Kent Life - Heritage Farm Park

Type:Museum

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

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Kent Life Heritage Farm Park from Kent Life on Vimeo.

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

Sunday, 10th March 2024 - Sunday, 10th March 2024

Afternoon Tea at Kent LifeMother’s Day Afternoon TeaThis is the perfect opportunity to show your Mum just how special she is by treating her to an unforgettable afternoon tea and a fun-filled day that the whole family will enjoy.
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Friday, 22nd March 2024 - Friday, 22nd March 2024

Marylebone JellyMarylebone Jelly Big HitsGet ready for an amazing night of music and entertainment on the 22nd March 2024!
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Friday, 29th March 2024 - Sunday, 14th April 2024

Lambs in straw bedSpring into Easter!It’s our favourite time of year! Celebrate Easter and the baby boom that comes with Spring!
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Saturday, 27th April 2024 - Saturday, 27th April 2024

Beatles Tribute Band 'The Fab4'Beatles Tribute Band 'The Fab4'Are you a die-hard fan of The Beatles? Well, look no further because The Fab4 are here to bring back that classic Beatles sound!
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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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    Recent Reviews:

    • M8807TYamyf
      A great festive day!
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 20th December 2023
      Today we went for a Christmas experience, my kids absolutely loved it!! They got lovely gifts, every staff member was cheery and polite and there were lots for them to do. The elf show was our... Read full review
    • 516jonm
      Kent, United Kingdom
      Great Family Day Out
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 22nd December 2023
      A Great day out to see Santa. But maybe not quite as good as last years visit. Last year I'm pretty sure the kids received a letter before our trip. Not this year. The park was as good as always... Read full review
    • JANE S
      Disappointing for Xmas
      2 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 13th January 2024
      We visited here Christmas Eve. I was so excited as a real Christmas fanatic! I watched the video to promote Christmas at kent life, and thought that’s the place to go! I can’t explain how... 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.

    Opening Times

    2024 Opening (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
    DayTimes

    * Only open on weekends throughout January.

    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.

    Awards

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

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