Family friendly Christmas activities in Kent 2019

Phoebe Shipton  ·  25th October 2019

With Christmas creeping up on us, it’s a great time to get prepared for the season and start planning the festivities with the family. There’s lots to do in East Kent during December. Come and stay in one of our cottages and enjoy the best of the season in comfort. Here are some of our favourite events taking place locally. 

Mother Goose at The Marlowe Theatre

28 Nov 2019 ‐ 12 Jan 2020

This year’s ever-popular panto, Mother Goose, stars Dr Ranj (CBeebies, This Morning, Strictly Come Dancing) and Jenna Russell (EastEnders, West End Star). Enjoy dazzling costumes and sets, sing-along music and hilarious panto moments. Indulge in a bit of audience participation and a good old sing-along.  Mother Goose is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Book your tickets now.

Father Christmas

Magical Medieval Christmas at Canterbury Tales

December 14th – 15th

Navigate the medieval streets of Canterbury to find Father Christmas and convince him to return to the present day!

There will be festive activities to complete, games to be played and songs to be sung. Followed by the chance to meet with Father Christmas himself: children on the ‘nice’ list will even go home with a present from St Nick himself. Suitable for children aged 2-10 years. Booking is essential.

Winterland Margate at Dreamland

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, then daily 21st – 31st December 2019 (excluding 25 December), 11am-5pm

Bring the whole family to the seaside for a Christmassy day out at Dreamland. There’s a winter market with food and drink, film screenings, a fairy light walk, crafts and seasonal rides.

Climb inside a giant snow globe and play in the mini blizzard. Great news for animal lovers, because dogs will also be allowed in the park with their owners. There’s a lot of enjoyment to be had, so leave time in the build-up for some fun at the fair.

Enchanted Walmer Castle

Dates available throughout December

Take a tour of Walmer Castle grounds as they are illuminated in spectacular colours for the season.

Take this opportunity to see the new historic Glen, which has been newly restored. With dancing fairies, talking trees and enchanting trails to follow, children will be in for a treat. There will be mince pies and mulled wine waiting for you at the end of your tour, and fairground rides and games will keep the fun going long into the evening.

A brilliant way to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Walmer Castle as you’ve never seen them before. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Europe Christmas Markets

Keepers cottages are a short trip across the channel from the continent.

Take advantage of our unique location and book in a day trip to a European Christmas market. With lots of travel options available, including euro star, ferry, and coach trips you can make the crossing with ease.

Stock up on gifts in Lille, take in the sights of Prague and indulge in some yuletide treats in Bruges. By the end of the day you’ll be tucked up in your cottage Instagramming the highlights. Read Eurostar’s guide to Europe’s best Christmas Markets.

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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