AL FERGUSON IS A PARENT BLOGGER WHO RUNS THE DAD NETWORK. HERE, HE TELLS US WHY HE LOVES WHERE HE LIVES…
Where do you live?
Royal Tunbridge Wells.
How long have you lived there and what made you decide to move there?
Born and bred! I grew up in the St John’s area and until I see somewhere better, I’ll be staying in the area. This is such a beautiful part of the UK with great connections to all kinds of attractions; the countryside, the beach, the city and of course, airports for travelling further afield.
What’s your favourite shop locally?
My favourite shop definitely has to be B&Q. Mainly because they open so early, it means I can take Ted first thing in the morning. He loves it in there – lots to see!
Where’s the best place to go for a Sunday stroll?
We love heading off to Knole Park. It’s a very special place to my wife, so we tend to head over there on a Sunday afternoon. If we’re staying closer, Dunorlan Park is our usual spot. But we’re spoilt in this area with so many gorgeous and quiet trails, like Groombridge, for example.
The best place to get a cup of coffee?
My go-to spot at the moment is The Velo House. I like riding, but also, they do a mean hot chocolate! We’re also
fans of Basil.
Where do you take people when they come to visit?
If people come and visit us, we always suggest a trip on the Spa Valley Railway. Having this gem on our doorstep has been a lifesaver since Ted became obsessed with steam trains! Plus, such a lovely family activity for a weekend.
What’s the night life like where you live?
There’s a pretty decent nightlife – not that I’m one for hardcore clubbing! The great thing about this area is the range of nice pubs – they certainly mean you can escape for a drink in the evenings.
Where’s your favourite place to eat locally?
For breakfast, it has to be the local Carluccios. For a light lunch, we’re big fans of Basil and The Velo House again, and for dinner we do enjoy the range of curry houses, especially Kirthon on The Pantiles.
Are there any nice views nearby?
Many. Tunbridge Wells has some stunning scenery. We’re very fortunate.
If you’re looking to relax and unwind, where’s your favourite place to go?
On the way out towards Wadhurst, there’s a small spa run by the most amazing women, called Knowle Grange. My wife and I, if we have any spare time to ourselves (which is rare) will book up straight away and spend a few hours relaxing in the Jacuzzi or having a massage. It’s our little bit of heaven that we escape to every now and again to relax.
Where’s the best place to meet friends and socialise?
With children, the best places (when the weather is bad) are the sports centre or local soft play venues. If it’s nice and sunny, you can’t beat the range of parks.
What do you do when you spend a weekend or day off in the local area?
If I can get out the house on my own, I’ll go for a run or ride. There are plenty of trails and cycling routes around and as soon as Ted’s of an age to join me, I imagine we’ll spend a lot of time out on the bikes!
Why do you love where you live?
Tunbridge Wells is without doubt, a great place to raise a family. And that’s why I love it so much. The schools, attractions and facilities are perfect for our family.