Published: 00:03, 29 April 2016 |
Updated: 22:42, 02 May 2016
Family attraction Kent Life will doff its cap to village life over the bank holiday weekend. The May Day celebrations at the heritage park just off the M20, near Maidstone, will take you straight back to the county’s rural roots and there will be an annual parade and crowning ceremony for the May Queen.
You can also join in with the tug-of-war or try some maypole dancing, whatever your age. Plus there's all the usual attractions, including cuddle corner and donkey rides.
Kent Life is open from 10am to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday.
For details and entrance fees, visit kentlife.org.uk or call 01622 763936
See the May Queen crowned and watch some traditional dancing to Tudor music at Hever Castle this weekend. The historic setting holds its May Day festival from Saturday, April 30, through to Bank Holiday Monday and there’s a host of customs and activities for all the family to get involved with.
Brightly-coloured ribbons will be intertwined during the age-old May Day maypole dancing and mythical Jack-in-the-Green will lead a customary procession through the gardens as he wakes up the plants for summer, with the help of children and their magic bells.
There will also be a May Day trail through the castle, plus visitors can explore the water maze or the adventure playground.
As usual, there will be boats for hire from the Edwardian boathouse and the African Queen steam boat will be doing trips around the lake. The gardens are open from 10.30am each day and the castle from noon.
For entry fees and further details, visit hevercastle.co.uk or call 01732 865224
Picturesque Offham, near West Malling, holds its annual May Fair this weekend. With dancing, tea and cake, a funfair, morris men and real ale at the King’s Arms on the side of the village green, the day is a wonderful celebration of English life.
The May Queen parade takes place at 1pm, with the Offham Dash at 2pm. Then it’s the dog show at 2.45pm, followed by the tug of war at 4.15pm.
More details at offhammayday.co.uk
Looking for a great family day? Look no further than the Spa Valley Railway. On May Day and Bank Holiday Monday, the railway will be operate a regular service between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge.
Events through May include the chance to see Paddington Bear on Sunday, May 8, and Peppa Pig on Sunday, May 15.
Then it’s the return of the Kids for a Quid offer on the next bank holiday – and Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30 – when children can travel for just £1 when accompanied by an adult, who travels for £9.
If you want to make up your own timetable, you can stop at High Rocks, visit the rocks themselves and get a bite to eat, or you can get off at Groombridge and take the 15-minute stroll to Groombridge Place.
Visit spavalleyrailway.co.uk or call 01892 537715
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