Things happening in Kent this 2nd May Bank Holiday

For those who don’t know what to do this May Bank Holiday, we’ve put together a hand list of things happening across Kent.

We are quickly approaching the second May Bank Holiday weekend and although we may not have a Royal Wedding to keep us occupied this weekend, there is still plenty going on across Kent to keep even the fussiest person happy.

Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival
 10am-6pm each day, 26-28 May


The fifth Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival – fantastic music from local bands and a DJ throughout the festival, entertainment and fun for all the family! And then theres the food: there will be a fantastic range of food and drink producers to tempt and tickle your taste buds…from donuts to Thai food, home-made fudge, local cider, Mexican, Greek and Indian cuisine and so much more!

The festival is on the riverside at Chatham Maritime and will be clearly signposted. It’s free to attend and there is parking available.

follow the festival on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

To help you on the day please download the festival programme.


The Beast at Betteshanger park
10:00am – 9:00pm, 26th – 28th May
Cost: £15

The Beast, the smash hit event of 2017, is back and it’s going to be bigger and bouncier than ever before.

The formidable inflatable obstacle course returns to Betteshanger Park from 26th – 28th May 2018. And it’s going to be a world-first, whopping 384m long course – that’s over 100 more metres of bouncy obstacles than in 2017 and a length that has never before been attempted.

If you thought it was brutal last year, how will you fare in round 2?

We anticipate tickets selling quickly so advise early booking to avoid disappointment. Don’t miss out – book your tickets now:  Book now

You can also read more about it in the latest issue of Deal CommunityAd, or on our e-version of the magazine here:


City Sound project
27th May, 1:00pm til 6:00am

One of the UK’s largest metropolitan music festivals returns to the historic city of Canterbury. Now a ONE DAY only event, It’s moved to the Sunday of the last Bank Holiday weekend in May!

Join thousands of revellers as they descend on the city to experience music and arts in some of the most unique spaces Kent has to offer.

From churches to castles, underground toilets to secret gardens, riverside stages to warehouses; one City Sound Project wristband grants you access to every stage and events space within the city walls.

See the Facebook page for more information and info on buying tickets:


Caring is Creepy Festival
25 May – 27 May, various times & venues

Caring Is Creepy is a new collaboration between Margate promoters Art’s Cool and fellow Margate residents Moshi Moshi Records. It will be a multi-venue 3-day festival taking place on 25th-27th May and in this, its first year, will be based across 5 venues that are no more than a 5-10 minute walk away from each other in Cliftonville, Margate.

The vibes will be eclectic and wholesome, like an urban safari version of End Of the Road. Tasteful but never dull. A celebration of the new dawning of independent culture in Margate.

Local venue hosts – Lido Cliff Bar, Cliff’s, Tom Thumb Theatre, Radio Margate, Transmission Records
Full details and more artists, DJs, venues and activities to be announced soon.

Find out more and book tickets by going to the events Facebook page:


Dover Castle 1940’s weekend
26th-28th May, 10am-5pm
Various ticket prices

The castle’s renowned wartime event returns with more action than ever before! Witness an explosive battle, military encampments, talks, displays and live music. Immerse yourself in the spirit and explosive action of the 1940s.

Book before Friday May 25 for 10% off your tickets!

WWII Weekend is a popular event at Dover Castle, so we strongly recommend pre-booking tickets for fast track entry on the day.

See the website to book tickets:


Read about the 1940’s weekend in the latest issue of Dover CommunityAd magazine, or on our e-version of the magazine here:


Margate Meltdown
28th May, Margate Seafront

The 11th annual Margate Meldown is the most recently established of Ace Cafe London’s free to attend major ride outs.

The ride out from the cafe to this popular seaside resort in Kent has been held each year on occasion of the annual Spring Bank Holiday. Margate seafront and harbour is given over to hundreds motorcycles and scooters, diverse club and trade stands and a stage with live entertainment

Margate not only has everything that a great ride out requires, but also a great beach and plenty of heritage to include a legacy from the 1960s that is of world renown relating to motorbikes, scooters and the Mods & Rockers that rode them!

Don’t miss the pop-up event at Dreamland too- Enjoy some Ace Cafe classics such as the creamy Manx cheese or their envied sausages! More details here. 

Motorcycles usually arrive around midday.


And then, probably most importantly, it is #NationalBBQday on Bank Holiday Monday, so what better reason to crack out the BBQ and invite everyone round to enjoy the (maybe) sunshine.

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