Events in Kent for the Bank Holiday Weekend
August bank holiday signals the close of the summer holidays and the last chance for the family to enjoy an extended weekend together before it’s time to think about the new school year. As such, there’s a multitude of activities and events happening across Kent, enabling you to make the most of the time. Here are our top picks for August bank holiday 2017.
Sandwich Festival (25 – 27 August)
This full weekend of free entertainment in Sandwich town centre and on the Quay Green is the ideal way to spend time with the family. There’s a free outdoor concert and a family disco, a chance to try salsa or barn dancing, an Italian market, classic car display and two parades. In memory of the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Sandwich, there will also be a medieval encampment on Quay Green.
Artisan Cider Festival (26 – 27 August)
Cider drinkers and music lovers alike will enjoy this festival at Brogdale near Faversham. As well as a chance to sample locally produced ciders and beers, there will be live bands on three stages and artisan food on offer. Younger members of the family can visit the fun area and take a tractor trailer tour of the orchards. A free shuttle bus service from Faversham station is supplied for all festival goers.
Penshurst Place workshops (27 – 28 August)
Penshurst Place is hosting a range of activities for families over the August bank holiday weekend between 11am and 5pm. There’s a falconry display at the Hawking Centre on the Sunday, as well as garden storytelling and a chance to hone your bushcraft skills, while on the Monday you can print your own stories and pictures with the Hands on History printing press. The bold can enter the Maize Maze and discover the clues hidden within.
Howletts morning and evening guided tours (all summer)
For early risers or evening visitors, a guided tour of Howletts Wild Animal Park is a great way to begin or end a day at the zoo. Lasting an hour, each tour offers the chance to explore the park and get up close to the animals outside of general admission hours. You’ll also have the chance to either see an animal feed or visit an off-show area. Refreshments are included, and tours must be pre booked.
Knights and Princesses School (1 – 28 August)
Hever Castle in Edenbridge is hosting a Knights and Princesses School throughout the summer, enabling kids to experience life in the royal household during medieval times. Classes last around 40 minutes, with children learning how to prepare and protect armour, arm their master before battle and perform the perfect curtsey. The activity is included in admission rates and suitable for ages 6-12 years.
Bank holiday accommodation
Make the most of the bank holiday weekend this year by booking a room at the Marquis. With luxury rooms designed for comfort and relaxation, as well as two peaceful vineyard cottages available, it’s the perfect way to wind down at the end of an activity filled day.