Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

As the crow flies, Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel is less than 1 mile from Leeds Castle!

Celebrating over 900 years of history and hosting a wealth of activities including falconry displays and tours over the summer months; it is the perfect day out for the whole family!

Find out about Henry VIII and when he used the castle as a home for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon or imagine how different the castle would have been during World War II when it was used as a hospital!

Leeds Castle is also home to a unique collection of historic dog collars and is the largest of its kind on public display in the world!

Leeds Castle is a 2 minute drive or a 20 minute walk from Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel.

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies

The end of University and College life is a big moment for anyone. That’s why you want the occasion to be as memorable as possible. Friends, family and fellow students all make such days great fun and something to be remembered forever.

We can help with every aspect of planning and coordinating a graduation party or ceremony, so that everyone is sure to have an incredible time.

Proms

Celebrate Prom Night in style!

Celebrate the end of exams, the end of school and the end of an era with our great Prom Packages. We’ll help you make sure the party goes off in style, with up to 250 Prom Kings and Queens. Let us take the strain of planning, so that the guests can get down to the serious business of partying.

Christenings

Christenings

What better way to celebrate the christening of a child than with friends and family in beautiful surroundings.

We can help you to plan every aspect of the happy day to ensure that it’s perfect.

Funeral wake venues in Maidstone

Planning a Funeral Wake

Losing your loved one can be a difficult time and planning a wake for a funeral can be overwhelming, but we are here to provide an excellent range of services and our venue can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Our highly experienced team will help you organize the wake at our beautiful venue in Maidstone and will arrange a funeral reception, managing caterers, florists, room layouts and everything else involved with a gathering of this nature.

Our experienced staff at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel are here to help and can tend to your requirements with the sensitivity and professionalism you would expect.

From £12 per person, choose from a range of adaptable menu options for your reception. From morning and afternoon teas to finger buffets and sit-down meals, simply let us know what you’d like, and we’ll make it happen. We also offer a range of drinks packages to suit your budget.

You can find us at this address:
Ashford Road
Maidstone
Kent
ME17 1RE

Celebrations and Birthdays in Maidstone

Celebrations and Birthday Packages in Maidstone

For any occasion or whether it’s your 30th, 40th, 50th or simply ’21 again’, why not gather your friends & family and celebrate in style at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, with packages for 50 guests starting at £1250.

All of our packages include:

  • Food for 50 guests
  • Disco for 5 hours
  • Event Planner & Event Host
  • Cake Stand & Knife
  • Complimentary Bedroom for the organiser
  • Event room hire

Click here for more information on our packages, options and upgrades.

Charity Fundraising Events

Charity Fundraising Events

Host your charity event at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel and you are guaranteed a fabulous night to remember. With your fundraising activities in mind, we have tailored packages to ‘wow’ your guests and meet your budget, including:

  • Red carpet arrival
  • Exclusive use of private event suite and bar
  • Three course meal
  • Entertainment from our resident DJ
  • Photographer
  • Complimentary bedroom for the organiser
  • And more…

Hush Heath Estate & Winery

Hush Heath Estate & Winery

Set within rolling hills, this stunning estate surrounded by ancient woodland and with 36 acres of vines is a perfect setting to sample delicious wines.

Owned by Richard Balfour-Lynn, who has lived at Hush Heath Manor since the 1980s with his family, it has become one of the leading wineries in the county.

Located 10 miles from Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel.

Chapel Down

Chapel Down Vineyard

Chapel Down boasts more than 100 acres of vineyards and produces a range of sparkling and still wines.

Near Tenterden, the vineyard is one of the best known in the county and UK and it supplies big names such as Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver as well as famous institutions including the Royal Opera House, the Turner Contemporary and No. 10 Downing Street.

Managing director Mark Harvey says: “We believe our Kit’s Coty vineyard on the North Downs of Kent is the finest vineyard in England”.

Located 16 miles from Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel.

Biddenden Vineyards

Biddenden Vineyards

Kent’s oldest family-run vineyard is run by Julian Barnes, his wife Sally and son Tom.

It spans 23 acres of south-facing slopes located in a sheltered valley outside the beautiful village of Biddenden, with 11 different grape varieties producing white, rosé, red and sparkling wines.

Located 13 miles from Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel; just less than half an hour by car!

Wedding Fayres at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Wedding Fayres at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

  • Our previous Wedding Fayre date (Sunday 6th September) has been postponed – our new provisional date is Sunday 11th October 2020.

Come to one of our wedding fayres and meet local suppliers, who are ready to discuss your big day with you, offer advice and give special on the day promotions. You will get a free goody bag along with your free entry and also go into the draw to win a fabulous prize. There’s always something on offer!

