Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Seven Wonders of the Weald



Spring is on its way with hints of lovely warm sunny spells mixed in with the raindrops and hailstones.  It's time to get out and discover or even re-discover some of the wonderful attractions on our doorstep in Kent and Sussex.  Buying a Seven Wonders of the Weald pass is definitely worth considering and the pass offers some great savings.

Two fabulous attractions join the Seven Wonders line-up

The Seven Wonders welcomes Groombridge Place and Scotney Castle as two new attractions for 2014.  They take their place alongside Marle Place Gardens & Gallery, Biddenden Vineyards, Kent & East Sussex Railway, Chiddingstone Castle & Gardens and the elegant and historic spa town of Tunbridge Wells as the geographical centre.

Groombridge Place has award winning and stunning walled gardens with statues and water features overlooking the beautiful 17th Century manor house.  Peacocks roam the gardens and there is a giant chess set that children love to pay on.  Out in the forest there are huge tree swings, a boardwalk and Crusoe’s World featuring an authentic large wooden ship complete with rope bridges. There are bird of prey displays every day except Monday and a canal boat linking the gardens to the forest. Lunches and cream teas are available from the Peacock Bistro.

Scotney Castle is owned by the National Trust and has much to offer – a fascinating country house and a fairytale 14th Century moated castle set within a beautiful wooded estate of over 770 acres. Discover the Ice House and the Quarry Garden and just relax in the lovely grounds. You can enjoy a delicious meal in the tearoom or enjoy a picnic in the picnic area. There are also daily activities in the discovery room.

One way to visit these new attractions this year, together with all the other sites, is with a new Seven Wonders attraction pass. The pass costs £25 and is valid for one calendar year from date of purchase and entitles the pass holder to ONE free admission at all the attractions.  The pass is available online at www.sevenwonders.org.uk from the shop at Biddenden Vineyards, at Groombridge Place (when the attraction is open) or from the Tourist Information Centres at Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Ashford.

The Seven Wonders of the Weald include some of the South East’s best loved visitor attractions; beautiful gardens, stately homes and castles, a steam railway and a working vineyard.  One of our partners is the Pedal Car & Toy Museum – accessible from the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

The Wonders are unique places to visit and only a short drive from one another, with Tunbridge Wells in the centre.  From the beautiful gardens at Marle Place to the outdoor excitement of Groombridge Place's enchanted forest there is plenty to choose from when planning a day out.

Visit
www.sevenwonders.org.uk to find out information about the wonders and all the exciting events taking place in 2014 including concerts, theatre productions, sculpture shows and a full programme of children's events during the school holidays.


Photography by John Miller

Look out for a competition to win 2 passes to Seven Wonders of the Weald in the Spring 2014 issue of Playground Magazine - out in mid March.

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