Find Outdoor Play Spaces and Parks in Kent in our comprehensive directory, including their locations, facilities and main attractions for families.
From large outdoor spaces and parkland to waterways, playgrounds, woodland and mazes, there’s lots of wonderful greenspace to discover in Kent.
Outdoor Play Spaces and Parks in Kent
Beacon Wood Country Park
Southfleet Rd, Bean, Kent, DA2 8AR
A Site of Nature Conservation Interest, the park is home to a number of locally rare plants and animals. Depending on the season; green woodpecker; sparrow hawk; fox; grey squirrel; common blue and small heath butterflies; and fly agaric fungi can be seen.
Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2SJ
Open all year, Bedgebury is perfect for cycling, walking, riding and playing in a spectacular world of trees. The National Pinetum is the world’s best conifer collection and a beautiful place to walk in all seasons. Bedgebury Forest offers family cycling, mountain-biking, riding, walking, Go Ape and adventure play for all ages and abilities. For healthy outdoor activity in a beautiful setting, Bedgebury is in a class of its own. Parking charges apply.
Sandwich Road, Off A258, Sholden, Deal, Kent CT14 0BF
A 121 hectare site of the former Betteshanger colliery in East Kent. The Visitor Centre is located near the car park at the heart of the park, with toilets, baby change and shower facilities. Things to do include cycling, geocaching, den building, archery, fossil hunting, an obstacle course and a play area.
Lamberhurst, Kent, TN3 8JH
Bewl Water reservoir is the largest stretch of open water in south east England. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the heart of the High Weald on the Kent and Sussex border, the reservoir is host to a huge variety of wildlife and one of the region’s most popular attractions. There are many exciting outdoor pursuits and special events on offer at Bewl Water, from windsurfing, fishing, cycling and walking to the fascinating interactive exhibition and gift shop. You can also visit the water efficient garden, which proves you can create a colourful, vibrant garden with minimum use of water
Bluebell Hill Picnic Site
Bluebell Hill, Rochester, Kent, ME5 9RJ
Located within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blue Bell Hill Picnic Site offers magnificent panoramic views over the Medway Valley.The diversity of the landscape makes the site an ideal spot for both walkers and picnickers. There are a diverse number of rare plant species at the site. Bulbous buttercup, salad burnet, hairy violet, meadow velching, false brome grass, bee orchid, wood sage and wild strawberry are all found in the area.
Betensen Avenue, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13
In 2006 an ecology study was carried out and over 155 birds were identified at Bradbourne Lakes, some visiting, some full time residents such as the ducks. The more interesting specimens were the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen Aegyptiacus). Pale head and chest with dark eye patch and pink legs. A large relative of the shelduck, the Egyptian Goose is an ornamental species. Originally from Africa, it was introduced to this country three centuries ago and is mainly found in East Anglia.
Brockhill Country Park
Sandling Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 4HL
Brockhill’s lake, woods, meadows, picnic and play areas – along with the excellent Brockhill Café – make it a great spot for a family day out. 5 brass rubbings are also dotted around the site displaying some of the creatures native to the park. Regular children’s activities. Pay and display parking. Toilets are located at the entrance to the park near the cafe.
Capstone Farm Country Park
Capstone Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 3JG
Acres of ancient woodlands, orchards and meadows. Facilities include visitor centre, cafe, children’s play area, fishing lake and annual programme of events, entry and parking free
Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8JS
Clare Park is the first park in Maidstone to have achieved green Flag Status, which recognises the best gree spaces in England and wales.Located about one and a half km west of the town centre, the park although small, holds numerous facilities. It is an ideal place to take a gentle stroll or enjoy a picnic. There is a multi-games area for bastetball, netball, and football. There are two hard tennis courts. You can buy a season ticket or just turn up and ‘Pay and Play’
Dane John Gardens
Watling Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2UD
Set in the city centre, a former castle park that hosts summer conserts and has a small adventure playground close to the shopping centre and with great views over the city. A handy getaway during shopping trips.
01227 862 000
Druidstone Wildlife Park
Honey Hill, Blean, Nr Canterbury, Kent,
Visit around Easter time and you’ll be astounded by the breath-taking display of bluebells in the woodland. Summer brings the budleja (butterfly tree) into full glorious flower. During autumn you can discover the woodland fungi and winter buds, whilst throughout the year rhododendrons, conifers and other well established shrubs and trees make the park a delight to visit. The farmyard animals, including chickens, sheep, goats, llamas, ponies, a donkey and the naughty pigs are always keen to say ‘hello’.
