Where: Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU
£: Weekend tickets cost £50 for adults, £25 for children, £37.50 for concessions, and £125 for a family ticket (two adults, two children). Day tickets cost £30 for adults, £15 for children (ages 5-15), and £25 for concessions. A family day ticket (two adults, two children) costs £75. Children under five years go free. Adult VIP tickets cost £50 per day or £90 for the weekend.
What is it?
The Hops and Harvest Boutique Festival, a two-day family event at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, with live music, activities, hop-picking, and local ales.
The live music will come from bands and artists including Starsailor, Newton Faulkner, The Hoosiers and Toploader. There will also be a series of local up-and-coming musicians taking to various stages throughout the weekend.
There will be three stages at the festival, with the majority of the named acts taking to the Main Stage. The Big Top will play host to a number of local and regional talents, whilst acoustic sets will be performed on the Secret Garden Stage.
The Hipshaker Lounge in the Wagon Store will have the sound of original vinyl records filling the room. Live bands will also perform a range of funk, soul, jazz, rock, RnB and motown classics. The Zebra Bar & Champagne Garden will offer a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, surrounded by fantastical décor and a grand piano with the gentle tunes of songbirds in the background.
Visitors will be able to get away from it all by entering The Bohemian Woods. Make a wish, relax on rugs and hammocks, and after nightfall, follow your way through the glowing fairy lights and lanterns.
Cabaret Noir will offer a fantastic experience for VIP ticket holders, with the best club sounds around, a burlesque show and close-up table magician. Exclusively for adults, the VIP package will also include fast-track entry, upgraded toilet facilities, a phone charging service and a private bar.
There will be plenty of food at the festival including street food, alongside Kent Life’s own Dotty’s Team Room and a wood-fired pizza oven. Alcoholic and soft drinks will be served in The Hipshaker Lounge and The Zebra Bar & Champagne Garden, and local beverages will be on offer in the Kentish Ales Marquee. There will also be a market traders’ area with everything from bubbles to blankets.
There will be the chance to go back in time by helping to hand-pick the hops, and meet some of the historic characters from Kent’s past, including the Oasties, Tally Men, and Pearly Kings and Queens. Visitors will be able to see one of the last working coal-fired oast houses in the country being fired up, and witness the process from picking hops to drying them, before tasting one of the delicious beers on offer.
Family entertainment will include Kent Life’s popular Cuddle Corner, animal feeding sessions, treasure hunts and story-telling. Little ‘hoppers’ can burn off any excess energy in Kent Life’s large outdoor and indoor play areas, whilst grown-ups can check out the historic buildings in the Vintage Village.
Free parking will be available on site, but visitors are strongly encouraged to make use of a shuttle bus service operating from Maidstone East and West train stations, as well as the town centre.
More info: www.kentlife.org.uk