1. Bank holiday festivals and live music in Tunbridge Wells

Local and Live (All Bank Holiday Weekend)

The much anticipated, free annual festival is back in Calverley Ground, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Organised by local resident Paul Dunton, the festival showcases emerging talent from our local community in a family friendly setting and continues to grow every year. Enjoy the free music and grab some delicious food and drink from Sankey’s, Rascals Pizza, Roddy Burger, Fine Grind, and many more! 

Song for a summer afternoon (Sunday 27th

With beautiful views over Happy Valley, the Beacon amphitheatre is the perfect setting for a summer afternoon of classical music in the open-air. 

Milk Fest in Sissinghurst (All Bank Holiday Weekend)

This year, the Milk Fest is taking you to Ibiza! The family fun festival takes places annually. Expect delicious pizzas, sangria, bouncy castles, and good tunes through the bank holiday weekend. Don’t miss the silent disco on Saturday night or the El Sapo (Toad) Games on Sunday. 

Summer Saxophone Brunch (Sunday 27th) 

Delight in a relaxing Sunday brunch at Cote Brasserie in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Their live saxophonist will provide atmospheric melodies that will transport you and your friends directly to the side streets of Paris.

walking looking at a field full of sheep while leaning on a wooden fence

2. Outdoor Escapes around Tunbridge Wells

Guided walk of the Tunbridge Wells circular (Saturday 26th)

If you have been wanting to walk the Tunbridge Wells Circular then this one is for you!  Explore the section from Southborough, heading out towards Tudeley (if we have time and it’s a sunny day we may be able to take a short detour to the church in Tudeley to see the spectacular stained glass windows by Marc Chagall) and finally finishing at Pembury Hospital. 

Boating at Dunorlan Park

Sit back and relax on the peaceful lake at Dunorlan Park. Hire a pedal or rowing boat and pedal along the friendly ducks and birds. Be sure to visit the café for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. You can also purchase bird food to feed your new friends!

3. Food and Drink Experiences in the Garden of England

Halfway House Beer, Cider and Music Festival (All Bank Holiday Weekend) 

Set in the picturesque countryside of Brenchley, the Halfway House is a true hidden gem much loved by locals. 

Calling all real ale and live music lovers! With over 60 Real Ale, 20 ciders, 10 music acts, and plenty of BBQ over the weekend, you are sure to find something for your taste. There is transport provided from Paddock and Hosmonden. 

Foodie experiences across the High Weald 

Hop on board the Spa Valley for a foodie experience with a twist. Throughout the year you can savour cream teas, afternoon teas, and fish and chip lunches or steam ahead to the Wild wood vineyard in Eridge. This bank holiday you can enjoy the High Weald Belle Sunday Lunch.

4. Rediscover Hidden Gems

Cranbrook & Sissinghurst 

Nestled within the picturesque countryside of the High Weald of Kent, two hidden gems await those who seek a blend of historical charm and natural beauty. Cranbrook and Sissinghurst, neighbouring destinations, offer visitors a delightful journey through time and space, with their rich heritage, quaint architecture, and enchanting gardens. Read our new itinerary, to explore the unique allure of these two destinations and why they are a must-visit for anyone seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

5. Heritage at our doorstep

Stately Homes and Castle

Did you know that West Kent has the highest concentration of historic houses than any other area in England? These estates offer the perfect location for a countryside escape and afternoon wonder or make fascinate discoveries and learn about their rich history. 

microworld digital exhibition at the amelia scott

6. Family Fun in Tunbridge Wells

The Amelia Scott

Have you visited the free temporary exhibition at the Amelia Scott? Micro World is an interactive and immersive experience! Explore and discover a range of creatures and see how they respond to you and your movements and to each other. Sensors in the space search for changes in movement and help create an ever-changing collaborative artwork.

Free or low-cost things to do at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Enjoy the outdoors at Bedgebury this bank holiday with lots of free or low-cost things to do from colouring and Gruffalo trails to tree top adventures and cycling. Find out more

Free VR trail in and around Royal Victoria Place. 

Royal Tunbridge Wells saw the arrival of a FREE augmented reality Shaun the Sheep trail throughout the month of August. As part of Aardman’s ‘Hide and Sheep’ trail, visitors can download an app and scan QR codes located in 11 locations across the town centre to discover everyone’s favourite sheep, Shaun, in various fun poses. 

Using their mobile devices, explorers can take photos with Shaun as well as visit two selfie stations situated on the lower and upper malls at Royal Victoria Place. There are screenings of Shaun the Sheep running on the upper mall of the shopping centre throughout the month. 

Do not miss Aardman Model Making Workshops on 31 August, which will take place next to M&S. Advance booking is highly recommended.

After all the fun, pop by One Brasserie at One Warwick Park where kids eat for free this weekend…

More things to do this bank holiday weekend…

The fun does not stop here, browse our things to do section and events calendar for even more things to do this bank holiday weekend!