This pretty Kentish town has always been a popular place for visitors, but it is also a top choice for those looking for a new home. With excellent connections to London, an abundance of country charm and plenty to do, Sevenoaks can’t help but impress
With an array of both high street brands and established independent businesses, Sevenoaks is a fantastic place to shop for everything from gifts to locally-produced food and drink. Whether you’re looking for a designer wedding outfit, tasteful home décor or ‘back to school’ supplies for the children, you’ll find it here.
Do you feel like Italian tonight? Or do you have an appetite for French, Chinese, British, Indian or fresh seafood? You’ll find all these and more on the menu, as Sevenoaks’ gastronomic scene provides an abundance of eateries to satisfy just about any taste, as well as a selection of inviting cafés.
The Stag Community Arts Centre, Cinema and Theatre boasts a busy and exciting programme to entertain audiences of all ages. As well as the latest blockbuster films, live entertainment coming up this summer includes performances by top Tina Turner impersonator Julie Nevada, the National Youth Ballet and The Ultimate Cliff Richard Tribute.
Big name comedy
Also taking place at The Stag is the hugely popular monthly showcase Outside the Box Comedy Club. Compèred by Maff Brown, the show routinely features household-name comedians. At the time of writing, the line-up for the August event had yet to be announced, but on September 19 Stewart Lee will be headlining a special show.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy action in Sevenoaks, which has a vibrant sporting scene. No English summer would be complete without a leisurely afternoon watching cricket on The Vine. And both Sevenoaks Town FC and Sevenoaks Rugby Club will be back for the new season.
If you’re inspired to get active yourself, Sevenoaks Leisure Centre offers a 25m swimming pool, along with a wellness gym, exercise studio and multi-purpose sports hall, while the Wildernesse Leisure Centre boasts three squash courts and an all-weather pitch. Alternatively, there are a number of attractive golf courses within easy reach, and it is now a successful Olympic sport!
You can’t leave Sevenoaks without visiting stunning 600-year-old stately home Knole Park. Now a National Trust property, it was home to one of Kent’s most charismatic characters, Vita Sackville-West and it remains the Sackville family seat. The fact that several of Knole’s showrooms are currently closed for conservation work offers a unique chance to see the home’s precious collection of art and antiques up close in the Great Store, this year only. You can also enjoy a stroll through the historic deer park.
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
From enjoying a picnic while taking in stunning views, to hunting for the elusive Yeti, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens provide an inspiring day out for all the family. Here, children are encouraged to build dens and enjoy the great outdoors while learning about the gardens’ connection to Charles Darwin and the Great Plant Hunters.
Comprising roughly equal proportions of land and water, Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve includes five lakes and an intriguing variety of habitats, giving visitors the chance to see the local wildlife and learn more about the area at the Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre.
Just strolling around the picturesque streets of Sevenoaks is certain to bring elements of the town’s rich history to life. But you can discover more about the area’s fascinating heritage at Sevenoaks Museum, which is part of the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope, comprising the museum, library and art gallery.