Your ultimate guide to a happy lockdown in Kent

May 6, 2020 2:13 pm Published by lockdown in Kent the ultimate guide

Here it is, your ultimate guide to a happy lockdown in Kent. Like you, we’re missing getting out and about to our favourite Kent castles, parks, pubs and restaurants, but we’re keeping ourselves cheerful with the following local online and delivery services.

Take a look and get in touch to tell us about anything we’ve missed.


Sissinghurst rose garden

Lockdown in Kent: your ultimate guide

Kent virtual tours & experiences

Of course we’re sadly not able to visit our favourite local attractions right now. However, we can still check in virtually by visiting them online.

  1. Explore Riverhill Himalayan Gardens online, including the spring bluebells
  2. Try an at-home online escape room, brought to you by The Panic Room
  3. Take a YouTube ‘walking’ tour of Rochester with your family
  4. Catch the Aspinall Foundation’s big cat live streaming
  5. Experience some of Sissinghurst Castle’s virtual tours including the rose garden
  6. Take a robot tour of Hastings Contemporary gallery
  7. Enjoy a virtual tour of Great Comp Gardens
  8. Take the Canterbury cathedral interactive virtual tour
  9. Watch a flying drone tour of Walmer Castle & Gardens


online virtual escape room

Local groceries

It can be a struggle to book a delivery slot with the major supermarkets right now. Instead, you might like to try ordering online with one of these local suppliers for your groceries.

  1. Penshurst Fine Foods offer free next day delivery and no minimum order
  2. Quality meat deliveries from Chart Farm venison and butchery
  3. Pre order groceries online, click and collect from The Eco Pantry (also at Chart Farm)
  4. Haywards Farm Shop in Tonbridge will delivery groceries
  5. Order frozen ready meals from Oakhouse Foods


groceries delivered

Takeaways & Treats

While we are trying to eat well most of the time, sometimes it’s important to have something special to eat or drink, especially if you’re celebrating a birthday or the VE day bank holiday.

  1. Bistro meals delivered by Cote at Home
  2. Homemade frozen curry delivered to your door by Creative Curry Girl
  3. Healthy home cooked Friday night takeaway from Birches Whole Good Foods
  4. Martha & Ru bakery offering both collection and deliveries of cakes, chocolates and biscuits
  5. Saucy Dough deliver pizzas in Gravesend Dartford and Maidstone, but they also offer pizza kits so that you can make your own using their dough
  6. Order some beer from Kent’s Curious Brewery
  7. A boxed afternoon tea delivery service from My Cup of Tea. Just add champagne!


boxed afternoon tea

Homeschool help

Homeschooling (especially while working from home) can be a real challenge! Here are some online resources that we’ve found helpful for keeping the kids engaged while learning.

  1. BBC Bitesize follows the national curriculum and has daily lessons for all year groups.
  2. Math is Fun for when you need to explain tricky mathematical concepts.
  3. Horrible Histories songs and sketches, making history fun.
  4. Oversimplified for more funny history told through cartoons.
  5. BrainPop for engaging videos on lots of subjects.
  6. Oak National Online Academy for virtual classes funded by the Department of Education.
  7. PE with Joe Wicks for 30 minutes of daily exercise.
  8. Miss B’s Artroom UK has lots of art ideas to try at home.
  9. Storytelling from Janina Vigurs.
  10. Oxford Owl downloadable printables and activity sheets.

Mental Health in lockdown

Here are some local ideas for improving your mental health during lockdown. Exercise, time outdoors, creativity and kindness are all crucial to feeling happier at this time.

  1. Yoga and meditation are hugely helpful in reducing anxiety and stress. Make them part of your lockdown routine with a Yoga Xtend virtual membership.
  2. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
    ― Dalai Lama
    It’s true that doing good makes you feel good. If you can afford to, why not donate to a local charity such as the Lockdown Larder, which supplies food to families in and around Sevenoaks who are struggling right now. Or take part in a fundraising challenge to support Porchlight in fighting homelessness in Kent.
  3. Art and crafts are another way to keep your mind healthy during lockdown. Why not sign up for an online creative course with Kent Adult Education?
  4. Getting out in the fresh air has been shown to fight mild depression. Increased oxygen and vitamin D levels, along with nature are all beneficial to mental health. So if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, make the most of it. You can order plants, tools compost, gardening books and BBQ essentials online from Polhill Garden Centre and they will deliver to you contact-free.


gardening supplies for lockdown

Help during lockdown in Kent

Finally, if you are struggling right now, know that you are not alone.
It’s okay not to be okay.

Lockdown is hard. Even a guide to a happy lockdown in Kent should acknowledge that. However, there’s plenty of support available too. We’ve listed and linked to some of the resources, both local and national, below.

Support services

Porchlight – 0800 567 7699
For advice, help and support with housing, money, learning, work, skills, mental health and wellbeing.

The Family Foodbank – 03000 41 92 92
Supplying food parcels to vulnerable people in Kent. Find out more here.

Mind –0300 123 3393
Mental health help, advice, information and support. You can also chat online with a trained advisor.

The Samaritans – 116 123
Talk to someone if you’re having a difficult time, or are worried about someone else.

Refuge – 0808 2000 247
Domestic abuse helpline (however, in an emergency, always call 999).
You can also contact them via the website (which has a quick exit link, meaning that the ‘back’ browser button will not work). Refuge can call you back, but will never leave you a voicemail.

National Centre for Domestic Violence – 0800 970 2070
An award-winning free service, allowing anyone who has recently suffered or been threatened with domestic violence to apply for an emergency court injunction.

Respect – website
This organisation works to end domestic abuse and has two helplines:
0808 8024040 – Anonymous and confidential specialist advice and guidance for men and women who are harming their partners and families. Helping people change their behaviours.
0808 8010327 – Confidential advice and emotional support for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them.

Cruse Bereavement Care – 0808 808 1677
For support, advice and information following a bereavement.

Hourglass – 0808 808 8141
Charity for action on elder abuse and neglect.

Rehab4Addiction – 0800 140 4690
An advisory and referral service for people who suffer from alcohol, drug and behavioural addiction.


Finally, please remember that…

It's okay not to be okay during lockdown in Kent