: think about planning a few days out which offer a range of activities and work for various ages and interests, to create a full day of fun. This not only saves on multiple travel and entry costs to different places, but it also means that those quieter days at home feel like well-earned respite for all involved! Get lots and lots of fresh air: yes, even if it’s raining, getting out in the fresh air is a ‘must’ each day to refresh little lungs, and replenish vitamin D, helping to regulate our body clocks and happiness hormones. Provide opportunities to get up-close with wildlife: it’s a well-known fact that giving children a chance to spend time with animals builds confidence and empathy. Learning that our furry friends need lots of love, care and attention is great way to build those all-importance social and emotional skills. Get physical: climbing, jumping, sliding, crawling…at almost any age, soft play can be great way to shake off any pent-up energy in those arms and legs (and offers parents the chance to grab a warm cuppa), or an adventure playground offering zip wires, and climbing walls will get those fast-twitch muscles exercised!

Summer Holiday Survival Guide Godstone Farm’s CEO, Nicola Henderson, shares her top tips for parents and children to get the most out of those six long weeks of summer! The countdown has begun for many parents, as the summer holidays loom. This can mean weeks of planning, entertaining and coordinating to make extra special memories for our little ones, but it can also be a stressful time for parents, juggling annual leave with tightening purse strings. As a result, Godstone Farm has created not only a hefty programme of events this summer, but also a number of top tips for parents (and kids), to help us all, not just survive the summer holidays, but to thrive! Godstone Farm has forty years of experience planning exciting summer holiday events, but this year, CEO, Nicola Henderson says that they have been working extra hard to ensure it is fun, and a good value destination for families wanting to embrace a day out in the Surrey Hills. Nicola comments: “Over the past two years families have had to contend with lots of cancelled plans and now a real squeeze on household budgets, so we want to make this a summer to remember at Godstone Farm. We have launched a Summer Sizzler pass to offer extra value and we will have a daily, programme of activities as part of our Storybook Summer event, and we’ve brought back our hugely popular Big Farm Sleepover experience, where families can literally pitch-up and stay as our guests at the farm!”

A healthy balance of treats and fresh food: if you’re eating out for the day, this can be a chance to talk to children about where our food comes from. “Was it produced locally, how did it grow, who grew it, how long did it take to get your table?”These are wonderful conversation starters which touch on a range of subjects to get brains whirring. Or perhaps it’s a day to pack a picnic? Get little ones thinking about their choice of food and give them the responsibility to make some mealtime choices. Try something completely new: summer holidays are a fantastic way to break away from the routine or to even step out of the comfort zone, allowing children to experience “measured risks”. This could mean visiting our reptile enclosure, or maybe even camping under the stars – these experiences give children a chance to face a fear and come out of it beaming with pride from their new-found accomplishments! Escape reality: accept that some of the daily routine is likely to go out of the window, this is a prime time for children to embrace their imagination and have some fun! Perhaps it’s time to dress-up, and let your children pretend to be their favourite storybook character…just see where the next adventure takes them! Nicola Henderson comments: “As parents, we’re often told that these summer holidays are times to cherish; they are fleeting moments to grab hold of before our children grow-up and get on with their own lives. But this can also feel like a lot of pressure, on top of keeping them safe and not breaking the bank. So, we wanted to come up with some tips on how to survive the summer holidays, for parents who want to give their youngsters the chance to discover, explore and play whilst having lots of fun this summer.” To be the first to find out about Godstone Farm’s summer programme

of events, including Storybook Summer and The Big Farm Sleepover visit:

www.godstonefarm.co.uk

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Upcoming Events in West Kent Kent Life’s Annual Ice Cream Festival, 9th-10th July www.kentlife.org.uk

Rapunzel at Emmett’s Garden, 23rd August www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden

See Bing & Flop, 9th-10th July, Spa Valley Railway www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Pop Princesses at The Assembly Hall Theatre, 4th September www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

