Published: 08:19, 16 June 2021
| Updated: 09:22, 16 June 2021
From loveable children's characters and outdoor trails to blooming gardens, bargain hunting and festivals, there's plenty on across Kent.
We've found five to keep you busy.
Elmer's Big Heart of Kent Parade
One of the world’s most famous children’s characters, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, brings his parade to Maidstone, when 50 unique elephant sculptures will be scattered around the town. The walking art trail marks the Heart of Kent Hospice’s 30th anniversary and runs until Sunday, August 22. The easiest way to find all the Elmers is to use the free Parade app, available to download from Saturday, June 19 or with a map which can be picked up at key locations in the centre of Maidstone. Details here.
Blooming Gardens at Walmer Castle
Dig deeper into the history of garden design with introductory talks and self-led tours as you soak up the scents and sights of summer. There will also be musical performances from The Barrett Brothers on Saturday, June 19 and Dulcie May Moreno on Sunday, June 20, as well as kids’ craft activities. Pre-book your tickets here.
Fiver Fest, Faversham
Some 60 businesses in and around the town are taking part in the initiative giving Faversham’s shoppers a selection of £5 special offers from special deals on cream teas to gym membership. To find out about the firms taking part and their offers take a look at infaversham.co.uk or visit the Fiver Fest stall at Faversham Market on Friday, June 18.
Medway Print Festival
The festival, which features 27 events including workshops and exhibitions, with some online events and some live, runs from now until Wednesday, June 30. Now in its sixth year, it is supported by Medway Council. To find out more about what’s on at the festival, visit medwayprintfestival.com
Hever In Bloom
The team at the castle near Edenbridge are nurturing 5,000 roses for their In Bloom event from Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25 when it will be Rose Week. The team have extended the Emily Dickinson inspired shrub rose border. Flower meadows have also been planted over the last three years. Pre-book your tickets to visit here.