Top local listings for October 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.

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Day Out With Thomas at Spa Valley Railway
1st October 2017, various times
Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY
Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to meet you at Spa Valley Railway.
www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13  Child £11

Story Time at Maidstone Museum
Fri 6th Oct 2017 , 10.30am-11.30am
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Join us every Friday in the Bentlif Gallery for a fun morning of story-telling and craft activities, perfect for under 5s
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Mum2mum Market, Edenbridge
Sat 7th Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 6BY
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
7th & 8th October 2017, various times
Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY
Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to meet you at Spa Valley Railway.
www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13  Child £11

The Buildy-uppy Dance Show at Gulbenkian Theatre
8th Oct 2017, 11.30am,  2.00pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
Let your imagination run riot as hundreds of boxes are stacked, squashed and rebuilt. Help create enticing caves, wonky castles and fabulous creatures, as together we
learn that the strongest thing we can build is friendship.
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: £1 – £8

Story Time at Maidstone Museum
Fri 13th Oct 2017 , 10.30am-11.30am
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Join us every Friday in the Bentlif Gallery for a fun morning of story-telling and craft activities, perfect for under 5s
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Mum2mum Market, Bromley 
Sat 14th Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
The Assembly Rooms, West Wickham, Bromley, Kent BR4 9JW
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

Mum2mum Market, Dartford
Sat 14th Oct 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

Storyteller, Storyteller at Gulbenkian Theatre
15th Oct 2017, 2.00pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
And what happens if both of them think they are THE Storyteller? A head to head that leads to a feast of clowning, physical silliness and some magical non-verbal storytelling, that’s what!
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: £1 – £8

Story Time at Maidstone Museum
Fri 20th Oct 2017 , 10.30am-11.30am
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Join us every Friday in the Bentlif Gallery for a fun morning of story-telling and craft activities, perfect for under 5s
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Halloween Trail at Emmetts Garden
21 -29 October 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 6BA
Join us for an Edwardian themed Halloween tour of Emmetts Garden’s scariest trees and plants.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden
Cost: £1.00 per trail

Halloween Spooktacular at Kent Life
21  -29 October 2017, 
Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
A spooky week of pumpkin carving, trick or treating, creepy critter and fancy dress competitions. Come along and trick or treat in our historic houses.
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

Halloween at Ightham Mote
21 -29 Oct 2017,  10.00am-4.30pm
Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0Nt
Keep the family entertained this October half-term with our Hallowe’en spider trail around the garden.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote
Cost: £0.50

Halloween Half-Term at The Hop Farm
21-29 Oct 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6PY
Treat the kids to a spook-tastic feast of fun for the half term holidays!  Dress up in your best Halloween fancy dress and come and join in! 
www.thehopfarm.co.uk
Cost: Normal Admission

Betsy’s Halloween Train at Scotney Castle
21-29th Oct 2017,  10.00am-4.00pm
Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8JN
Betsy is our very own spooky black cat and she loves climbing trees. This Halowe’en she is helping her friend Winnie witch to find the ingredients for her potion hidden around the garden in the trees.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle
Cost: £2.00 per trail

Halloween Half Term Fun at Hever Castle
21 – 29 October 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hever Road, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
Prepare to be spooked this Halloween at Hever Castle & Gardens. Meet Viscous Vampire and his Goblin friend in the Creepy Crypt and hear terrifying tales of goblins, trolls, witches and vampires. Follow the eerie Halloween trail, help ward off vampires with a spooky activity and sink your teeth into a sweet treat at the cupcake decorating workshop.
www.hevercastle.co.uk

Bookstory at Gulbenkian Theatre
22nd Oct 2017, 2.00pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
This library belongs to Brian. It’s a wonderful, magical place where the books like to flutter their pages and let their shelves go…
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: £1 – £8

The Owl and The Pussycat at Marlowe Theatre
23rd and 24th Oct 2017, 1.00pm and 3.00pm
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
Let’s All Dance is delighted to return with this gorgeous original ballet, which takes a fresh and humorous look at the famous Lear poem. Once again, the company combines fantastic dancing, beautiful costumes and crystal clear story telling to engage and delight young audiences.
www.marlowetheatre.com
Cost: £10.25

