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What's on this May Bank Holiday

  • Enjoy Chatham Historic Dockyard

    Enjoy Chatham Historic Dockyard

  • Go spying like James Bond at Dover Castle

    Go spying like James Bond at Dover Castle

  • Robin Hood at Groombridge Place, near Tunbridge Wells

    Robin Hood at Groombridge Place, near Tunbridge Wells

  • The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

    The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

  • The Sweeps Festival, Rochester

    The Sweeps Festival, Rochester

bank holiday events

There's no telling what the weather will be up to in the next few days, but there is plenty to keep families amused come rain or shine in Kent this Bank Holiday weekend.

Why not head to the beautiful surroundings of Groombridge Place Gardens and Enchanted Forest and see the daring Robin Hood in action?

From Friday to Sunday, there will be two exciting shows a day – The Tales of Robin Hood – for all the family to enjoy, with sword fighting, flaming arrows, jesters and jugglers. Groombridge opens daily from 10am to 5.30pm, visit www.groombridge.co.uk for more details.

For a myriad of music, dance and old fashioned mayhem, head to the 29th Rochester Sweeps Festival over the weekend to see the biggest Morris dancing festival of its kind in the world.

As well as many favourite local and international performers, there will be two new features this year - a Retro Folk Concert, and a unique concert reviving the 1968 Byrds’ album Sweetheart of the Rodeo in the marquee on Saturday lunchtime.

The festival opens officially on Saturday at 10.45am at the Guildhall Museum forecourt, and finishes with the Sweeps Festival procession from the castle at 2.45pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Hop Farm at Paddock Wood hosts the Kent County Fair over the weekend, with birds of prey, archery and fishing displays, pony club games, show jumping and monster trucks or 4x4 rides in an off-road arena. Call 01622 872068 for more details.

Youngster can find out if they have what it takes to become a top secret agent at Dover Castle’s three days of clue cracking and cipher decoding.

Visitors can discover their skills of detection and have fun disguising themselves with weird wigs and mad moustaches as well as finding out how real double agents and spies hid secret information in everyday items.

The event runs from 10am to 6pm throughout the weekend, call for more details 0870 333 1181.

Families can step back in time at Chatham Historic Dockyards daily from 10am to 6pm, as the Dockyard in Steam event gets underway.

Costumed guides help bring the 80-acre site alive as visitors explore the historic buildings, museum galleries, ropery, and the three historic warships Call 01634 823807 for full details.

For more information about Bank Holiday events in Kent, see this week’s What’s On guide in Kent Messenger paid-for newspapers.

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