Ultimate guide to summer

There’s so much going on this summer in Gravesend. Here’s some of our top highlights.

#1 Take a walk on the prom
Going to the promenade is really great for children to run around and entertain themselves. Near the promenade you can see the statue of General Gordon in the Riverside Leisure Area. And it’s completely free.
#2  Cascade Leisure Centre (swimming pool)
Cascades is a beach style pool with a tropical 30 degrees water temperature. Features include a small splash pool with elephant slide for toddlers, cascading water fall, water jets, mushroom fountain, wave machine and two water slides. There are separate family changing rooms with bigger cubicles and baby changing tables as well as ladies, men and dedicated disabled changing facility, lockers are just 20p or full members receive a token. There is a poolside cafe serving hot and cold snacks and beverages throughout the day. All children under the age of eight should be accompanied by an adult.
#3 Visit the New tavern fort and Milton chantry
Visit the underground world of New Tavern Fort, wind your way through the tunnels for just £1 and hear about how the fort would have defended the maritime route to London against an enemy fleet.  The oldest building in Gravesend, Kent, Milton Chantry is all that remains of a leper hospital built in 1322 by Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke.
It’s open 12­pm – 5pm at weekends and Bank Holidays, from April until October.
It’s free except for the £1 per person tunnel fee.
#4 Try out the Cyclopark
Cyclopark is a charity and a community sporting facility and is committed to encouraging people to get active on wheels. Whatever your age or ability we offer the support and resources for individuals to enjoy the freedom of cycling.
#5 Visit the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara 
The Gurdwara is testament to Gravesend’s thriving Sikh community who first began settling in the riverside town at the turn of the 20th Century. Make exploring faith at the heart of your visit to Gravesham. A warm welcome is guaranteed and arrangements are in place to receive visitors for guided tours, regular worship, festivals and weddings and to greet school parties and other groups. This one is free too.
#6 Riverside festival: July 23 2016 from 11am to 7.30pm
The annual Riverside Festival is back for another year. It’s at the Gordon Promenade. It’s a family and friends fun event with live music and traditional food and lots of activities! It’s free for everyone.
#7 Cobham Wood 
You can take a walk at the Cobham Wood and visit The Darnley Mausoleum. The Darnley Mausoleum is open on the first Sunday of each month with the woodland open daily. Restored 18th­ Century mausoleum set in peaceful woodland. Usually open on the first Sunday of the month from April ­ September, South Lodge Barn is the information centre for the Mausoleum. As well as opening on the first Sunday, the Mausoleum tries to open one day during the week.
#8 Northfleet Carnival
This carnival is a community run event for Gravesend and Northfleet. The carnival runs once a year usually in July. The Northfleet Carnival has now been running for almost 50 years and originally started with a journey from central Gravesend to Northfleet to Wombwell Park.
#9 The Woodville
Different events during the summer:
  • Summer School from 25 July 9am – to 29 July 3pm. Five days of creative fun exploring a variety of skills for all budding performers! Learn about character development, improvisation, physical theatre and even stage combat! with showcase performance on the last day to show off your new skills ! For ages 7 ­to 18. Tickets £60 per child (Save £5 per child if booking more than one sibling together).
  • Indian Drumming Workshop on 30 July at 11am – 1pm
  • Radio Workshop on 23 August. From 11am to 1pm (7-­11 years) and from 2pm to 4pm (12­-16 years)
 Of course there is much more you can do. Why not take a look at our events calendar.
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