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FREE taster session with the Sittingbourne Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Sittingbourne Rock Choir If you have ever wondered 'are there any community choirs near me?' then the answer is firmly yes!... See more >
Borden Parish Hall, School Lane, Sittingbourne ME9 8JS
Wed 6 Mar, Wed 13 Mar, Wed 20 Mar, Wed 1 May

Join our choir in Sevenoaks for a FREE taster session

Join our choir in Sevenoaks for a FREE taster session Do you want to join a choir near you? The Sevenoaks Rock Choir is led by local vocal tutor Katherine Tye... See more >
Vine Baptist Church, Park Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 3UP
Tue 12 Mar, Tue 26 Mar, Tue 7 May

FREE taster session with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Rock Choir Ever wondered if there is a 'local ladies choir near me or nearby'? Your local Royal Tunbridge Wells..... See more >
The Camden Centre, Market Square, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2SW
Wed 13 Mar, Wed 20 Mar, Wed 1 May, Wed 8 May

FREE taster session with the Hythe Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Hythe Rock Choir If you have ever thought 'I want to join a choir near me in Hythe?' then why not join your local Rock..... See more >
Hythe United Reformed Church, East Street, Hythe CT21 5ND
Thu 14 Mar, Thu 2 May

Stonewall Park - Open Garden for NGS

Stonewall Park - Open Garden for NGS Vast amounts of C19 self-seeded daffodils which lead down to a romantic woodland garden in an historic setting,... See more >
Stonewall Park, nr Edenbridge TN8 7DG
Sun 17 Mar, Sun 12 May

Copton Ash - Open Garden for NGS

Copton Ash - Open Garden for NGS Garden grown out of a love and fascination with plants. Contains wide collection inc many rarities and newly introduced..... See more >
Copton Ash, Faversham ME13 8XW
Sun 17 Mar, Mon 1 Apr, Sun 14 Apr, Mon 6 May

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Crafts and Gift Market

Artisan Crafts and Gift market offering fabulous jewellery , artwork , homeware , soaps, candles, gifts and much much... See more >
One Warwick Park Hotel , 1 , Warwick Park , Tunbridge Wells , Kent TN2 5TA
Sun 17 Mar, Sun 7 Apr, Sun 21 Apr, Sun 12 May

Frith Old Farmhouse - Open Garden for NGS

Frith Old Farmhouse - Open Garden for NGS An eclectic collection of plants growing together as if in the wild, developed over nearly 50 years. Several hundred..... See more >
Frith Old Farmhouse, Faversham ME13 0DD
Sun 7 Apr, Sun 21 Apr, Sun 5 May, Sun 19 May

Oak Cottage and Swallowfields Nursery - Open Garden for NGS

Oak Cottage and Swallowfields Nursery - Open Garden for NGS Get off the beaten track and discover this beautiful ½ acre cottage garden in the heart of the Kent countryside... See more >
Oak Cottage and Swallowfields Nursery, Ashford TN25 5JT
Fri 12 Apr, Sat 13 Apr, Fri 10 May, Sat 11 May

Godinton House & Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Godinton House & Gardens - Open Garden for NGS Twelve acre gardens complement a magnificent Jacobean house. Terraced lawns lead to herbaceous borders, rose garden and..... See more >
Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford TN23 3BP
Sat 13 Apr, Sat 11 May

Penns in the Rocks - Open Garden for NGS

Penns in the Rocks - Open Garden for NGS Large garden with spectacular outcrop of rocks, 140 million yrs old. Lake, C18 temple and woods. Daffodils, bluebells,..... See more >
Penns in the Rocks, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9PA
Sun 14 Apr, Sun 12 May

Hole Park - Open Garden for NGS

Hole Park - Open Garden for NGS Hole Park is proud to stand amongst the group of gardens which first opened in 1927 soon after it was laid out by my... See more >
Hole Park, Cranbrook TN17 4JB
Sun 14 Apr, Wed 15 May, Wed 12 Jun

