What’s on Kent October


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/ Tel: 07730 870696.

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.

Throughout Oct Sissinghurst Castle Garden Cranbrook  01580 710700 Book month take a look behind the scenes in the library as they conserve 11,000 books.

2nd Sun of the month 12 Oct Tonbridge Farmers Market Sovereign Way 07876 685853 Held in Sovereign Way with normally 70 stalls, www.tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk

3rd Sun of the month Chislehurst Farmers Market   07775 736116 The market is held in a new location of Hornbook House Car park, High Street, produce includes seasonal fruit & vegetables, chocolates bread,  meat, preserves & much more, FREE entry.

3rd Sun of the month Aylesford Farmers Market Aylesford 07876 685853 Farmers Market with more than 30 stalls, www.aylesfordfarmersmarket.co.uk

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 16 Nov Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory   01304 617341 Guided walk, these walks cover a different part of the Bay area every week & may include the beach, Worth marshes, reserves at Restharrow scrape and the Elms. Discover and record the flora & fauna of this unique area including birds, butterflies, orchids & fungi.

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  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,Tues,Wed & Fri morn Blenheim Children & Family Centre Bromley 01689 879145 Toddlers activities.

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.

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.

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 weekend Broadstairs Harbour   07847 473615 Market, weather permitting.

First Wed of the month Maidstone Museum & Bentif Art Gallery   01622 602838 Musical Merry-Go-Round with singing & storytelling activities, under 5’s.

Midweed & weekends Kingsmead Leisure Centre Canterbury 01227 769818 Funtime sessions available in the pool.

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.

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.

Last Fri of each month Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest Goudhurst 01580 879820 Beginners Health Walk, lasting approx 30mins-1hr & will cover between 1-4km. Every Fri morn Moderate Health Walks, 1-1 ½ hrs between 4 & 6km. Every Fri morn Green Gym session, volunteers can spend a satisfying session working in the National Pinetum helping to improve the world’s best conifer collection, FREE. Tel: 01424 446395. Daily Go Ape take to the trees & experience a course of rope bridges, tarzan swings & zip slides up to 35 feet above the forest floor, 10+yrs, minimum height 1.4m.

Every Sat Medway Little Theatre Rochester 07939 921041 Youth Company for 12-18yrs & children’s workshop, 7-12yrs.

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.

12,19,26 Oct,2 Nov Dover Leisure Centre   01304 201145 Roller Disco

10 Oct Gravesend Farmers Market Junction with Windmill Street 07775 736116 Produce includes bread,  meat, seasonal vegetables & fruit, fudge, preserves & much more, www.myfarmersmarket.co.uk

11 Oct Hayes Village Hall Hayes Street Hayes Bromley 07534 447988 Gingham Goose Craft Market with wide variety of quality crafts to include jewellery, pottery & ceramics, original art, bread, cheese, jams & lots more, FREE entry.

11-17 Oct Scotney Castle Lamberhurst  01892 893819. Autumn Colour Walks guided walk to learn abut trees, their history & traditional uses. 27 Oct-2 Nov Pumpkin trail find the lost pumpkins, collect your map from visitor reception & see if you can find them all & claim your prize.

12 Oct Orchard Theatre Dartford  01322 220000 10cc in concert. 16-19 Oct Octonauts & The Deep Sea Volcano Adventure, for families. 22-25 Oct Half a Sixpence, performed by Dartford Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society, www.daods.co.uk 28 Oct Over the Rainbow, The Eva Cassidy Story. 1 Nov Thank you for The Music, the ultimate tribute Abba & the Bee Gees, www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

17 Oct Dartford Farmers Market   07775 736116 Wide variety of local produce including meat, bread vegetables, fruit & much more, FREE entry.

18 Oct Faversham Carnival   01795 538747 Traditional town carnival, held in the evening.

18,19 Oct Brogdale Farm Brogdale Road 01795 536250 Apple Festival display of 400 apple varieties & ‘try before you buy’ plus tractor trailer & walking tours, live music, local food & entertainment, www.brogdalecollections.co.uk

18/19 Oct Faversham Food Festival    Apple & Game weekend held in various venues, www.favershamfoodfestival.co.uk

19 Oct Emmetts Garden Idle Hill Sevenoaks 01732 868381 Conker championships challenge your family & friends to a game of conkers. 25-31 Oct Half Term with Halloween fun & games.

19 Oct The Pavillion   01843 600999 Antique & Bric a Brac Fair.

20,22 Oct Chartwell Westerham 01732 868381  Autumn Colour garden tours.  27-31 Oct Halloween spooky trail creepy 50 things activity week around the woodland, hold a scary beast, track wild animals & go bug hunting in some spooky surroundings.

24-31 Oct Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction   01227 479227 The Terrible Tales a live performance in the churchyard followed by a spine tingling visit through the Canterbury Tales attraction, 12+yrs, www.canterburytales.org.uk

25 Oct Sandwich Guildhall   07905 459913 Craft Fair, to book a stall, Tel: 01304 612131.

25-31 Oct Ightham Mote Sevenoaks  01732 810378 Half Term family fun pumpkin themed trail around the garden with a wild art 50 things activity on 30 Oct. 25 Oct,1 Nov ghost & gourmet tour of Ightham Mote at night followed by a supper, need to book.

25 Oct- 2 Nov Knole Park House & Gardens Sevenoaks  01732 462100 The Big Draw a week of activities, inside & out as part of the Big Draw campaign. Until 26 Oct Sevenoaks Society trees exhibition. Every Thurs, Sat & Sun Guided walks in the deer park suitable for little legs.

25 Oct-2 Nov Museum of Kent Life Sandling 01622 763936 Spook Fest with pumpkin carving, trick or treating, creepy bugs & competitions with daytime fun for the children & evening activities for the adults, including psychic audiences & overnight ghost hunts, www.kentlife.org.uk

25 Oct-2 Nov Shorne Woods Country Park Gravesend 01474 823800 Half Term Activity Trail follow the clues, answer the questions & complete the trail to receive a prize. 25 Oct Mini Scream follow a self led pumpkin trial with a Halloween theme & encounter some of the park’s spooky residents on your way, under 8 yrs, 5-7.30 p.m. 31 Oct Shorne Scream spooky trail around the woodlands with your path lit only by lantern, 8+yrs.

25 Oct-2 Nov Lullingstone Country Park Dartford 01322 865995 Half Term Activity Trail follow the clues, answer the questions & complete the trail to receive a prize.

26 Oct East Kent Railway Tenterden 01304 832042 Halloween Ghost Trains, www.eastkentrailway.co.uk

29 Oct Dover Museum Market Square 01304 201066 Family Day make & decorate a window decoration with a Halloween theme, complete the themed quizzes, word searches & colouring sheets, entrance FREE, www.dovermuseum.co.uk

31 Oct South Foreland Lighthouse   01304 852463 Spooky Goings On event, explore the lighthouse by torchlight whilst listening to ghost stories, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/south-foreland-lighthouse

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