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. See our Festivals in Kent 2024 feature for a full round-up of festivals in Kent for all ages. See our Carnivals, Country Shows,  Pride & Fayre blog post for more.
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Family-Friendly Festivals In Kent
2024

Last updated 3rd April 2024

 

HERITAGE TRANSPORT SHOW & SOUTH EAST BUS FESTIVAL
Kent Showground in Maidstone
6th April 2024
A celebration of classic and vintage cars, motorcycles, tractors, steam, stationary engines, commercial, and military vehicles. Joined by the South East Bus Festival, the event also brings a huge number of buses and coaches from across the South East and beyond. Over 1000 vehicles, with displays and demonstrations.
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COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Pierremont Park, Broadstairs
27th April 2024
A Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council event to help raise awareness of the number of groups that can support residents. The festival will showcase groups that help educate and empower the community and help residents get the best out of their town. There will be a Spring Market running alongside the festival.

FOSTival 2024
Kent Showground, Delting, Maidstone
18th May 224
Festivals in Kent include the annual family fun day festival with FOSTival 2024 at the Kent Showground in Delting, Maidstone. With live music and entertainment, the event will raise money for three children’s charities for their vital work supporting children, young people and their families in their most desperate times of need. There is something for everyone at this event, with Smashlife compering, plus activities including globetrotters golf, face painting, hoverball archery, funfair games, storytelling and crafting, and lots more. For more details and prices Read More

THE MAY FAYRE
Ellington Park, Ramsgate
19th May 2024
A fun day full of family fun at The May Fayre at Ellington Park in Ramsgate in Kent. There will be live music on the bandstand, games, rides on the miniature railway, face painting, a classic car show and lots more. Free entry – though some activities may be charged, 10am-6pm.

GOT THE LOVE FESTIVAL
Quex Park, Birchington-on-Sea, Thanet
24th May 2024
Join the celebrations of all things ’90s & ’00s for what’s on in Birchington. There will be two stages of headliners including James Morrison, Eve, Blue, Diversity and lots more great acts. Plus gourmet street food, retro stalls and bars, vintage clothing, secret cinema, VR gaming, and rides with your ticket to nostalgia at this festival in Birchington. Child and dog friendly. For prices and details Read More 



TANKERTON & WHITSTABLE FreeWHEELIN FEASTival 2024
Tankerton Slopes
25th to 27th May 2024
First of three, also in July 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

MEDWAY FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL 2024
Rochester Castle Grounds
7th to 9th June 2024
Zoom Events presents the Medway Food & Drink Festival At Rochester Castle Gardens in Kent, with stalls of food & drink of course, but there are also children’s entertainment and craft stalls, and running alongside is the Medway Live 2024 event. Two nights of comedy on Friday and Saturday evenings with acts. For prices and more details Read More

BLACK DEER FESTIVAL
Eridge Park, Park, Tunbridge Wells
14th to 16th June 2024
The three-day festival of Americana with Sheryl Crow headlining. An integral part of this festival is a family-friendly event, described as a festival within a festival, where the young take centre stage. There’s tree climbing and zip wire, a climbing wall, a deer hunt trail, workshops in music, skateboarding, and spoon painting, plus outdoor adventure play and lots, lots more. Price: Day, weekend, and camping tickets are available – see our listing for prices  Read More

FESTABILITY
Quex Park, Birchington-on-Sea, Thanet
15th June 2024
This festival in Birchingon-on-Sea is where music meets disability. Festability aims to be as close to other music festivals as possible, but with some additional elements that will help make it more enjoyable and fully inclusive for all. With extra facilities, a fairground and a variety of refreshments, this festival is not to be missed. In previous years, included not only stage acts, but also a silent disco, karaoke, a huge Scalextric track, VR experiences, drumming workshops, DJ lessons, messy-play, and inclusive and adapted sports. For prices and details Read More

SAUSAGE & CIDER FESTIVAL
Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells
15th June 2024
Enjoy this festival in Kent that celebrates the different flavours of sausage and cider from around the world. For little ones, there is a children’s stage with entertainers, a kid’s disco, face painting. 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 Tunbridge Wells and alongside the line up there will be street food vendors and up to 30 different ciders available, and a festival mark.  For more details Read More

THE SPIRIT OF TENTERDEN FESTIVAL
Tenterden Recreation Ground
5th July 2024
Enjoy live music, food, drink, a real ale festival, arena displays and lots more. Fun for fur babies too with a Fun Dog Show at this free community event.

FOODIES FESTIVAL
Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells
5th July 2024
highlights include MasterChef Champions, Michelin-starred and top local chefs cooking their signature summer recipes and Great British Bake Off stars will share their best baking hints and tips. Plus sample drinks, book into the cook school, and enjoy plenty of culinary delights. For little ones, there is a Children’s Cookery Theatre and a kidzone .During the three days, Sister Sledge, Peter Andre, and Symphonic Ibiza headline on the music front. For prices and more details Read More

KENT COUNTY SHOW 2024K
Kent Showground, Maidstone
5th to 7th July 2024
The region’s showcase event for farming, agriculture, and countryside life. Animals, horses, vintage vehicles, retail stands, and much more feature in this annual event celebrating the best in the county. Competitions, Saxon re-enactments, archer, dog activities, a traditional funfair, and lots more – plenty to keep everyone entertained.
For ticket prices and details read our listing here.
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SMALLFEST
Smallhythe Place, Tenterden
13th and 14th July 2024
Head to this event in Tenterden in Kent as part of the nationwide Festival of Archaeology. At Smallfest at Smallhythe Place explore the garden for clues to its history, enjoy drawing and games and see some of the archaeological artefacts from their collection. Read More
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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
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

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 whole range of venues the Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival has something for everyone – for all ages. The event features opera, cabaret, comedy, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts presented by performers of all ages. 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. 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

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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