Calendar of Events 2021

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Covid-19 Update

We’re really pleased to see our lovely town and many local attractions coming back to life with many of the events taking place again.

We will be keeping an ear to the ground and updating this page as soon as we know if and when events are taking place, so keep an eye out here so you don’t miss out.

Please do visit, support and enjoy our lovely town!

2021

February

Cancelled: Beer, Cider & Gin Festival: Celebrating real ales, KeyKeg ales, cider and gins from around the county. The Berry, 23 Canada Road, Walmer, near Deal

May

3: Walmer Brocante: 180+ dealers of vintage & antique treasures on Walmer Green, right next to the sea. Guaranteed bargains, celeb spotting and a friendly, seaside vibe. 8.00-16.00, Walmer Green, The Strand, Walmer.

15/16: Sandwich Food Fayre: Over 50 food and drink stalls from the UK and around the world. Street closures and street music add to the atmosphere. Saturday 9.00-17.00/Sunday 10.00-17.00. Stalls can be found in: The Guildhall Forecourt, St Peter’s Church gardens & Market Street.

30: Kingsdown Garage Safari: This is a lovely stroll around the gorgeous village of Kingsdown where usually around 70 households will be selling a variety of treasure and trash from their front gardens. A Map of the stalls can be purchased from Kingsdown Village Newsagent in Upper Street (monies raised going to charity). From 9am. If you get thirsty then there are 3 public houses just waiting to help with your thirst, including the Zetland Arms on the beach.

June

4: National Fish & Chip day . The celebration of the nation’s favorite dish – A great national day to join in with. A great excuse to have a fish and chip supper!

5: Small is Beautiful: Artists prepare small work which is sold for £25. It’s also your opportunity to talk to the artists and find out where they will be for the Open Studios event. Catalogues will be available listing all the artists and venues. Entry is free. 10-16.00 St. George’s Hall, High Street, Deal CT14 6EG

19-20 & 26-27: South East Open Studios: A dynamic, stimulating and diverse Open Studios/ Art Trail event featuring new work by professional and amateur artists in conjunction with the Deal Festival of Music and Arts. Artists from Deal, Walmer, Kingsdown, Ringwould and St Margaret’s will exhibit sculpture, paintings, conceptual art, screen prints, jewellery, photography, ceramics, mosaic and fused glass. Entry is free. Various locations in and around Deal.

TBC: Summer Ales Festival: Celebrating real ales, craft beers, ciders and specialist gins from around the country. This multi-CAMRA award winning traditional community alehouse is one of the top real ale pubs in the Dover district. The Berry, 23 Canada Road, Walmer CT14 7EQ

TBC: Kite flying at Walmer Beach. Attended by the Kent Kite Flyers its a chance to see the sky filled with colour with amazing kites. This event is growing every year and slowly emerging as a children’s festival with other activities for them to join in with. Walmer Green.

July

1-17: Music & Arts Festival: Deal Music & Arts has been bringing the best in arts and culture to East Kent for nearly 40 years, and in that time we have welcomed many of the world’s greatest artists. Enjoy world-class music and art in the ancient ports of Deal, Sandwich and Dover during our 16-day Summer Festival. Various locations.

2-4: Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival: The Sandwich Folk Festival, is a multi-arts festival that highlights traditional and contemporary folk-life and folk arts, in a beautiful medieval town. You can also try their very own Sandwich Folk Festival ‘Ale’ available in participating pubs and on their beer stall. Guildhall Square, New St, Sandwich CT13 9AE

3: Deal Classic Motor Show: Held in an idyllic Country Park on the former coalmine over-looking the coast. Over 800 classics will be on display. This is a real family event, with the Classic Music Show featuring ‘live’ performances with music from across the decades, Retro, Craft & Food Stalls, Children’s Entertainers and Fairground Rides, Quality Refreshments and much more. Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal CT14 0BF

4: Royal Marines Memorial Concert: The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band) will be performing. 15.00 The Deal Memorial Bandstand, The Strand, Walmer, Deal

11-18:The 149th Open Championship: The Open returns to Royal St George’s for the first time since 2011. The 149th Open will showcase the world’s best players compete for the Claret Jug. The Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, CT13 9PB

24 – 30: Deal Carnival Week: Lots of family entertainment and activities taking place throughout Deal and Walmer, all culminating in a colourful carnival parade that winds its way through the streets from Walmer to Deal.

