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Christmas markets, grottos and events across Kent this weekend


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From magical grottos to festive markets packed with seasonal goodies, there's a sack load of Christmas events across Kent.

We take a look at some of the ones on this weekend.

There will be a grotto at Margate Caves this year Picture: Margate Caves
There will be a grotto at Margate Caves this year Picture: Margate Caves

Margate Caves

Father Christmas has packed his Covid pass and headed to a subterranean sparkling snowland hidden beneath Northdown Road in Margate, in time to open his grotto, with some little helpers, from Friday, December 3.

The grotto is open every weekend through to Sunday, December 19. Children will be able to meet Father Christmas, receive a gift and explore the festively-themed caves. Tickets cost £9.50 per child which includes a gift. Two adults per booking are allowed free, with extra adults costing £4.50. It is one of the few in the county not already sold out. To book click here and for more Santa's grottos, see our round-up here.

Traditional Christmas decorations at the National Trust Picture: John Miller/National Trust Images
Traditional Christmas decorations at the National Trust Picture: John Miller/National Trust Images

Ightham Mote, Borough Green

The historic house, which will be dressed for a New England Christmas, and include carol singing in the courtyard, will have festive goodies on sale at its mini market this weekend on Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5.

To find out what's going on at National Trust sites across the county this festive season click here.

Christmas markets are open across the county Picture: iStock
Christmas markets are open across the county Picture: iStock

Tenterden Christmas

There will be a Creative Christmas Market on Saturday, December 4, between 10am and 4pm, as well as a Shopping at the Barn event in the Woolpack Barn on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, with some 20 crafts and Christmas food stalls. Find out more here.

For more Christmas markets across the county click here.

Maidstone Museum has a Christmas market Picture: Maidstone council
Maidstone Museum has a Christmas market Picture: Maidstone council

Maidstone Museum Christmas Market

The St Faiths Street site will hold its Christmas market on Saturday, December 4 from 10am to 3pm. It will be free to enter and is a chance to pick up gifts and goodies and to explore the galleries. Gifts on offer include wall art and clocks made from vinyl records, handmade pies filled with local produce, sculptures created from scrap metal and cutlery, bird boxes and hedgehog houses from recycled wood, sugar-free cookery treats as well as original watercolour Christmas cards. Find out more here.

Christmas at the Castle, Whitstable Castle

The castle's traditional Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5. Running from 10am to 4pm, there will be stalls selling Christmas gifts, live music and a Santa's grotto. The Orangery Tearooms will also be serving food, and there will also be mulled wine and mince pies. It is free to enter but you will need to book for the grotto. For details click here.

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