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Christmas events in Kent: Festive things to do 2019

PUBLISHED: 17:15 28 October 2019

There will be ice skating in Tunbridge Wells again this year!

There will be ice skating in Tunbridge Wells again this year!


From ice skating to cake decorating and wandering through festive markets, there are lots of fabulous festive events in Kent this year to get you in the Christmas spirit

- Christmas market (9 Nov)

A fantastic day of Christmas shopping. You'll be able to buy direct from Chapel Down, Marshmallow Heaven, Macknade Fine Foods, Nancy & Betty, Oscar & Bentley's, Lime Tree London and more. Neptune will also be raising money for SANDS charity with a raffle full of treats.

Tickets: Free. 01227 209300. Neptune, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 3TY

- Midwinter Fair (14 to 16 Nov)

With more than 250 handpicked exhibitors spread throughout a heated tented village, there is something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy browsing luxury gifts for all the family, exquisite Christmas decorations, vintage and contemporary homeware, boutique fashion and jewellery plus a delicious selection of food.

Tickets: £11. 01622 872068. The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood. Satnav: TN12 6PY

- Skate Tun Wells (15 Nov to 5 Jan 2020)

Calverley Grounds is transformed into a winter destination for stylish skating, festive food and drink, music and the addition of a second new rink, designed for two to four year-old skaters.

Tickets: From £8. Calverley Grounds, Tun Wells. Satnav: TN1 1SJ

- Cake decorating (16 Nov)

If your Christmas cake is gently maturing, your thoughts will be turning as to how you will decorate and present it. Maddie Allen, of Mama Feelgoods, will be hosting a two-hour Christmas cake decorating demo in the Neptune kitchen. Following the workshop, you'll leave full of inspiration for your own cake, and a Neptune goody bag.

Tickets: £10. 01227 209300. Neptune, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 3TY

- Candle making (20 and 21 Nov)

Join Maeve from Fireside Candles for an evening of festive candle craft. She will demonstrate the art of candle making and share her secrets on how to create and blend scents. In this practical workshop, participants will be able to make their own candle to take home.

Tickets: £49. 01227 209300. Neptune, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 3TY

- On the Home Front (23 and 24 Nov)

Re-live the festive season as it was in the 1940s through the wartime events that brought our nation together. There will be 'make do and mend' lessons, drill displays by the Home Guard, a 1940's school lesson, shops from the era and a rehabilitation centre for injured RAF pilots.

Tickets: £5.95 to £21.95. 01622 763936. Kent Life, Maidstone. Satnav: ME14 3AU

- Santa Specials (from 23 Nov)

Create a special family memory with a festive steam train journey between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West. Father Christmas will be on board each train with a gift-wrapped present for the children.

Tickets: Various. 01892 300141. Spa Valley Railway, Eridge. Satnav: TN3 9LE


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