Sunday 18 July sees the first Doggy Fete Funday being held by Lockmeadow and Maidstone Market with a host of events including training demonstrations and advice for those returning to the office and leaving their furry friends post lockdown.

The day’s programme brings together a combination of fun activities for the dog and all the family to enjoy, local animal charities, including Battersea Brands Hatch and Foal Farm Animal Rescue and even a doggy ice cream van.

Alexa KerstingWoods – Head of Leisure Property for Maidstone Borough Council said: “After a year of lockdown, we are pleased to be able to start bringing events back to the Lockmeadow space. Many people aren’t even aware of the Market Hall unless they have attended auctions in the past. We are showing new audiences what space we have to host events and widen our offering as a part of the town centre.

“We have wanted to host a doggy funday and fete for a long time. Following the boom of pet ownership during lockdown gives us the perfect opportunity to do this now.

The Lockmeadow Doggy Fete has been designed to include a number of training demonstrations which many new dog owners wouldn’t have been able to attend those first few months with their pup due to Covid restrictions. The event will also include several animal charities including three rescue organisations which can offer advice on long-life care for a dog.

The event takes place between 11am – 3pm and has training tip demonstrations every 15 minutes. As well as the Mayor Cllr Fay Gooch attending the fete, Maidstone Radio will be broadcasting live from the event on the day.

Get ready to love more food at Lockmeadow with our food hall coming this autumn!

Love Food at Lockmeadow will be the perfect accompaniment to those looking for fresh, high quality food quickly. The pricing will be affordable and the choices of food will span the globe.

Love Food @ Lockmeadow is looking to offer existing and new audiences a different eating out experience for the town. From light bites, friends and families meeting, or a coffee stop after a riverside walk and want to provide an offer for as many audiences as possible.

MBC also has plans for outside dining and are working to a current timeline to open Love Food at Lockmeadow in autumn 2021.

Independent food caterers who would like an information pack and more details about the food hall are asked to email: or /