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

Sunday, 16th June 2024 - Sunday, 16th June 2024

Dad holding a baby feeding a calfAn Afternoon with Dad - Father's DayDads are truly special, and what better way to show them how much we appreciate them than by treating them to an afternoon of delicious snacks, a refreshing pint, and a fun-filled day for the whole family!
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Saturday, 24th August 2024 - Monday, 26th August 2024

Woman handing over ice cream to child at Kent Life's Ice Cream Festival 2023Ice Cream Festival 2024Kent Life welcomes back the Ice Cream Festival. Sample tasters from their ice cream vendors, or visit the other confectionery stalls.
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Saturday, 7th September 2024 - Sunday, 8th September 2024

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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Friday, 25th October 2024 - Friday, 1st November 2024

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, 2nd November 2024 - Sunday, 3rd November 2024

Fireworks over oast housesFireworks SpectacularEnjoy some fabulous fire performances before the spectacular firework show
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Friday, 29th November 2024 - Tuesday, 24th December 2024

Father Christmas' grotto. Experience Christmas at Kent LifeA festive extravaganza awaits you at our Christmas Experience! Get ready to say “Ho Ho Ho!” as you embark on a magical journey.
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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 Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Sophie W
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Great day out
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 15th April 2024
      Me and my family enjoyed a lovely time looking and feeding all the animals St the farm. Lovely place to go as a day out. Can't wait to go again! Read full review
    • ianwW2488XN
      Maidstone, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Tired and disappointing
      2 of 5 stars
      Friday, 10th May 2024
      Visited on a Thursday lunchtime and was immediately surprised how tired and under maintained the place is since our last visit many years ago it’s definitely not the place i remember going to with my... Read full review
    • DMT1982
      Maidstone, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Entertainment is first class.
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 28th May 2024
      We recently purchased an annual ticket after enjoying our visit so much in the Easter holidays. There is lots to do come rain or shine, we especially enjoyed the entertainment team who put on such... 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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