Summer in Kent

750_318_scotney+castle+classic+John+Miller_thumb_460x0,0Daily Larkfield Leisure Centre Aylesford  01622 713225 Soft play zone with 3 storeys of interactive play equipment for under 10’s with wavy waterfall slide, crawl tubes, ball pool & ball cannons.  NEW Kickstart a brand new all inclusive membership with unlimited access which offers a wide range of activities for under 10’s with swimming, soft play, junior dance mat & target wall sessions, selected holiday programme activities, Saturday Fun Club plus pre-school bounce & adventure time sessions for 0-5yrs. NEW larger Fitness Studio to offer a wider rang of classes including Zumba, Pilates, Body pump & circuits. www.larkfieldleisure.co.uk

Daily Fishbourne Roman Palace Chichester  01243 789829 Guided tours, plus café & picnic area. http://sussexpast.co.uk/properties-to-discover/fishbourne-roman-palace

Daily Maidstone Leisure Centre   0845 1552277 Various times Junior Fitness, 12-15yrs learn how the body works, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle & participate in structured fitness sessions with a qualified fitness instructor. Selected Sats Wave Rave Pool Party sessions with inflatables, floats, games & the latest music. Available Birthday Parties for children leave all the planning & tidying up to the Centre. www.maidstoneleisure.com

Daily Wingham Wildlife Park Canterbury  01227 720836 Meet the animals including their hands on animal encounters plus children’s play area. www.winghamwildlifepark.co.uk

Daily Druidstone Park and Woodland Honey Hill Blean  01227 765168 Meet the friendly animals, follow the trail around the enchanted woodland & discover the sleeping dragon & other magical creatures or have fun in the adventure play area, a fun day out for all the family. www.druidstone.net

Daily Tides Leisure Centre Deal  01304 373399  Indoor tropical lagoon with waves & gusher, fun water features & giant slide Jacuzzi & toddler pool. Every weekend Family Splash. yourleisure.uk.com/venues/tides-leisure-centre

New Tonbridge Swimming Pool Lower Castle Field  01732 367449 Kickstart a brand new all inclusive membership with unlimited access which offers a wide range of activities for under 10’s. Every Tues & Thurs term time only  parent & child fun swim. www.tonbridgepool.co.uk

Ongoing Run off your Feet    FREE running sessions across Kent, women & men of all ages & abilities are putting on their trainers & jogging the streets & parks of Kent all part of a county wide campaign to get people running to feel fitter, healthier & happier. In Kent leaders have been trained to set up local running groups & they are keen to welcome new runners. Get your first running session FREE at your local group when you mention Parents News. All groups are led by qualified, enthusiastic friendly leaders. To find your local group visit www.kentsport.org/rungroups Tel: 07730 870696.

Ongoing Run off your Feet   07730 870696 Running Group, first session FREE at your local groupwhen mentioning  Parents News.

Ongoing Pepenbury Farm   www.pepenbury.info   With friendly farm animals plus goats, donkeys, Kune Kune pigs, chickens, ducks rabbits, guinea pigs plus woodland trails suitable for all ages. Woodland walks FREE but donations welcome.

Ongoing on Mons Cuxton Library Rochester   Baby massage courses for babies 8wks & not yet crawling, FREE, to book Tel: 01634 711391. 1st & 3rd Thurs of the month Children’s activities, Health visitor drop in clinic, meet your local health visitor plus a toy library will also be available after the session, 9.30-11am, Tel: 01634 336209.

2nd Sun of the month Tonbridge Farmers Market Sovereign Way  07876 685853 Held in Sovereign Way with normally 70 stalls.

Every 2nd Sun of every month  Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre Gillingham  01634  387076 Farmers Market is held in the car park offering a range of local produce including meat & much more.

Every Sun EdenbridgeLeisure Centre Stangrove Park  01732 865665 Under 16’s & families roller disco.

Every Sun until 7 Sept South Foreland Lighthouse   01304 202756 Mini bus service available making it an even more accessible day out. 11 June Afternon tea followed by a private lighthouse tour. www.sencio.org.uk/centres/edenbridge

Every Mon Strood Library   01634 335890 Toddler Shake & Boogie activity session that offers rhymes, songs & movement for pre-school children, FREE. Every Tues Teatime Storytime after school, 3-8yrs, term time only. Every Fri Homework club with friendly staff on hand to help you with all your homework questions, 3.30-5pm.

Every Mon St Matthew’s Church Hall Rochester 01634 843666 www.heritageopendays.org.uk  Baby Sensory classes for babies up to 16mths, activities to include bells, balls, bubbles, light shows & more,Tel: 07813 632552.

Every Mon Walderslade Hook Meadow Library Chatham  01634 861531 Baby bounce & rhyme time, 18mths & under, FREE. Every Wed Storytime fun sessions for pre-school children that include stories & rhymes.

Every Mon Gillingham Library   01634 337340 Storytime fun sessions for pre-school children with stories & rhymes, FREE. Every Fri Baby bounce & rhyme time, FREE.

