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My Kent Big Weekend

The Kent Big Weekend is an annual event where you can apply for you chance to win a pair of 20,000 tickets to a Kentish attraction or experience. It is open to residents of Kent and aims to celebrate all the great things there are to do in Kent and to provide a boost  to our local economy (much like Keep it in Kent!) There is a list of 115 attractions that you can apply for including Dover Castle, Diggerland, Scuba diving, Laser Rush at Quex, 10% extra off at the Ashford Designer Outlet and the Cyclopark to name a few. There is something for everyone! You can browse all the attractions on their website:

This year I entered several attractions and was pleased to receive tickets to visit Upnor Castle in Medway. It was a place that we always wanted to visit but never made it to, so with the opportunity of 2 free tickets this gave us the incentive we needed.

 Upper Upnor is beautiful, it has some amazing old buildings with a quaint curving pathway down to the river. The castle itself is an impressive structure on the river, built in 1559 to protect Chatham Dockyard. Inside there were lots of interesting facts and artefacts which inspired the imagination of one eight year old and our 2 year old enjoyed it also.

To continue our Kentish day out in Medway we then went on to visit Fort Amherst which is free to walk around the grounds. We watched some re-enactors and read about all the different weaponry they have in the grounds.

Due to having the youngsters with us we decided not to go on a tunnel tour but are definitely going back to do this. 

Our Kent Big Weekend was fabulous. We love living in Kent and enjoy what it has to offer. Simply scrolling through all of the places you can apply for just makes you want to go there. I am sure I will be ticking a few more off that list before the next time I can enter the competition for tickets!


Many thanks to this week's Guest Blogger: Melissa Dawkins, of Aye Aye!

"I create handmade clothing for ladies and children that have a retro alternative style. I use a combination of modern and vintage fabrics to achieve my fun, quirky, bold style. My business is called Aye Aye and you will regularly find me at craft fairs and events across Kent.  I also write a blog called Aye Aye too. I like to share updates about my business, craft tutorials, fun things to do with the family (mum of one & step mum of another) and I have a section on Kent! I am from Herne Bay but live in Ashford now so I enjoy writing about all of the wonderful things that these towns have to offer as well as other things I get up to in Kent. This interest in all things Kentish made being a guest blogger for Keep it in Kent very appealing to me and I hope you like what I write." (Photo credit: The Photography Co. Ashford)

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