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Hundreds of free tickets to Kent tourist attractions to be won as the Kent Big Weekend returns


Your annual opportunity to WIN free tickets to a host of attractions and activities across the county is returning for 2023! The Kent Big Weekend is back, and this year is not one to miss out on. Join in on this weekend extravaganza of fun-packed adventure, with lucky ticket holders being able to redeem their days out on the 24th & 25th June.

If you’re a Kent resident, you can apply for tickets to this year’s fantastic offers right on your doorstep on the website: from Monday 15th May. All you need to do to get involved is enter the online ballot before Monday 12th June for your chance to win free tickets to top attractions across the county.

The Big Weekend kicks off on the evening of Friday 23rd June, under the lights with T20 cricket in Canterbury at Kent Cricket! Enjoy the rest of the weekend at some of the county’s biggest attractions, such as Balfour Winery, Canterbury Cathedral, Dreamland, English Heritage, Gusbourne, Hever Castle & Gardens, Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent Cookery School, Kent Cricket, Leeds Castle, Maidstone Distillery, National Trust, Penshurst Place & Gardens, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Rochester Castle, Shepherd Neame’s Brewery Tour, The Battle of Britain Memorial and The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

There’ll also be plenty of hidden gems just waiting for you to discover! Many of Kent’s historical highlights have given hundreds of free tickets – from the ancient Lullingstone Roman Villa and Canterbury Roman Museum, through to free entry to places that inspired Charles Dickens, such as Eastgate House and the Dickens House Museum. Similarly, tickets to St Augustine’s Abbey, The Home of Charles Darwin, and Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens will make for informative and engaging days out. Get to know your local area with a Canterbury Guided Tour, guided bike rides of Gravesend, or a Guided Walk of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

If the outdoors is more your thing, how about a ticket to Great Comp Garden, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Bredgar & Wormshill Railway, and Bedgebury National Pinetum? Animal lovers will have their fingers crossed for tickets to places like the Kent Falconry Centre. You might be embarking on sporting activities at Betteshanger Park or heading to the water with Canoe Wild and even scuba diving with Nemes Diving and Water Sports Academy. If all this activity is making you thirsty, dust off those tasting note sheets at some of the county’s finest, with Wine Tours of Kent, Mereworth Winery Tour & Tasting, or GADDS’ Great Big Tutored Tasting Event. Finally, some lucky winners can even extend their stay, with relaxing overnight stays on offer at Best Western Clifton Hotel Folkestone, Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa, Bridgewood Manor Hotel & Spa, and Holiday Inn in Dover.

The Kent Big Weekend is our way of saying thank you to our greatest ambassadors – Kent residents. You can apply for as many pairs of tickets as they like at until 12th June. Following this, prizes will be allocated at random by ballot and winners will be notified via email.

The Kent Big Weekend team are also continuing to add new tickets as part of this year’s ballot, so if you are a Kent-based business and you’d like to be part of this year’s event, simply get in touch at as soon as possible.

Deirdre Wells OBE, CEO of Visit Kent, comments:

“Kent’s tourism sector is full of world-class heritage, stunning gardens, delicious food and drink and fun experiences, all of which make the county such a brilliant place to enjoy with family and friends. We’re delighted to bring back the Big Weekend to Kent residents and showcase the breadth of what Kent has to offer, from iconic heritage properties to unrivalled hospitality offerings – all for free! At a time when finding budget friendly days out is so important, it’s our great pleasure to be able to offer Kent’s residents unforgettable days out at some of our top attractions.”

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