Press Releases

The latest news and events from Visit Kent


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 December 2018

Kent Life picks up special award at the Kent Tourism Awards 2018

 October 2018

Visit Kent outline plans and make funding appeal for ‘Brexit Resilience Fund’ for Kent businesses

August 2018


Visit Kent welcomes new board members 

July 2018


International tour operators Discover Kent

April 2018


Seven Kent  Wine Producers Join Forces With Visit Kent

March 2018


Visit Kent CEO Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE to step down in 2018

February 2018


Last Chance To Bid For Free Tickets To Kent Attractions 
Discover England Fund Success for The Gourmet Garden Trails of England 

November 2017


Kent Winners Announced Awards

October 2017


South East wins funding to deliver cultural tourism project

May 2017


9 reasons to visit the Garden of England this summer

April 2017


A Knight at the Museums
Willesborough Windmill Welcomes Damian Green MP

March 2017


Record breaking year for the Kent Big Weekend

December 2016


Visit Kent sets out ambitious 5 year vision for Kent

November 2016


Kent visitor numbers soar to 60million in 2015

October 2016


Visit Kent welcomes its first corporate investor

September 2016


Summer boom for tourism in Kent
Major tourism education conference comes to Kent

August 2016


Discover England Fund success for Kent

July 2016


Have a sizzling summer staycation in The Garden of England

June 2016


Stunning images of Kent unveiled accross London

May 2016


Visit Kent wins Government funding for heritage railways project
Kent is number one in England for Blue Flag beaches
Head to Kent for a bank holiday bonanza 

April 2016


Visit The Hollow Crown locations in Kent

March 2016


Golden tickets and super selfies for Kent Big Weekend 2016

February 2016


Wild animals, castle capers, and shotgun weddings- Valentines Day in Kent

January 2016


Get your tickets for the 10th Kent Big Weekend

November 2015


Christmas splendour in The Garden of England
Magna Carta joins Textus Roffensis for the 1st time

October 2015


Kent named 2016 International Garden Destination of the Year
Kent Big Weekend 2016 dates announced

September 2015


Halloween half-term fun in the ghoulish Garden of England

August 2015


Six ways to celebrate the hop harvest 
Treat your bestie to the best Kent has to offer
Visit Kent shares the Ultimate Kent Experience

July 2015


Kent open for business during Operation Stack

June 2015


Make your own story in Kent
Take the train for Kent adventures this summer
Visit Kent named top family destination in Europe by Lonely Planet
New Tourism Minister joins hundreds of delegates at Tourism Symposium
Tourism management student wins Kent Guild design competition

May 2015


Stage is set for post-election tourism debate
A taste of Kent's Magna Carta Story
Awards for local tourism heroes
Visit Kent welcomes new faces to board of directors

April 2015


Major tourism symposium comes to Kent
Kent Hospitality, Tourism and Transport Guild launches

March 2015


2,000 tickets to Kent attractions donated to families
An unbeatable Easter in Kent

February 2015


Celebrate your career in tourism
Vote for Kent's Tourism Superstar

January 2015


Grab your tickets for My Kent Big Weekend
Amanda Cottrell granted Freedom of Canterbury

Valentines Day in The Garden of England

Free digital skills workshops with Visit Kent

December 2014


Jonathan Neame to become Chairman of Visit Kent

November 2014


Rediscover Kent this winter...and win
Making Kent accessible for all 

October 2014


Magna Carta touring exhibition for Kent
Turner Contemporary tops Twitter’s list of Kent attractions 
Festive fun for the whole family in Kent, Garden of England
Visit Kent Launches GolfInKent.com 

September 2014


My Big Kent Weekend Dates Announced
Visit Kent takes Kent to America

August 2014


London Travellers Enjoying a Taste of Kent Summer Times
Frontline Kent: Kent comes together in Remembrance
New Website to Boost Kent Tourism Businesses

July 2014


London Travellers Enjoying a Taste of Kent Summer Times 
Summer Visitors Bag Bargain in Kent 2for1 Campaign
Making a Splash with Colour at St Pancras
Kiju Photo to Snap up Summer Visitors
Ambassadors Set to Celebrate Summer of Colour

June 2014 


Summertime and August Bank Holiday Fun in Kent, Garden of England
Queens Birthday Honours
Commemorating Kent's Role in the Liberation of Europe
Kent Voices on National Tourism Industry Council
The arts need tourism and tourism needs the arts
Kent Tourism & Culture Chiefs Drive National Debate

May 2014


New Website Highlights Frontline Kent Destinations and Commemorations

April 2014


Cross Channel Partners Share Tourism Insights
Wish They Were Here?
Mark Cooks Up Recipe for Tourism Success
Tourism Minister Full of Beans at Kent Hotel

March 2014


Tourism Minister Launches Kent Big Weekend
Your Garden Campaign Wows Top Travel Marketeers
Snap Kent Big Weekend Action To Win More Free Days Out
Crack Open Your Easter in Kent, Garden of England
European Tourism Champions Ask: Why Travel Further?

