What’s on in Ashford Kent and ‘Roundabout’.

What’s on in Ashford Kent is your guide to gigs, events and things to do in Ashford and the surrounding area.

Welcome to TiA’s what’s on in Ashford, Kent, covering events, gigs and things to do in Ashford and the surrounding area ‘Roundabout’ over the coming weeks. So if you’re ever wondering what’s going on or looking for something to do then our ‘Roundabout’ guide is for you.
Right, let’s get started –

What’s on in Ashford Kent and Roundabout in August…

A Holiday Things to do / Event for the kids…

Tuesday 20th August:
Football Holiday Course delivered by Charlton Athletic FC Trust.
For children ages 5 to 15.
At Pitchside, Stanhope Road, Ashford TN23 5RQ. 9am to 3pm.
The cost is £10 for the day. Details and Booking link here

Tuesday 20th August:
FREE
security bike marking being carried out throughout Ashford today. So if you haven’t got your bicycle security marked yet, here is your chance. Just turn up with your bike.
1pm to 2.45pm @ Stanhope Ball Court /
3pm to 4.45pm @ Sk8side Youth Centre /
5pm to 6.45pm @ Victoria Park Playground.

Wednesday 21st August:
EVENT – Hythe Venetian Fete, The Canal, Hythe CT21 5NJ. This excellent biannual event returns this year to the banks of the Royal Military Canal. Gates open at 4pm, for a 5pm start. Attended by thousands, there is family fun, live music, entertainment and of course the floats parade along the canal. All finished off with an impressive firework display (usually around 9.30pmish). Admission is £12 adults, £6 children. There is parking available on Hythe green which is £5.

Thursday 22nd August:
Making in the Meadow @ Singleton Environment Centre, Ashford
No need to book, £4 per child, £2 per sibling. Pebble painting, Mask making, Head dresses, bracelets, Nature mobile making. Indoors if it rains. Times – 11am to 12pm, 12.30pm to 1.30pm, 2pm to 3pm. The choice is up to you.

Thursday 22nd August:
EVENT – Pub Quiz @ The White Horse, Chilham. 7.30pm £2 per person, max.6 per team. 1st prize – £70, 2nd prize £30.

The weekend starts here…

Friday 23rd August:
GIG – The Patinas @ The Glasshouse, Town Centre, Ashford TN24 8SL 9pm

Friday 23rd August:
GIG – Live @ The Windmill, Hythe Road, Ashford TN24 0QR 9pm

Friday 23rd August:
GIG – Live Jazz @ The White Horse, Chilham CT4 8BY 8pm

Saturday 24th August:
Crafts Garden Party @ Park Mall, Ashford Town Centre. 10am to 2pm. A free event with face painting, eco bricking, bug hotel & bird feeder crafts, flower & fabric crafts. All with added treats from The Little Teapot.

Saturday 24th August:
Makers Market @ Elwick Place, Ashford. 11am to 3pm.

Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th & Monday 26th August:
EVENT – Happening ’roundabout’ in Hythe is the very popular We Love Hythe Food Festival. This year it has moved to its new location on Hythe Green, Hythe CT21 6JB. All starting on the Saturday at 11am (and again for the Sunday & Monday) The venue will be packed with artisan food stalls to delight your taste buds. Along with a number of other stalls and entertainments, there is also live acts and music to keep you entertained through day(s).

Saturday 24th August:
EVENT – Friction Fire Day & Bushcraft with Blackwolf Survival, Ashford. an all day event from 9.30 to 4.30pm, come and learn to make fire with just sticks and other bushcraft. set within 150 acres of woodland. Bring your own lunch but refreshments are provided together with a fire if you wish to cook your lunch. Cost is £50 per person (min age 12), under 16 must be accompanyed by an adult. Book 2 for £90. Information on the day and location details on booking. You can book online here

Saturday 24th August:
Summer Psychic Fayre @ Shakra Centre, Charing TN27 0EY
Running from 11am through to 4pm, there’s a whole host of things to do and try. Beauty treatments, therapies, psychic readings, stalls and more. There is an onsite cafe as well as a crystal shop. Lunches start at 12pm. There is free parking and disabled facilities. The Shakra Centre Fayre is set within beautiful woodland grounds.

Saturday 24th August:
Sandgate Sea & Food Festival. Sandgate Seafront, Sandgate. 7.00pm till late. The popular event returns for the bank holiday. The evening has Pop Nation playing tunes all evening, followed by a great fireworks display to round off the night, approx. 9.00pm. There’s also numorous food stalls and more going on.