St Mark’s PTA Summer Fair, 9th July, St Mark's CEP School, Tunbridge Wells A Night at the Musicals featuring Collabro and Marisha Wallace at Tonbridge Castle, 10th July www.bravoproductions.co.uk/collabro Mum2Mum Market, Kings Hill, 16th July www.mum2mummarket.co.uk The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at The E.M. Forster Theatre, 18th-19th July www.emftheatre.com The Supercar Event in aid of The Children's Trust, 22nd-23rd July www.thesupercarevent.com Summer Holiday Fun at Kent Life 22nd July – 31st August www.kentlife.org.uk Twelfth Night at Scotney Castle, 22nd July www.nationaltrust.org.uk Camping Weekends at Godstone Farm, 23rd July - 28th August www.godstonefarm.co.uk Buffalo Jills Wild West Train Ride, Spa Valley Railway, 23rd July - 24th July www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk Story Book Summer at Godstone Farm, 25th July – 31st August www.godstonefarm.co.uk

Into The Trees Festival, 9th-11th September www.into-the-trees.co.uk Kent Life’s Annual Hops ‘n’ Harvest Beer Festival, 10th-11th September www.kentlife.org.uk Mum2Mum Market, Tonbridge, 11th September www.mum2mummarket.co.uk Mum2Mum Market, Kings Hill, 24th September www.mum2mummarket.co.uk Mum2Mum Market, Tonbridge, 16th October www.mum2mummarket.co.uk Once Upon a Crime at Godstone Farm, 24th-28th October www.godstonefarm.co.uk The Be You Festival at North Kent College, 25th October www.thisisusdance.co.uk Low Bang’s Fireworks at Godstone Farm, 28th-29th October www.godstonefarm.co.uk Dr Frankenslime’s Trick or Treat Express, 29th-30th October www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk Trick or Treat at The E.M. Forster Theatre, 29th-30th October www.emftheatre.com

A Midsummer Nights Dream at Scotney Castle, 29th July www.nationaltrust.org.uk Music Nights at The Mote, 30th July www.nationaltrust.org.uk Jolly Roger’s Swashbucklin’ Train Ride, 4th August – 1st September, Spa Valley Railway, www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk The Good Vibrations Society Festival, 5-7th August www.thegoodvibrationssociety.com See Gruffalo and Stick Man, 6th-7th August www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk Rapunzel at The Assembly Hall Theatre, 19th-21st August www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

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Fri 22nd July at 2.30pm 60 mins, age 6months - 4 years Long Nose Puppets’ new show is based on the heart-warming and funny book ‘The Hug’ by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar. The story stars a Hedgehog and a Tortoise both in search of a restorative hug. They face many rejections along the way from a greedy badger and an obsessive squirrel to a cross fox and a not-very-wise owl. It’s a tale of hope, empathy and finding that right SOMEONE.

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Set to Tom Gray’s beautiful and witty music, the audience is invited on a journey full of fun, laughter, love and acceptance…and at the end, a very special hug from our puppets.

Rapunzel

Wed 27th July at 2.00pm 120 mins (including interval) age 4+ Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand-new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale! This fast-paced, larger-than-life production contains all the ingredients Immersion’s loyal audiences have come to love and expect, including a laugh-out-loud script, heaps of audience interaction, a host of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and maybe even the odd water gun or two! With magic and mayhem throughout, this is one hair-raising adventure the family won’t want to miss!

Awful Auntie by David Walliams

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Fri 29th July at 2.30pm 120 mins with interval, age 7+

The new playground at the Saxby Hall Orphanage is finally complete, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. The orphanage was founded by Stella Saxby, whom some of you may remember. Her parents were killed in a car crash in 1933, leaving her an orphan, all alone with her Awful Auntie. And when we say awful, we mean awful. Aunt Alberta and her best friend Wagner, a vicious Bavarian owl, tried everything they could to torment Stella into signing over the deed to Saxby Hall. But Stella, with the help of her friend Soot (the ghost of a chimney sweep, but friends come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they?) fought off Aunt Alberta, saved Saxby Hall, and gifted the beautiful Saxby Hall to be used as an orphanage.

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The Crow House

Wed 17th August at 2.30pm A derelict house appears in the middle of the street. The windows are shattered and a keep out sign bars the front door. A furious bird has taken up residency in the chimney and squawks territorially when anyone comes near the house.

