Groombridge Place is a Manor House located in the heart of Kent and it’s attractions are situated around the Formal Gardens, Canal and Forest.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
My children love Groombridge Place, particularly the Boardwalk Challenge (which they call the ‘Ninja Trail’). They love that they can run round the forest and find hidden surprises to explore and play on. I love the complete randomness of the place, one minute you are looking at a Zeedonk (cross between a Zebra & a Donkey), the next you are soaring high above the ground on a giant swing and the next you are taking a peaceful boat ride down the canal.
The newly added Nerf Gun Arena makes this the perfect location for a day out with school age children, but don’t forget to take spare clothes if you’re planning to use the Super Soaker arena.
Address: Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG.
Website: www.groombridgeplace.com/ (plus Nerf Gun attractions www.megablasterworld.co.uk/).
Playground: The Forest is one big playground with defined play areas such as Crusoe’s World, giant swings for older children, forts, sandpits, teepees and other play areas as well as the Boardwalk Challenge (with it’s tunnels, bridges, rope swings and zip wire) scattered throughout the forest.
Cafe: There is a restaurant near the entrance serving sandwiches, hot food, cakes and coffees as well as afternoon teas and Sunday Roasts with an ice cream shop next door serving delicious freshly scooped ice creams (very popular in the summer means it can get long queues). There is a small snack bar by Crusoe’s World in the Forest selling hot drinks, ice creams and snacks.
Toilets: There are permanent toilets by the main entrance and a set of portaloos in the forest. The portaloos are (like most portaloos) not the most pleasant place to go to the toilet.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: The majority of the attractions are scattered through the forest with steep paths in some areas although there are maps available showing the best route for wheelchair users.
Parking: Free car park on site.
Nearest Station: Tunbridge Wells is the nearest mainline station followed by a bus or taxi ride. Alternatively, the Spa Valley Railway from Tunbridge Wells West is 10 minutes walk from Groombridge Place.
Phone: 01892 861444.
Email: [email protected].
Bird of Prey Shows take place twice a day and you can also view the birds in their centre onsite.
A Canal Boat (extra charge) ferries visitors between the Forest area and the Formal Gardens, but this can also be easily walked along the canal side path.
The Forest Area of Groombridge Place is full of attractions and surprises with Forts, TeePees, Giant Swings, Boardwalks, Deer, Sandpits, Gypsy Caravans and Den Building just a few of the things that can be found as you explore the forest. Some of the areas are looking a bit old and tired, but that does not affect the children’s enjoyment in any way.
In the school holidays, there are extra events running throughout the day. During the summer, there were fairytale shows taking place throughout the forest making use of various outdoor locations.
With the addition of the Nerf Gun Arena (age 6+ or 5+ if accompanied by an adult), Nerf Gun Range and Nerf Super Soaker Arena (additional charge), it really does now have a bit of everything
I would recommend for children aged 4+ although younger siblings will enjoy (but you’ll need a sturdy buggy or better yet a sling to transport them around the Forest area).
A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children costs £33.95 with additional charges applying for the canal boat and nerf gun attractions.
Review by Joanne Float