01227 765 168
Pembury Road,, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3QA
Dunorlan Park features wide grassy slopes and magnificent views to the Weald.boating lake along with its ponds, play area, café, sculptures, and a variety of activities such as pond dipping, fishing, bird watching, tree trail and head gardener walks. It has also won a range of awards over the years such as The Green Flag award, National Gold Green Apple award and Green Heritage Site status.
Groombridge Place Gardens & The Enchanted Forest
Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9QG
Visitors can enjoy the award winning gardens which overlook the beautiful 17th century moated manor house. After exploring the gardens and maze choose to enjoy a walk along the canal or take the boat (small fee applies) to the popular Crusoe’s World children’s adventure. The forest has some amazing giant tree swings and a boardwalk adventure complete with children’s zip wire! You can see some unusual animals at Groombridge including a Zedonk which is half donkey and half zebra. The birds of prey displays take place every day (except Mondays but including Bank Holiday Mondays) and the refurbished Peacock Bistro is the perfect vantage point for watching the peacocks which roam the gardens and terraces.
Grovenor & Hilbert Park
Vernon Way, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, tn3
Lovely big park with swings, slides, roundabouts etc. There is a fantastic big sandpit with diggers and other sand toys (no water – hurray!) Walks nearby and pond with ducks! There is a coffee shop there that sells paninis and other snacks and drinks. Nature based events and activities are held regularly.
Herne Bay Memorial Park
Dering Road, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5RB
The Memorial Park is situated in the heart of the tow. The war memorial garden features several planted areas, including a sensory garden and a community kitchen garden. Pushchair and wheelchair accessible paths, children’s play area,tennis courts, open space for ball games, toilets, and free parking.
01227 862 000
High Elms Country Park
Shire Lane, Farnborough, Kent, BR6 7JH
High Elms Country Park offers 250 acres of countryside to explore combined with a 150-acre golf course, which together form the High Elms Estate, originally the country home of the Lubbock family. Dog walkers, picnickers, cyclists and riders are all catered for here and, whilst the park is certainly popular, there is ample space to find a quiet and peaceful corner. A Site of Special Scientific Interest and one that also hosts a number of annual events for all the family. Cafe, car park, toilets, nature trails and High Elms Audio Trail (aimed at 11 -16 years).
020 8464 3333
Hole Park Gardens
Hole Park, Rolvenden, , Cranbrook, , Kent , TN17 4JB
Hole Park Gardens are open every day in spring with limited opening times in summer & autumn. In spring visitors can enjoy the wonderful carpet of bluebells, daffodils, camellias, wisteria, magnolia and other spring delights. In summer the long borders are filled with colourful herbaceous plants with the exotic border coming to life in late summer. The woodland area and gardens are also a delight in autumn with trees planted specifically, with autumn colour in mind.
Jeskyns Community Woodland and Greenspace
Henhurst Road, Cobham, Kent, DA12 3AN
reated by the Forestry Commission this space comprises woodland, orchards, meadows and a lake which will in time transform the landscape. Natural play features and sculptures add to the enjoyment for all, and there is even a Fairy Village that little ones will love. Four hard surfaced trails provide access for walkers, cyclists, pushchairs and wheelchairs and there is a way-marked grass horse trail. Parking is FREE, however there are no toilets or refreshments.
Knole Park (National Trust)
Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Nestled in a medieval deer-park, Knole is vast, complex and full of hidden treasures. The mixture of unspoilt woodland, undergrowth and open meadows supplies a rich, ever-changing environment, creating the perfect natural playground for adventurous children to explore year-round, whilst a network of buggy-friendly paths makes the park easily accessible for parents with very young children.
Lower Leas Coastal Park
Lower Sandgate Road, Lower Leas, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2JP
The Lower Leas Coastal Park was opened in 2000 and is split into 3 broad recreational zones. Beginning at The Leas Lift, the formal zone comprises pine avenues, gardens and flowers blooming all year. The fun zone is home to the largest free adventure play area in the south east and the ever popular amphitheatre. The wild zone is a haven for quiet recreation, where sensitive habitat management allows wildlife to thrive.
