Despite the 1-2 hour's drive, Bodiam is worth the journey. This village is a stop on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, and also home to a National Trust-owned castle - perfect for a day out.
We love it because... Our little boys are obsessed with trains. So any train-related activity/book/song/toy is a winner. A trip on a real life steam train for these Thomas-loving little ones was a dream come true! This railway runs from Tenterden to Bodiam and on busy weekends you can hang out at the station, watching the trains run up and down the line.
Bodiam Castle is a National Trust site without a stuffy historic house. It's all ruins and turrets, (perfect for climbing and exploring) and surrounded by a fish-filled moat and lake (seriously, they're whale-esque in proportion!). If you picnic in the grounds near the car park, you can even watch the steam trains as they roll into Bodiam station. It's about a five-minute walk between the two attractions.
Watch out for... The castle get really busy at weekends, so get there early. It's also one of the only places you can park for the station. If you're heading down just for the railway, it's probably better to start your journey at Tenterden.