There are so many great places to visit in Kent and, thankfully for us, they’re great to visit whatever the weather. And, if you haven’t been there before, there is one particular country park in the county that is well worth a visit.
Whether you’ve got a family in tow, or you want to take time out on your own, Betteshanger Country Park is full of things to do. Open seven days a week, it is located on the former Betteshanger Colliery on the outskirts of Deal.
The park itself is 250 acres and provides activities for a range of ages, abilities and interests. One such activity is archery, which is priced from £10 and is ideal for those wishing to try something different.
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For the budding explorers, geocaching may be the order of the day, which is also priced from £10 and is suitable for all ages.
Geocaching uses the What3Words app to find the caches around the park. Once the clues have been found, participants will be tasked with working out the secret password to get a prize.
Orienteering is also available at Betteshanger, from £3. This is an outdoor activity that exercises the body and the mind, with the aim of the activity being to navigate between different points.
And, for those with a competitive edge, the challenge is to complete the course as quickly as possible. For the dinosaur lovers out there, you might be more interested in searching for fossils.
With the tools and safety equipment provided, participants are invited to reveal the fossils carefully using brick hammers. Fossil finders may even get to keep a memento if they find one.
Betteshanger is also home to a beautiful – and aptly named – Blue Lake. The striking lake has an unusually high mineral content, which makes the water appear a spectacular blue. This beautiful lake makes the country park a reason to visit on its own.
Meanwhile, the park is an excellent place to go cycling as it is one of the south east’s most important cycling venues. Both advanced and beginner cyclists will enjoy the variety of tracks and paths available. Visitors can rent a bike or bring their own, and more information can be found here.
For those more interested in physical challenges, there is the Boonies where fun and fitness collide in a number of incredible activities such as the assault course or more gentle fitness. Many other activities are also available, including an adventure playground, a survival school that supports children in engaged, real-life, nature-based learning, and trips to the unique Kent Mining Museum, which tells the fascinating story of coal mining in the UK.
Throughout the year, there is also the Wild One’s Forest School; a holiday club for children aged between five and 11. A number of activities are included, from lighting fires to building dens.
Wild One’s Forest School costs £30, all equipment is included but a packed lunch should be taken as well as drinks and warm clothes. An alternative is Betteshanger Activity Club where, for £30, visitors can get their children involved with a day jam packed full of incredible outdoor games and activities allowing your children to learn new skills and try out new hobbies.
The park also hosts a number of events year-round. Upcoming is the return of The Beast and Bouncezilla from September 1 to 3, offering a unique 30-minute bouncy experience as well as food and drink. More information can be found here.
More information about the park and what is has to offer can be found here.
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