Why visit Kent this autumn?

While picnics in the park, early evening barbecues and long summer strolls will soon seem like a distant dream, there’s still plenty to look forward to in the coming months. The UK is home to many spectacular destinations which can be explored all year round, but here is why Kent is a firm favourite for anyone looking to enjoy an adventure in the South East this autumn.

Vibrant colours and spectacular scenery

As the leaves turn from a vibrant green to earthy shades of red, purple, orange and gold, don’t miss a trip to Kent’s most beautiful hotspots where you can see some early autumn colour.

Emmetts Garden

Emmetts Garden, home to a wide range of exotic trees and shrubs, is a sight to behold during the upcoming autumn season with the golden leaves of the Japanese maple wonderfully complementing the bright reds of the Winged Spindle. You’ll also discover a variety of lush purple berries on the Prickly Heath as well as a selection of autumn bulbs by the rock garden.

Ightham Mote

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy, head to Ightham Mote. Not only can you wander round the manor house, but you can also stroll through the wider estate at your leisure – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that’s awash with colour and scent during autumn.

Pop 30 September into your diary as this is the date of Ightham Mote’s annual apples and orchards event where you can celebrate the bounty of the Garden of England.

Traditional festivals and celebrations

Love festivals and traditions? Then Kent is the place to be during the upcoming weeks as summer gives way to a host of quintessentially British celebrations.

The Hops and Harvest Boutique Festival

Taking place at Kent Life – one of the regions’ best working farms –The Hops and Harvest Boutique Festival will feature everything from ale tasting and hop picking to an innovative live music programme. Festival dates are Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017.

Faversham Hop Festival

If you’re looking for fun ways to spend a weekend, head to the Faversham Hop Festival – a two day extravaganza complete with vibrant parades, music and nostalgic events. The festival will run from Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 September and include entertainment for both children and adults.

Tenterden Folk Festival

The 25th Tenterden Folk Festival will also spring into life during autumn from the 5 – 8 October and include folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions.

Magnificent castles

Sightseeing is a great way to spend an autumn weekend and with castles being an all-time favourite for people of every age, why not head to some of the best? These include:

Hever Castle

As the former home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle is one of the UK’s most historically important buildings and is a great attraction for families.

Leeds Castle

Dating back 1000 years to the Normans, Leeds Castle has been the private property of six English queens including Catherine of Aragon – Henry VIII’s first wife.

Scotney Castle

Set in a wooded estate, Scotney Castle is effortlessly picturesque during autumn as more than 770 acres of landscaped gardens unveil their seasonal colours. The 14th century moated castle is also visually impressive holding many secrets to times gone by.
Kent really is a hot spot for visitors looking for exciting things to do. So beat the summer blues by staying active and embracing the autumn months.

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