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Will this weekend's weather affect your day out?

By Rebecca Tuffin

With expected winds of more than 60mph in Kent this weekend, a number of events have been cancelled.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the county along with the majority of England.

Boardmasters surfing festival in Cornwall has been called off, and some event organisers in Kent are seeing no other choice but to do the same.

Festival cancelled due to weather warning


Dover Castle

An historic siege at Dover Castle has been cancelled due to the strong winds forecast.

Battle lines and swords were due to be drawn this weekend for a popular 13th century reenactment, planned for both on Saturday and Sunday.

Dover Castle Seige! is cancelled
Dover Castle Seige! is cancelled

But organisers English Heritage has issued a statement saying the event could not go ahead safely.

Anyone who has pre-booked tickets will be automatically refunded within 10 days.

While the event is not happening, the site will remain open for visitors.

Art in the Park

Milton Creek Country Park, Sittingbourne

An annual outdoor arts extravaganza has been cancelled last minute due to weather fears.

The seventh celebration of arts, crafts and creations was due to be held at Milton Creek Country Park in Milton Regis tomorrow.

Thousands of families and children of all ages were expected to descend on the park between 11am and 4pm to enjoy free craft sessions, paid-for workshops, entertainment at the bandstand with live music, a steel band and a giant moving sculpture of a tree.

People enjoying Art in the Park last year
People enjoying Art in the Park last year

However, Swale council has just broken the news about the event's cancellation on Twitter.

A council spokesman said: "Due to poor weather expected tomorrow, organisers have taken the difficult decision to cancel Art in the Park.

"The expected strong winds would have made it hard to run the event safely, so unfortunately it has been cancelled."

Tonbridge Calling

Tonbridge Racecourse Park, Tonbridge

A free, community-run festival will no longer be going ahead.

The team are now focussing on trying to reschedule as soon as possible.

A Facebook post on the festival page reads: "It is with a very heavy heart that we have decided to cancel Tonbridge Calling.

The Tonbridge Calling after party at Fuggles Beer Cafe will still go ahead
The Tonbridge Calling after party at Fuggles Beer Cafe will still go ahead

"We are really disappointed but feel it is best for all concerned to make this decision as soon as possible.

"We want to thank the vendors, groups and all the other friends who have worked so hard to get us to this stage."

However, the after party at Fuggles Beer Cafe is still going ahead from 8pm tomorrow, with DJs playing everything from funk to Latin.

Gillingham Market


Gillingham market will not be running tomorrow.

The market, which is held in the town's High Street every Monday and Saturday, sells a wide range of handy items, including food and home utensils.

Gillingham Market is held in the High Street twice a week. Picture: Google street view
Gillingham Market is held in the High Street twice a week. Picture: Google street view

High winds could pose a health and safety hazard, with light-weight tables and tarpaulin used by many vendors.

The market should go ahead as usual on Monday.

Rochester Artisan Market

High Street, Rochester

An artisan market which takes place along Rochester High Street, has also been cancelled tomorrow.

Medway council has apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Margate Pride


Margate Pride's main event - a huge parade - is set to go ahead, despite the threat of wind.

Organiser Tommy Poppers said: "We have taken the weather warnings on board and have advised everyone to prepare for the weather.

"People with floats will be extra careful but all our subcontractors have agreed we are fine to continue as planned."

Margate Pride parade is set to go ahead as planned
Margate Pride parade is set to go ahead as planned

But Tommy acknowledges if the weather is terrible, some cancellations may have to be made.

A procession through the town and live music performances will celebrate diversity, love and the LGBT community.

The Combined Ops Military and Air Show

Headcorn Aerodrome

Organisers of a show celebrating military vehicles of land, air and sea say they are keeping a close eye on the weather.

Planes are set to fill the sky at the military air show on Saturday, but with a yellow wind warning issued, the aircraft may be outside their legal limits to take-off.

The air show organisers are keeping a close eye on the weather
The air show organisers are keeping a close eye on the weather

With flying displays and parachute jumps set to take place across the weekend, the event organisers say they are monitoring the weather forecast on an hourly basis.

Final decisions will be made on the day.

However, vehicles on the ground, including tanks, Jeeps and hundreds of military vehicles will all be running.

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