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May 2021

Golden Years

22 May - 13 June
St George’s Shopping Centre, Bath Street
Gravesend , Kent DA11 0TA United Kingdom
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Free

Sadie Hennessy, inspired by the pop culture collections of Peter Blake (who grew up locally and attended art school in Gravesend), is filling a number of shop windows in St George’s Shopping Centre with local people’s collections of memorabilia and ephemera. Each window will be accompanied by audio featuring the collectors talking about their collections and the stories behind them. Keep your eyes out for collections of vintage movie posters, rare trainers, Dr Who and Diana Dors memorabilia, and more.…

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Markers

22 May - 13 June

In the spirit of mail art, Webb-Ellis will exchange letters via post with 5 people (another artist, a poet, a philosopher, a scientist, and a group of teenagers) around the themes of language, the body, our present moment and possible futures - from a posthuman and deep time perspective. The question of geological nuclear waste disposal and how humans might communicate its presence to future beings up to 100,000 years in the future, is a starting point. A printed publication…

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The Return of the Fleet Spring Heads

22 May - 13 June
Northfleet, The Hill Kent DA11 9EU United Kingdom + Google Map

Adam Chodzko's The Return of the Fleet Spring Heads is a science fiction audio walk (via headphones), in and around Northfleet, Kent. As the audience individually moves along a specific route within this landscape this accompanying soundtrack guides our perceptions of new relationships between place, mind and body through its composition of vocal narration and instructions.

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Unctuous between fingers

22 May - 13 June
St Andrews Art Centre, Royal Pier Road DA12 2BD United Kingdom + Google Map

Bryony Gillard’s Unctuous between fingers is a moving image work that explores the archive of pressed seaweeds and algae held by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, collected predominantly by women in the mid-1800s. ‘Seaweeding’, a gendered hobby, was considered a creative pastime of little importance. However, many of the collectors made a significant contribution to marine botany, meticulously recording specimens and sharing their findings generously with the predominantly male scientific community. Unable to publish their findings under…

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Gallipoli – The Heaven and the Hell

22 May at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£2.50

Join Alan Strachan for a presentation about insights into moments of history. Gallipoli - The Heaven and the Hell, Life on the Turkish Peninsula 1915. Email Revd Jim Fletcher for zoom link - jim@stgeorgesgravesend.org Suggested donation £2.50 - £5.00 per person - all proceeds to St George’s Church funds.

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Outdoor Comedy at Fort Gardens

27 May at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fort Gardens, Commercial Place DA12 2BH United Kingdom + Google Map
£12.50
The Wooville

Book your seats and bring a picnic to Fort Gardens and enjoy Outdoor Comedy.

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Art on the Rails

29 May at 11:00 am - 30 May at 4:00 pm
St Andrews Art Centre, Royal Pier Road DA12 2BD United Kingdom + Google Map

The Victorian Printmakers will be holding an open air exhibition as part of the Estuary Festival displaying etchings, drypoints, linocuts and more. The exhibition will be on the railings by St Andrew’s Art Centre and most work will be for sale. Weather permitting!

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Arts in Transit

31 May at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, Saddington Street
Gravesend, Kent DA12 1AG United Kingdom
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For Estuary 2021, artist Lata Upadhyaya will be travelling around the estuary from her home in Thurrock in the white Ford Transit van that she has transformed into a travelling art and conversation space. Lata’s work Arts in Transit (2019) transforms an ordinary white Ford Transit van, a common sight on the roads of the UK. By bringing together cultural signifiers from the two places Lata has called home - the stereotype of the British ‘White Van Man’ and South Asian truck art, where vehicles…

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June 2021

Old Chalk New Downs Discovery Day

4 June at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Trosley Park, Waterlow Road
Vigo, DA13 0SG United Kingdom
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Join Trosley Country Park for this free event to explore, discover and identify the flowers and minibeasts on the Old Chalk New Downs. Bring the children for a short walk to learn more about the Old Chalk New Downs and create a minibeast or flower to take home whilst enjoying a hot chocolate and marshmallows at the campfire. Car parking £1.50 all day.

