Squeeze the very last drops out of the sum­mer with the fi­nal week­end of hol­i­day hap­pen­ings.

It’s the last gasp for the sum­mer this week­end, be­fore back­packs and school runs be­gin. An­gela Cole looks at where to squeeze out the last drops of the hol­i­days across the county

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Na­tional Trust


The cen­tre’s open air sum­mer fes­ti­val gar­den area runs un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 3, with an ice cream stand and gi­ant games, in­clud­ing Con­nect 4 and Jenga, plus a kids’ read­ing cor­ner and an Ash­ford In­tro­duces bat­tle of the bands on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2.


Un­cover the 350-year-old story of the Bat­tle of Med­way through a collection of art and ob­jects on loan from na­tional and in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Bri­tish Li­brary and the Ri­jksmu­seum with the Break­ing the Chain ex­hi­bi­tion at the His­toric Dock­yard Chatham, which runs un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 3. Doc.yard and her as­sis­tant Bun­sen is also at the dock­yard with some math­e­mat­i­cal fun and games, un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 3. For de­tails go to the­do­ck­yard.co.uk. There are also bat­tle-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties at Up­nor Cas­tle through to Fri­day, Septem­ber 1. Go to new.med­way.gov.uk for more.


Twelve gi­ant Gromit sculp­tures can be found around the cen­tre un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 3 for the Gromit Un­leashed® Char­ac­ter Trail, cost­ing £2, with a trail map to pick up from the concierge desk out­side M&S, and a prize for com­pleted ones. The cen­tre’s first ever beach, with sands, deckchairs and a gi­ant pad­dling pool, plus fun­fair rides, is open un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 3 at The Vil­lage. There are small charges. De­tails at the­beach­blue­wa­ter. com


There will be a va­ri­ety of sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at the Sit­ting­bourne shop­ping cen­tre ev­ery Satur­day un­til Septem­ber 2, be­tween 11am and 4pm, with chal­lenges in­clud­ing hula hoop­ing, gi­ant egg and spoon, skip­ping, crazy golf and bowl­ing.


Hop­per the Rab­bit is hav­ing some sum­mer hol­i­day fun un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 3, as the park is open ev­ery day from 10am and there will be en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing shows in the Big Red Barn, face paint­ing and bounc­ing on the gi­ant jump­ing pil­lows. For more in­for­ma­tion go to the­hop­farm.co.uk


Head to the sea­side without leav­ing Maid­stone as the farm­ing at­trac­tion has sea­side themed events un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 3. Dig into the sand­pit and en­joy the Punch and Judy Show.

Or be dar­ing and join the knob­bly knees com­pe­ti­tion. Pick up an ex­plor­ers card – each child that com­pletes one will get a free child’s ticket to the fire­works spec­tac­u­lar in Novem­ber. For de­tails call 01622 763936 or visit kentlife.org.uk.


Sum­mer­time ac­tiv­i­ties run through to Satur­day, Septem­ber 2 with the fi­nal event of the sum­mer be­ing the Chap­ter­house The­atre Com­pany’s per­for­mance of Pride and Prej­u­dice. For de­tails go to leeds-cas­tle.com


The wav­ing walk­ways of the Maize Maze – this year in the shape of the an­cient Sid­ney Oak tree, which stood on the es­tate for some 1,000 years – are open daily un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 3, plus next week­end, Satur­day, Septem­ber 9 and Sun­day, Septem­ber 10, with a route for younger vis­i­tors and a more chal­leng­ing op­tion. En­try is in­cluded in the stan­dard grounds ad­mis­sion price. De­tails at pen­shurst­place.com


There’s a field of fun at the Birch­ing­ton site through to mid Septem­ber,

with the Maize Maze and an African Ex­pe­di­tion tak­ing vis­i­tors on a jour­ney around the con­ti­nent, with an in­ter­ac­tive quiz.

Head to the Gi­ant Trac­tor Maze, to track down a lost trac­tor, and try out a Maize-opoly in­ter­ac­tive quiz. You also won’t want to miss the only Jump­ing Pillow in Thanet. For en­try charges and times, visit quex­ac­tiv­i­ty­cen­tre. com or call 01843 841119.

Have a fun time at Leeds Cas­tle be­fore the kids go back to school The Maize Maze has opened at Pen­shurst Place

Pic­ture: Jac­qui Green

Sum­mer sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will be on of­fer at the Fo­rum shop­ping cen­tre in Sit­ting­bourne

Spot the Gromit and have some in­land beach fun at Bluewater

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