Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is delighted to announce the series of events at Lockmeadow and is inviting everyone to come along and join in the fun.
The Summer Sessions start on Sunday 13August with a Thai Festival, run by Aroi Dee from Love Food @ Lockmeadow. Taking place between 9am-9pm the event includes early morning prayers from a local Buddhist Temple, a selection of Thai food stalls and a cabaret stage with set performances throughout the day, including TK Kiss Kiss, former Lady Boy of Bangkok. There will also be a Thai Beer tent on the Riverside Terrace and the day will be officially opened by the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Gordon Newton at 12pm.
The Mayor said:
Maidstone has been a hive of cultural activity this summer already and it is great to see such brilliant events continue in the town.
Following on from a successful River Festival last month people are beginning to recognise, enjoy and looking forward to more events being hosted at Lockmeadow. Just last month we had the first Vintage & Retro Fair – which was a huge success and now a further three to offer Maidstone this August.
The newest event at Lockmeadow this summer is the Summer Indian Street Fest, in conjunction with the newest tenant, Masala Street Food. This day-long event will take place on Sunday 20 August and will be inside Lockmeadow between 9am – 6pm and includes The Big Idli breakfast, which is a Southern Indian speciality and the only one of its kind in Maidstone, Indian stalls, including clothes, henna tattoos and handicrafts, Indian dance performances and a curry challenge at 1pm to crown Masala’s Street Food King or Queen of the curry for 2023! Entry is free with subsidised tickets for an Idli Breakfast and limited tickets for a curry challenge.
Another Summer Session event is the newly named River Medway Paddle Fest with Funky Feast Food Bazaar and Daddy Boards Running from 9am – 8pm on Sunday 27 August. The day includes paddle board lessons, a race, sauna and ice bath, outdoor craft market and chilled music with a special supper from award-winning Funky Feast. (Entry to the event is free, but the food and paddle-boarding will be ticketed.)
One of MBC’s priorities is that Maidstone is a Thriving Place and the events being planned at Lockmeadow support this.
Maidstone Borough Council became the landlord of Lockmeadow in 2019 when it bought out the long leasehold interest of the complex.