Christmas Fun and Festivities

Phoebe Shipton  ·  1st November 2014


It’s coming up to my favourite time of the year and Keepers Cottages have picked a selection of wonderful Christmas activities in Kent for all the family while you stay with us in South East Kent this Christmas.

The beautiful county  of Kent will sparkle as our many castles and historic homes are dressed for the festive season, offering some truly dazzling days out for all of the family.
Discover a Dickensian Christmas, indulge in festive food and drink experiences, visit the county’s many fairs and markets whilst staying at one of our pretty coastal cottages.
Whatever you decide, the Garden of England delivers fascinating entertainment during the festive season, allowing you and your loved ones to experience Christmas in a truly unique and fulfilling way.

Canterbury Cathedral

Christmas at Canterbury Cathedral (2nd – 28th Dec). There is no better time to visit Canterbury than December as the Cathedral prepares itself for one of the most important events in the Christian calendar. The life size crib, signed and made by Cathedral staff and ‘sewing ladies’, is worth a visit and the music sung by the Cathedral choir at Services can only be described as ‘heavenly’.

Dover Castle in the snow on the hillMedieval Christmas at Dover Castle  – Dover Castle is situated in spectacular settings above the White Cliffs of Dover and makes a great Christmas atmosphere. Join the court of King Henry for a weekend of medieval festive celebrations at Dover Castle. Enjoy music, dance and storytelling around the roaring open fire. Available every weekend in December. Why not add to the experience and stay in the most unique house in the area, Sea Purse, St Margaret’s Bay.

Quex park photoChristmas at Quex Park, Birchington (23rd Nov – 20th Dec) Quex Park prides itself for bringing to you a varied programme of magical events and activities to enjoy with your loved ones this festive season. Begin the celebrations by attending ‘Quexmas’; the bright and magical Christmas craft fair, with over 70 stalls selling a variety of crafts and gifts. Join Santa in the dining room of Quex house, where he will be warming his toes by the fireside. Enjoy a stroll throughout the museum, house, restaurants and marquees before singing along to your favourite festive songs in the Quex Gardens. Alternatively, why not book a private Christmas party at Quex barn, or enjoy a festive family carvery at Powell-Cotton Museum? Let your children enjoy the festive party at Jungle Jims, relishing the indoor play centre, a disco, and plenty of entertaining party games. The fun continues after enjoying a tasty meal box, where Santa will arrive on his sleigh with a present from the North Pole for each child to unwrap (so be sure to stay off the naughty list!).  A perfect end to this wonderful day would be to stay in one of our fantastic cottages in Broadstairs, Bleak House Lodge, with not just one but two roaring fires to relax by.

A little further afield, but still only a short drive…..

Leeds Castle in the snow

Leeds Castle in the snow

Christmas Celebrations at Leeds Castle (6th Dec – 31st Dec) (just off the M20)
The magic of Christmas descends upon the entire Leeds Castle Estate this December, celebrating the traditions of the festive season with wonderful things to see and do for the whole family. The German style Christmas market will be returning for its second year, allowing you to browse a variety of homemade products, gifts, local produce and festive fayre. See the Castle interiors transformed with a traditional gingerbread theme for Christmas with beautiful decorations and a central display to take your breath away. All the presents have been unwrapped and crackers pulled, so it’s time to breathe in some fresh air and take the children on the Leeds Castle Winter Trail. Collect festive clues as you go round with the chance to be entered into an exciting prize draw. Why not celebrate the start of 2015 at Leeds Castle? Make the evening a night to remember, enjoying scrumptious food, dancing the night away, and enjoying a spectacular fireworks display which will commence high above the 900 year old castle and come back to stay in one of our comfortable self-catering holiday cottages along the South East Kent Coast.

tiger in the snowPort Lympne Christmas Events Celebrate this Christmas party season in style at Port Lympne. Port Lympne Mansion, built for parties and entertaining, and the Aspinall Suite, can accommodate up to 180 people for a 3 course sit down meal and a festive disco, providing the perfect historic exotic venue to hold your Christmas party. Alternatively, why not enjoy a unique Christmas afternoon tea experience? Enjoy a selection of freshly made festive finger sandwiches nestled beside a selection of homemade cakes and pastries, served with freshly brewed fair-trade tea and coffee. Port Lympne Mansion is also pleased to host a two course Christmas lunch for OAPs, including a welcome drink and festive entertainment.

Hever Castle

Christmas Magic at Hever Castle (29th Nov – 24th Dec) Capture the spirit of Christmas with a day that casts a magic spell on all the family. Decorated Castle rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees. Father Christmas will be visiting again, relaxed Christmas shopping in the gift shops and delicious festive food in the restaurants. As dusk falls, the gardens are magically lit creating stunning illuminated displays.

Christmas Events at Buckmore Park Kart Circuit (12th Dec, 19th Dec). Join us on Friday 12th December, for our Christmas karting party sprint evening. Following a practice, you will then take part in the race heats followed by the all- important final on the National Circuit. This event is available for any group size, this Christmas party evening combines the perfect blend of karting with a Christmas themed meal. Celebrate this Christmas in style at our very special party-night on Friday 19th December. This fun-filled, adrenalin fuelled evening includes; 5 minute qualifying, non-stop 30 minute endurance race, trophy and prizes for top finishers, dinner and other activities. You could always make it a long weekend and stay in one of our Coastal Cottages in Deal.

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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