We’re here once again to give you the low-down on the highlights of what to do in Kent this Spring and Summer. To some, what we’re recommending might be old hat but with the Garden of England getting millions of visitors each month, we wanted to share some of the old classics of the Kent calendar with everyone. We’ll throw in a curve ball or two to get everyone on their toes! It might even remind some of the Kent diehards about an event that has somehow slipped your mind! Let’s get cracking!
With February knocking on the door and Valentine’s round the corner, we thought we’d combine a classic attraction with the most romantic time of the year. That’s right ‘Kiss Me Quick’ as we’re off to Dreamland @ Margate 13-21st February.
When you’re called We Love Kent, you can’t really pass up on Valentines, and Dreamland is a truly classic Kent attraction. It’s a marriage made in heaven really! Dreamland are pulling out all the stops to bring a little bit of romance to the park. From an 80/90’s disco (no one puts baby in the corner) to a Tunnel of Love, you’re almost guaranteed to find love there. For those who do meet someone special on the night, Dreamland are even offering shotgun weddings (annulments are available shortly after, if they turn out not to be the right one!
Right, that’s enough of February and the lovey dovey stuff, here’s what March has in store for you! We’re into the Easter holidays in March, and Leeds Castle @ Maidstone 25-28th March asks you to go through the Looking Glass.
Over the weekend, not only can you enjoy the beauty of Leeds Castle and its grounds, but you can join Alice in Wonderland while you’re at it. Take the kids on an adventure through the gardens and maze, and bump into a host of characters like the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit. Just try not to lose your head when you meet the Queen of Hearts
April is all about the great Kentish institution that is Jools Holland. It doesn’t really get more Kent than an evening with the hugely talented Mr.Holland. Catch Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra @ Margate Winter Gardens 29th April
Jools is one of the premier musicians in the country and has a long history and relationship with Kent, including owning one of its castles. He’ll be performing at one of the most iconic venues in the county, with the Winter Gardens playing host to the top performers and artists in the world. If you’ve never seen Jools live, you’re missing out and with it guaranteed to be an intimate performance, this isn’t one to be missed!
Rolling into May, we’re already keeping our collective fingers and toes crossed that by then we’ll be getting a healthy dose of sunshine. We’ll need it for two of the most iconic events in the Kent calendar, with both the Sweeps Festival @ Rochester 30-2 May
Sweeps is a tradition in Kent that has been running since the dawn of time (or near enough) which takes over Rochester. A colourful mix of music, dancing and entertainment with plenty of Kent’s tastiest food and drink to hand as well! Sweeps was originally the only time chimney sweeps got off all year, when they could leave the soot behind and have some fun. Come down and meet Kent’s sweeps and discover one of the things that makes Kent truly special and unique.
We’re into Summer proper by now and it’s time to let your hair down with some fun in the sun. Let’s finish off in style with the Kent County Show @ Kent County Showground 8-10 July
This is the event that is the cornerstone of the Kent calendar. If you’ve lived in Kent for more than a hot minute you’ll most likely have been at least once. Kent County Show is so big, unless you’re heading there this year, you should avoid the area, as the event is THAT popular! With over 400 exhibitors and over 300 competitions, activities and displays, there is more going on there than you’ll be able to cram in. If you want to see what and why Kent is so amazing, and why we love it so much, just take a trip down there this year and you’ll find out!
That’s it from We Love Kent HQ, make sure you don’t miss out on the big events throughout the year. Kent has so much to offer, all you need to do is get out there and experience it.
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