8th - 9th September

Hops ‘n’ Harvest Beer Festival

Enjoy the ‘festini’ atmosphere with a variety of live and local music! Join us in the beer tent to sample up to 60 varieties of beer and cider. See the last Coal fired Oast House in Britain and have a go at picking our hops by hand.

The popular festival returns to its roots in 2018. 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 60 varieties of locally brewed ales and ciders while absorbing the fantastic live music programme.

Take time to visit one of the last working coal-fired oast houses in the country, and witness the hop-making process from picking to drying. There’s also fantastic entertainment from the Pearly Kings and Queens.

There will be plenty of live and local musical entertainment from established Kent acts alongside some bright upcoming stars too. Children’s favourite Sooty will be performing shows in the Big Top, perfect for families. For the first time, Kent Life members can enter the Hops ‘n’ Harvest Festival for free.

The Music

Our music line-up for this years festival will concentrate on local, home-grown talent.

We are currently finalising our acts, and we look forward to sharing news of them with you soon.

 

Beer & Refreshments

We will have our well-stocked Kentish Ales Marquee to tempt you in and tickle your tastebuds, showcasing some of Kent’s finest products from our many local breweries. You can also be sure to find a wide and varied selection of tasty cider.

The Village Hall will provide a full service bar, take time out and relax with a summery Pimm’s, a glass of something bubbly or a jug of something super.

 

There will be a variety of food stalls along with our own tasty menu served from Dotty’s Tea Room, and our Wood Fired Oven in the Pizza Garden.

Fun for all the family - PLUS SOOTY!

The Sooty ShowNew for the festival for 2018 – come and see Sooty and friends in the Big Top* – there will be all kinds of magical mayhem with one of the nations favourite bears.

In addition, there will be 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.

*Please note: tickets for the Sooty show will be issued on a first come-first served basis as capacity is limited. Unfortunately, these are not available to pre-book.

Hop Picking

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.

 

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale by 1st March 2018 – we will keep you updated via our Facebook pages.

Early booking discounts of 50% will be available for a limited time, and for the first time, Kent Life members can visit for FREE (please pre-book free member tickets online).

Group rates (15 or more) are available, please call 01622 763936.

The Necessary Info

Opening Times

Saturday 8th September: 10am – 11pm

Sunday 9th September: 10am – 6pm

 

You are encouraged to make use of public transport from Maidstone, as there is limited onsite parking.