Top local listings for July events in Kent that are perfect for babies, toddlers, big kids and families!

Discover what’s on near you, including children’s activities, workshops, shows, open days and fun things to do. You can add to our list of July events in Kent by visiting our Add Event page.

JULY EVENTS IN KENT

Make Your Own Roman Cuff at Canterbury Roman Museum
Sat 1 July –  Mon 31 July 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2JR
Both Roman men and women liked to wear jewellery. Cuffs were made from a variety of materials including leather and gold. If you were a wealthy Roman your cuff would be highly decorative and embellished with precious jewels. Design and make your own Roman-inspired cuff.
canterburymuseums.co.uk
Cost: £1 per child in addition to museum entry fee (kids go free with paying adults)

Make Your Own Clanger Puppet at Canterbury Heritage Museum
Sat 1 July– Thur 31 Aug 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm (open Weds – Sun ONLY)
Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NR
The Clangers have come down from the moon and are playing hide ‘n’ seek at the museum. Make your own Clanger-inspired finger puppet and explore the museum to find the answers to our quiz – see how many playful Clangers you can spot along the way!
canterburymuseums.co.uk
Cost: Open Wed to Sun only £1 per child in addition to museum entry fee (kids go free with paying adults)

Make Your Own Pilgrim’s Badge at The Beaney
Sat 1st July – Thur 31 Aug 2017, all day
18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA
Come and make your own pilgrim’s badge. These badges were worn on either a hat or a cloak and collected as mementoes of the shrines visited. They were so popular that tens of thousands were collected every year.
canterburymuseums.co.uk
Cost: £1 per child

Board Games Rediscovered at Maidstone Museum
Sat 1st July 2017 – 1st Oct 2017 , 10.00am-5.00pm
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Board Games Rediscovered celebrates the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £3.00 per child, £4.00 per adult, £12 per family of 4

Winston and Other Animals Family Trail at Chartwell House
Sat 1st July– 3rd September 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
Our family trail leads you around the garden and woodland. Can you spot some of the animals who lived at Chartwell?.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell
Cost: £1.00 per trail

Ant Trail at Emmetts Garden
Sat 1st July– 3rd September 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 6BA
Emmetts was originally know as ‘Amets’, an old English word for ants. On this fun family trail look out for friendly ants dotted around the garden and woodland.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden
Cost: £1.00 per trail

Easy Sunday: Plaster of Paradise at Turner Contemporary
Sun 2 July 2017, 1-4pm (drop in)
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Create patterns and shapes in sand to cast in plaster, uncover it like a fossil and keep it forever!
www.turnercontemporary.org
Cost: £4.50 / Free for CT9 Residents (Proof required)

Easy Sunday: Skilful Sculpturists at Turner Contemporary
Sun 2 July 2017, 1-4pm (drop in)
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Inspired by Phyllida Barlow’s huge sculptures, create your own masterpiece using everyday materials to create your own 3D extraordinary objects!
www.turnercontemporary.org
Cost: £4.50 / Free for CT9 Residents (Proof required)

Family Dog Show at Kent Life
Sun 2nd July 2017, 10am – 5pm
Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
Bring along man’s best friend to take part in our Family Fun Dog Show. Enter the classes for £1 and win a rosette for your canine friend, Classes include: Waggiest Tail, Best 6 Legs, Fancy Dress, Best Child Handler, Dog the judge would like to take home and Kent Life’s Champion Dog. Why not have a go on our agility course and peruse the doggy related stalls between classes.
www.kentlife.org.uk
Cost: Adult £9.95, Child (3-15) £7.95, Concession £8.95, Family (2+2) £29.95, Kent Life Members FREE

Mirror Mirror at Gulbenkian Theatre
Tue 4 Jul – Weds 5 Jul 2017, 10.30am and 1.30pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
Take a seat in Oily Cart’s extra-special salon, designed to make you feel beautiful inside and out! Suitable for ages 3-19 and comes in two distinct versions: for children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, and for children and young people on the autism spectrum.
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: Adults and children £8.00, Baby on lap (0-18 months) £1.00, Group 4+ £6.50

