Discover Kent this Autumn with Keepers Cottages

Phoebe Shipton  ·  6th November 2023

With the leaves changing colour and the evenings drawing in a little closer,  we smell Autumn in the air. In the most southeastern corner of England, Kent has a rich tapestry of Autumn activities that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Whether you’re looking to wander around picturesque orchards or dive into historic estates and castles, Kent offers a plethora of experiences that celebrate the changing seasons.

Discover our favourite activities in Kent and enjoy outdoor adventures, cosy afternoons and family friendly fun this Autumn.

Feeling fruity: orchards and vineyards in Kent

With Kent being known as ‘the garden of England’, it is only right to visit an orchard and vineyard, or two, when passing through. With almost 10,000 fruit crops on commercial holdings, fruit is deep rooted in the culture of Kent. Nestled into the Kent countryside of Staplehurst, Balfour Estate celebrates the very essence of English wine making and have been pioneers for new wave classic English wines and traditional sparkling wines. Enjoy tours, meals and away days, or even join their annual grape harvesting day which will give guests the opportunity to become immersed in the winemaking journey. A day out at Balfour Estate is the ideal way to get into the harvest festival spirit.

Spooky season: Halloween events in Kent

Looking for a Halloween activity that goes beyond the usual  trick-or-treating routine? Kent’s enchanting and historic Deal Castle offers the perfect opportunity for your children to get into the spirit of things this October half term. Encourage your children to experience Deal Castle after dark this spooky season. Enjoy historic storytellers as they take you through tales of ghouls and ghosts, and even may let you in on the secrets of sightings at the castle itself! Perfect for over 16s only, from Friday 27th October.

PYO Pumpkins

Pumpkin season is well and truly here and there’s no better way to get your pumpkins, than picking your own. At Felderland Farm, just outside of Deal, you can pick your own pumpkin and squashes. The pumpkins start at £1 and increase depending on size. You can take your pick of varieties such as the Crown Prince, Turk’s Turban, Polar Bear, Kombucha and Harlequin (yes they are the names of the pumpkins and squashes!). Afterwards, why not continue the theme and enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte or a hot crumble cup in The Little Street Kitchen. 

Coastal and Country: Walks in Kent

Between Margate and Whitstable, explore the Vikings Coastal Trail, a 7.4-mile circular path that promises breathtaking views of the sea. If you are looking for a taste of the countryside, the Sandwich Walking Tour awaits, offering an 8.7km circular trail. With hikes to suit every taste and pace, Kent has many milestones to see. With ancient traces of towers, castles and even remnants of the vibrant oyster industry, Kent is an inviting county filled with natural beauty, wonderful walking trails and always a pub nearby for a bite to eat!

Eating in Kent

With so many working farms, vineyards and orchards across Kent, locals are passionate about cooking, home grown produce and food. Whether you’re looking for a classic countryside pub lunch or a Michelin starred treat, Kent is full of interesting and delicious food. 

With Kent’s coastline offering some of the best seafood in England, there is no wonder they are known for their oysters. The Whitstable Oyster Company has specialised in the mollusks for centuries, from investing in the oyster beds to creating the perfect beer to go with your oyster slurp.

Further along the coastline you can find Stark an intimate and relaxed restaurant, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Broadstairs. Offering a seasonal six course tasting menu with optional wine flight, Stark is ideal for great food, without the fuss.

Take a look at our properties with availability and experience Kent this Autumn.

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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