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We aim to promote all events in Sandwich, Kent, large and small. Click on the calendar to access a complete listing of all events. We list tourist activities, visitor events and community activites, trying to cover what's on in Sandwich. If you live here or plan to visit Sandwich, take a look at the calendar pages.


If you are a Sandwich Town, Kent based organisation and would like to have your event listed, click here to send an email. If you are planning a tourist event or visitor event in Sandwich please let us know and we will help promote it. We hope to promote tourist attractions and make it fun to visit Sandwich town.


If you are a cycling group or club and would like a link from Le Tour de Sandwich please contact us. All groups in Kent and South England are invited to join in. Le Tour de Sandwich is going from strength to strength. British cycling supported Le Tour de Sandwich 2013 as a sportive. Feedback - over 300 riders took part.





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Major Event Dates 2016


We plan to redesign and update this web site in the New Year.  In the meantime here are key dates for 2016:



Key Dates 2016


May: Sandwich Food Fayre


Saturday7th and Sunday 8th

Guildhall Forecourt and Market Street.   Over 40 food and drink stalls from the UK and around the world make our ‘iconic’ annual Food Fayre one to enjoy.  Street closures and street music add to the atmosphere.


June: Le Weekend

Saturday 11th and 12th


Sandwich Goes French for Le Weekend.  Now in its seventh year Le Weekend will host the authentic French Market; offer 2 free outdoor concerts featuring French and English musicians; enjoy a street Can Can dance off; see around 400 cyclists ride Le Tour de sandwich, and new for 2016 – visit our Anglo French Medieval encampment on the Quay Green.  Also new for 2016 – a concert in St Mary’s on Saturday evening featuring the award winning P&O workplace choir supported by French musicians.


July: Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival

Saturday 9th and 10th


With a broad range of musical styles including traditional and modern, our Folk & Ale Festival is well supported by numerous Morris Dance Teams who bring a splash of colour to the Town Centre.  The Festival Kicks off with a Friday evening concert in St Mary’s with the renowned Dougie McClean. With over 30 bands on Saturday and Sunday playing in the streets and pubs offering a staggering range of free to enjoy concerts.


August: Sandwich Festival

Saturday 27th Sunday 28th and Monday 29th


An extravanganza of free entertainment in the Town Centre and on the Quay Green.  Highlights include:  Saturday: Carnival Queens parade and free outdoor concert; Barn Dancing in the Street; Sunday, ‘Let’s do Vintage’, Italian Market; Dance Schools showcase; Futures for Dogs annual Fayre, Salsa Dancing, street family disco; music on the Green.  Monday – Classic Cars, Sandwich Town Monday Fayre, duck race; Illuminated Boat parade with fireworks. 


September: Arts Week

Sat 17th to Sat 24th


A week long exhibition of local artists in St Peter’s church and in addition at various locations around the Town Trail.   A welcome evening on Saturday; free music and drama on Sunday afternoon, film nights on Tuesday and Thursday; a Jazz Club on Wednesday; a Becker Concert ‘Magic of Mozart’ on Friday and Poetry workshop on Saturday. 



17th to 24th


A week of dining and music in the wonderful selection of national and international cuisine establishments that Sandwich has to offer.


November: Saturday 26th

Christmas Lights parade carnival and switch on.

A day-long festival of craft stals, mulled wine, nmusical entertainmnts and fun fair.  Then, at 6.00pm the parade processes through the town centre.  On its return is the lights switch-on at 7.00pm.


December:  Living Advent Calendar

1st to 24th

New for 2016 – 24 opportunities to go through the door of the day to enjoy a variety of December experiences.  Look out for details on the new web site.





Other forthcoming events








About us

The site is managed and maintained by the Sandwich Community Events Organisation (SCEA), a not for profit team of volunteers. We hope to promote all that is good about Sandwich, Kent, UK, for tourists, visitors and locals alike. If you plan to visit sandwich please contact us. This site will tell you what's going on in Sandwich and we can email you more information on request.

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This Web Site is being re  designed using more up to date tools and techniques in early 2016.  In the meantime not all sections will be kept up to date..Happy New Year to everybody
Snow machine booked for Kings Street Christmas Party Saturday 19th
Gentlemen of Few to help switch on the Christmas Lights and Saturday 28th November ..
Magna Carta roadshow updateClick here to read details of Sandwich programme
Sandwich Arts Week 19th-26th September final programme - click here for details
Sandwich Guitar Festival October 1st - 4th programme published
Film Singing in the Rain- fund raiser for Sandwich Festival, Wednesday July 29th
Sandwich Arts Week programme nearly finalised - click here for details
Film footage of Le Weekend from DDC tourism - click here
Late addition: Film Casablanca - fund raiser for Sandwich Festival, Wednesday June 24th
Folk & Ale Festival the fabulous Oysterband - tickets selling fast..and full programme line up published...
Le Weekend music line up extends to two venues
Le Weekend music line up extends to two venues
Concert in aid of Nepal, Saturday May 30th, 6.30pm St Mary's Arts Centre
Sandwich Showground announces new venue and new events starting with 'Motor Madness' on June 22nd and 23rd
Food Fayre 2015 is attracting great stalls - Borough Market from London sign up - and Biddenden Vineyards - see full list on Food Fayre web page
White Mill is having a Bakers, Makers and Brewers Fair on May 9th & 10th, the same weeknd as the Food Fayre - a double foody weekend! See them on Facebook - click here
Music programme for Le Weekend published - Sur Les Docks from Dunkirk headline with Traddz and Les Sonneurs de la Côtefrom Calais
Registration for Le Tour de Sandwich cycling event on Sunday 7th June is now open
Registration for Le Tour de Sandwich cycling event on Sunday 7th June is now open
Arts Week 2015 dates confirmed. It will run from Saturday 19th to Saturday 26th September.  A call to artists who wish to exhibit is now being made.
Young Writers 2015 competition rules and entry form published: launch date - 10th January
Bolshoi Ballet Live at the Empire Cinema on Sunday afternoon Dec 21st - see calendar page.
Details of Sandwich Community Lights carnival, parade and switch on published - click here for details
Two films in Empire Cinema lounge as part of Sandwich Arts Week confirmed.
List of venues for the Heritage Open Days can be found by clicking here
exhibitors and venues for the Sandwich Arts Week published
Full programme for the Sandwich Festival published
Full programme for the Folk & Ale Festival published
Guided tours of the Guildhall arranged as part of Le Weekend..
New Novel released with Sandwich events as a backdrop to a murder mistery read more....


And the winners of the Library Guild 2014 young writers competition are:
click here
Over 40 stalls now booked for the Food Fayre  On Sat 10 and Sun 11th May
Good News: The fantastic Jenny Lawford will be back to sing Edith Piaf at this year's Le Weekend in June as well as Les Troubadours de Paris


Late addition to March Calendar: Concert in aid of the children of Syria 2.00pm Saturday 22nd March
Click here for details
Sandwich Arts Week dates agreed: 20th to 28th September click here to e mail for more information.
Registration now open on British Cycling web site for Le Tour de Sandwich 2014


Martha Trust Charity events programme published.


Sandwich Arts Week, September 2014A team of enthusiasts is planning an inaugural Arts Week in September - please e mail by clicking here if you would like to be involved...


Young Writers 2014 competition now open. £50 cash first prize for best short story. 

  Click here to see rules

  and an entry form



Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival a huge success - click here for Saturday pics and here for sunday pics...

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