Top local listings for May 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 May events in Kent by visiting our Add Event page.

MAY EVENTS IN KENT

Make Your Own Roman Cuff at Canterbury Roman Museum
Mon 1 May – 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 Pilgrim’s Badge at The Beaney
Mon 1 May – 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

Make Your Own Clanger Puppet at Canterbury Heritage Museum
Weds 3 May – 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)

May Day Celebrations at Kent Life
1st May 2017, 10am – 5pm
Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
Watch the May Pole and Morris Dancing throughout the day. Join in the annual parade and crowning ceremony of our May King, Queen, Princes and Princesses. Join in the Grand Tug-of-War or have a go at maypole dancing – that means you parents too!
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

May Day at Hever Castle
1st May 2017, from 10.30am
Hever Road, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
Celebrate May Day at Hever Castle with a weekend of fun family activities and traditional May Day customs.
www.hevercastle.co.uk

Jack the Station Cat and Edward Bear Weekend at Sittingbourne Steam Railway
1st May 2017, 1.00am-4.00pm
Sittingbourne Steam Railway, The Wall, Sittingbourne, ME10 2XD
During this event passengers will be able to meet Jack the Station Cat and win a prize by completing the mouse hunt. Sittingbourne Viaduct is transformed into Tail’s End and Kemsley Down becomes Much Purring for this event.  Edward Bear also stars in a series of children’s books, this time set on our Railway – you will also be able to meet him and his author and their books are also available from the Railway Shop.
www.sklr.net
Cost: Adults £7  Child £3

Camp Wilderness at Penshurst Place and Gardens
1st May 2017, 10.30am-5.00pm
Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
Refresh your woodcraft and outdoor skills this May Bank Holiday with Camp Wilderness, who will be camped deep within the Woodland Trail, waiting to greet you with crackling fires, camping hacks and a host of bushcraft skills to teach in time for your summer adventures!
www.penshurstplace.com
Cost: Normal admission applies

Cowboys & Indians Wild West Adventures at Groombridge Place
1st May 2017, 10.00am – 5.30pm
Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG
Come along to Groombridge Place during the bank holiday weekend and enjoy a fun filled day of cowboy crafts, fire side songs, crafts, story telling and much much more! Don’t miss out partmner – Yeeee – Haawww!
www.groombridgeplace.com
Cost: Adult £9.85, Children (3-12) £8.50, Senior Citizens £8.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £32.35

Storytime Sign Taster Session at Bechange
Fri 5 2017, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Ackholt Road, Aylesham, Canterbury, Kent, CT33AJ
Do you want to find out more about Story Time Sign? Come and join us at our free taster session on Friday 5th May.
www.storytimesign.com
Cost: FREE

Mum2mum Market, Maidstone
Sat 6 May 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
New Line Learning Academy, Boughton Lane, Loose, Maidstone, ME15 9QL
Buy quality second hand and nearly new baby & children’s stuff at this pop up baby and childrens’ market.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: £2 on the door for buyers, kids enter free

Easy Sunday: No Worries/Wrap & Weave at Turner Contemporary
Sun 7 May 2017, 1-4pm (drop in) 
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Inspired by the bright colours and culture of South American artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca learn about the Smaman Legend of the Worry Dolls and create your own wrapped up Worry-Person (or animal!) using fabric, threads and recycled materials.too!
www.turnercontemporary.org
Cost: £3.50 per child

Family Monday at Knole
Mon 8 May 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Create some wild art and learn how to make a home for a wild animal. Suitable for ages 5-12 years.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Cost: £2.00 suggested donation

Pregnancy Yoga at Sweaty Betty, Tunbridge Wells
Tue 9 May 2017, from 10.30am
39 High St, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1XL
Join me, Yogi Lo as we take the journey through pregnancy together. Offering yoga flow for gentle stretching, strengthening, breath awareness, active breathing techniques, relaxation, Yoga Nidra and more.
twitter.com/YogiLo_uk
Cost: £11.00 advance, £13.00 drop in

Mum2mum Market, Dartford
Sat 13 May  2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eynsford Village Hall, High Street, Eynsford, DA4 0AA
Buy quality second hand and nearly new baby & children’s stuff at this pop up baby and childrens’ market.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: £2 on the door for buyers, kids enter free