Lullingstone Country Park & Visitor Centre
Kingfisher Bridge, Castle Rd, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JF
Lullingstone is internationally important for its collection of ancient trees, some of which are thought to be 800 years old. The play area at Lullingstone Country Park is situated adjacent to the visitor centre, toilets and café. It contains a selection of climbing equipment and slides aimed at toddlers and younger children. For more adventurous children, try following our Discovery Trail, where you will find a cradle swing and zip wire nestled in amongst the trees.
Manor Park Country Park
St Leonard’s St, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6PE
Boasting a new cafe and childrens play area – Manor Park is in an attractive location with plenty for children to enjoy. The park has a large, open green space and an attractive lake and is located just a short walk to the south of West Malling town centre. A children’s play area has been recently installed, combining play features for young and older children. The play area is in Douce’s Meadow, a short stroll from the café and toilets, and adjacent to a number of picnic tables. It provides a good range of equipment, most suited to younger children.
National Cat Centre
Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7DE
Come and visit us at the National Cat Centre! We have a Free Nature Trail, Free parking, a lovely gift shop and a café too. You are also welcome to visit the cats! Nestled in 51 acres of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the Ashdown forest, Cat Protection’s National Cat Centre is the perfect place to take a break. Enjoy free wifi, snacks and drinks in the café and visit the gift shop stuffed with all things cat.
01825 741 370
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
Riverhill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RR
Plan a great family day out in the most imaginative garden to visit in Kent. Discover world-class British sculpture, and learn about Riverhill’s fascinating history, with its links to Darwin and the Great Plant Hunters. Build dens together, discover secret pathways and incredible views and perhaps even spot the elusive Yeti! Once you’ve worked up an appetite in the gardens, be sure to visit the fabulous Riverhill Café.
Shorne Wood Country Park
Brewers Road, Gravesend , Kent, DA12 3HX
One of the most popular country parks in Kent, Shorne Woods Country Park offers everything you need to spend a day enjoying the great outdoors. The park has a number of fascinating trails, some of which are accessible using pushchairs and wheelchairs. A number of outdoor play areas cater for both very young and older children alike. A programme of events also features an array of activities for everyone from Holiday clubs, guided walks to evening events.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden (National Trust)
Biddenden Road, Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook,, Kent, TN17 2AB
One of the world’s most celebrated gardens, the creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson. Celebrated gardens designed by writer Vita Sackville-West. You can picnic on the tables and benches on the veg garden, opposite visitor reception and around our estate. £3 parking charge for non-National Trust members. Children’s quiz/trail available from visitor reception. NOTE: formal garden is inaccessible to pushchairs and buggies, but baby back-carriers for loan available from visitor reception.
New Barn Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7PW
Swanley Park is a beautifully undulating 60 acre park located between Swanley and Hextable which provides the biggest ‘green lung’ of the parish. Recent additions to the park are the paddling pool and watersplash area plus sand play and family enclosure where young children can play in safety. Older children can use up their energy nearby at the large, well equipped play area including swings, climbing frame and a zip wire. There is also a boating lake and a railway that can carry pushchairs.
Teston Bridge Country Park
Teston Lane, Teston, Kent ME18 5BX
Combining 32 acres of grazed meadow, river walks, a children’s play area and of course the picturesque 14th century Teston Bridge, this country park makes the most of its beautiful natural setting on the banks of the Medway. Bridge Meadow, the large grass area adjacent to the car park and playground, is perfect for picnics and ball games. Several events take place here throughout the year, including the famous Kite Festival. Toilet facilities are available at all times when the park main gates are open. Pay and display parking.
Trosley Country Park
Waterlow Road, Vigo Village, Meopham, Kent DA13 0SG
Trosley Park covers 170 acres of beautiful woodland and chalk downland on the North Downs and provides some spectacular views. Forest Fun is a great play area for under 11’s. The play area at the side of visitor centre is on level ground, with a wood chip surface and surrounded by a fence but can be accessed through a gateway. Pay and display parking. At the Bluebell Café you can try the local, seasonal produce. Toilet facilities are available at all times when the park is open to visitors, even if the café is closed.
Canterbury Rd, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 7LQ
Welcome to Wildwood, where you can come nose-to-nose with British Wildlife past and present. We have over 200 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see Wolves, Bison, Deer, Owls, Foxes, Red Squirrels, Wild Boar, Lynx, Wild Horses, Badgers, Beavers and more as you make your way around the park. Let your children go wild in our amazing adventure playground with drop slide, tube slide, wild fort, tree-top towers and more!