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The village of Benenden has a reputation for providing an excellent, reasonably-priced, family-orientated annual Bonfire and Firework display and 2017 will not disappoint.

So wrap up warm, pop along to the Glebe Field, Benenden and enjoy entertainment, a barbecue, refreshments with licensed bar, real ale and soft drinks, as well as our traditional bonfire and dazzling fireworks.

The gates open at 5.30pm, when we will be serving our delicious barbecued food.

The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the spectacular fireworks start at 7pm.

This is a great night out and great value for all the family, so please come along and support us.





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  • Benenden Bonfire & Fireworks, Saturday 3rd November
    Gates open 5.30pm, Bonfire 6.30pm, Fireworks 7pm.
    Glebe Field Benenden. 
    Buy tickets in advance online and save time• Advanced ticket holders will benefit from fast track entry.
    • To reduce congestion, allow time to walk or car share if you can. Please park considerately.
    • No personal sparklers or fireworks, please.


Benenden is a village and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. The parish is located on the Weald, 6 miles to the west of Tenterden. In addition to the main village, Iden Green, East End, Dingleden and Standen Street settlements are included in the parish

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The village year
There is a cycle of events that provide the heart to village life that we all look forward to returning to when the C-19 pandemic has passed…

January provides opportunity for Wassailing
February is panto month – Oh yes it is!
March is time for the village spring clean
April sees the Grange cherry blossom
May sees the start of summer and local Morris sides dancing
June the traditional village fete takes place on the village green
July has the Benenden tennis tournament and the open air Jazz and Blues at Iden Green
August and September see the harvests being brought in
The autumn spring clean spruces up the village
November sees the splendid village fireworks and Remembrance Sunday
December is filled with glorious Christmas festivities

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The parish of Benenden includes Iden Green, East End, Standen Street and Dingleden with around 1900 residents (as well as 550 girls at the independent girls school). There are about 840 homes in the village across the 6,700 acres of rural landscape that comprises of 32 ancient ‘dens’.

Despite its beautiful unspoilt setting the village has nearly a hundred businesses that provide employment for many hundreds of residents and those who ‘commute’ into the village.



Benenden is situated in the Weald of Kent, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is surrounded by scenic pastures and woodland where there are many walks to explore.

If you’re looking for a beautiful small rural Kent village with a village green, overlooked by a majestic medieval church, then you must visit Benenden.

Nestled between Sandhurst and Cranbrook, the village is in the heart of the rural Garden of England and an experience to be enjoyed at leisure.

A True Kentish Rural Scene

Imagine sitting on the Green relaxing back on a wooden bench with a cool apple juice, made in Kent of course, listening to the gentle tap of leather on willow. This is Benenden enjoying the summer cricket.

You can refuel you and your friends and family at the stylish local pub, The Bull at Benenden, or the community shop-café.

The Woodcock Inn is less than 2 miles from the centre of the village tucked away down a narrow country lane where the promise is to “treat you like a local”.

The Green is used throughout the year for a number of village events including the traditional summer fete in June.

Things To See In Benenden

Take in the historic church of St George which was one of few in the area named in the Domesday Book in 1086.

Linger over the cottages, some of which are built with Kent peg tiles hung on the top half of the walls.

These unique tiles were historically made from local clays and the brick earths of the Weald and Canterbury, with an array of hues from brown red to tangerine like the flames in a kiln.

The use of local material and craftsmanship means the village retains its authenticity to this day. Solid architecture with chunky chimneys, occasional painted beams and white clapboard – a chocolate box’s dream!

Lord Cranbrook, a local aristocrat, paid to refront many of the village houses in the 19th century and the Jacobean house of his Lordship later became Benenden School for Girls, where Princess Anne was a pupil.

Things To Do In Benenden

Hemsted Forest is 2 miles from the centre of the village. This is extensive woodlands carefully managed by the Forestry Commission for a large number of bird species and dormice. It is free to wander in and admire the wildlife and trees.

Hemsted Equestrian Centre also welcomes visitors. Whether you are an experienced galloper or a first time horse rider, the staff offer accompanied hacks through Hemsted Forest. Why not give it a go and feel the wonderful fresh air fanning your cheeks?

Handy Hints

Search for your perfect place to stay and other attractions in the local area in the panel on the right, including Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Hole Park Gardens, and the villages of Hawkhurst and Cranbrook.

The handy map tab on the ‘Things to do’ page will help you plan your trip.

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