Awful Auntie by David Walliams, adapted for the outdoor stage by Heartbreak Productions, is a truly thrilling tale. Owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides, and tiddlywinks all fill Stella’s days as she evades her menacing Aunt and saves the family home. So, please join us at the dedication of the new playground at Saxby Hall and hear how it all came about. Make sure you bring a blanket or chair to sit on, weather-appropriate gear, and a picnic, as the tale could take some time to tell, and storytelling can be hungry work!

One by one three very different characters arrive through the audience and try to take over the house. A battle of wills and skills ensues with ducking and diving, wheeling and dealing and ingenious plans evolving as each person tries to gain a room inside. Little by little in a choreographed frenzy of acrobatics, silks trapeze, hat juggling and slap stick they begin to accept each other and work to create a home, together, within the battered house. The only remaining problem … the furious bird in the chimney.

The Wagon of Dreams

A wonderful silent movie inspired show using an eclectic mix of circus, puppetry, musical saw, harp playing and audience participation.

Turs 4th August at 2.30pm 50 mins, age 3+ and their families Nerthus, Gorm and Baugi are three best friends who live in a caravan. Nerthus loves to read and dreams of writing stories. One day the friends discover their pet crow, Cheryl, has stolen a golden shark’s tooth necklace. Nerthus begins to imagine the story of a fisherman finding a mermaid asleep in his boat. At first Gorm and Baugi refuse to join in. When the Wagon gently insists, all three set off on an exciting ocean adventure to return the necklace to its owner. A playful, inventive family show set in a real retro caravan and packed with puppetry, music and laughter. All performances are relaxed and have integrated Sign Supported English.

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Horrible Histories Live on Stage - Terrible Tudors Wed 24th August at 2.30pm and 8.00pm 60 mins

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Terrible Tudors live on stage. From the horrible Henrys to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch-up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as they launch their attack! It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

WIN a family ticket to Circo Rum Ba Ba's 'The Crow House', on the 17th August. See our Competitions section on pages 4 & 5 for details on how to enter!

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The EM Forster Theatre EM Forster Theatre July to October 2022 Live Performance in the Heart of Tonbridge

FAMILYSHOWS SHOWSCOMING COMINGUPUP FAMILY THE VERY HUNGRY THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW CATERPILLAR SHOW

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Mon 18th at 2.00pm ,Tue 19th July at 11.30am and 2.00pm Tickets: £14, age 1+

Four timeless stories Four timeless stories transformed from page transformed from page to to stage, brought to life in this stage, andand brought to life in this colourful delightful show. colourful andand delightful show.

Four timeless stories brought to life in one delightful show. Dive into Eric Carle’s bright and colourful world as his beloved stories are transformed from page to stage using a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets and charming music.

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The Bubble Show Sat 17th September at 2.30pm Tickets: £12, ages 3-12 Join Mr. Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes! The Bubble Show is a unique blend of magic, storytelling, and bubble art! Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles, and even fire bubbles!

Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear Mon 19th and Tue 20th September at 7.30pm Tickets: £17, £15 students

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Bubbles with JoinJoin Mr.Mr. Bubbles with his his extraordinary soap bubbles in all extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes sizes interactive shapes andand sizes AnAn interactive bubble extravaganza andand funfun bubble extravaganza forfor whole family! thethe whole family! Tickets: | Ages 3-12 Tickets: £12£12 | Ages 3-12

Age recommendation 11+ Crammed full of adventure, mystery and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions, The Valley Of Fear is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s thrilling final Sherlock Holmes novel brought to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation.

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Bromance Tues 4th October at 7.30pm Tickets: £17, £15 concessions, age recommendation 8+ International award winning smash hit Bromance is five-star circus about camaraderie and affection. Audacious, touching, exhilarating tour-de-force of physical heroics where handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips. Among the UKs hottest circus companies, Barely Methodical Troupe are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the show stopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre.

I Spy Sun 9th October at 2.30pm Tickets: £12, age recommendation 2+ Molly and Bingo the puppy are having a birthday party and, best of all, you're invited! There'll be a terrific treasure hunt, all your favourite sing-along songs and lots of fantastic games to play, including Molly's favourite game, I Spy With My Little Eye! So put on your party clothes and come join us for what promises to be a magical day of fun and laughter. It's going to be the best party ever!

