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Beat the heat with handy guide to top 10 places to stay cool in Kent

18 July 2014
by KentOnline reporter

Friday is here - and it's going to be a scorcher across Kent.

As medics warn of the risks of getting too much sun amid heatwave conditions, here is our top 10 of places to keep cool in Kent.

Can you come up with any better ideas? Leave a comment below.

The tunnels are underneath

Dover's secret tunnels are cool

1. Dover's secret wartime tunnels 

What better way to keep cool than take refuge underground? In the secret wartime tunnels, bored into the White Cliffs of Dover, you can learn a bit of history as you shelter from the heat.

You can always bring your own shade

You can always bring your own shade to the beach

2. Margate beach

Enjoy the sun, sea and sand at Margate. Granted you'll be sharing the beach with half of east London. but we should make the most the weather while it lasts.

High speed train. Fast and cold.

High speed trains are fast and cold

3. Travel on the high-speed service from Ashford

With air conditioning set perpetually to freezing, this may be the best way of keeping cool in Kent. But ticket prices might make it an expensive option.

As it's the weekend, the pool will be full of children

As it's the weekend, the pool will be full of children

4. Faversham's outdoor pool.

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of this Olympic-size swimming pool in the historic town of Faversham. Schools haven't broken up yet, so there's still room to do a couple of lengths - or, if you're feeling brave, you can demonstrate your diving prowess on the high boards.

These two are still in there somewhere

Don't lose your way if you visit Chislehurst Caves to cool off

5. Chislehurst caves 

Although just out of Kent, this other subterranean solution offers a labyrinth of caverns to explore safe from the sun's glare. Just make sure you stay with the tour group...

Just make sure you sit in the right seat.

Just make sure you sit in the right seat at Ashford Cineworld

6. Ashford's Cineworld 

Shelter from the sun and take in your favourite film at the same time. They even have allocated seating to avoid arguments...

Wear a helmet if you decide to actually do this

Explore the great outdoors under a natural canopy at Bedgebury Pinetum

7. Bedgebury Pinetum

Fancy something a bit more adventurous? Look no further than Bedgebury Pinetum. Swing from tree to tree with Go Ape or keep two wheels on the ground and the wind on your face on the mountain bike trails. All in the shade of the world's leading collection of conifers.

Spot the man dressed as a Yeti...

Spot the man dressed as a yeti...

8. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Surround yourself with foliage from the distant Himalayan mountains at these beautiful gardens, which allegedly boast their own yeti.

But what's it for

The Shell Grotto is cool, but its origins are mysterious

9. Margate's Shell Grotto

Tired of the beach? Descend into the cool, shell-lined interior of Margate's strangest attraction. 

You'll look less suspicious with a trolley

You'll look less suspicious with a trolley if you visit a supermarket for its air conditioning

10. In an emergency...

If all else fails, there's always the frozen food aisle of your nearest supermarket for the ultimate chillout.

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