7th - 8th 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 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.




We are looking forward to the return of this fabulous, family friendly festival in 2019. 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 50 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 Basil Brush will be performing shows in the Big Top, perfect for families. There will be no price increase this year, and for the second year running, 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. There are two great stages – the Main Stage located at the top of the site near to the beer tent, and the Acoustic Stage which is located in the Family Play zone at the bottom of the hill. Both will showcase fabulous live music.

We will welcome the return of a live DJ to The Village Hall from 7pm on Saturday 7th.

Check out our fabulous line up!



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.

New for 2019 – check out the Gin bar – ideal if beer and cider aren’t your thing.

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 BASIL BRUSH!

The family Big Top entertainment will this year be provided by Basil Brush! This cheeky fox is sure to entertain and delight children of all ages (and big kids too!)

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 Basil Brush 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.



Ticket Prices – Saturday 7th September
No price increase for 2019 – Book online and save!

Gate Price ONLINE – save 10%
Adult £12.00 £10.80
Child (3-15) £9.00 £8.10
Concession £11.00 £9.90
Family (2+2) £37.00 £33.30
Under 3s FREE FREE
Kent Life Members FREE FREE

Ticket Prices – Sunday 8th September
No price increase for 2019 – Book online and save!

Gate Price ONLINE – SAVE 10%
Adult £9.95 £8.95
Child (3-15) £8.25 £7.40
Concession £8.95 £8.05
Family (2+2) £32.95 £29.65
Under 3s FREE FREE
Kent Life Members FREE FREE


Group rates (15 or more) are available, please call 01622 763936. Kent Life members can visit for FREE (please pre-book free member tickets online).

The Necessary Info

Opening Times

Saturday 7th September: 10am – 10pm (last admission 7pm)

Sunday 8th September: 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)


Many of the stalls and activities, including the token and glass sales in the main beer marquee, operate on a CASH only basis. We do not have a cash machine facility onsite, so please ensure you come prepared.

We do allow dogs at this event as long as they are well behaved, on short leads and are cleaned up after. Unfortunately, they are not allowed in the catering areas, cuddle corner or the Kent Owl Academy (as they may inadvertently upset the birds).

Smoking/vaping is not permitted inside of any of our buildings including the Big Top. We would ask that you use the designated smoking areas and ashtrays provided.