We’ve got the bank hol­i­day licked with our spread on where to head for a happy hol­i­day, in­clud­ing an ice cream fes­ti­val.

You may not be able to bank on the hol­i­day weather, but you can count on there be­ing a bumper load of events across Kent to make the most of the three-day week­end. By An­gela Cole

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - CONTENTS -


Cool off at the Maid­stone her­itage farm park this Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day with the re­turn of the Ice Cream Fes­ti­val.

With plenty of tasty treats to tuck into and sam­ple, ice cream ven­dors, choco­latiers and sweet stalls ga­lore, the in­dul­gent fes­ti­val will see a visit from Kent’s Sim­ply Ice Cream, and Kelly’s of Corn­wall, known for their clot­ted cream range. There will also be a 40s flavour with mu­sic from the Boo­gie Woo­gie Gals and the chance to visit all the usual treats, in­clud­ing Cud­dle Cor­ner, Paint-a-pot stu­dio, out­door and in­door play ar­eas, and the Vin­tage Vil­lage. En­try, be­tween 10am and 5pm, is £9.95 and £7.95 for chil­dren be­tween three and 15. For de­tails call 01622 763936 or visit kentlife. org.uk.


Set within 120 acres of Kent coun­try­side, the his­toric fam­ily es­tate stages its Plant Hun­ters’ Week­end be­tween Satur­day, Au­gust 26 to Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day. The cas­tle is home to the World Gar­den of Plants, which con­tains some 8,000 plant species, cul­ti­vars and hy­brids planted in their re­spec­tive coun­tries of ori­gin by mod­ern-day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke. Cel­e­brat­ing the lives of some of Bri­tain’s most in­trepid plant hun­ters, Tom and friends in Vic­to­rian dress lead a guided tour of the gar­den be­tween 1.30pm and 3.30pm, pro­vid­ing a glimpse into the past. The event, be­tween 11am and 5pm each day, also in­cludes a visit from Sec­ond Chance An­i­mal Res­cue (SCAR) with an­i­mals and rep­tile guests. Spe­cial events ad­mis­sion is £10 and chil­dren un­der

15 are free. Find the cas­tle and gar­den at Eyns­ford. To book call 01322 862114 or visit lulling­stonecas­tle.co.uk


Lego Friends are join­ing the sum­mer line-up at the shop­ping cen­tre. They will be vis­it­ing from Fri­day, Au­gust 25 to Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day, with a host of free ex­pe­ri­ences for the fam­ily to en­joy. Chil­dren up to the age of 12 and their par­ents are in­vited to get hands-on and make their own Lego cre­ations and they can get their groove on with a silent disco, com­plete with a disco ball, pop clas­sics, disco props and dance floor.

Visit Blue­wa­ter.co.uk for de­tails.


The four-day Full Fat Fes­ti­val over the bank hol­i­day week­end kicks off on Fri­day, Au­gust 25 and runs through to Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

The feel-good feast of fun for the whole fam­ily in­cludes mu­sic from top lo­cal tal­ent and food and drink from cock­tails to hot dogs, face paint­ing to jug­gling. The Full Fat Fes­ti­val Top will be back on tap at a cheap and beer­ful £3.50 a pint. Bring a rug, make your­self com­fort­able, and tuck into some fine fes­ti­val fod­der and en­joy the tunes. Lo­cal artists Sandy Doo­ley and Amy Devlin will also be invit­ing vis­i­tors to make their mark on a col­lab­o­ra­tive can­vas on the Sun­day. The week­end will also be rais­ing money for vil­lage or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Sissinghurst’s Trin­ity Church. For de­tails go to themilk­house. co.uk


It has 1,143 cu­bic me­tres of air in­side it and stands at al­most 13 me­tres.

The World’s Big­gest Bouncy Cas­tle, which comes to the re­cently re­vamped park this sum­mer as it opens ev­ery day through­out the sum­mer hol­i­days, with cir­cus acts and new rides you might not have tried be­fore, is at the Mar­gate venue un­til Satur­day, Au­gust 26. It is open from 11.30am ev­ery day, and a 10-minute bounce costs £3.50. Some 100 peo­ple – both chil­dren and adults – can bounce to­gether at the same time.

