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All About the Kent Country Show 2017

Date: 9th June 2017
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat
Local Area

Family fun at this wonderful annual event, with interactive displays and activities for all ages!

Visit Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat from 7th – 9th July and join in with the annual family fun!

The annual event is organised by Kent County Agricultural Society, and offers a wide range of diverse entertainment, with the Shetland Pony Grand National, live music and baby Dinosaurs to headline the weekend long event. With a balance of traditional displays, alongside new, unique and contemporary entertainment, there will be something for all ages at the Kent County Show.

Traditional Activities

The Shetland Pony Grand National is spread across the 3 days, with small jumps and real jockeys (children) enjoying the fun! This hugely popular event started 20 years ago, and is raising funds for Bob Champion Cancer Trust this year. There will be local bands attending on the different days, including local brass band Faversham Mission Brass Band, and the Kent Police Band, a self-funding band with both current and retired officers.

Tractor Ted will be back to entertain the children again this year, he will have his own area where the little ones can play on the Tractor Ted bouncy castle, operate digger den and complete a giant puzzle!

Titan the Robot will also be back this year, this incredible giant robot is a real crowd pleaser and has been a-part of the show for over a decade! Don’t miss out on the awesome free-flying birds of Prey at The Hawking Centre, visit the Dog and Duck display where a Collie dog herds the ducks skilfully through a course and around a ring. Don’t miss out on the Terrier Team, Harrietsham Ferrets, Gamegoer Gundogs, as well as free pony rides!

Purchase a 3 day membership ticket, where you can take advantage of the membership area, priority parking, enhanced amenities and dedicated caterer, as well as live music including The Damsels, whose members have West-End experience.

Brand New Events for 2017

Meet Dexter, a 2 year old baby Tyrannosaurus, Dexter is a brilliant 4m long life-like, part animatronic dinosaur who mesmerises children and adults alike. Visitors will also be able to see the Dinosaur Nursery, with new-born Tyrannosaurus, baby Triceratops and a baby Stegosaurus, where you may even be able to give them a hug if you’re lucky!

Keep an eye out for stilt walkers Mr and Mrs Flora, who will be covered head-to-toe in scented flowers that are so realistic people often think they have been freshly picked. These living, moving sculptures are mesmerising and enchanting.

Also new for 2017 is The Old Milk Parlour, a unique display of a vintage dairy parlour. You will get an insight into how milk was produced and how it first made it to our breakfast tables and cereal bowls! Get a real sense of a what a working diary was really like.

Opening Times & Ticket Prices

Opening hours are 8am to 6pm, however there is no need to rush out as quite often the food stands will stay open later.

There are 3 day membership tickets available to enjoy the member’s area and perks that come with the exclusive ticket. Children under 5 go free, there are pre-show tickets are available with 10% discount, and prices on the gate are;
• Adult – £23
• Child (5 – 15) – £7
• Family (2 adults & 2 children) – £50

Visit our brand new and beautiful Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat in Kent and join in with the family fun at the annual Kent County Show, where you can take advantage of all the fabulous family fun to be had!

Book your holiday now and visit one our wonderful new locations, where peace and tranquillity is the order of the day, and it’s the perfect place to base yourself while you explore the region.

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