What’s on for kids this month in Kent

PUBLISHED: 11:55 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:55 17 October 2016

Spooky goings on in Kent

Spooky goings on in Kent

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It’s Halloween time and there’s lots of fun to be had, from creepy crafts to ghosts and ghouls, or celebrate Kent’s bounty this Harvest Festival. Words by: By Emma Ward

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Embrace your darker side this Halloween with fun family events across the county. Join in a fancy dress competition at Leeds Castle (22 to 28 October), follow a pumpkin trail and make some creepy crafts at Penshurst Place (15 to 30 October) or brave the ghosts and ghouls haunting Dover Castle (22 to 30 October).

www.leeds-castle.com, www.penshurstplace.com

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/haunted-castle-Dov.

Three other things to do this month…

•Get in gear for the self-led Gruffalo Orienteering Course at Jeskyns Community Woodland near Cobham to learn how to read a map and navigate your way around the forest. Suitable for children up to eight years old and their families. Pick up a map at the cafe (£1.50). Course maps available until 31 October.

www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-9hvchx

•Little princesses in waiting will enjoy Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of Snow White at Margate Winter Gardens on 13 October. Tickets from £13 per child, book able online or via the box office on tel. 01843 292795. Booking fees apply.

www.margatewintergardens.co.uk

•Take a train journey across Romney Marsh this Halloween, at the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Games, activities and a special spooky tea included in the ticket price. From 27 to 30 October. Book in advance online or via 01797 363256.

www.rhdr.org.uk

Little Kent Loves… HARVEST FESTIVAL

Enjoy the abundance of Kent’s harvest this month

•Brogdale Collections, Faversham: Come and explore some of the finest examples of fruit trees in the world, from apples and pears to cherries, plums and quinces. Discover thousands of apple varieties at the National Apple Festival, taking place at Brogdale on 15 and 16 October.

www.brogdalecollections.org/festivals-events

•Pippins Farm, Tunbridge Wells: More apples, pears and other local fruits available at this popular ‘pick your own’ farm with orchards laden with produce. Learn how your fruit goes from branch to bowl in the most delicious way possible.

www.pippinsfarm.co.uk

•Rochester Farmers’ Market, Blue Boar Lane Car Park, Rochester: Get the kids involved in the grocery shopping at this award-winning monthly market brimming with local produce. Choice is wide here, with fruit and veg, meat, fish and bread – all locally sourced or grown. Third Sunday of the month from 9am to 1pm.

www.kfma.org.uk

•Broadstairs Food Festival: Celebrate all things harvest at this three-day festival dedicated to the finest local food and drink. Award-winning Kentish producers will be serving hot and cold dishes alongside a busy programme of chef demonstrations and tasting workshops. Festival takes place in Victorian Gardens and on the seafront promenade from 30 September until 2 October. Free entry, but donations welcome.

www.broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk

•Kelsey’s Farm Shop, Sidcup: Not only does this family-run farm shop stock a huge range of top quality fruit, veg, meat, fish and sweet treats, it also has a fantastic soft play barn on the premises for children aged up to ten years old to let off some steam during the weekly shop. See online for opening times, prices and information about party bookings.

www.kelseysfarmshop.co.uk / www.crayzeebarn.com

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