It’s easy to forget what’s right on our doorstep, so why not choose a local destination for a trip out and remind yourself how gorgeous Folkestone is.
There are plenty of places to take a walk with the kids or the furry animals and one of our favourites is still gorgeous and more peaceful when the weather is not at its warmest. The award winning Lower Leas Coastal Park is not only a great walk, but also a cycle route and has various play areas along the way. What is especially rare about the Coastal Park is that they welcome BBQ’s. Special stands have been installed to pop your barb-e on and special bins are provided for you to throw them away when you are finished.
Take a blanket, a flask and look out to the coast while taking some partial shelter among the planting and if you’re feeling brave, pack some sausages and warm your hands round a BBQ before the season kicks in, and you find yourself fighting for space with all the visitors.
For something with a opportunity for reflection, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust at Capel-Le-Ferne feels like you are on top of the world. The Wing is now open with a fantastic interactive experience for the whole family: 'The Scramble Experience.'
Explore the district’s coastline with the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Open during the winter this is a great day out for all the family with regular events and a Bug Club for young railway enthusiasts. The Romney Marsh Visitor Centre is also open out of season, from Thursday – Sunday and has a Gold Award in Green Tourism Business Scheme - the first such award for a visitor attraction in Kent. You can even take your pooches along for the trip.
Did you know that the Nuclear Power Station is in the middle of the Dungeness National Nature Reserve, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation? Find out how it all works at their visitor centre which has an interactive exhibition and touch screen computers to help explain it all. You can also take part in a station tour - although this will require pre-booking.
For more walks take a stroll through the Warren, one of Britain’s most important nature reserves, and a chance to do some bug spotting with the kids. Families can collect fossils from the low cliff at the Warren/East Wear Bay end. A great chance for the kids or grown-ups to practice their photography or take some pencils and paper and draw what you see - the younger ones can do rubbings of the fossils. May be wise to wrap-up warm.
While it’s not the season for boating just yet, take a stroll or get on your bike and enjoy the Royal Military Canal in Hythe, which in its entirety, is 28 miles long! You can in some parts, with a day permit, do some fishing, maybe throw your catch onto a BBQ at the Coastal Park on the way back. Visit the home of the laughing frogs, emperor dragonflies, kingfishers and the majestic mute swan.