Top local listings for September 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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Doc.Yard Summer Fun at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Fri 1st Sept – Sun 3rd Sept 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: Adults £19.50, children £9.50, family £49.50

Ant Trail at Emmetts Garden
Fri 1st Sept– Sun 3rd Sept 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

By The Seaside at Kent Life
Fri 1st Sept – Sun 3rd Sept 2017,
Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
Get in the holiday spirit and join in with the seaside fun. Why not visit our sandpit and build a sandcastle or sit back and enjoy the Punch and Judy Show. If you’re brave enough, why not join in with the knobbly knees competition!
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

Winston and Other Animals Family Trail at Chartwell House
Fri 1st Sept – Sun 3rd Sept2017, 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

Handmade & Homegrown Festival at Hever Castle
Fri 1st Sept – Sun 3rd Sept 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hever Road, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
Visitors to Hever Castle’s Handmade & Homegrown festival can get inspiration from a whole host of stalls selling gifts and crafts, sample food and drink from local producers as well as see demonstrations of basket weaving and wood carvin
www.hevercastle.co.uk

Board Games Rediscovered at Maidstone Museum
Fri 1st Sept – Sun 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

Summer Sundays at Penshurst Place and Gardens
Sun 3rd Sept 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
Join us every Sunday during the school summer holidays for days crammed with family fun, including amazing displays of aerial acrobatics with falconry from the Hawking Centre, Wind in the Willows storytelling in the gardens, storybook-themed crafts, and the famous Penshurst Maize Maze. All included within our normal entry ticket price.
www.penshurstplace.com
Cost: Normal admission applies

Easy Sunday: Skilful Sculpturists at Turner Contemporary
Fri 3rd Sept 2017, 1.00pm-4.00pm (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

Musical Merry-Go-Round at Maidstone Museum
Wed 6th Sept 2017 , 10.30am-11.30am
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Join us on the first Wednesday of every month for our Musical Merry-Go-Round. Sing nursery rhymes and play instruments for under 5s.
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £3.50 per child

Story Time at Maidstone Museum
Fri 8th Sep 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

Heritage Open Day at Knole
Fri 8th Sept 2017, 10.00pm-5.00pm
Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Heritage Open Days is an annual celebration of England’s architecture and culture that allows visitors free access to historical landmarks that are either not usually open or would normally charge an entrance fee.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Cost: FREE

Leeds Castle Food Festival
Fri 8th Sept – Sun 10th Sept 2017, from 11.30am
Maidstone, ME17 1PL
The Festival will feature over 70 food and drink stalls including local Kent producers, children’s workshops and cookery classes, as well as wine and beer pairings. There will be plenty of fun activities for children of all ages including garden games, a storyteller and face painting, as well as roaming musicians the Silk Street jazz band who will provide musical entertainment throughout the weekend.
www.leeds-castle.com
Cost: Included in usual admission price

Heritage Open Day at Chartwell House
Sat 9th September 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
Celebrate Britain’s history and culture with Heritage Open Days. For one day only there will be free entry to the gardens & studio and half price entry to the house.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell
Cost: Adult £7.50, Child £3.75 for House, Gardens & Studio

Hops & Harvest Festival at Kent Life
Sat 9th Sept – Sun 10th Sept 2017,
Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
For 2017, welcome the Hops and Harvest Boutique Festival – taking everything that was great about the previous festival; Kentish ales, local produce, hop picking and community activity and adding to it a bigger live music programme with new stages, new venues and some fantastic new entertainment all round – together with some VIP experiences
www.kentlife.org.uk
Cost: Adult £30.00, Child 5-15) £15.00, Concession £25.00, Family (2+2) £75.00, Kent Life Members FREE

Heritage Open Day at Emmetts Garden
Sat 9th Sept 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 6BA
Celebrate Britain’s history and culture with Heritage Open Days. Enjoy free entry to Emmetts Garden for one day only.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden
Cost:FREE

Chiddingstone Castle Country Fair
Sun 10th Sept 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG
Experience the traditions of the countryside in an idyllic rural setting – there’ll be displays of countryside activities, entertainment, shopping, refreshments and loads more!  New for this year will be Tractor Ted – with his giant bouncy tractor and slide (for the under 8s only). There’ll also be the traditional fun dog show, terrier racing, Shetland ponies, donkeys and laser clay pigeon shooting. 
www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk
Cost: £3.50 per child

Easy Sunday: Plaster of Paradise at Turner Contemporary
Sun 10th Sept 2017, 1.00pm-4.00pm (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: £3.50 per child

Stick Man at Gulbenkian Theatre
Mon 11th Sept – Thurs 14th Sept 2017, 10.30am,  1.30pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
This award-winning production, from the team behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: Adults and children £12.50, Baby on lap (0-18 months) £1.00, Group 4+ £10.00

