Welcome

Monday 31st August 2015 10am to 5pm

  • Music & EntertainmentOur wonderful colliery brass bands plus much more for
  • Relax & EnjoyCatch up with old friends or meet some new ones
  • Something for all the familyMany attractions including a funfair for children
  • Amateur Boxing TournamentCome and see local clubs competing
  • Heritage MarqueeVisit the displays and talk to local historians about the local heritage
  • Dog ShowEnter your dog into our fun dog show
  • Stalls, Crafts and Food Galore!Visit the many stalls and food traders
Music & Entertainment1 Relax & Enjoy2 Something for all the family3 Amateur Boxing Tournament4 Heritage Marquee5 Dog Show6 Stalls, Crafts and Food Galore!7

Kent Miners Festival 2015

This year brings a new beginning to our “Kent Miners Festival” with its return to Betteshanger.

As Chairman of the KMF, I am very to excited to be able to tell everyone that an agreement has been made with Hadlow Group’s, Richard Morsley, Director of “Betteshanger Sustainable Parks” and his Project Team, to become our Host and Main Sponsor for 2015 and for the future.

We are all working hard on making this year’s return to Betteshanger, a festival to remember.

Having held very successful Festivals over the last 4 years, at our other mining communities, in Aylesham and at  Elvington/Eythorne, my sincere thanks goes to the many supporters and volunteers, from their surrounding communities, who sat on those committees and helped out throughout the year and on the day of the events.

Without their commitment and enthusiasm those previous events would not have been such a success, so again, I would like to say, well done and thanks to every one of you and I hope you will all come along to this year’s festival and have a wonderful stress free day with your family & friends.

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This year, we need to build on their success and we have chosen Betteshanger Community Park as a venue that will help and support ALL of our Kent Mining Communities.

It must be remembered that this event is organised to remember all of our Kent Mining Communities, including the four main Kent Pits, Chislet, Snowdown, Tilmanstone & Betteshanger and over 100 years of our Kent Mining History, all of which must not be forgotten.

Of course, those pits are now closed but our communities are still very much alive and as our Mining History proves, that when our pits where open, we always fought for the future of our communities and for our future generations.

Today, we must continue to support those same communities, now that our mines have gone.

Our Heritage must never be forgotten and our communities, along with their “community spirit” must be kept alive for the future.