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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 4 Aug – Wed 10 Aug

Paws at the Castle, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Sat 6 Aug – Sun 7 Aug


Bring your pooches along to Hever Castle’s event that will include displays and entertainment from a variety of dogs including rescue dogs, guide dogs, Newfoundlands and puppies. Huskies from the Siberian Husky Welfare Association will also be attending the event in order to raise awareness and funding for the charity. You can also get your four legged friend involved in the fun dog shows running throughout the weekend and browse the huge variety of stalls selling goodies for man’s best friend. In case you need a little guidance with your dog, experts will also be at hand offering their knowledge on dog behaviour.

Stalls will open 10:30am-5:30pm, activities will run 11am-5pm, Event included in admission fee, £1 to enter dogs in activities including the dog show. Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, Tel: 01732 865224, 

Face Painting & Nail Art, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks, Thu 4 Aug – Sun 7 Aug


Visit Riverhill Himalayan Gardens for another fun packed event to get your mini muddies in a creative mood. Explore the beautiful grounds and pop to the face painting station where the talented team will transform your little ones into woodland and garden animals from face to fingers.

Event is free after admission: Adult £7.75 Child (4-16) £5.75, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Riverhill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RR, Tel: 01732 459777,

Kids Yoga Workshop, Benenden Village Hall, Benenden, Wed 10 Aug

Group of children in yoga class.

Namaste Kids will be running a fun 2 hour workshop for 9-13 year old girls under the #ThisGirlCan campaign with added games and energetic music in order to promote positive body image. Namaste Kids is an exciting yoga company for tots, kids & teens created by mother of two Haley Sanderson. Forget building strength and stamina, yoga has other amazing benefits including, reducing stress and anxiety and is a non-competitive form of exercise – so a welcome alternative for some personalities. Haley will also soon be qualified to teach teens and is holding her first teen yoga workshop on 26th August.

10am-12pm, £18 per person, Benenden Village Hall, The Street, Benenden, Kent, TN17 4DE, Tel: 01580 240982,

Betteshanger Wild West Weekend, Betteshanger Country Park, Deal, Sat 6 Aug – Sun 7 Aug


Howdy y’all. Get your best Wild West costumes on (there’s a prize for best dressed) and head over to Betteshanger Country Park to have a go at their assortment of typically Western activities the whole family can enjoy.  Practise your aim at the archery fields with qualified instructors at hand, build amazing wigwams in the woods, or have a go on the bucking bronco on Sunday. Yee-hah!

10am-4pm, 1 hour archery sessions will run 10am,11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm (£7.50 pp) call to book: 01304 619227, Wigmwam activity 12pm-4pm (£3), Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 0BF,

Book it now!

Summer Camp, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Thu 11 Aug – Fri 12 Aug


Camp Wilderness is running an exciting summer camp for children aged 6 – 15 in the beautiful grounds and woodland of Penshurst Place. The camp is run by Bushcraft Company, leading experts in children’s outdoor education who are passionate about kids having fun in nature. It’ll be chocka-block fun with activities including fire-lighting, shelter-building, survival skills, camp craft, wilderness cooking and fireside stories while roasting marshmallows. The experienced Field Cooks will also be at hand offering a wide variety of fresh delicious meals including wood-fired pizza, bushcraft BBQ – you get the idea. There’s no lopsided tents in sight here, accommodation will be provided in the stylish form of bell tents, tipis and yurts! Er, this sounds a little bit like a glamping adventure for little ones – can I come too? Camp Wilderness is also offering a three day camp that will run Wed 17 Aug – Fri 19 Aug. Check online for more details.

Price per child: £120, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG, Camp Wilderness Tel: 03332 004469,

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