Every Mon St Andrews Church Hall Broadstairs  01843 863480 Little Ted’s Parent & Toddler group, term time only.

Every Mon-Wed The Angel Centre Tonbridge  01732 359966 Kickstart members Pre-school bounce, Every Sat morn fun club 5-10yrs, Every Wed & Fri dance mat & target wall fitness. www.angelcentre.co.uk

Every Mon & Fri Rochester Library Eastgate  01634 337411 Baby bounce & rhyme time with finger & nursery rhymes, 18mths & under, FREE. Every Sat Pop in and Play sessions for parents & children, 10.30-11am, FREE. 4th Fri of month Advice & support – Health & lifestyle advice, drop-in, no need to book.

Every Tues Queens Road Baptist Church Victoria Gardens  01843 602792 Raindrops, parent & toddler group, termtime. Every Thurs 1st Parenting meet with other 1st time parents. Every Fri during term time Friday Club.

Every Tues  Grosvenor Park   07990 973313 Buggy Workout, exercise for mother & baby, power walking around the park utilising the benches & steps available, 10.30-11.30am.

Every Tues Chatham Library Gun Wharf Dock Road  01634 337799 Storytime for pre-schoolers, FREE. Every Thurs until 31 Mar Toddler shake & boogie fun packed activity session.

Every Tues Hoo Library Rochester  01634 250640 Storytime fun sessions for pre-school children with stories & rhymes, FREE.

Every Tues Rainham Library Rainham  01634 337799 Storytime fun sessions for pre-school children that include stories & rhymes. Every Thurs Baby bounce & rhyme time, 18mths or under, FREE

Every Tues Fairview Community Primary School   01634 376270 Parents & toddlers club term time only 10-11.30am. Every Thurs Baby bounce & rhyme time, parents & carers can enjoy knee bouncing, finger rhymes & nursery rhymes, 18mths & under, term time only, 01634 337340.

Every Tues Walderslade Village Library Chatham  01634 686467 Toddler shake & boogie activity session that offers rhymes, songs & movement for pre-schoolers. Musical instruments, scarves & parachutes are often included. Every Fri Storytime fun sessions for pre-school children that include stories & rhymes.

Every Tues Hundred of Hoo Swimming Pool Rochester  01634 401989 Beaver Swimming Club. www.medway.gov.uk/…/hundredofhooleisurecentre.aspx

Every Tues Southborough Lbrary   01892 529808 Storytime, 2.15-2.45pm, FREE.

Every Tues Hempstead Library   01634 361544 Baby bounce & rhyme time for parents & carers, 18mths & under. Every Fri Storytime fun interactive sessions for pre-schoolers, FREE. 1st & 3rd Sat of month Medway Health Walks chance to improve fitness levels, all ages.

Every Wed Dunorlan Park 07990 973313  Buggy Workout, exercise for mother & baby, power walking around the park utilising the benches & steps available, 10.30-11.30am.

Every Wed St Saviours Centre Canterbury Road, Folkestone   01303 244610 Fabulous Fare Market with locally sourced fresh fruit & veg, meat, fish & dairy, preserves & jams & lots more. Also on offer recipe tasting, take away meals, tapas & ready salads, natural home & body products, book/magazine exchange, plants, flowers & lots more.

Every Wed  Crampton Tower Museum   01843 871133 Scalextric Digital Racing Club. www.cramptontower.co.uk/

Midweed & weekends  Kingsmead Leisure Centre Canterbury  01227 769818 Funtime sessions available in the pool. www.activelifeltd.co.uk/kingsmead/

Every Thurs  Strood Library   01634 718161 Baby bounce & rhyme time, 18 mths, Homework club with friendly & knowledgeable staff on hand, FREE.Every Tues Teatime Storytime, afterschool, 3-8yrs,  2nd Tues of month Advice & support – Health & lifestyle advice, drop in, no need to book.

Every Thurs White Oak Leisure Centre Swanley  01322 662188  Under 16’s Roller Disco.  www.sencio.org.uk/centres/white-oak

Every Thurs Thomas Aveling School & Community Library Rochester  01634 338728 Teatime Storytime after school storytime for 3-8yrs.

Every Thurs Luton Library Chatham  01634 406923 Storytime fun sessions that include stories & rhyme. Every Sat Pop in & Play for parents & children, 10-12pm.

Every Thurs Pembury Library   01892 822278 Storytimes, 2.30-3pm, term time only, FREE.

Every Thurs during term time Margate Baptist Church 4 Cecil Sq  01843 290869 Little Fishes Toddler group for parents & carers to meet & socialise with food, games & fun, 10-11.30am.

Every Fri Grain Library Rochester  01634 338727 Homework club with friendly & knowledgeable staff on hand to help, FREE. Every Sat Craft Club for under 8’s, FREE.

Every Fri Hempstead Library Gillingham  01634 361544 Homework club with friendly staff on hand to help with all your homework questions.

