Kent’s Big Day Out

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Dover castle

Dover castle

This is just to let you all know that, for the 4th year in a row, Visit Kent and Kent County Council will be organising the Big Day Out on Saturday March 27th. So why, might you ask, am I telling you this so far in advance? The answer is that tickets for all the events are available from this Friday, February 26th and if you want some of the free tickets it is better to move faster rather than think about it. But it is only for those who live in Kent and you may need to be able to show that you live in the county

For those of you are unaware of what the Big Day Out is then here is a quick summary. On this day there are 17,000 free tickets at 127 attractions right throughout Kent. Last year 10,000 of the free tickets went on the first day alone so you do really have to move quickly if you are after one of the more popular attractions. Only 2 free tickets are allowed per family and they are available from 10am on this Friday. All you have to do is go to www.kentbigdayout or one of the 19 tourist information centres in the county ( for a list of locations) and most are on a first come, first served basis.

Included amongst the attractions are castles like Leeds, Dover, Tonbridge, Scotney, Upnor and Rochester, Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals and Chatham’s Historic Dockyard. Then there is Sissinghurst. Penshurst and Howlett’s Wild Animal Park. The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is included as is the Kent & East Sussex.

That Kent County Council, Visit Kent or whoever has mentioned to persuade all the different bodies like the National Trust, RSPB and others to co-operate is an achievement in itself. If such a scheme can be done here, why not in other counties? As both a small loyalty device for residents and a publicity drive to make Kent residents more aware of what they have on their doorstep, the only problem it faces is a likely shortage of free tickets!

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