What’s On in Kent December

There is always something to do in Kent, whatever the weather.

Biddenden Vineyards Christmas Shop

9th November 2018 — 24th December 2018 Biddenden Vineyards, Gribble Bridge Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8DF

Producing award-winning wines, ciders & juices, Biddenden Vineyards has everything you need for the festive season. Whether you’re searching for the perfect sparkling wine to toast to Christmas & the New Year, a mulled cider to keep everyone warm & merry throughout the party season or a crisp, full flavoured juice as a non-alcoholic option, we have something to suit all tastes. Our Christmas shop will be open from Friday 9th November until noon on Christmas Eveand will be fully stocked with some of our favourite specially selected local and artisan food & drink products from Kent & beyond, including ales, chutneys, sauces, fudge, savoury treats, gins, liqueurs and much more. For those looking for an original, personalised present, we will have hampers & gift boxes on hand which may be filled with the items of your choice from around the shop or let us know your budget and we can create a hand-picked hamper specially for you.

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm


Victorian Christmas at Scotney Castle

This Christmas there is something for everyone at Scotney Castle. Join us for storytelling with Father Christmas & Mrs Claus, family festive trails, Victorian Christmas in the mansion house, crowd free Christmas shopping and delicious Christmas lunches.

This Christmas celebrate the Victorian Christmas that the Hussey Family would have enjoyed, with traditional decorations and toys to enjoy within the house. Why not join us for a delicious two or three course festive menu in our tea-room, or enjoy a hot chocolate and mince pie after a stroll in the garden.

If you are visiting with the kids then they can complete our festive family Noah’s ark trail in the garden,  visit Father Christmas and Mrs Claus for storytelling in the old castle, and wrap up warm for a visit to our childrens play area which will be open all winter.

Scotney Castle  Kent

Storytelling with Father Christmas & Mrs Claus

Saturday and Sunday 1, 2, 8, 9 & Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 December, 9.30am & 12noon. Father Christmas will be visiting Scotney and helping families feel even more festive this season. There’s storytelling and gifts to add a sprinkle of magic to all who visit. Child £9. Booking online opens Monday 29 October. Please note that booking closes one week prior to each event.

Ice Skating and Father Christmas at Calverley Grounds Tunbridge Wells

A favourite festive destination, Ice Skating in Calverley Grounds offer something for skates, shoppers and spectators across the season.

From Friday 16 November, Calverley Grounds will be transformed into the ultimate winter destination, signalling the start of the festive season. The Tunbridge Wells ice rink returns for 2018 with stylish skating, festive food and drink, music and Christmas shopping inspiration.

By day or night, visitors can skate in the beautiful splendour of Calverley Grounds’ amphitheatre, decorated for Christmas with twinkling festive lights.

Ice rink open Daily from 16 November to 2 January (excluding Christmas Day).

On selected days we will have a range of entertainment for your to enjoy including the chance to write a letter to Father Christmas before the family enjoys a private visit to see Father Christmas in his cosy log cabin.  One Family photograph included together with gifts for the children.

Read more at https://assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/ice-skating#iBr6FRKYSRUry081.99

To book Father Christmas on selected dates in December 2018 visit http://www.fatherchristmasinkent.co.uk

Santa Specials 2018

Meet Santa at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

What’s on in December at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Take a magical steam train journey to meet Santa this Christmas with our popular Santa Special trains. At Tenterden Station the beautiful Victorian carousel provides unlimited free rides for the young and young at heart alike.

On board the festively decorated steam trains, you’ll meet Santa during the 1 hour 10 minute return journey. Look out for his elf helpers with their sacks full of lovely presents – every child receives an age appropriate gift from Santa himself whilst teenagers (13 to 15) receive a box of festive chocolates. Everyone receives complimentary refreshments too – a mince pie & choice of soft or alcoholic drink for adults and a soft drink & chocolate bar for children. Babies under 18 months of age at the time of travel are free of charge (providing they are not occupying a seat) and there’s a little free gift for them too!

New for 2018 – ‘Relaxed Day’

On the 21st December, we’ll be operating a less intensive timetable to welcome individuals, groups and families with children on the autistic spectrum or those who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. Rest assured that we’ll still be offering the full programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy!


Santa Specials are very popular – we suggest that you book early to secure your preferred date, as capacity is limited. The following key provides a guide to the current booking status of each seat type for the date shown.


Christmas deer trail

The Knole Christmas deer are back by popular demand to guide you around our beautiful parkland trail and help you claim your luxury gift.

  • Booking not needed

The trail will take you on a walk through Knole Park. Once you have found the 10 festive deer, and all the decorations Sally needs for her tree, be sure to return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize.

Everyone welcome, although the trail is designed for families with children aged 10 and under.


Event ticket prices
all £5.00

The basics

Suitable for families with children aged 10 and under
Dogs on leads are welcome
Meeting point
Please purchase your trail from the Visitor Centre
What to bring and wear
Wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes
The trail is just under a mile to walk

For all events taking place at Knole in December visit the their What’s On page