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Whats on in May

May is an exciting time in Maidstone with so many great events and activities to enjoy from the very beginning to the last bank holiday weekend.

Kicking off the entertainment is the Maidstone Fringe Festival, with a whole weekend of music taking place in a variety of pubs and venues around the town, most of which are completely free.

Celebrate May Day in traditional fashion at Kent Life and enjoy maypole and Morris dancing before joining the annual parade and crowning of the May King, Queen and Princesses.

There is an eclectic mix of comedy at the Hazlitt theatre in May with stand-up performances from Jethro, Andy Parsons and James Wilson-Taylor.

As spring progresses, many people turn their attention to their gardens. If you’re looking for inspiration and great ideas for your outdoor space, head to Leeds Castle and check out the Chelsea Fringe Festival. Then explore the Kent Garden Show at the end of the month and discover over 300 exhibitors selling all manner of gardening goods, plants and accessories to help you make the most of your garden.

There is a Japanese theme at Maidstone Museum this month with a captivating headline exhibition ‘Japan: A Floating World in Print’, featuring over 60 ukiyo-e prints from the 18th to 20th century. Explore the modern Japanese art form of Manga in a series of workshops, and gain an insight into Japanese culture at this month’s Late, in association with Wagamama. Taste Japanese food, beer, juices and sake and find out about the history of culinary art in this stunning country.

May ends as it began, with a host of great activities to keep the whole family entertained over the Bank Holiday weekend and into the half term break. The Grand Medieval Joust returns to Leeds Castle and there will be sheep racing at Kent Life. Look out for dinosaurs around Maidstone Museum over the weekend too as Rex is back for one day only!

Proms in the Park returns to Whatman Park on 27 May. Bring a picnic and enjoy the Maidstone Wind Symphony and a host of other performers during this packed afternoon of great entertainment.

See what else is on in Maidstone in May

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