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:


Camel Race Day

Date: 7th September 2014

Time: 2:00-5:00pm

On Sunday the 7th of September 2014, the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF), a UK registered charity, is holding a second Camel Race Day at Hole Park, Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4JA, by kind permission of Mrs and Mrs Edward Barham.

There will be Camel Rides, Side Shows and Pig Racing. Mongolian wrestlers and singers will participate. The day begins at 2.00 pm and ends at 5.00 pm.

All this activity is linked to raising funds for the protection of the 8th most critically endangered large mammal on the planet – the wild double-humped camel. There are under 1000 wild camels in the world, all of them situated in north-west China and south-west Mongolia and the WCPF has helped the Chinese establish one of the world’s largest nature reserves, the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve. WCPF also runs a wild camel breeding centre in Mongolia, the only one of its kind in the world. The wild camel, recognised as a new and separate species in 2008, is more endangered than the giant panda.

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival

Date; 26th-28th September 2014

Time:Friday/Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Canterbury Food & Drink Festival will be returning to the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury in 2014.

Find out about the exhibitors at the festival for 2013 - Stalls & Exhibitors 2013

Biddenden Tractor Festival

Date: 23rd-24th August

Time: Saturday 10:00am

An annual event held in the village of Biddenden. A Tractor Festival and Country Fair rolled into one.

Whitstable Oyster Festival

Date: Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th July

Time: 10:00am-6:00pm

Harbour Food Festival

Today’s festival is a colourful celebration packed with food & drink, music, parades, competitions, BBQs and many many other great events, is actually a  modern revival of an ancient holy festival dating way back to Norman times.

Then, Whitstable was already an established fishing port, the local fishermen and dredgers held annual ceremonies of thanksgiving, not just for the success of the harvest, but also as thanksgiving for their survival at sea. Being practical, and so as not to interrupt their busy seasons, the Whitstable fishers held these celebrations during the slack period for oyster harvesting. This explains why even today, you’ll find the festival is held in the summer, outside of the season for eating the Whitstable native oysters.

Labrador Rescue Summer Fayre

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014

Time: 12.00pm – 5.00 pm.

Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) will be holding its summer fayre this year at the Wye village hall and recreation ground. There will be fun for all the family with over 20 stalls selling arts and crafts and Kent produce, dog health checks, home-made cream teas, clowns and ukulele bands, bale races for humans and dogs, bouncy castles and slides, a dog show and much more.
All dogs, not just Labradors welcome. Admission if FREE.

Whitstable Harbour Day

Date: Saturday 9th August

Time: 11.00am-4.30pm

The Whitstable Harbour Association organise a one day a year spectacular event to raise money for the local community groups and charities. It is a fantastic celebration of local produce, so come on down and have some of our wine, cider and juice at the harbour day.

 

Brogdale Cider Festival

Date: Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th August

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cider Festival Kent, 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 11:00am-6:00pm

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 8:00am-6:00pm

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-5:00pm

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

Date: 3rd-5th October

Time: Friday/Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Broadstairs Food Festival is a celebration of Kent, continuing to bring you a feast of food – and drink.

They actively seek out producers &  suppliers who share their passion for quality and flavour : from hand made cheeses to artisan breads, preserves, pies, pickles and pastries, everything will be brimming with flavour.

National Fruit Show

Date: 15th-16th October

Times: Wednesday 10:00am-5:30pm, Thursday 10:00am-3:30pm

Dedicated to showcasing the best of British fruit for 80 years, the 2013 National Fruit Show celebrated this landmark anniversary in style with its biggest-ever line-up of trade exhibitors.

Boasting the best of British produce and technology, the National Fruit Show is a key event for the industry – and the ideal place to meet new and existing clients.

While fruit growing has changed immeasurably over the last eight decades, one thing remains constant. At the heart of the National Fruit Show is the stunning display of competition entries – around 60 metres of the best of British top fruit.