Last week the kids and I stayed with friends in Maidstone. Hubby was abroad on a footy holiday. We visited Leeds Castle and Cobtree Manor Park. It was  awesome being in the great outdoors. It was a blessing that both places were easily accessible via public transport, which is a big plus for a non-driver like me. We had a memorable break in Kent, the Garden of England.


Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle has been on my ‘must visit list’ for almost twenty years. It was well worth the wait because I enjoyed it through the eyes of my son. It’s not like any castle I’ve visited to date. There is so much to see and do on the grounds, before you even get inside the castle. My inner child responded to Angelo’s shouts ‘come on mummy’.

We held hands across the rope bridge and down the slide I went at the Knights’ Realm & Toddlers’ Playgrounds. We fed the birds, we rode on a punt in the moat. He chased ants!


Cobtree Manor Park

Cobtree Manor Park is simply amazing! It’s free to the general public and was officially opened on Saturday 8th June. It’s evident that the layout was given much thought. There’s a generous helping of park benches all discreetly placed, so they don’t ‘tarnish’ picturesque landscape. The kids’ play stations are also doted along the site. They are sure to have lots of fun, as well as a good workout.

The site used to be Maidstone Zoo. As you wander you are likely to find signs of it’’s past life, like the old elephant house.  From my son’s time with our friends enjoying the outdoors, I can see he’s matured and grown in confidence. Now isn’t that a wonderful benefit of going outside to play.

Here are our best bits in pics:

Trying to catch an ant
Spotting ducks and swans


Talking to peacock
Castle garden
Back of castle, moat view
Way too high following my toddler



Entrance to main play area
Walking rope bridge
Coming down slide with his friend
Remnants of old zoo
Cuddle time for tired toddler
Relaxing near the pond
Pond dipping




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