Tunbridge Wells is a fantastic place to live and for most teenagers they feel very safe and happy living here. But could Tunbridge Wells be accused of being boring for teenagers?
As a young child growing up it’s probably great.
We have plenty of parks, lots of good schools, decent leisure centres, large bowling alleys and a modern cinema. But as children grow into teenagers they crave something a bit more interesting.
When the Slide Just Wont do it Anymore
Suddenly, as you get older and more mature, you begin to out grow these activities. Swimming, bowling and hours spent riding bikes around a park seem childish and not as much fun as they used to.
Teens need something more challenging, interesting and stimulating. Is there enough on offer to keep them occupied, or has wandering aimlessly around town buying Frappuccino’s from all four coffee shops become a part of growing up?
Is the wilderness between early and late teens (13-17) where you’ve matured to a stage that you would like to take part in responsible and fun activities, but don’t yet have the independence or facilities to do so, just a right of passage before growing into an adult.
Or is there a case to be made for more activities and clubs targeted at this age group to give teenagers an alternative on the weekends and during school holidays.
Ideas For Teenagers in Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells Ice Skating Rink
This winter is the third year running that the Tunbridge Wells ice rink will be found in the grounds of Calverley park. We mention it because it’s a great example of the town providing something that’s perfect for all the family and also a great outdoor activity for teenagers.
Hopefully its success will encourage either the council or inspired businesses to put on similar outdoor and leisure events throughout the year. There’s plenty of open space, car parking and great rail links to Tunbridge Wells. We’re sure it could accommodate more annual attractions.
Creative Arts Centre / Courses
One thing we often here from teenagers is that they are hungry for somewhere to channel their creativity. Tunbridge Wells is becoming quite a hub for professional creatives with a noticeable rise in the number of digital and media businesses.
It would be great to back this up with a creative arts centre that taught evening or weekend classes in photography, graphic design, web development, creative writing and so on to give teenagers somewhere to hone their skills; and possibly help find future internships and work.
The Tunbridge Wells Forum has long been a resident attraction for local teenagers and bands on their way to the top. But other than this cosy venue there’s not much alternative for music loving teens under 18.
A larger venue that could accommodate bigger crowds and offer teen specific nights would certainly go down well with the local youth. However, we realise this is an unrealistic proposal for what is a town already suffering from limited space for urban development.
But this leads us on to…
ABC Cinema Site Re-Development
The Tunbridge Wells grot-spot that was once the ABC cinema has been abandoned for well over a decade. Many proposals have come and gone in that time. It’s difficult to know what to expect when it is finally redeveloped.
But whoever takes on the challenge, maybe they could spare a thought for a demographic that feel slightly hard done by locally.
A multifunctional space that could hold live events, house a creative arts / learning centre, and provide space for sports clubs and teams to practice would be our idea for rejuvenating the site.
What are your ideas for providing more for teenagers to do in Tunbridge Wells?
Of course we couldn’t end without mentioning our own range of courses for teens in Tunbridge Wells. Which are as much about providing a great time as they are delivering valuable advice and practical knowledge.
Currently we are taking bookings for a wide range of workshops from professional hair and make-up techniques to life coaching and positive communication.
Find out more here.