School summer holidays in Kent

It’s the middle of July and we’re speedily approaching the school summer holiday!

With over six weeks to fill, keeping the kids entertained can be a daunting prospect, but with so much to see and do right here in Kent, it’s the perfect opportunity to teach your little ones some new skills or just let them enjoy themselves!

Remember, if you and the kids are out and about in Kent this summer, share your photos with us using #SummerinKent

Maidstone Museum Magical Creations

Throughout July & August, Maidstone Museum is running workshops to create your own crazy, magical characters from gollums, to trolls and dragons. Perfect for when the kids feel like getting their hands dirty and unleashing their creativity! Arts and crafts Maidstone

Castle Crafting in Medway

Not only is Rochester Castle steeped in history and worth a visit alone, but throughout the summer you can step back into the 11th century and craft your own flags, royal portrait and even castle! And, if you’re in the area, Upnor Castle and Temple Manor are hosting family craft days, where you can create everything from jellyfish sun-catchers through to pirate treasure and crusader helmets!

Birds of prey, pantos and an amaize-ing maze at Penshurst

You'll be spoilt for choice on a day out at Penshurst Place this summer! Every Sunday the grounds will be soaring with falconry exhibitions showing how these rarely sighted birds capture their prey, while the garden will be turning theatrical with pantos returning for summer. Or why not put your children's orienteering skills to the test with the puzzle of the Maize Maze, back by popular demand for the holiday! Spend summer days at Penshurst

Explore Medway with the top down

When you think of summer driving, it doesn't get much better than putting the roof down and enjoying a tour! With stops at top attractions such as the Royal Engineers Museum, The Historic Dockyard and Fort Amherst, the Medway Open Top Bus is the perfect way to discover Rochester and Chatham this summer, so all you need to do is hope the skies stay clear. Take the tour bus through Medway

Step back in time and watch jousting matches

Hever Castle is well known across Kent for being the home of Anne Boleyn, one of Henry VIII’s wives, who in turn was a keen jouster in his younger years. Complete with a Royal Box, you'll find scenes of authentic action, falls and fights as the annual Summer Jousting Tournament takes place at the castle throughout the summer. Joust at Hever

Keep the education going at Port Lympne

Just because school is officially out, it doesn’t mean your youngsters have to skip their learning. At Port Lympne you can jump on a safari truck to hear about animals from across the world, or step back to the Jurassic period for sightings of life-size dinosaurs in the forest! If that wasn’t enough for a fun filled day, there’s even animal-themed weekends so you can become an expert in individual species from rhinos through to tigers. Unusual discoveries at Port Lympne

Dreamland street football

Football might not be coming home yet, but it's arrived at Dreamland for the summer! Put you child's (or your own) skills to the test with Yo Street Zone for the chance to go against some of the UK’s best ‘panna football’ players. And if your skills don't live up to Harry Kane's, brand new rides in the park are the perfect way to feel uplifted! Get your kicks at Dreamland

Garden arts and crafts

The beautiful setting of Smallhythe Place is playing host to summer-only nature-themed arts and crafts sessions. Visitors of a young age can relax under the cow byre while creating their summertime creations or get involved in the summer theatre series, covering Shakespeare to Dad’s Army – perfect for all ages! Relaxed countryside crafts

Themed Thursdays at Ightham Mote

Across Kent, if you ask for a hidden gem, Igtham Mote appears on the list, and if you want to visit and take your little ones along this summer, there are plenty of great family-friendly events going on this holiday to make it even better. Throughout the six weeks, they will be hosting events such as mini-beast family trail in the garden through to Tudor Day and a Family Gardening Day! Ightham summer discoveries

We'll be regularly updating our events page over the summer so be sure to check back to find out what else is going on around Kent!