Things to do in Kent this weekend

by Lauren Abbott

There's classic cars, jet ski displays on a castle's moat, muddy obstacle courses and family bike rides.

And if that feels far too energetic there's vintage clothes and handcrafted treasures to be found

Here are seven suggestions for your weekend...

Motors by the Moat
Motors by the Moat

1. Motors by the Moat

Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12

Engines are set to rev and roar this weekend as Leeds Castle once again hosts its Motors by the Moat festival. With a host of rare and limited edition vehicles, modified cars, kit cars and American cars on display, the weekend also includes a stunt show and jet ski display on the moat for the first time. To learn more about the event, just perfect for families looking for a day out, please click here.

The Little Welly comes to Kent this weekend
The Little Welly comes to Kent this weekend

2. The Little Welly, Sevenoaks

Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12

Get ready for a whole dollop of muddy outdoor fun when the UK's largest obstacle course for kids comes to Kent and the St Clere Estate at the weekend.

It includes climbing walls, a huge water slide, scramble nets, balancing poles, foam pit and of course, lots and lots of mud! There is also a festival village with refreshments, activities to try and entertainment to keep families and spectators busy. The starting gun for the county's first muddy obstacle course for kids is going to be fired by former popstar turned Kent farmer JB Gill. For more about the event, including a video of what to expect, see here.

3. Mum2Mum Market, Dartford

Saturday, May 11

Grab a bargain at this baby and children's nearly new pop-up market. There will be hundreds of pre-loved items for sale from shoes, toys, books, clothes, buggies and equipment such as stair gates, prams, pushchairs and sterilisers.

The sale is taking place at Christchurch Hall, Christchurch Road, Dartford DA1 3DH from 2pm until 4pm. Admission is £2. Learn more here.

4. Kent College Farm Open Morning, Canterbury

Saturday, May 11

Meet the farm family at Kent College when it opens its gates to visitors this weekend. The event takes place between 10am and 1pm and includes sheep shearing, show jumping displays, a chance to meet all of the farm animals and to see a farrier at work. There will also be a barbecue and refreshments to keep visitors fed and watered!

To learn more about the event and Kent College click here.

Families at last year's On Your Bike event
Families at last year's On Your Bike event

5. On Your Bike, Gravesend

Sunday, May 12

Gravesend Rotary's annual "On Your Bike" ride will take place this Sunday. Kicking off at 9am, it features 15, 30 or 45 mile routes, starting at Gravesend's Gordon Promenade in Milton. The 15 mile ride is perfect for families looking for a Sunday morning cycle. To learn more about how to enter please click here.

Meet the animals at Happy Endings
Meet the animals at Happy Endings

6. Spring Open Day, Happy Endings Rescue, Faversham

Sunday, May 12

Meet and feed the animals, enjoy inflatables, entertainment and stalls and tuck into hot and cold refreshments at this family fun-filled day out at the Happy Endings Rescue, which cares for sick, unwanted and injured animals. The organisation does not ordinarily open its doors to the public so this is a great chance to take your family along to meet all the animals it cares for. The open day begins at 11.30 and runs into the afternoon.

Admission is £5 for adults and children are free. There is also free parking available on site. You can find the centre in Well Lane, Ospringe, ME13 0SD. Further details here.

7. Do You Vintage? Vintage and craft fair, Dartford

Sunday, May 12

More than 35 stalls of vintage, retro and handcrafted items will be on sale in Dartford at the Mick Jagger Centre. Clothing, jewellery, accessories, and the upcycled will be amongst the treasures to purchase. Feating vintage makeovers, refreshments and live music, admission is £2 for adults and children under 16 go free.

Further details are here.

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