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Octonauts Octo-Cadet Training Academy

28th May-4th September 2022

Venue: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Website: https://thedockyard.co.uk/

Collect an Octonauts Training Log and follow the Octo-Map alongside Captain Barnacles to locate Kwazii, Peso, Tweak, Shellington, Dashi and Professor Inkling hidden around the Historic Dockyard and complete...

Summer Jousting

16th July-29th August 2022

Venue: Hever Castle

Address: nr Edenbridge

Website: www.hevercastle.co.uk

(Selected dates) The Knights of Royal England will entertain visitors with exhilarating displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with a Royal Box. Take a blanket or watch...

Into the Fairy Kingdom

22nd July-2nd September 2022

Time: 10am-5pm

Venue: Emmetts Garden

Address: Sevenoaks

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden

Join Puck in his journey through the Fairy Kingdom to help him collect everything he needs to make it the best party ever. This fun trail will take you on an adventure to Fairy Village, Pixie Garden,...

Spellbound Summer

22nd July-31st August 2022

Venue: Hever Castle

Address: nr Edenbridge

Website: www.hevercastle.co.uk

Take part in a series of free hands-on activities and enter the magic of Hever during medieval times. Go dressed as fairy-tale characters, your favourite witch or wizard or a brave knight and the best...

Summertime at Leeds Castle

22nd July-31st August 2022

Venue: Leeds Castle

Address: Maidstone

Website: www.leeds-castle.com/

This summertime be entertained by a host of fun-filled family activities within the 500-acres of beautiful grounds and gardens. Take part in an exhilarating summer activities agenda, which will take you...

Virtual Reality Jungle Boat Ride

22nd July-4th September 2022

Time: 10am-3.30pm

Venue: Ruxley Manor

Address: Sidcup

Website: https://www.ruxley-manor.co.uk/

Tilting forwards, backwards and side to side, the boat’s movements have been specially designed to mirror those of the full 360 degree experience, creating a truly spectacular journey for all the family!...

Maize Maze

23rd July-10th September 2022

Venue: Stanhill Farm

Address: Wilmington

Website: www.stanhillfarm.co.u

Buzz on over to Stanhill Farm this summer and help the Queen Bee retrieve the missing jewels from her crown. Search the maze to retrieve all the jewels and discover what is Queen Bee's favourite summer...

Summer Fun

23rd July-31st August 2022

Time: 10am-4.30pm

Venue: The Hop Farm

Address: Tonbridge

Website: https://thehopfarm.co.uk/

Visit the animal farm featuring horses, donkeys, goats, lambs and pigs plus rides and attractions from the giant jumping pillows to the magic castle. There will also be special character days where children...

Millbrook Mad Hatter's Crazy Golf

25th July-31st August 2022

Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre

Address: Gravesend

Website: www.millbrookgc.co.uk

The 9-hole course is filled with fun features and obstacles everyone can play and costs £3 per person. Open daily from 10.30am. Advance booking required. There will also be free doodle hunts in the centre.

Our Amazing Animal World

2nd-24th August 2022

Venue: Millbrook

Address: Gravesend

Website: www.millbrookgc.co.uk/centre/millbrook-gravesend

Experienced animal handlers will be making special weekly visits to Millbrook, with a selection of wonderful rescued animals from around the world! Millbrook Minis’ can enjoy a truly unique and fully...

Botanical Painting

17th-21st August 2022

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Address: Sevenoaks

Website: www.riverhillgardens.co.uk

Tap into your inner artist and use the plants at Riverhill as inspiration to paint. Free drop in family craft session included with your gardens ticket.

Hythe Venetian Fete

17th-17th August 2022

Venue: Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Website: www.rhdr.org.uk

This package includes a train journey from New Romney to Hythe allowing you to explore Hythe before the event opens at 4pm. Expect a floating extravaganza of family fun with a procession of decorated floats,...

Peppa Pig Best Day Ever!

17th-18th August 2022

Venue: The Woodville

Address: Gravesend

Website: www.woodville.co.uk

Get ready for a road-trip full of adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including...

The Crow House

17th-17th August 2022

Time: 2.30pm

Venue: Hever Castle

Website: www.heverfestival.co.uk

A wonderful silent movie inspired show using an eclectic mix of circus, puppetry, musical saw, harp playing and audience participation.

Anne Boleyn

18th-20th August 2022

Venue: Hever Castle

Address: nr Edenbridge

Website: www.heverfestival.co.uk

The perfect play for Hever Castle, Anne’s childhood home. This version of her story questions the traditionally held views about a tragic, historical heroine.

Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton

18th-18th August 2022

Time: 8pm

Venue: Hever Castle

Website: www.heverfestival.co.uk

(Also 19 and 20 Aug) The perfect play for Hever Castle, Anne’s childhood home, this version of her story questions the traditionally held views about a tragic, historical heroine. Or perhaps, as re-imagined...

