Diamond Jubilee events, half-term fun and Father's Day – all here in Kent

PUBLISHED: 16:27 02 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013

Diamond Jubilee events, half-term fun and Father's Day – all here in Kent

Diamond Jubilee events, half-term fun and Father's Day – all here in Kent

How to have your best-ever June in the Garden of England

Diamond Jubilee events, half-term fun and Fathers Day all here in Kent


The Queen's Pantiles Garden Party

Throughout June

The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

As well as turning the Pantiles spotlight onto food, and vintage fashion, there will also be a gardening/plant festival, to take place during the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. The Queens Pantiles Garden Party will play host to the ultimate plant sale, heralding in a riot of floral fabulousness.

Tudor Jubilee Celebrations

2-5 Jun

Tickets: 12.50 to 37.50

01732 865224

Hever Castle, near Edenbridge

Join in the royal celebrations when King Henry VIII and his queen, Anne Boleyn revisit Annes Coronation. Take part in a weekend of Tudor entertainment, including have-a-go archery, craft demonstrations and the opportunity to enter a competition for the best-dressed princes and princesses. You can also see copies of the Coronation crown jewels and other exquisite royal trinkets.

Diamond Jubilee Fundays

3-5 Jun

Tickets: 2 to 14

01795 886101

Doddington Place Gardens, nr Sittingbourne

There will be plenty going on to celebrate Queen Elizabeth IIs ruling milestone, including jubilee-themed treasure hunts for younger children, and for older children there will be a puzzle and riddle hunt - theres a small chocolate prize for each child taking part. Birds of prey displays each day.

Party in the Park

4 Jun

01303 266152

Oaklands, Hythe

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee there will be music, song, dance, a Jubilee Bonnet parade, a childrens fancy dress competition, donkey rides, and a tennis display and a whole lot more. At the climax of the days events, a beacon will be lit to coincide with the Queen herself lighting one in London.

High Tea on the Wealden Pullman

5 Jun

Tickets: 27.50 (adults); 22.50 (children)

01580 765155

Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden

Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with a delicious tea on the luxury dining train, The Wealden Pullman. Passengers can enjoy the scenic journey between Tenterden and Bodiam while they are served high tea. What could be finer? Pre-booking is essential.

Best of British Garden Festival

15-24 Jun

Tickets: 12.50 to 37.50

01732 865224

Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge

The castle rooms will be filled with flowers and fragrance designed to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. In addition to this floral spectacular, classic car lovers will also want to take note. On the final day of the festival, there will be 150 examples of that most British of marques, Aston Martin, on show for all those among you who harbour secret ambitions to be James Bond.

Later at Sissinghurst

Throughout June

Tickets: Normal admission fees apply

01580 710700

Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, nr Cranbrook

ntpl Penny Tweedie

The gardens at Sissinghurst will be opening later throughout June. This will give visitors a wonderful chance to see the change in atmosphere as the sun goes down. The best place to see this is, of course, the White Garden, which was designed to really pack that wow factor.

The Great British Home Show

31 May-4 Jun

Tickets: 5 to 15

08712 200260

Exhibition Centre, Bluewater, Greenhithe

Celebrity builder Craig Phillips joins a team of experts for the Great British Home Show. The UKs cheekiest chappie and builder will be running four DIY seminars at the show, which is being staged to coincide with the countrys Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Other luminaries include DIY SOSs Oliver Heath, Gardeners Worlds Alys Fowler, designers Kelly Davies and Zoe Brewer and property guru Laura Henderson.

Royal half-term fun

6-10 Jun

Tickets: 12.50 to 37.50

01732 865224

Hever Castle, near Edenbridge

Younger visitors to the castle are invited to recreate the splendour of a royal court. Dress up in replica Tudor garments and see what it took to equip a knight of the time. Get all the information you need from the specialists on hand, as well as experience for yourself. Be a prince, a princess or a knight for the day.

Barry and Stuart Show and Tell

14 Jun

Tickets: 12 and 14

01892 678678

Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

The stars of the BBC 1 show The Magicians and Edinburgh Fringe highlights Barry and Stuart are heading out on tour to bring magic to the masses. Not only will they be demonstrating their wide repertoire of tricks and oft gruesome and amusing illusions, but, after the interval, will actually reveal how a lot of it is done.

Kent College Film Festival

15 to 17 Jun

Tickets: 6 (3 concessions)

01892 822006

Kent College Pembury, Pembury

As part of the schools 125-year celebrations, there will be a week of nostalgia and family fun as the Film Festival returns. Childhood will be the focus of the festival, and the films chosen can be seen on an outside screen or in the schools recently refurbished state-of-the-art theatre. The festival also heralds the return of the Big Shorts Film competition for students in the year groups 6 to 13.

Open Farm Day

16 June

Tickets: Free

01732 838408

Princess Christians Farm, Hildenborough

Come and meet farmers who grow your food and care for the countryside. Find out what it is like working on a farm. In addition, you can ride on a tractor, go pond dipping, follow a nature trail, enter a welly tossing competition, as well as go on a tour of Princess Christians Farm.

Real Ale & Cider Festival

16 Jun

Tickets: 10-42

01580 765155

Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden

Booze and a bit of bopping thanks to a stellar line-up of bands that will take to a stage built across the railway tracks. Raise a glass to the oncoming summer at this glorious social event that is organised in conjunction with the Ashford, Folkestone and Romney Marsh branches of CAMRA. There will also be a full steam service running on the day as well.

Faversham Festival

16-24 Jun


Designed to celebrate the talent in Faversham, all the performers during the festival will have a link to the area. Kicking proceedings off will be an operetta performance by Tania Holland in the Assembly Rooms. Highlights include a rare performance by the Urban Soul Orchestra (17 Jun). There is guaranteed to be something for everyone throughout the event, so check out the Kent Life website to find out more about whats happening at the Faversham Festival.

