It has felt fantastic to be writing to you all again about the many lovely family friendly events taking place in around and Tunbridge Wells this weekend. There’s plenty of lovely ways to either kick back and relax in the outdoors together or get more active, at one (or more!) of the fantastic family-friendly festivals on offer.
Perhaps a craft fair or traditional fete is more your style and there’s double the fun this weekend for railway fans! It’s been a full-on week for many of us, settling everyone back into routines, so we hope you can have some well-earned fun and relaxation!
♥ Connect with nature, camp out under the stars and enjoy plenty of outdoor activities such as kayaking, archery, arts and crafts, pond-dipping, rope swings, yoga and even a Spa this Saturday and Sunday! There’s this and so much more for the whole family to experience together at Into the Trees this weekend. In its fifth year, this family festival provides a safe space to discover, relax and explore together at Pippingford Park, one of the South Easts’ most unique landscapes, in a quiet corner of Sussex. (Day tickets still available at time of writing).
♥ Heritage Open Days and Friends of the Commons have united to provide a unique programme of 8 events to enjoy with family and friends this weekend. Highlights include 2-hour Forest School sessions on the common, and a mini archelogy tour of Rusthall Common. Events are all free of charge and you can find out more details here.
♥ Mum2Mum markets are well-worth a visit when you’re looking for lots of clothes, toys, prams or equipment for babies and young children. These award-winning pop-up markets are only £2 to enter, and you can bag yourself quality pre-loved bargains from other mums and dads selling their unwanted items. The next local market is on Saturday 11th September from 2pm-4pm – just a short hop away at Kings Hill, ME19 4LG.
♥ A weekend of delicious food, live music and cooking is coming to The Pantiles this weekend for the Harvest Food Festival, including demonstrations from popular local independents, such as Sankeys.
♥ For fans of the railway, the Spa Valley Railway is hosting its first ever model railway exhibition this Saturday and Sunday! Fifteen miniature railways will be on display to visitors at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge & Eridge all weekend, along with a full timetable of steam train rides to complete the fun! Tickets can be bought in advance online or on the day.
♥ The sights, sounds and fashions of the 1940’s are coming to Kent & Sussex Railway this weekend, including a very special fly-over by a Spitfire both days. Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of wartime Britain, including live music, pop up tearoom, Vintage stalls, period civilian and military vehicles, 40’s hairstyling, plus unlimited train travel!
♥ This weekend sees the return of Kent Life’s family-friendly Hops ‘n’ Harvest Beer Festival. As well a live music programme and up to 50 locally brewed ales and ciders on offer, visitors can try traditional hop-picking, visit one of the country’s last working coal-fired Oast houses and take part in all the usual farm fun, including tractor rides and animal encounters.
♥ Hever Castle is always an enjoyable day out for us, and this weekend tickets include entry to a Contemporary Art and Craft Fair. With over 180 exhibitors from the UK this is a chance to discover British talent close to your doorstep. Live music and pop-up food stalls will also add to the atmosphere.
♥ Three 1-hour sessions of train themed fun for little ones is coming to Speldhurst Village Hall this Saturday 11th September. Train fans will love playing with lots of track, trains, fancy dress, books, crafts, the ride on train and slide. One parent goes free with every child and refreshments are also available. Trainmaster is bookable in advance and there are only a few tickets left – so be quick!
♥ You’ll receive a warm welcome at Tonbridge Lions Club’s Community Fete in the Castle Grounds on Sunday between 12 – 4pm. A variety of entertainment will include dance displays, live music, children’s magician, Kiddies Corner, a Stocks for soaking Dads, stalls, food, and drink. Entry is free and proceeds from the fête will benefit local good causes.
♥ And finally, if you’re after something quiet to do after a busy week, a trip to Trinity Theatre to see Disney’s Moana (PG) could fit the bill! At 12pm Sunday.