MON 30 JULY - SUN 5 AUG 2018
The Campfire Tales, The Canterbury Tales, May 17 – Thurs 30 Aug
Popular visitor attraction The Canterbury Tales has just launched a new weekly programme of twilight storytelling events. The Campfire Tales will embrace the city’s ancient storytelling traditions; gather around a crackling campfire and listen to a storyteller recount the tales. Taking place every Thursday evening from May to August, in the Medieval Story Garden behind the attraction, stories will begin at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring your own cup! Free refills of tea, coffee and, hot chocolate available – let’s get cosy.
Animals & Us, Turner Contemporary, May 25 – Sun 30 Sep
Animals & Us is a major exhibition exploring artists’ reflections on the relationship between humans and other animals. Installed across all Turner Contemporary’s first floor galleries, it encompasses a wide range of media from painting, sculpture to video and installation. Focusing on contemporary and 20th-century artists, including historical artworks and artifacts, Animals & Us, explores our lives and encounters with animals and how these have been reflected in art.
Gorilla Circus, Dreamland, Sat 9 June – Sun 2 Sept
Don’t get bored yet! Gorilla Circus is providing an outdoor show with an impressive circus set up. Combining aerial, high-wire-, trapeze and other circus spectacles. Gorilla Circus will performing twice a day at Dreamland throughout August.
Dusk Safaris, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, 1 Jul – 30 Aug
A truly wild night out, it might not be Kenya but the dusk safaris are still outstanding. Exploring the Kentish savannahs is an amazing experience as the wide variety of African, South American and Asian animals roam, under a glorious sunset. After, a three course meal will is served in the gorgeous Port Lympne Hotel on the reserve.
Kids For A Quid, Spa Valley Railway, 28 July – 31 Aug
Looking for something to do with the kids this Summer? At the Spa Valley Railway, all kids can travel for just £1 throughout August. Journey through the picturesque Kent countryside on something a little different – an experience not to miss!
Archery Taster, Betteshanger Country Park, selected dates Aug
Fancy trying something new? This summer holiday, Betteshanger are running a number of Archery taster sessions! The qualified instructors will teach your kids (or you!) how to hold the bow, stand correctly, aim and shoot arrows at a target. You might want to book this one in, we can tell it’s going to be very popular.
Knights & Princesses School, Hever Castle, 21 July – 27 August
Throughout the summer holidays your kiddies can experience what it was like to grow up and serve in a royal household in medieval times at Knights & Princesses School, don’t forget to dress up! Classes are free and last for 40 minutes – just enough time to sit down and read a book.
The Luna Cinema, Leeds Castle, Thurs 2 – Sat 4 Aug
Famed as the world’s most beautiful castle, Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent makes the perfect setting for cinema under the stars. Located on Cedar Lawn, it’s a truly magical setting and with a line-up like; Dirty Dancing, Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone and The Italian Job (with full orchestra), it’s an experience not to be missed. Usual open-air rules apply – by which I mean, bring a camp chair, perhaps an umbrella to avoid getting soggy and there’s a bar (someone else is driving, right?).
Leefest, Edenbridge, Thurs 2 – Sun 5 Aug
Imaginary kaleidoscopic realm, The Neverland, has been created for this festival, comprising three main stages, or ‘tribes’ each with a different theme and musical feel (pop, ambient or pumping beats). An eclectic boutique festival featuring music, theatre, comedy and walkabout performance that famously started in 16-year-old Lee Denny’s back garden! Bastille, Clean Bandit and Declan Mckenna to name a few are all headlining this year’s Leefest, it’s not one to miss.
A New Day Festival, Faversham, Fri 3 Aug – Sun 5 Aug
A three day family-friendly festival of music, held at Mount Ephraim Gardens near Faversham, featuring the best of classic rock, blues and roots. The line-up for this year’s popular festival includes Feeder, Hawkwind, Jethro Tull’s Martine Barre and Caravan – those are just some of the big names playing! Make sure to pop this one in your diary.
Margate Soul Festival, Fri 3 – Sun 5 Aug
Like sunshine, soul music and the seaside? Atlantic Starr and Grammy Award-winning Deniece Williams are among the line-up for the three-day music event which is spread over several picturesque venues and outside areas in Margate Old Town, Margate Harbour and Margate Winter Gardens. There will be more than 50 DJs, two stages and seven themed venues.
Weald on the Field, Uckfield, Sat 4 Aug
A day of local produce, street food, drink, live music & entertainment at this boutique, family-friendly event. A more sedate affair where local produce and food takes centre stage over the music – one for the grandparents too.