Start making your Bank Holiday plans now!
PUBLISHED: 17:26 10 August 2014 | UPDATED: 20:22 10 August 2014
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Hunt for bugs, enjoy outdoor theatre in a castle setting, ride on a vintage bus and enjoy the Bank Holiday on Kent’s lovely coast
Celebrate natural Kent at the Festival of Wildlife
Head over to the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve on 16 or 17 August for the eighth Festival of Wildlife - a weekend of nature-based fun for all ages. Highlights include bug hunting, mammal identification sessions, guided walks and creative workshops. There will also be local food and arts and crafts stalls to browse.
Entry to the Festival is free and parking costs £2 per car.
3 other great things to do this month…
• Future Obamas take note. A five-day Young Leaders Festival takes place at The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood from 4 to 8 August. Aimed at 13 to 17 year olds, the festival will welcome inspirational speakers and run team activities to build skills and confidence. Places cost £60 plus VAT and should be booked online.
• If you fancy a spot of outdoor theatre in lovely surroundings, visit Hever Castle, which is hosting Hever Festival Theatre’s summer programme in its award-winning gardens.
A wide range of performances takes place this month, starting with Tosca on 1 August and ending with the Last Night of the Hever Proms on 31 August.
Plenty of family shows in between, too, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Robin Hood. Book online or by phone on 01732 866114.
• Transport fans should not miss a trip to the Spa Valley Railway near Tunbridge Wells on 3 August, when vintage buses will arrive for the Summer Bus Rally.
Or come back to meet Mike the Knight and Peppa Pig on 21 August.
The full programme of events is available online, along with prices, times and booking details.
Little Kent Loves… BANK HOLIDAY FUN
August finishes off with a most welcome Bank holiday. Where are the best places to spend that precious extra day off?
• Bewl Water: The lake and country park, just south of Lamberhurst, has lots to offer families, with Bank Holiday family games, inflatables, paddle boats, mini golf, colouring tent, tug-of-war and food and drink a-plenty. Entry £4, under fives get in free, visit: www.bewlwater.co.uk
• White Cliffs of Dover: Clear the cobwebs during the 2014 White Cliffs Walking Festival (21 to 27 August). Routes of varying lengths, all taking in spectacular coastal scenes and fascinating wildlife. Walk dates and details at: www.whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk
• Leeds Castle: Rediscover the age of chivalry at Leeds Castle’s Medieval Festival, taking place from 23 to 29 August. Enjoy falconry shows, medieval markets and live re-enactments of a time gone by.
• Margate: Catch some late August sunshine on the beach at Ramsgate, Margate, Folkestone or Hythe. Indulge in some traditional fun, building sand castles, collecting shells, eating fish and chips and licking ice creams as you stroll along the shore.
• Historic Dockyard, Chatham: Swashbuckle your way through the Bank Holiday weekend with fun pirate play days at Chatham’s Historical Dockyard. Trails, obstacle courses, sand pits and exhibitions will keep children under seven entertained for the whole weekend.
Open daily, check www.thedockyard.co.uk for ticket prices and other information.