Much bigger and better for 2017 – taking everything that was great about the Original Beer Festival and adding to it a bigger live music programme, with new stages, venues and entertainment!
The original Hops ‘n’ Harvest Beer Festival is steeped in tradition and has been running for over 30 years now.
For 2017, welcome the Hops and Harvest Boutique Festival – taking everything that was great about the previous festival; Kentish ales, local produce, hop picking and community activity and adding to it a bigger live music programme with new stages, new venues and some fantastic new entertainment all round – together with some VIP experiences.
It’s not your average weekend in the country – it’s an amazing one!
Our music policy is Indie, Folk, Soul, RnB, Ska – perfect for those lazy summer days and lively summer nights, but definitely something for everyone.
Main Stage – Starsailor will be headlining the Main Stage on Saturday 9th, with Newton Faulkner headlining on Sunday 10th. Toploader also play on Sunday 10th, an additional host of named artists will be announced shortly.
The Big Top will showcase an array of local and regional talent, and definitely some artists to watch out for the future.
The Secret Garden Stage is a hidden gem with acoustic sets all day.
The Hipshaker Lounge in the Village Hall will be filled with vintage sounds on all original vinyl from some of the best collections in the land, played by awesome DJs with pure passion for the music.
We will still have the well-stocked Kentish Ales Marquee to tempt you in and tickle your tastebuds, together with other bars will full bar service and options.
The Hipshaker Lounge will be a living tribute to the 60s, a retro vibe, well-stocked bar, with pitchers and a themed cocktail or two served by fun and friendly staff.
Find the delightfully decadent Zebra Bar & Champagne Garden, with a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces with seating and of course, perfectly chilled champagne, right next door to the Secret Garden Stage.
We are introducing some delicious food stalls and street food options along with our own tasty menu served from Dotty’s Tea Room, and our Wood Fired Pizza Oven in the Garden.
Escape to The Bohemian Woods, home to ‘Wish Upon a Star’ wishing trees. Come inside, make a wish, write it down, tie it to a tree, sprinkle with fairy dust as you make it come true! Relax and stretch out on the rugs and hammocks as you soak up the idyllic atmosphere of the festival with the family and kids.
In addition, there will be treasure hunts and story-telling and a touch of culture at every corner. Plus all the awesome things Kent Life offer on an everyday visit too; cuddle corner, indoor and outdoor play areas for children; a perfect occasion to get at least three generations together for a fabulous weekend.
The festival began as a celebration of the humble hop – something that we are still keen to honour today. Have a go at picking the hops by hand, fill the bushels, and enjoy the pleasant aroma as the Oast House is brought back into working life for one weekend only. Take a peek round the Hoppers Huts, where previous generations would have enjoyed their summer holidays.
Don your hop crown and enjoy traditional entertainment with the Pearly Kings and Queens.
The Live & Local area of the festival also allows you access to the Kentish Ales Marquee, and to the Big Top stage, which will play host to a variety of local musical talent. There are a limited number of tickets per day available for the Live & Local area – and these tickets are most suited to those that wish to try their hand at hop picking, or to sample a variety of Kentish ales. Please note – these tickets do not cover the Main Stage and many of the additional entertainment areas.
Cabaret Noir is the place to be, and to be seen; although only for those with VIP tickets, to enjoy a taste of the unusual, frivolity, music and dance, coupled with exquisite cocktails with a touch of theatre, of course, all with an evening MC; in sumptuous surroundings.
The programme hots up at night with a Burlesque Show, a close up table magician, a few surprises, and the best club sounds around.
The perfect VIP experience for adults only.
Tickets are available per day, or for the weekend.
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One Day Tickets
Live & Local Tickets (valid for one day, Midday – 6pm only)
These tickets are limited, and only allow access to the Live & Local area of the festival (they do not cover The Main Stage and many other entertainment areas). For access all areas, please ensure you purchase a standard day or weekend ticket. These tickets are most suited to those who wish to experience hop picking or are Real Ale enthusiasts.
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Please note – all bookings are made subject to these Terms & Conditions.
To book Kent Life member tickets, please call 01622 763936.
Group rates (15 or more) are available for Live & Local tickets only, please call 01622 763936.
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The festival will be open from Midday – 11pm on both days.
You are encouraged to make use of public transport from Maidstone, as there is limited onsite parking.