Thousands of free tickets to the county’s iconic attractions, hidden treasures and a wide variety of other visitor destinations will be up for grabs when the My Kent Big Weekend 2013 ballot website goes fully live on Monday, January 28.
Visitors to www.mykentbigweekend.co.uk will be able to browse through the delights of more than 100 activities and attractions, including castles, vineyards, wildlife parks and riverboat tours, and apply for the 17,000 plus free tickets on offer.
The website will remain open for applications until midnight on Monday, February 18. The free tickets, two per Kent household, will be allocated after the ballots have been drawn for each attraction available.
England’s two oldest cathedrals, family fun theme parks, golf links, bush craft and art courses are among the many destinations opening their doors to welcome free ticket holders, and everyone else wanting to share in the celebrations, during My Kent Big Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.
The event, launched by Visit Kent seven years ago, has become a highlight of the county calendar and is now part of English Tourism Week with other counties following Kent’s example and showcasing their visitor attractions to local people at the start of the summer season.
Sandra Matthews-Marsh, chief executive at Visit Kent, said: “My Kent Big Weekend is all about having fun and celebrating the variety of attractions and hidden gems which make our county such a popular destination for day visits and short breaks.
“These attractions, and the wide range of sporting and creative activities available, entertain our visitors but they also add so much to our quality of life as Kent residents.
“My Kent Big Weekend gives us all an opportunity to get out and about and discover new days out and entertainment on our doorstep – and then we are able to recommend those experiences to all our friends and families.”
Anyone without internet access to visit www.mykentbigweekend.co.uk can go to a local visitor information centre for more information and to enter the ballot for the attractions of their choice.