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Hoppickers East - Open Garden for NGS

Hoppickers East - Open Garden for NGS A new garden, started in autumn 2020 on the edge of a field. No dig principles. Emphasis on plants for pollinators and..... See more >
Hoppickers East, Faversham ME13 9QZ
Fri 5 Jul, Fri 19 Jul, Fri 2 Aug, Sat 3 Aug, Fri 16 Aug

Eureka - Open Garden for NGS

Eureka - Open Garden for NGS Approx 1 acre garden with a blaze of colourful displays in perennial borders and the eight cartwheel centre beds... See more >
Eureka, Westerham Hill TN16 2HR
Sat 6 Jul, Sun 7 Jul, Sat 3 Aug, Sun 4 Aug

Haven - Open Garden for NGS

Haven - Open Garden for NGS Award winning 300ft garden, designed in the Glade style, similar to Forest gardening but more open and with use of... See more >
Haven, Ramsgate CT12 4BZ
Sun 14 Jul, Sun 4 Aug, Sun 25 Aug

Avalon - Open Garden for NGS

Avalon - Open Garden for NGS ½ acre edge of woodland garden, for all seasons, on north west slope, something round every corner, views of... See more >
Avalon, Dunkirk ME13 9TN
Tue 16 Jul, Sat 10 Aug, Sun 11 Aug

Sweetbriar - Open Garden for NGS

Sweetbriar - Open Garden for NGS Exotic jungle garden of Steve Edney and Louise Dowle, RHS gold medal winners. Average sized back garden transformed..... See more >
Sweetbriar, nr Sandwich CT3 2AX
Sun 21 Jul, Sun 18 Aug, Sun 15 Sep

Knowle Hill Farm - Open Garden for NGS

Knowle Hill Farm - Open Garden for NGS 2 acre garden created over nearly 40 years on south facing slope below the Greensand Ridge. Spectacular views... See more >
Knowle Hill Farm, Maidstone ME17 1ES
Sat 3 Aug and Sun 4 Aug

1 Fox Cottages - Open Garden for NGS

1 Fox Cottages - Open Garden for NGS Organic cottage garden with relaxed planting style used in borders, multiple fruit trees and apple arches with... See more >
1 Fox Cottages, Faversham ME13 9PG
Sat 3 Aug

Grove Manor - Open Garden for NGS

Grove Manor - Open Garden for NGS Grove Manor, a Victorian farmhouse is surrounded by natural gardens reflecting its past. Close to the house are lawns,..... See more >
Grove Manor, Sandwich CT13 0NH
Sat 3 Aug and Sun 4 Aug

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 4 Aug

Wild Classroom's Outdoor Cooking

Harvest seasonal fruit and then join an amazing hands-on workshop where you can make a seasonal dish over an open... See more >
Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZ
Wed 7 Aug, Thu 8 Aug, Wed 28 Aug, Thu 29 Aug

Beastie Day

Meet giant insects – Bug hunt – Outdoor craft – Bring a picnic – Enjoy a day at Brogdale Farm Come and join us for a... See more >
Brogdale Collections, Faversham ME13 8XZ
Fri 9 Aug

Thames House - Open Garden for NGS

Thames House - Open Garden for NGS Three very different outdoor spaces connected by steps. The main terrace, with views over the Thames River, and the..... See more >
Thames House, Gravesend DA12 2BD
Sat 10 Aug and Sun 11 Aug

Tonbridge Farmers Market

Tonbridge Farmers Market is held on the 2nd Sunday of the month in Sovereign Way TN9 1RG between the hours of 9... See more >
Long Stay Car Park, Sovereign Way. Tonbridge, Kent. TN9 1RG
Sun 11 Aug

Kids' Juicing Workshops

Come along to Brogdale during our apple harvesting season. Pick apples from our special heritage orchards and have a go..... See more >
Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZ
Tue 13 Aug, Wed 14 Aug, Tue 20 Aug, Wed 21 Aug

Matilda JR - Avenue Theatre Productions JR

The ATP JR’s are rising up. Join the revolt in this Broadway Junior adaptation of the Tony Award-winning..... See more >
Avenue Theatre Central House Central Avenue Sittingbourne ME10 4DN
Wed 14 Aug to Sun 18 Aug
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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/.