Every Fri Lordswood Library Chatham  01634 862096 Teatime Storytime after school storytelling, 3-8yrs & Toddler shake & boogie.

Every Fri Wigmore Library   01634 235576 Toddler shake & boogie activity session that offers rhymes, songs & movement for pre-schoolers. Musical instruments, scarves & parachutes are often included.

Every Sat Medway Little Theatre Rochester 07939 921041 Youth Company for 12-18yrs & children’s workshop, 7-12yrs. www.danwillis.freeserve.co.uk/

Every Sat Dickens House   01843 871133 Broadstairs History Walk, 2pm.

Every Sat Morn  Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre Faversham  01795 534542 Guided Town walks, 90 minute guided stroll through Faversham. www.faversham.org/business/

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Every weekend Broadstairs Harbour   07847 473615 Market, weather permitting.

Until 3 Aug  Maidstone Museum & Bentif Art Gallery 01622 602838 The Age of Glamour & Talons & Tiaras , entrance FREE. First Wed of the month Musical Merry-Go-Round with singing & storytelling activities, under 5’s.

1 July-31 Aug Ightham Mote Sevenoaks  01732 810378 Summer holiday activities, 50 things, summer activity pack.  26 July Family music festival with stalls, bar, hog roast & more. 28 July Family Monday, activities to include, arts, crafts & guided park stroll, 5-12yrs, FREE.  31 July Regency family fun day. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote/

2 July Scotney Castle Lamberhurst  01892 893819.  26 July-31 Aug Summer holiday activities, from den building to kite making something for all the family. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle/

July Smallhythe Place Tenterden 01580 762334 17-20,24-27 July A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Every Wed & Sat Backstage Tours, find out what happens behind the scenes. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/smallhythe-place/

5 July -31 AugChartwell Westerham 01732 868381  Beatrix Potter adventures with different adventures & trails around the gardens & woodlands. 6 July Sunday lunchtime jazz. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell/

5 July-31 Aug Emmetts Garden Idle Hill Sevenoaks  01732 868381 Step into the world of Beatrix Potter & discover what childhood was like in the grounds with adventures & trails around the gardens, families all ages. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden/

7-27 July Shorne Woods Country Park Gravesend  01474 823800 Archaeological in the park meet the archaeologists &  take a FREE guided tour. 23 July-2 Sept Summer holiday ativity trail, complete the trail to receive a prize. 26 July-27 Sept Medieval – Renactment Weekend with medieval campsite craft & combat displays, FREE activities. www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-park/shorne-woods-country-park

8-27 July Knole Park House & Gardens Sevenoaks  01732 462100 Why the trees are blue exhibition, FREE. Every weekend until 7 Sept Vintage bus with round trips through Sevenoaks. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/visitor-information/

19-20 July Brogdale Farm Brogdale Road  01795 536250 Cherry Festival, celebrating everything cherry, there will be around 80 varieties of cherry on display plus crafts & produce to buy & live music. www.brogdalecollections.co.uk/

20 July Appledore’s Recreation Ground   0770 947067 Vintage & classic Car Rally & Village show with more than 150 cars, refreshments, licensed bar, stalls, dog show & entertainments fun for all the family www. appledorekent.co.uk

20 July Race For Life Palm Bay Margate  01843 292795 Women only fundraising event, www.raceforlife.org.

23 July-2 Sept Lullingstone Country Park Dartford  01322 865995 Follow the clues answer the questions & complete the trail to receive a prize

24-26 July Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction   01227 479227 Outdoor theatre, Shakespeare’s Two Noble Kinsmen. www.canterburytales.org.uk/

26 July  Samphire Hoe  01304 225649 Spooky Walk hear frightening stories & rum goings on at the Hoe, bring a torch & wear sensible footwear, distance 1 mile 1.5 hours. 27 July Open day with fun activities including drawing a colourful seashore creature to add to the coastal collage or make & design your own wildlife badge plus Samphire Trail , Creepy Crawly, create a minibeast safari & a chance to buid your own bug to take home & chalk art. 30 July Create an amazing picture at Hawkshill FREEdown play some drawing games & find ideas to make an amazing picture which will be poste on WCCP Facebook page. www.samphirehoe.com/

26-27 July Whitstable Food Festival    Food festival at Whitstable at the Harbour, www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk

26 July-1 Aug Chatham Historic Dockyard Chatham  01634 823845 Pirate Play Days with arts & crafts , sandpit treasure Hunt plus storytelling for younger children & families. 26 July-30 Nov The Royal & the War at Sea exhibition.

26 July-1 Aug Whitstable Oyster Festival    A week of festivity celebrating Whitstable’s fascinating history & unique heritage, highlights to include, 26 July Oyster Festival Street Party, 27 July Mud Tug family bbq, 27 July Oyster Eating Competition, 28-29 July Seaside Cinema Screenings, 30 July Children’s treasure Hunt, 1 Aug Venetian Carnival, 1 Aug Building of the Grotters, 1 Aug Firework Finale, www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk

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