insideKENT Magazine insideKENT October 2018 Issue 79 - Page 57

VISITKENT EXCITING EVENTS FOR EVERYONE ACROSS KENT THIS AUTUMN! VIBRANT GARDENS, LEAF-CRUNCHING WALKS, FIREWORKS, FESTIVALS AND SPOOKTACULAR SURPRISES – THIS AUTUMN IN THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND IS SET TO BE ANYTHING BUT DULL. READ ON FOR VISIT KENT’S ROUND UP OF THOSE NOT-TO-BE-MISSED EVENTS OVER THE COMING MONTHS. We can’t talk about the start of autumn without mentioning the sensational spread of colours across the countryside, and that colour doesn’t come much richer than at Hever Castle. With scarlet Boston ivy climbing the front of the castle and gardens bursting with gold and auburn a visit to Hever Castle in autumn is certainly on our bucket list for the end of 2018. Perhaps Maidstone’s Rum Festival is more to your taste. Over 100 rums to try might sound daunting and your decision making will be challenged, but that's exactly how many you can sample... Besides the bountiful rum, there'll also be live Caribbean music and food, bringing back a carefree summer mood. If you’re more of an ale and cider lover, from 19th-21st October the Spa Valley Railway will play host to CAMRA's Real Ale & Cider festival, where you can taste over 215 real ales and ciders. Of course, the end of this month heralds Halloween – and there’s no hiding behind the sofa as Margate’s Dreamland mutates into Screamland! Round up a group of friends (trust us, there’s safety in numbers) and scare yourself silly as you immerse yourself in a terrifying park of scare mazes and haunting sideshows from 19th October... Locally renowned as some of the best fireworks around, Leeds Castle will once again be the backdrop for a sensational display this bonfire season over the weekend of 3rd-4th November. Ooh and aah (it’s unavoidable) your way through fireworks set to moving images and music, all centred around the historic castle. On an equally cultured note, this year’s Folkestone Book Festival in mid-late November is set to be bigger than ever before hosting 50 events and packed with a range of kids’ activities and talks about everything from comedy to politics, philosophy and art. With events including an Indian Day, American Day and a Turkish night, this international celebration is not to be missed. On 17th November, you’re invited to sip, share and discover the stories behind some of England’s finest wines at the brand new and exclusive Wine Garden of England Festival at Rochester Cathedral. Set in the hallowed halls of the stunning Rochester Cathedral, the festival will honour Kent's top wine producers and one of the county’s very first producers – a monk who championed viticulture at the cathedral more than 1,000 years ago. Last, but by no means least, the 400th birthday celebrations continue this autumn at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, so, if you haven’t taken a visit yet, make sure you sail over there before the year’s out. Read on for more inspiration on things to do in Kent this autumn season and please visit www.visitkent.co.uk for further details. 57