For de­tails go to dream­land. co.uk


Doc.yard is back at the Chatham dock­yard for a fourth year with math­e­mat­i­cal and sci­ence fun and games, when there will be a one-hour­long in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence with Doc and his as­sis­tant Bun­sen, through to

Sun­day, Septem­ber

3. Doc and Bun­sen will, with the help of the au­di­ence, be ex­plor­ing how curves in ships and waves in air work. There will be three shows a week and two at the week­ends, which are in­cluded in your an­nual ticket. For de­tails go to



Sum­mer­time ac­tiv­i­ties run through to Satur­day, Septem­ber 2. Un­til Fri­day, Au­gust 25, vis­i­tors can fol­low the clues to un­cover some in­ter­ac­tive fam­ily fun on a Mys­tery Quest, which leads you around the es­tate from the Wood­land Walk to the cas­tle, through the gar­dens, the maze and be­yond. For de­tails of what’s on go to



There’s a bumper bank hol­i­day at the house and gar­dens with dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties planned for each day of the three-day break. In­cluded free in the cost of stan­dard gar­den ad­mis­sion ticket, there will be Bushcraft skills on the Wood­land Walk, aerial and static fal­conry dis­plays on the South Lawn and a demon­stra­tion of a work­ing replica of the first print­ing press. On Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day, you can have a go at us­ing a print­ing press to cre­ate your own story and il­lus­tra­tions while on Sun­day, Au­gust 27, vis­i­tors will be treated to aerial fal­conry dis­plays from the Hawk­ing Cen­tre and the chance to see the birds up close. Learn fire-light­ing, shel­ter-build­ing and sur­vival skills from the ex­perts at Camp Wilder­ness who will be show­ing vis­i­tors how to sur­vive the great out­doors on Sun­day, Au­gust 27 and Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day. While at the site, head to the Maize Maze, which is open into Septem­ber. For de­tails visit pen­shurst­place.com


Chil­dren go free in Au­gust un­til Thurs­day, Au­gust 31 at the Hythe and Can­ter­bury an­i­mal at­trac­tions, af­ter the same deal proved pop­u­lar in July. Fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties run through­out the hol­i­days with an­i­mal talks, feeds, ac­tiv­i­ties and crafts. A child goes free with ev­ery pay­ing adult. Through­out the hol­i­days, vis­i­tors can also join ed­u­ca­tion pre­sen­ters for an­i­mal talks, feeds, ac­tiv­i­ties and crafts. To book, and for more de­tails, visit as­pinall­foun­da­tion.org


Dino Live with its gang of pre­his­toric prowlers has its last week­end at the Tun­bridge Wells shop­ping cen­tre, tak­ing vis­i­tors through a unique jour­ney span­ning more than 250 mil­lion years. Vis­i­tors can see the di­nosaurs, in­clud­ing a Tyran­nosaurus rex, Cer­atosaurus, Iguan­odon and the lesser-known Ken­trosaurus move, roar and even breathe. Young vis­i­tors can have their pic­ture taken with a baby T-rex and there will be craft work­shops. The dis­plays are open un­til Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day, be­tween 9am and 6pm, or 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sun­days, and en­try is free.

Dino Draw work­shops are also be­ing held on Satur­days be­tween 10am and 5pm and Sun­days be­tween 11am and 4pm. Chil­dren need to be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.


The rail­way is in line for 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions from Satur­day, Au­gust 26 to Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day. There will be lo­co­mo­tive ac­tion in­clud­ing the BR Stan­dard 4MT No. 80078, a steam lo­co­mo­tive owned by Stew­art Robin­son. The rail­way opened the line to Groom­bridge in Au­gust 1997. The rail­way is home to a fleet of steam & her­itage diesel lo­co­mo­tives, in­clud­ing an 1876-built steam engine known as Ter­rier ‘Sut­ton’ and the train which closed the line in 1985, Thumper 1317. For de­tails and to buy tick­ets visit spaval­leyrail­way.co.uk

Sum­mer­time events at Leeds Cas­tle, Maid­stone

Young­sters can learn bushcraft skills at Pen­shurst Place

The Spa Val­ley Rail­way

The world’s big­gest bouncy cas­tle at Dream­land

Full Fat Fes­ti­val at the Milk House in Sissinghurst; an­i­mal magic at Port Lympne and Howletts

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