Hempsted forest skirts the outside of the village which makes for lovely leisurely walks, bicycle rides and horse-riding. There is also Hempsted Equestrian Centre for hacking out in the forest (more information on request).
Hempsted Golf Club backs onto the forest for all golfing lovers.
Biddenden vineyard and cider maker and Chapel Down English vineyards are both 10 minute drive.
Historic market towns of Cranbrook and Tenterden are within a short 10 minute drive providing shopping and museums.
The beautiful coastline and smugglers market town of Rye and Hastings are a 30 minute drive away and play host to antique & books shops.
Kent & East Sussex Railway, a nostalgic way to take in the local countryside and indeed Bodiam Castle.
Local Farmers Markets in nearby Rolvenden village (Thursday am) and Tenterden town (Friday am).
Local National Trust properties;
• Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (Vita Sackville-West)
• Great Dixter House & Gardens
• Pashley Manor Gardens
• Bodiam & Scotney Castle
• Penshurst Place
• Leeds Castle