Fun in the sun: Seven red hot ideas for the weekend

by Ellis Stephenson

Wondering what to do with the wonderful weekend?

We thought we'd have a look at what's going on around the county.

Scroll down to see what's in store.

Paintings by Kevin Clarkson of the Battle of Medway

Battle of Medway

Saturday, June 17

Get set for a spectacular climax to the week-long events commemorating the Battle of Medway. Some 350 years ago Chatham was caught on the hop when the Dutch snuck up the River Medway and destroyed the English Navy. Medway in Flames will be a sensational finale to the cultural, sporting and educational events. With activities ranging from live music, to water activities and a massive firework display - there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Kent Life in Sandling, Maidstone

Kent Life

Celebrate Father's Day with a trip to Kent Life, near Maidstone. Dads can get in for free and can enjoy lots of farm-related fun. There's also a country fair and vintage vehicle show on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18. But it's not just about dad, youngsters won't want to miss the chance to feed the farm animals. Find out more by logging onto

Peppa Pig will be cheering cyclists on

Peppa Pig

Saturday, June 17

Peppa Pig, every child's favourite cartoon character, will be helping cyclists along the way at the Medway Big Ride. The event includes children's races, sprint challenges, a treasure trail, a BMX stunt show, skateboarding workshops, a pump track, Segways and novelty bikes to try out. Everyone who takes part will get a free T-shirt and medal. Click here for more.

Parade to start the Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Dickens Festival, Broadstairs

All weekend

The Broadstairs Dickens Festival makes a comeback for its 80th birthday. The Victorian mayhem starts on Saturday, June 17, and will come to an end on Friday, June 23. This year's event includes a country fair in Victoria Gardens with Kentish produce, gifts, vintage wares and collectables. There's also going to be lots for the kids including games, a croquet masterclass and a magic show. Got more visit

Hever Castle is hosting a Father's Day event

Hever Castle

All weekend

Go along to the castle with dad to have a look over some of the best and oldest vehicles history has had to offer over the years. The four-wheeled therapy will be at the castle, near Edenbridge, on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18. The grand line up will feature more than 50 Alfa Romeos. Details at Hever Castle's website.

Check out the archers at Penshurst Place

Plenty Archery and more, Penshurst Place

Despite a packed programme of events for the kids all summer, Penshurst Place is putting on a weekend of special events for dads. The Hands of History event will include demonstrations such as how Roman soldiers defended themselves and medieval archery. Go to for more.

Supercars at Whitefriars

All weekend

It's set to be a proper dad's day out at the Canterbury shopping centre as a supercar meet and greet. Plus there's a virtual lap competition for fathers to take part in. Golf fans won't be forgotten either as there will be the longest putt competition. The event runs from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, June 17 and 11am until 5pm on Sunday, June 18.

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