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Feeling down-harted? Isle guarantee a mood-lifting time for the whole family at Harts Holiday Park on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent’s own tourist island, where you can pitch up in your own static caravan with all mod cons only a short stroll from the beach and promenade.
Harts is a Park Holidays site, so is packed with things to do for caravanners big and small: as well as the standard amenities and facilities including a launderette and mini mart, there’s an entertainment complex on site with evening entertainment, a kids’ club for the small people to run wild, an adventure playground and a family bar with free wifi and Sky TV.
Although Harts Holiday Park’s location at Leysdown has one of the lowest rainfalls in the UK, there are lots of opps to get soaked on site, with a heated indoor pool, a paddling pool for the tinies, and a sauna and spa bath. We can feel our harts lifting already…
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Herne Bay: Town Centre Coach Stop
— 9.0 miles
9.0 miles Canterbury: Kent Uni. Keynes Coll. Coach Stop — 9.4 miles
9.4 miles Canterbury Bus Station — 10.8 miles
- Train stations
Whitstable Rail Station
— 5.6 miles
5.6 miles Faversham Rail Station — 5.9 miles
5.9 miles Teynham Rail Station — 6.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing
— 16.4 miles
16.4 miles Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 16.6 miles
16.6 miles Ramsgate Ferry Terminal — 21.9 miles
London Southend Airport
— 15.2 miles
15.2 miles Kent International Airport — 19.3 miles
* Follow the M2 (signposted M2 Dover, Channel Tunnel, Canterbury, Chatham).
* Leave the M2 at junction 5, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A249.
* At the Junction with A2 on roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A249 (signposted Sheerness).
* Pass over the Kingsferry Bridge and at the roundabout take the second exit onto Lower Road - B2231 (signposted Leysdown).
* At Thistle Hill Roundabout take the second exit onto Lower Road - B2231.
* At roundabout take the second exit onto Rowetts Way - B2231 on entering Eastchurch, continue forward onto Leysdown Road.
* Entering Leysdown On Sea, turn right opposite the Leysdown Parade; you have reached Harts Holiday Park.
As it’s an island, beaches abound on Sheppey. There’s the sandy stretch nearby at Leysdown-on-Sea, which also has a naturist beach, and a pebble beach at Minster for fossil-hunting among the London Clay.
A mile away from Minster is Sheerness, the biggest town on Sheppey and the main seaside resort on the island; there’s a busy pier here complete with seaside amusements and easy access to sailing and watersports. For stunning views of the Kent countryside, climb to the battlements 200ft above sea level at the Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum; there are countless relics including fossils and Roman coins among the museum exhibits.
Also in the area, the Sheerness RSPB reserve Elmley Marshes is teeming with native birds and wildlife and has the highest density of wading birds in southern England; take a walking trail around the reserve or burrow into one of the five hides to spot species including marsh harriers, short-eared owls and golden plovers. Naturalists can also take their notebooks around the National Nature Reserve of the Swale to spot rare butterflies and plants.
The fishing town of Whitstable is three miles across the Shale and is where James 2 was collared by William 3 in 1688; it’s known more nowadays for its oyster festival and seafood, and has a yacht club to lament enviously at as well as oodles of watersports and fishing to try.
Further into the county is the historic city of Canterbury with its famous cathedral (now plague free), and Leeds Castle, where there are events, mazes, a Go Ape! centre to swing about at and hot air balloon flights over the Kent countryside. The Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Hythe is the spot to go on an English safari, and the kids should also go wild for playing at Hop Farm Family Park in Tonbridge and Diggerland near Rochester.
Holidaymakers into their history and culture will find the area rich in pickings: for starters there are the historic dockyards at Chatham (make a stop here at Dickens World too), steaming along on the Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway or the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, and pootling around the Victorian mansion and landscaped grounds of Doddington Place Gardens near Sittingbourne.
- Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery (5.3 miles)
- West Gate Towers Museum (10.4 miles)
- Canterbury Heritage Museum (10.5 miles)
- Stoneacre (17.8 miles)
- Cobham Wood and Mausoleum (21.9 miles)
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