Kent Events for 2012 Open Weekend

Events are taking place across Kent this weekend to mark the two year countdown to the London Olympics.

It's the third time Open Weekend has been staged and is a celebration of sporting, arts and cultural challenges with the aim of encouraging people to try out something new.

More than 18 different events are happening in the county, ranging from music at Brenchley Gardens in Maidstone, to a community festival in Gravesend and dancing at the Oyster Festival in Whitstable.

London 2012 Chair Sebastian Coe said: "Open Weekend will lead the nation into the two year countdown to the start of the London 2012 Games with new personal bests being set right across the UK.

"Open Weekend 2010 is another opportunity for thousands of people to join in with the London 2012 Games."

Sports and Olympics Minister and Faversham MP, Hugh Robertson, said: "Open Weekend is a great opportunity for people across the UK to get involved with London 2012. With activities ranging from art and music to drama and sport, this is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy the excitement and opportunities generated by the Olympics - and have some fun!"

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