Fun, family-friendly history events in Kent – March 2015

Pikemen ready for the Armada at Penshurst Place
Pikemen ready for the Armada at Penshurst Place © Aardvark Productions

As a mum of two, I know what it’s like to be faced with bored and grumpy children. If you’re lucky you’ve planned a whole day, or even a few hours, to get out and have some fun together and all they want to do is be attached to an annoying little screen. Well, I’ve decided it’s time to get sneaky and instead of getting into battles, I just tell my kids that they’re going on an adventure and they will like it when they get there. (And yes, I am keeping everything crossed at this point!)

Of course I want my kids to have fun but, especially during the school holidays, I would like them to occasionally do something that’s also vaguely ‘educational’. I’m sometimes afraid that I am indeed turning into my mother but I’m certain that the two can mix, it’s just a case of finding the right activity and getting them, and yourself, prepared to give something new a go.

So, with that in mind, I’ve been searching the local events listings for Kent based, historically inspired, family-friendly events and hope you find the following helpful too.

Monday 16 – 22 March 2015

It’s National Shakespeare Week!
This annual celebration aims to introduce primary school children to the works of Shakespeare through a variety of fun and educational activities. Last year over 3,000 schools and organisations took part and the website has activities for children to get involved with at home as well as a list of events to go to. www.shakespeareweek.org.uk

Saturday 22 and 29 March 2015

Mrs Wolfe’s Recipes, Quebec House, Westerham TN16 1TD
Join in as some of Mrs Wolfe’s eighteenth century recipes are recreated.
Admission charges apply.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quebec-house

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March 2015

The Great Armada Adventure is coming to Penshurst Place 
Experience life at Penshurst Place as the militia prepares to ward off the Spanish Armada. Skilled costumed characters bring history alive as they invite visitors to join them in the Staterooms as the Penshurst Place household prepares for invasion.
Event runs from 12 noon to 4pm and admission charges apply.
For more information visit www.penshurstplace.com

Dover Transport Museum, CT16 2HQ
Everyone is invited to the re-opening of the Dover Transport Museum this weekend and if you go along between 10.30am and 5pm you can see members of the museum showcasing their classic cars.
Admission charges apply.
For more information visit www.dovertransportmuseum.org.uk

Sunday 22 March 2015

The History and Wildlife of Reculver Country Park, Herne Bay. CT6 6SS
Meet at the Visitor Centre at 11.30am to discover some amazing wildlife and find out who has lived in the area from the age of the Romans to the present day.
Suggested donation of £2 appreciated.
Booking is essential via 01227 740676 and the event is due to finish at 12.30pm.
For more information visit www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

Friday 27 March – Monday 29 March 2015

Step back in time at Fort Amherst, Dock Road,Chatham, ME4 4UB

Visit Britain’s biggest Napoleonic Fortress and watch it come alive as the 3rd 95th Regiment drill and train around Parade Square and Gate House. Entrance to the grounds are free but if you would like to go underground on one of the fort’s daily tunnel tours this will incur charges. Cafe is open from 9am until 4pm.
For more information visit www.fortamherst.com

Saturday 28 March 2015

Recreate at painting at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, ME14 1LH
Take a peek at the paintings on display then choose one to recreate and put yourself in. Great for 7-11 year olds.
Charges apply and booking is essential – please call 01622 602 838.
For more information visit www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk

Children’s House Trail at Knole, Sevenoaks TN15 0RP
Children, and their parents, can follow a fun trail to explore the house between 12 noon and 4pm.
Admission charges apply.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

Monday 16 March – Sunday 12 April

It’s Book Month at Sissinghurst Castle, Cranbrook, TN17 2AB
Open between 11am and 5pm visitors are invited to see how 11,000 books are being conserved in the library.
Admission charges apply.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle
The not so small print
Please note that this information has been gathered from a variety of sources and may be subject to change. I am not affiliated with any of the organisations mentioned and cannot be held liable for the accuracy of the information. This listing has been accumulated in an effort to help promote family friendly, history events and if you have any enquiries, please contact the organisation listed.

If, on the other hand, you have a historically-related family event you would like me to include in a future post, please email me the details at rachael@historymagpie.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Rachael

 

The militia at Penshurst Place
The militia at Penshurst Place ©Aardvark Productions

2 Comments

    1. Rachael Hale aka 'The History Magpie'

      Hi Katherine, many thanks for retweeting this for me. As for the museum, its on my ever growing list too. Do have to recommend Faversham museum though – tons of stuff for kids in there and I will be writing it all up very soon. I’m also planning on doing an event round up every month so hopefully you will be able to find something that fits your diary. 🙂

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