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Country events: Weald of Kent Handmade Fair, Belmont Woodfest, Offham open gardens and Chiddingstone Castle fair

By Angela Cole

Escape to the country this weekend, with these back-to-nature events across the county.


There will be more than 150 stands brimming with handmade products for the house and garden at a fair this weekend.

The Weald of Kent Handmade Fair, held at Penshurst Place from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10, is the perfect opportunity to pick up one-off gifts direct from artists and craftspeople. There will also be food and drink and entertainment for all the family.

Penshurst Place
Penshurst Place

For more information and to buy tickets at £10, and £9 for seniors, go to thecraftshows.co.uk/kent/autumn/ Children under 16 go free.


Birds of prey, terrier racing and traditional skills and crafts are all on show at the Belmont Woodfest and Country Fair this weekend.

The annual event on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, includes have-a-go archery, a climbing wall and traditional crafts such as chainsaw carving, horse logging and bushcraft. There will be a fun dog show on the Sunday.

Serena Henderson from Kent Cider Company at Belmont House last year with a tawny owl Picture: Barry Duffield
Serena Henderson from Kent Cider Company at Belmont House last year with a tawny owl Picture: Barry Duffield

Entry is £10, with under 16s going free. If paying on the gate, cash is preferred. For more details go to belmont-house.org


Escape to the country this weekend at the annual Chiddingstone Castle Country Fair.

The fair, on Sunday, September 10 between 11am and 5pm, celebrates countryside traditions and country sports associated with it including, new this year, a giant Tractor Ted bouncy castle tractor and slide and activities.

Visitors can see horses and hounds from the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt, displays of side-saddle riding and working dogs.

Chiddingstone Castle
Chiddingstone Castle

There will also be a display of vintage tractors in the main event arena, the chance to meet donkeys and Shetland ponies, try fly fishing on the castle’s lake and watch terrier racing.
The beer tent will be selling Larkin’s Ale, brewed in Chiddingstone, and there will be stalls selling food, art, antiques and vintage wares. Entertainment will also include a family giant woolsack race.

Entry on the gate is £5 and £2 for children between five and 13, with under fives free.
For more information visit chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or call 01892 870347.


Eight gardens in the village of Offham, near West Malling, will open to the public from noon to 5pm on Sunday, September 10, with proceeds going to the NSPCC.

Gardens around Offham near West Malling will be open
Gardens around Offham near West Malling will be open

There will be tea and cakes on The Green and plants will be for sale. Entrance to all gardens is £5, with under 14s free.

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