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Castlemas Dear readers of The Family Grapevine, A small message from us and Santa’s little helpers ahead of what is set to be an exciting December here in Tonbridge… Castlemas lands at Tonbridge Castle between 8th 20th December, to help spread that Christmas magic! With a similar ethos to Family Grapevine, we are determined to make a difference and offer a platform that provides the local community with an accessible opportunity to engage with the arts, feel the festive joy and support a huge variety of local businesses and stall holders over the Christmas season. Castlemas is here to create unique and unforgettable memories between friends, families and loved ones - there really is something for everyone. Let’s come together and celebrate the love for where we live and place Tonbridge on the map this Christmas! We encourage you to build your own experience and feel inspired by our wonderfully enchanting range of live performance and activity. The Igloo Theatre is the beating heart to Castlemas and a must-see for all the family. The Igloo has exclusive access for ticket holders only, so be sure to make it inside this incredible Tardis! There are over 50 shows throughout the 13 day period that are on offer to you. One of which is “The Greatest Snowman”, our Castlemas family show that has been specifically created for the Igloo Theatre. This show draws on the magic behind Christmas and features a huge array of music, dance and circus performance! Get ready to be wowed from your seats as the cast of The Greatest Snowman take you on a journey that you won’t forget. Whether you are wanting to have a day with Granny, a night out with friends or a chance for your youngest to watch their first ever show - Castlemas is for you. Another opportunity to build upon your experience is by visiting Santa in his Castle! Santa’s Castle will launch its tickets at 10am on Thursday 25th August and will provide an immersive experience for your children. Put the launch date in your diaries now to avoid disappointment. By booking onto one of our experiences, you are guaranteed entry to Castlemas! Therefore, although the site itself is free to enter, we will be giving priority to all ticket holders of one of our experiences, this will be key during peak times. Although Christmas may seem far away, our shows and experiences book up quickly. To ensure that you can explore all that Castlemas has to offer, including the all important illuminations and snowfall each day, why not begin creating your magical Christmas experience now at www.castlemas.com! We cannot wait to see you there, Warmest Castlemas greetings, The Castlemas team X

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Port Lympne & Howletts Places to Visit - Port Lympne & Howletts For a captivating day out for the family, why not take a walk on the wild side with a visit to Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve or Howletts Wild Animal Park. Both offer the chance to explore acres of stunning parkland, home to many rare and endangered animals. Visitors to Howletts, near Canterbury, can see the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, Kent’s only giant anteaters and more gorillas, leopards and monkeys than any zoo in the county. Port Lympne, near Hythe, offers the UK’s most authentic safari experience, journeying by truck through the park’s vast 100-acre Kentish savannah, seeing such iconic animals as giraffe, black rhino, wildebeest and zebra. Visitors can treat themselves to an indulgent classic afternoon tea on the sunlit mansion terrace at the heart of the reserve, amidst 14 acres of tranquil landscaped Italian-style gardens. With tea served on traditional tiers, layered with a selection of sandwiches, savoury bites and delicious twists on English dessert classics, it’s the perfect way to end a day of exploring the 600-acre Reserve. A visit will directly help the parks to protect wildlife here in the UK which, in turn, enables the parks’ partner conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation, to send animals back to the wild. With the option to upgrade your family’s wild adventure with thrilling animal encounters with species such as western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, Siberian tigers and European brown bears, both Port Lympne and Howletts promise family memories to treasure. For more information, visit www.portlympne.com or www.howletts.com

Ranger’s checklist Below is a list of items that will help you make the most of your summertime walks in the wild, but the letters are all jumbled! Can you unscramble them to uncover the items?

ADVENTURE KITS FOR KIDS

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TRUE OR FALSE? 1. The longest day in the year (21st June) is known as the ‘summer solstice’.

2. Bumble bees don’t emerge until after the summer solstice.

TRUE OR FALSE?

TRUE OR FALSE?

3. Foxgloves get their name from the fact that foxes can’t resist the smell of them.

4. On a hot day, clouds tend to gather above towns, woodlands and hills.

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