Carnivals, Fairs & County Shows In Kent 2022

Plenty of carnivals, fairs, country shows, family days and plenty more great events – check out this blog post full of what’s on including dog, car and food shows, regattas, and lots, lots more.

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Don’t miss out on what’s on in Kent.

By Julia Roy

Updated 24th June 2022


June 2022

Tree of Hope Summer Fair
Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge
25th June 2022
Price: Free entry
Time: 12Noon-4pm
Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, music, food and drink with a host of stalls, and KMFM providing music and entertainment on the grounds of Castle Lawn. Fundraiser for The Tree Of Hope, a charity transforming the health of sick and disabled children.

Worried About Henry
Dreamland, Margate
25th June 2022
Price: General Admission – Release 3: £32.46/General Admission – Release 4: £38.50/Disabled Access & Carer: £11/Access Platform & Carer: £11/VIP Platform:£55/VIP Huts: £82.50. Booking fees may apply.
Time: 3-11pm- last entry 9pm
Age Guidance: 16 years +. Under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult
All day festival experience with some of the biggest names in UK bass. Features Wilkinson DJ set featuring MC AD-APt, Shy Fx, with very special guests, Kings of the Rollers and Inja.

Party In The Park
The Appleyard Sports Ground, Sittingbourne
25th June 2022
Price: Members/Non Members – Adult: £12.50/£17.50/Child – 3 to 17 years: £7.50/Under 3 years: Free/Family – 2 adults + 21 children: £35/£45
Time: 2pm
Family-friendly music festival. Music from Marylebone Jelly, Robbie Williams tribute, Curb Pilots, The Martellos and many more, with fairground, inflatables and lots more.

Staple Country Fayre 
Staple, Canterbury
26th June 2022
Price: Adult: £2/Child – Under 12 years: 50p/Senior Citizen: £1/Family: £5
Time; From 11am
There will be fairground attractions, bouncy castles, miniature ponies, arena acts, wellie and egg throwing, strolling magicians, maypole dancing, classic cars, music and lots more. With 62 craft stalls, BBQ, and beer tent plenty to do and see.

Wrotham Classic Steam & Transport Rally
Wrotham Hill, Sevenoaks
26th June 2022
Price: Online/At Gate – Adults: £8/£10/Child – 5 to 15 years: £4/£5/Child – Under years: Free
Family – 2 Adults + 2 Children: £20/£25
Time: 9.300am-5pm
At the 41st rally see a display of classic and military vehicles, and steam engines, plus an autojumble, country market, food stalls, beer tent and kid’s amusements. This year’s theme is Jubilee and in addition to the hundreds of classic vehicles on display, you can expect themed attractions, including a parade of ’50s exhibitors, ‘50s music and dancing and of course the parade. With over 600 classic vehicles attending, ranging from classic cars and bikes through to steam engines and commercial vehicles – there is something for all enthusiasts. Described as the friendliest classic car show in Kent.

Martha’s Music On The Farm
Solley’s Ice Cream Parlour,  Deal
26th June 2022
Price: Adult: £12/Child: £5/Family – 2 adults + up to 3 children under 16 years: £30
Time: 12Noon-8pm
Enjoy this great day out with family and friends whilst being entertained by a variety of excellent local musicians as well as plenty of activities to keep the children entertained. At Martha’s Music on the Farm at Solley’s Ice Cream Parlour in Deal, take a picnic or enjoy food and drink from one of the on-site vendors and bars as well as Solley’s ice cream. All proceeds will help Martha Trust transform the lives of people with profound disabilities.

People outside at a festival type event. Mingling around haybales and tents for Martha’s Music on the Farm at Solley’s Ice Cream Parlour in DealJuly 2022

Dover Culture Carnival 2022

Pencester Park, Dover
2nd July 2022
Price: Free
Time: 12Noon-4pm
The Dover Together: Multicultural festival aims to bring the diverse communities of Dover together to celebrate and explore diversity. Showcasing the rich variety of cultures which make up Dover, the festival gives people the chance to hear new music, try new foods, dance and art, learn about other cultures as well as to celebrate traditional British culture, and see the positive impact that diversity can have on the town. Run by Samphire charity that is working to create a society which is inclusive and compassionate towards migrants.

Family Fun Day
Shepey Rugby Football Club Ltd, Isle of Sheppey
2nd July 2022
Time: 1pm-7pm
More details to follow soon.

Vintage and Classic Vehicle Rally
4th July 2022
Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, New Romney
Price: Romney Rover train ticket – Adult: £24/Child – 3-15 years: £12/Child – under 3 years: Free/Concession: £22/Family – 2 adults+ up to 3 children: £65/RH&DRA Member Adult Rover: £6/RH&DRA Member Child Rover: £3/Bug Club Member: £3
Time: 10am-4.30pm
A fun family day for all who love trains, cars and other modes of transport at the Vintage and Classic Vehicle Rally at Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway at the New Romney station. There will be an enhanced timetable on the day.

