Bluebell Events In Kent

For things to do and see in Kent, you cannot miss the blankets of bluebells in the Garden of England, and the event highlights – a bluebell festival, a bluebell charity walk and more. You can also learn fascinating features about the flowers and take the fact or fiction quiz with Foresty England.
Also find bluebells in Kent with our comprehensive round-up of gardens, forests, woods and lots more exciting venues to see the beautiful flowers with our See Bluebells In Kent feature.

By Julia Roy

BLUEBELL EVENTS IN KENT
A trio of bluebell events in the Garden of England, including a Bluebell Festival, teddy tear hunts, and a charity walk!

At Riverhill Himalayan Gardens Bluebell Festival event in Sevenoaks, from the 24th of April to the 6th of May 2-24 10am to 4pm – including Bank Holiday Monday, enjoy a woodland carpeted with heavenly bluebells and a bluebell-inspired craft fair of of handmade artworks and treats. You can also enter a free prize draw to win an original textile piece of their bluebell wood by Diana McKinnon.

For the first Steam Event Day of the year at The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway in Sittingbourne sees the Steam Locos in action, pulling passenger carriages in traditional style through the parkland and woodland full of Bluebells at the Bredgar Railway. It’s that one time of year when you can see an incredible spread of wild bluebells through the woodland and alongside the track. Steam Event Day – Bluebells and Teddy Bear Competition on the 5th May 2024, 10am-4pm. Little ones can go on a teddy bear hunt with a prize for those who (mostly) complete it. They can also take their favourite teddy and dress them with plenty of imagination. There will be tractor rides, a colouring station and lots more family fun.

On the 5th of May 2024, you can also take part in the Heart of Kent Hospices’ Bluebell Walk 2024. Walkers of all ages can enjoy a ramble through the Kent countryside while enjoying the beautiful bluebell vistas and help raise funds for the Hospice. With 1,226 people taking part last year sign up now for this annual event and raise money for the charity.

FASCINATING FLORA
Learn more about bluebells with our round of facts and folklore!

Did you know that over half the world’s populations of these iconic wildflowers grow in the UK and that bluebells are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981? You would be fined if you dig one up. According to the Kent Wildlife Trust‘s Amazing Facts about the flower It takes several years for a native bluebell seed to grow into a bulb & subsequently flower, and folklore indicates that bluebells ring at daybreak to call fairies to the woods. For more delightful bluebell facts click here. According to Great British Life, most are found in ancient woodland as they prefer moist, shady conditions and the stability a well-established habitat offers. Bluebells make the most of flowering early in the spring before the surrounding trees come out in full leaf and completely shade the woodland floor. Because of this, they are an important early flower for many pollinating insects including bees, hoverflies and butterflies. The sweet nectar hidden in the brightly coloured ‘bell’ of the flower can be a lifeline for hungry insects emerging from a dormant winter state.
We were fascinated to learn that the bluebell’s Latin name, Hyacinthoides, comes from a Greek myth: when the Prince Hyacinthus died, the tears of the god Apollo spelt the word ‘alas’ on the petals of the hyacinth flower that sprang up from his blood, according to the Kent Wildlife Trust.

FUN FACT OR FICTION
Download Foresty England’s game of Bluebell True or False to learn more about the fascinating flowers and their history.

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Picture Credit: © Riverhill Himalayan Gardens.

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