VISITKENT visit maidstone and put a spring in your step Spring in Maidstone is one of the very best times of year as orchards fill with blossom and newborn lambs skip about in the fields; the woodlands carpet themselves with bluebells and the days start to draw out. So take advantage of the milder weather, get the family together and explore the beautiful countryside and family-friendly attractions. A visit to Kent Life offers over 28 acres of fun and family activities and, at this time of year, you can meet the newborn lambs and goat kids, as well as calves, piglets and poultry. While you’re there, have a go at bottle-feeding the lambs and kids, and learn how to identify fertilised eggs in the hatchery. No visit to Maidstone would be complete without a trip to Leeds Castle – ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. Set within 500 acres of parkland and formal gardens, the 900 year old castle rises majestically from the moat. Daily events and yearround attractions make this a fantastic day out at any time of year. Kent Life Leeds Castle Celebrate St George’s Day in Maidstone when there will be lots of activities around the town, including live music, children’s workshops, face painting, street performers and much more. Then there will be more live music over the May Day bank holiday weekend with the return of the Maidstone Fringe Festival. See a wide mix of music from rock, indie and pop-punk through to acoustic and blues, folk and dance. Maidstone has so much to offer throughout the year, and many people come specifically for its event programme. International events run locally at Mote Park, Leeds Castle and Kent Showground with each season bringing a different flavour and atmosphere to the events being held. Go to www.visitmaidstone.com to find out more about all our great events and attractions and start planning your visit. maidstone museum Head to Maidstone Museum this spring and discover A Woman of Genius. This stunning exhibition uses works from the 16th century onwards from the Museum’s collections, alongside original artwork by Vicki Cooke, to demonstrate how female artists have quietly disproved the quote “a woman of genius does not exist; if she does, she must be a man!” Artworks of a different kind will be on display in the Café Gallery during April (1st to 24th) with an exhibition of ‘Secrets’ contemporary art by David Hover. David’s tactile and colourful wooden collages have various codes, hidden messages and time capsules built within them that will both intrigue and mesmerise. Maidstone Museum Hot on the heels of this exhibition will be another by Kathy Keefe, winner of the People’s Choice from the 2015 Bentlif Art Prize exhibition. Kathy’s love of vintage style and textiles oozes from her exciting range of innovative pastel and collage artworks, millinery, headdresses, upcycled shoes and book art. There will also be an opportunity to chat to Kathy about her work at a Meet the Artist event on 30th April. The artistic theme continues with an opportunity to work alongside a professional artist on a halfday workshop. Vicki Cooke will be hosting two sessions that are all about you! Learn how to draw ‘selfies’; experiment with different drawing techniques and create a ‘Me Mosaic’ to take home. There will be plenty of fun for children over the Easter holidays too, with an Easter egg hunt every day, alongside trails and colouring activities in the galleries. Complete the egg hunt to receive a sweetie prize. The Museum’s main summer exhibition this year is Treasures from Trash. Featuring upcycling and 83 recycling from around the world, it will show personal objects such as toys, ornaments, games etc. made from many different salvaged materials. Full details of all events, including opening times can be found at www.maidstonemuseum.org.