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.


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.



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
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!

Halloween Afternoon Tea

Indulge in a ‘Spooktacular’ Afternoon Tea.
No Tricks Just treats this Halloween.

A Selection of Sandwiches.
Scones with Jam
Spooktacular Treats
Teas and Coffees.

Dates – 25th – 31st October 2021

£18.50 per adult
£12 Per child

To book call the hotel on 01622528565

The Skatonics – 5th November 2021

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.

Music only event

Standing event

The bar opens from 7.00 pm with the band starting from 9 pm.

Event Date – 5th November 2021

Event finish time – midnight

Tickets – £14

Contact our events team on events@mercuremaidstone.co.uk or Call 01622 528 565 opt 3 to book your tickets

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.

Tropicana Nights 80’s Party – 26th November 2021

If you are looking for a fun-filled evening of pure 80s music and dancing for the over 25’s, then look no further. Come and join us at one of our amazing parties and indulge yourselves in pure 80s heaven. Tropicana Nights specialises in good old-fashioned party nights. We provide a fantastic unique 80s themed venue, friendly party atmosphere and we guarantee you and your friends will have an incredible night. Whether you go all out in your favourite 80s outfit or not, you are guaranteed to get in the party mood as soon as you walk into the room.
So, if you want to go back to your fun-filled youth, you have definitely come to the right place. Welcome to Tropicana Nights.

We welcome hen parties and big birthday groups.
So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now and enjoy the party!

Event Date – 26th November 2021

Tickets available via
by Tropicana Nights Ltd – www.tropicananights.co.uk

Dreamboats and Petticoats – 5th December 2021

Enjoy all the great rock’n’roll chart hits as featured in the box office smash hit London Show ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’
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 1950s and early 1960s 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!

Music Genres: Rock & Roll
Adults: £26 per person

Children 3-12 yrs £13

Infants 0-3yrs £0.00

Tickets available via Skiddle

Or contact our Events Team at events@mercuremaidstone.co.uk

Limehouse Lizzy – 28th January 2022

Limehouse Lizzy is a tribute band that formed in order to pay homage to the Irish Rock band Thin Lizzy. They have spent years travelling around the world and lighting up stages with the fiery rock ‘n’ roll of the Celtic rock icons.

Limehouse Lizzy has received plenty of attention and acknowledgement for its spectacular live performances. They are known for their playful banter with the audience and onstage charisma during their shows. They not only flawlessly perform the songs of Thin Lizzy, but also add that certain x-factor that makes a live show so entertaining to attend. Expect tons of action during their sets and all the best Thin Lizzy hits when you get Limehouse Lizzy tickets!

“if you’re sceptical about tribute acts, you won’t be after seeing Limehouse Lizzy” – Radio Times

Event Date – 28th January 2022

Contact our events team on events@mercuremaidstone.co.uk or call 01622 528 565 opt 3 to book your tickets

Tyber and Pete from The Dualers – 4th February 2021

The Dualers are a 9 piece Ska & Reggae band from South East London. They first hit the headlines when the single Kiss on the Lips stormed into the UK top 30 despite no industry backing. With a number of album releases, several top 40 chart singles, and a large worldwide fan base behind them their success has continued. The Dualers unique Jamaican style rhythm & blues sound teamed with their lively vibrant performances has seen the band consistently perform to sell-out crowds all over the UK, Europe & Asia.

Event Date – 4th February 2021

Wedding Fair – Sunday 6th February

Come along to the Mercure Great Danes hotel and browse some of Kent’s best wedding professionals at this fabulous wedding show where you can talk to and get advice from some of the best in the business about how you can make your big day even better. Free Goody Bag.

Pre Register on – https://www.akentish-wedding.co.uk/

Kent Prosecco Festival – Fizz, Gin and cocktails – Saturday 12th February 2022

We are so excited to bring you the UK’s biggest & most established drinks festival.

After sell-out tours every year since 2017, Our UK-wide 2021 tour hits venues across the country, boasting the UK’s largest selection of fizz available by the glass. But it’s not just Prosecco, Cava & pink fizz, we also have a gorgeous selection of Gin & flavoured Gin, plus our exclusive award-winning Fizzy cocktail menu, plus our dedicated ”Pimp My Prosecco / Jazz up my Gin” stand!

Every event has live music plus nibbles, snacks & a hot food stand serving an array of Italian-inspired food.
Tickets – www.ticketsource.co.uk/prosecco-festival/prosecco-festival-maidstone/e-xdvjrx

Barrioke – Friday 11th March 2022

Join Shaun Williamson AKA Barry From EastEnders for a High energy evening of Singalongs with his smash hit Barrioke!

Crowds are going crazy for this night of Hit Songs, Singing, and Dancing.

Shaun started the act in 2019, and people haven’t been able to stop talking about it since.

Doors open 7:30 pm

£20 Per Adult ( over 18s only )

Tickets available Via Skiddle

Complete Madness – 15th April 2022

Complete with crazy costumes, comedy and chirpy banter, Mercure Maidstone invite you to their ‘House of Fun’.

Featuring all the favourites… Baggy Trousers, One Step Beyond, It Must Be Love, Driving In My Car.

As well as specializing in all the hits of Madness, the band also throws in a taste of The Specials, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Lamerbettas as well as many other Ska, Two Tone & Mod tracks.

You don’t have to be a madness fan to enjoy this show, just enjoy being entertained

Complete Madness has performed in venues around the world including Army Bases both home and abroad, Butlins family and adult breaks, ferries and small cruises, as well as high profile theatre shows, performing over 60 theatres over the last few years.

This is one live show you will NOT want to miss!

Event Date – 15th April 2022

Contact our events team at events@mercuremaidstone.co.uk or Call 01622 528 565 opt 3 to book your tickets