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Things to do in May half term

01 May 2019


Treasure Island - Eastbourne


Treasure Island

Date: Everyday!
-  Indoors – open daily
-  Outdoors – open daily (May –September)

Locations: 5 Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AE

Price:  School Holidays – Indoor and outdoor combo tickets (non-members)

-  0-6 months: Free
-  Adults & 6-12 Months: £1.00
-  Children Under 2: £4.00
-  Children (2-12): £7.00

Treasure Island in Eastbourne is perfect for kids whatever the weather. Buccaneers indoor adventure features soft play areas including zip lines, ball pits, slides and an area for small children. For the warmer weather try Long John Slivers outdoor adventure. Paddle in the lagoon or climb the bridges and netted walkways aboard the shipwreck. Bring the whole family along to enjoy the exciting Pirate Adventure Golf course is designed to suit all ages.

Getting there by bus...
Treasure Island is just a short walk from the Fishermans Club bus stop on Royal Parade. You’ll need to catch the ‘Wave’ route 99 bus which runs from Eastbourne town centre (Cornfield Road) or along the coast from Hastings and Bexhill. There are buses every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays and Bank Holidays. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here. 


Egerton Park - Bexhill

Egerton Park

Date: Everyday!

Location: Egerton Road, Bexhill-on-sea, TN39 3HN

Price: Free!

If you’re feeling energetic come and experience the new play-zone at Egerton Park. From zip wires to a tree house your little ones are sure to enjoy themselves this may half term. For older children and adults there are six tennis courts as well as a fitness area to get a work out in. If you’d prefer a quieter scene, why not take a stroll round the boating lake or play a game of bowls? There is a large grass area to enjoy a picnic or a game of rounders with friends and family.
Getting there by bus...
The north entrance to Egerton Park (on the corner of Park Road) is right next to the Woodville Road bus stop on Wickham Avenue. You’ll need to catch the ‘Wave’ route 99 bus which runs from Eastbourne town centre (Cornfield Road) along the coast or from Hastings and Bexhill town centre. There are buses every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays and Bank Holidays. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.

Rye Castle Museum - Rye

Rye castleDate: Every weekend from the beginning of April to the end of October 10:30am – 4:30pm

Location: 3 East Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JY

Price:  (Admissions to Ypres Tower)
-  Adults - £4.00
- Children under 16 – Free (must be accompanied by an adult)
- Concessions (Over 65s) - £3.00

Experience the history of Rye at the East Street Museum. This includes popular exhibits such as the penny farthing (first machine to be called a bicycle), and tools used to build ships. Paintings are displayed showing the changes in Rye, its rivers and harbours over the past few centuries. There is a short walk to the Ypres Tower, built in the early 14th century, as part of the towns defence and second oldest building.

Getting there by bus...
East Street is just a five minute walk from the nearest bus stops through the cobbled streets of Rye. You can catch a route 100 or 101 bus from Hastings up to Rye, leaving the bus at Rye rail station. There are buses about every 30 minutes from Hastings on Mondays to Saturdays. From Folkestone, Hythe, Dymchurch, New Romney, Lydd and Camber you get to Rye on the ‘Wave’ 102 service which runs every hour on Mondays to Saturdays. There’s an extra bus every hour between Camber and Rye. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here. 


Go Ape at Leeds Castle - Maidstone

Leeds castleDate: Everyday!

Location: Penfold Hill, Maidstone, ME17 1PL

Price: All Ages (over 1 metre in height) – £19.00

Go Ape is the ideal day out for thrill seekers. The one hour long Tree Top adventure involves zip wiring through the beautiful grounds of Leeds castle. Your adventure will be 20 meters above ground, from zip wires to wobbly bridges and intricate crossings for 250 metre longs. There are picnic areas for you to enjoy, as well as plenty of restaurants nearby. You could make a day of it by exploring Leeds Castle or getting lost in the Castles maze.

Getting there by bus...
Route 10X buses operate roughly hourly on Mondays to Saturdays serving the bus stops at The Great Danes Hotel on the A20.  It’s just a 5 minute walk from the bus stop to Leeds Castle along Penfold Hill. Buses run from Maidstone town centre or from Ashford. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.


Hollywood Bowl - Ashford

ashford hollywood bowlDate: Everyday!

Location: Station Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PP

Price: (Per game)
-  Under 16s - £5.19
-  Adults - £6.19
-  Families - £21.49

Hollywood bowl offers state of the art, ten pin bowling lanes to practise your bowling skills, along with amusements suitable for all ages. From 2p machines to air hockey, there is always a game to keep your children entertained. As well as this, try out the chance to win a toy from the grabbers or collect your tickets to trade in for a prize. Food and drink is available from their American themed diner. Treat yourself to shakes, classic burgers, hotdogs or a vibrant salad, as well as kid’s choices and delicious desserts.

Getting there by bus...
Hollywood bowl is located near the town centre so you can use a variety of buses depending where you’re travelling from. For local town buses the nearest stops are at Bank Street/Vicarage Lane, just a 2-3 minute walk across the main Station Road. You can travel by bus from further afield – there are routes into Ashford from Tenterden, Maidstone, Wye, Canterbury, Folkestone and Hythe. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.

Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

Marlow theatre

Date: Thursday 30th May – Sunday 2nd June

Location: The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS

Price: Tickets vary from £10.50 - £17.50

From Thursday the 30th of May to Sunday the 2nd of June Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors are playing at the Marlowe Theatre live on stage. It is a family friendly show with 3D special effects educating the audience about historical figures and events from the Tudor times. The Green Room Restaurant is there for you to enjoy a tasty meal before or after the show.

Getting there by bus...
Stagecoach runs buses from all around east Kent into Canterbury. There are frequent buses throughout the daytime from most towns and The Marlowe is a short walk into the city from the main bus station. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.


Dreamland - Margate

Dream land Margate

Date: 10am – 6pm, on weekends and school holidays

Location: 49-51, Marine Terrace, Margate CT9 1XJ

Price: Wristbands from £8.25 pp

Go and experience all the rides Dreamland has to offer with unlimited access all day, a great day out for thrill seekers. For a few pounds extra enjoy the fun fuelled Octopus Garden, a play-zone for younger children to enjoy, including climbing frames, sand pits and arts and crafts areas. A Roller disco is also on offer to provide family fun for everyone. Burn off some energy here before indulging in burgers, fries and shakes offered in the Tail Spin Diner. Saturday the 25th of May

Getting there by bus...
Dreamland is served by ‘Breeze’ routes 8, 8A and 8X from Canterbury every 15 minutes during the daytime with buses up to 22:15 in the evening. If you’re travelling from elsewhere in Thanet you can hop on a Thanet Loop bus from Broadstairs, Westwood, Ramsgate or Cliftonville. Buses run about every 8 minutes throughout the day and serve Cecil Street in Margate which is a short walking distance from Dreamland.


Small Hythe Place - Tenterden

Smallhythe Place

Date: Wednesday - Sunday

Location: Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG

-  Adult - £8.80
-  Child £4.40
-  Family £22.00

The Smallhythe Place was a Shipbuilding Port later purchased by the Victorian actress Ellen Terry. Since she has died the house has been transformed into a museum, displaying a personal and theatrical collection that reflects Ellen’s extraordinary career and unconventional private life. Open air performances are held in the barn theatre showing children’s shows, comedy and opera for everyone’s entertainment. On theatre nights tea rooms are open for pre-show treats. There is also a colourful garden for you and the family to leisurely play/run around in.

Getting there by bus...
Route 312 buses serve Small Hythe Church which is a very short walk along the road from Small Hythe Place. You can use route 312 buses if you’re travelling from Tenterden or Rye. Buses operate on Mondays to Saturdays roughly every two hours. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here. 


Dover Castle - Dover 

Dover CastleDate: Monday - Sunday

Location: Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 IHU

-  Adults - £20.90
-  Child (5-17) - £12.50
-  Concession - £18.80
-  Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) - £54.30

Learn the history from the Romans to the Cold War by exploring the iconic, Dover Castle. Explore the great tower, underground hospital (seeing the dramatic journey of wounded WWII pilot fighting for his life) and medieval tunnels (designed to protect the vulnerable side of the castle from attack). The WWI Fire Command Post reveals the story behind this period in history. Experience historical events for yourself as the Dunkirk evacuation is made real by special effects and real film footage as you journey through the tunnels. Food and drink is available from eateries within the castle, offering snacks, sandwiches and hot food.

Getting there by bus...
You’ll need Stagecoach bus route 80 or 81 for Dover Castle. The buses serve the stop at the top of Castle Hill Road just a short walk from the pedestrian entrance to the castle. Route 80/81 buses run every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays. The buses run from Dover town centre or from Deal and Sandwich. You can also get buses into Dover from Canterbury, Whitfield or Folkestone and connect the 80/81 bus in the town centre. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.


Ramsgate Tunnels - Ramsgate

Ramsgate tunnelDate: Wednesday – Sunday (April – September)

Location: Marina Esplanade, Ramsgate CT11 8FH

-  Adult - £7.00
-  Child (3-16 years) - £4.00
-  Infant (under 3 years) - Free
-  Senior 60+ - £5.00

The UK’s largest networks of civilian wartime tunnels are open in Ramsgate. Your experience will start with a short film shown in a 150 year old Victorian Railway Tunnel. You will then head of on a guided tour down the air raid precaution tunnel. During your visit you will learn how the tunnels were built and how the town below the town evolved. Listen to stories of life underground and hear all about the “Mad Mayor” who saved the town. The tunnels offer a tea cafe providing you with lunch or a freshly baked cake.

Getting there by bus...
Get to Ramsgate on the Thanet Loop bus from all the major towns in Thanet. Loop buses run every 7 to 8 minutes throughout the day on Mondays to Saturdays and every 10 minutes on Sundays. Use the bus stops at the Granville Theatre on Victoria Parade. Plan your journey here.


Treasure Trail - Deal


Date: Everyday
Location: West Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6EB
Price: £6.99 to download the trail 
The deal treasure hunt is approximately 2.4 miles long and takes around 1.4 hours to complete. You will be provided with a map before heading out on a self guided treasure hunt, perfect as a way of exploring the town. It is suitable and fun for all ages and includes the chance to win £100 as all correct answers are entered into a monthly draw. They offer a mobile phone text service for clue answers if you are to get stuck. 
Getting there by bus...
The treasure trail starts at West Street which is a short walk from the main bus stop at Queen Street in Deal town centre. You can get to Deal from Sandwich or Dover using bus route 80 or 81. From Canterbury you can use route 12 and from Whitfield you can use bus routes 12 or 90.There are also local buses from Kingsdown and Walmer. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here.