Thursday, 3 May 2012

What to do this Bank Holiday

Pick of events in East Kent for families this bank holiday. Including: Canterbury, Whitstable, Margate, Herne Bay, Faversham, Ramsgate, Dover.


1. Turner Exhibition, Turner Contemporary, Margate.
Cost: FREE
Date: All weekend open 10am-6pm

East Kent Mum’s seen it with her kids. Here’s a quick activity to do as you go round. Find the following in Turner’s paintings: a whale, a dolphin, a cave, a storm, a dog, a ship, a fire, some sheep, a rainbow.

2. Turner Contemporary Family Workshop, Turner Contemporary, Margate.
Cost: £2 per child (under 3s and adults FREE)
Date: Sunday 8th May open 1pm-4pm

East Kent Mum likes this regular Sunday workshop for children.

3. Easy Monday Sonic Play, Turner Contemporary, Margate. 
Cost: £2 per child (under threes and accompanying adults FREE)
Date: Monday 7th May open 1pm-4pm

4. Welcome to the Jungle, Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House, Birchington.
Cost: Various including £20 for a family ticket.
Date: Monday 7th May from 2pm-3.30pm

5. Walk along Margate Harbour Arm, Margate beach and the Old Town

A stone’s throw from the Turner Contemporary, it’s great fun to wander along the Harbour Arm to admire the sea views, watch artists at work and grab a drink in BeBeached Café. Children will enjoy the freedom of playing on the beach before looking at some of the lovely independent and vintage shops over the road.


1. May Day Celebrations, Whitstable Castle.
Cost: Donation only.
Date: Monday 7th May from 11am - 4.30pm

East Kent Mum went for the first time last year and had a fun time! Don’t forget to let the kids have fun in the Castle playground – a free activity all year round.

 2. Watch Morris Dancing, Dead Horse, In and around Whitstable
Date: Monday 7th May from 10am

3. Whitstable Artists Exhibition, Horsebridge Centre.
Date: All Weekend from 10am-6pm

East Kent Mum is a Friend of the Horsebridge.

      4. Whitstable Museum and Gallery
Date: All weekend from 10am-4pm (Phone to check opening times.)
Cost: £3 per adult, Up to two children free and £1 thereafter.

       East Kent Mum loves Whitstable Museum, especially on a rainy day. She uses her  Resident’s Card to get in for free. See if you’re eligible and apply for your card:

5. Have fun on Whitstable Beach
Walk, play, paddle, picnic, see the beach huts, admire the views and watch the sunsets, get a drink in
The Neptune Pub or a coffee in The Windy Corner.
Date: All weekend and costs nothing (unless you buy a pint!)

East Kent Mum informs you that she has already swum in the sea this spring so no excuses for not paddling!

     6. Whitstable Harbour
Watch the boats, see the fish market, enjoy the atmosphere and eat Whelks, Cockles & Oysters.

  7. Walk along the highstreet, famous for its independent shops.

Get sunhats and sun suits for the kids from children’s boutique Peekaboo.
Get gorgeous toys from Arsenic & Lace.
Get pretty much anything you could possibly want from Georges.
Grab an ice-cream from Sundae-Sundae or a cupcake from What’s Up Cupcake?
 Grab a coffee in the family friendly café Elliots.


11. Canterbury Heritage Museum
Dates: All weekend from 10am-5pm.
Cost: Various including Adults £8, Children £1.50

East Kent Mum went last weekend. Interactive, interesting and fun! She met Bagpuss too. She used her Resident’s Card so got in for free. See if you’re eligible and apply for your card:

12.  Howlett’s Wild Animal Park, Bekesborne, Canterbury.
All Weekend from 9:30am-6pm (last admission 4:30pm)
Cost: Adult £23:95, Child: £18:95. Under threes FREE.
25% off when you buy online.\
        East Kent Mum and family have a passport (pay once and go free the rest of the year). The focus is on conservation and education.

13.   Cycle The Crab and Winkle Way, Canterbury to Whitstable.

To hire bikes visit:

14.   Canterbury Cathedral – An example of stunning medieval architecture.
Date: All weekend but contact them in advance for service times etc.

5.  Waterstone’s Bookshop

East Kent Mum finds this a handy place to calm children down. Relaxed atmosphere and staff happy for you to play in the children’s area and explore the different kids’ books.

6.  Explore the beautiful woods around Canterbury.
Blean Woods
Date: All weekend. 
Cost: FREE (Part of the Woodland Trust)

Druidstone Park
Date: All weekend. Cost: Adults £4.50, Children £5 (under 3’s free)

East Kent Mum says thanks to @genderneutraltoys for the tweet to me @eastkentmum. I hope you still get to see the blue bells!


11.   Seal and Wildlife Trips, Sea Searcher Boat Trips, Ramsgate Royal Harbour
Dates: Saturday 5th May (9am-10:30am) and Sunday 6th May (9:30am-11:00am)
Cost: £20 per person

East Kent Mum has never done this but would love to!


1. Pat-a-lamb day, Mount Ephraim Gardens, HernhillDates: 11:00am-5:00pm


1. Herne Bay Museum, William Street.

East Kent Mum says to use your Resident’s Card so got in for free. See if your eligible and apply for your card:

2. Reculver Towers, Reculver Country Park.Cost: FREEBeautiful coastal views, walks and countryside to explore. The bonus is a chance to see the twin 12th century towers of the ruined church.

East Kent Mum loves walking in Reculver Country Park with her family. The pub there serves reasonable food and the staff are helpful and friendly.

3.   Herne MillDates: Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May 2pm-5pm (last admission 4:30pm)Membership costs: Adults £2.50 per year and Children £1 for the year.


1. Heritage train journeys, East Kent Railway, Shepherdswell. 
Dates: Sunday 6th May leaves at 11:30am,12:45pm, 2:15pm and 3:30pm
Cost: Various. Family ticket available for £

East Kent Mum hasn’t done this yet but knows families who have. Mums have commented on: the visitor centre, the little café, the gentle woodland walks and the excitement children get riding on the trains.

2. Dover Castle, Castle Hill.
Dates: All Weekend 10:00am-6:00pm
Cost: Various. Family ticket available for £42.90.

3. Dover Museum
Dates: All weekend.Cost: Adult £3.50, Child: £2.25; Family ticket £10.

4. Enjoy Cream Teas, Shelley’s Tea Rooms, St. Margaret’s Bay.Dates: All Weekend (Unsure of opening times.)

Cost: Reasonably priced.

East Kent Mum hasn’t had a Cream Tea here for a long while but recently enjoyed a Cream Tea in  sister-café, Shelley’s Tea Room in Chilham.


1. The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.80 acres of historic buildings, museum, gallery and historic warships.Dates: All weekend from 10am-6pm,


  1. Also, the blue bells should be out, so we're hoping to go see some at The Blean, Druidstone or at the WildArt Trail in Thornden Wood!

  2. Great idea! I love the blue bell woods in East Kent. Thanks genderneutraltoys. x

  3. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
    The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.