What’s New in Kent for 2011 - Kent Life Springs into a New Era
Friday 1, April 2011
Kent’s premier heritage farm park will soon be launched into a new era with several developments on the cards between April and July, including brand new costumed characters, a visit from Peppa Pig and a fantastic maize maze!
Kicking off the new season, Peppa Pig will be making regular appearances near Petts Farmhouse on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April. Fans can get up close and personal to Peppa, hugging the loveable piglet and having their photo taken with her.
What’s more, from 9th April, visitors to the attraction will be treated to ‘Tales From the Village Green’ - stories from the site’s past, told by costumed characters. The three new entertainers will come in the guise of: A 1950s Farmer, based at Sandling House, explaining the story of the farmyard and the general history of the site; A Victorian Maid, based in Petts Farmhouse, relaying spooky tales from the notorious historic house; and A 1940s Soldier, based at the Lenham Cottages, conveying wartime accounts from the extraordinary buildings. Talks will take place daily with a varied schedule advertised on site and will last 15-20 minutes.
As well as the recent announcement of the brand new farm shop and revamped Tea Rooms selling a range of locally sourced foods and produce, the attraction’s first ever maize maze will also be launched in late July, in the form of a bee design. Planted in April in readiness for the launch, the maze will also incorporate fun games along the way, adding an exciting new element for the whole family.
In addition, Ma Larkin’s Kitchen, 20 years since the hit TV show The Darling Buds of May was aired, will be brought back to life at Kent Life after years behind closed doors. The skeleton of the kitchen currently exists hidden on site, and the Friends of Kent Life team will be painstakingly recreating the original replica set, containing many original items from the show, and reopening it in time for the annual May Day celebrations.
Emily Hirons, the site’s new General Manager commented: “The whole attraction will have a slightly different feel about it with overall signage & interpretation being revamped and fencing & pathways improved. There will be lots going on this year, and with our new family ticket and yearly membership passes, we can offer a very competitively priced fun day out, time and time again!”
Families (any combination of four tickets with at least one child) can benefit from savings of almost £5 with the new family ticket. General prices for the year are (from 2 April 2011): Family £25.95, Adult £8.95, Child £6.50 (4 to 15 yrs) Concession £7.75, under 4s FREE. Yearly membership passes: Family £85.95, Adult £29.95, Child (4 to 15 yrs) £20.95, Concession £25.95. Excludes Beer Festival & Bonfire night events.
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