Tonbridge Music Weekend
Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge
8th to 10th July 2022
Price: 8th July: £28.50, 9th July: £29 10th Jul: Adult £36/Child – under 16 years: £28.50/Under 6 years: Free/Accessible ticket: £36/Carer: Free. Weekend Ticket: £82
Time: 8th July & 9th: 7pm-10.30pm and 10th July: 7.30pm-9.45pm
Enjoy 3 days of live music at this popular event. Bands on stage are Madhen – described as the UK’s best party band, the Skatonics, Lost in Music with its A Night At the Disco, the Counterfeit Beatles and A Night At The Musicals with Collabro, Britain’s Got Talent winners, and Marisha Wallace.

Kent County Show 2022
Kent Showground, Maidstone
8th to 10 July 2022
Price: Each day: Adult – 14 years +: £19.50/Child: 13 years and under: Free. Free parking
Time: 9am-5pm
Celebration of farming, agriculture and food production in the Garden of England. With educational fun for the whole family, discover rural life as you make your way around each of the Showground’s interactive sections. From showjumping to livestock shows, garden life and shopping, there are plenty of favourites at this year’s show.

The Leeds Castle Concert
9th July 2022

Price: Picnic Style: £52/Seated: £62. Discounted rates available until 31st May 2022 Group – 10 +: 10% discount
Leeds Castle will once again play host to a spectacular open-air concert, bringing together world-class music and famous performers, before a spectacular Spitfire fly-over from the Aero Legends Stable and fireworks finale. This iconic event is a highlight of the Summer season, set in Leeds Castle’s spectacular location, reputed as the loveliest castle in the world. People in their thousands have attended the castle for over 40 years and have been entertained by this amazing open air musical delight.

Sandwich Classic Motor Show
Sandwich Technology School
10th July 2022
Family show with the Classic Music Show, retro stalls, children’s entertainers, and much more. The event is supporting local charities in Sandwich.

Isle Of Grain Carnival
St James’ Playing Field, Rochester
16th July 2022
Time: Parade: 1.30pm, Fete: 3pm
Fun for all the family with a parade around the town, from Power Station Road, starting the event and a fete with displays and stalls to follow.

Battles For Victory Show
Quex Park, Birchington, Thanet
16th & 17th July 2022
Price: Pre Order: £7.50/On the door: £10/Child – 13 years and under: Free
Time: 10am-5pm
See re-enactors and their campsite, authentic uniforms and equipment and an array of military and vintage vehicles. Plus live events, a large variety of vintage stalls, a real ale bar, NAAFI wagon, BBQ and refreshment stalls. Camping is available.

Appledore Vehicle Rally & Village Fair
Appledore Recreation Ground, Ashford
17th July 2022
Price: Free to public. To enter a vehicle: £8, £10 on the day
Appledore Vehicle Rally & Village Fair in Ashford features a wonderful selection of vintage and classic vehicles, an auto-jumble, stalls, arena events, entertainment, refreshments and displays throughout the day.

Folkestone Pride
23rd July 2022
Price: Free
Time: 2pm-5pm
An LGBTQIA+ led community organisation that organises Folkestone’s annual town-wide Pride Festival and runs a number of events as well as this annual parade.

The Garden Gate Music Day
The Garden Gate Project, Margate
23rd July 2022
Price: £12.50 – booking fees apply
Time: 2pm-9pm
Thanet’s very own boutique festival offers a great day of music and fun, with food, drinks and lots more.

Big Truck Monster Slam
Quex Park in Birchington Thanet
24th July 2022
Price: From: Family – 2 adults + 2 children (6 to 16 years): £52/Adult: £16.95/Child – 0-2 years: Free – ticket must be booked/Child – 3 to 5 years: £2.50/Child – 6 to 16 years: £11.95/Senior – 60 years +: £13.95/Disabled: £12.95/Disabled & Carer: £22/Earlier entry fees also available
Time: Sessions between 9.30am-7pm
At the Big Truck Monster Slam At Quex Park in Birchington Thanet expect crushing cars, pulling and tearing them in half, with exploding caravan carnage. It’s not just Monster Trucks though, the action is complemented with death-defying motorcycle stunts and action-packed stuntman shows too. Get ready for amazing performances with entertaining radio commentary by the drivers and riders throughout the shows

Deal Carnival & Regatta Week
24th to 30th July 2022
Lots of events on this week including the AeroSuperBatics flywalking show, the Classic Car Show junior pier festival, the Cheese Fest plus the Carnival parade at the end of the event.

