Kent Life - Heritage Farm Park

Type:Museum

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

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Child with a goat at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park

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Kent Life will be opening on the 12th April. To manage capacity, bookings MUST be made online before visiting (including members). Bookings can be made 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.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (Temp reduced price)£9.00 per ticket
Child (3 - 15) (Temp reduced price)£8.00 per ticket
Concession (Temp reduced price)£8.00 per ticket
Family (2+2) (Temp reduced price)£30.00 per ticket
Under 3Free

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

Events

Monday, 30th August 2021 - Monday, 30th August 2021

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 40 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, 11th September 2021 - Sunday, 12th September 2021

Hop n' Harvest festival, 2 men with hops and beer.Hop n' Harvest Beer FestivalWe are looking forward to the return of this fabulous, family friendly festival in 2020. Visitors can join in with the traditional hand-picking of hops, as well as meeting historical characters from Kent’s past. You can also sample up to 40 varieties of locally brewed ales and ciders while…
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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:

    • Elle_laine
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Great day
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 26th July 2021
      Lovely day in this location, perfect for little ones with various activities and attractions. Children enjoyed farm animals, bouncy castle, playground, softplay, tractor tours, owl shows, poney... Read full review
    • kentishmum
      West Malling, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Great place for a family day out.
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 1st August 2021
      We had a great day at Kent Life. As a family of 5 with 9yr old, 3yr old and a baby the place offered a good selection of various activities. Feeding the animals and visiting old cottages, a choice of... Read full review
    • Ryan K
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Average
      2 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 1st August 2021
      Fairly average. Looking a bit tired and dated. Cakes were good from the cafe and big top show was worth a watch. Wouldn’t rush back, unfortunately not in the same league as other farm parks we have... 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

    2021 Opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
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    2021 Opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
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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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