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From Pub in the Park to Oktoberfest in Maidstone here's what's on in Kent in 2020

Are you looking ahead to 2020 in Kent?

Here's our diary of events for the year and things to look forward to:

The National Trust - which owns properties including Scotney Castle at Lamberhurst - celebrates a big birthday in 2020 Picture: National Trust Images/John Millar
The National Trust - which owns properties including Scotney Castle at Lamberhurst - celebrates a big birthday in 2020 Picture: National Trust Images/John Millar

January

11-12: Antiques and Collectors Fair, Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone

12: 125th anniversary of the National Trust

18-19: Leeds Castle Wedding Showcase, near Maidstone

25: Chinese New Year

26: Wedding Experience, Kent Event Centre at Detling near Maidstone

The Wedding Experience will be back
The Wedding Experience will be back

February

8-9: Build It Live, Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone

13-4 March: Museum of the Moon, Rochester Cathedral

14: Valentine's Day

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

The Museum of the Moon is coming to Rochester Picture: James Billings
The Museum of the Moon is coming to Rochester Picture: James Billings

17-21: Spring half term school holiday

21-23: Broadstairs Blues Bash

25: Pancake Day

March

4: Farm Expo, Kent Event Centre at Detling

6: KM Big Charity Quiz, St George Hotel, Chatham

9-13: Sport Relief

15: The Holiday and Leisure Show, Kent Event Centre at Detling

British Tattoo Art comes to the dockyard at Chatham in 2020 Picture: Luke Hayes-March
British Tattoo Art comes to the dockyard at Chatham in 2020 Picture: Luke Hayes-March

21-14 June: British tattoo temporary exhibition, Chatham Historic Dockyard

21: KM Charity Abseil, Thomas Place, Maidstone

22: Mother's Day

April

4: Heritage Transport Show, Kent Showground, Detling

4: Easter Truck Racing, Brands Hatch

4-5: Kent Big Weekend

5: The Annual Gay Wedding Show, Ashford International Hotel

10: Good Friday

Belinda Wheelright at the wheel of her Ford GT40 at the Festival of Steam and Transport, which is back in 2020 Picture: Sean Aidan
Belinda Wheelright at the wheel of her Ford GT40 at the Festival of Steam and Transport, which is back in 2020 Picture: Sean Aidan

12-13: Festival of Steam and Transport, Chatham Historic Dockyard

13: Easter Monday

18: English Festival, Gillingham

18-19: Hanami Festival, Brogdale, Faversham

The Hanami festival will be back at Brogdale in Faversham Picture: Andy Jones
The Hanami festival will be back at Brogdale in Faversham Picture: Andy Jones

23: St George’s Day

26: The Wedding Experience, Kent Event Centre at Detling

May

1: Kent Speakeasy - Prohibition Drinks Festival, Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

1: Kent Jobs Fair, Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham

2-3: Rochester Sweeps Festival

Members of Sheppey Scout group, dressed as chimney sweeps at the Sweeps Festival Picture: John Westhrop
Members of Sheppey Scout group, dressed as chimney sweeps at the Sweeps Festival Picture: John Westhrop

7-10: Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival

8: Early May bank holiday

8: VE Day 75

9-10: Motors by the Moat, Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Isaac and Finley at this year's Motors by the Moat at Leeds Castle Picture: matthewwalkerphotography.com
Isaac and Finley at this year's Motors by the Moat at Leeds Castle Picture: matthewwalkerphotography.com

16-17: Faversham Transport Weekend

23: Pop the Mote, Mote Park

24: Revival Presents: Symphonic Ibiza Classical, Mote Park

25: Spring May bank holiday

30: World Custard Pie Championships, Coxheath, Maidstone

31-2: Summer Food and Drink Festival, Mote Park, Maidstone

Contestants will be ducking and diving at the World Custard Pie Championships again Picture: Steve Crispe
Contestants will be ducking and diving at the World Custard Pie Championships again Picture: Steve Crispe

June

5: KM Big Charity Quiz, Ashford International Hotel

5-21: South East Open Art Studios

7: Open Farm Sunday

12-19: The Open Championship, Sandwich

12: Keane at Bedgebury Pinetum for Forest Live

Keane will play Bedgebury Pinetum in Goudhurst in the summer
Keane will play Bedgebury Pinetum in Goudhurst in the summer

