Kent Big Weekend

Don't miss your chance to win free tickets

Visit Kent’s Big Weekend is back for 2018 with thousands of free tickets up for grabs to many popular attractions and hidden gems over the weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March.

The chance to apply for tickets is open to Kent residents until Sunday 11th March and you will hear shortly after if you've been successful. For full terms and conditions see the website 

This is a great opportunity to see and experience some of Thanet's amazing hidden gems for FREE.

Visit the personal church and burial place of the famous architect Augustus Pugin and Shrine to St Augustine, scream to go faster to Dreamland or solve the escape puzzle at Real Life Games 

Below is a list of the Thanet attractions you could enjoy for free.


Drapers Windmill
19th Century Smock windmill restored in 1970s 

Dreamland (Taking part 30th March and 1st April)  
The UK's original pleasure park that'll give guests food, fun, thrills and good times

• Hornby Visitor Centre
See and interact with Britain's best loved toys - Hornby, Airfix, Corgi and Scalextric

Margate Museum
Discover Margate: island, sea-bathing machines, paddle-steamers, shipwrecks and day-trippers in the old police station

Shell Grotto
Kent's greatest mystery: discovered by chance in 1835, the subterranean wonder of the Shell Grotto, decorated with 4.6 million shells

The Walpole Bay Hotel
Period displays and exhibits throughout the hotel, plus the napery - art on linen napkins

Tudor House
Thought to be one of the oldest of  its kind in Kent, built around 1525. A rare example of a Tudor transitional house


Crampton Tower Museum
Museum dedicated to Thomas Crampton, celebrating buses, trams and railwayana

Dickens House Museum (24th only)
Explore Charles Dickens relationship with Broadstairs through his letters and personal items in the home that was the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield

Gadds Ramsgate Brewery (24th only) 
The Gadds, modern brewers of East Kent, create fresh, local ale at their Ramsgate Brewery, selling in cask and bottle to licensed outlets in the area


Pugin's Church and Shrine of St Augustine
The personal church and burial place of the famous architect Augustus Pugin. It is also the Shrine of St Augustine of England

Ramsgate Blitz Walks (25th only)
Relive the dark days of Ramsgate during WWII

Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival 2018 (24th only)
Chance to see the screening of the winning film

Ramsgate Tunnels
Two miles of bomb-proof, deep shelter tunnels built to protect civilians during WWII

Real Life Games
Immersive, themed games rooms for the detective/hero in everyone, offering a thriller movie or treasure hunt 


Heli Charter (25th only) 
Enjoy a flight around the spectacular coastline

Jungle Jims
Fantastic indoor and outdoor play area for children aged 1 to 11 years

Monkton Nature Reserve
Woodland quarry trails with chalk grassland and Astronomical observatories

Powell-Cotton Museum
Fine regency country house with a stunning world-class private museum filled with objects and animals from Africa and Asia

• Quex Paintballing
Equipped with your laser gun, venture in to the woods to battle the opposing team

RAF Manston History Museum 
Museum based on the history of the airfield from 1916 to present day, including aircraft and artefacts from WWI

For a full list of attractions taking place across Kent visit