Celebrate the start of summer with the Kent Big Weekend

Kent Big Weekend, What's ON Kent


Roll up, roll up! After a brief hiatus last year, your annual opportunity to WIN free tickets to a host of attractions and activities across the Garden of England has returned. What are we talking about? Why, the Kent Big Weekend, of course!

Better still, because we all missed enjoying days out on our doorstep so much throughout 2020, they’ve decided to make a few tweaks to this year’s Big Weekend celebrations, so that you and your loved ones can enjoy an even bigger Kentish adventure.

If you’re a KentEssex, or East Sussex resident, now is the perfect opportunity to take a look at some of this year’s fantastic offers and free tickets, available right on your doorstep. All you need to do to get involved is enter the online ballot before 18th June for your chance to win a pair of free tickets to top attractions across the county.

This year’s lucky ticket holders will be able to redeem their days out between 26th June and 23rd July providing the perfect way to kick-start your summer! Deirdre Wells OBE, Visit Kent Chief Executive, said,

Kent Big Weekend, What's ON Kent
“We were so sad not to be able to go ahead with our annual Big Weekend celebrations last year. Following an extremely difficult 15 months for Kent’s tourism and hospitality businesses, what better way to mark the re-opening of our much-loved venues than by getting outdoors and rediscovering what’s sitting right on our doorstep?

Some of the county’s biggest attractions have already signed up to take part in this year’s event, including: Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, Hever Castle, Hush Heath Estate, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Gusbourne Estate, Leeds Castle, Margate Caves, Mount Ephraim Gardens, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, The Royal Wells Hotel, and Wildwood Trust.

And, it doesn’t stop there with the Big Weekend also giving you a chance to uncover a wide range of smaller, hidden gems throughout the county, including: Action Watersports, the Battle of Britain memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, Huckleberry Woods Micro Animal Adventure, Nemes Diving School, Royal Engineers Museum, Ramsgate Brewery, the Seaside Museum, Herne Bay, and UK Electric Bike Centre.

 In fact, 60 of Kent’s tourist attractions and businesses will be opening their doors or offering special gifts to lucky ticket holders this year, with experiences on offer ranging from entry into some of the county’s most iconic castles and close encounters with wild animals, to delicious meals, relaxing afternoon teas for two, and adrenaline-inducing activities. With over 5,000 tickets up for grabs in this year’s ballot, the Kent Big Weekend is the perfect excuse to get out and discover (or rediscover) exactly what makes the Garden of England so special…

Residents can apply for as many pairs of tickets as they like at, until 18th June. Following this, two tickets (one pair) per household will be allocated at random by ballot and winners will be notified via email.


 This year’s Big Weekend is the ideal opportunity to scope out which attractions you’ll be returning to with friends and family on this year’s ever-important staycation, and they’ll also be opening up the ballot to our neighbours in East Sussex and Essex for the first time in 2021 too!”


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