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Family Fun in Herne Bay


Situated 15 minutes drive from Canterbury is Wildwood Wild Animal Park; a great experience for all the family.


After a brief lunch, carry on out to the coast and the newly refurbished visitor centre at Reculver. Head back to Herne Bay and visit the Herne Bay Museum and Art Gallery with its history of the town and the famous bouncing bomb. Have a refreshing tea break at the Central Bandstand.
Reculver Country Park & Reculver Towers
The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay
Herne Bay Clock Tower


Morning: Wildwood


Herne Common
Herne Bay

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 712111
Wildwood near Canterbury is a great day out for all ages where you can see amazing British wildlife past and present. Set in 40 acres of ancient woodland, Wildwood holds a stunning collection of over 200 British animals in natural enclosures.

See wolves, otters, foxes, deer, badgers, owls, wild horses, lynx, beavers, wild cats, bison, squirrels, wild boar, reindeer and many more as you walk around the twisting trails through our ancient British woodland. Finish your day by letting your kids go wild in our amazing adventure play park featuring Kent’s tallest vertical drop slide, zip wire, wild fort, twisting tube slide and tree-top towers, there is also a special area for under-5’s.

Join our experts at weekends and school holidays for free close-up animal talks and feeds when you can learn all about the animals, visit the Beaver Lodge Cafe or enjoy a picnic in our spacious picnic area.
Run by the Wildwood Trust, a conservation charity dedicated to protecting British wildlife, Wildwood is not just a wildlife park but is also a unique conservation project to save our precious British wildlife. Many of the animals that you will see at Wildwood are now extinct in the UK or are under threat, so when you visit you are playing your part in helping some of the UK’s most endangered animals.

Wildwood is open 7 days a week from 10am, situated on the A291 between Herne Bay and Canterbury. Free parking.
For further information visit:


Situated on the A291 between Canterbury and Herne Bay. Bus: Triangle Bus No 4 or 6. Wildwood bus stop.

Prices and opening

Admission Prices*

Adult (18+) £11.45
Child (3 - 17) £8.95
Senior (65yrs and over) £10.45
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £37.50
Under 3s - Free
Disabled - Adult/Child/Senior rate applies, carer goes free.

Unlimited visits from only £3.50 a month! Join as a Wildwood visitor and visit as many times as you like from only £3.50 per month.

Single Membership: £3.50 per month
Joint Membership: £5.00 per month
Family Membership (up to 2 adults and 6 related children) £7.00 per month

To join as a Wildwood member, simply ask in the Shop when you arrive at the park, once you have completed a membership banker's order form (bank details will be required) your first entry is completely free!

Please note that under 18's must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

* This is a donation to charity, helping to protect our wildlife. Always remember to gift aid your ticket price. Gift Aid means we can receive a contribution of 25% of your total ticket price, when it includes the 10% voluntary contribution, from the tax you have already paid to the government.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesSpring / Summer: 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)
Autumn: 10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)
Winter: 10am – 4pm (last admission 3pm)

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Afternoon: Reculver Country Park & Reculver Towers


Reculver Lane
Herne Bay

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 740676
Reculver Country Park is a unique place, combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest. The refurbished Reculver Visitor Centre for Renewable Energy and Interpretation opened in 2009. Reculver Country Park is internationally important for wildlife as a Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) because it is used each winter by thousands of migratory birds. Without this site to rest in, these species would decline.

The Reculver Towers are a landmark and Scheduled Ancient Monument that can be seen across the coastline from Herne Bay to Birchington in Kent. It is estimated that over 100,000 people visit the park every year, and Kent Wildlife Trust runs organised school trips for up to 3,500 students each year. The park is managed in partnership by the City Council, English Heritage and Kent Wildlife Trust. The Council is proud to have gained a Green Flag Award since 2002, which recognises high standards in public open spaces. Reculver Country Park offers lovely walks from Bishopstone to the ruins of a late Norman Church. There is also an Information Centre which offers a fascinating insight into the history and wildlife of this stretch of coastline. The Park is a renowned spot for watching migrating birds.

The Country Park is ideal for educational visits, from infants to University, with beach studies a speciality. Bookings can be made throughout the year by contacting Kent Wildlife Trust on (01622) 662 012. Reculver Centre has a focus on renewable energy and includes a log burner, which will be fuelled with logs from The Blean woodland throughout the winter months. The centre is also powered with photo voltaic panels (which convert sunlight to electricity) and solar panels (which use sunlight to heat water). The extension space has three large windows which frame views to Reculver Towers, cliff top grassland, and the wind turbines of the Kentish Flats wind farm, located 8.5km due north to the Reculver Centre. The centre is clad in sustainably sourced local chestnut, and features two large skylights which maximise natural light levels inside the building. There site also offers various cycle routes including the new Oyster Bay Trail to Herne Bay.

Reculver Country Park can only accept coaches during the week by prior arrangement as space is limited. Coaches are not permitted at weekends.
Paths are largely suitable for electric scooters. (Information courtesy of the Kent County Council website)


Reculver is situated on the north Kent coast 3 miles east of Herne Bay. It is possible to walk or cycle along the coast from either Herne Bay or Birchington. There is a car park at Reculver which is signposted on the Thanet Way. The car park is not suitable for coaches, which must book for the coach park to be opened during the week only. There are also car parks at Bishopstone Lane and Reculver Drive.

Bus Access: Stagecoach East Kent service 7 & 7a visit Reculver throughout the year.

Prices and opening

Free entry

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
Notes2015 Opening Times:

November to February 2015 - Closed
March and September to October Weekends 11am to 4pm
April to August Weekdays 10am to 4pm and Weekends 11am to 4pm (closed Wednesdays)

Afternoon: The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay


8 William Street
Herne Bay

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 367368
From Dambusters to Floods, Piers to Punch & Judy, this delightful Museum & Gallery has plenty of surprises under one roof.

Displays include local paintings, prints and photos, prehistoric elephant tusks and fossils from local beaches, coastal wildlife and a Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb prototype from World War Two. For further information visit:


9 miles from Canterbury via A28 and A291.

Prices and opening

Adults £2.00
Concessions £1.60
Children under 16 free accompanied by an adult.

Adult Annual Pass £5.00
Concession Annual Pass £4.00

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
Sun 1 Nov 2015 - Thu 31 Mar 2016Tue - Fri 11:00 to 15:00 | Sat - Sun 11:00 to 16:00
NotesIf you are making a special visit, please do telephone us on 01227 367368 to ensure we will be open.

Afternoon: Herne Bay Clock Tower


Central Parade
Herne Bay

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 363829
The Clock Tower is the most striking piece of architecture in Herne Bay, it was built in 1837 by money donated by Mrs Ann Thwaytes a wealthy widow from London who stayed in the town for a number of years.

Thanks to Lottery funding the Clock Tower has recently been refurbished and an information centre set up nearby to house memorabilia and information about the Clock Tower and it's fascinating history.