Kent – The Garden of England

The Garden of England has a stunning collection of castles and historic houses that is bigger than any other county in the country, a thrilling maritime heritage that holds onto thousands of years of history. Easy to explore with a variety of accommodation and places to visit there is no better time than to visit the Garden of England than now. Read below to see what’s happening this Christmas and in 2012 for Kent.

With less than a year till the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Kent is proud to be one of the host counties of the Paralympics. Brands Hatch is hosting the Paralympics Road Cycling Event taking place from 5th – 8th September 2012. Kent will also take part in the Olympic Torch Relay in Dover on the 18th July before the flame makes its way to Leeds Castle on the 19th passing through many destinations within Kent along the way!

2012 also will see Kent celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. Throughout the year there will be a number of events and activities to celebrate his 200 years. The Museum of London will also be showcasing a Charles Dickens exhibition from December 2011 – June 2012 with 3D photographs, visual effects, costumes, manuscripts and much more so we can remember his stories and how many of London’s and Kent’s destinations inspired him to write so many of his stories.

With Christmas closer than we think you might want to start thinking about things to do this year to celebrate the festivities. There is the Dickens Christmas Market in Rochester that is set overlooking the River Medway near the Victorian high streets. The Christmas market will be an enjoyable experience with the castles walls illuminated in Christmas colours, trees covered in twinkling lights, roasted chestnuts and an array of hand crafted and festive treats and presents for you to buy. Along with street entertainers, music and Dickensian characters we can guarantee you will have a wonderful time. The market is open from 30th November – 18th December 2011.

If you don’t fancy Rochester’s Christmas market there is always Canterbury Cathedral where you could attend one of the many heavenly Christmas services they provide. If church isn’t your thing how about a brewery tour with Shepherd Neame to take a look behind the scenes of Britain’s oldest brewer with the chance to sample some mulled beer and mince pies! Not forgetting there is always Hever Castle, Leeds Castle or Penshurst place to go and get involved within the Christmas spirit with plenty of activities and attractions to visit throughout the festive period.

So with all that in mind there isn’t a better time than now to start planning your visit to Kent and see for yourself why The Garden of England is known for its beautiful heritage and gardens.