Summer Events at Leeds Castle @ Leeds Castle
Jul 4 – Aug 18 all-day

Leeds Castle which is between the villages of Hollingbourne and Leeds is running a number of film and theatre events from 22nd July to 2nd September. The Castle attracts 600,000 visitors a year and employs 350 locally and has supported Hollingbourne Parish Council in the fight against development at Junction 8 of the M20 in Hollingbourne.

Tickets for the grounds and castle can be used for a year and there are special prices for children and seniors. Some special events require an additional ticket.

Some of the events during July and August are as follows:-

4th July – Open Air Theatre – The Tempest

18th July – Opera – Bastien and Bastienne and The Impressario – In the Banqueting Hall.

2nd August – Open Air Cinema – The Italian Job

3rd August – Open Air Cinema – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

4th August – Open Air Cinema – Dirty Dancing.

17th and 18th August – Open Air Theatre – Peter Pan

For a more information and a full list of events please go to or Tel. 01622-767865.

Pictured below is Leeds Castle.



Open Air Theatre with the Changeling Theatre Company. @ Allington Castle
Jul 21 all-day

Hollingbourne Parish Council has been asked to publicise this event on behalf of the Heart of Kent Hospice which serves the Hollingbourne area.

Open Air Theatre in the grounds of Allington Castle
In support of Heart of Kent Hospice
Saturday 21st July
Allington Castle, Castle Road, Allington ME16 0NB

Heart of Kent Hospice is proud to present two open-air performances in partnership with The Changeling Theatre Company. Enjoy the masterpieces Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ and Shakespeare’s ‘ Measure for Measure’ in the beautiful grounds of Allington Castle.

Blithe Spirit , one of Noel Cowards most enduring comedies, will be performed at 2.00 pm

Measure for Measure, with its storyline full of twists and turns as sin meets virtue and good battles against evil, will be performed at 7.30 pm

Tickets are priced at £40.00 per performance for adults and £10.00 per performance for children. Bring chairs or rugs. To book tickets please visit . Cash tickets will be available on the door.
All profits to Heart of Kent Hospice.

The Sugar Loaves Hawaiian Night. @ The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street.
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

A special Hawaiian Night in the Sugar Loaves. Please come in costume for the occasion (such as below).


For further information please go to


Morning Worship Church Service. @ All Saints' Parish Church
Jul 22 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

A church service for everyone. All are welcome.

Picture below is All Saint’s Church.

All Saints’ Hollingbourne Parish Church.
Hollingbourne County Primary School Term 6 ends @ Hollingbourne County Primary School
Jul 24 all-day

Please see for more information about Hollingbourne County Primary School (Tel 880270) or go to

A selection of views of Hollingbourne.[4]
Hollingbourne County Primary School in Eyhorne Street.
A20 Roadworks between Hollingbourne Corner and the Leeds Castle Roundabout. @ Great Danes Hotel.
Jul 24 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Hollingbourne Parish Council has been advised by Kent County Council of these roadworks on the A20. Please see below for a message from Kent County Council or download the formal notice at  SoWN-24-07-18-A20-Ashford-Road-Hollingbourne-Maidstone-SD.pdf (4 downloads)

Road Maintenance in Your Area Road Surface Improvement (Surface Dressing)

A20 Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Maidstone

When we plan to carry out the work and how long it will take This is to let you know that, as part of the on-going maintenance and improvement of the highway network, Kent County Council will be working to improve the road surface of A20 Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Maidstone between Hospital Road and B2163 Penfold Hill roundabout.

These road surface improvement works are programmed to start on the 24th July 2018 and should take 1 day to complete. These activities will be undertaken during a short working window between the hours of 9.30am and 15.30pm during this day.

This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for us to carry it out at this time, we will arrange a new date and let you know via a letter drop to your home. We will also put up signs along the road before we start showing the date we plan to start work.

During these essential works it will be necessary to control the traffic with stop/go boards.

The timings of works and how the ‘working window’ may affect you Our surfacing improvement (Surface Dressing) is a very quick process and usually takes no more than half a day to complete. We therefore undertake a programme of several surfacing sites in a day, following on consecutively from each other, to maximise the economy of our surfacing. Consequently, it is not possible to give an exact time when we will attend your road in advance of the works as this is dependent on the progress at other sites during the day, however the works are programmed to be undertaken within the working window specified above.

Where we have specified the works may take place over 2 or more days we would expect our operatives to be on site on either of these days, again for a few hours in a single visit. Surface Dressing is a quick process but is also heavily dependent on good weather and site conditions. By allowing for extra days we can ensure that unforeseen circumstances to our works can be accommodated and disruption to local residents is minimised.

