Seasonal Fun in Ashford 

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Whatever time of year you choose to come and stay with us at the Ashford International Hotel,  there’s always plenty of things to do in and around Ashford. Here are some of our favourites for each season… 


The Small World Festival (30 minute drive)
The small world festival comes to Headcorn near Ashford in May. It’s a five-day celebration of sustainable living and creativity, encompassing music of all kinds, arts and crafts, workshops, speakers on all kinds of topics, and teens and children’s spaces. Performers, artists, jesters and magicians rub shoulders with families and party goers for a festival dedicated to environmental awareness.  

No dogs allowed sadly, but everyone else can see more here. 


Spring blossom 
The area round Ashford is dotted with beautiful gardens. Enjoy the blossoms at Godinton House and Beech Court, and look out for the Easter Bunny and egg hunts in several locations. Or ride through the countryside on one of the country’s most picturesque steam railways.  

Victoria Park (14 minute drive)
Victoria Park in Ashford is the place to be in the summer, with plenty to do for every member of the family.  

Youth groups can take part in the Art in the Park activities, which include summer schools hosted by local artists, and Garden and Grow, which is a series of free workshops throughout August with a gardening expert, where young people can learn skills in garden design and management. 

Nature lovers can join the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership’s Walking Tour in July, and August sees the Partnerships’ popular ‘River Dipping’ activity for families. 

Finally, there’s a one-day world music, dance and food festival complete with workshops and cultural exhibitions in July. Entry is free.


Autumn Fair at Godinton House (7 minute drive)
Ghost stories, pumpkin carving, a treasure hunt and games, this is one for the whole family in the grounds of the beautiful Godinton House 

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Biddenden Vineyard (27 minute drive)
From mid-September through to the end of October, the world leading Biddenden Vineyards offers free tours. See how grapes are grown and processed in the heart of the Kent countryside, sample the wares, and shop for a little treat when you get home. 

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Tenterden Folk Festival (30 minute drive)
Thirty years after it was first launched, the Tenterden Folk Festival now fills five days in October and includes 50 events, a craft marquee, a dance stage, campsite, and over 50 guest performers. Ticketed events include concerts, a barn dance, workshops and special show sessions, while there’s plenty of free entertainment too, including street stalls, Morris dancing, street theatre, and a procession. 

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Steam Railway Santa Special (35 minute drive)
The beautifully restored Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway runs ‘Santa Special’ trips to take keen steam enthusiasts and excited Santa-seekers alike through the fabulous frosty countryside, with plenty of Christmas cheer and treats and surprises for all. The Railway is within easy reach of Ashford and your festive experience starts at the Winter Wonderland on the station itself. 

Book your ticket to see Father Christmas


Kent Christmas Markets 
Ashford is no exception to the wonderful range of Christmas markets hosted by our towns and villages country-wide. Great local produce, wines, ciders, juices, and ideas for even the trickiest Christmas presents can all be found here. If you have time, why not visit the Christmas Market in nearby Tenterden too?  

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Christmas at Bedgebury (45 minute drive)

Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will fill the air with festive fun at the Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest. Walk the trail and discover a sparkling flock of jolly robins, giant luminous seed pods floating high into the night sky, sparkling tunnels of light and much more! It's set to be a magical wintery woodland walk, fun for all the family. 

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