With a three day weekend, you are three times more likely to go out and enjoy the county.
We’ve picked 10 weekend treats to try in Kent …
Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham
This weekend you can celebrate the joys of spring at Mount Ephraim Gardens in Faversham and see the new spring lambs. On Sunday May 2 and Monday May 3, local farmer Alex will bring lambs born to the estate for visitors to see (but not to pet due to Covid restrictions).
There will also be a lambs trail with hand painted wooden lambs in the garden and refreshments to take away. There are two time slots on Sunday May 2 and Bank Holiday Monday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pre-book at mountephraimgardens.co.uk
Gardens of Walmer Castle, near Deal
To celebrate National Gardening Week, which runs through Sunday May 2, English Heritage Gardeners are inviting members of the public to try out a seed swap this weekend on Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2. Visitors can bring their own seeds to trade. rare varieties that have been donated by the Heritage Seed Library of Garden Organic. These include a range of heirloom seeds like the Champion of England Pea. The seed exchange also takes place at Down House in Orpington. Reserve your tickets in advance here.
Solley’s Glacier, near Dover
Climb aboard and enjoy a tractor and trailer ride around the arable farm near Dover and finish with an ice cream.
Tractor rides are available on weekends, weather permitting, and cost Â£ 2.50 each with less than three free. No pre-reservation is necessary, but there may be a delay as the number of each trip is limited. Details on solleysicecream.co.uk
Kent Life, Maidstone
Lock Lane’s site, Sandling, will have the feel of a traditional English street party throughout the bank holiday weekend, from Saturday May 1 through Monday May 3. a Pimm’s and there will be farm walks, outdoor games and animal encounters and Dotty’s Tea Room will also have on-the-go refreshments.
Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway
The heritage steam railway will reopen to the public on Sunday, May 2, and will then be open on public holidays and Sundays throughout the month. There is a safe timetable for Covid, which includes passengers traveling back on the same train as their outward journey. The cafe will also be open for take-out. Visit sklr.net.
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
Managers of the heritage railway, which reopened last month, added shorter trips for families over this holiday weekend. The move is the result of the parents’ request. The shorter trips mean you can get to Dymchurch or New Romney. The three new trips per day will take place on Saturday May 1, Sunday May 2 and Bank Holiday Monday May 3. Book in advance at rhdr.org.uk or call 01797 362353. Covid security measures are in place and travelers will need to wear face masks on the train.
Kent Drive-in Cinema, Betteshanger Country Park
Drive-in cinema screenings in the park near Deal last through Sunday, May 9 and include family favorites like Jumanji: The Next Level, Back to the Future and The Goonies. Tickets cost from Â£ 30 per vehicle. Book in advance at kentdriveincinema.co.uk
Outdoor Car Tour, Hop Farm Family Park
Chef Rick Stein will be among the top chefs for visitors to the Alfresco Drive-in Tour, which will be held at the Hop Farm Family Park in Paddock Wood until Monday, May 3. and Jason Atherton hosting the food alongside drive-through movies, Mark Watson’s Comedy Club on Friday April 30 and live music on Sunday May 2, Book at thealfrescotheatre.co.uk
Bluebells at Hever Castle
The gardens and grounds of the historic castle, near Edenbridge, continue their colorful displays this spring for visitors, this time with bluebells along the lake and in the Woodland promenade. The maximum flowering period is from Saturday May 1. Pre-book here.
Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells
Young visitors heading to the Tunbridge Wells site on Sunday May 2 and Holiday Monday should look for the playful fairy and pixie handing out goodies on the Enchanted Forest Path. You must pre-book a place on groombridgeplace.com
Where to see Kentish bluebells.
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