Events in Kent this weekend

by Lauren Abbott

A mischievous cat, Horrid Henry, Alice from Wonderland and a lot of newborn lambs can all be found in the county this weekend.

Kent is in line for a busy weekend with everything from lambing on the farm to book events with some of our favourite children's literary characters.

We've rounded up some fun things to do with the family this weekend:

Trains at the dockyard
Trains at the dockyard

Railway Weekend, The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17

Head to the dockyard this weekend where the locomotives will be steaming through the site! Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway has just under one mile of line to operate demonstration trains. Railway weekends provide the perfect photo opportunity, says the dockyard, to get up close to the unique railway and speak to the team of volunteers. It is worth noting the railway trains do not carry passengers! To learn more click here.

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Horrid Henry stories (

Francesca Simon and Horrid Henry at Bluewater

Saturday, March 16

Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon will be signing copies of her new book Horrid Henry: Up, Up and Away. Horrid Henry himself may also be making an appearance!

This event is not ticketed, and access to the queue will be on a first come first served basis but customers, says the book shop, must purchase a copy of 'Horrid Henry: Up, Up and Away' in order to meet Francesca. To learn more about the event which begins at 11am click here.

Hadlow Collge's lambing weekend is one of the biggest events in its calendar
Hadlow Collge's lambing weekend is one of the biggest events in its calendar

Lambing Weekend, Hadlow College, Tonbridge

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 11am until 4pm

Celebrate the arrival of spring with one of the biggest lambing events in the county this weekend. The college is once again throwing open its gates for two days and welcoming families to its popular event. Whilst the stars of the show are the newborn lambs, there will be other animals and reptiles to meet, birds of prey displays, children's activities, tractor trailer rides and hovercraft rides (weather permitting).

Lecturers will be in the lambing sheds to answer any questions visitors may have and college students will also be running Animal Management Unit tours during the event which is running from 11am until 4pm. To learn more about this event and other lambing events this spring in Kent, see our round-up here.

Charley Magalit and Nana Amoo-Gottfried in The Cat in the Hat (7502309)
Charley Magalit and Nana Amoo-Gottfried in The Cat in the Hat (7502309)

Cat in the Hat, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Until Saturday, March 16

Look at me! Look at me! Look at me now! It’s fun to have fun but you have to know how!

When the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! Based on the much-loved book by Dr Seuss that has captivated generations of readers, The Cat in the Hat on stage promises feline frivolity aplenty! With riotous rhymes, infectious humour and spectacular circus for the grown-ups, it could be the perfect family outing for your weekend. Learn more and book your tickets here.

Alice in Wonderland at Dartford Library

Saturday, March 16

Explore Alice's adventures in wonderland through a community arts project at Dartford library. Face painting, performances and even a ballet movement workshop are all taking place as part of the event. All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.

To learn more click here.

Catch Spider-Man this weekend at Odeon's Kids Club
Catch Spider-Man this weekend at Odeon's Kids Club

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Odeon Kids Club, Chatham

Sunday, March 17

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ welcomes you to a new universe, where more than one person can wear the mantle and mask of Spider-Man on their journey towards becoming a hero. The popular film is headed for Odeon's kids club this weekend where tickets are just £3.25. Teenage student Miles Morales must juggle his school life with his status and responsibilities as a superhero, but he’s not the only Spider-Man in this world and things are about to get complicated. To get your discounted tickets to this weekend's showing

The Little Prince (7637711)
The Little Prince (7637711)

The Little Prince, Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17

In this adaptation of the classic French fairy tale, The Little Prince, prepare to rediscover your childhood as you fly across the universe! Meet the Aviator who, after crashing his plane in the desert, comes across a curious Little Prince. They both learn all about the importance of friendship, imagination and freeing your mind.

Using puppetry to bring to life the whimsical fox, the beautiful rose and many other exciting and magical creatures, lose yourself in the adventures of The Little Prince and his companions as they embark on some exciting adventures. There is one on each day over the weekend within the theatre's studio venue. To learn more click here.

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