Give the gift of an experience this Christmas!

It’s always tough coming up with ideas for Christmas presents for the kids, especially when they seem to have everything and more! And with the bid to reduce waste and be more mindful on our impact on the environment, it seems like a good idea make at least one or more of their gifts an ‘experience’! With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of local ideas that might tickle your fancy:


Chocolate making workshop at Temper Temper in Southborough -designed for enthusiastic budding chocolatiers of any age. There are various workshops on offer but we particularly liked the idea of a two hour family workshops. The price per person is £25 which is inclusive of all equipment & ingredients.

Cinema or Theatre vouchers which you can use at The Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks – you can buy the vouchers from the Box Office.

Horse Riding lessons – we’re spoilt for choice as surrounded by such lovely riding stables. You can book a 30 or hour ride even for those with little or no experience. Try Bitchet Farm Riding School, Udimore Farm Riding Centre and Bradbourne Riding & Training Centre.

Riding Farm in Hildenborough even offer Mini Morning sessions specially designed for younger riders, aged between 4 and 10 years. For £35 you can ride, groom & care for the horses. This is a wonderful treat for horsey fans!

Does your child love animals? At Hemsley Conservation Centre there’s lots of animal encounters to chose from… you can meet lemurs, meerkats, be a junior zoo keeper for the day or even shadow a primate keeper. Check out the packages here.

Another great idea for animal lovers is to adopt an animal – again at Hemsley there are various levels of adoption packages.

You can even adopt a species at Kent Wildlife Trust – with a cute and cuddly friend, fun fact sheets and more – makes the perfect gifts for yourself, family and friends.

Drusillas Park in Sussex also offers wonderful animal encounter experiences and the chance to feed penguins or adopt an animal.



Any Lewis Hamilton’s in the making? For those keen to get behind the wheel before the legal age there’s a fab Young Driver driving school near Bluewater for ages 10-17.  If you’re over 10 you can learn to drive in a brand new Vauxhall Corsa. 30 or 60 minute lessons available for booking – you can even do kids parties here!

Or how about a cookery courseCookies Kitchen is an established cookery school offering a variety of courses for a range of age groups. Cookies Kitchen offer regular cookery clubs and workshops in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

There’s plenty of crafty ideas at a Touch Of Clay – perhaps your child likes pottery or clay making or art? You can get vouchers here too.

Whatever you choose, we’re sure your kids will love it!

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