Bilting House - Open Garden for NGS

Bilting House - Open Garden for NGS 6 acre garden with ha-ha set in beautiful part of Stour Valley. Wide variety of rhododendrons, azaleas and ornamental..... See more >
Bilting House, nr Ashford TN25 4HA
Sun 21 Apr, Sun 19 May

FREE taster session with the Deal Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Deal Rock Choir Do you want to find a local choir to join near you? Your friendly local Deal choir is run by Kent based musician..... See more >
Trinity Church, Trinity Church, Union Road, Deal CT14 6EA
Wed 24 Apr, Wed 1 May, Wed 8 May, Wed 15 May

Eagleswood - Open Garden for NGS

Eagleswood - Open Garden for NGS 2 acre plant enthusiasts garden. Wide range of trees and shrubs (many unusual), herbaceous material and woodland plants..... See more >
Eagleswood, Lenham ME17 2EG
Sun 28 Apr, Mon 27 May
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Things to do around Kent

Here are some delightful day out options in Kent, a county in the south-east of England:

1. Marvel at the White Cliffs of Dover:
- The smooth rise of Kent’s iconic coastline looks like a professionally painted canvas of white. While nothing beats seeing it from the water, walking along the edge shows the stunning contrast of white cliff against emerald sea. They’re one of the most iconic landmarks in England. There are plenty of activities to keep you active too, like learning about scientific discoveries at the Victorian lighthouse or exploring the WWII tunnels within that rock façade. Exmoor ponies (who help control grass growth) may randomly pop up to surprise you. Last but not least, make sure to check out Dover Castle and the nearby memorial that marks the first cross-channel aircraft landing¹.

2. Delve into Dover Castle:
- As part of the Kent day out alongside the knightly cliffs, Dover Castle is one of the most impressive things to do in town. Built to protect the narrow sea crossing with mainland Europe, the fortressed structure sits atop the grounds of what used to be a Roman lighthouse and the adjacent Church of St. Mary. Within the thick walls of the Great Tower are interactive exhibits that educate on medieval times; my favorite part, however, are the secret wartime tunnels. I joined a 50-minute tour that brought us into the narrow, chalk-hewn underground first discovered during the Napoleonic Wars. Through video projections within the passageway itself, we were told the story of the Dunkirk evacuations in 1940 (if you’ve seen the Christopher Nolan movie, you know what a difficult operation it was). Code-named Dynamo, this is the behind-the-scenes stage for that famous incident. Visiting Dover Castle on your day out in Kent is an enlightening and unusual activity I highly recommend – castles are after all one of the best reasons to visit England! ¹

3. Be entertained at Margate Dreamland:
- Margate Dreamland is a vintage amusement park with a retro vibe. Enjoy classic rides, roller coasters, and carnival games. The scenic location by the sea adds to the charm. It's a fun day out for families and anyone seeking a nostalgic experience¹.

4. Explore Canterbury Cathedral:
- Canterbury Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest Christian structures in England. Marvel at its Gothic architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and historic tombs. Don't miss the chance to explore the beautiful cloisters and the serene gardens surrounding the cathedral¹.

5. Discover the Historic Dockyard Chatham:
- The Historic Dockyard Chatham offers a fascinating glimpse into Britain's naval history. Explore historic warships, including the HMS Victory and the HMS Ocelot submarine. Learn about shipbuilding, maritime heritage, and the lives of sailors. It's an immersive experience for all ages¹.

6. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Kent Downs:
- The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Go hiking, cycling, or picnicking amidst rolling hills, woodlands, and picturesque villages. The views are breathtaking, especially from the North Downs Way trail¹.

Remember, Kent's diverse attractions promise an unforgettable day out – from natural wonders to historic sites! 🌳🏰🌿¹.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 30/01/2024
(1) 27 All-Time Best Days Out in Kent for 2023 | Day Out in England. https://dayoutinengland.com/best-days-out-in-kent/.
(2) THE 10 BEST Fun Activities & Games in Kent (Updated 2024) - Tripadvisor. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186310-Activities-c56-Kent_England.html.
(3) Things To Do & See In Kent, Attractions, Ideas & Days Out. https://www.visitkent.co.uk/see-and-do/.