You’ll also be able to take a guided tour of the rooms and the grounds to picture your wedding in our perfect setting. Enjoy a glass of fizz and swap ideas with other couples over our selected canapés!

Whatever your plans for the day, be sure to pop in and see us!

Only Fools and Three Courses style! Sunday 11th October 2020

Only Fools and Three Courses Lunch!

Marlene & Boycie are hosting a Gala Lunch on Sunday 11th October, starting at 1pm prompt.

Expect chaos and mayhem with an extra large portion of comedy.

This is a big fun afternoon out in a friendly party atmosphere with some of the finest comedy actors in the land, professionally produced to the highest standards with your enjoyment at the top of the menu.

Includes top notch cushty entertainment and a 3 course lunch.

£39.95 per adult | £19.95 per child (under 12)

For tables larger than 8 guests please contact the hotel directly to check availability and book.

*Tickets are non refundable, non transferable. Full pre-payment required at time of booking. A booking fee will be charged for all events booked via Skiddle.

Fantastic Night of Classic Elvis Hits – Friday 16th October 2020

Elvis Tribute Fantastic Night of Classic Elvis Hits – Friday 16th October 2020

The ultimate evening of Rock ‘n’ Roll, in support of Pelican Cancer Foundation & Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity.

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and then dance along to all the classics with Scott Elvis!

7.30pm arrival for 8pm dinner.

Should you wish to be sat with other guests please ensure you purchase your tickets in the same name.

£36 per person

Fools @ Fawlty Towers Comedy Dining – Friday 23rd October 2020

Fools @ Fawlty Towers Comedy Dining – Friday 23rd October 2020

Boycie has organised a surprise 50th Birthday Party for Del Boy and has booked the function Suite at Fawlty Towers, Basil is not happy, but Sybil is looking forward to a fabulous night.
Rodney and Cassandra have got the message that it is fancy dress party, but can you guess who they will arrive as?

What can possibly go wrong? Come along and find out from 7pm.

Four professional actors will portray different characters during the evenings entertainment including, Basil, Del Boy, Rodney, Manuel, Uncle Albert, Trigger, Sybil, Boycie, Slater, Raquel, Tony and Cassandra.

£39.95 per person including a 3 course meal.

Please note, tickets must be purchased online at skiddle.com or by contacting our sales team.

The Skatonics, Friday 6th November 2020

The Skatonics, Friday 6th November 2020

The Skatonics came crashing onto the scene in 2007, & since then have performed to the ever growing enthusiastic Ska followers at venues and festivals across the UK & Europe.

Blending classic Trojan Ska alongside an impressive catalogue of Two Tone covers from the likes of The Specials, Madness, Bad Manners, The Selecter and more will have you on your feet all night.

Bar opens from 7pm with the band starting from 9pm.

Tickets from only £10 per person. Booking via Skiddle will incur a booking fee.

Murder Under The Mistletoe – Monday 28th December 2020

Murder Under The Mistletoe – Monday 28th December 2020

It is Christmas in 1899 and the Prime Minister, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, is hosting a lavish party. Spirits are high at the turn of the century, commerce and politics are doing well. It is also 7 years since the infamous Jack the Ripper was last active. But is everyone who they say they are? And has the Ripper really finished his work?

Tickets start at £45 per person, with overnight packages available. Click here to view all options and to book online.

Dreamboats and Petticoats Tribute Lunch – Sunday 17th January 2021

Dreamboats and Petticoats Tribute Lunch – Sunday 17th January 2021

Join us for a 3 course lunch and enjoy all the great rock’n’roll chart hits as featured in the box office smash hit London Show ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’.

Kim & Ricky will make you ‘rock till you drop’ with a magical blend of popular chart hits from the 1950’s and early 1960’s made famous by Buddy Holly, Elvis, Billy Fury, Dusty Springfield, Connie Francis, The Ronnettes, Cliff Richard, Bill Haley and his comets, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dion & The Belmonts to name but a few…

Book now for a great afternoon of entertainment!

£26.95 per adult | £13.95 per child

Book now for a great afternoon of entertainment! Should you wish to be sat together please book your tickets together. Please note booking online via Skiddle will incur a booking fee.

Bar opens: 12.30pm
Lunch served: 1pm, with entertainment to follow
Dress code: smart casual

Murder on the Dancefloor – Friday 22nd January 2021

Murder on the Dancefloor – Friday 22nd January 2021

Style TV, is new to the UK. Owned by Australian media magnate Greg Copeland, the TV company is set to go head to head in an all out war with BBC’s ‘Strictly’ this year. Their new dance show, ‘Step Up & Dance’  promises to be big & brash.

Fronted by TV host Sam Delaney, the show will have notorious musical star P.J. McQueen as lead judge, who makes Craig Revel Norwood seem like a pussycat!!

