The countdown to Christmas has officially begun so make sure you have the inside scoop on the very best places take family and friends for an unforgettable festive season. Visitors to Kent will be spoiled for choice when it comes to fun-filled days out, super shopping, places to party and stunning winter scenery. And residents will be amazed at just how much there is to see and do on their doorstep this year - from Dickensian markets and sparkling castles, to ice skating and a festive world record attempt!

You can reach Kent and some of its most beautiful attractions in less than an hour by train from London, and with discounts and special offers available from Southeastern, Kent is the perfect place for festive day trip or short break from the city. 

Find the ultimate Christmas tree at the stunning Bedgebury Forest. Home to one of the world's finest conifer collections, the forest is perfect for wintery walks and picnics and you can get a British-grown Christmas trees at Bedgebury on select days to 20th December. Tree shoppers will enjoy free admission for one vehicle on the day, free mince pies from the Bedgebury Café, a 10% discount in the Friends of Bedgebury shop, and a £10 Quench gift voucher. There will also be festive late night shopping on 11th December, with seasonal food in the Atrium, Christmas activities for children, and stocking fillers.