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Autumnal Activities in Kent

Written by Emma Morley

Date: 18.10.2019

It's the cosiest time of year, the conkers are falling and the pumpkins are ready to be picked, it's clear to see that Autumn is finally here.

With half-term on the horizon, we've created a quick pick list to some of the fun you could get up to in the coming weeks. Halloween haunts and bonfire night bonanzas, you've got every reason to dust off those wellies and shake off those scarves to get yourself out and about in Kent.

National Apple Festival at Brogdales
This weekend see's Brogdales in Faversham hosting the National Apple Festival. Home to over 2000 apple varities in the National Fruit Collection, come and see apples you never knew existed! With apple crafts, apple pressing and event apple cookery sessions for children, it's a fantastic way to educate children on what can be done with this lunchbox staple! As Halloween is on the horizon they are even hosting a spooky apple head carving. We want to go, just to see how big that apple is!
Saturday 19th October and Sunday 20th October, 10:00-17:00

Little Fant Farm - East Farleigh
We are lucky enough at our head office to look out onto the glowing field of pumpkins that Little Fant Farm have been growing this year. Eyeing up which one's we're going to pick next week, you'll have to get there soon to beat us to the giant ones! They open their gates to the public this weekend for picking so you have a chance to beat us to it. The farm is great for all ages and aswell as the pumpkins, they have a variety of animals and their own Tea Barn selling freshly baked cakes, cream teas and sausage rolls.
Pumpkin Picking from Saturday 19th October to Sunday 27th October, 11:30-15:30.
Highland Court Farm - Canterbury
Why not make it a bit more challenging and add a bit of spookiness to your pumpkin picking, by going when it's dark! Highland Court Farm will also have food and drink on offer to keep you warm whilst you select your prized squash.
Torchlight Pumpkin Picking, various dates and times - see website
Pumpkin Moon - Maidstone & Rainham
Probably the biggest range of pumpkins you'll ever see. The team at Pumpkin Moon have grown over 80 varieties between their two sites in Maidstone and Rainham. With the additional fun of a maize maze and face painting - there is plenty to keep all the children busy.
Open everyday until Thursday 31st October, 10:00-16:00
End of Season Steam up at The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway
Only open to the public a few days a year, this light railway in Sittingboune has a tea room and a Dutch street organ. If it's playing, it provides the perfect backdrop as you view their various locomotives in the engine shed. The end of season steam up is the last opportunity of the year to take a ride on one of their locomotives before they are packed away until next Spring. 
Sunday 27th October, from 10:30.


Groombridge Place Halloween Musical in the Enchanted Forest
This half term will see the Enchanted Forest being taken over by a show of spooky visitors in their outdoor forest theatre. Characters from films such as Maleficent and The Addams Family will be performing in a special 'Spooky Halloween Musical'. Sing-a-long is encouraged and being in fancy dress could win the wearer a prize. Admission also includes the daily birds of prey displays, entrance into the walled gardens and the forest attractions such as the pirate ship and rope bridges of Crusoe's World.
Halloween Fun from Saturday 19th October - Sunday 3rd November, 10:00-16:30
Screamland at Dreamland - Margate
Turning the park into a spooky world of ghouls and scares, the park has added some freaky mazes and will have roaming characters appear when you least expect, for those who love to be scared. Whilst that is after dark, the daytime fun on offer will be more suitable for younger visitors or those who prefer not to be screaming at every turn!
For opening dates and hours, visit their website.
Kent Life Bonfire and Fireworks
Did you know Kent Life is home to a pair of cottages of Grade II listed cottages that were originally built in Lenham, named Old & Water Street Cottage. As part of the work on the Channel Tunnel Link, they were removed from their original location in the village, and reconstructed at the Museum of Kent Life in 2000 where they are now known as Lenham Cottages!  You can always see them for yourself if you head to the Kent Life Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday 2 or Sunday 3 November. Open from 15:00, you have plenty of time to explore, have your face painted, go on the fairground rides and grab a bite to eat.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November from 15:00
Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular
As part of the 900th anniversary year celebrations, this year's display will be the biggest in the South East of England. With an 'around the world' theme, they promise to have entertainment for all the family including live music and fairground rides. With KMFM setting the scene with their live DJ set, it promises to be a hugely popular event with it recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November from 14:00
Sevenoaks Torch Procession and Fireworks
If you're looking for something a bit different, how about a trip to the Sevenoaks Round Table's Firework Display. The high street is closed off to allow for the torch light parade to make its way through town to Sevenoaks School's field. With food stalls and funfair rides taking over the high street open for everyone, you will need a ticket for access into the main field for the music and uninterrupted views of the display.
Saturday 2nd November from 17:00
Quex Park Bonfire and Firework Evening
If you fancy exploring an event closer to the seaside, then perhaps Quex Park's display will be for you.  Previous years have included Disney and Marvel themes, this year for their Bonfire and Firework Event, Quex Park have chosen an Eighties theme. So be prepared for plenty of musical classics and maybe even a mullet or two!
Saturday 2nd November, car park open from 15:00
Visit to the Hambrook Gate Show Home in Lenham
If you are considering moving home before Christmas, why not visit our Show Home at Hambrook Gate to see where you could be hosting the family for festivities this year!
Just a short stroll from the village, come and consider the prospect of being a resident of our brand new development before heading back to the village for a tea and cake at one of the fabulous tea rooms.
Opening Hours
From 2nd November, the Show Home will be open Saturdays only from 11:00-15:00.
If you would like to book an appointment or arrange a viewing on an alternative day, contact us by calling 01622 391788 or by emailing with your preferred date and time.


Photo credits:

Deborah Parsons - Little Fant Farm's pumpkin patch
Leeds Castle - Fireworks at the Castle
TEXO New Homes - Show Home at Hambrook Gate