summer holiday guide

Your summer holiday guide for six weeks of family fun

As the summer holidays approach, finding activities that keep the entire family entertained can be a daunting task.

Look no further than Bewl Water, the South East’s largest reservoir, offering plenty of activities that promise to create unforgettable memories!

Here’s a guide to six weeks of family fun at Bewl Water, ensuring that every moment of your summer holiday is filled with excitement, adventure, and a tonne of fun!

1. Splash into summer on the Aqua Park

Dive into the ultimate water adventure at Bewl Water’s Aqua Park, the UK’s best Wibit outdoor floating inflatable sports park!

This giant water course, now bigger and better than ever, challenges you to beat obstacles, race against family and friends, and laugh as they totally wipe out.

2. Challenge each other to a game of laser tag

Gear up for an adrenaline-packed adventure at Bewl Water’s laser tag!

Packed with industry-leading equipment, you can enjoy epic battles in a military-themed, outdoor woodland arena. Play three exciting game modes – team deathmatch, attack and defend, and protect the VIP – and see who among your friends or family emerges victorious.

3. Explore soft play

For the littlest adventurers, Bewl Water’s soft play area is the perfect destination.

Designed for children aged 0-8, the play area is set over two levels and includes dual slides and a sky tunnel. Located just 20 minutes from Tunbridge Wells, it’s a safe and stimulating environment where children can unlock their imagination, foster social interactions, and create wonderful memories!

4. Enjoy an afternoon of fishing

Experience the serenity and thrill of fishing at Bewl Water, home to large trout, pike, perch, and much more.

Whether you prefer any method or fly fishing, our fleet of 54 motorised boats allows you to explore 770 acres of water. With an on-site tackle shop, everything you need for a perfect fishing day is at your fingertips, making it a fantastic activity for both beginners and experienced anglers.

5. Go for a scenic bike ride

Explore 12 ½ miles of scenic trails, country lanes, and meadows at Bewl Water with our bike hire service.

With routes suitable for all abilities, families can enjoy flat paths while seasoned cyclists tackle more challenging ups and downs. Our bike hire shop offers a range of bikes, including seats for babies and toddlers, ensuring everyone can enjoy the ride!

6. Learn how to paddle board

Partnering with PTP Coaching, Bewl Water offers stand-up paddleboards and canoes for hire, as well as tuition for beginners.

Whether you’re after coaching or just a few hours on the water, paddle boarding is a fantastic way to experience the reservoir’s beauty. Perfect for families, this activity promises fun, relaxation, and a unique way to enjoy the water this summer.

7. Put your water sports skills to the test

If you have your own water sports equipment, Bewl Water provides child and adult day passes, allowing you to enjoy a range of activities on the reservoir!

From kayaking to sailing, the day passes offer flexibility and access to a beautiful water sports haven, making your summer holidays even more special.

8. Hire a pedalo

Looking to unwind this summer? Why not enjoy a scenic pedalo ride on Bewl Water’s reservoir?

Pedalo hire is weather dependent, but when conditions are right, it’s a popular and delightful activity for families and provides the perfect balance of fun and relaxation.

9. Visit Bewl Water’s Family Fun Days

Hosted every weekend, Bank Holidays, and school breaks, join us for our popular Family Fun Days!

As well as all the usual fun on offer at Bewl Water, our Family Fun Days are packed with additional activities like Ranger Bear appearances, themed arts and crafts, nature trails, bouncy castles, face painting, and more.

With food and drinks available at our dog-friendly Waterfront Cafe and Ice Cream Parlour, you will have everything you need for a fantastic family day out!

10. Watch the Dragon Boat Race

Mark your calendar for the annual Dragon Boat Race Festival at Bewl Water, returning to the reservoir on Saturday 31st August 2024.

Coinciding with our Family Fun Day, this year’s charity event will be a fantastic day out where teams from near and far come together to compete and race colourful dragon boats all in aid of local and national charities.

11. Go on a camping trip

Stay overnight at Bewl Water’s camping and glamping sites for the perfect family staycation this summer.

Our camping area offers plenty of room for children to play, while glamping in beautifully furnished Mongolian yurts adds a touch of luxury to your stay. Whether you’re camping or glamping, all visitors enjoy 20% off activities during their stay, promising a staycation packed full of excitement as well as relaxation in the stunning natural beauty of Bewl Water.

12. Enjoy a relaxing dog walk

Bewl Water is a dog-friendly destination year-round, including during the school summer holidays.

With 12 ½ miles of trails, your furry friends can explore and play off-lead, provided they are well behaved of course. Walking these scenic trails is a wonderful way to experience the reservoir’s tranquillity and beauty, promoting healthy living for the whole family.

13. Play on the pirate shipwreck playground

The pirate shipwreck, an adventure playground at the heart of Bewl Water, encourages young explorers to climb, slide, and run free!

With climbing frames, a trim trail, a giant sandpit, and a huge slide, the playground is designed to boost agility, balance, memory, and concentration. Open from 8am – 5pm daily, it’s a fantastic free activity for children this summer.

14. Explore Ranger Bear’s Nature Trail

Join Ranger Bear on a nature trail adventure through the beautiful woodlands of Bewl Water! Choose between the free spotter sheet or the £3 sticker trail and collect your maps from the Waterfront Cafe before hunting for hidden clues amongst the local Kent wildlife.