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Family Fun in Herne Bay

Morning

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

Afternoon

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 and Towers
The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay
Herne Bay Clock Tower

 

Morning: Wildwood

Address

Herne Common
Herne Bay
CT6 7LQ

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: http://www.wildwoodtrust.org

Directions

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!

*Family membership is for a maximum of two adults and up to six directly related children. Minimum membership term of 12 months.

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
NotesWe are open seven days a week all year round, including public and bank holidays.

Spring (February to March) 10am to 5pm - last admission 4pm
Autumn (October to November) 10am to 5pm - last admission 4pm
Winter (November to January) 10am to 4pm - last admission 3pm
 

Afternoon: Reculver Country Park and Towers

Address

Reculver Lane
Reculver
Herne Bay
CT6 6SS

Contact Details

Reculver Country Park is a unique place with its open grasslands, cliff and shoreline and is home to a large and diverse collection of plants and wildlife. It is internationally important for wildlife because it is used each winter by thousands of migratory birds.

Reculver Towers are used today as a main landmark for shipping in the North Sea. They are the remains of a religious site set up in AD669 which in turn was built after a Roman fort was abandoned at the site in the mid 5th century. The towers themselves were built in the 12th century. In 1805 the church was partly demolished to use its stone and materials for a new church on higher ground at Hillborough. The towers were left behind and remain today.

Directions

Reculver Country Park and Towers 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.

By bike: National Cycle Route 15 passes through the site.

Prices and opening

Free entry
 

Afternoon: The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay

Address

12 William Street
Herne Bay
CT6 5EJ

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 367368
From Dambusters to Floods, Piers to Punch & Judy, the delightful Seaside Museum, Herne Bay 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.

Seaside Story and Rhyme Time - for preschool age children. Every Wednesday 11am. Free

Saturdays and Sundays - activity packs will be available for children every Saturday and Sunday. These will cover a variety of activities such as origami boats, paper planes and cards for various occasions. For further information visit: http://www.theseasidemuseumhernebay.org/

Directions

The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay is 9 miles from Canterbury via A28 and A291.

Prices and opening

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

Adult Annual Pass £5.00
Concession Annual Pass £4.00

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
Sat 1 Apr 2017 - Tue 31 Oct 2017Tue - Sun 11:00 to 16:00
Wed 1 Nov 2017 - Sat 31 Mar 2018Tue - Sun 11:00 to 15:00
NotesIf you are making a special visit, please do telephone us on 01227 367368 to ensure we will be open as we rely on our team of wonderful volunteers to be open.
 

Afternoon: Herne Bay Clock Tower

Address

Central Parade
Herne Bay
CT6 5LU

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 363829
The Herne Bay 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 Herne Bay Clock Tower has recently been refurbished and an information centre set up nearby to house memorabilia and information about the Herne Bay Clock Tower and it's fascinating history.