Posted: 01 Sep 2016
Category: Area Guide
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From indoor skiing to a sea safari, we've compiled the best family friendly activities in and around Folkestone.
Family friendly activities in Folkestone and the surrounding area
If you’re lucky enough to live or intend to visit the Kent coast, then you’re in for a treat. The Folkestone area provides you with an astonishing array of family-friendly activities whatever the weather.
Sunny Sands beach
We couldn’t begin to give you family friendly recommendations without first mentioning the beach. Sunny Sands is one of the few sandy beaches within an hour of London. Fill your summer days with open water swimming, sandcastles and picnics.
Address: Sunny Sands beach, next to Folkestone harbour
Thrill-seekers can jump straight in to this adrenaline-pumped trip. Sea Safari is a unique family experience. Starting in Dover, step aboard the purpose built RIB speedboat to explore the local marine life, fishing villages and the Pegwell Bay nature reserve. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a seal or two.
Address: Dover Sea Sports Centre, Esplanade, Dover, Kent, CT17 9FS
Telephone: 01304 212 880
Tickets: Prices from adults £35; under 14 £20
Spectacularly set above the white cliffs of Dover overlooking the Kent coastline, Dover Castle boasts an impressive history which is sure to interest adults and children alike. You can even relive the war days by venturing underground to the Secret Wartime Tunnels set within the infamous white cliffs.
Address: Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU
Telephone: 0370 333 1181
Tickets: Adults £18.30; concessions £16.50; children 5-15 £11; family £47.60
Lower Leas Coastal Path
This coastal path is a great outdoor experience for all the family. The area is split in to three recreational zones. The Leas Lift Zone comprises of pine avenues, gardens and beautiful flowers. The Fun Zone is perfect for children as it houses the largest free adventure playground in the South East. Finally, The Wild Zone is a haven for quiet recreation and wildlife.
Address: Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone, CT20 2JP
Telephone: 01303 247376
Take your budding Eddie the Eagles to the Folkestone Ski Centre to perfect their ski, snowboarding or tobogganing skills. The centre caters for all abilities, from beginners all the way through to experts. Suitable for all ages, it’s a great way to learn a new skill or improve your technique before your next holiday.
Address: Folkestone Sports Centre, Radnor Park Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5HX
Telephone: 01303 850333
Tickets: Tobogganing from £3, skiing/snowboarding from £4
This fun-filled indoor play space is a great place for your child to have fun with friends and burn off some excess energy. Kidz Planet features ball pits, climbing frames, ball cannons, mini cars and caters for children up to the age of 11.
Address: Units 1 & 2 Centurion Place, Caesars Way, Folkestone, CT19 4AH
Telephone: 01303 277773
Tickets: Under 2 £3.50, over 3 £4.50-5.50 (depending on session)
Mudpie is perfect for a hands-on creative experience with your children. The walk-in pottery studio offers a wide selection of items, including hand impressions and clay animals for your child to create whatever their age and ability. There’s also a great on site café.
Address: 1B Town Walk, Cheriton Place, Folkestone, CT20 2AD
Telephone: 01303 248056
Tickets: Prices start from £5
Elham Valley Railway Museum
The much-loved bygone era has been devotedly recreated by the Elham Valley Railway Museum. The golden days of the railway have left this museum with fascinating local artefacts, history and memorabilia. There are special features that children will love, such as the signal box and steam engine.
Address: Elham Valley Line Trust Countryside Centre, Peene, Folkestone, Kent, CT18 8AZ
Telephone: 01303 273014
Tickets: Adults £2.50, concessions and children £1.50
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