Details of all the destinations taking part can be seen in full when the Kent Big Weekend website, www.kentbigweekend.co.uk, opens for business on Monday, February 3.
And everyone will have until midnight on Monday, February 24 to apply for the free tickets which will be allocated, up to two per Kent household, by ballot once the website has closed.
Kent Big Weekend, being held on March 29 and 30, celebrates the county’s tourism and hospitality businesses that contribute more than £3.4 billion a year to the Kent economy and support 64,600 jobs.
The countywide event, organised by Visit Kent, will also mark the start of English Tourism Week in the county highlighting the importance of tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy.
This spring’s Kent Big Weekend features many opportunities to get out and about in some of the county’s finest scenery or enjoy a range of sporting activities from watersports, cycling and golf to experiencing the thrills of one of the UK’s leading karting tracks.
History fans can uncover the secrets of the country’s most famous castles, historic houses and gardens, and iconic cathedrals and castles alongside the many Kent museums, and historic and prehistoric sites taking part.
Popular wild animal parks and farm attractions, as well as activity centres and themed destinations, promise great entertainment for all ages. And tours at Kent vineyards, cider makers and breweries will introduce visitors to some of the local ingredients that have earned the county its reputation as the Garden of England.
Meanwhile, there are also lots of opportunities to learn new or hone former skills such as jewellery and papermaking, ceramics and ballroom dancing.
Sandra Matthews-Marsh, chief executive at Visit Kent, said:
“The Kent Big Weekend really highlights what a wide range of attractions and destinations our county has to offer its 57 million visitors each year. And this special Visit Kent event for local residents gives us all a chance to have a fun day out and discover attractions and destinations on our doorstep which we can then recommend to visitors, friends and family.”