Maidstone – Bach to Baby Concert
Tues 12th Sept 2017, 10.30am-11.30am
All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone, ME15 6YE
Abi Gilchrist, the voice of the theme tune to CBeebies ‘Do You Know’, takes us, singing ‘I Got Rhythm’, fresh from ‘Summertime’, into the world of jazz with songs by George Gershwin and more. A foot tapping hour ahead for us all, so let’s hope those kids ‘Aint Misbehavin!’
www.bachtobaby.com/maidstone
Cost: Adults £10, Children FREE

Dartford – Bach to Baby Concert
Weds 13th Sept 2017, 10.30am-11.30am
Christ Church, Cross Road, Dartford, DA1 3ET
Abi Gilchrist, the voice of the theme tune to CBeebies ‘Do You Know’, takes us, singing ‘I Got Rhythm’, fresh from ‘Summertime’, into the world of jazz with songs by George Gershwin and more. A foot tapping hour ahead for us all, so let’s hope those kids ‘Aint Misbehavin!’
www.bachtobaby.com/maidstone
Cost: Adults £10, Children FREE

Story Time at Maidstone Museum
Fri 15th Sept 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

Beaney Fifth Birthday at Canterbury Heritage Museum
Sat 16th Sept 2017, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NR
Join us for a special day of free family fun as we celebrate five years of the new and revitalised Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. The packed programme includes craft workshops, highlights tours, musical performances and the chance to see Canterbury’s most famous cat, Bagpuss.
canterburymuseums.co.uk
Cost: FREE

The Showstoppers Kids Show at Gulbenkian Theatre
Sat 16th Sept 2017, 10.30am,  1.00pm and 4.00pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
The Showstoppers’ Kids Show is an improvised musical show for kids of all ages, presented by 2016 Olivier Award Winners, The Showstoppers. Everything is made up on the spot, entirely from your suggestions… But grown-ups be warned – we ONLY take suggestions from kids!
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: Adults and children £8.00, Baby on lap (0-18 months) £1.00, Group 4+ £6.50

Easy Sunday: Skilful Sculpturists at Turner Contemporary
Sun 17th Sept 2017, 1.00pm-4.00pm (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

Canterbury – Bach to Baby Concert
Tues 19th Sept 2017, 10.30am-11.30am
St Peters Methodist Church, St Peters St, Canterbury, CT1 2BE
Abi Gilchrist, the voice of the theme tune to CBeebies ‘Do You Know’, takes us, singing ‘I Got Rhythm’, fresh from ‘Summertime’, into the world of jazz with songs by George Gershwin and more. A foot tapping hour ahead for us all, so let’s hope those kids ‘Aint Misbehavin!’
www.bachtobaby.com/maidstone
Cost: Adults £10, Children FREE

Story Time at Maidstone Museum
Fri 22nd Sept 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

Big Fish Little Fish at Groombridge Place
Sat 23rd Sept 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Come play in the woods and the pirate boats at this Pirate 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

Lion King (Open Air Cinema) at Groombridge Place
Sat 23rd Sept 2017, 6.00pm-9.00pm
Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Come along to Groombridge Place with your friends or your family, BYOB… bring your own blanket… and sit in front of our largest screening of some fantastic movies. Where else can you catch a classic film, and enjoy views of the 17th Century Manor House and Gardens?
www.groombridgeplace.com
Cost: Adult £12.00, Children (15 & under) £8.00, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £35.00

Rochester – Bach to Baby Concert
Sat 23rd Sept 2017,  10.30am-11.30am
All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone, ME15 6YE
Any instrument well played will open my heart, but only the heavenly scream of a trumpet will rapture my Soul” (Joe Correia). Attention grabbing, beautiful, energetic and dynamic….sound familiar? Bring your little ones to meet the instrument most like them!
www.bachtobaby.com/maidstone
Cost: Adults £10, Children FREE

Easy Sunday: Plaster of Paradise at Turner Contemporary
Sun 24th Sept 2017, 1.00pm-4.00pm (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: £3.50 per child

Sevenoaks- Bach to Baby Concert
Tues 26th Sep 2017, 10.30am-11.30am
The Drive Methodist Church, Sevenoaks, TN13 3AB
Abi Gilchrist, the voice of the theme tune to CBeebies ‘Do You Know’, takes us, singing ‘I Got Rhythm’, fresh from ‘Summertime’, into the world of jazz with songs by George Gershwin and more. A foot tapping hour ahead for us all, so let’s hope those kids ‘Aint Misbehavin!’
www.bachtobaby.com/maidstone
Cost: Adults £10, Children FREE

Story Time at Maidstone Museum
Fri 29th Sept 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

The Fossil Roadshow at Maidstone Museum
Sat 30th Setp 2017 , 10.30am-3.30pm
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Bring along your fossil finds to be identified by the Medway Fossil & Mineral Society. Handle amazing fossils, play fossil games and have your face painted ammonite-style!
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Day Out With Thomas at Spa Valley Railway
30th September 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