We were fortunate enough to discover the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens whilst staying at Badgells Wood Campsite (more about our stay at that great Campsite here). It was an easy (and pretty) half hour drive away. We had a fabulous time Camping, so much so I have shared eight reasons here why I believe ALL Families should head of for a few nights under canvas. However, it was great to have a Morning out and about exploring these glorious Gardens!
We began our Morning with a trip to the Teal Cafe, as the Himalayan Gardens doesn’t open till 10.30am. It’s a great spot for Breakfast, or Cake, and a nice Coffee. They source as much produce locally as possible, and honestly the staff were possibly the friendliest we have encountered in the UK!
The Himalayan Gardens are eight pound twenty five per Adult, and free for under fours. Their season ticket was very reasonably priced, so if you live in Kent, it’s well worth purchasing. The Gardens are buggy friendly (although there are a few steep hills-so a carrier might be easier), and great for Children. There’s a fantastic adventure playground, a Maze, plus a Yeti hunt, hidden swing, den building, and special events run for both Adults and Children throughout the year. Their latest events can be found here. Dogs are also welcome (on a lead), and our two seemed to enjoy the visit as much as we did.
There’s lots to see, and some stunning views. I enjoyed the sculptures, outdoor Art is so accessible to young Families, and as with Street Art, there’s not needs to keep them quiet and restrained to a pram. My particular favourites were the stunning Primrose Meadows and the Walled Gardens. The Cafe is also charming, and their staff were incredibly cheerful and helpful, with a lovely range of simple lunches and tasty sweet treats. the hit of the day was the simple drain pipe/ball run by the Cafe which Intrepid Bebe thought was fantastic.
It’s funny how becoming a Mum seems to mean you spend a large amount of time either in Garden Centres or visiting Gardens-but this one is so lovely, I would recommend it to anyone!