Things to do
From active outdoors to spas and shopping, from gardens, railways and vineyards to glorious dining, there really is something for everyone.
In Ashford and Tenterden do the things you dreamed of. And those you've not thought of yet too. Discover unique landscapes, world-famous gardens, surprising heritage, superb shops. Sample fine food and wine, new sports, reviving spas.
This sublime slice of Kent's Garden of England is a natural activity zone. Blockbuster walking and cycling trails wind beside soaring Downs, Wealden valleys and all-embracing marsh. Golf courses range from celebrity-designed venues to friendly local affairs. Fish in rivers, canals, lakes and ponds well-stocked with pike and trout. Train at a Europe-class stadium, work out at high-tech sports centres, swim in fabulous, fun-filled pools. Learn to glide above stunning countryside, or hurtle towards earth on a tandem skydive.
Drink in the beauty of exquisite gardens and great estates; renowned the world over for stunning floral displays and revolutionary designs. Soak up a rich history; here themes encompass theatrical, agricultural and ecclesiastical, there are vintage railways and windmills too.
The food and drink encountered here lingers in the memory long after the meal. Feast on some of England's finest produce; highlights include fruit, veg, ice cream, chocolate and lamb. Acclaimed vineyards cluster around Tenterden delivering a spectacular selection of fine wines and ciders. Our range of restaurants and eateries make eating out a joy, from Biddenden's The West House much-coveted Michelin star to centuries-old pubs and quaint tea rooms.
For those who love to treat themselves, shopping in Ashford and Tenterden is a joy. From cutting edge designer stores to antiques-packed lanes, fashion fans will be able to find a world of inspiration in cosmopolitan Ashford, whilst historic, idyllic Tenterden excels at one-off stores. When you're all shopped out our top-class spas will provide the perfect place to unwind.
The special landscapes here are enchanting too - from the delightful North Downs flowing into the Weald of Kent, to the eerie Romney Marsh. Don't miss a visit to Conningbrook Lakes, Ashfords' new Country Park - perfect for a stroll with the dog, cycling and water-based activities. (If you're holidaying with the pooch, take a look at our dog-friendly suggestions).
If star-gazing is your thing, did you know that the darkest skies in the South East can be found right on our doorstep? The Ashford Astronomical Society holds regular meetings and welcomes members of all ages and abilities, contact them for more details.
And finally kids and grown-ups will love the unmissable animal attractions from sanctuaries and reserves to parks and zoos. See the world's wildest animals such as tigers, lions, elephants and rhinos as well as the cutest rabbits, ponies and lambs, for a fun day out for all the family.