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SILTings

4 June at 11:00 am - 6 June at 5:00 pm
LV21, Town Pier Pontoon
Gravesend, DA11 0BG United Kingdom
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A creative programme featuring new artworks and performances created in response to the rich heritage, forgotten stories and hidden histories of Gravesham riverfront. FREE | Suitable for all ages LV21 together with a crew of creative professionals and volunteers from the surrounding community have been examining the theme of SILT: “...soil that is carried along by flowing water and then dropped at a bend in a river or at a river’s opening…” SILTings explores the Gravesend’s boundary at the edge…

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Trail of the Blue Porcupine – towards the Watery (H) edges of Gravesend

5 June at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
LV21, Town Pier Pontoon
Gravesend, DA11 0BG United Kingdom
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Bring your trusty smartphone to communicate with Blue Porcupine HQ, as you decipher the clues and follow the trail of Porcupines on a mystery tour of Gravesend. Start point: LV21. Trail length: about 2 miles, duration: dependent on puzzle-solving ability. Unleashed at 11am, June 5th. As the mystery trail ends InspiralLondon takes over and will lead walkers who wish to, further out into the watery edges of Gravesend – to Higham Marshes and in a loop to St. Marys, Higham.…

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Drawalong

6 June at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fort Gardens, Commercial Place DA12 2BH United Kingdom + Google Map

Get creative at this awesome outdoor art workshop at Fort Gardens. You can also visit Gravesend Art Group’s virtual exhibition - graveshamfringe.org/events/gravesend-art-group-exhibition/

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‘Saints, Sinners and Scenery‘ talk by Christoph Bull

10 June at 8:00 pm
£2.00

Join local historian Christoph Bull for a talk via zoom - ‘Saints, Sinners and Scenery’. Only £2.00 - pay online or email - info.highamvillagehistory.org.uk

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Guided historical tour of Old Northfleet

11 June at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Veterans Hall, The Hill
Northfleet, DA11 9EU United Kingdom
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Guided historical tour of Old Northfleet-if you think Northfleet is just a suburb-THINK AGAIN On: Friday 11th June 2021 Meet: 11am by The Veterans’ Club, The Hill, Northfleet Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian) Part of the Estuary Arts Festival. Sensible walking shoes needed. Free – but booking essential via Mandi Knight on 07956178909 or email  - mandi@northfleetbiglocal.com. Book early as numbers are restricted.  

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Derek Dexter – Talking Fuchsias

11 June at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£3.00

Join Derek Dexter by zoom and find out about Talking Fuchsias. To book your space contact - chalkpastandpresent@gmail.com Find out more about joining the club!  

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Kent during the Roman Occupation

14 June at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£2.00

Kent was a key area for the Romans, and we are familiar with Watling Street and remains such as Vagniacis at Springhead nearby. Simon Elliott tells the story of the period and what it was like for the occupiers and the local population. The joining link to use on the night will be sent to all GHS members via email a few days before, no need to pre book. If any technical queries, please email to nmiskin@stillmeadow.uk

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Gravesend in the 1920s (illustrated talk & Fish-Chip supper)

21 June at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Reliance Fish Bar, 4 Queen Street
Gravesend, Kent DA12 2EE United Kingdom
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£18.00

Gravesend in the 1920s (illustrated talk & Fish-Chip supper)to celebrate 101 years of the Reliance Restaurant. Come and find out what happened in Gravesend a century ago. Speaker: Christoph Bull On: Monday 21st June 2021 At: Reliance Fish Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend Begins: 6pm for the meal, talk to follow Cost: £18 (includes talk and award winning fish and chips supper) Booking essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593-need to pay before the day. Book early as spaces limited.

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Recreation of the Empire Windrush on LV21 – Windrush Day 2021

22 June at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
LV21, Town Pier Pontoon
Gravesend, DA11 0BG United Kingdom
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All will be revealed at sunrise on Tuesday 22nd June - Windrush Day..... stay tuned!

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Sunny Steel Band – Workshops and Performances at St Andrew’s Quayside & LV21

22 June at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
LV21, Town Pier Pontoon
Gravesend, DA11 0BG United Kingdom
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Sunny Steel Band are ready to bring the wonderful rhythms of the Carribean to the heart of Gravesend so get ready to limbo! They will be performing on and around LV21. Workshop - 2pm - 3:30pm - Steel Band Workshop with a limit of 6 people at a time. Performances on LV21 (livestreamed at www.lv21.co.uk) - 4pm - 4:50pm - Sunny Steel Band Perfomance #1 5-piece Steel Band (includes vocals) onboard LV21. 5:10pm - 6pm - Sunny Steel Band Performance…

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Food and Musical Entertainment – Windrush day 2021

22 June at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gravesend Borough Market, Queen Street
Gravesend, Kent DA11 0AZ United Kingdom
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Come along to sample the tastes and sounds of the Carribean at Gravesend Market. Ms Earlyn’s food stall will be providing a range of foods including fried dumpling, roti, jerk, curry goat and curry chicken for sampling and purchasing plus tropical punches. Gary Cordice will be performing a medley of ska, reggae and jazz supported by DJ John. Be inspired with stories from local Carribean residents and enjoy some Carribean crafts.

