• 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

We always try to put something different on each year and this one will have a World War 1 theme to commemorate its centenary. The part our Miners played during the war is often forgotten. Many were refused permission to leave the industry and fight in the war because keeping up coal production was very important to the war effort and even more dangerous during this period. Some miners did join up and were used to dig tunnels under the enemy lines and place explosives to blow up the enemy, again a very dangerous job.

Illustration from Neil Demarco's The Great War

Last year’s Kent Miners Festival was a phenomenal success and a special one in many ways. Commemorating the Centenary of Coaling at Tilmanstone Colliery, made it special for ex- Tilmanstone Miners and their families. Being so successful made it special for its organisers and for those that attended it. The weather, the smiles, the atmosphere and even the odd shedding of tears, meant it was a special day for our Communities.

OpeningThanking everyone gets harder every year, there are so many local people, groups, funders and businesses, that have stepped up over the years, that it has made me realize now, it is not about individuals, it’s not even about groups, it’s all about our local communities coming together and saying, this is what we want, this is important and this is us. This is our Community Spirit, we want preserve it and we want to share it with everyone.KMF53
Kent Mining Heritage was in real danger of disappearing all together. Our communities have been here for over 100 years and it must be preserved. When men and families, from all quarters of our country, came to this corner of Kent to find work, they were shunned and ostracized. Turning to their own kind, they developed a community spirit and way of life that affected everyone, in the Towns and Villages in this area, over the years that followed. Schools and churches were built, housing, rail and road structure were developed, sports and social activities was enhanced and even mining medical centres, first aid teams and a rescue station became a vital part of community life.

KMF38This Kent Miners Festival gives these Communities and their Heritage, a platform to survive, to join together and to show everyone, we are still here and we still want to share our community spirit.

This year’s festival is being organised for the same venue on August Bank Holiday Monday 2014.

Given the opportunity, the Kent Miners Festival will grow and grow and any sponsor getting on board now, can grow with us.

If you would like to sponsor the future of the Kent Miners Festival? Please contact me on 07800545135 or email

I would like to thank all of my committee, all of my funders, all of my volunteers and all of my community for all their hard work and support, in making this year’s festival a very special one for me.

Gary Cox
Chairman of the Festival Organising Committee