Fun in the sun

Don’t miss out one second of those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! From giant cinema screens set up in the shadow of castles, to fantastic festivals and wild nights out on safari, Kent’s calendar is jam-packed with top ways to celebrate the sunshine.

Whether you’re a teacher who’s just about to set out on six glorious weeks away from the stresses of schoolwork, or you just want to soak up the rays and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, pour yourself a Pimms and a check out our summer round up.

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Dusk Safari

Escape the school holiday crowds and enjoy a wild night out at Port Lympne this summer! Settle in on a cool, sultry evening on a rustic safari truck and rumble through Kent’s savannah at dusk, enjoying sensational sunset views across the countryside where giraffes, rhinos, and buffalo roam free! Wind up your day with a three-course meal at the Port Lympne Hotel. Go wild in the country

Open Air Cinema at Leeds Castle

Stretch out your picnic blanket and prepare to be wowed because it doesn’t get much more magical than this. In August Harry Potter fans will be treated to a spellbinding evening with the chance to watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone under the stars! And while we can’t offer you Hogwarts itself, we like to think the loveliest castle in the world is a close second when it comes mesmerising locations. Muggles and magic

Broadstairs Summer Fireworks

While we love Guy Fawkes Night, we can’t help but look forward to watching a spectacular firework display lighting up Kent's skies - but without the frozen fingers and toes. Round off a day on the coast with live music and sweeping views across Viking Bay as the skies are lit up over Broadstairs for this stunning one-off event. Plenty of oohs and ahhs

Daredevil Weekend at Betteshanger

Summer isn’t all deckchairs and cocktails, you know - Betteshanger Park is ramping things up with two days of thrills and spills for the daring! Smear on your war paint and get ready for this wild weekend with zorbing, heart-hammering fun of free falling or just aim for a PB on the Ninja Assault Course! Who says kids get to have all the fun this summer? Adrenaline-fueled fun

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Smallhythe Place

There's nothing like indulging in a spot of culture in Kent's countryside, glass in hand and picnic blanket over your knees. Experience one of the Bard’s most popular plays within the grounds of actress Ellen Terry’s house and expect a night of humour, confusion and magical moments as A Midsummer Night’s Dream is brought to life at the Barn Theatre. The play’s the thing

Canterbury Cathedral Archives & Library Tour with Afternoon Tea 

History buffs and book nerds have a treat in store for them in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury. Venture behind-the-scenes at one of England’s most iconic cathedrals with a special chance to delve into the Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library. Put the cherry on top of your day with a delicious afternoon tea in the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, overlooking the courtyard garden and those striking spires... Behind- the-scenes

Sculpture in the Gardens at Godinton House 

Culture vultures can spend an afternoon strolling through the glorious Godinton Gardens where you’ll spy more than flowers! This summer, Godinton hosts an exhibition of contemporary sculpture from across the South East, mixing high art with heady fragrances in this beautiful country estate. Don your sunglasses and prepare for great views. Art in the garden

Sunset Sessions

Embrace those care-free summer days and nights of days gone by, with a long, balmy evening of live music at Dreamland Margate. The stylish amusement park by the sea is one of the places to head to for the best in live music and great outdoor acts this summer, and you’ll be treated to a fantastic line-up of DJs including Ana Matronic and Trojan Sound System. A nostalgic setting, sea air and great music, what could be better? Music and more

Festival Fun

Foodies, music lovers, motoring fanatics, just take your pick from Kent’s festival season line-up! As the summer rolls on, all you need to worry about is dusting off your prettiest boho dress or your sturdiest wellies and choosing from festival favourites like the Faversham Hop Festival, Neverworld and Margate Pride! Feeling festive

Alfresco Dining

It wouldn’t be summer without the clinking of ice cubes and a sensational al fresco setting, would it? Be it pub garden, coastal terrace or rooftop bar, we’ve rounded up Kent’s best spots for when you feel like lazing on a sunny afternoon. In the summer time…