The greatest thing about Tonbridge Park is the trains that you can ride each Summer on the weekends. This is just one of the many attractions available in Tonbridge. The park runs behind the high street from the Castle almost to the Station. My son doesn't look especially happy to be riding the train, but believe me he loves it and just doesn't like having his photograph taken at the moment (he might tomorrow!).
Just next to the train line is the swimming pool. I haven't been to the Tonbridge swimming pool in many years, but I do love the outdoor pool. One Summer I purchased a seaon ticket for the pool for a really good price and made great use of the outside pool, steam room and jacuzzi. The best thing about the outside pool is that no one uses it if it's raining and you get it all to yourself.
There are many other activities going on in and around Tonbridge Park. Judd Rugby Club shares the car park by the swimming pool, and many football games and Cricket matches can be played on the playing fields which are pretty huge. There are also tennis courts, a basket ball court and skate ramps for the older kids. New exercise equipment has also been installed in the same area for those that want to go to the park to use a step machine.
Awful photo I know, but remember I did say it was dark and damp. This is the exercise equipment area with the basket ball courts to the right and skate park in the background.
Again as happened at HollyBush Playground last week, William fell asleep on the way to the park and woke up grumpy. He walked straight past the crazy golf course on the way to the swings (when I say walked I mean he was being carried by my husband who was walking, grumpy kids don't walk). The snack stand was closed so late in the year and day. In the Summer they often have a bouncy castle which you can pay to play on. The main kids play area meets my criteria of being fenced in, and Tonbridge park had the forsight to add sand to the mix which William loves.
Godstone Farm and you'll find out how you should do sand.
There are areas for larger kids and smaller kids. I think Tonbridge did a really good job at providing a large choice of play equipment. You could stay here all day, bring a picnic, play some ball, get some exercise etc. I'd really like to see something like this in Sevenoaks.
The bigger kids area with the complicated climbing equipment.
Plenty of equipment for smaller children
All slides are easy to navigate
Every kid will love Tonbridge Park because there is so much to do. The play equipment will never get boring because there is just so much of it, and if you do take a picnic, you can feed the leftover sandwhiches to the ducks swimming past in the Medway. There are toilet facilities which I have always been too scared to use after my encounter with Kemsing public toilets while 8 months pregnant (you need seats people!!).
If you want to find out more about what's going on in the Sevenoaks for kids check out my website. I will warn you to take your wellies to the park if the flood barrier is open.