Summer Days Out

KENT — Shepherd Neame Brewery Tour

Enjoy an award–winning 80–minute tour of this busy working brewery, set in Faverhsam, where beer has been brewed for over 850 years. Discover how history and modern technology mix to produce Kentish ales and speciality lagers, tour The Vaults to see a range of fascinating memorabilia, taste mineral water from the Brewery’s well and of course, enjoy a spot of beer tasting!


This picturesque village, built by Sir Titus Salt in 1853, has been a World Heritage Site since 2001. Home to the magnificent Salt’s Mill — with its enviable David Hockney collection, diner and great retail spaces — you can also explore the rich history of the village itself, and take in its independent shops, cafes and park, while you’re here.

NORTH EAST — Walltown Crags, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Set between Birdoswald Roman Fort and Housesteads Roman Fort, this is one of the best places to see Hadrian’s Wall, as it snakes through the stunning countryside. The Wall is well preserved here and you’ll see how it was built to incorporate the area’s natural rock. Don’t forget to take a look at Walltown Turret, at one end.

SOUTH EAST — Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Hailed as the ‘ship that changed the world’, exploring Brunel’s SS Great Britain really will bring its history to life. Take a wander beneath the glass sea, explore Dockyard Museum and experience the sights, smells and sounds of life on–board ship. There’s plenty to see and do for all ages, so it’s a great place to bring family.

MIDLANDS — Birmingham Botanical Garden

With four stunning glasshouses, home to a tropical rainforest, sub–tropical, Mediterranean and arid desert planting; plus a playground, tea room and gift shop. The Birmingham Botanical Garden is a fabulous destination for a day out. There are events on throughout the year, too, so it’s worth checking the website to see what’s coming up.