As the days get shorter and colder it can sometimes be a struggle to think of things to do with the family. Here are some fun Autumn family activities in Kent you can all do together. From staying warm at home to trying out new walks amongst the fiery colours of Autumn.
Go for a walk
There are lots of wonderful places in Kent to go for a walk and take in the autumnal colours. Forests can be a particularly great place to see the changing colours of the leaves and jump into piles of leaves. Some of my favourite walks and places to visit are:
- Mote Park, Maidstone – with grassland, woodland, lake and play areas, Mote Park is great for all the family and has lots of buggy-friendly paths.
- Ashenbank Woods, Cobham – 72 acres of ancient woodland with the oldest being over 250 years old.
- Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells – beautiful house and gardens including a 14th Century moated castle. All set in a wooded estate which is great for the autumnal vibes.
- White Horse Wood, Maidstone – with open grassland areas and woodland it’s a great little walk.
- Walmer Castle, Deal – natural play trail with hollow tree trunks and wobbly bridges
- Hucking Estate, Maidstone – 573 acre site with lots of woodland pathways and fantastic views over Kent.
- Chartwell House, Westerham – home of Winston Churchill with great gardens and play areas for kids including a tree-house.
Create leaf art
Collect falling leaves either in your garden or in a local park, take them home and create some wonderful autumnal works of art. There are lots of ideas online including some great ones here.
Visit an orchard and pick your own apples. Take them home to make your own apple pie, applesauce or juice.
Watch the fireworks
Leeds Castle and Kent Life have some wonderful firework displays. There are also lots of smaller displays around Kent so have a little search to find a local one for you.
For the Leeds Castle Fire Spectacular, you can arrive from 2pm and enjoy the grounds, maze and play areas before the fireworks start at 5:30pm making it a great day out. there is also live music and street food pop-ups.
At Kent Life Fireworks Spectacular the family can enjoy face painting, fairground rides, animal feeding and play areas from 3pm before the firework display starts at 6pm.
Pick your own pumpkin at one of the farms below. Once picked head home and start carving ready for Halloween.
- Beluncle Farm, Hoo
- Pumpkin Moon, locations in Rainham, Maidstone and Bapchild
- Chilton Manor, Sittingbourne
- Stanhill Farm, Dartford
Watch a sunset
With the sun setting earlier, Autumn is a great time to take younger kids out to watch with you. You can easily search what time the sunsets in your location.
The Riverhill Himalayan Gardens has a pumpkin Festival from the 16th October to the 31st October. Go for a pumpkin hunt or BYO pumpkin carving.
Visit a deer park
Autumn is a great time to visit a deer park as it’s the start of the rutting season. Watch from a distance as male deer fight head to head using their antlers in an attempt to woo a female deer. Knole Park, Sevenoaks is a great place to see the deers and has buggy-friendly paths.
Family movie night
When the nights get colder and darker it’s great to stay inside. Take turns to choose a film and have movie nights in. Get cosy, snuggle up and have some popcorn to hand for a perfect family night in.
I hope you found these Autumn family activities in Kent ideas useful. I would love to know if you used any of them. Autumn can also be a wonderful time for family photos before the Christmas rush and can also make great presents in time for Christmas. If you want to find out more about family photo shoots click here.