Betteshanger Park

Betteshanger Park is an Attraction. Area Deal


Sandwich Road
CT14 0BF

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Useful info

  • Available: Accessible toilet/s
  • Available: Baby changing
  • Available: Blue badge/ accessible parking bay/s
  • Available: Coach parking available
  • Available: Coach parties welcome
  • Available: Conference venue
  • Available: Dog-friendly
  • Available: Family-friendly
  • Available: Food and drink on site
  • Available: Licensed
  • Available: Season ticket/membership available
  • Available: Visitor toilet/s
  • Available: Wedding venue
  • Available: Wheelchair user friendly


Free entry


Betteshanger Country park was once the spoil tip from Betteshanger Colliery, one of the largest collieries in Kent. The Colliery closed in 1989 and the site was transformed into the Country Park which opened in 2007.

While away a few hours or fill a whole day; the glorious 250-acre country park setting provides access for all and has activities and events for a range of abilities – from those seeking adventure through to those wanting something more leisurely. Enjoy miles of traffic free cycling; explore muddy mountain bike trails; swing and climb in the play park; take aim on the archery range; build dens in the woods; dig for fossils in the coal spoil; work up a sweat on the military fitness course or be a treasure hunter on the geocaching routes.

A man and 2 children riding bikes on a path through the countryside
Betteshanger Park has 3km of tarmac cycle path as well as an off-road course.

Walking and running:

Betteshanger offers ideal traffic-free running conditions with over three miles of leisure paths to explore, and a range of organised races and fun runs taking place throughout the year, including the popular Junior Park Run, Saxon, Vikings & Normans Marathons, KM Colour Run and the annual Kent Christmas Cracker.

Cycling and bike hire:

The smooth, traffic free tarmac track is perfect for road cycling and families. Off-road single-track mountain biking, perfect for beginners learning the basics and red routes dotted between for advanced riders to test their skills.

Around the circumference of the park there is a gravel leisure path which is the perfect opportunity to see the park and its surroundings on a comfortable ride.

Bring you own bike or hire one – a range of adult bikes, children’s bikes, trikes, child seats and helmets are available daily, no pre-booking required.

Adventure playground:

The Play Park has a zip line, maze, swings, slides, climbing frames and much more, including a range of accessible equipment. Located next to the Lamp Room Kitchen + Bar and the Kent Mining Museum, the play park is easily accessible for all.

Hands-on activities:

A range of drop-in activities are available, please visit the website or contact the park for session dates and times.

  • Target archery
  • Geocaching
  • Fossil hunting
  • Orienteering

Wild Ones Forest School:

Wild Ones Forest School supports children in engaged, real-life, nature-based learning to empower them to grow confidently and develop through the ability to take risks and learn at their own pace. Being outdoors in nature is essential for children and getting muddy or a few bruises and scrapes are all a part of growing up on the wild side.

Please visit the website or contact the park for session dates and times.

A group of children learning archery in a wooded area
Target archery

Swincar hire:

Betteshanger Park is the UK’s only location where thrill-seekers can get behind the wheel of an exciting off-road all-terrain electric vehicle called the e-Spider.

The e-Spider comes in a tandem version so children can ride along, and is suitable for those with disabilities and restricted movement.

Please visit the website for further information and bookings.

An open-sided electric vehicle parked next to a lake
The Swincar e-Spider

The Lamp Room kitchen and bar:

A relaxed eatery serving great food with tasty vegan options and a children’s menu. With outside seating, this is a perfect spot to catch up with friends or make a day of it with your family.

Whether it is The Collier’s Club Sandwich, a burger with loaded fries or any of the other great options on the lunch menu, there’s something to suit every taste. Breakfast (served all day) incudes pastries, waffles, the ‘full English’ and smashed avocado to name but a few.

The Lamp Room is fully licensed – why not enjoy a refreshing beer or exotic cocktail on the terrace?

The interior of a restaurant and bar with exposed brickwork on the far wall and a range of seating areas
The Lamp Room kitchen and bar