The weekend's getting bigger: My Kent Big Weekend ballot set to open
My Kent Big Weekend will
see more than 100 attractions open for free, like Penshurst
Picture it – chugging along the old colliery line on the East
Kent Railway or exploring Terlingham Vineyard. Perhaps you’d rather
soak up the history in Gravesend’s Old Town Hall or catch a wave at
the Joss Bay Surf School.
These are some of the new experiences which have signed up to My
Kent Big Weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, families
can use thousands of free tickets to the county’s attractions,
hidden treasures and visitor destinations. More than 100 venues
have signed up for 2013.
In total, 17,000 free tickets will be up for grabs in an online
ballot, which goes live on Monday, January 28. The website will
stay open for applications until midnight on Monday, February 18.
Two free tickets can be applied for per Kent household.
England’s two oldest cathedrals, theme parks, golf links, bush
craft and art courses are among the many destinations opening their
doors, as well as castles, vineyards, wildlife parks and riverboat
In its seventh year, the event has inspired other counties to
run similar weekends.
Chief executive of organisers Visit Kent, Sandra Matthews-Marsh,
said: “It is all about celebrating the variety of attractions and
hidden gems which make our county such a popular destination for
day visits and short breaks. These attractions and the sporting and
creative activities available, entertain our visitors but they also
add to our quality of life as Kent residents.
“My Kent Big Weekend gives us all an opportunity to get out and
about and discover new days out and entertainment on our doorstep –
then we are able to recommend those experiences to our friends and
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