The War And Peace Show
Hop Farm Family Park, Tonbridge
26th to 30th July
The War And Peace Show At Hop Farm in Paddock Wood in Tonbridge is described as the greatest celebration of military history and vintage lifestyle in the world. A five-day military and vintage festival packed full of education and entertainment. Living History scenes will provide a unique picture of life in conflict with depictions from WW1 to the present – see the British living in trenches, GIs in Vietnam, Russians relaxing with an accordion after a hard day in battle, or Germans plotting their next moves. Thousands of military vehicles gather from around the world representing the armies of the 20th Century. Look out for tanks, artillery, armoured and amphibious vehicles, cars, jeeps, bicycles and motorbikes, emergency and commercial vehicles – and lots more. It’s not just about the frontline, get a feel for what life was like for the families at home. A dedicated area for all things vintage and an exciting focus on the peace element of the show’s title.

Party In The Park At Pencester Gardens in Dover

Deal, Walmer & Kingsdown Carnival
28th July 2022
The parade of floats is part of the whole Regatta with a Junior Pier festival, Classic Car Show, Aero Super Basics’ wing walking, open water swim race, lorry pull and lots more events during the Regatta week.

Party in the Park
Pencester Park, Dover
30th July 2022
Price: Free
Time: 1pm-7pm
Family friendly event and is open to all so come down and enjoy the music and live DJs all day, with bouncy castles, food and drinks supporting Great Ormand Street Hospital Charity.

New Romney Country Fayre 
New Romney
30th July 2022
Price: Free
Time: 10.15am
New Romney Country Fayre is one of the best annual free events in Kent, organised by the community, for the community. The event starts with a carnival parade through the town, as well as 2 arenas of all-day entertainment with all the fun of a traditional country fair. Morris dancing alongside a falconry display and watch 16 golden retrievers performing in time to music, plus lots more events.

Cheese Fest
Walmer Green, Deal
30th July 2022
Price: Free
Time: 7pm-10pm
celebrating the end of the Carnival Party for Deal Regatta and Carnval week with tunes from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s on Walmer Green.

Ramsgate Carnival
July 31st 2022
A community event that is held once a year to bring the amazing local community together. It is a street celebration that is growing year on year to promote social cohesion and integration. Anyone and everyone can be involved.


August 2022

Invicta Model Railway Show Weekend
Bredgar And Wormshill Light Railway, Sittingbourne
6th to 7th August 2022
Price: Day Ticket – Adult – 17 years +: £15/Child – 4-16 years: £7.50/Child – 0-3 years:/Free/Family – 2 adults + 3 children: £40. Weekend Ticket – Adult – 17 years +: £22.50/Child – 4-16 years: £11.25/Child – 0-3 years: Free/Free/Family – 2 adults + 3 children: £60
See great layouts with trade stands. Plus there a best dressed teddy competition, a teddy bear hunt and lots more attractions and events.

Margate Carnival
7th August 2022
Starting from Palm Bay the Margate Carnival is set to return in August.

Whitstable Boat Show
13th & 14th August 2022
Price: Free
Around the harbour and in the town is 2 days of family events with dinghy racing, coastguard display, exhibitions, workshops, craft and food stalls and lots more including a series of family-friendly workshops focused on the local coastal and marine environment at the Horsebridge Community Centre.

Great Comp Summer Show
Great Comp, Sevenoaks
13th & 14th August 2022
Their flagship event will feature specialist award-winning nurseries ornamental gardenware suppliers and artists and craft makers in the marquee. Enjoy local jazz ensemble Strings and Things, with drinks and a BBQ.

Heritage & Craft Fair
Willesborough Windmill, Ashford
14th August 2022
Price: Free entry to the fair
Time: 10am-4pm
Vintage vehicles, craft and charity stalls, BBQ, mill tours and lots more.

Hythe Venetian Fete
Royal Military Canal, Hythe
17th August 2022
Price: Adult: £15/Child – under 14 years: £10/Child – 3 and under: Free/Family ticket – 2 adults + 2 children £45/Seats: From £22
Time: 4pm-10pm
A tableaux of decorated floats in various themes held on the Royal Military Canal held every second year. The Fete attracts an audience of thousands from far and wide to see the two processions of up to 40 floats, first in daylight, and then again after dark when illuminated. At dusk between the two parades there is a grand firework display.

