Family-Friendly Festivals In Kent

For 2024 Kent is home to a variety of festivals and shows throughout the year. The Garden of England offers a spectacle of fun for everyone with festivals for kids within a festival, children’s funfairs and games, and attractions for families at a variety of festivals in Kent. Whether it’s food festivals, family-focussed fun, historical-themed events, or fur babies events, find family-friendly festivals and shows in Kent with our comprehensive round-up.

The Garden of England is blooming with festivals in 2024!  Don’t miss out on all that Kent has to offer! Check out our dedicated blog posts for a range of festivals. See our Festivals in Kent for a comprehensive guide to all types of festivals happening across the county. Our Food & Drink Festivals in Kent round-up celebrates drinks, produce and culinary delights.
With the Free Festivals In Kent feature enjoy top-notch entertainment for free. Our Music Festivals in Kent feature showcases the diverse music scene Kent offers.

And with Carnivals, Country Shows & Fayres In Kent and Pride in Kent experience the traditional charm of Kent’s local events.
With so much to choose from, find the perfect festival for your interests. Start planning your Kent adventure today!

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Family-Friendly Festivals In Kent
2024

Last updated 18th July 2024

HYTHE FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL & HYTHE LIVE!
Holeman’s Field Canal Bank, Hythe
17th to 21st July 2024
The Hythe Food & Drink Festival 2024 at Holman’s Field returns to offer produce and crafts stalls, with exhibitions and entertainment. Plenty of attractions for the whole family, with two live music stages, an author’s tent, cooking demonstrations, children’s workshops, and funfair rides. Plus, Hythe Live! with stand-up comedy over two nights. Read More

TANKERTON & WHITSTABLE FreeWheelin FEASTival 2024
Tankerton Slopes
25th to 28th July 2024
The second of three, also in May and September. Enjoy family-focused fun with live music, children’s comedy and fairground rides, bars of distinction,  street foods, quirky arts & crafts, and lots more. Read More

MAIDSTONE RIVER FESTIVAL
27th July 2024
At this annual festival in Kent enjoy a day of water-based fun, displays, entertainment, and lots more. There will be dance and music performances at Coronation Square at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre, raft races, kayak taster sessions, light-up paddle sports displays on the water. The Carriage Museum will be open for visitors, activities and fun at Archbishops Palace Gardens, visit the All Saints Church bell tower, an all-day craft market, and enjoy lots more fun at the Maidstone River Festival. End the day with the Firmin Family Fireworks Spectacular.

SAUSAGE & CIDER FESTIVAL
Quex Park, Birchington, Thanet
27th July 2024
This festival celebrates the different flavours of sausage and cider from around the world and with a children’s stage with entertainers, a kid’s disco, face painting and lots more. Scouting For Girls is the headline act, with tribute shows for The Killers, Queen, Abba, Madness and Take That. This is a debut for the festival in Thanet and alongside the line up there will be street food vendors and up to 30 different ciders available. For details and prices Read More
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FAMILY MILITARY FESTIVAL & COUNTRY FAIR
Betteshanger Country Park, Deal
27th and 28th July 2024
Celebrate the 80th D-Day with living history attractions, vehicle displays and rides. Live music on Saturday evening, and plenty of activities for little ones too. Plus lots more.
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TUNBRIDGE WELLS FRINGE FESTIVAL
29th June to 14th July 2024
This festival features local artists, performers, and groups, offering a host of events of all kinds across the arts.  Performing in a variety of venues, the Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival has something for everyone – for all ages and interests. The event features opera, cabaret, comedy, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts presented by performers of all ages. Read More