Hasbro Stars Live

19th-19th August 2022

Venue: Leas Cliff Hall

Address: Folkestone

Website: https://www.atgtickets.com/

Get ready for fun, laughter and lots of singing and dancing in the unique multi-character live stage show hosted by Mr and Mrs Potato Head and featuring Ben and Holly, PJ Masks heroes and a special performance...

Cinderella

20th-20th August 2022

Time: 3pm

Venue: Belmont House and Gardens

Address: Faversham

Website: https://belmont-house.org/

Children old and young alike are invited to dress as their favourite fairy tale characters for the midsummer ball dance. Take your own picnic blanket or low-backed seats to sit on to enjoy the performance.

Fun Day

20th-20th August 2022

Time: 10am-3pm

Venue: Hornby Visitor Centre

Address: Margate

Website: https://uk.hornby.com/

Fun day in aid of East Kent Unit for Breast Screening. Includes a raffle, tombola, cake sale, craft stalls and more! Visit https://uk.hornby.com/ nearer the time for more details.

Peter Pan

20th-20th August 2022

Time: 4pm

Venue: Tonbridge Castle

Website: https://www.illyria.co.uk/

Wendy Darling is certain she saw the face of a boy at her bedroom window 3 floors up – yet no-one believes her. So who can blame her when she agrees to fly away to the idyllic Neverland with him? Ages...

Dragons and Mythical Beasts

23rd-25th August 2022

Venue: The Marlowe

Address: Canterbury

Website: https://marlowetheatre.com/

From the creators of the international smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life, don’t miss this spell-binding adventure, live on stage. Recommended 3yrs+

Rapunzel

23rd-23rd August 2022

Time: 4-5.30pm

Venue: Emmetts Garden

Address: Sevenoaks

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden

Brand-new musical adaption of the classic fairy tale, complete with laugh out loud script, a host of catchy songs, heads of audience interaction, this is one hair raising adventure your family won’t...

Bob the Superdog

24th-26th August 2022

Venue: The Woodville

Address: Gravesend

Website: www.woodville.co.uk

Bob lives with Wanda. Bob dreams of being a super hero and having super powers to match. No cat too cunning or squirrel too nutty will stand in the way of his quest to have his own cape and mask, and maybe...

Horrible Histories Live on Stage!

24th-24th August 2022

Venue: Hever Castle

Website: www.heverfestival.co.uk

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for the Terrible Tudors live on stage. It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

The Riverhill Obstacle Challenge

24th-29th August 2022

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Address: Sevenoaks

Website: https://www.riverhillgardens.co.uk/

Back by popular demand but with some new challenges this year! Let off some steam with the fun obstacle challenge and see if you can make the leaderboard. Free with your gardens ticket.

Spa Valley Railway 25th Anniversary Gala

26th-29th August 2022

Venue: Spa Valley Railway

Address: Tunbridge Wells

Website: www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

25 years ago, in August 1997, the Spa Valley Railway opened the line to Groombridge and over the past 20yrs the Spa Valley Railway has grown into Tunbridge Wells' biggest tourist attraction and is often...

Swanley Park 1812 Fireworks Spectacular

26th-26th August 2022

Time: from 6.30pm

Venue: Swanley Park

Website: www.eynsfordconcertband.co.uk/concerts/swanley-park-1812-fireworks-spectacular/

Take a picnic and enjoy the various community stalls, boating lake and minature railway. There will be entertainment, food stalls, culminating in a concert of popular classics and fireworks to accompany...

Alice - BOing! 2022

27th-28th August 2022

Venue: University of Kent

Address: Canterbury

Website: https://thegulbenkian.co.uk/

Having first come to life through a VR experience at bOing! 2021, Jasmin Vardimon Company brings Alice to the stage this year. A theatre performance with a world that is different, curious, and compelling...

Arboria II Luminarium - bOing! 2022

27th-28th August 2022

Time: 10am

Venue: University of Kent

Address: Canterbury

Website: https://thegulbenkian.co.uk/

An immersive and interactive sculpture, dedicated to the theme of ‘trees’ and designed to evoke wonder at the beauty of light and colour. A transformative and sensory experience for any age, accessible...

Breathe - bOing! 2022

27th-28th August 2022

Venue: University of Kent

Address: Canterbury

Website: https://thegulbenkian.co.uk/

Breathe, is beautifully realised through a truly unique blend of puppetry, thumping D&B, ethereal folk songs and live camera work. Find the epic in the tiny in this celebration of trees, nature, and finding...

Children's Mini Survival Camp

27th-27th August 2022

Time: 2-4pm

Venue: Reuthe's

Address: Seal Chart

Website: https://reuthes.com/

This is a fun experience which will introduce your children to some basic survival skills. Learn skills ranging from foraging to making shelters and cooking. Aimed at boys and girls aged 8-13. Charges...

