Cheap days out in Kent this summer including Eagle Heights in Eynsford and The Fenn Bell Inn, Rochester
No family needs telling how costly the summer holidays can be. But after amusing the kids at home for so many months during lockdown, to find the cash for a summer of activities may be more of a struggle than normal.
Here are some suggestions for a day out in Kent that might not break the bank...
1. The Fenn Bell Inn Conservation Project, Rochester
A fascinating collection of animals now call the Fenn Bell Inn their home in Medway.
Meercats, otters, birds of prey, lemurs and racoons are amongst the residents at this unique attraction in Hoo. Since reopening after lockdown, families must book ahead, choosing between either a 10am until 1pm slot or 2pm to 5pm to come along and see the animals in their enclosures.
Extra outdoor seating has been installed and a table service for food and refreshments is running. No indoor dining is currently allowed.
Tickets are £5 per person and children under two do not require one. To book your slot, and to learn more about the Fenn Bell Inn and all safety measures in place please visit www.fbcukproject.co.uk
2. The Old Forge Wartime House, East Street, Sittingbourne
Step back in time and experience what life was like on the home front during the Second World War within the walls of The Old Forge Wartime House.
This fascinating property nestled in the heart of Sittingbourne town centre feels rather like a film set and will help visitors young and old learn more about everything from rationing to air raids.
The living history attraction is reopening on Saturday, August 1 and will offer pre-booked tours every Saturday throughout August.
A family ticket is £12, adults £5 and concessions £4. To book your family day out please call the booking office on 07561647827. To learn more about the wartime house and see photographs from inside please click here .
3. Curly's Farm, Isle of Sheppey
The charity farm is now reopen following an uncertain few months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Curly’s Farm in Bay View, on Sheppey, was set up by dads Kyle and Garry Ratcliffe, who had their home in Brambledown transformed by the BBC’s DIY SOS team in 2016. The pair were forced to write a pleading letter to Boris Johnson in June asking when they could reopen their small attraction as they struggled to meet the costly demands with no visitors.
The attraction, which is home to pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens and alpacas to name but a few, is now running pre-booked socially distanced farm tours for families/support bubbles where youngsters can meet and feed the animals and take a gentle wander across the site. There are numerous handwashing and hand sanitising stations available and everyone is asked to adhere to the government guidelines.
Admission prices are just £1 over a fiver for adults at £6 each but the first child is £4 and all other children after that just £2 - enabling a small family to visit for less than £20.
To learn more about Curly's Farm you can follow developments on its facebook page here . Self-guided tours must be booked by telephoning 07517 706286.
4. Whiteleaf Animal Farm and Creepy Claws Animal Displays, Teynham
From daytime one-hour tours to reptile, bug and creepy crawlies experiences and nocturnal animal tours - there are lots of activities to choose from at Whiteleaf.
Racoons, emu, owls, piglets, foxes, a raft of insects and bugs are all cared for at the stable site between Sittingbourne and Faversham.
A one hour tour costs £20 and is suitable for four people, with additional visitors costing £5 each. Whilst a reptile and bug experience in which you'll learn about snakes, lizards, tortoises, spiders and insects also costs £20 for four people.
A snake feeding session for braver visitors, currently available on Mondays and Thursdays is another of Whiteleaf's Covid-friendly sessions and must also be pre-booked costing £20 for four visitors.
To make a booking interested visitors can either contact Whiteleaf Farm through its facebook page here www.facebook.com/whiteleaffarm or text 07830 748004.
5. Eagle Heights, Eynsford
Eagle Heights has reopened - offering families a pre-bookable two-hour time slot to come along and enjoy the attraction and all its animals.
To ensure it meets all government guidelines it has reopened with a limited capacity with indoor parts also remaining shut for the time being.
Refreshments, including lunch items and hot and cold drinks are available to buy and take away.
As part of each visit, families will also be treated to one display which will involve a selection of animals.
Tickets are £5 per person and can be booked through the website .
6. Take the kids crabbing
Kent is full of ideal spots to lower a crab net and line and the kids will love the chance to try for a good catch.
Equipment is cheap and relatively easy to come by. Read our top tips for a crabbing adventure in Kent here.