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in the weeks leading up to Christmas in Ashford, Kent.
With loads of Christmas events, activities and festive
cheer, do your Christmas shopping with a smile on your face
and make the most of what Ashford has to offer this
festive season.

 

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Christmas time in Ashford

There's lots going on in and around Ashford this Christmas, from Christmas fairs to
Christmas concerts and shopping events both in and around Ashford, Kent.

Saturday 14th November : 10.00am to 4.00pm
Highworth Christmas Craft and Gift Fair
Christmas Gifts and Craft Fair which has been running for over 30 years. It is totally staffed by volunteers
with proceeds going to the charity. With over 60 stalls, offering jewellery, cards, fudge, preserves,
needlecrafts, woodturning, cakes, stocking fillers and many more. Grand raffle. Come and enjoy home
made refreshments in our Cafe. Free Parking. Admission £1.00 concessions free.
Highworth Grammar School, Quantock Drive, Ashford.

Saturday 21st November : Christmas Light turned on.
Ashford town centre and County Square
The Christmas lights switch on and family fun in the town centre and around County Square
shopping centre.

Thursday 26th November : Mince Pies and Music Evening
Late night shopping kicks off in County Square where you pick up your presents, eat a mince pie
and enjoy The Salvation Army Band  pumping out some Christmas classics. The band will be playing between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November : Christmas Art Fair
Set within the historic Godington House in Ashford, 18 professional artists from the Ashford Visual
Artists group will be showing the works and giving you the chance to buy that unique present.
Admission is free. Times : 11.00am to 4.00pm
Goddington House and Gardens, Ashford.

Saturday 28th November : 10,00am to 2.00pm
Christmas Fayre
Fair inside St Mary’s Church Willesborough. Stalls include crafts. gifts. cakes. produce, raffle,
tombola. White Elephant, books. nearly new, hot & cold refreshments including bacon rolls and
home made soup. Free Entry & Free Parking.
St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Willesborough, Ashford

Friday 4th December to Sunday 6th December : Tenterden Makers Christmas Art
Tenterden Makers Christmas Art Exhibition. Discover an exciting collection of Tenterden’s creative talent
this Christmas time. Support local artist/ craftspeople and the environment, by shopping for locally
produced gifts! ‘Tenterden Makers’ is a group of 7 local artists who will be exhibiting; ceramics,
jewellery, paintings, hats and textiles in an inviting domestic setting.
Opening times:
Friday : 4.00pm -9.00pm: Saturday and Sunday : 11.00am - 5.00pm
Number 3, Station Road. Tenterden Kent TN30 6HN

Saturday 5th December to Thursday 24th December : Santa Specials - Kent & E.Sussex Railway
A quality present for the children 18 months to 15 years and refreshments for all on board a steam train
with Father Christmas himself! You’ll be greeted by a traditional pipe organ before entering the station
where there’s lots to see and do. Enjoy an unlimited number of free rides on our Victorian Carousel.
Ride on our miniature railway to visit the Snow Queen with a complimentary photo!
* Booking essential *
Weekends only and 22, 23, and 24 December.
KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY, TENTERDEN TOWN STATION, STATION ROAD, TENTERDEN

Saturday 5th December : County Square Festive Frolics
Throughout the day in County Square all sorts of roving entertainers will be providing fun and
entertainment and filling shoppers with festive cheer. There will also be carol singers and choirs
to fill you with the spirit of Christmas while you shop.

Mon 7th/Tues 8th/Wed 9th : Mon 14th/Tues 15th/Wed 16th :
Mon 21st/Tues 22nd/ Wed 23rd December.

’Christmas at Smallhythe Place’
Come and view Ellen Terry’s sitting room and dining room decorated ready for Christmas.
Admission is £2.50 per person. All money raised will go to the ’Dress in the Limelight Project’ -
to preserve Ellen Terry’s iconic ’Beetle Wing Dress’ and create a display in the costume room worthy
of this magnificent item. Booking Not Needed.
Opening times : 12pm - 3pm. National Trust All Tickets £2.50.
Smallhythe Place Smallhythe Tenterden Kent TN30 7NG

Saturday 19th December : FTD Dance Centre Christmas Show. County Square
Performers from the dance school will be entertaining Ashford Christmas shoppers with excerpts
from their 'Winter Wonderland' Christmas show. All happening between 11.00am and 3.00pm in the
County Square shopping centre.



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