Enjoy the bank holiday sun with our top 10 things to do in south-east London and Kent

PUBLISHED: 18:30 03 May 2013

Enjoy a bank holiday fun weekend at Hop Farm.

Enjoy a bank holiday fun weekend at Hop Farm.


May Day is a chance for us all to escape work and enjoy the start of the summer. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten ways to savour your long weekend in south-east London and north Kent.

1 See impressive displays of control and power as Chelsfield Equestrian Centre in Church Road, Orpington, hosts a dressage show from 10am on Monday. Visit

2 Visit a farmers’ market at Hall Place in Bourne Road, Bexley, on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. The gardens are open from 9am to dusk, with entrance to the house costing £7 for adults and £5 for children older than 16. Visit

3 Chipstead Sailing Club in Sevenoaks is hosting an open day on Monday for families to test their sea legs. The free event is 10.30am to 4pm. Visit

4The Classic Sports Car Championship revs into Brands Hatch on Monday with cars dating back to the swinging 60s on display. Tickets cost £10 for the event, which begins at 9am. Visit

5 Should rain arrive, take shelter on Monday at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre and take in a performance of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Tickets cost from £10 to £32.50. Visit

6 Families can go to a pirate party at the Cutty Sark on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Booty to be won by the best dressed pirate! For tickets, visit

7 Author and television presenter, Dawn O’Porter, will be signing copies of her new book Paper Aeroplanes at Waterstones in Bluewater from noon on Monday. Visit

8 Hop Farm Family Park in Tonbridge is hosting a three-day event from Saturday including outdoor play areas, bouncy castles and, of course, animals. Entry is free. Visit

9 Spend a day hiding in a forest at Delta Force paintball centre at Covers Hall Farm, Westerham. Entry is £9.99 for adults for a day running from 9.15am to 4.30pm. Visit

1 Take a wander through Bromley North’s heritage trail, including local landmarks such as H. G. Wells’ birthplace and the former town hall. For the full route, see

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