Matinee Explorers start at midday so you don’t have to leave home too early. They are designed for groups with older members who still enjoy days out with an intelligent commentary but who need to know that it won’t be too tiring for them.
We begin with a 2-course lunch with coffee in a fine country pub before exploring beautiful Kent countryside from high in the coach and visiting Cranbrook the capital of the High Weald.
Arrive in Benenden at midday for lunch. Roast dinners with all the trimmings at the handsome old pub are very popular with the local country set in this picture postcard village where Princess Anne went to School. Across the village green is the church where lies Kitty Fisher – she who found Lucy Locket’s pocket! Georgian courtesan Kitty was quite possibly the first British celebrity – famous simply for being famous!
We take a coach tour of the woodland and rolling hills of the High Weald, a patchwork landscape of woodland and rolling hills with entertaining stories of life in this timeless slip of Kent. Cranbrook is the Capital of the Weald. HE Bates who knew Cranbrook well wrote in The Darling Buds of May: “Cranbrook is a village giving the impression of trying to remember what once made it important.” We’ll do our bit to help on a little guided tour that reveals its secrets. Prepare to be charmed.
Find a spot to settle and buy tea before heading for home at 4.30pm.