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Events in Kent this weekend including Faversham Transport Weekend, 40s weekend at K&ESR, Big Fish Little Fish and Buster's Big Bash

By Angela Cole

From 40s fun to vintage vibes and family raves to communities coming together, there’s loads going on across the county this weekend - and much of it’s free. Here's six of the best events to help make your weekend:

FAVERSHAM TRANSPORT WEEKEND

The 25th Faversham Transport Weekend chugs into town on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, showcasing vehicles throughout the ages, from vintage buses to classic motorcycles.

The landmark anniversary event will see an array of cars, buses and motorcycles coming to the Market Place in the town centre, along with craft stalls, food and drink stalls as well as live

music.

Tony Roberts starts his 1926 Austin 7 Chummy at last year's Faversham Transport Weekend Picture: Chris Davey
Tony Roberts starts his 1926 Austin 7 Chummy at last year's Faversham Transport Weekend Picture: Chris Davey

The free weekend promises some gleaming chrome from through the ages from 10am both days and finishing at 4pm also on both days. There’s plenty going on throughout the weekend. To find out more go to the website at favershamtransportweekend.org or go to the Facebook page.

Tony McDonnell from Canterbury in his 1926 Wolseley at the Faversham Transport Weekend Picture: Chris Davey
Tony McDonnell from Canterbury in his 1926 Wolseley at the Faversham Transport Weekend Picture: Chris Davey

BIG FISH LITTLE FISH FAMILY RAVE, GROOMBRIDGE PLACE

Venture into the Enchanted Woods at Groombridge Place near Tunbridge Wells for a family rave this weekend. The Big Fish Little Fish Myth & Magic event on Saturday, May 18, is ideal for parents and children up to the age of eight. Rave with old skool DJing legend 2 Bad Mice & Luli playing a classic mix of acid house, techno and drum and bass from a treehouse. The event runs from 1pm to 4pm and will include the chance to frolic under confetti cannons, bubbles and giant balloons among the trees. Captain Cookie’s craft tables, a foam machine, transfer tattoos and a parachute dance finale will be part of the fun, along with a barbecue, a beer and sparkling wine tent, ice cream and face painting. To book visit groombridgeplace.com

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave at Groombridge Place
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave at Groombridge Place

1940S WEEKEND, KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY, TENTERDEN

Nostalgia will be pulling in to the Kent & East Sussex Railway in Tenterden this weekend. The traditional steam railway will be the perfect backdrop for more than 50 vintage vehicles, including Willys jeeps and service trucks, plus some 200 re-enactors looking the part too on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

KESR 40s Weekend Picture: James Beale
KESR 40s Weekend Picture: James Beale

A packed programme includes singers, dancers and stalls selling vintage clothes and military items. Besides a range of displays, visitors can also learn about cooking up some wartime treats during rationing with demonstrations - including using Spam. There will be Spitfire displays and women can have their styled the 1940s way. André Freeman from KESR said: “It is great to see that our 1940s event continues to capture the imagination of visitors young and young-at-heart.” Trains run every 45 minutes. Details at kesr.org.uk

Kent and East Sussex Railway 40s weekend Picture: James Beale
Kent and East Sussex Railway 40s weekend Picture: James Beale

BUSTER'S BIG BASH, DANE JOHN GARDENS, CANTERBURY

There’s a day of space hopper racing, gokarting and circus performers this weekend at Canterbury’s Dane John Gardens. Buster’s Big Bash is free and celebrates the KM Charity Team’s walk to

school projects and Buster’s Book Club. There will be emergency vehicles and stall to browse and a teddy bears’ picnic, between 10am and 12.30pm. It is free but you need to register children to go along. Find out more at kmcharityteam.co.uk/booking

Isabella and her mum at last year's Buster's Big Bash
Isabella and her mum at last year's Buster's Big Bash

FOCUS ON FESTIVAL, RAINHAM

After last year’s four local festival days by Medway Council marking 20 years since its foundation, Focus On returns with a free family fun day at Cozenton Park in Rainham on Saturday, May 18 from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Visitors can watch top class in-line skating, scooter, skateboard and BMX demonstrations and try coaching and competitions with Team Extreme. There will also be have-a-go balance bikes, a flower fair, climbing wall and live music and performances on the bandstand. The Strolling Gardeners - twins Bob and Tom - will be out and about too. Details at medway.gov.uk/focuson

Push the Boat Out this weekend
Push the Boat Out this weekend

PUSH THE BOAT OUT, BEWL WATER, LAMBERHURST

Have a go at sailing for free with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Push the Boat Out campaign this weekend. There will be free taster sails in a range of dinghies on Saturday, May 18 between 10am and 4pm. Whether you’re completely new to the sport or looking to get back on the water, and whether you’re on your own, with the family, or have a physical disability, you can

have a go in a dinghy including a Wayfarer, Wanderer, Laser, Lugger or Leader. Just turn up and book your session at the reservoir in Bewlbridge Lane, Lamberhurst, taking a waterproof jacket, spare set of clothes, old shoes and a towel. For more details visit bewlsailing.club, call 07938 192040 or email ptbo.bewlwater@gmail.com Buoyancy aids will be provided.

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