Day Out with Thomas at Spa Valley Railway
Sat 13 & Sun 14 May 2017, various times
Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY
Thomas will spend most of the day at his Ffarquhar Station to ensure he can meet everyone, but his Steam and Diesel friends will take it in turns to pull the special trains to and from Tunbridge Wells West.
www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13  Child £11

Mum2mum Market, Tonbridge
Sun 14th May 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Angel Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF
Buy quality second hand and nearly new baby & children’s stuff at this pop up baby and childrens’ market.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: £2 on the door for buyers, kids enter free

See Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol at Kent Life
Sun 14 May 2017, 10am – 5pm
Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
Making their debut at Kent Life, we are super excited to have a visit from Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol, who will be appearing at intervals throughout the day.
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

Bring a Book to Life – Story Time Club for Under-Fives at St Edmund’s School Canterbury
Wed 15 May 2017, from 10.00am
St Thomas Hill, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8HU
Pre-school children are invited to an extraordinary story time followed by singing, playtime and refreshments for all. This event takes place in the St Edmund’s Pre-Prep Hall. No charge but booking recommended, please call 01227 475601 or email [email protected]
www.stedmunds.org.uk

Family Monday at Knole
Mon 15 May 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Create some wild art and learn how to make a home for a wild animal. Suitable for ages 5-12 years.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Cost: £2.00 suggested donation

Pregnancy Yoga at Sweaty Betty, Tunbridge Wells
Tue 16 May 2017, from 10.30am
39 High St, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1XL
Join me, Yogi Lo as we take the journey through pregnancy together. Offering yoga flow for gentle stretching, strengthening, breath awareness, active breathing techniques, relaxation, Yoga Nidra and more.
twitter.com/YogiLo_uk
Cost: £11.00 advance, £13.00 drop in

Day Out with Thomas at Spa Valley Railway
Sat 20th & Sun 21st May 2017, various times
Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY
Thomas will spend most of the day at his Ffarquhar Station to ensure he can meet everyone, but his Steam and Diesel friends will take it in turns to pull the special trains to and from Tunbridge Wells West.
www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13  Child £11

Chester Tuffnut at Gulbenkian Theatre
Sun 21 May 2017, 11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
Chester Tuffnut isn’t your ordinary treemole – in fact he is one of a kind! Chester likes wearing jumpers and sitting in his armchair, but most of all he loves adventure! It’s been so long since the curious creatures in Woodland have had any excitement, they’ve forgotten how to have fun. Luckily, Chester is on hand to save his new friends from boredom and bring laughter back to the forest. For children aged 2-5yrs.
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: Adults and children £8.00, Baby on lap (0-18 months) £1.00, Group 4+ £6.50

Children’s Wildlife Walk at Leeds Castle
Sun 21 May 2017, from 11.30am
Maidstone, ME17 1PL
Families are invited to join our Wildlife Warden and try to spot lots of different creatures in their natural habitats with the help of an exciting I-spy trail card. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Meet at the Ticket Office at the Main Entrance at 11.30am. 
www.leeds-castle.com
Cost: Included in usual admission price

Family Monday at Knole
Mon 22nd May 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Create some wild art and learn how to make a home for a wild animal. Suitable for ages 5-12 years.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Cost: £2.00 suggested donation</span

Pregnancy Yoga at Sweaty Betty, Tunbridge Wells
Tue 23 May 2017, from 10.30am
39 High St, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1XL
Join me, Yogi Lo as we take the journey through pregnancy together. Offering yoga flow for gentle stretching, strengthening, breath awareness, active breathing techniques, relaxation, Yoga Nidra and more.
twitter.com/YogiLo_uk
Cost: £11.00 advance, £13.00 drop in

Dino Day at Maidstone Museum
Sat 27 May 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Meet Rex! Here for one day only, he’s big, he’s fast and he’s SCARY!
Rex is free to see. He’ll appear at 10.30, 12.30 and 14.30.
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £3.00 per child

Grand Medieval Joust at Leeds Castle
Sat 27 – Mon 29 May 2017, 10.00am-6.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Maidstone, ME17 1PL
Step back in time to the Middle Ages and see fully armoured knights battling it out in an authentic jousting competition. Enjoy living history encampments, firepower, trebuchet demonstrations and mounted skill at arms displays.
www.leeds-castle.com
Cost: Included in usual admission price

