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What's on in Maidstone: 9 things to do this weekend on September 10 and 11

Friday 9th September 2016

The summer holidays may be over, but there's still plenty to see and do around Maidstone with fun for all the family.

This weekend's fab events include the Maidstone Mela - a celebration of music, dance and food from around the world - the Leeds Castle Food Festival and the chance to see inside beautiful and historic buildings as part of Heritage Open Days.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, have a great time!

Saturday, September 10

Leeds Castle Food Festival – A feast for foodies with demonstrations and displays by local food and drink producers including retailers, chefs and cookery schools plus wine tastings. Family-friendly fun with children’s activities including rides, garden games, story telling and face painting. There is live music with Silk Street Jazz and, of course, plenty to eat and drink with everything from gourmet burgers to fine cheeses – sweet and savoury crepes and Indian street food. Entry included with admission ticket. (Also Sunday). www.leeds-castle.com

Heritage Open Days - Corpus Christi Hall and The Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages. Rare opportunity to see inside the 12th century Corpus Christi Hall the Museum of Carriages in the medieval stables of the Archbishops Palace. Visit the museum for FREE (also Sunday). Also open is All Saints Church, St Michael and All Angels Church and there is a guided walk around  historic Mote Park. www.visitmaidstone.com or www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Hops N Harvest Beer Festival – Kent Life opens its doors to celebrate the great Kentish tradition of hop picking and BEER. There will be live music, the chance to try your hand at hop-picking and visit the last working coal-fired oast house in Britain. There will be some of 60 types of beer available to enjoy - but don't worry if beer isn’t your thing other refreshments, including cocktails, are on sale in the village hall bar where, as the sun sets you can relax in the Pimms Garden listening to live music. There are buses which run to the venue which mean you can leave the car behind. (Also on Sunday when the band Gentlemen of Few play from 5.30pm).

Record Fair – Hunt down rarities and bargains among the thousands of vinyl and CDs on sale as well as pick up some music memorabilia. 10am to 3pm. Free entry. Maidstone Baptist Church Hall, Knightrider Street.

Treasures From Trash – Showcasing upcycling and recycling from around the world with lots of family-friendly hands-on activities to try. Maidstone Museum.

The Southern Model Show  - at Headcorn Aerodrome (also Sunday). In association with Maidstone Model Flying Club will feature model aircraft, helicopters, ships, tank and other vehicles. The airfield also features parachuting, pleasure flights, balloon flights and the Lashenden Air Warfare Museum.

Sunday, September 11

Maidstone Mela - a street festival with music, singing, dancing and food from around the world at Mote Park. 11.30am to 4pm. Week Street and Jubilee Square. Performances including Four by Four Bhangra Dancers, Reel Eire Irish Dancers, Phase 5 Steel Band, Wolf’s Head Morris and Ronak Mela Brass Band and the Maidstone Nepalese Community Group. Add street food from around the world, street mime artists, stilt walkers, human statues and arts workshops for young people. www.maidstonemela.com

Heritage Open Days - rare chance to see inside the Gatehouse at Aylesford which has been extensively restored. The Friars is also hosting the Kent Classic Car Show with more than 500 original and restored cars.

Walk for Parkinson’s – A sponsored three or eight-mile walk through the Leeds Castle grounds. Staring at 9am, registration costs including a fundraising pack, T-shirt and medal. £10 adults, £5 children under 16. www.leeds-castle.com

If we haven't included your event be sure to let us know what's on by emailing diane@downsmail.co.uk

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