Little Gardens of Sandwich

17 Jun

Tickets: 5

Eight gardens will be thrown open to the public in this beautiful medieval town. There will also be specialist nurseries and craft stalls open for visitors to find that little bit of gardening inspiration or perfect gift for that special someone. Cream teas and cakes will be available throughout the afternoon.

A feast of fun for Fathers Day

17 Jun

Tickets: contact venue

01580 710700

Sissinghurst Castle

Sissinghurst is putting on a programme of events to celebrate Fathers Day. There will be big childrens games, such as Jenga and Connect Four, a beer tent offering a bumper selection of Kentish ales and ciders, local wines and other delicious items.

Fathers Day fun

17 Jun

Tickets: Free to 21.50

01892 870347

Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone

Bring your dad along to Chiddingstone Castle and uncover the treasures of one of Kents most fascinating castles, including its extensive Egyptian and Chinese artefacts. And once you have done that, sink a Larkins Ale or two, enjoy some barbecued food and have a crack at beating the old man at croquet on the castle lawn.


17 Jun

Tickets: 2 to 5

01795 886101

Doddington Place Gardens, nr Sittingbourne

Get on target at Doddington Place when the ancient sport of archery gets into full flight. Visitors to the site can have a go themselves, and get a few professional tips from the experts who will be on hand throughout the day.

Tonbridge Arts Festival: James Buchan

17 Jun

Tickets: various

Various venues, Tonbridge

Jane Austen has many links with Kent, and in particular, Tonbridge. Her great-uncle, Thomas, lived on the High Street and was an apothecary. As part of the Tonbridge Arts festival, a living history apothecary, James Buchan will be visiting the town to demonstrate his potions, remedies and concoctions, and to talk about his the contrasts of his role and those of the Doctors of Physic and surgeons. Check out the Kent Life website for more on the Tonbridge Arts Festival

Will Young

23 Jun

Tickets: 35

03000 6804

Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst

The Pop Idol runner-up, actor and performer Will Young will be performing among the trees in Kent this summer. As part of the Forestry Commission Live Music programme, the talented star will take to the stage to sing a succession of his hits, including Jealousy, Leave Right Now, and his version of Light My Fire.

Spirit of the Forties

23-24 Jun

The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

David Bartholomew

As a taster of the main Vintage Fair, The Pantiles will be transporting shoppers back to the Forties in June. There will be a vintage market and plenty of entertainment on the bandstand, including Gypsy Johns Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers and the South London Jazz Orchestra.

The Importance of Being Earnest

24 Jun (Smallhythe Place)

28 Jun (Danson House)

Tickets: 6 to 16

0844 249 1895 (Smallhythe Place), 01322 621238 (Danson House)

Smallhythe Place, Tenterden; Danson House, Bexleyheath

Oscar Wildes comedy of manners gets another outing courtesy of the Pantaloons troupe, and what a version it is. Drawing inspiration from silent films and the Victorian music hall, this is a faster, funnier and more physical take on an evergreen stage favourite.

Jazz in the Gardens

24 Jun

Tickets: 2-5

01795 886 101

Doddington Place Gardens, nr Sittingbourne

Enjoy a summers afternoon (fingers crossed) with the strains of mellow jazz floating across the gardens at Doddington Place. An acclaimed jazz quartet will be playing two sets and there will also be a musical trail for the younger members of your party.

She Stoops to Conquer

24 Jun

Tickets: 8-12

01621 890153

Beech Court Gardens, nr Ashford

DOT Productions will be bringing laughter to Beech Court Gardens in the form of popular comedy She Stoops To Conquer. Focusing on chaos, courtship and a dysfunctional family dynamic, plenty of amusing misunderstandings and mis-directions manifest as the plot unfolds or unravels.

As You Like It

27 Jun

Tickets: 7-32

01227 831355

Charlton Park, Canterbury

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. The Hazlitt Arts Centre and the Changeling Theatre Company will be braving the elements to bring one of Shakespeares most oft-quoted plays to vivid life.


28 Jun (Scotney Castle)

30 Jun (Goodnestone Park Gardens)

Tickets: 7 and 14 (Scotney Castle); 8, 13.50 and 40

0844 2491895 (Scotney Castle), 01304 840107 (Goodnestone Park Gardens)

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst and Goodnestone Park Gardens, Canterbury

Adapted from the original tale by Jane Austen, the Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be bringing this tale of matchmaking, marriage and merriment to the outdoor theatres of Kent. Have a picnic and take in a show. There will be love, laughter and fun aplenty from this comedy of manners.

Hop Farm Music Festival

29 Jun-1 Jul

Tickets: 55 (day tickets) to 162 (camping)

0844 2491000

The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

Joining the festival headliners Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra and reformed and revitalised indie rockers Suede at the Hop Farm this year will be none other than variety veteran and showbiz royalty Sir Bruce Forsyth. This will be Brucies first-ever festival appearance in his eight-decade career, so it is sure to be a memorable occasion. Other acts on the bill include Damian Rice, The Stranglers, Joan Armatrading, Billy Ocean and The Psychedelic Furs, plus many, many more, and all without the corporate sponsorship and commercialisation that plagues other festivals. Its about the music and nothing else.

The Great War Extravaganza

30 Jun

Tickets: 10-42

01580 765155

Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden

The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group and the KESR have joined forces to bring the period of the First World War to life. There will be more than 50 living historians in costume, plus authentic equipment such as a Lewis Machine Gun, a Recruitment Tent and a Water Cart. Enjoy a ride on an authentic steam train and then step back in time.

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