What we plan to do We will use a process called ‘Surface Dressing’ to improve the road surface. Surface dressing is quick to apply, which means less disruption to road users, residents, local businesses and the emergency services. It is a cost-effective way of prolonging the life expectancy of the road before any major repair works are required. It also benefits from having a low carbon footprint.

Surface dressing is applied directly onto the existing road in two stages. The first is the application of a hot binder which is sprayed onto the road surface and the second is the laying of chippings onto the binder. (Sometimes we lay 2 or more layers of chippings depending on the design). These layers seal the surface to prevent water penetration, restore texture and improve skid resistance. The carriageway may then be rolled using a rubber wheeled roller. This is to ensure the chippings are properly embedded and stick into the binder permanently. The continued action of the traffic also helps to embed the chippings as well.

To make sure all the binder is covered with chippings, we lay enough onto the road to ensure a full covering, and to make certain there are no gaps. There will be some loose chippings left, which is quite normal, and consequently we erect 20mph speed limit signs to slow vehicles down as they pass over the new surface. These signs will be on site until the road has settled down and all programmed sweeps have been carried out.

Generally, after 14 days of the completion of the surfacing the road markings will be reinstated

Further Information on this treatment process

Further information on Surface Dressing, including a short video presentation, can be found on our website at

Alternatively, this video can be found on YouTube by searching for ‘Kent County Council Surface Dressing’.

How you can help It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption, but we will try to keep these to a minimum. Any pavements will remain open at all times, but vehicle access to properties will need to be restricted for a short period while work is carried out in front of each property. If you have any particular access needs, please let the workforce on site know. We need your help to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible and to the best possible quality.

If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please make sure you park it somewhere else away from the site whilst the works are carried out, so the road is clear for us to resurface.

If you need more information, please call us on 03000 41 81 81 You can also visit our website to find out how we look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on our roads.

For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly through the roadworks.

WARNING – Beware Bogus Callers Kent County Council Highways, Transportation and Waste do not allow works to be carried out on private properties. If anyone says they are working for us or our specialist contractors and offer to carry out any work for cash, they should be treated with caution. We advise you to contact Citizen’s Advice on 03444 111 444 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)

Thursday Night is Quiz Night. @ The Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street.
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Are you Mensa or Densa? The Sugar Loaves hosts a weekly quiz night with an entry fee of £1.

Other regular events are Fish Nights every Friday from 5pm to 9pm, a Cheese Club on Saturdays at 1pm, and Vinyl Record Nights on the first Saturday of each month.

For more information about the Sugar Loaves please go

Hollingbourne is fortunate to have three pubs and other two have steak nights on Tuesdays and the Windmill has fish and chips on Thursdays for £7.50.

For more information about the Windmill in Eyhorne Street please go to

For more information about the Dirty Habit in Upper Street on the Pilgrim’s and North Downs Way please go to

Pictured below is Steve Thomas who is the licensees of the Sugar Loaves which offers darts, pool, and bat and trap games as well as traditional pub food.


Closure of M20 between Junctions 4 and 6 at Aylesford. @ Teapot Lane,
Jul 27 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 30 @ 5:00 am

A complete closure of the M20 between Hollingbourne and London at Junctions 4 to 6 for the demolition of the Teapot Lane Footbridge. Diversions will be in place.

Pictured below is the Teapot Lane Footbridge over the M20.

North Downs Benefice Communion Service. @ All Saint's Parish Church
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

A church service for all of the churches in the North Downs Benefice. All are welcome.

The North Downs Benefice includes Hollingbourne and the Pilgrim’s Way Parishes along to Boxley, plus Bearsted, Leeds, Broomfield, and Otham. The churches take it in turn to host the Benefice service when there are five Sundays in a month.

Pictured below is a print of All Saints’ Church.

Fortnightly visit of the Mobile Library Van. @ Village Hall Car Park
Aug 1 @ 11:55 am – 12:25 pm

Kent Council Council Libraries Department has decided to reduce the visits of the mobile library service to Hollingbourne to just one per fortnight on a Wednesday lunchtime.

The county wide service has been drastically reduced to save £150,000 a year. The date of the last weekly visit was on 30th June 2016 and the first fortnightly visit was on 20th July. The stops at Troys Mead and Church Approach have been abandoned.

For a list of the future dates pleases go to the Regular Events page at


Pictured below is the library van outside the Village Hall.