Events

We will be hosting events and tours at the vineyard throughout the year, as well as attending a wide range of fairs, shows and festivals throughout the county – dates and details of where you can find us are listed below:


Rochester Sweeps Festival

Date: 3rd, 4th and 5th May

Location: Castle Gardens, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SW

The modern day Sweeps Festival is a colourful mix of music, dancing and entertainment with more than 60 Morris sides and entertainers celebrating throughout the three-day festival. The festival was revived in 1981 by local businessman Gordon Newton, a keen historian. He decided it was time to bring it back and over the years he has helped develop the festival into what it is today – an extravaganza of traditional Britain. 

 

Living Land

Date: Wednesday 7th May

Location:Kent Showground,Detling,Maidstone,Kent,ME14 3JF

The Living Land is a FREE, one day event offered to Kent school children in years 3 and 4 aimed at educating young children in the areas of farming,agriculture, countryside and healthy eating within the beautiful landscape of the Kent Showground, home to the Kent County Show. All that is asked is that you are able to arrive at the Showground by 9.15am and provide your own refreshments.

 

Please note this is not a public event.

Kent Garden Show

Kent Garden Show at the Kent County Showground, Detling on Saturday, Sunday & Monday 24th, 25th & 26th May

Location:Kent Showground,Detling,Maidstone,Kent,ME14 3JF

 

Heathfield Agricultural Show

Date: Saturday 24th May

Time: Open from 8:00am to 5:00pm

Address: Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex

The premier one day agricultural show in the south east.

FREE CAR PARKING is available to the west of the Showground off Halley Road (Postcode: TN21 8TG) and to the east of the Showground off the A265 coming from Burwash (Postcode: TN21 8XJ)

 

Taste the Best of Produced in Kent at Biddenden Vineyards- FREE ADMISSION

Join us on Sunday 8th June 2014 for an exciting opportunity to meet, taste and buy from the producers of a wide range of local products at our special charity event in aid of Kent Air Ambulance. www.kentairambulance.co.uk

With around 40 producers taking part, there will be food and drink to suit every taste, ranging from jams, chutneys and honeys, to beers, pies and cheese, as well as olives, game, liqueurs and more…

Ploughman’s lunches will be available throughout the day, as well as tea, coffee and cold drinks

Biddenden Vineyards are members of Produced in Kent, a county-wide organisation promoting all aspects of Kentish life. Visit the Produced in Kent website.

The vineyard will be open as usual offering tastings of the award winning wines, ciders and juices, and also the chance to take a walk through the vineyards on a choice of routes.

Admission is FREE, with donations being taken for the Kent Air Ambulance

2013′s event was a great success! The total raised for the Kent Air Ambulance, including stand fees, visitor donations & money raised by the raffle in 2013 was £4074.14!  This year’s lucky raffle winner was Denise Clifford of Tenterden.

Thank you to all of you who came and supported us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Hamstreet Country Fair

Date: Sunday 8th June

 

Raystead Summer Fair

Date:Sunday 29th June

Location: Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex, BN8 5AJ

Raystede’s annual Summer celebrations at Raystede. Live bands playing throughout the day, stalls and stands, beer tent, BBQ, children’s entertainment, fun dog show and opportunities to ‘meet the animals’.

Kent County Show

Date:11th-13th July for more information please go to: http://kentshowground.co.uk/

The Kent County Show is a showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life.  The three day event brings together the very best of Kent with animals and food, fun and excitement and above all a sense of what ’The Garden of England’ has to offer.

We have three stands at the Kent Show, one of which is within the food tent, one in the Produced in Kent area of the show,  and we also host a Wine Tent with other local producers. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Changeling Theatre present Romeo & Juliet at Biddenden Vineyards

The Changeling Theatre are on tour again this summer and will be performing Romeo & Juliet for one night only at Biddenden Vineyards on Wednesday 16th July at 7:30pm. We will open from 6pm and are running guided tours of the vineyard from 6:15. Visitors are invited to bring their own seating and picnic for the performance however we will be providing and outside bar for the duration of the performance.

You can purchase tickets in our vineyard shop, over the phone or via the Hazlitt Theatre.

Whitstable Oyster Festival

26th-27th July

Whitstable Harbour Day

2nd August

Brogdale Cider Festival

Date: 30th-31st August

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8XZ

The Cider Barn is opening its doors, bringing you yet another great selection of local and artisan ciders! Enjoy live music, local food and entertainment over the whole weekend. The wild food tent will be in the festival field, teaching you how to forage for food on your doorstep and live off the land. Tractor trailer and walking tours of the orchards will be running all weekend and the craft and produce village returns to offer your some unique gift ideas.

Festival Entry Prices

Adult - £8

Child - £4

Concession £7

 

Hasting Seafood and Wine Festival

Date: 19th-21st September

Location: The Stade and Rock-a-Nore Road in the heart of the Old Town

Superb live music and street entertainment completes the lively festival atmosphere, making this an unmissable event.
The festival is centered around The Stade and Rock-a-Nore Road in the heart of the Old Town, although business across the whole of Hastings join in with special menus and entertainment.

This year is a paid-for event, adult wristbands are £1 in advance from the Hastings Information Centre, Aquila House; £2 on the gate; children (U18) free. No dogs are allowed on site other than assist dogs.

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match

Date: 20th September

Location: Gatehouse Farm, Marden, TN12 9SG

The annual Weald of Kent Ploughing Match is organised by the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match Association. It is a vibrant and growing event that is well supported by the local agricultural and allied trades, with more than 80 trade stands forming the heart of the modern show. It also has a true “Thelwellian” gymkhana, a clay pigeon competition, farmers’ market and a variety of events in the main ring which all attract huge crowds.

East Kent Ploughing Match

The 70th Ploughing Match

Date: Wednesday 24th September 2014

Location: St John’s Farm, Swingfield, Dover, Kent, CT15 7HG

Time: 9:00am

Ladies Section * Horse Plough Classes * Classes for Ploughs * Vintage Tractors and Ploughs * Grain * Vegetables * Poultry and Eggs Class * Preserves, Cakes and Handicrafts * Tossing the Sheaf * Display of Vintage Tractors and Engines * Craft Tent * Sheep Dog Trials * Tug of War * The Hawking Centre: Birds of Prey flying display * West Street Tickham Hunt and Blean Beagles

Lunch and Light Refreshments available

Bentley Wood Fair

Date: 26th, 27th & 28th September 2014

Time: 9.30am – 5:00pm

Location: Bentley Country Park, Halland, East Sussex, BN8 5AF

Woodfair is a celebration of woodlands, forestry, timber, trees woodcrafts and much more…

The whole site holds two fields of stands, exhibits and displays and an amazing woodland full of demonstrations and activities.

Bentley Woodfair started in 1996 and continues to support local rural businesses and crafts while educating and entertaining families.

With demonstrations of machinery, tree climbing, childrens activities, lots of local food,  a beer tent, and a really great atmosphere.

 

Broadstairs Food Festival

3rd-5th October

National Fruit Show

15th-16th October