Free Events In Kent

There are many free events in the Kent, including music, markets, workshops, festivals, and lots more. Here’s our round-up of events and suggestions on what you can enjoy for free in the Garden of England. Don’t miss out on what’s on for free in the county – see also our Free Museums in Kent round-up for more ideas.

By Julia Roy

Updated 18th July 2024


There are plenty of carnivals, community shows and pride events in Kent that offer great free fun. See our Carnivals, Country Shows & Fayres In Kent for 2024 blog post for more!

Enjoy free theatre and music events on selected dates, brought to you by Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council Family-friendly theatre, puppetry and craft sessions, and for grown-ups there’s music and live theatre. Outside Pierremont Hall by Applause Rural Touring during July and August. Younger audiences can enjoy interactive dance games with Aradea Mini, there’s a haphazard science show Emoto-Matic looking at how to bottle emotions.  There’s Puppet Petting Farm with craft sessions in between shows, a magical show and writing experience Edge of the World, also with craft sessions. In Uglybugs Wingdings a pop-up book-like set helps bring to life with music, verse and interaction. For grown-ups, there’s music from Southern Lights playing hits from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and many more. Poet, storyteller and lo-fi theatremaker Jonny Fluffypunk bring his show about finding yourself and how we cope. In 366 Days of Kindness one woman sees if kindness can change the world, and in But I Haven’t Finished Yet see Brenda’s fantasies and reality not align, but there’s fun along the way. Based on audience suggestions, Shakespeare is shaken up in The Improvised Shakespeare Show. Read More 

Outdoor Theatre in Kent includes the production of Henry V at Folkestone Amphitheatre on the 11th of August 2024. A young superstar King has ascended the English throne. When his advisors tell him the French throne is rightfully his too, and an insult from the heir to the French throne he gathers a mighty fleet and invades France. After defeating the French at Harfleur and Agincourt, the young King makes the old King of France swear to hand the throne to him on his death, making him King of both countries. To seal the deal he marries the old King’s daughter, Princess Katherine. Based on the events of the Hundred Years’ War,  this production, from Changeling Theatre, is a play about the merits of war, set against the moral and personal cost of conflict. READ MORE

On the 25th August 2024 join in the fun at the Herne Bay LGBTQ+ Society and LGBTQ+ Allies and UK Pride present Herne Bay Pride.

Plenty of free classes and sessions to get fit thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund in and around Dover. Your Leisure will support Activity Alliance’s National GOGA Get Active programme across Dover over the next three years. Together they will offer a programme of events, activities and opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to be active. Thanks to this funding, the legacy of GOGA will create healthier and happier communities in Dover. The programme includes a range of classes and courses, mainly free, including inclusive pilates, Tai Chi and even seated yoga – in various venues in the district – including Sandwich, Walmer, Deal, and Aylesham.
For class details click here.

As part of the Herne Bay Festival, there are a number of free craft sessions for children and adults at Herne Bay Library. Child sessions are on the 24th and 31st of July, the 7th, 14th and 21st of August 2024, and there is an adult session on the 6th of August 2024 – from 12pm to 3pm. Limited numbers so email or visit to book a place:

Only A £1
Not free but helpful is the all year round kids go for a £1 -with up to 4 children with one paying adult during off peak services on Southeastern, with under 5 years are free, for children aged 5 to 15 years it’s £1.

Find free museums in our Museums in Kent round-up – also listed for East, West, North and South Kent to find what’s near you. Also, check out our Things To Do category.

Plenty of outdoor spaces to explore for free, as well as the county’s parks, beautiful beaches, coastlines and lots more. There are free trails, vineyard tours and lots more activities to enjoy too.

See also our Festivals in Kent and Carnivals, Country Shows & Fayres In Kent blogs, with a range of events that are free to enter, and regularly updated as new ones are confirmed.

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Picture Credit: © Top to bottom: Karim MANJRA at Market Concerts – Oval Bandstand.

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