Day out at Scotney Castle – Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells
Updated: Jun 12, 2019
We managed to clock up some more outdoor time at Scotney Castle. My children love the playground there, and we took a picnic lunch and I enjoyed a sit down on the playground benches, whilst the children wore themselves out.
It’s certainly one of the more fun playgrounds in that it has a large mud kitchen, wooden wendy house, swings, climbing frame, rustic drum set up and the cherry on top for my children is the tennis ball tunnels. There are some tunnels set up with two buckets of ample tennis balls and it whiled away a good two hours whilst the children watched the balls race down the tunnels and into the buckets.
We had a lovely walk around the gardens, and we enjoyed coming across the ice- house, built in 1841 it is the olden day equivalent of a refrigerator. My 4 year- old is fascinated with the olden days so enjoyed learning about how the ice-house was used.
The second-hand book shop had some lovely books and we picked up two childrens books for a bargain price.
We then stopped in the café for a hot chocolate and cake and it was refreshingly nice that the staff saw me on my own with two toddlers and a pram, and kindly carried our tray over to the table and assisted with getting some cutlery. These kind gestures go a long way when having a day out on your own with two toddlers in tow.
We had a browse in the shop and purchased a lovely book “Cats’ Castle”, which has been very well received by the cat loving toddler and we have had to read it every bed time. It is nice that the drawings in the book depict all that we saw at Scotney so the children can relate to the adventures.
We also did the walk to the Wilderness camp, which is a small woodland and has lots of dens. There are some nice large picnic tables, so we will certainly return when the weather is nicer to spend more time exploring the dens and wilderness camp woodlands.
All in all, a lovely day out and the children are so taken with the playground and tennis ball tunnels, they have already asked to go back again.
See website for activities for children: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle