The 28-acre working farm in Maidstone has announced the return of popular seasonal events.
Once part of the Allington Castle estate, Kent Life Heritage Farm is one of the few remaining places in the country that grows, harvests, and packs hops using old traditional techniques. Kent’s farming history is retold at the attraction, which hosts several seasonal events for all ages. It has released details of its key dates for next year’s agenda:
Hops n Harvest Festival, 12th – 13th September 2020
The annual harvest celebration, featuring traditional Kentish hops and beer, is back next summer. Previous years have seen up to 50 types of locally brewed ales and ciders, live music and appearances from historical Kent characters.
Apple Weekend, 3rd – 4th October 2020
More than 35 varieties of apples are available to try and buy at this harvest weekend. Some of the fruits on offer in previous years dated back to Tudor times. Farmyard animals, live music from local performers and craft stalls also made an appearance at past Apple Weekends.
Christmas on the Home Front: WWII Experience, 21st – 22nd November 2020
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas at the Home Front during World War Two. Visitors can take part in ‘made do and mend’ lessons, enjoy drill displays by the Home Guard and browse shops from the era.
The attraction’s seasonal events allow groups to explore its restored historic buildings and series of gardens, such as the traditional farm kitchen garden and hand-picked hop gardens.
Tour packages are also available for groups, from garden tours led by a Kent Life gardener to a beer-making tour beginning in Faversham, home to Shepherd Neame (Britain’s oldest brewer). Pre-booked tours benefit from special menus and discounts at Dotty’s Tea Room with its vintage themed décor.
Plus, groups benefit from free coach parking, free admission for a coach driver and group leader, as well as free tractor transport for any visitors who require assistance exploring the site.
Discounted admission is available for groups of 15+. Visit www.kentlife.org.uk/groups to download the Group Visit Guide and find out more.