February 2014


Visit Kent Encourages Public To Nominate County's Best Claims To Fame
Visit Kent Delivers Key Messages of Support For Tourism Businesses
Midnight Monday - Free Tickets Deadline For Record Breaking Kent Big Weekend
Sheriff Enjoys City Welcome
Kent Open for Family Fun and Half Term Visitors
More Attractions and More Free Tickets for Kent Big Weekend 2014
Thousands Bid to Bag Free Kent Big Weekend Tickets 
European Funding to Support Kent Tourism Businesses

January 2014

Frontline Kent 2014 Events
25,000 Free Kent Big Weekend Tickets On Offer
County Partnership Wins Bid to Promote Cultural Kent

Partner Releases

News from our tourism partners across Kent

October 2018

Bluewater sets the gold standard with its green spaces

September 2018

Mulberry Cottages Open House

August 2018

Bluewater Announces ‘Refill Me’ Initiative

Maidstone town centre gets green light for Business Improvement District  

Hever Greenkeeper finalist in Greenkeeper of the Year Award 

National Trust Ightham Mote secures National Lottery support for community bat survey project

July 2018


Kent Mining Heritage Foundation celebrates £100,000 grant from Port of Dover Community Fund 
Biddenden Vineyards Awarded Family Business of the Year at KEiBA 2018 
Marco Pierre White to open English Chophouse and Wheeler's Fish and Chips shop in Dover
New Managing Director of Buckmore Park on John Surtees Legacy and Buckmore’s future back on track
The Deck at Macknade

February 2018


Simpsons Wine Estate Unveils New Glasshouse Tasting Room
£1 Million refurbishment for Spitfire pub 
Thanet Tourism Superstar skates his way into VisitEngland Awards
Kent Crisps Launches New Flavour
Biddenden Shortlisted for Two Taste of Kent Awards< style="font-size: 9.23px;">January 2018
NHS Emergency Planning Award for Kent Event Centre

December 2017


Visit Kent Launches Virtual Advent Calendar
Visit Kent joins New 'Connections' Project 

November 2017


Winners Announced at Kent Tourism Awards 
What's on in Kent This Christmas?
8 Cottages in Kent This Christmas 

October 2017


The University of Kent Walking Cycling 
Unversity of Kent Launches New Venue
Discover England Funding Secured for Coastal Project

September 2017


New Report Reveals Impact of HS1
Visit Kent Welcomes Grenfell Tower Victimes for Seaside Day Out
Honary Doctorate for Kent Tourism Chief Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE
Six Reasons to Fall for The Garden of England 
Visit Kent Welcomes Quinn Estates as its Latest Corpate Investor 

 August 2017


Go To Places Launches Visit Kent Awards 

July 2017


Celebrate #Internationalfriendshipday with 2FOR1
Celebrating Kent's Art and Design Accolades 
Win Your Friday Night Office Drinks With Visit Kent
Sun, Sea and Summertime Fun

 June 2017


Food, Festivals and Fun in The Sun
Why 2017 is The Perfect Time To Visit Medway

 May 2017


Record visitor numbers for Betteshanger Park
Wingham Wildlife Parks First Wolf Pups Open Their Eyes
Hush Heath Estate hosts Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom
Eurotunnel celebrates as 2 millionth pet travels on board Le Shuttle

April 2017


Dreamland Margate announces further expansion
Improvement work continues apace Betteshanger
New Hotel Manager for Tudor Park

 March 2017


Artists announced for Folkestone Triennial 2017
Biddenden scoops Juice Producer of the Year award
National Trust opens doors to new conservation studio at Knole
The Copper Rivet Distillery Kent’s first single malt whisky

February 2017


West Kent College launches new luxury restaurant
‘Little & often’ minibuses launched in Ashford

January 2017


Dover Western Docks Revival construction plans

December 2016


Leeds Castle ends 2016 with a record number of Christmas visitors
Top 10 things to do at Leeds Castle in 2017

