Whether you’re after a country walk, a cosy pub, or a sweet treat, this list has something for everyone. For instance, we’ve included ideas of where to eat, what to do with kids and the best local events.
Our pick of the best things in Kent to try this Autumn
1. Autumn activities for families
- Visit the ‘Enchanted Dockyard’ at Chatham for seasonal activities including pumpkin carving, wand and slime-making, plus a sensory ‘mystical garden’ with a fairy village. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume.
- Pick your own pumpkins at a Kent farm. Remember to wear welly boots, as this can get muddy!
- Join the pumpkin festival at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens (Sevenoaks). This includes a pumpkin hunt, a cosy grotto and (BYO) pumpkin carving.
- Follow the Zog activity trail at beautiful Bedgebury National Pinetum and forest (Cranbrook).
2. Crisp Autumn walks
- Experience Autumn’s stunning colours and collect sweet chestnuts at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in the Wood Garden.
- Explore the National Trust grounds in Kent and experience a rainbow of Autumn colours. At Chartwell House (Churchill’s childhood home), visitors are encouraged to collect windfall apples in the grounds, which are then made into apple juice.
- Stroll around Walmer castle grounds (Deal). This English Heritage property has 8 acres of gardens, which include a natural play trail with hollow tree trunks and wobbly bridges.
- Take a fun, self-guided city walk with a treasure hunt theme. Curious about Canterbury takes in the cathedral, city walls, Chaucer’s tales and much more.
3. Seasonal food and drink
- After a long walk kicking Autumn leaves, cosy up in a Kent pub with a roaring log fire. The Two Brewers (Shoreham) is one of our favourites.
- Try a Harvest tour and cider tasting at Kentish Pip (Canterbury).
- Visit one of the top 20 cafes in Kent for a frothy hot chocolate or a spiced chai latte.
- The Fig cafe (Rye) is perfect for a cuppa and a slice of homemade carrot cake after a spot of early Christmas shopping in the independent vintage stores.
4. Firework displays
- Leeds Castle fireworks spectacular is the biggest fireworks dislay in the South East and includes a live DJ set.
- Kent Life fireworks spectacular features face-painting and glow-sticks.
- Oooh and aaah at the The Hop Farm Spooktacular fireworks.
- Our local fireworks at Chislehurst Recreation Ground have been run by the Rotary Club for over 35 years and always go with a bang!
More ideas for Autumn fun in Kent
- Things to do in and around Sevenoaks for Autumn & Halloween by the Incidental Parent
- Things to do In October by Muddy Stilettoes
- Ruxley Manor seasonal events, including a ‘hocus pocus circus’
- Roast chestnuts and a funfair at Rochester Christmas market, set in the grounds of the castle