Watch a movie under the stars…

Saturday 24th August:
EVENT – The Outdoor Cinema Experience – Top Gun @ Frittenden Cricket Club, Staplehurst Road, Frittenden TN17 2ED. A pop up cinema for friends and family where you can experience the sight and sounds of this classic 80’s film on a huge screen. With an onsite bar, lots of fresh popcorn, free parking, hot and cold food, tea/coffee. there is also a Virtual Reality Experience where you can step into the shoes of a fighter pilot, available to all ticket holders over 12. Advance tickets a must to avoid disappointment, although there may be some tickets available on the day. ticket prices range from £12.80 to £14.50. You can buy tickets here

Saturday 24th August:
GIG – Open mic night with CJ & friends @ The White Horse, Chilham CT4 8BY 8pm

Another festival…

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August:
EVENT – The Wooden Man Micro Festival @ Timber Batts Pub & Forge, Bodsham. It’s the 2nd one of a kind festival at a one of a kind pub. All kicks off at 12pm Saturday. With live bands performing on the purpose built outdoor stage with dub & ska in the Red Room. There’s also a mini beer,cider and ale festival together with a range of activities such as a catapult range. Also a number of craft stalls. It’s also a child friendly event so suitable for families. tickets available by telephone – call The Timber Batts on 01233 750 083. All profits from the weekend go to McMillan Cancer.

Sunday 25th August:
Sandgate Sea & Food Festival (part 2) @ Sandgate seafront, Sandgate. Starting at 11am until 5pm. Today sees entertainment for all ages including numerous stalls, workshops, Punch & Judy, Gurkha Dancers, “Marsh Vintage Amusements.” live music provided by KL Music, “Days Gone By,” Saltdash Ukulele Group, Mr Zenn, and “The U3a Shepway Swing Band.”

Sunday 25th August:
EVENT – It’s all White @Cameo Ashford, TN23 1EZ. 10pm to 4am. Featuring an all white ball pit, one of the UK’s largest ball pits, and having an all white night with a twist. Free entry and 50% off all drinks before 11pm. With three rooms of amazing music – pop & party, House,Dance & EDM with Urban, R&B and HipHop in the third room.

Monday 26th August:
EVENT – Ice Cream Festival. Happening ‘Roundabout’ at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3AU. A great day out for all ice cream lovers. you can sample a number of ice creams and other sweet treats. Open from 10am to 6pm, £9.95 adults, £8.25 3-15yrs. Family tickets available (2+2) £32.95.

Tuesday 27th August/Wednesday 28th/Thursday 29th August:
Football Summer Camp @ Homelands Football Ground, Ashford.
10am to 3pm £15 for each day or £40 for the three days. Open to children, whether attending for one day or all three. Bring own packed lunch & drink. To book call BarryFuller on 07747 378 804 or email barryfuller@ashfordunitedfc.com

And for the last weekend…

Friday 30th August:
Summer Dance Party @ Stag Coffee House, Ashford Town Centre. Doors open 7.30pm. Back at it with the Bachata steps! Enjoy learning BEGINNERS BACHATA and then put your new skills into action in the freestyle afterwards. Our DJ for the evening Bruno Mukuze from The Boombox UK. You’ll even get to chance to dance to his brother Fennie L Mukuze latest tracks recently performed at Create AshfordFesitival! Amazing food & drinks available on the night by our wonderful hosts at Stag Coffee! Look out for the Summer themed cocktails! ▪️ Beginners Bachata Workshop: 8-9pm ▪️ Freestyle Bachata, Salsa and so much more! 9 – 10:30pm DRESS CODE: In the name of Caribou Dance wear something PURPLE. Comfortable shoes and smart/casual clothing (light weight cotton recomended). TICKETS: £12pp for the whole night! LIMITED SPACES so be quick to BOOK! Private event, no tickets sold on the door.

Friday 30th August:
EVENT – The sixties Road Show (A Tribute) @ Sandyacres Sports & Social Club, Kennington, Ashford TN25 4PE. Tickets are £10 each. Starts at 8.45pm. Telephone 01233 627373

Saturday 31st August:
EVENT – The Great British Bark Off @ The Bandstand Ashford Town Centre. 12pm to 5pm. For dog & cake lovers everywhere, a family event by Love Ashford – Full Details here

Saturday 31st August:
GIG – Williams & The Root Collective@The Windmill, Hythe Road, Ashford Tn24 0QR 9pm to 11pm

Saturday 31st August:
GIG – Pseudo Stereo @ The Glasshouse, Town Centre, Ashford TN24 8SL

That’s all for now, but check back regularly for updates on what’s on in Ashford Kent and ‘Roundabout’.

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