Family fun to book now!
Are you ready for a summer with the family that you won't forget? Book these HOT Kent events for the best summer we've had in a long time.
Black Deer Festival, Fri 25 – Sun 27 June 2021
For the third year running, the UK’s only Americana and country music festival is back. It promises once again to be all kinds of swing jive and Texas Two Stepping cool. Black Deer will take place on this June in Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park.
This family-friendly festival celebrates the best of a bygone rural age and way of life, it has sections dedicated to music; food (think classic American smokehouse BBQ); motors (showcasing all the best mean machines from classic American trucks to custom vintage motorcycles); traders (get loads of Black Deer Mercantile offering authentic wares from quality textiles and original printed posters to handmade surfboards and banjos) and plenty of fun for the young folk! (lots of fun children’s activities here).
This year features a stellar lineup of established and new Americana, country, blues, folk and bluegrass artists. Latest additions include personal faves Jake Bugg, Jade Bird, Van Morrison, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and oh so much more! There’s heaps of acts to enjoy and discover, with more than 100 across 6 stages in fact.
Wealden Literary Festival, Sat 26 – Sun 27 June 2021
Experience a magical weekend at the Wealden Literary Festival, a family-friendly weekend of nature, creativity and outdoor adventures in Woodchurch. The line-up features award-winning nature writers, authors and conservationists including Michael Morpurgo, Lara Maiklem, Isabel Thomas, Philip Hoare and there’s a packed children’s programme to inspire younger readers. Alongside literary events, festival-goers can try their hand at tree climbing, wild cooking, wine tasting, weaving workshops, yoga plus writing workshops. Select what activities you wish to take part in and book your tickets now.
Gaming & Creative Festival, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Sat 3 – Sun 4 July
The Historic Dockyard Chatham will be hosting the most unique gaming festival the UK has ever seen. Medway Rapture Gaming and Creative Festival will be a weekend of family-festival-fun! Explore the exciting interactive exhibitions and activities which will delight everyone from gaming pros to novices. There will also be guest speaker talks and workshops for those wanting to learn more about the gaming and digital industry. Book your tickets now.
Pub in the Park, Fri 9 – Sun 11 July 2021
Get ready for this! The massively popular sell-out Pub In The Park event is coming back to Tunbridge Wells this summer. In case you haven’t heard of it, Pub in the Park is Michelin-starred chef and TV personality Tom Kerridge’s food and music festival, celebrating the very best culinary delights the country has to offer, combined with great live music, chef demonstrations, top quality shopping and other festival fun.
It’ll be at Dunorlan Park on Fri 9 – Sun 11 July 2021 with amazing music acts such as Craig David, Beverley Knight, James Blunt plus nationally-famous chefs such as James Martin and brilliant local pubs and foodie heroes like Will Devlin owner of award-winning The Small Holding. Get your tickets now!
Jousting Events, Hever Castle, 10 July – 30 Aug
Witness brave knights display spectacular jousting skills in an authentic arena at Hever Castle this summer. Watch exhilarating displays of action, stunts, falls and tights in an arena complete with medieval spectator stands and a Royal Box. Each tournament begins with a procession from the Castle forecourt when Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn lead visitors across the grounds to the Jousting Arena. Tickets aren’t on sale yet but when they are, get yours here.
The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Summer Events 2021
For your guaranteed summer of fun, you’ll want to know about The Festival Theatre which is an open air venue set in the gardens of Hever Castle. They plan music acts, operas, films, plays and family shows every year all summer long and this year will be no different! They have a whole calendar of exciting events, from sing-a-long movie nights, drama with Shakespeare’s Macbeth (13 June 2021) and a night of wonder with Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist; award-winning magician Ben Hart (23 July 2021) – and oh so much more!
Leeds Castle Concert, Sat 10 July 2021
The iconic event has already established itself as one of the highlights of the summer season, set in the most stunning location and natural amphitheatre in front of the beautiful Leeds Castle. People in their thousands have attended the stunning setting for over forty years to be entertained by this amazing open-air musical delight. The Leeds Castle Concert is back on Sat 10 July 2021 with world-classic music, a spectacular fly-over with a Spitfire and a fireworks finale. Bring the champagne and snap up your spot now!
Camp Kindling, Sevenoaks, Fri 20 – Mon 23 Aug 2021
Don’t miss out on brand-new Camp Kindling coming to Sevenoaks this August, described as ‘summer camp for families’! It promises to be a wild weekend set in a gorgeous forest retreat with over 100 amazing activities (included in your ticket) to do, so learn and discover new skills and make tons of memories! Then dance the night away amongst the trees with 50 live bands and DJs across the weekend. Relax in wood-fired hot tubs or chill around the campfire. Sound good? Book your tickets here
Olly Murs and Sir Tom Jones, The Hop Farm, 18 – 19 Sep 2021
We couldn’t think of anything better than being surrounded by friends and other music fans, singing and dancing along in the summer weather. Don’t miss Olly Murs and Sir Tom Jones who will be playing at The Hop Farm Family Park in Beltring, Paddock Wood this September. It promises to be an unforgettable weekend of entertainment. Book your tickets here.