10 Great Ways to Spend this Bank Holiday Weekend
Looking for some ideas on how to spend your weekend? Look no further! From festivals to family fetes and Medieval Jousting to 70’s boogie, INDEX has you covered…
Kent has been abuzz this summer with lively festivals, unique exhibitions and great days out for the entire family, and this upcoming bank holiday weekend is no different by a long shot. Festivals dominate all three days, with the return of Local & Live to Tunbridge Wells on everyone’s mind, not to mention festivals celebrating cider, flowers… and chilli?
Local & Live Tunbridge Wells Music Festival
Returning for 2018 with a full programme of events at Calverley Grounds and the Tunbridge Wells Forum, with an outdoor stage at The Spa Hotel on Bank Holiday Monday, Local & Live partners the two most important things in life: music and food. Headlined by Suncharmer, David Midgen and The Twisted Roots, and The Varlies, and with mouth-watering food and drink provided all weekend by local favourites, including Fuggles and Sankey's, the four day-long festival promises to be an unmissable event.
Friday 8pm-12am, Saturday 9pm-1am, Sunday 9pm-1am, Monday 3pm-10pm
Calverly Grounds, Tunbridge Wells
Journey through History and Jousting
Immerse yourself in history at Hever Castle, from the Saxon Age (via the Viking invasion!) right up to the Edwardian period, with re-enactments and stalls as well as more thrills and spills as brave knights compete in this year’s Jousting Tournament.
£16.25 standard admission
Hever Castle, Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG
Head back in time again this Saturday night (albeit not as far) to the disco-crazy 70s, with a night celebrating the funky music of the decade. Back this summer by popular demand on The Pantiles bandstand, prepare for a night filled with boogie and soul.
The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
Brogdale Artisan Cider Festival
Promising to be better than ever for 2018, with an amazing range of the best local ciders, and featuring music all weekend across three stages, the Cider Festival will truly be a place to relax in the sun.
Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ
A Summertime Celebration at the Green
Westerham Women proudly present ‘Our Women’s Journey, 1918-2018’, with live music, retro and modern stalls, readings from ‘Psychic Sadie’ and much more. A great day out for the family!
Free with stall costs
The Green, Westerham TN16 1AS
Quex Maize Maze and Moonlight Fun
Explore the Maize Mazes of Quex Park as the sun goes down, equipped with only a torch and your wits. Are you ready for the challenge? Featuring a delicious BBQ, fun games for children and a selection of drinks, prepare for a night of thrills.
£9.50 per person or £35 for group of 4
Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0BH
Appledore Flower Festival
Presenting over 30 floral arrangements based on classic idioms (‘the grass is ALWAYS greener’), and supported by stalls offering jewellery, books, cakes and, of course, plants, Appledore promises to remain the place to be for anyone with a green finger this weekend.
St Peter & St Paul Church, The Street, Appledore, Kent, TN262DB
Faversham Chilli Festival
Spice up your life this weekend at the Abbey School, where the chili festival returns after the red hot success of last year. This year includes performing arts from the Faversham Fringe, growing tips, live music and, obviously, lots of chili!
Entry by donation
White Cliffs Walking Festival
This weekend why not try a White Cliff Walk to revitalise the soul, whilst enjoying the picturesque views of coastal Kent? With walks to suit all abilities (including family, historical and wildlife walks among others), check out the ramblers website to find a walk near you!
Various times and locations
Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival
And last but definitely not least, head to the heart of Rye this weekend for fantastic free music, kicking off with the foot-stomping rhythms of New Orleans this Friday. Jazz try it!
Various times and locations