May Bank Holiday

With Spring well underway we’re just counting down the days until yet another long weekend commences! And, what better way to spend it than with a day out exploring just what Kent has to offer? From an afternoon spent dancing and celebrating the May Day traditions of yesteryear to a wild weekend spent at one of the county’s wonderful wildlife parks...

It’s time to put aside your winter boots and start planning that well-earned extra day off work. Check our top suggestions below and start plotting your weekend now…

Sandwich Salutes the 40s

Take a step back in time and head to the beautiful seaside town of Sandwich as they salute the 40s, with entertainment planned throughout the weekend featuring 40s style singers, dazzling dancing and marvellous music.

Swing to the 40s...

May Day Festival

What better way to celebrate the May Bank holiday than at one of the county’s traditional May Day festivals? Visit Hever Castle and enjoy the age-old customs of this festival, with a traditional spin around the Maypole with all its brightly coloured ribbons intertwined. Alternatively, visit Kent Life for their May Day Celebrations, where history and family fun sit side by side! Join them for a host of traditional crafts and activities leading up to a jam-packed May Day.

Take a walk on the wild side

Have a roaring good Bank Holiday with a visit to Howletts Wild Animal Park - home to over 450 animals - and be sure to take part in their prize draw to win a macaque encounter. The perfect way to keep the little ones amused! Step back in time and get up close to 29 life-like dinosaur models at Wingham Wildlife Park before joining the park’s keepers on one of their fascinating talks and feeding times throughout the day.

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018

Fall in love with literature all over again with a visit to the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018, with three days of talks, performances and workshops. Along with the chance to meet renowned writers covering everything from fascinating fact to fantastic fiction, there will also be children’s theatre performances and activities to keep the little ones entertained.

Sweeps Festival

Medway’s annual Sweeps Festival returns this Bank Holiday weekend bringing a mix of music, dancing and entertainment to the pretty town of Rochester. This three-day event is one not to be missed, with entertainment planned for the whole family to enjoy.

Sweep into the weekend... 

Shopping

Shop til you drop this Bank Holiday weekend - the perfect way to celebrate payday! Visit the Weald of Kent Country Craft show at Penshurst Place and discover stalls brimming with local handmade goodies, or head to Bluewater and embark on an adventure with their brilliant Roar-some Dino Trail where you’ll come face to face with life-like dinosaurs as you shop, and even learn some interesting facts along the way.

Foodie weekend

What better way to spend the long weekend than with a visit to all the best foodie places in Kent? From an afternoon at One Warwick Park Hotel enjoying their delicious bottomless brunch to a day exploring the beautiful vineyards in Kent and sampling the great local produce, there’s bound to be something in Kent to tickle your taste buds!

For even more ideas this May Bank Holiday, check out our What’s On page.