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Outdoor Comedy at Fort Gardens

24 June at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fort Gardens, Commercial Place DA12 2BH United Kingdom + Google Map
£12.50
Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend

Book your seats and bring a picnic to Fort gardens and enjoy Outdoor Comedy.

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Family Day Out at Cyclopark

27 June at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cyclopark, The Tollgate, wrotham Road,
Gravesend, DA11 7NP United Kingdom
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£19.95

Bring the family for a day of fun in the sunshine. The day will include: Mountain Bike Trail. Discounted Bike Hire available at £5 a bike, subject to availability. Cycloland and children’s play park. CycloKart - Pedal Go Karts. Skatepark. Climbing wall. Muddy Puddles Arts & Crafts junior workshop. Children’s entertainer Mrs Back to Front. Plus much more! Cheer on the 650 runners in this year’s tough 30k North Downs Run, which is completely sold out! Book tickets - www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-fun-day-tickets-153955929329…

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Vegan Market

27 June at 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Gravesend Borough Market, Queen Street
Gravesend, Kent DA11 0AZ United Kingdom
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Free

Come along to the Vegan Market with 14 stalls selling a variety of ethical and sustainable products by local businesses and some top artisans from further afield.

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Guided Historical Walk of Swanscombe Peninsula and Northfleet Marshes

27 June at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
George & Dragon, Galley Hill
Swanscombe, Kent DA10 OLF United Kingdom
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Discover our area’s latest SSSI and the story of the industrial revolution and English Civil War Speaker/Guide: Christoph Bull On: Sunday 27th June 2021 Meet: 2.30pm outside George & Dragon public house, Galley Hill, Swanscombe Cost: Free -  but donations welcomed No need to book, just turn up (unless Covid restrictions still apply). Sensible footwear will be needed, Gravesend Historical Society Footpath Committee walk. Information: Christoph Bull 07702287147

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July 2021

Twilight Market Holistic & Psychic

2 July at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gravesend Borough Market, Queen Street
Gravesend, Kent DA11 0AZ United Kingdom
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Come along to experience an evening filled with holistic therapies, one to one psychic readings, tarot, angel cards and lots more. Food court and trade stands open throughout event. For more details - jandleventsuk@gmail.com

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Swanscombe Peninsula: Cement, paper & poo (Illustrated talk)

2 July at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Swanscombe Church Centre, 112 Swanscombe Street Kent DA10 0JZ United Kingdom + Google Map
£4.00

Swanscombe Peninsula: Cement, paper & poo (Illustrated talk) For those who want to know more about the Swanscombe Peninsula and Northfleet but without having to walk. Speaker: Christoph Bull On: Friday 2nd July 2021 At: Church Centre, Swanscombe Street, Swanscombe Begins: 7.15pm Cost: £4 for visitors (£2 for members of Swanscombe & Greenhithe Local History Group) Pay at the door, no need to book This is an open public meeting of Swanscombe & Greenhithe Local History Group. Light refreshments are…

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The West End Collective

4 July at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fort Gardens, Commercial Place DA12 2BH United Kingdom + Google Map
£13.50

Join stars from the West End shows singing live - Leanne Jones, Adam Pearce, Daniel Boys, Jenna Boyd, Lucy Garrioch and Adrian Hansel. Tickets - £13.50 each Pod for 4 people or less - £54.00

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Chalk Village Gardeners Club

9 July at 7:30 pm
Chalk Village Gardeners, The Courtyard
The Manor House, Chalk United Kingdom
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£3.00

Join Chris Stewart for a zoom meeting - The Earthworm - Everything you wanted to know but did not dare ask! Email - chalkpastandpresent@gmail.com Ring - 07740775206

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Vintage Fair

11 July at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gravesend Borough Market, Queen Street
Gravesend, Kent DA11 0AZ United Kingdom
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Come along for a day filled with vintage and retro fashion, accessories, jewellery, homeware, live entertainment and food.

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Guided Walking Tour of Shorne Village with Coffee and Cake

12 July at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
No 3 Coffee Company, 9a The Street
Cobham, Kent United Kingdom
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£12.00

Guided walking tour of Shorne village with coffee & cake Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian) On: Monday 12th July 2021 Meet: 10am At: No 3 Coffee Company(coffee shop & café), 9a The Street, Shorne, Kent. Booking essential 01474 368996 or no3coffeecompany@gmail.com Cost : £10 for talk and coffee with cake afterwards The government guide lines will reduce numbers of people able to join. Please phone the relevant contact to book your place.  

