Village Diary

This page is to keep you up to date with events around Marden parish (in black) and a little beyond (in blue). If you know of an event that is not listed, please email the diary editor
Places to visit outside Marden are grouped together at the foot of this page.

1. Regular Events

Church Services on Sundays  – See 'Current Services' for more details.
Every Tuesday
2.30 Sporting Memories, Marden Cricket & Hoskey Club
Every Wednesday in term time
9.30–11.30am 'Little Fishes' playgroup, Vestry Hall
Every Friday
10am  Coffee Morning in the Vestry Hall
Every Saturday
2.00 pm Marden Walking Group walks from the Library (approx 2–3 miles)
Library Opening Hours 'Jubilation' exhibition by Marden Historical Society

2. Diary Dates

Wednesday 10 August 7.00 Marden in Bloom AGM, Marden Village Club

Sunday 14 August 3.30 Cream Teas, Vicarage Garden

Monday 15 August 12.30 Community Lunch, Vestry Hall

15 – 26 August Elmer the Elephant on display at Marden Library

Sunday 21 August 3.30 Cream Teas, Vicarage Garden

Sunday 28 August 3.30 Cream Teas, Vicarage Garden

Thursday 1 September 2.30 Come & Sing, Vestry Hall

Sunday 4 September 3.30 Cream Teas, Vicarage Garden

Saturday 10 September
     8.30 Men's Breakfast, West End Tavern
     All day - Ride & Stride for Kent churches

Sat 10 – Sun 11 September Art in the Garden, Mill Farm House, Hunton Road

Wednesday 14 September7.30 Mothers' Union Communion, Church

Thursday 15 September 2.30 Come & Sing, Vestry Hall

Sat 17 – Sun 18 Bowls Club Finals competitions

Sunday 18 September 3.30 Messy Church, Vestry Hall

Monday 19 September 12.30 Community Lunch, Vestry Hall

Saturday 24 September
     9.00–12.00 Bulb Sale outside One Stop shop
     7.30 pm Lions Barn Dance, Matfield Village Hall

Sunday 25 September - Marden Church Patronal Festival
     10.30 Patronal festival Parish Communion
     3.00 East peckham Silver Band Concert, Church

Wednesday 28 September 7.30 Marden Society, Vestry Hall

Thursday 29 September 2.30 Come & Sing, Vestry Hall

Saturday 1 October Scarecrow Safari

Saturday 12 November 8.30 Men's Breakfast, West End Tavern

Monday 17 October 12.30 Community Lunch, Vestry Hall

Wednesday 26 October 7.30 Marden Society, Vestry Hall

Saturday 17 November 7.30 Cranbrook Choral Concert, St Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

Wednesday 23 November 7.30 Marden Society, Vestry Hall

3. Places to visit with children

Adventure Kidz, Aylesford

Allhallows beach Allington Lock next to Kent Life. It's a lovely wander by the river, has a big beefeater style pub and you can jump on a little boat to take a trip to Maidstone and back.
Badgers Hill Farm
Bedgebury pinetum
Bewel Water
Bluewater nature trail
Bodiam Castle
Botany Bay
Broaditch Farm
Buttercups goat sanctuary
Buzy bees, New Ash
Canterbury Cathedral web site
Capstone Park
Chatham Dockyard - currently has Lego through the ages.....
Cheeky Dino, Maidstone
Chatam Ski Centre, there's the toboggan run and sometimes the inflatable donuts on the mini slope. It's right next to Capstone Park
Cliffe Pools is amazing
Cobtree Park - next to Kentlife (big play park £1.50 parking).
Curleys Farm
Danson Park - has play park & water play
Dartford Central park is free! Mini splash play area.
Dover Castle
Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells
Drusillas, near Alfrqiston
Eagle Heights
Eltham Palace grounds are free.
Eynesford stream
Folkestone Lower Leas coastal Park and the fountains at Folkestone harbour make a good free day out
Folkestone Museum
Friars Aylesford
Gillingham Strand
Godstone Farm
Guildhall Museum in Rochester
Grain seaside is always good
Gravesend has the fort gardens. Chantry House Museum is free and the bunker tunnels are £1! There's the prom and the park. A little cafe. A pretty, short walk around. It's lovely there. It's also part of the wheels of time trail around Kent.
Greenwich Ecology Park is free and often has special events in the holidays
Groombridge place Hall place - lovely, free to enter and beautiful grounds. Lots of trees and shade plus a little stream running through it
Hemsley Conservation Centre
Herne Bay - good for crabbing
Huguenot Museum - Quite small but might be interesting, particularly to older children, and is part of the Wheels of Time
Hobbledown Farm Hop Farm
Howletts Wildlife Animal Park
Hythe has a flat promenade perfect for bikes and scooters.
Jeskyns Park
Kearsney Abbey is a fab day
Kent Life
Kingsdown beach
Leeds castle
Little Fant Farm, Little Street, Maidstone
Loose village stream
Lower Leas costal Folkestone
Lullingston Country Park
Maidstone Family Nature Trail, Allington to Teston
Maidstone Leisure Centre - has soft play and Ice Hills. It's also right next to Mote Park in Maidstone so great for a morning of activity then a picnic and a wander in the fresh air
Maidstone Museum  web site.
Manor Park
Marsh Farm Marsh Maze and fun yard
Milton Creek country park
Minis Bay
Monkeybizz, Medway
Mote Park
Oxleas Woods is lovely
Penenden Heath play area and woods
Rare Breeds Centre , Woodchurch
Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre - Younger children may be bored, but older ones who can listen to the audio commentary and read the panels might find it interesting. Really good for any kids learning about Romans.
Riverside Park
Rochester Castle
Rochester Cathedral web site
Ruxley Manor - check out events
Shorne Woods Country Park
Southwater country park. Has a mini beach, dinosaurs, kids park etc and it’s free
Swanley Park
Teapot Island, Yalding
Temple Manor (weekends only)
Teston Park
Tilgate Park (fantastic)
Trosley Park - lots of shade (Trottiscliffe)
Tyland Barn - Kent wildlife trust
Union Windmill, Cranbrook
Upnor castle
Walmer paddling pool
Wildwood, between Canterbury & Herne
Wingham Wildlife Park
Woodland Trust, Bearsted

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