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What's on in Kent 2018? Calendar of shows, gigs, festivals and main events

By What's On reporter


2-3 White Cliffs Festival of Winter Ales, Dover Town Hall

3-4 Build It Live, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

16-18 Geek, Dreamland, Margate

18 Kent point to point season starts, Charing

24 The Selecter and The Beat, Dreamland, Margate


1 Glow in the Park, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

11 Mother’s Day

15-18 Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival

16-17 GinFestival.com, Kent Event Centre, Kent Showground, Detling

24-25 Medway Comic and Screen Festival, Medway Park, Gillingham

30 Good Friday

31-2 Broadstairs Food Festival

31-2 Tattoo Extravaganza, Kent Event Centre, Kent Showground, Detling

Tasty treats at the Broadstairs Food Festival


1 Easter Sunday

1-2 Festival of Steam and Transport, Historic Dockyard, Chatham

2 Easter Monday

7 Heritage Transport Show, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

7-8 British Touring Car Championship, Brands Hatch

13-14 Undercover Music Festival, Dreamland, Margate

14 Vaisakhi, Gravesend

21 English Festival, Riverside Country Park, Gillingham

23 St George’s Day

28-29 Mind Body Spirit Festival, Hop Farm, near Paddock Wood

Kettle Bridge Clogg celebrate at the English Festival in Medway
The Sweeps Festival will be returning to the streets of Rochester


5-7 Sweeps Festival, Rochester

5-7 Fringe Festival, Maidstone

6-8 Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival, near Tonbridge

7 May Bank Holiday Monday

11-12 Prosecco Festival, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

12-13 Faversham Transport Weekend

12-13 West Kent Garden & Craft Show, Longmead Stadium, Tonbridge

12-13 Motors By The Moat, Leeds Castle

18-20 Tenterden Food Festival

20 Thornfest, Game of Thrones Festival, Quex Park, Birchington

27-28 Alfresco Festival, Hop Farm, near Paddock Wood

28 Spring Bank Holiday Monday

Leeds Castle's Motors by the Moat
A-ha are reuniting for their 2018 tour


1-3 Maidstone Food & Drink Festival, Mote Park

2-3 Rochester Dickens Festival

7 a-ha, Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

9 Steps, Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

9-10 American Speedfest VI, Brands Hatch

9-17 Medway Big Ride Cycling Festival, Medway Park, Gillingham

14 Fifa World Cup starts

16 Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Forest Live, Bedgebury Pinetum, near Goudhurst

17 Classic Car Show, Rare Breeds Center, Woodchurch, near Ashford

17 Father’s Day

22-1 Stour Music Festival, Boughton Aluph

22-24 Black Deer music festival, Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells

29-14 Deal Festival of Music & The Arts

30 Armed Forces Day

30-1 Battle of Britain Airshow, Headcorn Airfield

30-1 Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone

There will be more high speed action in the skies over Kent this year
Steps are back performing live in 2018


1 Darling Buds Classic Car Show, Bethersden, near Ashford

5-15 Jam on the Marsh, Romney Marsh

6-8 Kent County Show, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

6-8 Pub in the Park, Dunloran Park, Tunbridge Wells

7-15 Hythe Festival of Arts and Heritage

13-15 Human Powered Vehicle World Championships, Betteshanger Country Park

14 Big Day Out, Mote Park, Maidstone

14 Leeds Castle Classical Concert

15 Fifa World Cup Final

20-21 Prosecco Festival, Mote Park, Maidstone

20-21 Vicar’s Picnic music festival, Yalding, near Maidstone

22 Little Mix, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

24-28 War and Peace Revival, Hop Farm, near Paddock Wood

The War and Peace Revival takes place at the Hop Farm
Little Mix


2-5 Leefest: The Neverland, Hever

4 Simple Minds and The Pretenders, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

4-5 Sheppey Pirates’ Festival 25th Anniversary Bash, Sheerness

3-5 A New Day Music Festival, Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham

3-5 Margate Soul Festival

10-17 Broadstairs Folk Week

18-19 Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

18-19 Combined Ops, Headcorn Airfield

18-19 Truckfest, Hop Farm, near Paddock Wood

25-27 Military Odyssey, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

26 Music on the Green, Bearsted

27 Summer Bank Holiday Monday

The bigger the better at Truckfest
Calling the tune at the Faversham Hop Festival


1-2 Faversham Hop Festival

1-2 Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend, Hole Park, Rolvenden

13-16 Heritage Open Days, various venues across Kent

15-16 Paws in the Park, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

15-16 Salute to the 40s, Historic Dockyard, Chatham

29-30 British Touring Car Championship, Brands Hatch

Paws in the Park comes to Detling in September
Shane Byrne tackles the Brands Hatch circuit in the British Superbikes Championship Picture: PSP Photography


4-7 Tenterden Folk Week

12-14 British Superbikes Championship season finale, Brands Hatch

13-14 National Apple Festival, Brogdale, near Faversham

20-3 Canterbury Festival


2-4 Crafts for Christmas, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

3-4 Firework Spectacular, Leeds Castle

16-25 Folkestone Book Festival


1-2 Rochester Dickens Christmas Festival

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