Things to do in Kent this November

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What to do in Kent this November

As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, it’s sometimes difficult to find things to do in Kent with the family. With a range of attractions across the county, however, there are lots of things to try. To make it easy, we’ve compiled a list what’s on in Kent this November.


The beginning of the month is, of course, celebrated with fireworks to mark the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ plot on the Houses of Parliament. While larger displays such as those at Leeds Castle sell out before the event, you can simply turn up to smaller ones on the night. A display with hot food and drinks available takes place from 6pm at Capel-le-Ferne Primary School near Folkestone, for example.

Dover Museum is taking the event to a new level, hosting a whole day of firework themed craft activities on 4 November.

Canterbury Festival

If you’re out and about in Canterbury at the beginning of November, you won’t want to miss the Canterbury Festival, which features a mix of performing arts from around the world. You can enjoy theatre, music, comedy, dance, circus and more at both free and ticketed events.

Ice skating

A number of venues set up their winter skating rinks in November, offering fun for all the family. Tunbridge Wells’ rink at Calverley Grounds opens mid-month and budding skaters can enjoy the facility throughout winter. The Port of Dover is opening its White Cliffs Christmas Event on 25 November, which includes an undercover ice rink. Families can enjoy a glide around the ice without having to worry about inclement weather.

Christmas shopping

If you’re looking to start your Christmas shopping early, there are some great fairs around Kent in November. The Wealden Times Midwinter Fair in Paddock Wood features artisanal food, fashion, antiques and home ware, all in a heated, tented village. Artisan craft fairs are also taking place in Sevenoaks and North Kent over the month.

Vineyard tour

Having some well-earned time out from the kids? Why not enjoy a charity vineyard tour at Biddenden? Held every Saturday morning and costing just £1, the tours take visitors around the vines, into the winery and then to the shop for tastings. Pre-booking is essential, but if you’d prefer to just turn up, the vineyard is open daily and has a self-guided route for you to follow.


Spend an evening discovering the stars with Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society. The event, which takes place at Hall Place and Gardens in Bexley, is a chance to discover some of the key stars and constellations that appear in our night sky. Stargazing will be followed by tea and cake, and places must be booked in advance.

Stay in Kent

If what’s on in Kent 2017 tickles your fancy, why not enjoy a weekend away in this beautiful county? Book a luxury room at the Marquis in Alkham and use our hotel as a base for exploring nearby Dover and Folkestone. We also have a first class restaurant, so you can enjoy a delicious meal after your day out.