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Article by Reece Hanniford | 23rd August 2018

10 Great Ways to Spend this Bank Holiday Weekend

Looking for some ideas on how to spend your weekend? Look no further! From festivals to family fetes and Medieval Jousting to 70’s boogie, INDEX has you covered…

Kent has been abuzz this summer with lively festivals, unique exhibitions and great days out for the entire family, and this upcoming bank holiday weekend is no different by a long shot. Festivals dominate all three days, with the return of Local & Live to Tunbridge Wells on everyone’s mind, not to mention festivals celebrating cider, flowers… and chilli?

Local & Live Tunbridge Wells Music Festival

Returning for 2018 with a full programme of events at Calverley Grounds and the Tunbridge Wells Forum, with an outdoor stage at The Spa Hotel on Bank Holiday Monday, Local & Live partners the two most important things in life: music and food. Headlined by Suncharmer, David Midgen and The Twisted Roots, and The Varlies, and with mouth-watering food and drink provided all weekend by local favourites, including Fuggles and Sankey's, the four day-long festival promises to be an unmissable event.

24th-28th August
Friday 8pm-12am, Saturday 9pm-1am, Sunday 9pm-1am, Monday 3pm-10pm
Free entry
Calverly Grounds, Tunbridge Wells
https://www.localandlive.org/

Journey through History and Jousting

Immerse yourself in history at Hever Castle, from the Saxon Age (via the Viking invasion!) right up to the Edwardian period, with re-enactments and stalls as well as more thrills and spills as brave knights compete in this year’s Jousting Tournament.

25th-27th August
10.30am-4.30pm
£16.25 standard admission
Hever Castle, Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG
https://www.hevercastle.co.uk/

Soul Train

Head back in time again this Saturday night (albeit not as far) to the disco-crazy 70s, with a night celebrating the funky music of the decade. Back this summer by popular demand on The Pantiles bandstand, prepare for a night filled with boogie and soul.

25th August
7pm-10pm
Free entry
The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
http://thepantiles.com/whats-on/soul-train-august/

Brogdale Artisan Cider Festival

Promising to be better than ever for 2018, with an amazing range of the best local ciders, and featuring music all weekend across three stages, the Cider Festival will truly be a place to relax in the sun.

25th-26th August
10am-5pm
£9 entry
Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ
http://www.brogdalecollections.org/cider-festival/

A Summertime Celebration at the Green

Westerham Women proudly present ‘Our Women’s Journey, 1918-2018’, with live music, retro and modern stalls, readings from ‘Psychic Sadie’ and much more. A great day out for the family!

25th August
11am-6pm
Free with stall costs
The Green, Westerham TN16 1AS
https://www.visitkent.co.uk/a-summertime-celebration-at-the-green/

Quex Maize Maze and Moonlight Fun

Explore the Maize Mazes of Quex Park as the sun goes down, equipped with only a torch and your wits. Are you ready for the challenge? Featuring a delicious BBQ, fun games for children and a selection of drinks, prepare for a night of thrills.

25th August
From 7.30pm
£9.50 per person or £35 for group of 4
Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0BH
http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/moonlight-night-2018.html

Appledore Flower Festival

Presenting over 30 floral arrangements based on classic idioms (‘the grass is ALWAYS greener’), and supported by stalls offering jewellery, books, cakes and, of course, plants, Appledore promises to remain the place to be for anyone with a green finger this weekend.

25th-27th August
£5 entry
10am-5.30pm
St Peter & St Paul Church, The Street, Appledore, Kent, TN262DB
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/whats-on/events/2016-08/26/appledore-flower-festival-285/

Faversham Chilli Festival

Spice up your life this weekend at the Abbey School, where the chili festival returns after the red hot success of last year. This year includes performing arts from the Faversham Fringe, growing tips, live music and, obviously, lots of chili!

25th-26th August
10am-5pm
Entry by donation
https://www.facebook.com/events/1978717012340693/

White Cliffs Walking Festival

This weekend why not try a White Cliff Walk to revitalise the soul, whilst enjoying the picturesque views of coastal Kent? With walks to suit all abilities (including family, historical and wildlife walks among others), check out the ramblers website to find a walk near you!

23rd-29th August
Various times and locations
https://whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk/

Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival

And last but definitely not least, head to the heart of Rye this weekend for fantastic free music, kicking off with the foot-stomping rhythms of New Orleans this Friday. Jazz try it!

23rd-27th August
Various times and locations
https://ryejazz.com/

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