Your guide to Lark in the Park 2019

Lark in the Park LITE is coming to Government Acre

Lark in the Park free family festival is back.

The event, at Government Acre, takes place from August 8-18 with all 11 days packed with free activities and entertainment programmes which cater for all of the family in one arena. 

The event is split into different venues during the day – Fun Factory with a garden play area (ages 0-4), HQ (ages 5-10), The Vibe (ages 11-16), the Art Tent, Park Life, The Chapel and The Tea Rooms (for the over 60s).  

There are also evening events held for all of the family every night, such as Movie Night, Ladies Night, Family Nights Out, Thanet’s Got Talent and Bingo Night, and Family Fun Days every weekend.  Every single part of the event is absolutely free to those who attend. In its 17th year, Lark in the Park is now replicated in Sidcup, and even Greece! 

The event, organised by Thanet churches, is coordinated by some 250 volunteers.

In 2018, there were 1,400 visits a day from people all over Thanet with 18,000 site visits in total.


August 8-18 from 12.45pm each day

What’s on offer

Weekend family fun from 2pm-4.30pm on August 10-11, 17-18.

Bouncy castles, face painting, hair braiding, inflatable slides, assault courses, Gladiator podiums and more.

Park Life Live Stage hosting entertainment and music throughout the afternoon. The Art Tent, Fun Factory garden, The Vibe, The Chapel.

Fun Factory, ages 0-4,  weekdays 1.45pm-3.45pm

A large tent filled with noise, laughter, fun and colour for toddlers and their families.

Soft play activities, a new baby area, an outside garden for older ones to stretch their legs, bounce on the castle and trampoline, and get sand between their toes in the sand pit. Outside tent, the ‘Messy Church’ zone, where the children can do a different craft orientated around a different story and theme each day

HQ, ages 5-10, weekdays 1.45pm-3.45pm


Games, messy challenges, daily gunging and daring stories!

Children going to HQ will need to register

The Vibe, ages 11-16, weekdays 10am-noon and 1.45pm-3.45pm

There’s a lounge, Half Pipe, Consoles, Table Tennis, Pool table, café – and that’s inside! Outside; football cage, basketball, mini skatepark or just hang out in the garden area. In the evenings there’ll be silent disco, beach party and loads more.

Vibe evenings

Everyday at 8pm the Vibe put on events including a silent disco, beach party and more

Children need to register

Art Tent, all ages, under-11s to be accompanied by an adult, weekdays 1.45pm-3.45pm

Clay modelling to painting plates, bag decorating to specialist workshops. There will also be adult workshops.

Park life, all ages, 1.45pm-4pm

Outdoor stage, free tea, coffee and refreshments whilst watching a variety of local acts from live music, dance groups, cooking demonstrations, games and more!

Tea Rooms, over 60s, 1.45pm-4pm

Cream teas, going down memory lane, musical bingo and some good old fashioned sing ups

Evening events, all start at 7.15pm unless stated otherwise

Enjoy movies, bingo, Thanet’s Got talent and more. Find listings here

To find out more and register go to