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 host of attractions on it's 28 acre site which offer a great family day out.  No matter whether your family are seeking nostalgia or want to discover more about animals, this is a great place to be.

Each season brings new and different things to do and see, so whenever you chose to visit there will be something different.  The now unique and only working coal-fired Oast House is fired up in the autumn for drying hops and the traditional process of beer making begins.  There are lots of family friendly farm animals, play and picnic areas, wonderful vintage tea room and historic houses and buildings to explore. 

The easy to reach location, just off the M20 at Junction 6, makes Kent Life Heritage Farm Attraction easily accessible by car or from Maidstone East Station, either catch the boat or it is a short taxi ride.

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, as the walls seem to have absorbed the sense of community and magic, through the celebrations which they have shared.

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 visitors. The Kent Owl Academy is now resident – take time out to visit the 12 different species, along with two 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. 

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.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£9.95 per ticket
Child (3 - 15)£8.25 per ticket
Concession£8.95 per ticket
Family (2+2)£32.95 per ticket
Under 3Free

Annual membership, group rates and off-peak rates also available.

Events

Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Friday, 31st May 2019

The lamb show at half term at Kent Life Maidstone.Baa-rilliant Half Term featuring The Sheep ShowThis May Half Term at Kent Life, join our entertainers across the site in our animal themed activities! New for 2019 – catch the popular Sheep Show at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
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Sunday, 30th June 2019 - Sunday, 30th June 2019

Family day out at the dog show at Kent Life, Maidstone.Family Dog ShowEnter the classes for £1.50 and win a rosette for your canine friend! Judging commences at 12 noon – and the judge will be Suzanne Crow.
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Wednesday, 24th July 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Coming face to face with the goats at Kent Life.Summer Holiday Fun- Animal AnticsIt’s all about the animals this summer, with a range of NEW Big Top shows all included within the admission price. Don’t forget to check out the Animal Antics show too with Kent Life's livestock team.
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Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Saturday, 3rd August 2019

Peter Rabbit comes to Kent Life for the first time for family fun!See Peter Rabbit! - Kent LifeFamily favourite Peter Rabbit is making his debut at Kent Life this summer! He’ll be appearing at intervals throughout the day from 10.30am – 5.30pm.
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Monday, 26th August 2019 - Monday, 26th August 2019

Try and buy different great tasting ice creams at Kent Life, Maidstone. Ice Cream FestivalKent Life welcomes back the Ice Cream Festival! Sample tasters from the ice cream vendors, or visit the chocolatiers and sweet stalls. There will be over 20 fabulous flavours of ice cream to try and buy with full details coming soon! Don’t forget to visit the toppings station to finish off your ice...
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Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Sunday, 8th September 2019

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, 5th October 2019 - Sunday, 6th October 2019

Apple and Cider FayreKent Life boasts many varieties of apple, which will be hand picked from their historic orchards just days before the festival. Up to 35 varieties of the apples will be on sale over the weekend to try & buy, some varieties even date back to the 1500’s!
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Friday, 11th October 2019 - Friday, 11th October 2019

Psychic Audience Evening with Marcus CinganelliMarcus’ shows are full of energy, humour and outstanding accuracy, making for a truly entertaining and thought-provoking evening.
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Saturday, 19th October 2019 - Sunday, 27th October 2019

Halloween 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, 2nd November 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Fireworks SpectacularBe stunned by the fire breathers lighting the mesmerising bonfire and witness the countdown to the spectacular firework display. Join Kent Life in this momentous celebration to mark the end of a great season and the beginning their our winter festivities.
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Sunday, 24th November 2019

Soldiers congregating.Christmas on the Home FrontStep back into yesteryear and re-live the festive season in the 1940’s.
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Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Tuesday, 24th December 2019

Father Christmas' grotto. Experience Christmas at Kent LifeCome along and join in the festive fun. Jump on board Kent Life's Land Train driven by the Head Elf and hear the Christmas tales, don’t forget to grab your chance to meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto and take home a special gift.
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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
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

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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

2019 Opening (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes

* 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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