Biddenden Tractorfest
Holden Farm, Sissinghurst, Tunbridge Wells
20th & 21st August 2022
Price: Day Ticket Online – Adult – 16 years +: £10/Child – 5 to 15 years: £5/Child – under 5 years: Free/Family – 1 adult + 2 children -5 to 15 years: £28. Weekend Ticket – Adult – 16 years +: £19.Child – 5 to 15 years: £9.50/Child – under 5 years: Free/Family – 1 adult + 2 children -5 to 15 years: £54. Must pre-book.
Time: 10am-5pm. Last entry 4pm
At the Biddenden Tractorfest in Sissinghurst, while tractors remain central to this event, the essence of Tractorfest is the provision of a gentle Summer day out in a country fair setting with nostalgic sights and sounds. Tractor rides, numerous arena displays such as dog shows, falconry, working horses, craft stalls, children’s entertainment, local artisan food & drink and fantastic live music are just some of the attractions.

Family Disco
Herne Bay Pier
26th August 2022
Price: Adult: £8/Child – under 12 years: Free
Time: 7.30pm-10pm
Advisory Notes: 18 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult
DJ5, a local DJ based in Herne Bay, with over 10 years of experience will be playing at this family event.

The Kent Country Show & The Kent Festival of Dogs
Quex Park, Birchington Thanet
28th & 29th August 2022
Price: Online/On Gate – Adult: £9/£10/Concession: £8/£9/Child – 5 to 14 years: £4/£5/Under 5 years: Free
Time: 10am-5pm
See a range of animals, live events, including a chainsaw carving competition, Zulu dancing, Abba tribute band, magic, theatre and Punch & Judy shows. There’s a range of animals, horses, dogs on show competition of course, plus reptiles, birds and falconry displays, sheep and lots lots more.

Companion Dog Show
Willesborough Windmill, Ashford
29th August
Time: 10am-2pm
Annual dog show with classes for the family pet, with stalls, BBQ, mill tours and lots more.


September 2022

Bus Rally Day
Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, New Romney
3rd September 2022
Price: Adult: £24/Child: £12/Concession: £22
Take a nostalgic journey by steam train to visit our annual vintage Bus Rally, with over 30 vintage buses, coaches and taxis in the car park area. Explore New Romney Station to see and take photos of the buses, coaches and taxis. Some new exhibitors will be showcasing their buses this year alongside regular visitors. See the list of visiting buses in advance on their website. Also, selected buses will be providing free trips between New Romney and Dungeness subject to availability and guidelines.

Southern Model Show
Headcorn Aerodrome, Ashford
3rd & 4th September 2022
Price: One day – online/at gate – Adult – 16 years plus: £12/£15/Child – 5-15 years: £6/£8/Child – under 4 years: Free/Family – 2 adults + 2 children: £34/Senior – 60 years +: £10/£12/Carer: £6/£8. Weekend – online/at gate – Adult – 16 years plus: £15/£20/Child – 5-15 years: £9/£12/Child – under 4 years: Free/Family – 2 adults + 2 children: £35/£40/
Be busy watching parachuting, pleasure flights, balloon flights, helicopter flights and lots more at this event at the Lashenden Air Warfare Museum at Headcorn Aerodrome. In association with the Maidstone Model Flying Club it also features a stunning array of model aircraft, ships, tanks and other vehicles.

Salute to the 40s at the Historic Dockyard Chatham in Medway

Salute to the ’40s
Historic Dockyard Chatham, Medway
10th & 11th September 2022
Price: Saturday: Adult: £23/Concession: £21/Child: £15/Family: £63/Additional child: £11. Both Days:  Adult: £34/Concession: £31/Child: £23/Family: £92/Additional Child: £16
This addition to the Festivals in Kent in 2022 round up gives you time to start planning your vintage outfit and perfecting your victory rolls now. Moreover, the wartime spirit is very much alive and we’ll meet again with live music, classic cars, fashion parades and so much more. A weekend of family fun.

We Will Meet Again 
Betteshanger Country Park, Deal
16th to 19th September
Same place, the same great line up of attractions and entertainment – but bigger, better and for longer than before for this year’s We Will Meet Again At Betteshanger Country Park in Deal. It is another great event for Festivals in Kent in 2022 and it promises something for everyone, with re-enactors and military vehicles, trade stalls, arts and crafts and 1940s fashion, music and song. A static Spitfire and UH-1 Huey helicopter are among the many attractions.

Mexican Celebration Weekend
Lullingstone Castle, Sevenoaks
24th & 25th September 2022
Price: Adult: £12.50/BCSS Member: £5/Child – Under 16 years: Free
Time: 11am-5pm. Tours: 12.30pm & 2.30pm
Visitors will have the opportunity to browse and buy from leading nurseries and growers. There will be a pop up plant sale and Tom Hart Dyke, Patron of the BCSS Society, will also be offering visitors tours of The World Garden.

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Picture Credit: © Top to bottom: Leeds Castle Concert, Martha’s Music On The Farm, Party in the Park & Salute to the ’40s/Gavin Alanwood- unsplash.

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