Events in Kent taking place this weekend

by Lauren Abbott

Now that the summer months are here there is so much happening in Kent.

Whether it's science or a stegosauruses, there's lots to suit all ages and interests.

We have seven things happening this weekend:

Ministry of Science Live
Ministry of Science Live

Ministry of Science, Marlowe Theatre

It's said to be 100% educational, 200% entertaining, 300% explosive and 400% fun. Ministry of Science Live is exploding onto the stage at the Marlowe Theatre this weekend. This new production takes an anarchic approach to science communication whilst looking at the inventors and engineers who have shaped and inspired the modern world that we live in.

From liquid nitrogen frozen flowers to hydrogen bottle rockets. From Buzz Aldrin to Virgin Galactic. From a cat food tin to the hovercraft. From the discovery of methane to the invention of the battery there is so much science to sink your teeth into! There are two shows taking place on Saturday (June 16). More details here.

Dino Raps at Howletts Wild Animal Park

Children's television presenter Andy Day is bringing his Dino Raps show to a top Kent attraction this Saturday (June 16).

Dino Raps is perfect for lovers of all things prehistoric, whatever your age. However, visitors are in for double the fun as they can also explore the newly opened Animals of the Ice Age exhibition, featuring life sized creatures from a frozen time, including the spectacular sabre toothed cats, mighty mammoth and giant sloth.

The exhibition - along with the chance to see Andy's live performances of his famous Dino Raps - are all included in the price of a day ticket. For more details click here.

Herne Bay Junior School. Sci-Fi by the sea.
Herne Bay Junior School. Sci-Fi by the sea.

Sci-fi by the Sea, Herne Bay

Herne Bay junior school in Kings Road is hosting Sci-fi by the Sea this Sunday (June 17). Everything from characters to costumes, memorabilia to trade stands will be standing by for families at this much anticipated event perfect for fans of everything science fiction. Taking place from 11am until 5pm, tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here.

Penshust Village Fete, Penshurst

A traditional village fete with lots of fun games and activities can be found in the village of Penshurst this Sunday. There will be Punch and Judy shows, a bouncy castle, children’s activities, music, beer tent, Pimm's and a prosecco stall, food stands and the tea tent. The village dog show is also being held as part of proceedings and there will be a good selection of trade stalls for visitors to browse and shop at too. Everything takes place from noon until 4pm. Visit the website for more details.

Train rides near Cascades, Thong Lane, Gravesend.
Train rides near Cascades, Thong Lane, Gravesend.

GMMES model train rides, Gravesend

The Gravesend Model Marine and Engineering Society will once again be meeting at its track near Cascades Leisure Centre in Thong Lane this weekend. Train rides are taking place on its engines on Sunday, June 17 from 2pnm until 5pm and in honour of Father's Day any dad climbing aboard will get his first ride for free! Train rides are just 50p for all other family members. Learn more here.

Water Savvy Fun Day, Bewl Water

Kent Fire and Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up to bring you a Water Savvy Fun Day at Bewl Water. The free family day on Saturday (June 16) out will give you a chance to see firefighters from Kent and East Sussex in action on the water in live rescue demonstrations, meet and watch the Splashpals Newfoundland dogs in a water display, climb aboard a water rescue boat and fire engines, meet Buzz the search and rescue puppy, get hands on and learn vital skills to stay safe around water, enjoy face painting, and much more.

There'll be something on offer for all age groups, including a kids' zone for younger children. Dogs are welcome, but need to be kept on a lead. For more information visit

Walmer Castle and gardens
Walmer Castle and gardens

Blooming Gardens at Walmer Castle

Take a tour by the gardening team, learn about the plantings, get inspiration for your own garden with advice from the Kent Plant Heritage Group, and pick up beautiful plants from local traders stalls. Meet the castle's resident apiarist for an expert bee-keeping demonstration, and admire artwork from the annual Walmer Castle art competition. You can als enjoy music by local bands on the lawn whilst the kids try the trails and giant garden games.

Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, for ticket information and admission prices click here.

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