How to spend Father’s Day 2024 with great days out in Kent

What better way to show your dad how much he means to you than with a great family day out?

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning ways to treat your dad over the weekend. Here’s some of our top picks…

There’s lots of family fun to be had for kids and their dads over the weekend. Picture: Betteshanger Country Park
There’s lots of family fun to be had for kids and their dads over the weekend. Picture: Betteshanger Country Park

Betteshanger Country Park, Deal

Here’s the perfect chance to get your dad back with fun outdoor challenges that the whole family can take part in. There’s a host of activities on offer at Betteshanger on Father’s Day, including nerf battles, axe throwing and an outdoor treasure hunt.

Details: Sunday, June 16 at Betteshanger Country Park in Deal. Adult tickets cost £15, book online here.

Comedian Brian Conley is back on tour with a new stand-up show. Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Comedian Brian Conley is back on tour with a new stand-up show. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Multi-award-winning comedian, TV host and panto favourite Brian Conley is back on tour with his latest show, the 3rd Farewell Tour To Date. The stand-up star, who has also appeared in West End shows such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Oliver and BBC soap EastEnders, has been making audiences laugh for more than 40 years.

Details: Saturday, June 15 at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Adult tickets cost £30, book online here.

Central Theatre, Chatham

There’s nothing better than singing along to huge classic rock hits, especially when it comes from one of the biggest bands in British music. For more than 20 years, One Night of Queen, a tribute band paying homage to Freddie Mercury and co., have been performing tunes like Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, Another One Bites the Dust, We Will Rock You and more, and their latest production comes to Kent on Father’s Day.

Details: Sunday, June 16 at the Central Theatre in Chatham. Adult tickets start from £22.50, book online here.

The Sausage and Cider Festival is making its Kent debut this summer. Picture: iStock
The Sausage and Cider Festival is making its Kent debut this summer. Picture: iStock

Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells

With 20 flavours of sausage and 30 different ciders available, Kent’s first Sausage and Cider Festival could well be a hit. When you’ve had your fill of food and drink, you can find a spot in the park and enjoy a night of live music from pop rock band Scouting For Girls, Dancing in the Moonlight singers Toploader and tributes to the likes of Abba and Oasis.

Details: Saturday, June 15 at Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells. Adult tickets cost £39.95, book online here.

Dads can enjoy live music, BBQ food, motorbikes and late-night bars at this year’s Black Deer Festival
Dads can enjoy live music, BBQ food, motorbikes and late-night bars at this year’s Black Deer Festival

Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells

If you and your dad share a passion for music, why not spend the weekend at one of Kent’s biggest festivals? Black Deer is a celebration of country, rock and blues music and Americana counter-culture, with Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow, guitarist Joe Bonamassa and songwriter Rufus Wainwright headlining this year’s festival. There will also be BBQ food, motorbike displays and outdoor activities.

Details: Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 at Eridge Park in Tunbridge Wells. Adult tickets start from £90, book online here.

Cars at the Castle returns to Hever Castle for Father's Day. Picture: Hever Castle and Gardens
Cars at the Castle returns to Hever Castle for Father's Day. Picture: Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle, Edenbridge

Petrolheads will be gathering at one of Kent’s most historic castles for a weekend of vintage vehicles, sports cars and rare motors. Visitors can see Alfa Romeo, MG, Morgan, Lotus, Mini, Porsche and Rolls Royce displays, discover the history of automobiles from expert Graham Pilgrim and pick up some signed memorabilia to take home. There will also be face painting and funfair rides for the kids.

Details: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 at Hever Castle in Edenbridge. Event is included with an entry ticket, which can be booked online here.

Retro, tabletop and VR games are all on offer at the Medway Gaming Festival. Picture: Historic Dockyard Chatham
Retro, tabletop and VR games are all on offer at the Medway Gaming Festival. Picture: Historic Dockyard Chatham

Historic Dockyard, Chatham

If your dad is still a big kid at heart, there’s a fun-filled gaming event that will give the whole family a chance to let their inner child loose. At the Medway Gaming Festival, visitors can enjoy everything from cutting-edge VR experiences to retro arcade games, as well as challenges, tournaments, cosplayers, nerf battles and guests from the world of film, TV and gaming.

Details: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Adult tickets cost £24, book online here.

Kent and East Sussex Railway, Tenterden

There’s a beer festival coming to Kent over the Father’s Day weekend, and it’s a great place for dads to meet up and enjoy a pint of real ale or two. The two-day event, organised by CAMRA, will pull pints of real ale, cider and perry for visitors and put on live music from bands like The Chillbillies and Rockitmen.

Details: Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden. Adult tickets cost £5, book online here.

The Kent Food Fest is a huge food festival with plenty of family activities, including games, car shows, live music and DJs. Picture: Kent Food Fest
The Kent Food Fest is a huge food festival with plenty of family activities, including games, car shows, live music and DJs. Picture: Kent Food Fest

Little Elses, Sevenoaks

Treat your dad to tasty food and delicious drinks with a trip to the Kent Food Festival. There will be street food stalls, local produce and cocktail bars, but it’s not all about the food; the festival also boasts a classic car and motorcycle display, an art exhibition, tribute bands and a dance forest with DJs spinning Ibiza anthems.

Details: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 at Little Elses in Sevenoaks. Adult tickets cost £20, book online here.

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Tuck into fish and chips and a pint by the coast with the Father’s Day Mini Beer Festival. There will be a selection of local beers and ciders for sale, as well as a free drink and a ‘drive an engine’ experience for dads and grandads, and lunch available from the railway’s End of the Line Restaurant.

Details: Sunday, June 16 at the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in New Romney. Adult tickets cost £28, book online here.

Don’t forget, our My Dad supplement will be in KM papers from Wednesday, June 12, with more than 19,000 Father’s Day drawings from children all over Kent.

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