CHICKENSTOCK FESTIVAL 2024
Stockbury, Sittingbourne
1st to 4th August 2024

The Chickenstock Festival 2023 in Sittingbourne is described as the friendly big little festival with 35 bands set to perform this year. Headline acts include 3 Daft Monkeys, Tow of Cats, Electric Swing Circus and Rod Heron & Tea Pad Orchestra. Read More
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A NEW DAY FESTIVAL
Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham
16th to 18th August 2024
The three-day festival in the setting of the gardens features prog-rock, classic rock, blues, and roots music. This festival in Kent was created by enthusiastic music lovers who appreciate the importance of good ale. Acts include Tangerine Dream, Focus, Hawkwind, Gong, Feeder, KT Bush Band and lots more at this child and dog-friendly event Read More
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CAMP KINDLING
Heritage Pine Forest, Sevenoaks
16th to 19th August 2024
Set in a forest retreat, learn and discover incredible new skills with over 100 activities at this family festival event. There will also be 50 bands and DJs, and the programme includes a variety of fun events. For prices and more details Read More
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WE LOVE HYTHE LIFE FOOD FESTIVAL
Hythe Green, Hythe
24th to 26th August 2024
Featuring over 70 stalls, music and entertainment at this ‘more than a food festival’. Head to the music stage whilst soaking up the surroundings at the We Love Hythe Life Food Festival for a long weekend of fun, food, and sounds for all ages. For more details Read More

BOING! FAMILY FESTIVAL
Canterbury
24th and 25th August 2024
Don’t miss the many events at this free and ticketed two event with dance, games, workshops, a sensory garden, a baby zone, a live music stage, The ‘Dodecalis’ Luminarium, the Gorilla Circus, drop-in mini sport and dance sessions, The FutureProof Zone and so much more. Outdoor theatre acts, drop-in workshops, theatrical displays and interactive activities make this a city celebration of arts. For further details Read More
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WIDSTOCK 2024
West Malling School Field, Tonbridge
31st August 2024
Festivals in Kent include this inclusive, family-friendly day festival with live music, resident DJs, children’s entertainment and lots more fun.
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FAVERSHAM HOP FESTIVAL
Faversham
31st August and 1st September 2024
Festivals in Kent include this popular free family two-day event with over 70 bands and performers providing 70 hours of live music across four stages, and dedicated busker areas. The Faversham Hop Festival has plenty for everyone, with a Festival Village for camping, dancers including Morris and other styles, a fairground, magic shows, juggling, balloon twisting, Harry (iet) the Hop and lots more. Read more for further details.

TANKERTON & WHITSTABLE FREEWHEELIN FEASTIVAL  2024
Tankerton Slopes
6th to 8th September 2024
Enjoy family-focused fun with live music, children’s comedy and fairground rides, bars of distinction,  street foods, quirky arts & crafts, and lots more. Read More

RAVER TOTS OUTDOOR FESTIVAL
Dreamland Margate, Thanet
8th September 2024
Festivals in Kent include this family-friendly event with great tunes, the chance to see Bluey, funfair rides, arts and crafts, inflatable and live music. See acts including Leanne Louise, Artful Dodger, Iffy and lots more. Fun for kids of all ages, and sounds for all tastes at this family festival in Thanet. Read More

BROADSTAIRS FOOD FESTIVAL- AUTUMN 2024
Victoria Gardens, Broadstairs
27th to 29th September 2024
Three-day event that promises to bring together some of the finest food and drink producers of Kent, and the neighbouring counties. This celebration of food and drink also offers hands-on cookery workshops for children, talks and demonstrations. Read More

PAWFEST
Betteshanger Country Park in Deal
5th to 6th October 2024
Canine capers mean you and your four-legged friends (s) can enjoy dog shows and hear from dog trainers and behaviourists. There are races, live demonstrations, a supersized dog ball pit, trails, dog trials and lots more. There are children’s activities with a kidzone with a funfair, face painting and a bouncy castle. For prices and details Read More
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CANTERBURY FESTIVAL 
19th October to 2nd November 2024
Kent’s international arts festival is an extravaganza of music, performances, talks, family events, science, and more in various venues in the heart of Kent. Plenty for all ages, events confirmed include a son-et-lumiere experience at Canterbury Cathedral, and Gabrielle performing at Kent College.
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