Kent Life - Heritage Farm Park

Type:Museum

Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU

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Kent Life is a vibrant and fun destination with a whole host of family friendly attractions across its 28 acre site, offering a great day out for everyone. Whether you want to learn about Kent history, get up close with farm animals, or simply burn off some steam, this is a great place to visit.

Each season brings new and exciting things to the farm, so whatever time of year you chose to visit, there is always something different to discover. 

Kent Life features the only working coal-fired Oast House which is fired up in the autumn for drying hops and the traditional process of beer making begins. There are also lots of family friendly farm animals, play and picnic areas, a wonderful vintage tea room, historic houses and other buildings to explore. 

The easy to reach location, just off the M20 at Junction 6, makes Kent Life Heritage Farm easily accessible by car or from Maidstone East Station, either a short taxi ride, or a trip on the Kentish Lady river boat, which makes for a more unique travelling style.

Visit the Vintage Village and explore what life would have been like during World War II by making your way through the houses and to the Anderson Shelter. The 1950s are well represented in Sandling Farmhouse, or step back in time to Petts Farmhouse from the Victorian era. The atmosphere in the Village Hall and the Church remain, through all the celebrations they have shared, a great sense of community and magic. A wonderful place to hold a vintage wedding or birthday gathering.

As a working farm, Kent Life showcases and breeds traditional farm animals including sheep, cows, pigs, horses, alpacas, rabbits, goats, ducks and chickens and the hands-on cuddle corner is always popular with little visitors. The Kent Owl Academy is now resident – take time out to visit the 12 different species, along with their lovely meerkats.

Events and entertainment run all year, join in with some of the seasonal farm jobs such as bottle feeding lambs and goat kids, animal feeding or grooming sessions.

The Play Area

Indoor and outdoor play areas amuse and generate a lot of fun; donkey rides, the paint-a-pot studio, tractor and land train rides, bouncy castle, and much more bring a uniqueness to the experience at Kent Life. During school holidays, special shows run in the indoor Big Top – included in standard admission prices.

Seasonal Events

Open all seasons, events and activities run all year round especially during holidays and weekends. Annual events to look forward include the Spring Sheep Show, Hops and Harvest Beer Festival, Apple and Cider Fayre, Firework Night and award winning Experience Christmas at Kent Life.

Tea Rooms and Refreshments

Finish your visit with a trip to Dotty’s Tea Room, which has great home-made cakes and a selection of hot and cold snacks, and is decorated in a 1950’s vintage style or sit in the shade under fruit trees in the garden.  Enjoy that mmmmm.. of a lovely hot cup of tea.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£12.00 per ticket
Child (3 - 15)£12.00 per ticket
Concession£12.00 per ticket
Family (2+2)£44.00 per ticket
Under 2Free

Members can enter for free
Prices shown are for peak periods - check their website below for off-peak prices.

Events

Friday, 22nd July 2022 - Wednesday, 31st August 2022

Children playing tug of warSummer Holiday Fun at Kent LifeKent Life Heritage Farm Park's summer holiday schedule is packed full of entertainment with plenty of fun planned everyday!
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Saturday, 10th September 2022 - Sunday, 11th September 2022

Oast at Kent Life Maidstone. Hops 'n' Harvest Beer FestivalEnjoy the festival atmosphere with a variety of live and local music! Join Kent Life in the beer tent to sample up to 50 varieties of beer and cider. See the last Coal fired Oast House in Britain and have a go at picking our hops by hand.
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Saturday, 8th October 2022 - Sunday, 9th October 2022

Carricatures with test tubes and science equipment wearing protective gogglesNew For 2022! - Science FairTopics covered include astronomy, chemistry, palaeontology, forensics, physics & biology - presented in an interactive and fun way! PLUS meet George the Jurassic Dinosaur!
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Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Little-Boy-with-pumpkinHalloween SpooktacularCome along and join in with the family friendly Halloween events as Kent Life is transformed for the spooky season.
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Saturday, 5th November 2022 - Sunday, 6th November 2022

Fireworks and oast house in the night skyFireworks SpectacularBe amazed by our fireworks in our annual fireworks display. Tickets on Sale now! Entertainment for all ages with activities including children's fairground rides, glow sticks, licensed bar and food concessions. 
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Saturday, 26th November 2022 - Saturday, 24th December 2022

Father Christmas' grotto. Experience Christmas at Kent LifeA true Christmas Experience, the highlight of the visit will be meeting Father Christmas in his magical grotto, where children will be invited to select a gift of choice from the well stocked toy shop.
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Facilities

Other

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Family Fun
  • Groups Accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Picnic Site
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Accessibility

  • Disabled facilities (please call for details)

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

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TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      400
    • Very Good
      251
    • Average
      106
    • Poor
      66
    • Terrible
      43

    Recent Reviews:

    • PHIL S
      Southminster, United Kingdom
      Great place for a family day out and not too expensive.
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 12th July 2022
      My wife and I were staying at the Village hotel about 5 minutes walk from the Kent life venue. The Ice cream festival was on Sunday 10th July so we decided to take a walk and visit for the day. There... Read full review
    • unalomew
      Bangkok, Thailand
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Not that interesting
      3 of 5 stars
      Friday, 15th July 2022
      It feels more like a small zoo or themed park where it hosts mainly school children. Also quite expensive for very little experience. Read full review
    • 338ollyr
      Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Excellent
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 10th August 2022
      Kent life is not too packed and has lots to do for young children - petting animals, looking at owls and meerkats, making pottery and generally exploring the estate. The outside play area and soft... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Leave the M20 at jct 6 and follow the brown tourist signs.

    Public Transport Directions

    Just under 2 miles from Maidstone East Railway Station.

    Awards

    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
    • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

    Opening Times

    2022 Opening (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
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    2022 Opening (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
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    * Kent Life is open from 10am throughout the year, closing times vary and seasonal closures may apply. Please check website for most up to date information.

    Kent Life will be CLOSED on 25th & 26th December, and 1st January.

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