SIX OFTHE BEST
Get your last summer kicks as attractions across the county hold their final weekend of seasonal fun. Angela Cole picks her favourites…
1 WHITEFRIARS, CANTERBURY
The Canterbury shopping centre is saying “Hello Summer” right up until Sunday, September 2, with free family entertainment daily and a market. Activities include crazy golf, giant chess and Connect4 and art and craft sessions. There’ll be live music every weekend. Details at whitefriars.co.uk.
2 THE BEACH & ANIMAL TRAIL, BLUEWATER
This summer until Sunday, September 2, The Beach has rides for thrill seekers - and plenty of sand! There’s also Water Wars Balloon Battle and a giant paddling pool for little ones. Entry is £3 for adults and over threes, with tokens for rides to buy separately. Details at thebeachbluewater.com The centre also has an Into the Wild animal trail around the centre until Sunday, September 9, with stunning statues of creatures including an 18ft giraffe and a giant African elephant. Get a trail map from one of the concierge desks for £1, complete the quiz and receive an animal-inspired prize.
3 GORILLA CIRCUS, DREAMLAND
With its new rides, the Margate attraction has been a hot spot all summer long. Sunday, September 2 is the final day for some circus thrills with Gorilla Circus. The high-octane outdoor show combines aerial, high wire, trapeze and other circus spectacles for the high-flying action. Performances are twice daily at 1.30pm and 4.30pm. For entry costs and more details visit Dreamland.co.uk
4 SCOTNEY CASTLE, LAMBERHURST
Re-live the adventures that the Victorian Hussey family got up to in their holidays with the summer trail and activities throughout the holidays. On Wednesday mornings there is a wildlife activity where you can tick off one of the 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ . For all the National Trust summer events in Kent go to nationaltrust.org.uk
5 THE FORUM, SITTINGBOURNE
Until Saturday, September 1, the shopping centre in the centre of Sittingbourne will hold its summer Wacky Weekends. From 11am to 3pm, there will be free activities including games, craft workshops and competitions, plus free ice pops.
6 MAIZE MAZE, PENSHURST PLACE
There’s still time to lose yourself in this summer’s maize. This year the maze, which is open until Sunday, September 9, has been planted in the shape of a giant clock face and has the theme of time travel. As visitors wind their way around the maze, they can collect clues from different historical eras hidden inside. Once they have collected all the clues, they’ll be able to crack the puzzle and be in with the chance of winning a family season ticket. To find out about admission times and costs, go to penshurstplace.com