insideKENT Magazine Issue 60 - March 2017 - Page 45

The Village Café The idea of a traditional little café in a lovely Kentish town is always appealing, and the Village Café, as the name suggests, is exactly there. Here you can order a filling breakfast, a light bite of a snack, and some tasty, cakey treats. Sit back and relax with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and enjoy the view. ANNUAL EVENTS Big 7 Scooter Rally // June Scooter enthusiasts across the country descend on Paddock Wood each June to enjoy a day (or more) filled with their favourite things. The Big 7 Scooter Rally includes a quality campsite, four excellent music rooms, a national custom show, a ride out on the Saturday, and an awards show. It is the best scooter rally in the South East, and is open to all. Chilled In A Field // July Although the organisers behind the Chilled In A Field festival are taking a break in 2017, they have promised that this family favourite will be back bigger and better in 2018. This is a volunteerrun festival that had its origins in London in the 1990s, but has emerged as something altogether different. With music, acts, games, food and drink, and plenty to keep everyone entertained, it will be worth the wait for 2018. Truckfest // Sep Held at the Hop Farm, Truckfest is a celebration of all things truck, lorry, and generally large in a vehicular sense. With special guests who, in 2017, include Ice Road Truckers stars Lisa Kelly and Todd Dewey, this is a day out that screams fun and fast adventures. Throughout the day you can enjoy monster truck mayhem and unbelievable stunts, and in the evening there is music and food for all. TOP SPOT The Hop Farm in Paddock Kent is the main event for many, and is the reason that many thousands of people come to Paddock Wood for the first time. Not only is this a great family day out, but there is a lot of history The Hop Farm here as well including the world’s largest collection of Victorian oast houses. The Hop Farm was one of the biggest suppliers of hops to the London breweries through the 19th and 20th centuries, and this is where many people used to spend their summer holidays, picking the hops. Today it is possible to find out all about the hop growing and harvesting process, and to discover exactly how those hops are used to make beer. On top of that, the family park is full of attractions for young and old including giant jumping pillows, a 4D cinema, Combat Laser Quest, a driving school for kids, children’s rides, live magic shows, and a huge adventure playground. All this plus donkeys, shire horses and cuddly creatures! DID YOU KNOW? Charles Dickens mentions Paddock Wood railway station in his novel, Dombey and Son. One of the characters, Mr Carker, is killed there after falling beneath a train. West Kent Shoo�ng School Call or visit our website for booking information Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club (Ladies Only) Shoot Friday 10 March Mother’s Day Offer 50% off R.A.B.I Charity Clay Shoot Friday 31 March Young Shots Wednesday 12 April & Business Board Meetings Marriages Business Dinners Wedding Receptions Away Days Baby-Naming AGMs Wakes Birthdays & Anniversaries Pleasure New Hay Farm, Old Hay (off Pearsons Green Road) Paddock Wood, Brenchley Kent TN12 7DG T: 01892 83 4306 www.westkentshoo�ng.co.uk Classes: Pilates, Yoga, Bridge, Nordic Walking Singing, Ballroom Dancing, Aerobics, Ballet Lessons: Piano & Tennis Canterbury CT4 5JA Bookings: 01227 831355 www.charlton-park.org 45