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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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What's On in Tenterden?

  • Highbury Hall Book Fair

    Saturday 29th October @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

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

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Saturday 29th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

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

  • Pokémon - Gotta catch 'em all!

    Saturday 5th November @ 9:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Under 18? Are you playing Pokémon Go?Come along to St Mildred's Church for bacon roll, refreshments, free wifi, charging facilities. ... more

  • A Sussex Wildlife Safari

    Friday 11th November
    Location: Iden

    Michael Blencoe, People and Wildlife Officer for Sussex Wildlife Trust,will take a virtual tour of The Trust’s nature reserves, looking ... more

  • Christmas Open Evening

    Thursday 17th November @ 5:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Get in the festive spirit with Tenterden Garden Centre! Extended opening hours, festive entertainment and a complimentary mince pie & ... more

  • Visit Father Christmas

    Saturday 19th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas will be at Tenterden Garden Centre every weekend from 19th November – 18th December and Christmas Eve too! ... more

  • Visit Father Christmas

    Sunday 20th November @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Father Christmas will be at Tenterden Garden Centre every weekend from 19th November – 18th December and Christmas Eve too! ... more

  • Tenterden Christmas Fayre

    Friday 25th November @ noon
    Location: Tenterden

    High Street and Environs Festive Delights Include: - Live Music Stage - Carol Singing - Festive Foods - Children's Entertainment ... more

  • Flowers of South West Australia

    Friday 25th November
    Location: Iden

    Sue Buckingham, expert botanist, has travelled the world in search of plants. Sue also tirelessly searches around and about the ... more

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Saturday 26th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    This will be the last Wild Woodland Club of 2016 so come along and have some festive fun making woodland ... more


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