13-14: Rochester Dickens Festival

13: Jack Savoretti at Bedgebury Pinetum for Forest Live

14: Will Young and James Morrison at Bedgebury Pinetum for Forest Live

19-21: Black Deer Festival, Eridge

21: Father's Day

26-16 August: Changeling Theatre 20th anniversary tour

27: National Armed Forces Day

27: Battle of Britain Air Show, Headcorn Aerodrome

The Shires played last year's Black Deer Festival
The Shires played last year's Black Deer Festival

July

2-11: JAM on the Marsh, Romney Marsh

5: Big Monster Truck Slam 2, Quex Park, Birchington

10-12: Kent County Show, Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone

Racing camels are coming to the Kent County Show in 2020
Racing camels are coming to the Kent County Show in 2020

10-12: Pub in the Park, Tunbridge Wells

11- 23 August: Summer Jousting Tournaments, selected dates, Hever Castle

11: Leeds Castle Concert

17: Westlife, Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

19: Little Mix, Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

17-19: Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone

The Lazys at Ramblin' Man Fair last year Picture: Chris White
The Lazys at Ramblin' Man Fair last year Picture: Chris White

18: Create Festival, Victoria Park, Ashford

24: Medway Mile, Rochester Castle

25: Maidstone River Festival

25: Sheppey Pride, multiple venues on Sheppey

28-1 August: War and Peace Revival, Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

30-1 August: Neverworld, Hever

31-3 August: Margate Soul Festival

War & Peace Revival will be back in July
War & Peace Revival will be back in July

August

7-14: Broadstairs Folk Week

8-9: Combined Ops Airshow, Headcorn Aerodrome

15-16: Biddenden Tractorfest, Woolpack Corner

Biddenden Tractorfest will be back Picture: Chris Davey
Biddenden Tractorfest will be back Picture: Chris Davey

18: Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

29: Let's Rock Festival, Mote Park, Maidstone

28-30: A New Day Festival, Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill

29-30: Cider Festival, Brogdale, Faversham

29-31: Military Odyssey, County Showground, Detling

31: Summer Bank Holiday Monday

Military vehicles on parade at the Military Odyssey Picture: John Westhrop
Military vehicles on parade at the Military Odyssey Picture: John Westhrop

September

4-7: Camp Wildfire, near Sevenoaks

5-6: Faversham Hop Festival

5-8 Folkestone Triennial

Anthony Gormley's statue at the Harbour Arm was a feature of the last Folkestone Triennial Picture: Gary Browne
Anthony Gormley's statue at the Harbour Arm was a feature of the last Folkestone Triennial Picture: Gary Browne

11-20: Heritage Open Days, venues across Kent

19-20: Salute to the 40s vintage festival, Chatham Historic Dockyard

19-20: Paws in the Park, Kent Showground, Detling near Maidstone

26-27: Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend, Hole Park, Rolvenden

Paws in the Park will return to the Kent Showground, Detling. Joanne Adkins with Max. Picture: Matthew Walker
Paws in the Park will return to the Kent Showground, Detling. Joanne Adkins with Max. Picture: Matthew Walker

October

1-4: Tenterden Folk Week

3: Oktoberfest, Mote Park, Maidstone

16-18: British Superbikes Championship season finale, Brands Hatch

17-18: Apple Fair, Brogdale, near Faversham

Tenterden Folk Festival Woodchurch Morris Picture: Paul Amos
Tenterden Folk Festival Woodchurch Morris Picture: Paul Amos

17-31: Canterbury Festival

21: Kent Jobs Fair, Priestfield Stadium

22: Aled Jones cathedral tour, Rochester Cathedral

2-23: National Fruit Show, Kent Event Centre, Detling near Maidstone

31 Halloween

Leeds Castle fireworks Picture: Matthew Walker
Leeds Castle fireworks Picture: Matthew Walker

November

5 Guy Fawkes Night

7-8: Leeds Castle Firework Spectacular

8 Remembrance Sunday

28-29 Rochester Christmas Markets start

Dickens characters take to the streets of Rochester at Christmas Picture: Sean Aidan
Dickens characters take to the streets of Rochester at Christmas Picture: Sean Aidan

December

3: Martina Cole: The Queen of Crime, Broadstairs Pavilion

5-6: Faversham Artisan Craft Fair

4-6 and 11-13: Rochester Christmas Markets

Rochester Dickensian Christmas dates to be confirmed.

25: Christmas Day

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