Duckie - bOing! 2022

27th-28th August 2022

Venue: The University of Kent

Address: Canterbury

Website: https://thegulbenkian.co.uk/

Set in an animal circus, join Duckie on an adventure of self-discovery, asking questions of the ‘happy ever after’ in a celebration of difference. Recommended for ages 3+.

Hever in History

27th-29th August 2022

Venue: Hever Castle

Address: nr Edenbridge

Website: www.hevercastle.co.uk

Immerse yourself in different periods of history with encampments and re-enactments and the Royal Knights will be returning to battle it out at the annual Jousting Tournament.

Knights Tournament

27th-29th August 2022

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Dover Castle

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at the Dover Castle Knights’ Tournament. Swords will clash and the winner will be decided...

Kent Country Show & Festival of Dogs 2022

28th-29th August 2022

Time: 10am-5pm

Venue: Quex Park

Address: Birchington

Website: https://www.thekentcountryshow.co.uk/

The Kent Country Show promises lots of fun and entertainment for all the family! Expect circus workshops, puppet shows, magic shows, Punch & Judy, Gemma's petting farm and much more. Under 5's go free.

Mad Hatter Crazy Golf

28th August-2nd September 2022

Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre

Address: Staplehurst

Website: www.millbrookgc.co.uk

The 9-hole course is filled with fun features and obstacles everyone can play and costs £3 per person. Open daily from 10.30am. Advance booking required. There will also be free doodle hunts in the centre.

The Pirates of Penzance

28th-28th August 2022

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Tonbridge Castle

Website: https://www.illyria.co.uk/

With hilarious melodrama, The Pirates of Penzance is as fresh as if it had been written today. It's packed-full of songs such as To be a Pirate King!, Modern Major General and A Policeman's Lot is Not...

A Midsummer Night's Dream

30th-30th August 2022

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Hever Castle

Website: www.heverfestival.co.uk

Shakespeare’s timeless comic masterpiece explores every colour in the spectrum of love, from arranged marriage to elopement, from infatuation to hatred. All ages 5+

A Midsummer Night's Dream

30th-30th August 2022

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Hever Castle

Address: Nr Edenbridge

Website: https://heverfestival.co.uk/

Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest...

The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

30th-30th August 2022

Time: 2pm

Venue: Mount Ephraim Gardens

Address: Faversham

Website: https://www.quantumtheatre.co.uk/the-tale-of-peter-rabbit

Join Peter and his naughty cousin Benjamin on their hair-raising adventures in Mr McGregor's garden in Quantum's charming adaptation of the much loved tales.

The Riverhill Obstacle Course (Week 2)

31st August-4th September 2022

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Address: Sevenoaks

Website: www.riverhillgardens.co.uk

Back by popular demand but with some new challenges this year! Let off some steam with the fun obstacle challenge and see if you can make the leaderboard. Free with your gardens ticket.

Pride and Prejudice

3rd-3rd September 2022

Time: 7pm

Venue: Walmer Castle and Gardens

Address: Deal

Website: www.chapterhouse.org

Amidst mistakes and miscommunications, can Elizabeth finally surpass her prejudices to see past the proud exterior of the enigmatic Mr Darcy? Join family and friends for what promises to be one of the...

The Grimm Sisters

10th-10th September 2022

Time: 2-3pm

Venue: The Alexander Centre

Address: Faversham

Website: www.thealex.org.uk

Award winning Scratchworks Theatre Company takes you by the hand and leads you on a joyful & mischievous adventure in this interactive & family friendly show. Suitable for ages 6+

Hullaballoony Moon Time

11th-11th September 2022

Venue: The Avenue Theatre

Address: Sittingbourne

Website: www.avenuetheatre.co.uk

Long Nose Puppets offer up a marvellous moonlit show full of riotous rhyme, zany puppets and spiffy special cake; all iced with music and songs by Tom Gray. Little children will feel stuffed to the brim...

Kent’s Classic Car Show

11th-11th September 2022

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: The Friars

Address: Aylesford

Website: www.kentsclassiccarshow.co.uk

An opportunity for Classic Car enthusiasts to meet and display their cars. For more information see their website 

Paws in the Park

17th-18th September 2022

Venue: Kent Showground

Address: Maidstone

Website: www.pawsinthepark.net

Try out new doggy activities, games and dog sports from agility to water sports and enter one of the amazing dog competitions including heelwork to music, agility and dog show classes. For more information...

Creative Club

Venue: Gulbenkian Arts Centre

Address: University of Kent

Website: www.thegulbenkian.co.uk

Each term a different artist will lead 10 weekly sessions, giving children a chance to try out new art forms and discover their creativity. Ages 5-8 session is 9.30am-10.45am and for 9-12 years 11am-12.45pm....

Making History: Church, State and Conflict

Venue: Canterbury Cathedral

Website: www.canterbury-cathedral.org

Enjoy a day out 1,400 years in the making with new family-friendly activities, a major new exhibition, and ‘Kids go Free’ until 31st October.

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