Sheepstakes at Kent Life
Sat 27 May 2017 – 4th June, 10am – 5pm
Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
Come along and get stuck in with our entertainers. Watch our Sheepstakes sheep show and our sheep shearing demos and don’t forget to pay a visit to meet our sheep dogs, Jake and Barney.* Why not take an audio guided tour on our Land Train and get creative in our Paint a Pot Studio**
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

Angelina and Harry Trail at Ightham Mote
Sat 27 May 2017 – Sun 4th June, 10.00am-4.30pm
Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0Nt
We’ve got a special treat this half-term as our trail features Angelina and Henry going on their camping trip.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote
Cost: £0.50

Summer Half Term at The Hop Farm
Sat 27th May 2017 – Sun 4th June, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6PY
This half term we have all our amazing childrens attactions open, it’s “Superhero” theme half term entertainment so also expect a super fun filled amazing Magic Show, Krypton Disco with a super DJ and a Superhero training camp where you will have fun and earn yourself a Superhero certificate ! All this and plenty of chance to meet some Super heroes up close and personal
Cost: Entry £1 per person (under 1’s go free); rides and attractions between £1 and £5 per person.

Pirates & Mermaids at Groombridge Place
Sat 27th May 2017 – Sun 4th June, 10.00am – 5.30pm
Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG
Ahoy there! Come on down me harties to Groombridge Place this May half term and meet the naughty pirates and mystical mermaids of Groombridge lakes! We have story telling, a Pirate sing a long, Mermaids crafts, bouncy castle and lots more to see and do.
www.groombridgeplace.com
Cost: Adult £9.85, Children (3-12) £8.50, Senior Citizens £8.50, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £32.35

Summer Half Term at The Hop Farm
Sat 27th May 2017 – 4th June, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6PY
The kids can let off steam and enjoy our fabulous children’s attractions and rides including Hovermania, The Magic Castle, Giant Jumping Pillows, Hopper’s Animal Farm and much more. 
thehopfarm.co.uk
Cost: £15 per adult, £8 for children under 12

Half Term at Scotney Castle
Sat 27th May 2017 – 4th June, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8JN
Once you have discovered the wonders of the house and gardens why not join us on a longer stomp across the estate so we can show you how to build dens, where the tree swing is and much more on this family orientated walk.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle
Cost: £2.00 per trail

Churchill Family Nature Trail at Chartwell House
Sat 27th May 2017 – 4th June, 11.00am-4.00pm
Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
Explore the garden and natural play area in our woodland and discover how the Churchill children played outdoors. A chance to start ticking off 50 things activities.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell
Cost: £1.00 per trail

50 Things Family Trail at Emmetts Garden
Sat 27th May 2017 – 4th June 11.00am-4.00pm
Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 6BA
Tick off some of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden
Cost: £1.00 per trail

Half Term Crafts at Smallhythe Place
Sat 27th May 2017 – 4th June, 11.00am-5.00pm
Small Hythe Rd, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG
Across the May half term materials will be available for children to do self-led crafts. They will have the opportunity to decorate a special memory with a handmade photo frame, and fashion a kite to have fun with in the spring breeze.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/smallhythe-place
Cost: £2

Pirates at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Sat 27th May 2017 – 4th June 2017
Church Ln, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE
Join us this May Half Term for some pirate fun on-board our very own Pirate ship! With The Dockyard themed and ready to fly the Jolly Roger – will you be brave enough to walk the plank! Yo Ho Ho!
thedockyard.co.uk
Cost: Tea and tour – Adults £19.50; children £13.50. 

Suites Curieus at Gulbenkian Theatre
Sun 28th May 2017, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
Inspired by one of the best-loved fairy tales and featuring famous characters from Little Red Riding Hood, Suites Curieuses mischievously plays in the shadows of a magical world where animation comes to life.  This 45-minute playful work is the perfect length for children aged 2yrs+. It features stunning theatrical staging and beautiful interaction between dancers and projections; don’t forget to keep an eye out for the toy train!
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: Adults and children £8.00, Baby on lap (0-18 months) £1.00, Group 4+ £6.50

