Things to do in Kent this weekend including Hever Castle Christmas and how to write a letter to Santa

Looking for things to keep the kids busy this weekend?

From outings to crafts and cooking at home, we've some suggestions...

Christmas at Hever Castle has begun, but due to the current lockdown, it is the outdoor areas that remain open at present.
Christmas at Hever Castle has begun, but due to the current lockdown, it is the outdoor areas that remain open at present.

Christmas at Hever Castle

It's the first weekend of Christmas events at Hever Castle and whilst the Castle remains closed because of the latest lockdown, it's grounds, festive trail and lights will be up for visitors to see.

Tickets are available to book via the website and families wishing to join the Christmas events must have a pre-booked ticket with a confirmed date and entry time in order to visit.

To learn more about this year's offering, which has a Peter Pan theme, please click here.

Visit a Kent Country Park

All nine of Kent County Council's country parks remain open this month alongside toilets, car parks and play areas for children.

Visitors can also buy takeaway food and drinks from cafes and although the main shops at Shorne Country Park and Lullingstone will be closed, KCC will be selling essential items such as logs. The front desk will also be open to provide for customer queries, tramper hire and sale of essential items.

For further information about visiting a country park owned and maintained by KCC please visit www.kent.gov.uk

Spend some time this weekend writing to Santa
Spend some time this weekend writing to Santa

Write a letter to Santa

Letters to Santa must be sent to Royal Mail by December 11 if children wish to receive a reply before the North Pole gets too busy.

If you're at home this weekend and in need of an indoor activity, learn more here about what to include in your letters and where to send them.

Walmer Castle remains open to visitors. Check the website for further details.
Walmer Castle remains open to visitors. Check the website for further details.

Walmer Castle, near Deal

The picturesque grounds and gardens at the castle remain open this month, operating within the current government guidelines.

All indoor areas remain closed.

All visits must be arranged in advance, and those booking must select a date and time to visit. To learn more about restrictions and arranging a visit please visit english-heritage.org.uk

Baking has been a popular activity through lockdown. Time to give it a Christmas theme?
Baking has been a popular activity through lockdown. Time to give it a Christmas theme?

Get baking with the kids

Baking was a popular pastime in the first lockdown, but now could be the time to harness those skills and throw in a festive twist!

Cookies Kitchen in Deal has shared what it describes as 'simply the best' gingerbread recipe for children to make. If you're keen to keep the kids busy with some Christmas cookies, you can take a look at the recipe here.

Read more suggestions of things to do with the kids in the run up to Christmas at www.mykentfamily.co.uk

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