February half-term can be a tricky one to plan as it is often so cold and this means all the family want to do indoors activities and even just stay home and snuggle up. My husband and I were keen to get the kids outdoors for at least a couple of days though and one of those we headed over to Kent to explore Royal Tunbridge Wells.
What a nice town it is with great transport links and masses of shops. There is a super mix of large high-street stores like Fenwicks, M&S, BHS, Next and WH Smiths and then tons of more exclusive and up-market shops such as Farrow & Ball, Phase Eight, Cath Kidson and Bang & Olufsen.
There are also tons and tons of places to grab a coffee or have a full meal, as we wandered from the man shops down to the Pantiles area we clocked up over a dozen places that we fancied visiting in the future. One thing my husband and I did say is that when we come back, we will come alone as it is the kind of place that you slowly want to stroll hand-in-hand and enjoy some adult conversation.
We really enjoyed our wander around Tunbridge Wells as there is a wealth of different styles of architecture and styles, just take a look –
The Pantiles – a Georgian Colonnade in Tunbridge Wells. We are looking forward to going back in the summer when jazz bands play the bandstand each day.
We also popped in to King Charles the Martyr church and it is really beautiful. The plasterwork in the ceiling is pretty unique and I was happy to find lots of stained glass, as I have a love of this. The kids had fun playing courtrooms in the balconies and I think the ladies manning the info desk thought we might be a little mad!
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a stroll round Tunbridge Wells with us. We also went to Jamie’s Italian Trattoria for lunch and you can read my review of that over on Mummy from the Heart.