From Brocantes to Food Fayres to Music and Arts Festivals there’s so much going on

Phoebe Shipton  ·  6th May 2016

There are no shortage of things to do in East Kent this Spring and Summer! There is so much going on here on this thriving stretch of coastline. This May Bank Holiday Monday (2nd May) sees the return of  the Walmer Brocante, Antiques, Collectables and Craft Fair between 8am and 4pm on Walmer Green. There are bargains to be had so arrive early or simply take your time rummaging and testing your bargaining skills throughout the day.

The 2-day Sandwich Food Fayre takes part in the heart of this picturesque, medieval town between 9am and 5pm on the 7th and 8th May. Enjoy food to eat on the street or to take home from around the UK and the world. There will be  around 50 stalls selling locally sourced fresh produce, breads, cheeses, hot food and wines together with street music to entertain the visitors. Global foods from Portugal, Russia, Mexico, Thailand and Italy.

Deal’s very own summer Music and Arts Festival takes place between the 1st and the 16th July. This year marks the 34th anniversary of this treasured East Kent institution with the beautiful and historic surroundings of Deal, Sandwich and Dover as the backdrop to this Festival. The event celebrates great classical and contemporary music from some of the world’s finest music-makers, as well as literature, theatre, opera, cinema, dance and the visual arts.

The Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival is a multi-arts festival that highlights traditional and contemporary folk-life and folk arts with over 30 bands playing in the streets and pubs of Sandwich that are free to enjoy. The Festival kicks off on Friday 9 July with an evening concert at St.Marys Church.

sandwich prom

The Sandwich Prom, is a charity fundraiser in aid of the Martha Trust, and this year takes place on Sunday 19 July in the beautiful setting of the Secret Gardens of Sandwich within the grounds of The Salutation, home to Steph and Dom from Channel 4’s Googlebox. Local musicians will be playing and tickets cost £30 for a family or £12 per adult and £5 per child.


Broadstairs Folk Week takes place all over this quintessential seaside town town, with thousands of people enjoying over 500 free events. Ticketed events start on Friday 5th August and the free entertainment, including the Craft & Music Fair begins on Saturday 6th August and closes on the 12th August. There’s even an exciting programme of activities for children that includes music workshops, magic shows, circus skills workshops and much more.

Wellington Parade collection

If you are looking for accommodation, look no further than Keepers Cottages with our wonderful collection of coastal holiday rentals. Recently added we recommend 7 Water Street a period holiday cottage sleeping 6 in the heart of Deal, Trinity Cottage an impressive holiday home nestled in the trees and valley of St. Margarets Bay sleeping 7 or a gorgeous 2 bedroom cottage in the pretty village of Ickham, Oast Cottages

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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