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23rd August 2023

Lease a vine from Chapel Down and enjoy your own label wine.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own a vineyard or enjoy your own custom labelled wine?
The Chapel Down vine lease scheme offers you the chance to do just that. Vines are leased from their Bacchus vineyard and each lease includes a number of exclusive benefits

Enjoy afternoon tea fit for royalty at the childhood home of Queen Marie of Romania at Eastwell Manor.

Enjoy a selection of freshly cut finger sandwiches and savouries before tucking into warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jam. Finish off your afternoon tea with sweet treats of beautifully-presented petit fours.

Learn to cook with local Kentish produce at Kent Cookery School.

Choose from a wide variety of cookery courses taught by professional and friendly tutors using fresh, local produce.  Whether you're a budding baker, want to learn how to make authentic Indian cuisine from scratch or just want to have fun and taste some great food there is a course for you!

Meet the wine maker with a personal tour at Biddenden Vineyard.

There is no better way to explore Biddenden Vineyard and learn about how they produce award-winning wines than with one of their winemakers. These exclusive meet the winemaker evening tours are designed for groups looking for an in depth, personalised experience with an opportunity to discuss wines with the person who made them, something a standard tour simply cannot offer.

Try being a Rebel Farmer.

Quit the hustle and bustle and find out what it means to be a Rebel Farmer at this sustainability focussed farm in Wye. You'll learn techniques to make organic fruit and veg all-year-round, enjoy a tour of the bustling micro farm and get a real taste of locally-grown produce.

 

Try Pullman Dining on The Kent & East Sussex Railway.

The Wealden Pullman forms the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion or for a more intimate evening. Your meal is carefully prepared onboard and served by authentically attired Pullman Attendants whilst the train gently winds its way along the Rother Valley giving you the opportunity the see the beautiful countryside.

Driver Experiences on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.

The railway offer a full range of half-day, one-day and two-day courses to suit all levels of driving ability and pockets.  Drive a diesel, ride the footplate or maybe try being a signaller for the day!

Try an e-bike tour with UK Electric Bikes.

Hire electric bikes and take yourself on a self-guided tour. The main route travels along quiet country lanes with little traffic. They provide maps and directions so you can visit The Weald of Kent’s great attractions, including magnificent gardens, award-winning vineyards, pretty villages and historic pubs.

Try an experience with Fact or Fiction Tours

Discover the delights of Ashford and Tenterden with Sue, a professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide.  Explore local villages such as Wye or Chilham, both set at the foot of the North Downs. History, folklore and food all easily found within a short drive of Ashford, from the medieval city of Canterbury to the vineyards and oasts around Tenterden.

Woodsman or woman for a day with Natural Pathways.

Immerse yourself in the culture, myth and folklore of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as you become a woodsman for a day. Discover the influence of the Great Oak trees as you try traditional woodworking skills, enjoy a guided walk of the ancient woods, and even forage a meal to cook later on the campfire.

Book an experience at The Big Cat Sanctuary and try your hand at being a Ranger For The Day, or how about a Big Cat Experience where you'll get up close to the animals and even have the opportunity to hand feed one. 

You could even try one of the expert led Photography workshops, where you'll be given all the advice you need to capture great images.

Try your hand at zombie shooting, or how about swimming with whales?! VRec offers a wide range of Virtual Reality experiences. They offer individual sessions or group events and parties, so grab your friends and experience something unimaginable!

Contact Us
Ashford Visitor Information Service. Tel: 01233 330383 Email: tourism@ashford.gov.uk