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Hawkhurst Kent

Hawkhurst is a charming and rather special village in that it is split into two - one, the older of the two, consists mainly of old cottages and a large green known as the Moor, and the other is Highgate which stands on a crossroads and is where the shops and hotels lie.

This unique village has a particularly interesting history in that it was the territory of the 18th century Hawkhurst Gang - a notorious criminal organisation involved in smuggling throughout southeast England from 1735 until 1749 (when their leaders were executed). It makes a fun and fascinating walk around the village to see what the gang once called their home. Their main base was at the Oak & Ivy Inn on the Sandhurst road.

Hawkhurst has its own digital cinema Kino (where you can bring a glass of wine in with you to watch a film - always good) and some great places to eat. It is also close to Bodiam Castle - arguably one of the most impressive castles in the UK, and the deightful town of Cranbrook is just 10 minutes down the road.

Hawkhurst Kent
Things to see & do in and around Hawkhurst

Bewl Water - watersports, fishing & family waterside fun
Bodiam Castle - fairytale castle in the heart of 1066 country
Go Ape! Bedgebury - outdoor adventure fun (great for groups and families)
Hawkhurst Fish Farm - fishing in a tranquil setting
Kino - independent digital cinema

Also see things to see & do in Cranbrook.

Recommended places to eat and drink in Hawkhurst

The Black Pig at Hawkhurst - unpretentious pub serving food
The Curlew - award-winning restaurant (worth the short drive)
The Great House - fantastic 16th century inn and restaurant
The Walled Nursery Cafe - great location for a coffee

Where to stay in Hawkhurst

Well Cottage (B&B)
Orchard Way (B&B)
Summerhill (B&B)
Tudor Rose (B&B)

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