THINGS TO DO NEAR THE SEASHELLS KENT
Being opposite the beach, we spend much of our time there in the summer months. The beach outside the house is mostly pebbles, but if you’re a fan of the sand, then it’s a 10 minute walk along the beach to Greatstone, where the pebbles give way to a long stretch of sand, perfect for making sand castles.
A 25 minute stroll away is St Marys Bay – another lovely pebble beach or if you are happy to jump in the car, Dymchurch is about 20 mins away and has a perfect sandy beach with a small fun fair and amusement park to keep the kids happy. Parking is easy at Car Park Maps.
Wherever you choose you’ll find buckets and spades in the garage, plus a few beach chairs and beach rugs too. We have picnic sets and a cool bag for you to use when you are out and about.
Available in New Romney at Romney Cycles. Ideal for the flat coastal paths towards St Marys Bay, Hythe, and onwards to Folkestone.
Recently re-opened you can’t beat the local, one screen cinema on a rainy day. If you are used to the out of town multi-screen places – this is a completely different experience and well worth a visit! CINEMARSH is at the junction of New Romney High Street, next to the Marsh Academy - about a 20 min walk away. There’s lots of parking too. Book online at CINEMARSH
The nearby beaches have some stretches which are dog friendly all year round. Where to walk the doggies in the summer months.
Family days out
Here’s a few of our favourite local attractions:
Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway: Take a trip on the miniature steam train that runs from Hythe to Dungeness. It’s an absolute must if you are in the area, you can hop on and off at different stations along the route. New Romney Station is closest to the house – 20 mins walk or a short car ride with good parking.
Dymchurch Amusement Park: Cheesy old fashion fun, penny arcade, and fairground rides, we loved it when the kids were smaller – right on the beach too!
Cinderella Crazy Golf: for a bit of healthy, family competition.
Lydd Go-Carting: For ages 6 and upwards (adults too).
Marsh Maze: Swings, pedal go-carts, bouncy castle and assault course, crazy golf and loads of other things for little ones and big ones alike as well as an actual MAZE! Not far in the car (15 mins) and very near to the Alpacas.
RSPB Dungeness: Lots of interesting things to see at RSPB Dungeness. The third most biodiverse site in the country, well worth a visit.
Lower Leas Coastal Park: in Folkestone, a nice place for a walk and picnic.
Kidz Planet (indoor play): in Folkestone, but great for a day out if the weather isn’t so good! Pre-book sessions online
The Littlestone Golf Club is home to two 18 hole courses including a Championship Links course and is just a few minutes walk away from the house. We have a great garage space to store your clubs and other equipment securely.
Other nearby courses are :
Always tricky recommending places to eat. The following have had good reviews from our guests, so might be worth a try. Let us know if you have any good ones to recommend that aren’t on the list:
The Pilot: (Famous for fish and chips): Battery Road, Dungeness, TN29 9NJ
Ruzzo (Italian): new to New Romney High Street, had good reviews Tel : 01797 367687 Need to book – gets busy!
The Mulberry: walking distance of the house. Can vouch for breakfast
Cinque Port Arms: in New Romney High Street, has garden at back. Nice sharing platters. Dog friendly. Tel : 01797 361894
The Coach House: Church Close, New Romney (just off the High St). Lovely place for breakfast, lunch or dinner (only Friday & Saturday). Tel : 01797 364583
Demitrios (Mediterranean): 1-3 Coast Road, Greatstone, TN28 8NX. Bit far to walk but a lovely family run restaurant, specialises in Greek/Cypriot food. Been around since the 1970s apparently! Lovely people and we’ve always had good food.
Club XIX: Based at The Warren Golf Club – open to all. Good for lunch or early dinner also do takeaway/delivery pizza. 5 mins walk from the house.
Diamond BBQ: Turkish food in New Romney High Street.
The Ship Hotel: New Romney High Street, right by the lights. Does breakfast, lunch & Dinner! We’ve eaten there and it was really good. Garden out back so doggie friendly. Cosy for winter too.
The Plough: Dymchurch Road, New Romney. All round lovely pub with great quality food. Sunday lunch fab.
The Warren Inn: Supposed to be good for Sunday lunch and quality pub food. Pies are a specialty.
There are some absolutely lovely pubs if you are prepared to drive a bit. The Star at St Mary in the Marsh is a favourite of ours or try Tenterton – we like the White Lion, or The Bell at Ivychurch.
There are lots of small shops and boutiques in the various villages and towns around New Romney, but if you are in need of some serious retail therapy then McAthurglen in Ashford is worth a visit. A huge choice of designer outlets and some food places too.
Our local boat club, The Varne, has great facilities and is an ideal place to hire a paddleboard, a canoe or try your hand at kite surfing! The club is about a 10 minute walk from The Seashells and has a great, friendly atmosphere plus a bar area – ideal if you fancy a drink overlooking the sea. We are hoping they are able to re-start their excellent live music programme in 2021!
A short drive away is Action Watersports. New for 2021 is the Aqua Park – great for the kids, they also have open water swimming, wakeboarding, jet skis as well as SUPs. There is something for everyone! Really worth a visit.