Ashford & Tenterden Experiences - See, Find, Taste, Try

Become a Rebel Farmer

Quit the hustle and bustle and find out what it means to be a Rebel Farmer at this sustainability focussed farm in Wye. You'll learn techniques to make organic fruit and veg all-year-round, enjoy a tour of the bustling micro farm and get a real taste of locally-grown produce. Join Ed on his mission to revolutionise how we think about and grow our food at Rebel Farmer.

Lease your own vines at Chapel Down

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own a vineyard or enjoy your own custom labelled wine?
The Chapel Down vine lease scheme offers you the chance to do just that. Vines are leased from their Bacchus vineyard and each lease includes a number of exclusive benefits, such as personalised vine certificate, the opportunity to try picking your Bacchus grapes at harvest time, exclusive discounts and so much more.

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve 

Visit the savannah – right here in Kent! Choose from a selection of unique safaris where zebra, wildebeest, ostrich, and many more animals roam free across the Kentish savannah, see stunning views to the Kent coastline.

Luxury Glamping

Wake up to breathe taking views as far as the eye can see.  Designed using original 1900s plans, Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts offer the perfect place for cosy comfort. 

At Wheatfields Luxury Glamping you'll find the best of both worlds and with some of the darkest skies in the South East, this is also the perfect place for star gazing.

Experience a home-from-home camping experience in beautiful belle tents at Broadhembury Caravan and Camping Park.  All tents are cocoon-lined with zipped in ground sheets, full coconut matting and sitting on solid wood floors.

Woodsman or woman for a day

Immerse yourself in the culture, myth and folklore of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as you become a woodsman for a day. Discover the influence of the Great Oak trees as you try traditional woodworking skills, enjoy a guided walk of the ancient woods, and even forage a meal to cook later on the campfire with Natural Pathways.

Kent Cookery School

Kent's top rated cookery school. Offering full day and half day cookery courses as well as private parties, corporate cookery & teambuilding sessions.
Find a wide variety of cookery courses taught by professional and friendly tutors using fresh, local produce.
Whether you're a budding baker, want to learn how to make authentic Indian cuisine from scratch or just want to have fun and taste some great food there is a course for you!

Creative Workshops

A chance to try a new skill or indulge your floral passion with Anna's Country Flowers.  She offers a variety of seasonal workshops from her home where all the materials are supplied, as well as refreshments.  Workshops range from flower crown making, hand tied bouquet making as well as autumn forage and field day.  Groups are kept small for maximum interaction time, so places book fast.

The Cowshed Workshop offer a great selection of creative courses by working with local artists and makers to bring you years of expertise and experience. The courses are designed for all, whether this is your first time holding a needle or paint brush, right through to learning how to sculpt with willow, design ceramics or weave a basket.  Find your creative side.

 

The Wider Experience

Offering a comprehensive cycling experience in Kent and Sussex providing training programs and refresher courses all through the year for learning to ride, as well cycling fitness, road safety and off-road courses.  Also experiences and tours for all ages and abilities to enable riders to connect with the local Kent landscape by offering bespoke rides through The Saxon Shore Way, Route 18, The North Downs Way, Kent AONB, Pilgrims Trail, Wye, Chilham, Kings Wood and many more beautiful places to see.

Try your hand at "Ride & Glide" a 2 part adventure comprising of a cycle ride in either Camber or Rye followed by a water sports session, choose from windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding or kayaking.

 

The Big Cat Sanctuary

The Big Cat Sanctuary is set in the heart of the Kent countryside in Smarden, and provides a future for some of the most beautiful and endangered cats in the world.  The sanctuary offers a range of unique experiences - try being a ranger for the day, have a big cat encounter, find a photographic workshop to suit you,  or maybe an overnight stay in their luxurious lodges.  You can even see the stars of BBC's Big Cats About The House, Maya and Willow!

Pullman Dining on The Kent & East Sussex Railway

The Wealden Pullman forms the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion or for a more intimate evening. Your meal is carefully prepared onboard and served by authentically attired Pullman Attendants whilst the train gently winds its way along the Rother Valley giving you the opportunity the see the beautiful countryside. Dining carriages include historic Pullman Cars dating from the 1920’s and a 1930’s First Class carriage built for the Southampton Ocean Liner traffic.

Driver Experiences on Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

The Taster Course has been devised to offer the enthusiast a taste of what it’s like to take the controls of one of their world-famous steam locomotives, and also to enjoy the experience of riding the footplate.  The first part of the course involves a double run between New Romney Station and the Romney Warren Halt, with the participant driving a light loco, fully supported by one of their highly-experienced drivers. The second part of the course is an exhilarating 28-mile full round trip riding the footplate.  Other experiences include the Silver and Gold Course, Signaller's Day and Footplate Ride.  The perfect gift for a train enthusiast to try!

Stevenson Brothers

Follow in the steps of royalty and the rich and famous and see bespoke rocking horses being handcrafted at Stevenson Brothers in Bethersden.  They are world renowned for their quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail.  All of their rocking horses are lovingly hand-made and can be crafted to your exact wishes.  Every rocking horse produced is unique and can be personalised by incorporating a crest into the design, customising the horse in tribute to a much-loved family horse, or tailoring the tack. Each horse is also numbered and dated on a brass, silver or gold plate for authenticity.

Green Farm Spa

Green Farm offers bespoke wellness experiences in an exclusive countryside setting.  Nestled in the heart of the Kent countryside, the Green Farm estate is home to an exclusive boutique spa, a luxury holiday barn and a 15th century farmhouse with individually designed bedrooms.  Create a spa stay that’s tailored to your needs, try one of their wellbeing retreats, or enjoy a restorative short break on the working farm, surrounded by thousands of acres of ancient woodland.   Join them for a unique countryside dining experience, with their Supper Club, taste some of the best seasonal home grown Green Farm produce.

Meet The Winemaker

There is no better way to explore Biddenden Vineyard and learn about how they produce award-winning wines than with one of their winemakers.  These exclusive meet the winemaker evening tours are designed for groups looking for an in depth, personalised experience with an opportunity to discuss wines with the person who made them, something a standard tour simply cannot offer.  Tours will be conducted by either Managing Director Julian Barnes, second generation grower and winemaker, or Vineyard and Winery Manager Tom Barnes, third generation grower and winemaker.