The West House in Biddenden. Graham Garrett’s one-star Michelin restaurant. Visit: www.thewesthouserestaurant.co.uk
The Swan at Chapel Down Vineyard, Tenterden. Visit: www.loveswan.co.uk
The Great House, Hawkhurst. Visit: www.elitepubs.com
The Vineyard, Lamberhurst. Visit: www.elitepubs.com
Bedgebury National Pinetum has the largest collection of coniferous trees in the world. In 1919 the forestry commission bought the woodlands in association with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. It is located adjacent to Bedgebury Park. Visit: bedgeburypinetum.org.uk
There are walking trails, cycling trails, bridleways, playgrounds, a cafe, nordic walking and a green gym. Visit: forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury
Bedgebury forest events
Bedgebury forestry commission run a packed programme of events for families, as well as cultural and music events for adults, Click here for the forestry commission events calendar
Go Ape at Bedgebury Pinetum
Go Ape is an outdoor adventure company which runs Tree Top adventure courses in forests across the UK consisting of rope ladders, zip-lines, rope bridges, trapezes and swings. £30 adult, £25 children. Visit: goape.co.uk/sites/bedgebury
Bring your bike and explore the network of cycle routes catering for all levels of ability and stamina.
National Trust Properties
Kent and Sussex has a multitude of National Trust properties to visit including Sissinghurst, Scotney, Bodiam, Chartwell, Smallhythe, Knole Park and Bateman’s. Visit: www.nationaltrust.org
Bewl Water is a beautiful reservoir in the valley of the River Bewl, straddling the boundary between Kent and East Sussex. The reservoir was originally part of a project to increase supplies of water in the area and now offers a whole range of leisure activities. Bewl Water is about two miles from Bedgebury Park. Visit: www.bewlwater.co.uk
Fishing at Bewl
Fly fishing: Premier trout fishing – day permits and boat hire available.
Private lessons available.
Fly Fishing experience – 4hrs, including 1 hour lesson and 3 hours independent fishing.
Experience fly fishing day includes 3 hour lesson, motor boat and all tackle.
Bewl Water Outdoor and Water Sports
The centre offers sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and rock climbing
1/2 day sessions available
Children’s sailing lessons (from 9yrs.)
2 day Powerboating course.
Bewl Resevoir Cycle trail
Ride part or all of 12.5km trail around the Reservoir.
Arena Pursuits, Flimwell.
Outdoor pursuits and adventure centre. Situated in 250 acres of land adjacent to Bewl Water, a couple of miles from Bedgebury Park. Family opportunities for: Quad Biking, Clay Pigeon shooting, Archery, 4×4 Driving, Paint-balling, Food Foraging and Bootcamps. Stag and hen party visits can be arranged as can corporate days.
Golf and lessons at the beautiful Dale Hill Golf Club, Ticehurst
Considered to be the top club in Sussex, Gabriella is a member and regular player here. There are many other golf courses in the area and as a keen golfer Gabriella can advise you on which other courses you might like to. Visit. www.dalehill.co.uk
West Kent Shooting School at Paddock Wood
Open Monday-Friday only for clay pigeon shooting.
Biddenden is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard. Established by the Barnes family in 1969, it has nine varieties of grape producing white, red, rosé and sparkling wines. Visit the Vineyard shop for wine, cider, jam, souvenirs and other local produce. Tours and wine tasting by arrangement. Visit: www.biddendenvineyards.com. Also Hush Heath and several gin producers.
Kino Cinema, Hawkhurst
A small cinema with an old fashioned feel. Visit: www.kinodigital.co.uk