Kent Life - Heritage Farm Park

Type:Museum

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

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Kent Life is re-opening on the 4th July! (Booking is essential). Know before you go and find out all the important information before you visit.

 

Kent Life are really excited to be able to welcome you back, and their team have been working hard behind the scenes to put new measures and procedures in place.

Saftey measures: 

  • Kent Life are operating a restricted the number of guests onsite per day
  • Kent Life will ask all guests (including members) to pre-book an arrival date/time online to help manage capacity
  • The number of hand washing facilities have been increased across the site
  • A one way system will be operated where necessary
  • Enhanced cleaning routines
  • Kent Life team will wear appropriate PPE where necessary
  • Kent Life catering outlets will provide a take-away service only
  • Some of the entertainment will be adapted to adhere to new distancing guidelines, and some activities may not be available at all at present

How you can help:

  • Book your arrival date and time online in advance
  • If you, or anyone in your household, is displaying flu-like symptoms, we kindly ask that you postpone your visit to another day
  • Please keep your distance from other groups/households, and follow the onsite signage
  • Make contactless payments where possible
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • Please clear your own rubbish from picnic areas – either use the bins provided, or take it home with you

 

Find answers to more frequently asked questions here.

 


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Some activities/entertainment may not currently be available. You are advised to check before visiting – there is more information here (and link to https://kentlife.org.uk/plan-your-visit/covid-know-before-you-go/)

 

Kent Life is a vibrant and fun destination with 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 be.

Each season brings something 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 and historic houses and 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.

Guide Prices

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

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

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.

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Opening Times

2020 Opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
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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