Things to do this weekend in Kent including Faversham Transport Weekend and BFLF family rave

by Lauren Abbott

Kent is enjoying an action-packed weekend of events this Saturday and Sunday.

From classic car shows to extreme sports, family bike rides by the sea to a 1940s event at the railway, there is so much to choose from!

For everything you can see and do this weekend, see our seven suggestions for your weekend...

Tony Roberts starts his 1926 Austin 7 Chummy using the starting handle at last year's Transport Weekend in Faversham
Tony Roberts starts his 1926 Austin 7 Chummy using the starting handle at last year's Transport Weekend in Faversham

1. Faversham Transport Weekend

Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19

Classic cars will line up in Faversham this weekend for the return of the popular Transport Weekend. Alongside the showcase of cars will be vintage buses and classic motorcycles also on display. The free weekend also brings with it craft stalls, food and drink and live music to all keep visitors to the town entertained.

Faversham Transport Weekend centres around the Market Place area of the town centre. To learn more about the event click here.

2. Focus On Festival, Medway

Saturday, May 18

A jam packed family fun day of activities takes place at Cozenton Park, Bloors Lane in Rainham on Saturday. There will be demonstrations and coaching which will showcase in-line skating, skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes. There will be have-a-go areas of balance bikes and mountain bikes, a climbing wall, and big top to test circus skills including tightrope walking and juggling. Refreshments and live music will also keep visitors entertained, fed and watered! The event is suitable for everyone - from toddlers to the grown-ups! Learn more here.

Take the kids to top free event Buster's Big Bash
Take the kids to top free event Buster's Big Bash

3. Buster's Big Bash

Saturday, May 18

A day of space-hopper racing, go-karting and goodies galore will be on offer this Saturday. The annual event, which is entirely free, celebrates the KM Charity Team’s walk to school projects and reading reward initiative Buster’s Book Club. There will also be circus performers, sporting challenges, emergency vehicles and stalls. The fun takes place between 10am and 12.30pm, and the first 300 children to check in will receive a goody bag. Although the event is free, tickets must be registered for in advance by noon on Friday. All the details here.

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave at Groombridge Place
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave at Groombridge Place

4. Big Fish Little Fish family rave, Groombridge Place

Saturday, May 18

Dance the afternoon away in the magical surroundings of the Enchanted Woods when Big Fish Little Fish family rave experts put on their latest event for both adults and kids. The event is designed for families with children up to eight years of age. The event runs from 1pm until 4pm and will play a mix of acid house, techno, and drum and bass from the attraction's treehouse. Families can dance under confetti cannons, bubbles and giant balloons among the treets. There is also Captain Cookie's craft table to keep little ones amused, face painting, transfer tattoos and a parachute finale. There's also refreshments, ice cream and snacks! To learn more or to book your family's ticket see

5. Push The Boat Out, Bewl Water, Lamberhurst

Saturday, May 18

Come and try your hand at sailing with RYA's 'Push The Boat Out' event. Bewl Water will be hosting taster sessions on Saturday for anyone regardless of age or level of fitness. The event is free but anyone wishing to take part is advised to bring a waterproof jacket, a spare set of clothes, old shoes and a towel. Changing rooms will be available to use and buoyancy aids provided.

This event runs from 10am until 4pm. Learn more here.

The 1940s Weekend is popular with visitors
The 1940s Weekend is popular with visitors

6. 40s Weekend, Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden

Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19

Period music, dancers, vehicles, displays and entertainment throughout the weekend will be on offer when the traditional steam railway's vintage weekend returns this week.

There will be more than 50 vintage vehicles, 200 re-enactors and a packed programme of entertainment plus stalls selling vintage clothes and military items. You will be able to learn about rationing and cooking up wartime treats, there will be Spitfire displays and the trains will be running every 45 minutes.

To learn more about the event and ticket prices, click here.

7. Family Fun Cycle Ride, Whistable

Sunday, May 19

Whistable Rotary is holding a family fun cycle ride along the Crab & Winkle Line to Canterbury and back to Whitstable on Sunday. The event is not a race but an event just for fun! Families are encouraged to bring picnics to stop along the route and all young children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants will have scheduled starts as not all riders will be able to start together.

Fancy dress is also encouraged! To learn more click here.

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