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Christmas is fast approaching and we can’t wait to host you at our pubs over the festive period. If you’re not quite in the Christmas spirit yet and looking for ideas to get you there this is the perfect blog for you!

We’ve highlighted some of our top picks for festive activities this Christmas in Kent and Sussex – let’s dive in!

1. Hever Castle Christmas Market (10th Nov)

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1. Hever Castle Christmas Market (10th Nov)

A familiar favourite, Hever Castle is hosting its annual Christmas market this year. With a plethora of stalls from crafts gadgets, decorations and food – it really has something for everyone and you won’t find a more beautiful setting of the grounds of Hever Castle.

This market is only running for one day so don’t miss out! You can find out more and see ticket prices here.

2. Castlemas, Tonbridge (8th-20th Dec)


2. Castlemas, Tonbridge (8th-20th Dec)

Castlemas is truly a spectacle for the senses. Running from 8th-20th December, the grounds of Tonbridge Castle are totally transformed into a festive paradise. You’ll find local craft businesses, decorations, food and drinks stalls as well as a dome stage where amazing performances take place!

Entry is totally free which is a bonus and there are activities to buy tickets for for all ages. Learn more here.

3. Santa’s Lodge at Ashford Designer Outlet

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3. Santa’s Lodge at Ashford Designer Outlet

Santa’s lodge opens on 3rd December and closes on 24th December. At Santa’s Lodge, you will learn all about the big man in red himself, Santa! Where did he learn the twinkling tricks of the trade? What is the knack behind the signature ‘Ho-Ho-Ho’? How does he really get around the world in one night?

Check out how you can get tickets here!

Why not pop into the Pig and Sty on your way home for a bite to eat and a cup of hot mulled wine?

4. Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival

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4. Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival

Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival will be taking place on the 3rd & 4th December this year. Step back in time and experience street entertainment, readings, song and dance as well as delicious local street food to feast on!

A great idea for a day of family fun. Read more here.

5. Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink (18th Nov - 2nd Jan)

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5. Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink (18th Nov - 2nd Jan)

Skate Ice Rink has returned to Calverly Park in Tunbridge Wells again this year. Fun for the whole family, pop your skates on and soar! There are two rinks, one for small children or inexperienced skaters and a larger rink for those who fancy themselves pro skaters.

The rink is open 7 days a week from 18th November – 2nd January so there’s plenty of time to get down there!

Worked up an appetite? Why not visit us for a hearty meal at our Tunbridge Wells pubs? The Great House, Hawkhurst, The Vineyard, Lamberhurst and The Lazy Fox, Mark Cross!

6. Santa’s Grotto At Drusillas Park

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6. Santa’s Grotto At Drusillas Park

Meet Santa in his grotto, cuddle the huskies in an ice cave and wonder at the giant Christmas tree. Drusillas Park in East Sussex is the perfect place for a day jam packed full of festive family fun! Running from 19th November – 23rd December.

Learn more and book tickets here. Pop your head in at The Gun, Heathfield on your way home, we’d love to welcome you and serve you delicious dishes from our festive menu!

There you have it! There a ton of other exciting Christmassy events going on around Kent and Sussex this year so have a gander and remember, we always love having you dine with us so drop on by or book your table for the festive season below!

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