Things to do in Kent with children this weekend including Weald of Kent Steam Rally, Neverworld and Whitstable Carnival

Kent has an action packed weekend in store with festivals, carnivals, a steam rally and clashing Romans!

The first weekend of August is full of family events that are sure to be appeal to children - and adults - of all ages!
We round up the pick of things happening in Kent this weekend...

Neverworld
Neverworld

Neverworld, Hever

Thursday, August 1 until Sunday, August 4

Craig David is the headliner at this year's Neverworld festival. But the event has a raft of things to do for families both looking to camp and come into the event on a day ticket. Set in glorious surroundings, the event is a big hit with festival goers.

Toploader will play the Kent VW festival
Toploader will play the Kent VW festival

Kent VW Festival, Dover

Friday, August 2 until Monday, August 4

Three days of entertainment is being lined up for this year's VW festival in Coldred near Dover. Toploader are among the headline acts but there is plenty more to see and do over the three days. Visitors have the choice between weekend camping tickets or day tickets. There will be entertainment, arts and crafts for the kids, a family quiz, and even an 'old school' disco! To learn more about joining the festival please visit www.kentvwfestival.com

Merrick Jardine at the rally in 2018
Merrick Jardine at the rally in 2018

Weald of Kent Steam Rally, Woodchurch

Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4

More than 135 engines will roll into Little Engeham Farm this weekend for the annual weekend rally.

More than 50 full size engines will take part in arena events and a working area, there will be a Victorian fair complete with carousel and side shows, over 70 scale steam engines, a ride on railway, classic cars, farming and military vehicles and stalls to keep everyone entertained.
And when you're ready to sit back and rest - refreshment stalls will keep the entire family fed and watered!

Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children and parking is free. To learn more see here.

Events at Whitstable Harbour Day
Events at Whitstable Harbour Day

Whitstable Harbour Day and Whitstable Carnival

Saturday, August 3

Thousands of families are expected to descend on the popular seaside town this weekend for its annual Harbour Day, which is then swiftly followed by the town's carnival. During the day will be visiting boats, displays, stands and refreshments. The Carnival then begins at 5pm in Tankerton before winding its way into Whitstable.

Peter Rabbit is hopping into Kent Life
Peter Rabbit is hopping into Kent Life

Peter Rabbit at Kent Life, Kent Life, Sandling near Maidstone

Saturday, August 3

Family favourite Peter Rabbit is hopping into Kent's heritage farm park on Saturday to meet families and young fans. He'll be appearing at intervals throughout the day from 10.30am until 5.30pm.

Whilst there, you can also visit Forest School and create a bow and arrow or braided hair rope, have a go at making a scarecrow or take part in a special rabbit hunt in Mr McGregor's garden.
Plus all the usual Kent Life attractions will be open including cuddle corner, indoor and outdoor play areas, farm rides and the bouncy castle. And don't miss the Animal Show in the Big Top! All the ticket information you need can be found here.

Whitstable Harbour Day

Dover Transport Museum
Dover Transport Museum

Models and Miniatures Weekend, Dover Transport Museum

Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4

Model boats on the water, model trucks, tanks, model railways and dolls houses will be among all of the items on display at Dover Transport Museum's special event weekend. The museum, its grounds and cafe will be packed full of things to see and do. There will also be a ride-on railway, barbecue and open top bus rides on Sunday (August 4).

Further information about the museum in Whitfield can be found here.

See the Romans clash at Dover Castle
See the Romans clash at Dover Castle

Clash of the Romans, Dover Castle

Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4

Watch the Roman Empire’s finest soldiers compete in an intense show of strength and skill as two teams throw spears, take aim on the archery field and clash with swords and shields!

Don't miss the world famous Ermine Street Guard who will be displaying weapons, tactics and equipment of the Roman army of the first Century AD, explore the living history camp and meet the Romans to find out more about life in the empire.

A beach fun day at Bayfest last year
A beach fun day at Bayfest last year

Bayfest, Herne Bay

July 27 until August 31

Herne Bay's festival continues this weekend with more fantastic events for all the family across the town. Activities to enjoy this weekend include entertainment with Pip the Clown and Punch and Judy on the pier, live theatre and music and stalls and games for Cancer Awareness Day. The Cartoon Festival also takes place this weekend as part of the festival with cartoonists, gallery displays and talks. To learn more and for a full programme of events visit hernebayfestival.com

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