All’s well in Tunbridge Wells
‘The Wells became a favourite destination for fashionable society who needed accommodation and wanted places of entertainment such as coffee houses, gaming-rooms and an assembly room for dances and balls.’
Today, surrounded by beautiful countryside, Tunbridge Wells remains a popular place to live and visit as it has preserved much of its original appeal and elegance. It is a thriving, bustling town famed for the Georgian colonnade The Pantiles, which was once a revered place for medicine, and formerly known as The Walks, which leads from the well that gave the town its name.
The area was created following the discovery of a chalybeate spring in the early 17th century and is now arguably better known for its famous jazz performance on the bandstand, diverse boutique shops and mix of popular cafes, restaurants and bars. The stylish architecture creates a backdrop to a wealth of unique shops including a regular market every other weekend throughout May to December (10am to 4pm each day). Featuring a great variety of local produce, tasty treats, designer clothes and artisan crafts and in the lead up to Christmas you can expect seasonal themes and guest traders.
November sees the return of Skate, the ice rink, to the stunning Calverley Grounds in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Log cabins line your path leading to Father Christmas and his merry elves, the Polar Bar is back selling food, drink and festive treats and as evening falls dazzling displays light the way to the rink. It is open daily from 19th November to 3rd January, book skating sessions including Bavarian Curling or a meeting with Father Christmas.
Looking ahead to Christmas, Tunbridge Wells is a truly festive affair. Whether you’re looking for a five-star weekend away or some fun for all the family, you will be spoilt for choice. Even on a dull grey wintery day, Tunbridge Wells is magical as it springs to life with twinkly fair lights and festive jollity to make an unforgettable Christmas shopping trip – Surely it’s time to get started on that gift list!
If you’re looking for a peaceful place to escape after a few hours spent shopping then take a walk around Dunorlan Park, just 20 minutes walk from the town, its a beautiful serene park and a wonderful place to unwind and take a romantic stroll.