Events happening in Kent this weekend

by Ellis Stephenson

There are so many things happening in Kent this weekend.

Not to mention the small matter of a royal wedding!

But if you're looking for a big day that doesn't involve Prince Harry and Meghan's nuptials here are some events happening in Kent this Saturday and Sunday:

Try sailing at Bewl Water
Try sailing at Bewl Water

1. PUSH THE BOAT OUT, BEWL WATER

Bewl Sailing Association and Bewl Water is setting sail with the Royal Yachting Association’s national ‘Push the Boat Out’ event, offering you the chance to have a go at sailing. On Saturday, May 19, between 10am and 4pm, head to the Lamberhurst reservoir to take to the water. There are free taster sessions and experts to help you. To find out more visit bewlsailing.club. Parking is £3.

2. PAW PATROL AT SPA VALLEY RAILWAY

Travel by heritage train to see children’s favourites Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol this Saturday.

Rubble will also be on hand to see fans arriving on trains hauled by a steam and diesel locomotive from the Spa Valley Railway at Tunbridge Wells West. To book train tickets and for more information visit spavalleyrailway.co.uk.

Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells
Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells

3. SUNSET SEASIDE STROLL, QUEENBOROUGH

The Sunset Seaside Stroll has an official launch day on Saturday, May 19. Being held outside the Cancer Research UK shop in Queenborough, the fun event includes a community chef from 11.30am, fantasy art competition, plus a gurning competition for the silliest and funniest faces, supported by our sister paper the Sheerness Times Guardian.

The stroll itself will be on Saturday, August 11 between Minster Leas and Queenborough.

4. WESTERN HEIGHTS OPEN DAY, DOVER

Head to the Western Heights open weekend near Dover on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 when The Drop Redoubt and Grand Shaft will be open and Napoleonic and Second World War re-enactors will be carrying out skirmishes, parades and demonstrations. There will also be stalls and displays. The event runs from 10am to 5pm. Details at doverwesternheights.org.

Head to the Western Heights Open Weekend near Dover this weekend. Copyright: Phil Eyden
Head to the Western Heights Open Weekend near Dover this weekend. Copyright: Phil Eyden

5. MUSEUMS AT NIGHT, HISTORIC DOCKYARD CHATHAM

A night-time Ghost Investigation will take place on Friday 18th May in the Command of the Oceans buildings at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, as part of Culture 24’s ‘Museums at Night’ campaign. A murder took place in the Mast House and Mould Loft on 16th April 1875 and since the story has been recounted on the regular weekly Ghost Walks at The Historic Dockyard strange things have occurred in the building. The investigation starts at 8.30pm and ends at 10.30pm. Tickets are £18 per person and must be pre-booked and pre-paid online. For more information visit thedockyard.co.uk/whats-on/museums-at-night/.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson
Dame Jacqueline Wilson

6. DAME JACQUELINE WILSON, MARGATE WINTER GARDENS

Bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson will be talking about her new book and chatting to children when she visit Kent this weekend. She will be at the event on Sunday, May 20, which will be hosted by Waterstones, Canterbury. Tickets for the event at Margate Winter Gardens cost £5 for children and £7 or £18 including a copy of Rose Rivers. To book call 01843 292795.#

Royal wedding celebrations
Royal wedding celebrations

7. ROYAL WEDDING CELEBRATIONS

A right royal party is being promised in Yalding High Street to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding. Children’s tea will be served at 4pm and there will also be Punch and Judy, hula hoops and games. A hog roast will be served at 6pm, when there will be a bar with local beers, wine and soft drinks. A new cocktail ‘bottoms up’ will have its first outing and there will be live music until 10pm. The fancy dress theme for adults and children is fairy tales. Tickets, including a souvenir mug, are available from the post office, tearooms and library.

For more Kent events celebrating this Saturday's Royal Wedding please click here.

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