Teddy Bears Picnic at Sittingbourne Steam Railway
Sun 28th May 2017, 1.00am-4.00pm
Sittingbourne Steam Railway, The Wall, Sittingbourne, ME10 2XD
Children with a teddy bear and fare paying adult travel free. 
www.sklr.net
Cost: Adults £7  Child £3

Medieval Weekend at Lullingstone Castle & The World Garden
Sun 28th & Mon 29th May 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Lullingtstone Castle, Eynsford, DA4 0JA
Lullingstone is transformed into a magical medieval village – step back in time to experience the authentic sights and sounds with ‘living history’ displays (including live firing of mini cannons and mock battles!), character dress, campfires, tents and medieval weapons, courtesy of the remarkable Woodvilles medieval re-enactment group. Everyone can get involved with the archery sessions – fun for all the family!
www.lullingstonecastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8  Child £4

Bing & Flop at Spa Valley Railway
Mon 29th May 2017, various times
Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY
Bing and Flop will be at one of our stations ready to see lots of Bingsters arriving on trains from Tunbridge Wells West. They will appear at intervals throughout the day, so don’t forget to bring your camera!
www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13  Child £11

Pregnancy Yoga at Sweaty Betty, Tunbridge Wells
Tue 30 May 2017, from 10.30am
39 High St, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1XL
Join me, Yogi Lo as we take the journey through pregnancy together. Offering yoga flow for gentle stretching, strengthening, breath awareness, active breathing techniques, relaxation, Yoga Nidra and more.
twitter.com/YogiLo_uk
Cost: £11.00 advance, £13.00 drop in

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Marlowe Theatre
Tue 30 May 2017, 11.30am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
A delightful treat for very young audiences, combining classical ballet, physical theatre, gorgeous visuals and crystal-clear story telling.  Our little teddies would love you to join them as they eat, dance, play and have fun! Little ones can bring their own teddy, clap along and have their photo taken with the dancers! Recommended 6 months-5yrs.
www.marlowetheatre.com
Cost: £10.25

Holiday Drama Workshops at Spotlites, Kings Theatre
Tues 30 May – Fri 2 June 2017, 10.00am-11.00am & 11.00am-12.00pm
338 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4NR
Different themes during each 1 hour each session. From Beauty and the Beast to Minecraft. Come in costume if you like! DBS checked staff. Drop and collect, children only; parents do not watch but can wait in our cafe with free wifi! For 5 – 12 years.
www.spotlites.co.uk
Cost: £8 per session

Half Term Make-It Workshop at Maidstone Museum
Tues 30th May 2017- Fri 2nd June , 10.30am-2.00pm
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Fun-filled craft activities inspired by our exhibition ‘Japan: A Floating World in Print‘ – guaranteed to keep the children entertained.
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £3.00 per child

INSIDE – work in progress at Gulbenkian Theatre
Weds 31 May 2017, 10.30am (0-walking), 12.00pm (walking-30 months) & 1.30pm (30 months-4 years)
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
‘Inside’ is an intimate, immersive multi-sensory puppetry show for the early years, a non-verbal allegory of life in the womb and how information is perceived. It is aimed specifically at the 0-4 years age range but the experience can be enjoyed by the whole family. Using sound-making, clowning, puppetry, shadow theatre and more.
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: Adults and children £2.00

Better Together at Marlowe Theatre
Weds 31 May 2017, 11.00am & 3.00pm
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
Follow the story of three delightful clowns – Tropizo, Doa and Squiggle – on a journey towards becoming best friends. But how do you make real friends in a modern world?  Travel with them through tumbles, laughter and jelly as they fight back against the anti-social effects of modern technology. A clown show containing slapstick, acrobatics and physical comedy.  Recommended 4yrs+
www.marlowetheatre.com
Cost: £10.25

Running Wild at Marlowe Theatre
Weds 31 May – Sat 3 June 2017, 7.00pm (Wed, Thu & Sat matinees 2.00pm)
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
For Lilly, going to Indonesia isn’t just another holiday with mum. It’s a new start, and the chance to ride an elephant called Oona.  But then the tsunami hit – and Oona charges into the jungle, with her young rider desperately clinging on.  With a large cast and puppetry design and direction by two previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse, this epic and spectacular production brings Michael Morpurgo’s story to lush life with extraordinary heart, vibrant colour and exceptional creativity. Recommended 6yrs+
www.marlowetheatre.com
Cost: £24.25 – £17.25