Things to do this weekend in Kent - December 8 and December 9

by Lauren Abbott

Christmas parades, craft fairs and a Christmas Tree Festival.

There is plenty of events to make up a festive weekend in Kent fit for all the family.

We've rounded up seven of the best:

The Naughty Fox at the Marlowe Studio
The Naughty Fox at the Marlowe Studio

The Naughty Fox, Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

From Friday, December 7 (until Sunday, December 23)

There’s a mischievous chap on the loose in Canterbury from this weekend - and he’s likely to delight little ones. The Naughty Fox is a heartwarming play-along tale for children of all ages, which has been written by the Marlowe Theatre’s literary associate James Baldwin.

A journey of discovery and friendship told by two storytellers with puppetry, musical instruments and light projection. James was inspired to write it as a result of his experience creating multi-sensory stories with soft toys for children in hospitals. To learn more or for ticket details click here

Christmas at Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst

Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9

Storytelling with Father Christmas and Mrs Claus, family festive trails, a Victorian Christmas in the mansion house, Christmas gifts in the shop and festive food in the tea rooms. Scotney Castle is offering some traditional Christmas festivities at the National Trust attraction in the run up to Christmas.

To learn more about all the activities and admission prices click here.

The St Nicholas Parade is always popular with families
The St Nicholas Parade is always popular with families

St Nicholas Parade, Canterbury

Saturday, December 8

St Nicholas will move through the cobbled streets of Canterbury on Saturday in his annual festive parade. The lively and colourful event, which is extremely popular with families at Christmas begins at noon when the parade with its community procession of children and musicians leaves The Westgate Hall. It will then make its way through the city before arriving at Canterbury Cathedral.

A short family service in the Nave follows the popular parade and everyone is welcome to attend. To learn more about the event click here.

Enjoy the wartime weekend at Dover Castle
Enjoy the wartime weekend at Dover Castle

Second World War Christmas, Dover Castle

Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9

Take a journey back to the Home Front this Christmas and find out how the festive season was celebrated in war-time. Yule-tide activities, a recreated officers’ mess to listen to tales of Christmas time at the Dover Castle Garrison, learn about baking Christmas treats in times of ration and get in the festive spirit with some lindy hop dancing and even the chance to meet Father Christmas himself.

For further details and ticket prices click here.

Enjoy music and dance at a Wartime Christmas at the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham
Enjoy music and dance at a Wartime Christmas at the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham

Wartime Christmas Weekend, Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham

Sunday, December 9

Dover Castle is not the only attraction in Kent jumping into the time machine this weekend.

The Royal Engineers Museum is also showing visitors how Christmas was celebrated in the Second World War with living history demonstrations, re-enactors, family activities, a vintage market, historical talks and entertainment from the Brompton Military Wives Choir (Sunday only). Find out more about the event by clicking here .

Just some of the 112 trees at the Christmas Tree Festival in 2017
Just some of the 112 trees at the Christmas Tree Festival in 2017

Christmas Tree Festival, Tunstall Church, Sittingbourne

Thursday, December 6 until Sunday, December 9

Around 100 beautifully decorated Christmas trees will go on display this week in Tunstall Church's popular Christmas tree festival. Charities, community groups, school pupils and talented individuals have all taken charge of creating a tree for the festival across a wide range of themes, styles and designs. In previous years there have been trees designed using egg boxes, milk bottle tops, books and gloves alongside the more traditional looking trees with tinsel and lights.

The popular festival runs until Sunday at the village church, is free to visit, and open from 10am until 5pm Thursday to Saturday and from 10am until 4pm on Sundays.

Quex Craft Village Christmas Fair

Sunday, December 9

Craft workshops , stalls, a visit from Santa, animals including the chance to meet alpacas, great raffle prizes. mulled wine and mince pies will all form part of the Christmas fair at the Quex Craft Village this Sunday. Snap up some festive gifts and enjoy an outing for all the family. The event runs from noon at the attraction in Park Lane, Birchington.

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