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

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!


Murder At The Folly

It is 1928 – Tonight we celebrate the coming together of two families, to be joined by marriage. One family is headed by the rich and powerful self-made man George Barton and one is an aristocratic family who have fallen on hard times financially.

Is this to be a marriage of convenience or does true love exist? Are people trying to stop their hidden secrets from being discovered?

  • Murder Mystery Evening including 3 course meal for one guest £39.00
  • Murder Mystery Evening including hotel stay, 3 course meal and breakfast for one guest £124.50
  • Murder Mystery Evening including hotel stay, 3 course meal and breakfast for two guests £189.00

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

Tropicana Nights – Maidstone! Friday 28th February 2020

Tropicana Nights – Maidstone! Friday 28th February 2020

If you are looking for a fun filled evening of pure 80’s 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 80’s heaven.

Tropicana Nights specialises in good old fashioned party nights. We provide a fantastic unique 80’s 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 80’s 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. So what are you waiting for?

Book your tickets online here and enjoy the party, for just £11.50 per person!


The Time Machine

Ben Chronos has been a member of Killinton Inventors’ Society for many years and is adored by the other members, but his brother thinks he is more than a little crazy.

Ben has asked everyone here this evening to to reveal the project he has been working on for years – a time machine! However, all does not go to plan as secrets are uncovered and an unknown visitor makes an appearance.

  • Murder Mystery Evening including 3 Course Meal for ONE Guest £39.00
  • Murder Mystery Evening including Hotel Stay, 3 Course Meal & Breakfast for ONE Guest £124.50
  • Murder Mystery Evening including Hotel Stay, 3 Course Meal & Breakfast for TWO Guests £189.00

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


Joe Calzaghe – Friday March 20th 2020

Joe Calzaghe – The Longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion

Joe Calzaghe is the longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in boxing history, having held the WBO title for over 10 years.

As his super-middleweight and light-heavyweight reigns overlapped, he retired with the longest continual time as world champion of any active boxer at the time.

He was also the first boxer to unify three of the four major world titles (WBA, WBC, and WBO) at super-middleweight, and was the first Ring champion in that weight class.

Join us for an evening of entertainment and see Joe live on stage at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel.

Standard ticket price £29 per person

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Bingo Revolution – Saturday 21st March 2020

Bingo Revolution – Saturday 21st March 2020 @ 7pm

A night filled with entertainment and laughter will be hosted by top comedian Alexis Wieroniey, who oozes confidence and charisma. Alexis has performed at comedy clubs across the country. Music will be supplied by top DJ Jim Slipp who will be playing a mix of 80’s, 90’s, 00s you can expect everything from S club 7 to Beyonce to Wham, all tunes to keep the crowd dancing.

Assisted by everyone’s favourite assistant Glamorous Granny who will have her usual bag of goodies to give out, whilst keeping an eye on proceedings and handing out prizes such as 6ft dinosaurs and cash!

Featuring bingo, comedy, music, dancing, singing, lip sync battles, life changing prizes, games… This is one event not to be missed!

Tickets from £12. Booking online via Skiddle will incur a booking fee.

Mothers Day – Bubbles & Bublé Carvery Lunch, Sunday 22nd March 2020

Mothers Day – Bubbles & Bublé Carvery Lunch, Sunday 22nd March 2020

Join us for a delicious 3-Course carvery whilst enjoying music from the fantastic Matt Fisher, as he pays tribute to Michael Bublé with all your favourite songs and other swing classics.

Includes a glass of Prosecco or bottle of Singha Beer per person on arrival – the perfect way to treat that special lady in your life!

£28 per person | Children £14 | Children aged 2 & under free (1 per full paying adult)

Tables available from 12.30pm – 2pm with Bublé Tribute singing from 1pm – 3pm.

Full pre-payment at time of booking required. Non refundable, non transferable.

Fools and Fawlty Towers – Friday 27th March 2020

Only Fools & Fawlty Towers Comedy Dining, Friday 27th March 2020

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.

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.

£39.95 per person including a 3 course meal.

Please note, tickets must be purchased online at

Prohibition Drinks Festival – Friday 1st May 2020

Join us for a Roaring good time!

1920’s glamour awaits as we sweep you back 100 years to an era where mobsters mingled with movie stars, the liquor was wet and the good times roared.

Follow in the footsteps of Al Capone and Bugsy Malone as prohibition fever sweeps the country, and savour the very finest giggle water including world Gins, Bourbons, American IPA’s and more, and when ordering at the bar be sure to keep your voice low and ‘Speakeasy’.

This really is the cat’s pyjamas, so grab your tickets which will include your password – you’ll need this to get through the door, where you’ll be greeted with a free Tom Collins cocktail.

From £11.50 per person


On your tickets – keep it tight

Dress Code

Optional 1920’s roaring glamour / Mobs & Molls

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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.

Frankie Allen Comes to Maidstone! Friday 29th May 2020

Get Ready to Laugh – or Cry! The UK’s Most Feared Comedian is Coming to Maidstone for One Night

Known for his stomach hurting funny one-liners and brutal putdowns, the funny man dubbed as ‘the UK’s most feared comedian’ is touring up and down the country with his sharp wit.

Frankie Allen now has the people of Maidstone on his hit-list next as he heads to Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel on Saturday 29th May 2020 for what’s set to be another hilariously funny sell-out show.

Tickets for Frankie Allen’s headline show at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel are available via skiddle.

Lunch with Eban Brown – Sunday 14th June 2020

Lunch with Eban Brown – Sunday 14th June 2020

On his birthday, the Former Lead Singer of The Stylistics brings his critically acclaimed show to the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Having been a celebrated vocalist with famous groups The Manhattans, The Delfonics and The Moments, Eban easily took on the role of lead vocalist with The Stylistics in 2000. You will get to hear the classics such as ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’ and ‘Can’t Give You Anything’, along with some fresh originals. Look forward to a night of old school American soul.

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

Let’s get ready to go back to the Good Ole Days!

£29.95 per adult | £19.95 per child

Father’s Day Lunch: Only Fools and Three Courses style! Sunday 21st June 2020

Father’s Day Lunch: Only Fools and Three Courses style!

Marlene & Boycie are hosting a Gala Lunch for Father’s Day on Sunday 21st June, 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.


Killinton Detectives Club

Tonight is the Annual Dinner Party of Killinton Detectives Fan Club and everyone is welcome, especially if they are dressed as their favourite detective.

Lady Barbara will be auctioning a signed first edition of a classic detective novel to raise money for the Club’s charity later this evening. However, before she can do so the club’s founding member, John Stanhope, is found dead and the book is missing.

Had John deduced something that was worth killing for? Could there be a killer lurking amid these armchair detectives, hiding in plain sight?

  • Murder Mystery Evening including 3 Course Meal for ONE Guest £39.00
  • Murder Mystery Evening including hotel stay, 3 Course Meal and breakfast for ONE Guest £124.50
  • Murder Mystery Evening including hotel stay, 3 Course Meal and breakfast for TWO Guests £189.00

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

Wedding Fayres at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Wedding Fayres at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

  • Sunday 22nd March
  • Sunday 6th September

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!

Tyber and Pete from The Dualers – Thursday 15th October 2020

Tyber and Pete from The Dualers

Tyber and Pete are the lead singer and lead guitarist of The Dualers, a 9-piece Jamaican Rhythm and Blues 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 or professional backing.

They played alongside great names in Ska and Reggae including The Skatalites, Toots and The Maytals, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, UB40 and Madness.

Join us for an amazing evening at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel.

£22 per person including booking fee. Tickets can only be purchased online at

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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