Tonight will be an opportunity for one lucky person to join the show. So if you feel lucky, put on your dancing shoes and practice that hip sway but be careful, with all those egos, fake tan and sequins…

Tickets start at £45 per person, with overnight packages available. Click here to view all options and to book online.

Bikes & Banter – Saturday 6th February 2021

RM Sports Events are delighted to bring you Bikes & Banter with Carl ‘FOGGY’ Fogarty and Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne on Saturday 6th February 2021

On Saturday 6th February, RM Sports Events are delighted to bring you Bikes & Banter; a fantastic evening with superbike legends Carl Fogarty and Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne. On the night, we will be joined by guest interviewer Matt Roberts, a voice you will recognise from the live MotoGP coverage. We can’t wait for what promises to be an evening filled with bikes, banter and plenty of laughter with two of the best superbike racers of all time. If you know your bikes, you will know this event is NOT to be missed.

SHAKEY BYRNE – In 1999, Shane Byrne made his debut on the British Superbike circuit, the start of a career competing at the highest level of his trade. Often known as ‘Shakey’ he is the only man to win SIX titles collecting 76 wins and 94 podiums along the way.

His first British Superbike Championship came in 2003, closely followed by wins in 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. From career highs to serious injuries, Shakey has been there, done that and got the battle scars.

CARL ‘FOGGY’ FOGARTY MBE – A four-time Superbike World Champion, Foggy had a fantastic career in the sport. His career record of 220 starts, 59 wins and 109 podiums is up there with the best in the business.

Since retiring following an accident in 2000, Foggy has made several TV appearances, enhancing his reputation along the way. A born champion with a never say die and win at all cost’s mentality, Carl was crowned KING of the jungle in the 2014 series of ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here!’


Ticket hotline 07717 502 480 | Individual and group bookings | Click here to book online.

STANDARD TICKETS – £30 PER PERSON AND INCLUDE A PHOTO WITH BOTH SPEAKERS

VIP TICKETS – £55 PER PERSON INCLUDES PHOTO, MEET & GREET AND 30 MINUTE PRIVATE RECEPTION.

Blind Date in Venice – Friday 22nd January 2021

Blind Date in Venice – Friday 22nd January 2021

10 years ago “Blind Date in Venice” became the most successful romantic comedy film ever, and starred Chloe Carlysle and Drake Sullivan. Chloe has not made a film since and in an attempt to resurrect her career she has arranged this romantic weekend/evening for people in love and for people who want to fall in love. Chloe will also be signing copies of her autobiography at the bash. Has she revealed any kiss and tell secrets? Could this lead to temptation, jealousy, heartbreak and murder?

Tickets start at £45 per person, with overnight packages available. Click here to view all options and to book online.

The Fashion House – Friday 19th March 2021

The Fashion House – Friday 19th March 2021

The biggest fashion designer of the decade is organising a fashion show and cat walk at your hotel tonight. Many of the latest designs will be on show. But are any of the designs totally original? Is someone jealous of what’s on display? And would somebody kill if the money was right?

Tickets start at £45 per person, with overnight packages available. Click here to view all options and to book online.

How to Murder a Millionaire – Friday 19th November 2021

How to Murder a Millionaire – Friday 19th November 2021

It is 1956. Millicent Montague is throwing a party to celebrate the release of her latest Hollywood blockbuster “How to Murder a Millionaire”.

All the stars will all be there and Millicent is hoping that she will be able to put the past behind her. You know the sort of thing:  The rumours of her affairs, her involvement with a prominent American Politician, Her Mafia connections, etcetera etcetera. She is hoping that the film will distract people from all that. But you can be sure that someone has a grudge to bear. But would they kill because of it?

Tickets start at £45 per person, with overnight packages available. Click here to view all options and to book online.

Lunch with Eban Brown – Saturday 28th November 2021

Lunch with Eban Brown – Saturday 28th November 2021

Eban Brown was the Lead Singer of the Grammy Nominated Stylistics until 2018. Famous for hits such as: “You Are Everything”; “You Make Me Feel Brand New” and “Can’t Give You Anything”. Eban is a vocalist and jazz guitarist by trade and his soulful, silky tenor voice has entertained thousands around the world. He continues to perform solo with his own band touring the UK for much of the year. He produces and writes music through his record label “Stardom Records LLC”.

Eban has performed with the following groups in his career:

– Ray, Goodman and Brown AKA The Moments

– The Manhattans

– The Delfonics

– The Stylistics

Enjoy a two course meal and then sit back and enjoy Eban’s silky tenor voice has entertained thousands around the world – A show not to be missed!

Let’s get ready to go back to the Good Ole Days! Click here to book your tickets!

£29.95 per adult | £19.95 per child