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Kent County Show 2019: What to do with the kids including free pony rides

By Angela Cole

From Punch & Judy to Tractor Ted, and fairground rides to high-flying themed games, there’s plenty going on to keep young visitors to the Kent County Show amused from the moment the gates open this Friday. Here's what’s on offer for the kids:

There’s a high flying theme at this year’s KM Media Group stand this year, as we are teaming up with the air ambulance.

There will be a range of craft activities, with the kmfm Street Team, for youngsters to take part in with a helicopter theme, in keeping with the vital lifesaving work the ambulance charity does.

There will be a traditional funfair Picture: Andy Jones
There will be a traditional funfair Picture: Andy Jones

Pop by and pick up your KM Group paper and get a free goody bag filled with lots of wonderful stuff for you to take home after your day.

You can also cut out the voucher printed in your What’s On this week and take it along with you. If you get there quick you could be one of the lucky ones who gets a free helicopter toy - but only as long as stocks last.

Punch & Judy at last year's show Picture: Andy Jones
Punch & Judy at last year's show Picture: Andy Jones

Each day there will also be competitions to win a base visit to the Redhill site, near Gatwick. Games and quizzes include guess the flight time; balls in a bucket with lucky dip prizes; find the helicopter game, plus there will be lots of craft activities including come and colour, make and do and colour in your special helicopter. Young visitors can also make hedgehogs to helicopters to take away, play some giant garden games, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and more.

He'll be back...Titan the Robot Picture: Andy Jones
He'll be back...Titan the Robot Picture: Andy Jones

kmfm and KMTV will also be broadcasting from the show on Friday so look out for them in the thick of the action.

Tractor Ted at the Kent County Show Picture: Thomas Alexander
Tractor Ted at the Kent County Show Picture: Thomas Alexander

Everyone’s favourite little green tractor, Tractor Ted, will be riding in again to bring some bouncy fun for youngsters. The loveable children’s character is a perfect representative at the show, as his tales bring real life farm adventures alive for children with exciting stories.

The giant inflatable Tractor Ted bouncy castle will be at the show on all three days from 10am each day. You can also meet Titan the Robot, who will be around on Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am and 12.30pm outside the bar and at 3pm on the corner of Alan Day House.

There’s more fun on offer with the traditional funfair. Whiz around the helter skelter and feel the wind in your hair on the chair o’ planes. Young ones may like to look out for Mr and Mrs Flora, who will be performing at 10.30am and 1.30pm across the show on all three days.

Enjoying the Punch & Judy Show last year Picture: Andy Jones
Enjoying the Punch & Judy Show last year Picture: Andy Jones

Among the free fun for kids over the weekend, will be traditional Punch and Judy shows.

On offer on all three days, you can find the free showings in the Heritage Area. Little ones can sit back and see Punch and Judy squaring up to each other at 10.30am, noon, 2pm and 3.30pm.

There’s some animal magic on offer with free pony rides again this year with good natured Ash and Toby from Pony Parties Kent. The rides will be available from 10am all three days - find them in the Churchill Avenue.

Pony rides will be on offer at the Kent County Show
Pony rides will be on offer at the Kent County Show

The Kent Young Farmers have a large area at the show, with some 400 members of clubs across the county aged from 10 to 26 competing with their animals for a number of trophies and awards.

One of the highlights of the weekend for the young farmers is the It’s a Knockout tournament at 6pm on the Saturday. Head to the Young Farmers’ Club ring 1A to watch them in action.

Judging in the sheep ring last year
Judging in the sheep ring last year

The Kent County Show will be at the Kent Showground in Detling, near Maidstone, on Friday, July 5, Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.

Gates open at 8am each day. Tickets cost £23 on the gate for adults, £7 for five to 15-year-olds and £50 for a family, with under fives going free. Car parking is free.

Visit kentshowground.co.uk for more details or call 01622 630975.

Read more: All the latest events across the county

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance costs £11 million to operate, flying 2,500 mission a year. Find out more at aakss.org.uk

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