24: Deal Carnival week: Teddy Bear Picnic in the Park, Fireworks.

25: Deal Carnival Week: 10k run, `hopscotch Championship, Sea Swim, Raft Race, Lorry Pull.

28: Deal Carnival Week: Baby Show, Party on the Prom, Firework Display.

29: Deal Carnival Week: Carnival Parade from Walmer to Deal.

30: Deal Carnival Week: Caribbean Beach Party.

TBC: Deal Rowing Regatta: Come and spectate the day long regatta at Deal seafront with lots of food and drinks available. 9am start. Deal Walmer & Kingsdown Amateur Rowing club, The Club House, 16-18 The Marina, CT14 6 Deal

August

TBC: Deal Pirate Treasure Hunt.  See Deal Town fill with Pirates on the hunt for treasure as they follow their maps trying to beat the other teams in solving the clues and getting to the treasure first. There are two trails, a shorter hunt suitable for youngsters (£3/map) & a more complicated route aimed at older children & adults (£5/map). Prizes for the best dressed pirates too. The Landmark Centre, Start times are 11am and 1pm.

TBC: National Freestyle Kitesurfing Championship. The finals of the thrilling Kitesurfing championship in Ramsgate. Free – Ramsgate Harbour between 10am – 4pm

September

3-5: Food and Drink Festival: A great selection of local, national and international stalls in front of the 16th Century Castle. There is a range of entertainments for the whole family and an alfresco dining area, together with street foods, bars of true distinction and live music. Next to Deal Castle, a short stroll along the promenade from the town centre. Friday 11-6; Saturday 9-7 & Sunday 10-5.

11: Clifftop Challenge 2021: Back for its seventh year, the Clifftop Challenge 2021 provides adventure and entertainment, whether it’s a physical challenge you are after or a relaxing afternoon being entertained by some great bands, the Clifftop Challenge has it all! There are runs to suit all abilities, ranging from the 55 mile Ultra, following a route from Hastings to Deal to the 5 mile challenge, starting from Dover Patrol Memorial.  There’s an Ultra relay offering teams a chance to compete against each other, each team of 5 covering the 55 mile ultra route. Other distances include 36 mile Ultra, Marathon, 15 and 10. Walmer Green, the finish point for all the runners, will be host to some superb bands playing on through until early evening, great food and some much needed re-hydration! Memorial Bandstand area, Walmer Green, off The Strand, Walmer.

October

TBC: Spooky Walmer Castle. A haunted castle at halloween? A frighteningly fun day out awaits you and the little ones at Walmer Castle this Halloween. With spooky activities and ghost hunting galore. See their website or further details. Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kingsdown Road, Deal, CT14 7LJ

November

22: Deal Christmas Lights Switch-On – Fun and entertainment at the Towns Christmas Lights Switch on. From 18.00, lights switch on 19.15. Stage adjacent to St Georges Church, High Street, Deal

27/28: Folkstone Harbour Festive Market: This winter, for the first time ever, Folkestone Harbour Arm will become home to a purpose built Festive Market. The largest market Folkestone Harbour Arm has ever seen. Expect an eclectic mix of makers, sellers, designers, crafters and creatives selling everything you could possibly want this festive season, from truffles and baubles to Christmas Trees and hand-made children’s clothing. Saturdays & Thurs 23 Dec: 12noon-8pm, Sundays & Fri 24 Dec: 12noon-6pm. Harbour Approach Rd, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1QH​​​​​​

27/28: Santa by Train with the East Kent Railway Trust. A jolly on a festively decorated train down to the North Pole to meet Santa in his grotto with his elves. Children receive a personalised present suitable for their age and gender and adults receive a Mince Pie and Sherry or Hot Drink. East Kent Railway, Station Rd, Shepherdswell, Dover CT15 7PD

27/28: Christmas Craft & Food Market – The market will run alongside the Christmas trail and lots of other Xmas activities, such as Rudolph the Reindeer’s Magical Christmas Trail, Craft & gift Stalls, Specialist food & drink, Xmas Drive in Cinema, Children’s Fun Fair, Christmas Carols & Wreath Making Workshops. Entry to the market is FREE. Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal CT14 0BF

