Events in East Kent for Summer 2013
The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising as we look set for a beautiful summer here in the South East. Looking at pictures of people squashed like sardines onto Brighton Beach it makes our newly rejuvenated beach at Deal look even more appealing, no crowds, plenty of space, clear sea and now even sand to keep the little ones happy, what more could you want? Now the schools have finished it free and easy entertainment for anyone who wants it, aren’t we lucky!
Deal certainly has a holiday atmosphere and buzz at the moment with plenty of locals and a lot of foreign visitors milling around the town. The number of visitors has notably increased over the past few years, which is to everyone’s benefit, and it is good to see them enjoying all that is on offer.
Here are a couple of other events going on in August which may be of interest to anyone visiting the area so spread the word!
Broadstairs Folk Week 9th-16th August 2013
It’s that time of year again for the very popular 48th annual Broadstairs Folk Week.
The packed souvenir programme detailing more than 500 events taking place from August 9 to August 16 is now available from the Folk Week office and other outlets in Broadstairs.
The programme caters for all ages and features a variety of music, craft and dance events.
This year’s festival is headlined by Capercaillie, a group featuring vocalist Karen Matheson.
The bill also includes a concert the Yoruba Women Choir from Nigeria, folk heroine Peggy Seeger, Americana group Larkin Poe, Ronnie Lane’s ex-band Slim Chance and Broadstairs’ folk hero and winner of BBC Folk Musician of the Year- Tim Edey.
The opening celebrations will consist of a big parade down Broadstairs High Street from 5.30pm on Saturday, August 10.
For more information please go to: http://www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/
Dover Castle Summer events
For young and old, or just with a sense of adventure, there are lots of events going on at Dover Castle over the summer holidays worth mentioning. Some of these do require tickets so check with the English Heritage website for further details:
Castle comes alive 25th Jul-2nd Sept
Visit the Great Tower and meet members of King Henry II’s royal court. Immerse yourself in the pomp, pageantry and intrigue of medieval court life as you interact with a host of characters including the King himself!
Castle Quests Thurs 1st -31st Aug
Embark upon one of our fun summer quests! Join us every day in August for a fun way to explore Dover Castle. Find all the hidden clues and receive your reward. Each week there will be a different theme:
- Spy Quest: Thursday 1 – Thursday 8 August
- Archaeology Quest: Friday 9 – Friday 16 August
- Kings and Queens Quest: Saturday 17 – Friday 23 August
- Medieval Quest: Saturday 24 – Saturday 31 August
Roman Festival Sat 10th-Sun 11th Aug
Witness the might from the Roman Army as it invades Dover Castle! Tremble in the face of the formidable Ermine Street Guard and be thrilled by the skills of the of Roman cavalry. Kids will love the chance to dress up and train to be a gladiator or play Roman games. Discover more about what the Romans did for us through fascinating demonstrations of roman inventions, cookery, cosmetics and pottery.
Ditches, Towers and Bastions Fri 16th Aug
Perched on the cliffside overlooking the English Channel, Dover Castle is one of England’s greatest fortresses. Join English Heritage Curators Joanne Gray and Roy Porter as they reveal how the castle’s defences evolved over the centuries.
This exclusive tour takes you into parts of the castle’s defences normally closed to visitors.
Light refreshments are included. This event has been graded challenging access due to the number of steps and steep drops along the route.
Knights Tournament 24th-26th Aug
Marvel at the medieval knights as they take on the ultimate tournament. Fully armoured and ready to do battle, you can watch our knights in hand to hand combat, archery competitions and much more. Who will reign supreme and be the victor?
“Hellfire Corner” – Voices of Veterans Thurs 29th Aug
Once described as ‘Hellfire Corner’, Dover Castle was on the frontline during WW2 and home to hundreds of military personnel. Come and hear their heartfelt and often chilling stories in the very rooms in which they took place, as told by our expert Curators.
Light refreshments of a cream scone and a summer wine spritzer are included. This event has been graded challenging access due to the number of steps, steep drops and enclosed spaces on the tour.