'Forest' is a bit of a misnomer because it's predominantly heath land with a few wooded bits thrown in for good measure! However, it is completely wonderful and offers a wealth of walks, views and picnic spots. It covers an area of 6500 acres and has countless car parks with easy access to wildlife and fresh air.
Looked after by the RSPB, and one of my favourite places to return to time and again, Broadwater Warren is a delightful hidden gem which offers both easily accessible toddler friendly walks, as well as longer trails suitable for older children. There are circular routes which take you from and to the FREE car park, or you can head off-path and explore!
Located on the West side of Tunbridge Wells, Wellington Rocks on the edge of The Common is a wonderfully alternative town centre spot. These are great for the kids to climb and explore and once they tire of that, you can meander towards The Pantiles down tree lined avenues to ponder a Sunday afternoon in one of the many eateries at the bottom of town.
Popular with climbers, the rocks themselves are not my favourite part of this walk. Instead, from the car park, head west away from the woodland. The path comes out into open fields and turns left to follow the steam railway line of the Spa Valley Railway. Keep walking for a couple of hundred meters and the trees give way to a big open field perfect for picnics. At the right time of year, you can wave to the steam trains as they go chugging past!
You can find directions and further information here.
5. Dunorlan Park
One of my all time favourite places to take the kids. Almost in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, there are two free car parks, formal gardens, a boating lake, a buggy friendly circular walk, an adventure playground, wider grassland and if that wasn't enough, a cafe serving delicious hot chocolates in winter and sumptuous ice creams in summer!