Looking for something to do in north Kent this bank holiday weekend?

Try sword fighting at Leeds Castle this weekend

Try sword fighting at Leeds Castle this weekend

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From sword-fighting and extreme sports to a buff body-builders' contest, here are some bank holiday highlights for all the family around Dartford and Gravesend

Skater Andrew Stretton practises some moves before the festivalSkater Andrew Stretton practises some moves before the festival

The Blitz Festival at Cyclopark

The Blitz Festival, an urban street sporting event and the first of its kind, will see hundreds of skaters and riders descend upon the Cyclopark in Gravesend for the full three days.

A collection of urban street sports and activities will be brought together in one location.

Visitors can see BMXing, skateboarding, circus skills, inline skate slalom, street art and scootering, each in their own zone, featuring exhibitions, workshops and competitions.

Laurence Tricker, chief executive of Cyclopark said: “The event strongly supports what we are trying to do, getting people interested in new sports and activities, but more importantly offering the encouragement to give it a try.

“What you will find at the festival are not your traditional sports but the alternative sports, which offer extreme excitement.

“The Blitz Festival has successfully made the urban street sports and activities accessible to everyone.”

Official adjudicators from the Guinness World Record will arrive on Monday to verify world record-breaking attempts – exactly what records are to be broken and by who is being kept under wraps for now.

Event organiser Phil Wildman, added: ”It really is an action-packed long weekend. Don’t worry if you have never tried these sports before, if you can scoot or ride a bike you have what you need to come down and give it a go.”

Where: Cyclopark, Wrotham Road, Gravesend

When: Friday, August 24 to 26


Knight and Princess school at Leeds Castle

Are you a brave knight looking for a challenge this summer? Well what are you waiting for? Put on your chainmail and prepare for battle as Leeds Castle plays host to a Knight and Princess School.

Take a sword-fighting lesson using wooden training swords but real medieval techniques. There will also be an interactive Mini Warrior Battle Show for the whole family which will re-enact The Battle of Agincourt with the children cast as English archers.

The Princess Show will teach the etiquette needed to meet a prince, with the opportunity to try on beautiful dresses and learn a medieval courtly dance.

Gemma Wright, from Leeds Castle, said: “If you’ve run out of ideas for things to do with the kids this August bank holiday, come and see us at Leeds Castle and send the children back to school with a difference. Our knight and princess schools are great fun for the whole family and the event is included in the price of your annual entrance ticket which makes it an excellent value for money day out during the school holidays.”

Where: Leeds Castle, near Maidstone

When: Saturday 24th to Monday 26th August


Kent Classical Body Building competition at The Woodville

Bulging biceps and more than a little fake tan will be on display at the Kent Classical Body Building competition at The Woodville on bank holiday Sunday.

Promoter and judge Sarah Bridges, who was also a competing bodybuilder, says the event will be fun for all the family.

“It’s a great day out. Lots of people know about the competition through word of mouth as we’ve been here over bank holiday for many years now.

“Everyone is welcome to attend – we always have all mums and dads down with their kids.

“Sometimes they’re even cheering on their grandads.”

Sarah’s husband Wayne Bridges, the former wrestling champion, added: “There will be lots of muscley men and attractive women on show for everyone to enjoy. It’s a fantastic atmosphere so come on down!”

The contest is affiliated to the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB), which is the largest bodybuilding federation in the world.

Where: The Woodville, Gravesend

When: 1pm, Sunday 25th August

Tickets: £20.75 (includes 75p booking fee), see

Or take your pick from the following...

Take a free printmaking workshop with The Coal Shed Press at the Ecology of Colour building in Central Park, Dartford on Saturday, August 24 from 1pm to 4pm. The event is suitable for all ages and the workshops will include screen printing and letter press printing. Visit

As part of the nation-wide Archery Big Weekend, clubs and organisations across the country will be opening their doors and welcoming members of the public to come and try out the sport at their fun and family friendly open day.

Swanley Archers will be hosting an event on Saturday, August 24 from 10am to 4pm at The Glebe in St Pauls church, School Lane, Swanley Village. Call 07534 396 948 or email

The beautiful and wild Shorne Country Park in Brewers Road, Gravesend is holding nature trails from Saturday, August 24 to Monday 26, from 10am to 3pm.

Explore the great outdoors while learning about plants and wildlife. Get the family to follow the clues, answer the questions and complete the trail to receive a prize. Trail sheets are available from the visitor centre, no booking required. Call 08458 247 600 or email

For an unusual and interesting discover the Old Town Hall and Heritage Quarter and their secrets, by joining a special tour hosted by local historian Christoph Bull.

Meet outside Gravesend Library in Windmill Street on Saturday, August 24 at 2.30pm. It costs £3 per person and no booking is required. Call 0770 228 7147.

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