Looking for May half term events in Kent 2017 for kids and families? We put together an extensive lists of shows, days out, craft sessions, outdoor activities, fetes, fairs, and open days that’ll keep everyone entertained during the school holidays.

Here you’ll find lots of top things to do in Kent and the surrounding areas. All of the half term events are listed according to date and time. You can add to our list of May events by visiting our Add Event page.

May Half Term Events in Kent 2017


Events: Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June 2017

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.
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.
Cost: Included in usual admission price

Pet & Play at The Reindeer Centre
Sat 27 May 2017 – Fri 2nd June 2017, 10am – 4pm
Capralama Farm, Pluckley Road, Bethersden, Kent TN26 3EQ
See pigs, reptiles, guinea pigs, ducking, meerkats, rabbits and more. Huge play area on site, as well as a smaller dedicated toddler play area.
Cost: £5 per person, under 1s go FREE

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**
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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. 
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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+
Cost: £24.25 – £17.25

The Three Musketeers at Marlowe Theatre
Thurs 1 June 2017, 11.00am & 3.00pm (relaxed performance)
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
Chaos, mayhem and stupidity reign supreme as The Three Half Pints swish their swords, buff their boots and flourish their feathers in their most ridiculous adventure yet!  Join the CBeebies’ favourites (Justin’s House, Spot Bots) in a hilarious new slapstick adventure of chivalry, swordplay and suddenly falling over.  Recommended 5yrs+
Cost: £10.25

The Boy and the Mermaid at Marlowe Theatre
Fri 2 June 2017, 12.00pm & 3.00pm
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
On the furthest edge of a wind-battered rock there sits a small fishing town. Sometimes it feels like the town is on the edge of the world.  That’s mainly because it is.  Dylan lives with his grandma, forbidden from venturing beyond the shore. But the terrifying tales told of horrors in the deep only whet his appetite – he stares at the ocean and dreams.  Can one unlikely friendship save the Town On The Sea from catastrophe?  Recommended 6yrs+
Cost: £10.25

Pop! at Marlowe Theatre
Sat 3 June 2017, 12.00pm & 3.00pm
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
With his faithful teddy bear and magical basket Christian is set for a lovely day at the seaside, when the day takes a turn and things don’t quite work out as planned…  Enter a magical world of mayhem with award-winning performer Christian Lee, full of audience participation, massive bubbles, floating snowflakes and a giant balloon! This is a show full of magical delight to keep both young, and young at heart, enthralled.  Recommended 3-8yrs
Cost: £10.25

Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories at Gulbenkian Theatre
Sat 3 June 2017, 2.00pm & 4.30pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
This is the story of Bambert – an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing. Tucked away in his quiet attic, his only companions are the characters he has created in his stories. And then one day, Bambert decides to set his stories free, to send them out into the world on little balloons, in the hope that they will find a home. The stories contain instructions: whoever finds them is to return them to Bambert with a stamp from wherever they landed, so he knows where they should be set. But as each day passes, and no stories return, Bambert’s hope begins to fade. For 8+ years.
Cost: Adults and children £8.00, Baby on lap (0-18 months) £1.00, Group 4+ £6.50

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe at Spotlites, Kings Theatre
Sat 3 & Sun 4 June 2017, 7.30pm
338 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4NR
C.S. Lewis’ classic story, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.
Cost: £12 (£11 conc)

Sponge at Gulbenkian Theatre
Sun 4 June 2017, 12.00pm (4-14 months) & 2.30pm (14 months-2 years)
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
Roll, squeeze and pop yourself through the squishiest, squashiest show for babies, young children and their grown-ups!  Sponge is a soft, bouncy adventure through playtime and dreamtime set to a funky 1970s soundtrack, including disco favourites The Hustle and Car Wash. Follow a dad and daughter as they take you on a journey through springy environments, fascinating in shape, texture and touch. You also get to meet the leggy character Splegs, who needs a bit of help walking.
Cost: Adults and children £8.00, Group 4+ £6.50