Ideas for this May Bank Holiday #thingstodoinMaidstone

The Mayoral Carriage (1)Maidstone’s top attractions are pulling out all the stops for this May bank holiday weekend – Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages is free, the Fringe festival is in full swing and it’s your last chance to catch the feeding of the spring lambs at Kent Life so read on for more info…

Maidstone’s Carriage Museum opens this weekend for the summer season.To celebrate, the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages will be open from 12 – 4pm from 1st to Monday 4th May, offering free admission for the entire May Bank Holiday weekend.

With the Maidstone Fringe Festival bringing a host of quality live music to venues across Maidstone Town Centre this May Bank Holiday Weekend, there is lots going on to make for a great day out.

The Museum will thereafter be open weekly, from Wednesday to Sunday 12 – 4pm, for the entire summer until September with admission at £2 for Adults, £1 for Children and Senior Citizens and under 5s going free.

Housed in the charming and historic 15th century stables, which forms part of the medieval Archbishops’ Palace complex, theTyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages offers an insight into the fascinating history of transport.

With more than 60 vehicles displayed there is plenty to see, from grand carriages such as Queen Victoria’s State Landau to antique sedan chairs and Victorian ‘growlers’ in one of the finest collections of its kind in Europe.

Address: Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent. ME15 6YE

Don’t miss your last chance to feed the spring lambs at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, near Maidstone, this May bank holiday weekend (May 2-4).

The award-winning attraction will be celebrating Kentish life and traditions with Morris dancing, a May queen parade and watching children maypole dancing on the green. You can even give it a go if you feel brave enough!

Visitors can also visit the period dressed historic buildings in the Vintage Village, take a tractor trailer ride around the site, hop on a quad bike, take the plunge with some water zorbing or try their luck with ferret racing.

The charming 1950s-inspired Dotty’s tearoom will be serving a range of delights, including homemade cakes and oastman’s platters, and you can pick up some Kentish produce from the gift shop to take home with you.

Kent Life ticket prices: Adults £9.50; Children £7.50 (aged 3-15); Concessions £8.50. Members and under-threes FREE. There will be a small additional charge for some activities. At certain times of year and for certain events, membership passes are not valid and rates may vary. Opening times: 10am to 5pm daily (last admission 4pm).

Kent Life is in Sandling, near Maidstone, just off junction 6 of the M20 or only an hour by train from London. For details visit or call 01622 763936.


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