Story Time at Maidstone Museum
Fri 7th July 2017 , 10.30am-110.00
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Join us every Friday in the Bentlif Gallery at Maidstone Museum for a fun morning of storytelling and craft activities. Perfect for children aged under five, you can reserve your place in advance, or simply turn up on the day and pay at reception.
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Big Fish Little Fish at Groombridge Place
Sat 8th July 2017, 10.00am – 5.30pm
Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Come play in the woods and the pirate boats at this Once Upon A Time fairytale themed family rave. BFLF present a world of music, dance, craft and fun for families with children aged 0-8 years but all ages welcome.
www.groombridgeplace.com
Cost: Adult £9.85, Children (3-12) £8.50, Senior Citizens £8.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £32.35

Easy Sunday: Plaster of Paradise at Turner Contemporary
Sun 9th July 2017, 1-4pm (drop in)
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Create patterns and shapes in sand to cast in plaster, uncover it like a fossil and keep it forever!
www.turnercontemporary.org
Cost: £4.50 / Free for CT9 Residents (Proof required)

Easy Sunday: Skilful Sculpturists at Turner Contemporary
Sun 9th July 2017, 1-4pm (drop in) 
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Inspired by Phyllida Barlow’s huge sculptures, create your own masterpiece using everyday materials to create your own 3D extraordinary objects!
www.turnercontemporary.org
Cost: £4.50 / Free for CT9 Residents (Proof required)

Fairies & Elves at Groombridge Place
Sun 9th July 2017, 10.00am – 5.30pm
Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Discover the Fairies & Elves of Groombridge place, Join in the fun with the magical creatures with craft activities, story tellings & shows and of course enjoy our formal gardens and enchanted forest.
www.groombridgeplace.com
Cost: Adult £9.85, Children (3-12) £8.50, Senior Citizens £8.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £32.35

Story Time at Maidstone Museum
Fri 14th July 2017 , 10.30am-110.00
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Join us every Friday in the Bentlif Gallery at Maidstone Museum for a fun morning of storytelling and craft activities. Perfect for children aged under five, you can reserve your place in advance, or simply turn up on the day and pay at reception.
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Summer Maize Maze at Penshurst Place and Gardens
Sat 15th July – 3rd Sept 2017, 11.00 – 5.00pm
Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
The #PenshurstMaizeMaze is back once again this year, and we’re keeping the design a closely guarded secret ready for the summer
www.penshurstplace.com
Cost: Normal admission applies

Volks Weald Family Volkswagen Show at Penshurst Place and Gardens
Sat 15th July – Sun 16th July 2017, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
Set in the Penshurst Place Parkland, this family show aimed at the VW community and fans alike will be landing on the 15th & 16th July. With live music, family entertainment, food, fun and of course, a classic camper or two, this is a car show with a difference!
www.penshurstplace.com
Cost: Day ticket £12.50 per person, weekend camping £17.50 per person

Sooty Show & Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Kent Life
Sat 15th & Sun 16th July 2017, 10am – 5pm
Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
Sooty and friends will be taking over the stage in our Big Top across the weekend with shows at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm* – there promises to be all kinds of magical mayhem. Make sure to bring along your favourite Ted and take part in our Teddy Bears picnic, every child visiting with their companion will receive a certificate.
www.kentlife.org.uk
Cost: Adult £9.95, Child (3-15) £7.95, Concession £8.95, Family (2+2) £29.95, Kent Life Members FREE

Summer Jousting at Hever Castle
Sat 15th & Sun 16th July 2017, 10am – 5pm
Hever Road, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Jousting Tournament. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling display of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box.
www.hevercastle.co.uk

Baby and Toddler Family Fun Day
Sun 16th July 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Hothfield Village Hall, Ashford, Kent, TN26 1EG
Join us on Sunday 16th July as Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense Ashford present a superhero themed family fun day to showcase the very best on offer for babies and toddlers in Ashford! We will be putting on classes all day along with some other amazing local baby and toddler classes, all included with your entry fee! Toddler Sense will provide soft play for the event and there will be baby and toddler themed stalls on offer all day as well as a BBQ . Graham Bewley will be on site to take wonderful family photos that you can take away with you on the day.
www.facebook.com/events/1865048760485857
Cost: Under 4s £3, Adults and over 4s £1

