What's New in Kent?

There's always an abundance of exciting things taking place in Kent, with a whole host of group options to help plan a visit to the county. 

Say hello to new packages, events and attractions, ready to add a new spin to your itineraries as well as old favourites and hidden gems. Plus, there's always the key anniversaries and themes being celebrated in this special year.

Whatever your groups’ taste, you won’t be stuck for things to do in Kent. Take a look through the options below to find out more, and remember, Visit Kent is always on hand to answer any questions or provide suggestions and recommendations, so please do get in touch. 

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350th Anniversary of the Battle of Medway

Medway will commemorate the 350th anniversary of one of England’s greatest naval disasters, which saw the River Medway engulfed in flames, with a special event programme. In the Dutch Raid of June 1667, a Dutch fleet sailed up the Medway and surprised the English fleet at anchor, burning a number of ships before towing away the Royal Charles, England’s flagship. 

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2017 Folkestone Triennial

Following a hugely successful triennial in 2014, which saw gold buried in the sands of Folkestone beach, and the notorious street artist Banksy delivering a brand new artwork, the Folkestone Triennial will once again return to Kent in 2017, with even more exceptional artists, performances and eclectic variety of art events around the town. 

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St Augustine's Visitor Centre, Ramsgate

A Pugin and St Augustine Education, Research and Visitor Centre is being developed at St Augustine’s Church in Ramsgate, next to the home designed, built and lived in by English architect, Augustus Pugin. Work on the project has already begun, with the launch in 2017.

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Eastgate House reopens in Rochester

This beautiful Elizabethan townhouse was built in the late 1590s and throughout the centuries, the house has been a girls' boarding school, a restaurant, the city museum and the Dickens Museum as well as a family home. The gardens, annexe building and cottage were designed by Sir Guy Dawber in the 1920s. Discover the Swiss chalet where Dickens worked on some of his most famous novels. 

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There's more to come in 2018...

400th Anniversary of The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Expansion of McArthur Glen’s Ashford Designer Outlet