Kent skateparks, Cyclopark and Kent Roller Disco for some wheelie-good fun

by Lauren Abbott

Every family wants to have a wheelie-good time this summer.

And Kent has plenty of places where fun on two wheels – or three – or four is allowed.

From cycling to skateboards, there are plenty of places where the need for speed can provide a fun and exhilarating day out. We have rounded up some of the best:

Cyclopark's Family Fun Day is on Monday, May 30
Cyclopark's Family Fun Day is on Monday, May 30

Cyclopark

Gravesend’s cyclopark, found off the A2, is a multi-sport open air centre for people of all ages and abilities.

Road cycling, mountain bike trails, BMXing, a skate park, play park and multi-use games are are among the big attractions.

Organised activities, clubs, and cycle sessions also take place alongside cycle hire and a popular café offering all manner of refreshments.

Cyclopark in Gravesend
Cyclopark in Gravesend

Some activities and facilities need to be booked in advance and age and height restrictions may apply.

For further information visit the website or telephone 01474 831400.

Rollerskating

No longer a trend of the eighties, roller discos are back!

Alongside a permanent roller disco at Margate’s Dreamland, a number of Kent leisure centres run rollerskating sessions for youngsters.

Kent Roller Disco has been putting on events since 2005 and now runs sessions across the county in towns including Sittingbourne, Ashford, Maidstone, Gravesend, Dover, Margate, Sevenoaks, Ramsgate, Sandwich and New Romney.

For further details, dates and prices click here or telephone 01304 619007.

Ice-skating

While most towns have an ice-rink come December, in the height of summer, a chance to recreate a scene from Frozen is harder to do. But Kent is fortunate enough to have an indoor ice rink open all year round.

Ice skating
Ice skating

Silver Blades in Gillingham is open seven days a week with public skate sessions, parent and toddler groups and junior discos among the items on its timetable.

For further information, opening times and prices, please telephone 08700 852929 or www.silver-blades.co.uk

Skate parks

Let them harness their skills and burn some energy at a Kent skatepark.

Ideal for older children, particularly those with siblings who might appreciate some time in a toddler-free zone, Kent’s skate parks are often based near other parkland or play areas to allow for an outing the whole family can enjoy.

The skate park will be given a face lift. File picture.
The skate park will be given a face lift. File picture.

From park-based facilities to more formal attractions, there are a number of places that budding skateboarders and bikers can try.

We have rounded up some of the most well-known in the county below:

In Thanet, Revolution in Broadstairs is a popular indoor skate park with structured opening hours and sessions catering for skateboards, scooters, rollerblades and BMX. There is also a climbing wall. For further information and opening hours visit http://www.revolutionskatepark.co.uk/

Thanet also has two outdoor facilities – in Ramsgate at Warre Recreation Ground in Newington Road and at Memorial Recreation Ground, Lawn Road, Broadstairs.

Further along the coast is Swalecliff Skatepark near Tankerton Slopes in Whitstable while Faversham Recreation Ground also has one within its park land.

In Maidstone, both MotePark and Whatman Park have skate parks together with a third and recently-revamped facility in Bull Lane, Eccles.

Over in Ashford at the Stour Centre car Park in Tannery Lane is SK8side while South Road Recreation Ground also has a facility for young people in Hythe.

On the Isle of Sheppey, there is a skate park in Sheerness within BeachfieldsPark in Beach Street.

In north Kent Gravesend skaters can find ramps down on the promenade within the Riverside Leisure Area off Ordnance Road and also at Cascades Leisure Centre in Thong Lane.

There is also a facility within the Cyclopark, just off the A2, while skateboard and BMX fans in Dartford are best trying out the one in Central Park while skaters in Swanley can use one in Station Approach.

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