Dotty the Dragon Show at Groombridge Place
Sun 16th July 2017, 10.00am – 5.30pm
Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Brought to life by the acclaimed Little Blue Monster Theatre Company, this big hearted adventure is told with magical songs, enchanting music and exquisite puppetry.
www.groombridgeplace.com
Cost: Adult £9.85, Children (3-12) £8.50, Senior Citizens £8.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £32.35

Easy Sunday: Plaster of Paradise at Turner Contemporary
Sun 16th July 2017, 1-4pm (drop in) 
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Create patterns and shapes in sand to cast in plaster, uncover it like a fossil and keep it forever!
www.turnercontemporary.org
Cost: £4.50 / Free for CT9 Residents (Proof required)

Easy Sunday: Skilled Sculpturists at Turner Contemporary
Sun 16th July 2017, 1-4pm (drop in)
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Inspired by Phyllida Barlow’s huge sculptures, create your own masterpiece using everyday materials to create your own 3D extraordinary objects!
www.turnercontemporary.org
Cost: £4.50 / Free for CT9 Residents (Proof required)

Gruffalo Picnic at St Mary’s Church in Great Chart & Singleton
Sun 19th July 2017, 9.30am-12.00pm
Ashford, Kent, TN23 3AY
All babies & toddlers welcome for a ‘gruffalo picnic’ in the rectory garden Great Chart Ashford – Meet in the church at 09.30am for a short singalong and/or picnic in the garden from 10-12 with trampoline, swings, and a lovely play for your little ones. Let us know you are coming, bring your favorite book, or toy to show your friends! Everything else provided for you!
www.facebook.com/events/634023070135897
Cost: £5 per child (paid in advance any wednesday or on the day)

Knights & Princesses at Groombridge Place
Sat 22nd July 2017, 10.00am – 5.30pm
Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Travel back in time and meet the Knights and Princesses of Groombridge Place, Discover what life was like during medieval times we have fun interactive shows, story telling and much more!
www.groombridgeplace.com
Cost: Adult £9.85, Children (3-12) £8.50, Senior Citizens £8.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £32.35

Folkestone – Bach to Baby Weekend Family Concert
Sat 22nd July 2017, 11.00am-12.00pm
Holy Trinity Church, Sandgate Road, Folkestone, CT20 2HQ
The isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs that give delight. Let acclaimed pianist Miaomiao Yu transport you to islands near and far, taking in Beethoven’s thrilling Tempest sonata and Satie’s Grecian paradise along the way. Doors open 30 mins prior to the concert, giving you time to ditch the buggy, grab a Monmouth coffee and catch up with friends before the performance.
www.bachtobaby.com/folkestone-special
Cost: Adults £12, Children FREE

Dover Fire Station Open Day
Sat 22nd July 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Ladywell, Dover, Kent CT16 1DQ
Dover fire station will be holding a community safety open day with exciting displays and fun-packed activities for all the family.
www.facebook.com/events/139859346574821
Cost: FREE

Wild Weekend at Betteshanger Park
Sat 22nd July (10.30am-10.00pm) & Sun 23rd July (11.00am-4.00pm) 2007
Sandwich Road, Deal, Kent CT14 0BF
We are excited to bring you a range of unforgettable experiences and wild activity sessions at Betteshanger this summer. Book them for yourself or treat a loved one to a unique special present. Whichever you choose, we guarantee you a truly memorable day in the great outdoors. Paid-for workshops taking place throughout the weekend including: Bird of Prey Photography Workshop with Richard Taylor-Jones, Wild Cooking, Bushcraft Workshop, Guided walk, Bat Walk.
bookwhen.com/experiences
Cost: Prices vary

Big Camp at Scotney Castle
Sat 22nd July 2017, 11.00am-11.00pm
Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8JN
Join us for one night only of exclusive camping at Scotney Castle. There is no better way to spend a summer weekend, with activities for all the family, access to the house, garden and old castle all included in the price. Breakfast is included and there will be options for dinner on site.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle
Cost: £75 per pitch

Summer Jousting at Hever Castle
Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd  July 2017, 10am – 5pm
Hever Road, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Jousting Tournament. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling display of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box.
www.hevercastle.co.uk

Whacky Races at Kent Life
Sat 22nd July 2017 – 6th Aug 2017,  10am – 5pm
Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
Come along and join in the summer holiday fun, why not take part in one of our many races or spectate on our animal races. Who will win the most points?
www.kentlife.org.uk
Cost: Adult £9.95, Child (3-15) £7.95, Concession £8.95, Family (2+2) £29.95, Kent Life Members FREE

Summer Holiday Family Fun at Ightham Mote
Sat 22nd Jul 2017 – 31st Aug 2017,  10.00am-4.30pm
Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0Nt
With a natural play area, quizzes and trails, there’s plenty to keep the family busy in the summer holidays.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote
FREE – Normal Admission charges apply.

