Top things to do in Kent for May Half Term with Kids

Discover our top picks for fun-filled activities and attractions in Kent to enjoy with the kids during the May school holidays. 

Kent is the ultimate playground for kids seeking fun and adventure and after a very wet start to the year, we’re focusing on the outdoors where Kent has got you covered. From wildlife parks to paddle boarding to theme parks on the coastline. Grab your little explorers, pack your sense of adventure and leave the ipads behind, let’s embark on some good old-fashioned outdoor fun.

What’s on in Kent for Free

Who says you have to break the bank to have a good time? Kent offers plenty of free activities for families to enjoy. If the sun is shining head to the charming coastline at Whitstable. If you’re bringing your four-legged friends then walk round to Tankerton Beach which is dog-friendly all year round. 

Pack a picnic and head to one of Kent’s many parks, such as the dog-friendly Mote Park in Maidstone or Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells. Or for our serious walkers and nature enthusiasts plan a hike along the North Downs Way stretching across 150 miles from Farnham to Dover. With over 15 recommended sections, you can start to plan your walking route here.

Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells
Dreamland, Margate

Family-Friendly Attractions in Kent

If you’re looking for a day out that will fill the kids with excitement then dive into a world of wonder at the award-winning Dreamland in Margate. Here you can let them loose on the rides and embrace the retro charm, Dreamland is on the seafront so you’ll be spoilt for choice on fresh fish and chips as well as an abundance of ice cream parlours.

For our animal lovers, a trip to Howletts Wild Animal Park or The Big Cat Sanctuary both make an unforgettable adventure where boredom is simply not an option!

Outdoor Adventures for Kids

Kent’s stunning landscapes provide the perfect ground for outdoor adventures like cycling, horse riding or paddle boarding. Head to Bedgebury Forest and cycle through the woods or brave the treetop ropes and zip lines at Go Ape. 

For water lovers why not try a sea dip at Camber Sands? Or stay on top of the water with kayaking and paddle boarding at Canoe Wild just outside of Canterbury City Centre. 

go ape at bedgebury with kids
The Historic Dockyard

Educational and Cultural Activities

Make the May half-term educational but keep it fun with the Canterbury Tales, an interactive journey through Chaucer’s famous stories where the kids will learn about medieval life. Or take a trip to Chatham and visit the Historic Dockyard where little ones can explore the historic ships, and submarines and even get hands-on in interactive workshops. 

For our nature lovers try out Wildwood Trust and learn about protecting our wildlife. Have a WILD day and go nose-to-nose with more than 200 British animals set in 40 acres of ancient woodlands then head to the kid’s play area and burn off some energy on the zip lines and climbing walls.

Special Events and Festivals

From foodie delights to live music there’s something in Kent to please everyone. During the May half-term, Kent is hosting a variety of special events over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Take the kids to Dover Castle for their WW2 spectacular. Running across the 3 day weekend, you can witness a tense, action-packed battle between the allied and German forces and let the kids get hands-on with the Sergeant’s assault course.

Rock The Mote returns for the 5th year (maybe leave the kids at home for this one!) This year there will be three stages showing the best of pop, rock and heavy metal tribute bands around. Book tickets in advance. 

Dover Castle World War Two Event
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Hidden Gems to Explore

If you’re after something a little different this May Half Term, Kent has a few hidden gems off the beaten path.

The Shell Grotto in Margate is a mysterious underground network of tunnels decorated with millions of shells. Your kids will be fascinated by the intricate shell patterns and mysterious origins of this unique attraction.

Or visit the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, a miniature steam railway that offers a scenic journey through the Kent countryside.

There you have it – no stuffy bowling alleys or shopping centres in sight! It can be tricky filling the school holidays but Kent really does have a fantastic selection of activities on offer. So, let the adventure begin!

If you’re wondering how you’ll fit everything into one day then book one of our lovely holiday homes in Kent and Sussex. Bloom Stays have family-friendly holiday cottages across the Kent coastal, countryside or city centre. Travelling with your pooch? Then we have over 75 dog-friendly homes for you to choose from so no one needs to be left behind.


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