Events in Kent
Check out what’s going on in Kent during your stay at The Marquis at Alkham.
Sunday Lunch with the Kent Magician – Andrew Paul
Sunday 12th March 2017, 1pm – 3pm
We are delighted to be hosting Sunday lunch with the Greatest Illusionist of Kent, Andrew Paul. He has over 20 years of experience, where he has wowed and delighted the many. An expert sleight of hand magician, he loves to entertain with amazing close-up magic. He has a fantastic mix of skills which he shares with his entertaining sense of humour and likeable personality. He will offer both close up and table magic. Please contact us now to make your booking.
Magical Sunday Lunch: 2-course £19.50 or 3-course £22.50 per person
Sunday 26th March 2017, 12-3pm
Celebrate with you Mum this Mothering Day, with our delicious Spring menu hand crafted by our new Head Chef Stephen Piddock. Indulge in our infamous Kent Sunday Lunch or treat your Mum to an exquisite Afternoon Tea and we will also provide your Mum with a delightful surprise gift. So if you’re looking for the best place to treat your Mum in the heart of the Kent countryside then book your Mothering Sunday celebration with us.
Mother’s Day lunch: 2-course £19.50 or 3-course £22.50 per person
Mother’s Day afternoon tea £14.95 per person
Easter Sunday Lunch
Sunday 16th April 2017, 12pm – 3pm
We will be really pulling the rabbit out the hat this Easter, with a delicious Easter Lunch. With our idyllic location in the rolling hills of the Alkham valley, serving locally grown food and wines, we are the perfect venue for your family celebration.
Indulge yourself in our delicious 3 course Sunday Lunch followed by rich Coffee and Easter themed petis fours.
Easter lunch £26.50 per person
Wedding Open Day
Sunday 29th January 2017, 2pm – 4.30pm
Call Donna now for details 01304 873410
Come and view our stunning boutique restaurant with 10 delightful bedroom and talk to our dedicated wedding co-ordinator Donna about your perfect day and hear about our fantastic offers available for 2017.
You will receive a glass of bubbly on arrival and the opportunity to receive a personalised show round
We are delighted to announce the following exhibitors are already ready to greet you
Molly Dolly Gowns
Who has all the latest wedding designs
Gorgeous Room Venues 4 U
Who will delighted to provide you with chair covers, sweet carts and everything to decorate the restaurant for your special day
Sarah Keeffe Cakes
Come and taste the delicious samples and see the vast array of stunning cake
Quirky Wedding Cars
Diverse range of vehicles to hire for your special day
For more Information go to our Wedding Fayre Page
Capel Le Ferne Farmers Market
Every Tuesday morning, the Capel Le Ferne Farmers Market in Folkestone brings together some of Kent’s finest produce in its village hall. As well as the large variety of food on offer, there’s a crafts hall and regular guest stalls, ensuring you’ll want to return time and time again.
Youth Festival of Remembrance
The Youth Festival of Remembrance is an annual concert with all proceeds raised going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. On 12th November, enjoy a night of fabulous entertainment including performances from the Royal Marines, Air Cadets and local schools.
Folkestone Comedy Club Xmas Show
On Saturday 17th December, enjoy a great night out at the Folkestone Comedy Club Xmas Show. This late night event starting at 9pm will get you in the festive mood with some hilarious comedy, reasonably priced drinks and a fantastic atmosphere to enjoy.
Late Night Shopping
Over the festive period, you can enjoy the late night shopping on offer in Folkestone. Every Thursday in December until the 22nd, the shops and boutiques in the Creative Quarter will be open until 7pm, meaning you’ll have longer to find that perfect gift for someone special.
32nd Whitstable Oyster Festival
21st – 31st July 2016
Location – Whitstable
The must see of the summer. The festival is held annually at the harbour’s West Quay, which offers stunning views over the bay of Whistable. The festival is very child friendly, and has plenty for the adults too. Sample the delights of the Harbour Food Fair, which also hosts live music performances and stand up comedy evenings. There is a fully licensed bar so you won’t go thirsty. And don’t miss the fabulous firework finale on Sunday 31st at 9pm.
