Norman and Grunt head the list of 16 fun, family friendly days out in August 2015

16 Fun, Family-Friendly History Events in Kent – August 2015

School’s out for summer and if you’re anything like me you’re looking at the calendar and wondering how you’re going to keep your youngsters happy for the next six weeks.  Fortunately a quick trawl through the local events pages and websites has revealed lots of family-friendly, history fun and I have included a selection to get you started.

If you go to any of the events listed, please let me know as I’d love to hear all about it and I hope you have some great days out.


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Right, have you got your diary ready?

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Sat 1- Sun 2 August

Siege Warfare, Rochester Castle, Rochester, ME1 1SW

Look out for some marvellous medieval mayhem this weekend as Rochester Castle is placed under siege to commemorate the one that took place 800 years ago. This time the castle has ‘Norman and Grunt the pig’ to help protect it and your family is invited to join in the fun.

Event runs 11am to 5pm and charges apply.  Further information can be found at

Sat 1-Mon 31 August

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT

Find out what some of the staff and volunteers like most about Ightham Mote… it could be anything!

This event runs every day from 10am to 5pm. Charges apply and you can find out more information at

Tues 4-Sat 8 August

Brilliant Bones, Down House, Downe BR6 7JT

Between 11am and 4pm a series of 45 minute workshops will allow you to discover secrets, hear stories and dig for archaeology.  Admission charges apply and you can find further information at

Wed 5 August

Make your own Roman Skittles at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, Maidstone, ME14 1LH

Children aged between 4 and 11 are welcome to make their own Roman Centurion skittle game between 10.30am and 12.30pm or 1pm to 3pm.  Charges apply and further details can be found at

Sat 8 August

With Map and Musket, Quebec House, Westerham, TN16 1TD

Join the eighteenth century surveyor as he explains how map makers played a key part in the Quebec campaign.  Event running between 1pm and 5pm and charges apply. For further information please visit

Tues 11 – Sat 15 August

Discoveries and Inventions, Down House, Downe, BR6 7JT

Take a trip through history to discover some exciting inventions, wacky ideas and practical solutions before designing your own creation. Admission charges apply. Further information can be found at

Sat 15 – Sun 16 August

Medieval Combat and Camp at Rochester Castle, Rochester ME1 1SW

This weekend the castle will once more come to life as knight’s train for combat before taking part in a battle.  The event will take place between 11am and 5pm and admission charges apply. Further details can be found at

Sat 15 – Sun 16 August

Combined Ops Military Vehicle and Air Show, Headcorn Aerodrome, Ashford, TN27 9HX

Described as a fantastic family friendly weekend, this show will include everything from the opportunity to take a ride in a tank, sit in a Red Arrow simulator, watch living history re-enactments and admire air displays.  Charges apply. Flight schedules and visitor information can be found at

Sat 15 – Sun 16 August

Firepower through the ages at Dover Castle, Kent. CT16 1HU.

It’s going to be loud at the castle this weekend as Dover Castle is playing host to the amazing Festival of Firepower!   The whole family is welcome, however, and booking is not necessary. Charges apply and further information can be found at

Tues 18 August

Mask, Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, ME14 1LH

Take a look at the masks in the ethnographic collection and then make one of your own.  Sessions run between 10.30am and 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm and are suitable for children aged between 4 and 11. Charges do apply and further details can be found at

Thurs 20 August

Archaeology Family Fun Day at Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, TN15 0NT

The whole family is invited to uncover the past through a range of archaeology themed activities. Admission charges apply and further information can be found at

Sat 29 August

Geology of Folkestone Warren and Fossil Foray, CT19 6BL

Fans of stones and fossils will love taking this short walk to discover why East Wear Bay looks like it does and learn about the type of fossils that can be found there.  The walk starts at 3pm from the Sandbanks Pavilion and a £2 donation would be appreciated.  For more information please call 01304 241 806.

Sat 29 August

The Summer Fair comes to Fort Amherst , Chatham, ME4 4UB

Between 11am and 4pm, 300 years of military history is being celebrated at Britain’s largest Napoleonic Fortress.  This is a free, family event and more information can be found at

Sat 29 – Mon 31 August

Military Odyssey Show at Kent Showground, Maidstone, ME14 3JF

If you want to know what history was really like then this is this place to go as over 4,000 re-enactors and living history enthusiasts will be putting on the world’s largest multi-period re-enactment show. Charges apply and tickets and further details can be found at

Sat 29 – Mon 31 August

Tudor Living and Jousting, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, TN8 7NG

Discover life in Tudor times as you weave your way through the Tudor encampment, watch re-enactments and choose which brave knight to support in the jousting tournament.  Admission charges apply and you can find full visitor information at

Sat 29 – Mon 31 August

Making Tracks for the Sixties, Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, TN30 6HE

Enjoy the music, fashion, vehicles and trains of the 20th Century’s grooviest decade at this three day extravaganza. Charges apply and information regarding time and tickets visit


    1. Rachael Hale (The History Magpie)

      Hi Ting, Rochester is going to be a really fun place to visit this summer and I think there are events at the castle every weekend. We will also be off to Ightham Mote very soon as my boys love rolling down the banks and peering inside the gigantic dog kennel. Hope you and Monkey have a great time too.

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