Railway Weekend at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Sat 22 Jul- Sun 23 Jul 2017
Church Ln, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE
This is a great opportunity for you to see our steam railway up close and working! Operations normally consist of a locomotive-hauled rake of wagons travelling through the Dockyard. It’s a great photo occasion and a nostalgic moment for many.
thedockyard.co.uk
Cost: Tea and tour – Adults £19.50; children £13.50. 

Summer Holiday Family Fun at Ightham Mote
22 July – 3 Sep 2017,  10.00am-4.30pm
Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0Nt
With a natural play area, quizzes and trails, there’s plenty to keep the family busy in the summer holidays.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote
Cost: The event is free, normal admission charges apply.

Easy Sunday: Skilful Sculpturists at Turner Contemporary
Sun 23rd July 2017, 1-4pm (drop in) 
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Inspired by Phyllida Barlow’s huge sculptures, create your own masterpiece using everyday materials to create your own 3D extraordinary objects!
www.turnercontemporary.org
Cost: £3.50 per child

Summer Maize Maze at Penshurst Place and Gardens
Sun 23rd July – 3rd Sep 2017, 11.00 – 5.00pm
Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
Join us every Sunday during the school summer holidays for days crammedwith family fun, including falconry, crafts, garden storytelling andthe famous Penshurst Place Maize Maze!
www.penshurstplace.com
Cost: Normal admission applies

Family Monday – Archaeology at Knole
Mon 24th Jul 2017, 11.00pm-3.00pm
Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Taking inspiration from the Victorian era, paint your very own plate with willow patterns, dress in Victorian clothing and create your own hat in the Victorian style. Learn about some of Knole’s discoveries and watch as our experts handle artefacts. Suitable for age 5-12 years.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Cost: Normal entry charge applies

Summer Holiday Activites at Maidstone Museum
25th Jul 2017 – 24th Aug 2017 , 10.30am-14.00
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Enjoy a host of creative, fun activities over the summer holidays. Three sessions per day at 10.30, 11.30 and 13.00.
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £3.00 per child

Camp Wilderness at Penshurst Place and Gardens
27th July – 18th Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
Go wild this summer with Camp Wilderness in the Penshurst Place parkland and spend your days orienteering, building fires, campfire cooking and playing epic forest games before falling asleep among the trees in a traditional canopied bell tent!
www.penshurstplace.com
Cost: Normal admission applies

Summer Jousting at Hever Castle
29th & 30th  July 2017, 10am – 5pm
Hever Road, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Jousting Tournament. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling display of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box.
www.hevercastle.co.uk

Easy Sunday: Skilful Sculpturists at Turner Contemporary
30th July 2017, 1-4pm (drop in) 
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Inspired by Phyllida Barlow’s huge sculptures, create your own masterpiece using everyday materials to create your own 3D extraordinary objects!
www.turnercontemporary.org
Cost: £3.50 per child

Doc.Yard Summer Fun at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
31 Jul- 3 Sep 2017
Church Ln, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE
The Doc is back this Summer! With more experiments and more hands on fun! Having failed to time travel last year – the Doc has decided that maths is needed as well as science! The activities that Doc Yard will show this year will have a maths and measuring theme. Come and see what wonderful creations the Doc has invented this Summer!
thedockyard.co.uk
Cost: Tea and tour – Adults £19.50; children £13.50. 

Family Monday – A Sticky Situation at Knole
Mon 31st Jul 2017, 11.00pm-3.00pm
Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Gather sticks from Knole Park to make a stick trail, a majestic crown and a memory stick decorated with all kinds of discoveries from your park walk. Suitable for ages 5-12 years.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Cost: Normal entry charge applies