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Tenterden

Tenterden in Kent

Nestling in the heart of the Weald of Kent, Tenterden, rich in history, has largely escaped much modern development and has consequently retained its charm. It has an attractive, broad tree-lined High Street, brimming with interesting shops that have something for everyone.

It is believed that the name Tenterden is derived from the Old English 'Tenet Waraden' which meant a clearing in the forest, belonging to the men of Thanet.

Tenterden was an important wool trading centre in the 13th century and became prosperous. It is difficult to believe today that Tenterden had access to the sea at Smallhythe, since the coastline has altered so much. Using the wood from the Wealden Forest as its source of timber, Smallhythe was a centre for shipbuilding and produced wooden ships that were large for the time. In 1449 Tenterden was incorporated into the prestigious Federation of Cinque Ports, and was able to enjoy all the privilege and status which this position brought.

Dating from the 12th century the the distinctive tower of the Parish Church of St Mildred can be seen from the High Street. To get an insight into the history of Tenterden pay a visit to the local museum which has exhibits spanning one thousand years.

William Caxton, who pioneered printing in England is believed to have been born in Tenterden. The actress Dame Ellen Terry lived at Smallhythe.

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  • Summer Extravaganza

    Wednesday 27th July @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Kick off the school summer holidays with Tenterden Garden Centre! Affordable family fun with free parking and free entry. What ... more

  • Junior Fun Day

    Thursday 28th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Itinerary and Competitions 10am - Meet, greet and warm up 10:30am - Perfect Pitching 11am - Deadly Driving 11:30am - ... more

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

    Thursday 28th July for 3 days
    Location: Small Hythe

    The Summer Theatre Company with the National Trust present William Shakespeare's rollicking comedy. Grounds open 6pm for picnics. Tickets £12 ... more

  • Highbury Hall Book Fair

    Saturday 30th July @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Lots of dealers, thousands of books. Café. Free entry. Proceeds in aid of Tenterden Youth Club. ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 30th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    The monthly outdoor club where children aged 6-11 can explore, play and learn in the woods with campfires, mud, dens ... more

  • Get Active!

    Wednesday 3rd August
    Location: Tenterden

    Get active this summer with Tenterden Garden Centre. Affordable family fun with free parking and free entry. What you need ... more

  • Junior Fun Day

    Friday 5th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Itinerary and Competitions 10am - Meet, greet and warm up 10:30am - Perfect Pitching 11am - Deadly Driving 11:30am - ... more

  • Aquatics Family Fun Day

    Wednesday 10th August @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Complete our activity trail to be in with a chance of winning an official Finding Dory Starter Aquarium! Affordable family ... more

  • Junior Fun Day

    Thursday 18th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Itinerary and Competitions 10am - Meet, greet and warm up 10:30am - Perfect Pitching 11am - Deadly Driving 11:30am - ... more

  • Junior Fun Day

    Tuesday 23rd August @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Itinerary and Competitions 10am - Meet, greet and warm up 10:30am - Perfect Pitching 11am - Deadly Driving 11:30am - ... more

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