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Guided Walking Tour of Northfleet

13 July at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Veterans Hall, The Hill
Northfleet, DA11 9EU United Kingdom
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Guided walking tour of Northfleet (Repeated due to high demand) Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian) On: Tuesday 13th July 2021 Meet: 2pm, The Veterans Club, The Hill, Northfleet Cost: Free Booking essential – Mandi Knight (Northfleet Big Local) 07956178909 or Mandi@northfleetbiglocal.com The government guide lines will reduce numbers of people able to join. Please phone the relevant contact to book your place.  

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Gravesend Record Fair

18 July at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gravesend Borough Market, Queen Street
Gravesend, Kent DA11 0AZ United Kingdom
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Come along for a collection of some of the South’s best record dealers exhibiting alongside private sellers. Offering everything from rock to soul, punk to reggae, psych to indie...and everything inbetween!

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Making a buzzz at Shorne

18 July at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shorne Woods Country Park, Brewers Road
Shorne, Kent DA12 3HX United Kingdom
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£10.00

Join the Shorne Rangers and Medway Beekeepers to learn about brilliant bees. Search for bees and other insects around the park and then make beeswax candles, seed bombs and insect hotels. £10.00 each

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A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespear

18 July at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nurstead Court, Nurstead Court Lane
Meopham, Kent DA13 9AD United Kingdom
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£23.50

‘The course of love never did run smooth’ On Midsummer’s night four young lovers find themselves in an enchanted and mysterious forest, ruled by prying pixies and feuding fairies. The fairy King and Queen are at war and keen but clueless amateur actors Bottom, Quince and friends are putting on a play. Mischievous fairy Puck is up to no good, playing tricks on them all in a magical comin tale where the course of true love is well and truly…

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Guided Walk of Rosherville with Indian meal

21 July at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Haveli Restaurant, 108-109 London Road
Northfleet, Kent United Kingdom
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£14.99

Guided walk of Rosherville with Indian meal Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian) On: Wednesday 21st July 2021 Meet: 3pm at The Haveli Restaurant,108-109 London Road, Rosherville, Northfleet Cost: £14.99 for guided tour and meal afterwards Booking essential via The Haveli on 07513666626 or 01474 368626 The government guide lines will reduce numbers of people able to join. Please phone the relevant contact to book your place.  

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Outdoor Comedy at Fort Gardens

22 July at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fort Gardens, Commercial Place DA12 2BH United Kingdom + Google Map
£12.50
Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend

Book your seats and bring a picnic to Fort Gardens and enjoy Outdoor Comedy. To book - www.woodville.co.uk or call 01474 337500

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Gravesend’s Victorian Dream-How Gravesend’s future suddenly changed

23 July at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Clock Tower, The Grove,
Gravesend, DA12 2AA United Kingdom
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£4.00

Gravesend’s Victorian Dream-How Gravesend’s future suddenly changed (Guided historical walk, includes a visit to the Zoar Chapel) On: Friday 23rd July 2021 Guide/speaker: Christoph Bull Meet: 11.30am opposite Clock Tower on corner of The Grove, Gravesend Cost: £4 per person-pay on the day No need to book. Information-Christoph Bull 07702287147  

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Bug Hunt at Shorne Woods Country Park

24 July at 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Shorne Woods Country Park, Brewers Road
Shorne, Kent DA12 3HX United Kingdom
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£5.00

Children will be guided by an experienced Ranger to find and identify some of the many bugs and creatures that are found in the woodland. Meet at the visitor centre to be taken on your adventure. Equipment will be provided and please ensure appropriate clothing and sun protection is worn. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times -  a maximum of 2 adults per child. Hourly slots available - pre booking essential - https://bookings.kentcountryparks.co.uk/events.html#/kcp_event_list?category=bug&park=shorne  

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Handmade Fair

25 July at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gravesend Borough Market, Queen Street
Gravesend, Kent DA11 0AZ United Kingdom
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There will be dozens of local crafters under one roof, exhibiting an eclectic mix of hand crafted wares and tastebud tempting treats.

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Miniature Steam Train Rides

25 July at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane
Gravesend, DA12 4LG United Kingdom
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£0.50

WHATEVER THE WEATHER the miniature trains run. Come for a ride every Sunday from April to October, 2pm until 5pm, at the grounds of the Cascade Leisure Centre.50p a ride – FUN FOR ALL! Park in the main car park and the trains are just by the driving range. For more information please visit the GMMES Facebook page. Lots of fun for Children, Mums and Dads at our track in the grounds of Cascades Leisure Centre in Thong Lane Gravesend.

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