Armed forces celebratory and commemorative events

There are a variety of events throughout the year and across the county celebrating Kent’s military heritage and commemorating the service of men and women in our armed forces throughout history.

To mark 100 years since the start of World War 1, a timeline of Kent's residents' first-hand experiences in the First World War was created by volunteers using the archives at the Kent History and Archive Centre.

The Step Short Memorial, a memorial arch in Folkestone, was opened by Prince Harry in 2014 to remember the millions of men who passed through the Harbour on their way to battle.

Events calendar

If you know a significant event that is missing, contact civic.office@kent.gov.uk.

There are no events planned for April.

Date and time Event details Type of eventContact
8 May 2020

11am to 7:30pm
VE Day 75 Celebrations
Millenium Hall and Recreation Ground
Elm Close
Egerton
Ashford
TN27 9DS
Public
VE 75 Day Egerton Committee
Mrs Pat Parr
8 May 2020

11am
VE Day 75 Celebrations, Bethersden Celebration and Entertainment
George Field
Bethersden
Public
8 May 2020

12pm onwards
VE Day 75 Celebrations
Nettlestead Village Hall
Maidstone Road
Nettlestead
ME18 5ER
Public
8 May 2020

1pm to 4pm
VE Day 75 Celebrations, Vintage Village Fete
High Halden Village Green
Ashford Road/ Church Hill
High Halden
TN26 3LP
Public
High Halden Village Events Committee

hhvecom@gmail.com

8 May 2020

1pm
VE Day 75 Celebrations, Bethersden
Sandwich Community
Public
Sandwich Guildhall Museum
Madylene Beardmore
8 May 2020

1:30pm to 7pm
Brenchley and Matfield Parish Picnic
Brenchley Centenary Field and Memorial Hall 
Brenchley Road
Brenchley 
TN12 7NX
Public
Brenchley and Matfield Parish Council
8 May 2020

1:30pm

VE Day 75 Celebrations

The Council Office
Oaklands
Stade Street
Hythe
CT21 6BG
Public

Hythe Town Council
Terry Reene
01303 266152

terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk

8 May 2020

2pm to 4pm

Unique Nations Toast

Dover Castle
Castle Hill
Dover
CT16 1HU
Private
8 May 2020

2pm to 7pm

VE Day 75 Celebrations, Picnic in the Park

Recreation Ground
St Mildred's Road
Minster
Ramsgate
CT12 4DE
Public
Minster Parish Council and Minster and Monkton RBL
Cllr Penny Gimes
8 May 2020

2:45pm to 7pm

VE Day 75 Celebrations, street party

St Mary's Square
Eltham
CT4 6TT
All members of Eltham village
8 May 2020

3pm
VE Day 75 Celebrations, afternoon tea and toast to the veterans

The Town Hall
1 - 2 Guildhall Street
Folkestone
CT20 1DY
Private
8 May 2020

3pm to 9:50pm
VE Day 75 Celebrations, Hartley Remembers

Hartley War Memorial
Ash Road
Hartley
DA3 8BQ

Then onto,

Manor Field Sports Pavilion
Church Road
Hartley
DA3 8DT
Public
Cllr Chris Alford/ Jane Tyrrell
8 May 2020

5:30pm to 9pm
VE Day 75 Celebrations, Proms in the Market Place
The Market Place
Faversham
ME13 7AE
Public
8 May 2020

Time to be confirmed

VE Day 75 Celebrations

High Street
Yalding

Private

Angela Grant
01622 814134

clerk@yaldingparish.gov.uk

8 May 2020

8pm to 12am

VE Day 75 Celebrations

The Olympic
Beechenlea Lane
Swanley
BR8 8DR
Public
Swanley Town Council
Kerry Rose

krose@swanleytowncouncil.gov.uk

8 May 2020

Time to be confirmed

VE Day 75 Commemorations

Gravesend

Public To be confirmed
9 May 2020

7pm
VE Day 75 Celebrations, Bethersden Film Show
Bethersden Village Hall
Bethersden
TN26 3AF
Public
9 May 2020

7pm to 12am
VE Day 75 Celebrations
Millenium Hall and Recreation Ground
Elm Close
Egerton
Ashford
TN27 9DS
Public
VE 75 Day Egerton Committee
Mrs Pat Parr
9 May 2020

11am to 5pm
1940s Day
The Dip
The Parade
Minnis Bay
Birchington
CT7 9NQ
Public
10 May 2020

2pm
VE Day 75 Celebrations, Bethersden Celebration Service
Bethersden Parish Church
The Street
Bethersden
Ashford
TN26 3BT

Public
10 May 2020

12pm to 4pm
VE Day 75 Celebrations
Swanscombe Park
Park Road
Swanscombe
DA10 0JQ
Public

Date and timeEvent detailsType of eventContact
6 June 2020


11am

D-Day

Garden of Remembrance
Sandgate Road
Folkestone
CT20 2DA
PublicToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
22 June 2020

12:30pm

Armed Forces Day - Flying the Flag

Community Square
Gravesend
PublicTo be confirmed
23 June 2020

10am

Armed Forces Day

County Hall
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1XQ
PublicCivic Office
civic.office@kent.gov.uk
27 June 2020

11am to 4pm

Armed Forces Day

Swanley Recreation Ground
St Mary's Road
Swanley
Kent
BR8 7BU
Public

Toni Roast
Swanley Town Council
01322 665855

troast@swanleytowncouncil.gov.uk

28 June 2020

11am

Armed Forces Day

Address to be confirmed

PublicVicky Deakin
vicky.deakin@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

Date and timeEvent detailsType of eventContact
1 July 2020

11am

Canada Day

Shorncliffe Military Cemetery
Folkestone
TN27 9DS
PublicToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
11 July 2020

11am

Armed Forces Day

The Town Hall
High Street
Hythe
CT21 5JU
Public

Terry Reene
Hythe Town Council
01303 266152

terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk

There are no events planned for August.

Date and timeEvent detailsType of eventContact
15 September 2020

5:45pm

Battle of Britain Day
The RAF Memorial
The Leas
Folkestone
CT18 7JJ
Public
26 and 27 September 2020

Various times throughout the day

Hope and Glory, Wartime Re-lived

Fort Gardens
Gravesham
DA12 2BH
PublicTo be confirmed

There are no events planned for October.

Date and timeEvent detailsType of eventContact
1 November 2020

2pm

Dedication of Garden of Remembrance

Garden of Remembrance
Sandgate Road
Folkestone
CT20 2DA
PublicToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
8 November 2020

10:30am

Remembrance Sunday

The War Memorial
The Leas
Folkestone
CT18 7JJ
Public
8 November 2020

10:30am

Remembrance Day

The Town Hall
High Street
Hythe
CT21 5JU
PublicHythe Town Council
Terry Reene
01303 266152terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk
11 November 2020

11am

Machine Gun Corps

Cheriton Road Cemetery
Folkestone
CT20 1DF
PublicTrevor Mays
truckintrev@live.co.uk
11 November 2020

11am

Remembrance Service

Community Square
Gravesend
DA12 1AT
PublicTo be confirmed

There are no events planned for December.