Nice & Niche Festivals
Let it never be said that Kent doesn’t deliver the unexpected!
For us, festival season is so much more than music and food - it’s about celebrating passions, embracing your inner nerd and celebrating those quirky obsessions and curious hobbies that put a smile on your face. Whether you’re a Game of the Thrones fanatic, a car aficionado, or a trucker at heart, check out our round up of some of Kent’s niche festivals.
24th Jul 2018 - 28th July
Step up to the frontline at the Hop Farm's five day festival, packed with vintage and military history. Take in scenes of living history, from WW1 to the present, from the trenches to life back at home and marvel at impressive displays as thousands of military vehicles from around the world gather for the celebration.
Celebrate the waterfront heritage of Gravesend in a fantastic, fun day out for the whole family! Set in the beautiful St Andrew's Gardens and along the Town Pier, discover live music, vintage vehicles, a beer and cider festival and so much more!
18th – 19th August
With monster truck car crushing, the truck awards and top truck manufacturers on site, it’s safe to say the whole family will enjoy this one. Spin into the action with a family fun fair and try to peak out from behind your hands as James Dylan’s Stunt World takes on ramp jumps, wheelies and stoppies.
15th -20th September
We’re not all gifted with the green thumb, but Leeds Castle celebrates those who are with a five day floral extravaganza! See the creativity of award-winning designers from around the world as they create jaw-dropping displays in the castle and around the sweeping grounds. Plus you can glean some of that specialist knowledge with workshops, talks and demonstrations.
Fall for florals
15th – 16th September
Grab your ration book and prepare to swing into this wartime celebration at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. If you love nothing more than donning your best vintage clothes, clicking your heels to big band music and marvelling at the transport of another era, this is the festival for you.
Dragon Boat Festival
Expect upwards of 1,000 people to be putting paddles to the water in this adrenaline-fuelled festival at Bewl Water in September. The 21st Dragon Boat Festival will see crews of 16 paddlers and a drummer race in Chinese-style dragon boats over a 250 metre course for charity. A great event for those watching or competing, popular legend was once that the dragons would bring rain to parched lands (though organisers hope this won't be the case on the big day!). Take on the dragons...