Things to do over the August bank holiday weekend in Kent 2020

Are you ready to make some plans for the three-day weekend?

Here's all you need to know about spending the August bank holiday in Kent...

Have you visited The Beach yet?
Have you visited The Beach yet?

The Beach at Bluewater, Greenhithe

Running until Sunday, September 6

The Beach at Bluewater is entering it's final week in Kent. If you haven't yet enjoyed the fairground rides, stalls, splash pool and sandy setting - now could be the time!

With two weekends to go before the summer attraction closes, sessions are set to be popular, and so families are advised to pre-book their slots in advance.

Entry is £3 with ride tokens available to buy on site.

There are a number of new safety measures in place - including the need to wear facemasks on particular rides. To learn more about the guidelines and to book your admission tickets click here.

Incredible contortionist Zaya at Santus Circus
Incredible contortionist Zaya at Santus Circus

Santus Circus, Colewood Road, Whitstable
Until Monday, August 31

After an exceptionally rocky few months during lockdown the performers at Santus Circus are back on the road and entertaining families in Kent.

Between August 20 and 31 the circus will be in Whitstable with a number of performances over the bank holiday weekend - with 50% off tickets for all NHS staff.

To learn more about catching a show and how to get tickets, as well as the new safety measures in place for audiences, please click here.

Eagle Heights is open for pre-booked visits
Eagle Heights is open for pre-booked visits

Eagle Heights, Eynsford

Thursday, August 27 until Sunday, August 30

Eagle Heights will be open to pre-booked visitors across between Thursday and Sunday with tickets costing just £5 each.
There are now procedures in place in the wake of coronavirus which includes limiting visitors to a two-hour trip to see all of the animals and enjoy a display.

To learn more about supporting the attraction, which has opened on select days throughout August, please click here.

Jousting at Hever Castle is taking place across the bank holiday weekend
Jousting at Hever Castle is taking place across the bank holiday weekend

Jousting at Hever Castle

Friday, August 28 until Monday, August 31

A huge bank holiday weekend of jousting tournaments is to take place at Hever Castle - but you'll need to be organised to get your tickets.

Battles are set to take place across the weekend when the Knights of Royal England will be entertaining crowds with displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena.

Bring a blanket and watch from the grass or see the joust in style from the medieval spectator stands which are now available for prebooking.

To allow for social distancing, visitor numbers are restricted this year, and families wishing to go along over the weekend must pre-book their tickets for a specific date and time. To learn more about the event and arranging your visit please click here.

Open air proms wll return to Hole Park Gardens
Open air proms wll return to Hole Park Gardens

Proms Spectacular at Hole Park

Saturday, August 29

Find a suitable picnic spot and sit back and enjoy a magical evening in the great outdoors. The Proms Spectacular at Hole Park near Tenterden is due to include a Spitfire display.

Proms favourites including the1812 Overture, Hornpipe, Land of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem are all set to feature on the running order during the evening event which culminates with a fireworks display.

Gates open at 4pm with music set to get underway at 7pm. To learn more, including how to book tickets, click here.

Spa Valley Railway is running services across the three-day weekend
Spa Valley Railway is running services across the three-day weekend

Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells

Saturday, August 29 until Monday, August 31

The popular Spa Valley Railway will re-open for the first time over the bank holiday weekend - where a private compartment for six people costs just £40!

To enjoy the railway and ensure social distancing, tickets for services must be pre-booked in advance.

Trains are running across the three-day weekend departing from Tunbridge Wells West at 10.30am, 12.30 and 2.30pm.

The Old Forge Wartime House, Sittingbourne

Saturday, August 29

The fascinating living history house in Sittingbourne's East Street will once again be transporting families back in time to life on the Home Front in the 1940s. Guided tours of the property are running every Saturday in August and must be pre-booked.

Take a tour of the house and learn more about what life was like for families living in Kent during the war. To learn more about the house click here - alternatively ring 07561 647 827 to book your trip.

Family tickets are £12, adults £5 and concessions £4.

Last Night of the Hever Proms, Hever Castle

Sunday, August 30

Gates open at 6.30pm for this socially-distanced event as part of the bitesize programme of Hever Festival theatre this summer.

The Proms-style concert will play on a new stage on the Main Lawn with evening views of the castle behind.

The event will last 70 minutes and there will be no interval. All socially distancing guidelines will be followed.

Uncovered tickets are £20, with discounted theatre and Hever Castle gardens tickets £31.45 for adults and £26.80 for children. Learn more, including how to book, here.

Trolls World Tour. Picture credit: PA Photo/DreamWorks Animation LLC./Universal Pictures.
Trolls World Tour. Picture credit: PA Photo/DreamWorks Animation LLC./Universal Pictures.

Trolls World Tour, Gulbenkian Cinema, Canterbury

Sunday, August 30

Families who didn't catch Trolls World Tour on their own televisions during lockdown will have the chance to make it a cinematic experience when it arrives at the Gulbenkian Cinema in Canterbury on Sunday, August 30.

The cinema and cafe reopened on August 17 and tickets to see this family film cost just £3.50.

The film is being shown at 3pm and all tickets must be booked in advance. To learn more, including details of the cinema's new safety restrictions, please click here.

St Andrews Watersports, Halling

Various slots available

Take to the water with the kids this weekend and book a slot at the new lake-side activity centre. The former 'blue lake' has been transformed into a centre for kayaking, paddleboarding and pedalo hire.

There is also open water swimming and various lessons and courses available to book.

Visitors must arrange their visit in advance and each trip comes with allocated time at the lakes urban beach. To learn more or to make your booking please click here.

In need of a few more suggestions to see out the end of the summer holidays? Read our five things to do for a fiver here.

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