What can I do with the kids in Kent this weekend?

by Ellis Stephenson

The weather has been less than impressive across the county this week.

But a bit of rain won't stop the children enjoying their summer holidays.

Here's seven ideas that the whole family will enjoy...

Howletts Wild Animal Park, Bekesbourne. Picture: Tony Flashman
Howletts Wild Animal Park, Bekesbourne. Picture: Tony Flashman

Free entry, Port Lympne or Howletts

Tuesday, August 1, until Thursday, August 31

Port Lympne and Howletts may have the answer to your family day out dilemmas. Throughout August, both parks will be running a 'Kids Go Free' promotion for day visitors. The offer - which lets one child get in free with each full paying adult - runs until August 31. With so many animals to discover the parks are a top pick for fun this month.

Jurassic Adventure, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

From Friday, August 11m to Sunday, August 13

Dinosaur World is set on the lost island of Mundo De Los Lagartos Terribles, where giant lizards and dinosaurs live. Using puppetry to bring the story to life on stage the new show features tyrannosaurus rex, giraffatitan and baby triceratops. To book visit marlowetheatre.com.

Kite flying is great fun for all ages
Kite flying is great fun for all ages

Kitefestival, Teston Bridge Country Park

From Saturday, August 12, to Sunday, August 13

Kent's oldest kite festival is swooping into the country park, just outside Maidstone, for its 30th year. The festival runs from 11am until 5pm.

There's jousting at Dover Castle this weekend
There's jousting at Dover Castle this weekend

Dover Castle

All weekend

The castle's first medieval joust takes place this weekend. the highly-skilled knights will square up to each other in a series of bouts throughout the day and there will also be the court jester to entertain the crowds. Events run from 10am to 5pm both days. Click here for more information.

The world's biggest bouncy castle is at Dreamland today
The world's biggest bouncy castle is at Dreamland today

Jump around, Dreamland, Margate

From Saturday, August 12 until Saturday, August 26

This is one event guaranteed to put a spring in your step. The world’s biggest bouncy castle arrives at Dreamland in Margate this weekend for a two-week stay. For more log onto dreamland.co.uk.

Dungeness lifeboat
Dungeness lifeboat

Lifeboat open day

Sunday, August 13, from 10am to 4pm

Dungeness Lifeboat Station will be letting the public in to see what they get up to. The annual open day will also be an opportunity for youngsters to ask questions about the RNLI and help launch the lifeboat at 2pm. More details at www.dungenesslifeboat.org.uk

Monster crab catching on Herne Bay's famous pier
Monster crab catching on Herne Bay's famous pier

BayFest

Throughout August

Herne Bay’s seaside festival is back with a bang - and a new name, BayFest. The community-run festival runs throughout August, and it is now into its second weekend. On Saturday, August 12, the Herne Bay Carnival takes to the streets and there’s also a sandcastle competition on beach on Tuesday, August 15. For more details, go to hernebayfestival.com

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