Here are some ideas to get you going and booking a bespoke itinerary for your stay at Bedgebury Park is part of our country life concierge service.
Within easy walking distance...
Bedgebury National Pinetum has the largest collection of coniferous trees in the world. In 1919 the forestry commission bought the woodlands in association with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. It is located adjacent to Bedgebury Park. Visit: bedgeburypinetum.org.uk
There are walking trails, cycling trails, bridleways, playgrounds, a cafe, nordic walking and a green gym. Visit: forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury
Bedgebury forest events
Bedgebury forestry commission run a packed programme of events for families, as well as cultural and music events for adults, Click here for the forestry commission events calendar
Go Ape at Bedgebury Pinetum
Go Ape is an outdoor adventure company which runs Tree Top adventure courses in forests across the UK consisting of rope ladders, zip-lines, rope bridges, trapezes and swings. £30 adult, £25 children. Visit: goape.co.uk/sites/bedgebury
Hire a bike
If you haven't bought your own bike you can hire one from Quench Cycles at the visitor centre - the forestry commision has invested thousands in a network of cycle routes catering for all levels of ability and stamina. Visit: www.quenchuk.co.uk
Bedgebury Park run their own equestrian centre and livery yard. You can take a riding lesson on one of our school masters, or for the more competant riders we can take you for a hack around our estate or through 2,000 acres of forest. Click here for rates and to book.
Within a few minutes drive...
National Trust Properties
Kent and Sussex has a multitude of National Trust properties to visit including Sissinghurst, Scotney, Bodiam, Chartwell, Smallhythe, Knole Park and Bateman's. Visit: www.nationaltrust.org
Bewl Water is a beautiful reservoir in the valley of the River Bewl, straddling the boundary between Kent and East Sussex. The reservoir was originally part of a project to increase supplies of water in the area and now offers a whole range of leisure activities. Bewl Water is about two miles from Bedgebury Park. Visit: www.bewlwater.co.uk
Fishing at Bewl
Fly fishing: Premier trout fishing - day permits and boat hire available.
Private lessons available. £45
Fly Fishing experience - 4hrs, including 1 hour lesson and 3 hours independent fishing. £55
Experience fly fishing day includes 3 hour lesson, motor boat and all tackle. £120
Bewl Water Outdoor and Water Sports
The centre offers sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and rock climbing
1/2 day sessions available £88.00
Children's sailing lessons (from 9yrs.)
2 day Powerboating course. £262
Bewl Resevoir Cycle trail
Ride part or all of 12.5km trail around the Reservoir. £4 entry with own bike or Cycle hire £25 adult for day £16 kid for day. Child seat £6, trailer £16. Mountain Bike Challenge 3 hrs with instructor £20.00
Arena Pursuits, Flimwell.
Outdoor pursuits and adventure centre. Situated in 250 acres of land adjacent to Bewl Water, a couple of miles from Bedgebury Park. Family opportunities for: Quad Biking, Clay Pigeon shooting, Archery, 4x4 Driving, Paint-balling, Food Foraging and Bootcamps. Stag and hen party visits can be arranged as can corporate days.
Golf and lessons at the beautiful Dale Hill Golf Club, Ticehurst
Considered to be the top club in Sussex, Gabriella is a member and regular player here. There are many other golf courses in the area and as a keen golfer Gabriella can advise you on which other courses you might like to. Visit. www.dalehill.co.uk
West Kent Shooting School at Paddock Wood
Open Monday-Friday only for clay pigeon shooting.
Taster session, 20 clays, 30 mins Tues - Thurs only £35.00
1 hr lesson £75 plus clays and cartridges, 2 people £95, 3 people £115
2 hr lesson for 4-6 people £275 plus clays and cartridges
Course of 4 x 1 hr lessons £260
Biddenden is Kent's oldest commercial vineyard. Established by the Barnes family in 1969, it has nine varieties of grape producing white, red, rosé and sparkling wines. Visit the Vineyard shop for wine, cider, jam, souvenirs and other local produce. Tours and wine tasting by arrangement. Visit: www.biddendenvineyards.com
Kino Cinema, Hawkhurst
A small cinema with an old fashioned feel. Visit: www.kinodigital.co.uk
Prices correct as of: 20.6.13