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What's on in Kent 2019? Calendar of shows, gigs, festivals and main events

By What's On reporter

JANUARY

12-13: Antiques and Collectors Fair, Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone

19-20: Leeds Castle Wedding Showcase

Th Wedding Experience is on in January
Th Wedding Experience is on in January

27: Wedding Experience, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

FEBRUARY

1: White Cliffs Festival of Winter Ales, Dover Town Hall

9-10: Build It Live, Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone

Build It Live! will be back
Build It Live! will be back

17: Kent point-to-point season starts, Charing

22-24: Broadstairs Blues Bash

23-24: Tenterden Model Railway Exhibition

MARCH

8-9: The Big Brocante, Hop Farm, near Paddock Wood

8-9: Prosecco Festival, Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone

8-17: POW Festival, Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate

15: Red Nose Day

Prosecco's to be celebrated
Prosecco's to be celebrated

24: Holiday & Leisure Show, Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone

30: Medway Comic and Screen Festival, Medway Park, Gillingham

31: Mother's Day

APRIL

6: Heritage Transport Show, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

6-7: British Touring Car Championship, Brands Hatch

14: Hanami Festival, Brogdale, near Faversham

19: Good Friday

20: English Festival, Riverside Country Park, Gillingham (dates TBC)

20-22: Tattoo Extravaganza, Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone

21: Easter Sunday

The Star Cross Fairies at the Festival of Steam at Chatham Dockyard. Picture by: John Westhrop
The Star Cross Fairies at the Festival of Steam at Chatham Dockyard. Picture by: John Westhrop

21-22: Festival of Steam and Transport, Historic Dockyard, Chatham

21-22: Easter Truck Racing, Brands Hatch

22: Easter Monday

23: St George’s Day

MAY

4-6: Sweeps Festival, Rochester

6: May Bank Holiday Monday

11-12: Motors by the Mote, Leeds Castle

18: Faversham Transport Weekend

18-19: Create It Live Roadshow, Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone

The Sweeps Festival is held in Rochester High Street Picture: Steve Crispe
The Sweeps Festival is held in Rochester High Street Picture: Steve Crispe

19: Thronefest, Quex Park, Birchington

23-27: Alfresco Music Festival, Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

25-26: Isle Fest, Sheppey Sports and Social Club, Queenborough Road, Halfway

27: Spring Bank Holiday Monday

JUNE

1 - World Custard Pie Championships, Boughton Monchelsea

1-2: American Speedfest VI, Brands Hatch

1-2: Folkestone and Ashford Military Show, Sellindge Showground

1-2: Rochester Dickens Festival

9: Open Farm Sunday

16: Father's Day

16: Paul Weller, Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst

Paul Weller will be at Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst for Forest Live
Paul Weller will be at Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst for Forest Live

21-23 Broadstairs Dickens Festival, Broadstairs

21-23: Black Deer Festival, Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells

21-30: Stour Music Festival, Boughton Aluph

28: Deal Festival of Music & The Arts starts

29: Prosecco, Gin and Dance, Mote Park, Maidstone

29: Armed Forces Day

JULY

5-7: Kent County Show, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

4-14: JAM on the Marsh, Romney Marsh

6: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Airshow, Headcorn Aerodrome

7: Battle of Britain Memorial Day, Capel le Ferne

12-14: Pub in the Park, Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells

Chef Tom Kerridge returns with his Pub in the Park Picture: Studio Lambert, Andrew Hayes-Watkins
Chef Tom Kerridge returns with his Pub in the Park Picture: Studio Lambert, Andrew Hayes-Watkins

13: Chelsfied Village Fair and Air Display, near Orpington

13: Deal Festival of Music & The Arts finishes

13: Leeds Castle Classical Concert

13: Caste Concerts Proms, Rochester Castle

19-21: Ramblin' Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone

Foreigner will play Ramblin Man Fair 2019
Foreigner will play Ramblin Man Fair 2019

21: Big Monster Truck Slam, Quex Park, Birchington

23-27: War & Peace Revival, Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

26-27: Faversham Beer Festival, Faversham Football Club

26-28: Sheppey Pride, multiple venues including Sheerness and Queenborough

27-28: Carnival of History, Leeds Castle

AUGUST

1-4: Neverworld, Hever

2-4: Margate Soul Festival

2-4: New Day Festival, Mt Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill

3: Leysdown Carnival

3-4: Sheppey Pirates' Festival, Sheppey Rugby Club, Lower Road, Minster

9-16: Broadstairs Folk Week

18-19: Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

10-11: Combined Ops, Headcorn Airfield

Combined Ops at Headcorn
Combined Ops at Headcorn

21: Hythe Venetian Fete, Military Canal, Hythe

24-25: Cider Festival, Brogdale, near Faversham

24-26: Military Odyssey, County Showground, Detling

26: Summer Bank Holiday Monday

30-2: Camp Wildfire, near Sevenoaks

31-1: Faversham Hop Festival

31-1: Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend, Hole Park, Rolvenden

SEPTEMBER

7-8: Taste of Kent Food Festival, Bradbourne House, East Malling

7-8: Wheels and Fins Festival, Joss Bay

13-22: Heritage Open Days, various venues across Kent

14-15: Paws in the Park, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

21-22: Salute to the 40s, Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Paws in the Park dog show will be back at the Kent Showground Picture: Andy Jones
Paws in the Park dog show will be back at the Kent Showground Picture: Andy Jones

OCTOBER

1: Turner Prize announcement, Turner Contemporary, Margate (Date TBC)

3-6: Tenterden Folk Week

5: Oktoberfest, Mote Park, Maidstone

19-20: Apple Fair, Brogdale, near Faversham

12-13: British Touring Car Championship, Brands Hatch

18-20: British Superbikes Championship season finale, Brands Hatch

19: Canterbury Festival starts

23-24: National Fruit Show, Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone

NOVEMBER

2: Canterbury Festival ends

2-3: Leeds Castle Firework Spectacular

DECEMBER

7-8: Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival

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