10 Things to do in Kent this Summer

Summer is on its way and with temperatures rising we are finally starting to feel the heat in Kent.  Get outside and make the most of the nice weather with these great events happening all over the county this summer. 

1. Kent County Show 

7th-9th July 2017

Kent’s showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life.  Exhibiting some of the best local food alongside entertainment, competitions and demonstrations, the Kent County show has become a firm favourite for the whole family. Visit their website for more details.

2. Whitstable Oyster Festival

22nd-24th July 2017

This popular festival draws visitors from near and far to sample and celebrate the amazing seafood that the popular seaside town of Whitstable is famous for.  Now in a new home on Tankerton Slopes, visitors can enjoy the food, drink and music against the backdrop of the beautiful Kent coastline. Visit their website for more information.

3. Leeds Castle Classical Concert

8th July 2017

This classical concert has become a highlight of the summer in Kent.  The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs a classical selection in front of the stunning Leeds Castle.  Visit their website for more details or for information on the many other events at Leeds Castle this summer.

4. Sheppey Pirates Festival

5th-6th August 2017

Calling all landlubbers to join in some high-seas fun at Bartons Point Coastal Park.  Enjoy two days of pirate themed activities at The Sheppey Pirate Festival.  With water-jousting, live-bands and an open air disco there is something for everyone to enjoy.

5. Eat Al Fresco

Make the most of the sunshine by eating al fresco at one of the many picnic spots across Kent.  With beautiful parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty you will be hard pushed to just choose one location.

To help you decide see our blog post on The Top Ten Picnic Spots in Kent.

6. Visit the Kent Coast

From picturesque Whitstable, traditional Broadstairs or trendy Margate, Kent has plenty of options for a day at the seaside.  Avoid the crowds by hunting out some of the lesser known smaller beaches like St Mildred’s Bay. 

Find the best beaches in Kent here

7. Go Ape!

If you like your excursions to be a bit more active then make like a monkey and Go Ape! Set in the beautiful grounds of Leeds Castle, enjoy the treetop adventures of high ropes and zip wires whilst taking in the breath-taking views.  Visit their website for more details.  

8. Go on Safari

You don’t have to go far to enjoy the immersive experience of a safari adventure.   At Port Lympne Reserve there is over 600 acres of wildlife to explore as well as their newest attraction, the Dinosaur Forest.  For more information visit their website

9. Broadstairs Folk Week

11th-18th August 2017

If folk music is your thing then you will not want to miss this festival hosted in the seaside town of Broadstairs.  With a weeklong programme of live music and events, even non-folk fans will enjoy the atmosphere at this popular event.  Visit their website for more details. 

10. Leefest 

10th-12th August 2017

Now in its 11th year, Leefest had humble beginnings, famously starting in the back garden of its 16 year-old founder Lee Denny.   An eclectic festival which features music, theatre, comedy and walkabout performances, don’t miss your chance for tickets!

Whatever you do, make sure you make the most of the weather by getting out and about. Getting some fresh air is so good for your health and wellbeing, find out more by reading our blog post on the 6 Benefits of Getting Fresh Air


Have you got exciting plans this summer?  Why not let us know either in the comments below or on our social pages?

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