December

4: Sandwich Christmas Lights Switch-On – Craft fair, funfair, beautiful festive stalls plus free outdoor concert. The stalls will be on the Guildhall Forecourt and inside the hall from 10.00am, the outdoor music programme starts at 15.00, Lantern-lit parade at 18.00 and Lights Switch-On at 19.00.  Guildhall, Cattle market, Sandwich, CT13 9AP

4/5: Folkstone Harbour Festive Market: This winter, for the first time ever, Folkestone Harbour Arm will become home to a purpose built Festive Market. The largest market Folkestone Harbour Arm has ever seen. Expect an eclectic mix of makers, sellers, designers, crafters and creatives selling everything you could possibly want this festive season, from truffles and baubles to Christmas Trees and hand-made children’s clothing. Saturdays & Thurs 23 Dec: 12noon-8pm, Sundays & Fri 24 Dec: 12noon-6pm. Harbour Approach Rd, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1QH​​​​​​

Each weekend until 19: Santa by Train with the East Kent Railway Trust. A jolly on a festively decorated train down to the North Pole to meet Santa in his grotto with his elves. Children receive a personalised present suitable for their age and gender and adults receive a Mince Pie and Sherry or Hot Drink. East Kent Railway, Station Rd, Shepherdswell, Dover CT15 7PD

4/5, 11/12, 18-23: Christmas Craft & Food Market – The market will run alongside the Christmas trail and lots of other Xmas activities, such as Rudolph the Reindeer’s Magical Christmas Trail, Craft & gift Stalls, Specialist food & drink, Xmas Drive in Cinema, Children’s Fun Fair, Christmas Carols & Wreath Making Workshops. Entry to the market is FREE. Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal CT14 0BF

11: The 24th Annual Christmas Parade. More information to follow, as soon as available. Next to the Lifeboat Station, The Strand, Walmer

11/12: Folkstone Harbour Festive Market: This winter, for the first time ever, Folkestone Harbour Arm will become home to a purpose built Festive Market. The largest market Folkestone Harbour Arm has ever seen. Expect an eclectic mix of makers, sellers, designers, crafters and creatives selling everything you could possibly want this festive season, from truffles and baubles to Christmas Trees and hand-made children’s clothing. Saturdays & Thurs 23 Dec: 12noon-8pm, Sundays & Fri 24 Dec: 12noon-6pm. Harbour Approach Rd, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1QH​​​​​​

TBC: Enchanted Walmer Castle: Delight in a serene and enchanting trail featuring tunnels and pathways of twinkling light and see the grounds burst to life in remarkable, unexpected ways. Wind your way through the Queen Mother’s Garden and Woodland Walk toward the new historic Glen. After enjoying the trail, try your luck at fairground rides and games, or pose for a family picture in front of the strikingly lit Broadwalk. Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kingsdown Road, Deal, CT14 7LJ

18: Carols by Torchlight: A mixture of Christmas songs and favourite carols with the Victory Wartime band. In front of the Deal Memorial Bandstand, The Strand, Walmer, Deal 

18/19; 23/24: Folkstone Harbour Festive Market: This winter, for the first time ever, Folkestone Harbour Arm will become home to a purpose built Festive Market. The largest market Folkestone Harbour Arm has ever seen. Expect an eclectic mix of makers, sellers, designers, crafters and creatives selling everything you could possibly want this festive season, from truffles and baubles to Christmas Trees and hand-made children’s clothing. Saturdays & Thurs 23 Dec: 12noon-8pm, Sundays & Fri 24 Dec: 12noon-6pm. Harbour Approach Rd, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1QH​​​​​​

26: Boxing Day Charity Sea Dip: Celebrating its 40th year this year watch as many brave souls take a dip in the sea by the Pier on Boxing Day morning, all for Charity. A great morning out for the family. Here is some footage from 2017’s dip.

31: Time Ball drop at Midnight: Be sure to see the New Year in on time by watching the Time Ball drop at midnight! Then stay by the sea and watch the Fireworks from the Pier. Victoria Parade, Deal, CT14 7BP

31: Fireworks from the Pier: See the New Year in with Fireworks reflected back from the sea. Stay warm by taking a Hot Toddy. (After midnight).

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Future dates to note:

I’m regularly looking for future events – please check back soon for any updates.

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