The Wicked Witch of The Wild Wood at Penshurst Place and Gardens
23rd- 27th Oct 2017 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm
Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
Step along the Woodland Trail and prepare for a scary sight when the ugly witch of Penshurst Place will once again be emerging from her forest dwelling to tell you a spooky story around the crackling fire! Reward yourself for surviving her stories with a cup of Hot Chocolate and a toasted marshmallow – the perfect Halloween treat.
www.penshurstplace.com
Cost: Normal admission applies

Halloween at Leeds Castle 
23rd – 29th Oct 2017, from 11.30am
Maidstone, ME17 1PL
Find our wacky witches and wizards around the Castle grounds and listen to their spooky tales although beware, they often get themselves in a monster muddle. Our silly sorcerers are making big mistakes, note them on your trail card to be rewarded with a chocolate prize. A spooky quest is available in the Woodland Walk for younger visitors (small additional charge applies).
www.leeds-castle.com
Cost: Included in usual admission price

Family Monday at Knole
Mon 23rd Oct 2017, 10.00pm-5.00pm
Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Visit Knole on Family Monday during the autumn half term for a range of themed arts and crafts activities, suitable for ages 5-12 years.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Cost: FREE

Half  Term Workshops at Maidstone Museum
Tue 24th Oct – Fri 27th Oct 2017 – 10:30 – 14:00
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Enjoy a host of creative, fun activities this half term! Different activities everyday, all with an Autumn theme
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £3.00 per child

Games Design Workshop at Canterbury Heritage Museum
Tues 24th Oct 2017
Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NR
Come and help design a new mobile game, learn some history and turn it into a playable story. We are creating a game app as part of the History of Place project.
canterburymuseums.co.uk
Cost: FREE

Family Workshop at Knole
Wed 25th Oct – Thur 26th Oct 2017, 10.00pm-5.00pm
Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Create a beautiful paper lantern to take home at this messy family activity.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Cost: FREE

The Dream Factory Marlowe Theatre
Thurs 26th Oct 2017, 11.00am and 3.00pm
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
Following the story of a young girl who has lost her ability to dream, we embark on a magical adventure to find out where dreams are made, what they look like… and even what they smell like!
www.marlowetheatre.com
Cost: £10.25

Witchcraft & Wizarding Fun Chiddingstone Castle 
26th – 28th October 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hill Hoath Road  Chiddingstone  Edenbridge  Kent TN8 7AD
For the very first time you are invited to enjoy the magic of Chiddingstone Castle’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!  
www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk
Cost: £12.00 per child

Fireworks Spectacular at The Hop Farm
28th Oct 2017, 6.00pm -11.00pm
Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6PY
The hugely popular annual Fireworks Spectacular is back with a bang where again we literally light up the sky!
www.thehopfarm.co.uk
Cost: £8 per person

Spooky Storytelling at Penshurst Place and Gardens
28th Oct 2017 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm
Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
Enjoy a fun and interactive spooky (but not too spooky!) story. Make sure you come dressed for the occasion – we’re inviting children and parents of all ages to don their best costumes for our parade and fancy dress competition, with prizes for the best-dressed!
www.penshurstplace.com
Cost: Normal admission applies

See Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol at Spa Valley Railway
28th & 29th October 2017, various times
Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5QY
Children’s TV favourites Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol will be on hand to see their fans arriving on trains hauled by a steam and diesel locomotive from Tunbridge Wells West on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October.
www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13  Child £11

The Steadfast Toy Soldier at Gulbenkian Theatre
29th Oct 2017,  11.00am
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
There once was a remarkable tin soldier who fell in love with a beautiful paper dancer and then tumbled out of a window so beginning a perilous journey into the unknown…
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: £1 – £8

Maidstone – Bach to Baby Concert
Tues 31st Oct 2017, 10.30am-11.30am
All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone, ME15 6YE
Bach to Baby is the acclaimed concert series for the whole family to enjoy together. Featuring outstanding musicians and exhilarating performances in inspiring venues right on your doorstep. Programme for this concert date will be announced shortly
www.bachtobaby.com/maidstone
Cost: Adults £10, Children FREE