Looking forward to Memorial Day
3rd July 2016
Location – Capel-le-Ferne
This year’s Memorial Day will be held on Sunday 3rd July at 1.15pm, where the surviving veterans of the Battle of Britain will be commemorated with a parade and service.
The Guest of honour will be the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Andrew Pulford, KCB, CBE, ADC and the event will again feature music from the RAF Central Band and Kent Wing of the Air Training Corps.
It is the ATC 75th anniversary this year and will also commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Weather permitting, aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will provide their own unique tribute to the heroes of 1940.
The service of commemoration will begin at around 1.15pm. Click here for further details.
Cycling in Kent
28th May 2016
Location – Kent
Kent is a beautiful county, which offers stunning views, big-sky landscapes and quiet country lanes. There are many routes, including the Crab and Winkle Way, which includes the Cathedral city of Cantebury to the hair raising bike trails of Bedgebury Forest.
And at the Marquis at Alkham we have our very own route. Start at the Marquis at Alkham and head east down the Alkham Valley Road, all the way to Temple Ewell. Head north towards Lydden, take in the stunning views all maintained by Kent Wildlife Trust and is listed as an area of special scientific interest. Then head west onto Swanton Lane to the Swingfield. Swingfield is home to the 13th century square tower church, St Peter’s, a real must see. Then head south to Densole and onto Hawkinge, which is the home of the Kent Battle of Britain Museum. The museum is the oldest museum dedicated to the Battle of Britain. Head east to Drellingore and then back to the Marquis at Alkham for a well-deserved drink.
We look for forward to welcoming you in your lycras very soon!
Spitfire Day in Ramsgate – 80th Anniversary
5th March 2016
Location – Ramsgate
A special one-off event in Ramsgate to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the first flight of the historic Spitfire.
The highpoint of the day will be a 10 minute air display in the skies above Ramsgate by the “Spirit of Kent” spitfire based in Biggin Hill. The display will be accompanied by music and a commentary. All visitors will be able to enjoy music from the 1940s provided by Swing Noir and Naomi Hart.
This is truly an event not to be missed.
Battle of Britain Memorial Day – 75th Anniversary
12th July 2015
Location – Capel-le-Ferne
This historic event will take place on Sunday 12 July at the Capel-le-Ferne site, and begins at 10.30am with a display by the Kent Wing Air Training Corps Band. The Trust’s Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO will take the royal salute, accompanied by the veterans.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will then make its first appearance, performing a flypast featuring two spitfires and two Hurricanes which will herald the start of the service of commemoration.
The National Memorial is open throughout the year and has a number of events as well as a chance to win a flight in a Spitfire.
Click here to find out more information >>
Taste the Best of Produced in Kent 2015
14th June 2015
Location – Biddenden Vineyards
Biddenden Vineyards will be hosting its 9th Food and Drink Day giving you the chance to ‘Taste the Best of Produced in Kent’! This annual event is in aid of the Kent Air Ambulance Trust, therefore all costs of the stalls and any money raised on the day will all go to this great cause. With over 30 stalls to browse, meet the producers and try and buy their fantastic produce, you will not be disappointed.
Dover Castle – George & the Dragon
25-26th April 2015
Dover Castle will re-live the story of St George and the Dragon at Dover Castle. It will be an opportunity for visitors to soak up the sights of a medieval village and watch St George valiantly doing battle with the dastardly dragon.
Soak up the sights, smells and sounds, crafts and cookery of life in a medieval village. Meet the surgeon bringing to life gruesome medieval health care and await your fate in the crime and punishment trials. Revel in the medieval music and be amazed at the mounted skill at arms. Don’t miss the highlight – St George valiantly doing battle with the dastardly dragon. Kids can try on armour and test their skills at dragon slaying. With story telling, circus skills workshops and jesters too, it’s a memorable day out for all the family.