Kent Life

Kent Life
Lock Lane
ME14 3AU


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There’s so much new to do at Kent’s premier heritage farm attraction in 2010. There’s 28 acres of fun which gives you and your family the opportunity to paint a pot, take a ride on the junior electric quad bikes, or take in the piglet football. Couple this with the indoor play barn, the outdoor play area with loads of hands-on experiences and the animal cuddle corner, and Kent Life offers you and all your family fun that you’ll remember!

Tucked away on the outskirts of Maidstone just off junction six of the M20, Kent Life has offered family fun for over 20 years, with a farmyard of animals including sheep, cows, pigs, horses, rabbits, goats, ducks, chickens and lambs, a picnic area, gardens, an aviary, numerous historic buildings and a nature trail amongst other things, all occupying this hidden gem. There’s so much to do at Kent Life with year round events and activities adding even greater family experiences!

Old favourites like boat trips, tractor rides, dressing up and stilt walking are combined with fantastic new elements including a bespoke outdoor Adventure Play area complete with Oast house climbing tower & ‘cowl’, an indoor Play Barn for all-weather appeal, a hands-on Cuddle Corner where visitors can meet the friendly farm animals, some donkey rides, piglet racing (and piglet football), a ferret enclosure and much more!

Events & activities entertain visitors all year round especially during holidays and weekends, such as seasonal bottle feeding the lambs and sheep shearing demonstrations, ferret and piglet racing.

The historical essence of the site remains, with a range of period-dressed historic buildings from around the region that have been saved and rebuilt piece-by-piece on site. Kent Life is also one of the few places in Britain where hops are grown, harvested, dried and packed in the magnificent Oast house by hand, using only traditional techniques, a process that is celebrated every September at the popular Beer and Hop Festival.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Agricultural site

Opening hours

All Year Round
Summer Season:
Weekends & Holiday 10am to 6pm
Weekdays 10am to 5pm
Winter Season:
Everyday 10am to 4pm

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Admission charges

Adults £8.50
Childen (4-15 years) £6.50
Concessions £7.50
Under 4's FREE
Schools £4.00 per pupil
Group discounts available


  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
  • British Association of Friends of Museums

Additional info

There are many opportunities for group and/or private hire from business meetings and functions to weddings and children's birthday parties, with a myriad of additional tours, workshops and demonstrations, tailored to suit, including stained glass, pottery, blacksmithing, bee keeping, gardening, and Victorian and War time themed activities.

Agricultural tools and machinery
Social history - domestic life, working life & the life of hop pickers
Children's activity centre and interactive displays
Temporary exhibitions

Collection details

Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Religion, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Frontline Kent

Christmas on the Home Front

  • 29 — 30 November 2014 10am-3pm

It's cold outside but you will be warmed by the villagers attempts to keep up morale. Talk to the family preparing for Christmas in the 1940s cottage
make wartime decorations with the Blitz victims in the rest centre
gather around the piano for carols and a little song and dance, or maybe send a telegram to a loved one from the post office. You can also sample the Christmas cookery, join in the Home Guard training, visit the wardens office, take some wartime school lessons, and join the RAF billeted in the Victorian farmhouse. There will also be 'Make do and mend demonstrations.


Free entry.