May Half Term Activities in and around Deal, Kent

Phoebe Shipton  ·  14th May 2017

There are lots of activities for all to enjoy in and around Deal this half term, make the most of you time away and explore:

Betteshanger country park

Betteshanger country park is on the outskirts of Deal it has lots to offer all the family. From bicycle hire to nature walks, a children’s play area and open air cinema. Please see there website for more information on events and actives.

Deal Castle

For a fascinating day out on the Kent coast look no further than Deal Castle.

Built by the order of King Henry VIII it is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England, and among the earliest and most elaborate of a chain of coastal forts, which also includes Calshot, Camber, Walmer and Pendennis Castles.

Today you can explore the whole of the castle, from the storerooms to the first-floor captain’s residence. Take a walk around the defences and admire the squat, rounded bastions and canons.

If you enjoy cycling, a pleasant cycle path links Deal and Walmer Castles along the beachfront.

Don’t Miss

  • The inclusive audio tour of the castle and officers’ quarters
  • Explore the dark passages that wind through the huge bastions
  • Discover the castle’s fascinating history from the interactive exhibition

Walmer Castle

Open the door to this charming Tudor castle by the sea. Explore eight acres of magnificent gardens, woodland, and sea views now home to the Lord Warden. See the original Wellington Boots. Take a fresh look at the castle and see new displays, hear previously untold stories, and discover a new side to its famous residents.

Dover Castle

Soak up the atmosphere in the military encampments and get up close to a full size replica Spitfire before stepping into the heart of action with the explosive battle. Meet the Land Girls, visit the 1940s beauty parlour for a victory roll hairdo, then revive that wartime spirit with a lovely brew from the original NAAFI wagon or go for something a little stronger in the ‘Resistance’ bar.

Step inside Mr Smith’s bombed out shop and discover the austerity of the war years from the Ministry of Food. Experience the German field hospital – and don’t forget to keep your documents handy in case of inspection.

With a live band playing music from the 40’s and plenty of hands-on activities for children including a brand new assault course, there are plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy this year.

Dates: May 27 – 29, 9:30am-5pm

Cost: £22.40 for adults and £14.20 for children under 15.

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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