Nice & Niche Festivals
Let it never be said that Kent doesn’t deliver the unexpected!
For us, festival season is so much more than music and food - it’s about celebrating passions, embracing your inner nerd and celebrating those quirky obsessions and curious hobbies that put a smile on your face. Whether you’re a Game of the Thrones fanatic, a car aficionado, or a trucker at heart, check out our round up of some of Kent’s niche festivals.
15th - 17th June
If you just can't get enough of Mr Dickens and is cavalcade of curious and cartoonish characters, then this is the festival for you. This annual celebration of author Charles Dickens brings many of his masterpieces to life in the seaside town that he loved to visit. Watch the festival play 'The Old Curiosity Shop', see hat decorating demonstrations, gin tasting, and don't miss the grand parade and beach party. One for all the family! Expect great things...
30th June - 1st July
Soar into the weekend at the Battle of Britain Air Show with displays of the iconic aircraft of the era, including Spitfires and Hurricanes. Round off the day with flight experiences, stalls and plenty of fun for the whole family.
Live music set in the countryside surrounding a fantastic local ice cream parlour - can you get much better than that in summer? Pack a picnic and bring along the whole family for a day bursting with entertainment, food and drink and of course, plenty of ice cream!
Step onto the pages of Canterbury's history books with this colourful celebration in July. Commemorating Henry ll’s pilgrimage to Canterbury in 1174, the medieval parade through the streets of the ancient city features a whole cast of historical characters, music and mayhem.
24th Jul 2018 - 28th July
Step up to the frontline at the Hop Farm's five day festival, packed with vintage and military history. Take in scenes of living history, from WW1 to the present, from the trenches to life back at home and marvel at impressive displays as thousands of military vehicles from around the world gather for the celebration.
Truckfest at the Hop Farm
18th – 19th August
With monster truck car crushing, the truck awards and top truck manufacturers on site, it’s safe to say the whole family will enjoy this one. Spin into the action with a family fun fair and try to peak out from behind your hands as James Dylan’s Stunt World takes on ramp jumps, wheelies and stoppies.
Trucks and more
15th -20th September
We’re not all gifted with the green thumb, but Leeds Castle celebrates those who are with a five day floral extravaganza! See the creativity of award-winning designers from around the world as they create jaw-dropping displays in the castle and around the sweeping grounds. Plus you can glean some of that specialist knowledge with workshops, talks and demonstrations.
Fall for florals
Salute to the 40s
15th – 16th September
Grab your ration book and prepare to swing into this wartime celebration at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. If you love nothing more than donning your best vintage clothes, clicking your heels to big band music and marvelling at the transport of another era, this is the festival for you.
Do victory rolls for this weekend
Dragon Boat Festival
Expect upwards of 1,000 people to be putting paddles to the water in this adrenaline-fuelled festival at Bewl Water in September. The 21st Dragon Boat Festival will see crews of 16 paddlers and a drummer race in Chinese-style dragon boats over a 250 metre course for charity. A great event for those watching or competing, popular legend was once that the dragons would bring rain to parched lands (though organisers hope this won't be the case on the big day!). Take on the dragons...