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.

Wakes, Memorials & Celebrating a Life

Wakes, Memorials & Celebrating a Life

Our highly experienced team understands that it can be difficult to face organising post-funeral arrangements for a loved one. The last thing you want to worry about is managing caterers, florists, room layouts and everything else involved with organising 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.

We are here to help…

  • Experienced and understanding staff
  • Professional and sensitive approach
  • Private and respectful
  • Assistance for infirm and disabled guest if required
  • Dedicated Event Coordinator
  • Flexible food and refreshment packages
  • Our dedicated Event Coordinator will look after you and your arrangements, helping to ensure all of your specific requirements are met on the day.

Please contact our Event Coordinator to discuss your requirements and arrange a time to view the hotel’s facilities

Birthday Parties in Maidstone for £600

Birthday Parties in Maidstone

Happy Birthday to you! Whether it’s your 30th, 40th, 50th or simply ’21 again’, why not gather your friends & family and celebrate your birthday in style at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel for only £600.

Our Birthday package includes exclusive hire of our Park View Suite & Bar and a Hot & Cold finger buffet for 50 guests.

Make the most of preferential bedroom rates for guests and finally… our birthday present to you:

A complimentary bedroom with breakfast the following morning, on the night of the party.

Available dates:

  • January – 25th
  • February – 1st, 2nd, 8th, 15th, 16th. 22nd & 23rd
  • March – 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th

For more information please contact the hotel directly. Additional guests £12 per person.   

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!

Tyber & Pete from ‘The Dualers’ live in Maidstone, Friday 25th October 2019

Tyber and Pete from ‘The Dualers’ live in Maidstone, Friday 25th October 2019

Back by popular demand!

Tyber & Pete from the Dualers return to Maidstone for another great night of Ska at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

The Dualers are Britons much loved Ska and Reggae band from the south of England and have built up a following of many thousands of truly dedicated fans across all ages and have sold out at the Indigo O2 – a record breaking four times within 18 months!

In 2004 their first single Kiss On The Lips entered the UK charts at number 21, selling 14,000 copies and out selling chart heavyweights Scissor Sisters and Girls Aloud in its first week!

From £16 per person* |  Why not take advantage of great accommodation rates! 

Check in from 2pm for a relaxing afternoon enjoying the hotel’s extensive facilities before getting ready to dance the night away.

And just think – at the end of the night, there’ll be no lengthy queues for a taxi: your room is just a short stroll away. What’s more enjoy a traditional breakfast in the morning.

*Tickets booked online via Skiddle will incur a booking fee.


Leeds Castle Firework Spectacular, 2nd & 3rd November 2019

Leeds Castle Firework Spectacular, 2nd & 3rd November 2019

Arrive from 2pm onwards (car park opens from 1pm) to enjoy live music, falconry display, maze and play areas all before the fireworks begin at 5.30pm.

See incredible fireworks choreographed to music with projections displayed on the 12th Century Castle walls at the biggest display in the South East.

Don’t rush off after the fireworks – live music and street food will be on sale until 6:30pm!


The ‘Christmas Beatles’ Show Party – Various dates

The ‘Christmas Beatles’ Show Party – Various dates (see below)

For the 2019 Christmas Season, Greatdays popular entertainment duo will bring you ‘The Christmas Beatles Show Party’. To the delight of Beatles fans far and wide, entertainers will play you a selection of your best loved tunes from the Fab Four era. Tickets include a quality three-course festive meal and charity raffle in aid of British Heart Foundation.

Events start at 10.30am and finish with your ticket to ride at 3pm.

Book your tickets HERE

  • Monday 18th November
  • Tuesday 19th November
  • Wednesday 20th November
  • Thursday 21st November
  • Monday 2nd December
  • Tuesday 3rd December
  • Wednesday 4th December (LIMITED SPACE)
  • Thursday 5th December (SOLD OUT)

FACT – Did you know The Beatles stayed at Mercure Maidstone whilst filming scenes for their movie ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and the hotel now has a Beatles section of the main hotel bar dedicated to them.


Murder Mystery Evening: A Christmas Sleighing, Saturday 28th December 2019

Murder Mystery Evening, Saturday 28th December 2019

A Christmas Sleighing

Strawberry Productions are celebrating a hit this Christmas with their cartoon, Kris Mass – The Elf Who Saves Christmas. Kris who along with one of Santa’s reindeer, Rooftop Dancer, rescues Santa Claus after he has been kidnapped by the evil Dr Dark who wants to spoil Christmas for millions of children.

The film has been a huge hit and Strawberry Productions are holding a number of celebratory parties throughout the country to thank their many public and private investors who backed the film. So come along, dress up in Christmas style and join the cast and crew in the celebrations!!

However, this may be the season of goodwill to all men but all is not sweetness and light. It may be winter outside but the atmosphere inside is deathly cold!!

  • Murder Mystery for 2, with 3 course meal, overnight stay and breakfast – £199 for two people
  • Murder Mystery with 3 course meal – £45 per person

Tickets must be purchased via Murder 57. Buy tickets online here.


COMPLETE MADNESS, Friday 31st January 2020

COMPLETE MADNESS. The UK’s No.1 tribute to the nutty boys, Friday 31st January 2020

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.

You don’t have to be a madness fan to enjoy this show, just enjoy being entertained! This is one live show you will NOT want to miss!

Complete Madness have 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.

Tickets: £18.00 per person

Doors open: 7.30pm
Band on stage: 9pm
Event finishes: 1am

Take advantage of great accommodation rates – book now!

*Tickets are non refundable, non transferable. Full pre-payment required at time of booking.

Limehouse Lizzy LIVE! Friday 21st February 2020

Limehouse Lizzy LIVE! Friday 21st February 2020

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 have received plenty of attention and acknowledgement for their spectacular live performances.

Expect playful banter with the audience and onstage charisma during their shows.

Tickets from only £18 per person. Booking via Skiddle will incur a booking fee.

Prosecco Festival, Saturday 2nd May 2020

Prosecco Festival, Saturday 2nd May 2020

Come along and make the most of ‘the UK’s biggest festival for Prosecco lovers’.

At this event, you can expect:

  • Over 20 types of Prosecco, Cava & fizz
  • Italian street food
  • Live entertainment
  • Souvenir wristband and a ‘little book of Gin & Fizz’ souvenir guide
  • Free branded Prosecco glass – yours to keep!
  • Free glass of Prosecco on arrival
  • Dedicated ‘Peroni Bar’ (for non fizz drinkers!)

Tickets from £11.50 per person, over 18’s only.

The Skatonics, Friday 8th May 2020

The Skatonics, Friday 8th May 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.