An increasing number of people are choosing to spend their vacation in the UK. Instead of spending tons of money on travelling to another country, a lot of individuals are exploring what their home country has to offer. This is a trend that started during the recession, as families could no longer afford their yearly holiday abroad. However, it shows no signs of slowing down. More and more people are realising that there is a lot to do, see and enjoy in Britain.
One place that has had a hand in this trend is Kent. This is a county that attracts huge numbers of visitors with every year that passes. The great thing about Kent is the fact that it has something for everyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are, who you are going on holiday with, or what your interests are – you are bound to find something that appeals to you. From historical attractions, to stunning scenery, to great nightlife – Kent has it all.
This post will explore the creative side of Kent. When you go on holiday you have the opportunity to try things and do things you never have before. After all, life is all about having new experiences. So, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can get creative when you are in the ‘Garden of England’…
Espression Interactive Art Studio Café is a great place to start. This attraction is situated in Canterbury and is an excellent option because there is something for all ages to enjoy. From creating wonderful mosaics, to personalising some glassware, to painting pottery – the options are endless. One of the best things about Espression Interactive Art Studio Café is the fact that they are constantly changing their array of items. So, if you have been before you will still enjoy a new creative experience. Please note that this art studio café is only open from Wednesday until Saturday. The opening hours are 10 am until 5 pm, except from Wednesday when the venue opens at a later time of 2 pm. There is no set price; it all depends on the project you choose.
Another great art studio worth considering is This Art of Mine Studio in Maidstone. This is a fantastic option for those who are going on holiday as a family. The studio seats up to 40 people and is constantly applauded for offering a fun yet relaxed atmosphere. You can design a t-shirt, make some jewellery, paint pottery… the options are endless. The staff members are always on hand to ensure your children have the guidance they need when getting creative. Prices start at £8 per head and the studio is open every day during the school holidays.
So, you now know of two excellent places for you and your family to get creative and make some great crafts to take home with you from your Kent vacation. Nonetheless, having a creative holiday does not necessarily mean you have to spend the whole time painting and alike. This doesn’t appeal to everyone. Why not embrace your creative side by watching a performance? There are plenty of theatres and centres situated all over Kent that provide you with this opportunity.
The Theatre Royal in Margate is a popular choice. Many people who visit state that witnessing the theatre itself is just as magical as the performance they watched, as the building is beautiful and evocative. There are lots of excellent shows taking place throughout the year, such as, The Little Mermaid, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Romeo and Juliet, and Great Expectations. Another theatre worth a visit is the Playhouse Theatre in Whitstable. This theatre may be small in size, but it is certainly big in terms of value. Some of the shows you will be able to catch this year include the likes of Jazz on a Summer Night, Oh, What a Lovely War!, and Elvis is Back in the Building. As you have probably gathered, the Playhouse Theatre is ideal for those who like some music mixed in with their performances.
Aside from this, the Stag Community Arts Centre in Sevenoaks is an incredible place for varied entertainment. From comedy to magic, this is a place that has something for everyone. Why not book a ticket to see The Close-Up Show? This is one of the most popular shows at the Stag. And, what better way to explore your creative side than with some magic? If you are visiting Kent during the summer period you may be in town for the Sevenoaks Summer Festival, and a lot of the performances will take place at this arts centre, so it’s worth bearing that in mind when planning your trip.
Why not mix creativity with food? This is exactly what the Pizza Express Music Room in Maidstone provides. Firstly, you will get to tuck into some delicious pizza. Pizza Express is a chain that has restaurants all over the UK. If you haven’t tried their food before, where have you been hiding? Nonetheless, this is a Pizza Express with a twist. Professional artists will take to stage whilst you eat your delicious food and sip on a glass of wine. The quality of the musicians will blow your mind. This is definitely a great experience and is ideal for those who would prefer something more relaxed than an auditorium or large theatre.
If you are looking for a unique venue, it doesn’t get much better than the Light Vessel 21 on Gillingham Pier. This is an historic 40 metre steel hulled lightship. However, don’t be fooled, you won’t be witnessing historic artefacts and tales of the sea. The Vessel 21 has been changed into a floating art area and performance facility. No matter what you go to see at this venue, the fact you are experiencing it on a lightship will certainly provide you with an occasion to remember.
So, what are you waiting for? Unleash your creative side with an incredible trip to the beautiful county of Kent. There are so many ways you can get creative and enjoy a new experience whilst on holiday here. If you are going away with the kids, why not indulge in some arts and crafts? Or, if you are someone who prefers to appreciate others’ creativity, take a trip to one of the event venues mentioned. You are assured to have a time to remember.
The only thing you need to do now is begin planning your vacation. As Kent is a county, there are lots of places you can stay. From Whitstable and Canterbury, to Maidstone and Faversham – the choices are truly endless. It all depends on where you’d prefer to reside. For instance, Whitstable provides a seaside experience, whilst Canterbury offers cobbled streets, personality and lots of history. Once you have decided on a place you should easily be able to find accommodation. It is worth checking out self-catering cottages. You will be able to take advantage of a traditional cottage in a scenic setting. And the great news is this is a cheaper accommodation option when compared with hotels and alike!
It’s time to get creative – Kent awaits you! With so many fantastic towns, cities and villages, and a wealth of fun and artistic activities, you are assured to have a memorable holiday.