November 2016


Stagecoach launches smartphone tickets
Dates announced for Folkestone Triennial 2017

October 2016


Copper Rivet Distillery now open for tastings and tours
Port Lympne Hotel Named Finalist For Wedding Awards
Sevenoaks Town Council receives national award
Champneys aquires Eastwell Manor

September 2016


Chartwell appeal - National Trust
Members get exclusive preview of visitor centre - Betteshanger Sustainable Parks
Redevelopment Update - Buckmore Park
UK's Fastest Food Festival

 August 2016


New pleasure cruiser and ferryboat services launched at Bewl Water

 July 2016


Stagecoach launch Thanet open top bus for Summer 2016
Maidstone Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
Betteshanger Sustainable Parks receives funding boost

June 2016


Opening date confirmed for One Warwick Place Hotel
New Executive Chef and Director of Golf at Tudor Park, A Marriott Hotel and Country Club

March 2016


National Accolade for Shepherd Neame's Visitor Centre
John Jackson Almond Appointed New Theatre Director of the Assembly Hall Theatre
Howletts Announces New Prices

 February 2016


Learn the Art of Survival - The Pilgrim's Way
Leading Vineyards and Spirit Producers coming to Macknade Fine Foods for Exclusive Event

January 2016


Shepherd Neame Pub is the Best in Britain
The Historic Dockyard Chatham's Chief Executive is appointed as one of the new Deputy Lieutenants of Kent
Shepherd Neame gets Gold Award for going green
The Canterbury Tales heads to Excursions
Strong Sales give Tunbridge Wells Christmas Cheer

December 2015


Shepherd Neame catering manager wins top award
Kent Life welcomes new management

November 2015


University of Kent, Canterbury awarded top position in the Venuemasters 2015 National Mystery Buyer Research Survey
Port Lympne Hotel Scoops Coveted Wedding Award

October 2015


Mote Park Receives Prestigious Accolade
New Brewery and Visitor Attraction Planned for Ashford
The Canterbury Tales Celebrates National Tourism Accolade
A Summer of Success at Tudor Park

September 2015


Meet the suppliers at Macknade Fine Foods

August 2015


Rare foal finds its feet at Port Lympne
Kent Life wins award for its education programme
Arriva celebrates £3m investment 
Hythe Imperial Becomes a Classic

 July 2015


Hugo Boss joins Ashford Designer Outlet
Meetings reimagined at Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club

June 2015


Howletts and Port Lympne awarded Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year

 May 2015


New Chairman Elect for The Historic Dockyard Chatham
McArthurGlen wins China Travel Weekly Award
Livingstone Lodge scoops Silver in National Tourism Awards

 March 2015


Chilston Park named Hand Picked Hotel of the year
Pinewood opens at Port Lympne Reserve

The Canterbury Tales welcomes spring with live performances

 February 2015


The Canterbury Tales receives VisitEngland accolade
Shepherd Neame beers are officially world-class

The Sportsman named UK's top gastropub
Port Lympne launches new accommodation - Pinewood 

January 2015


Howletts & Port Lympne - New Year New Prices
HMS Victory: The Untold Story

Mark Rylance and Wolf Hall come to Penshurst Place

February half term events at Ightham Mote

Leeds Castle falconer flies flag for Kent tourism

 December 2014


Ashford International strikes gold a third time
Livingstone Lodge scoops Gold tourism award

Penshurt Place used as backdrop for BBC Armada docudrama

Open wide - dental work for Howletts' tiger

Folkestone's Creative Quarter welcomes new businesses

6,000 turkeys and one big pudding for Dover

November 2014


Ralph Steadman & Graham Clarke to judge Bentlif Open Art Prize 2015
National Trust reveals best wintery walks in Kent

Luuxry buses hit the streets of Folkestone, Hythe and Canterbury

October 2014


Port Lympne Mansion Awarded 4 Stars
Powell-Cotton Museum opens a new interactive gallery
Uncovering UK's oldest surviving sound mirror on White Cliffs of Dover

'The Great Fire' comes to Penshurst Place
Vision and brand identity for re-imagined Dreamland announced

September 2014


Abode launches The County Restaurant
Experience Mr Turner's Margate this autumn
Family Fun, Fiendish Frights and Fireworks in Thanet 
Hever Castle voted 'Garden of the Year 2014'

 August 2014


Spooky Half Term Fun at Kent Life
War & Peace Revival judged to be best show ever

July 2014


Brogdale Cherry Festival 2014
War & Peace Revival Supports Charities