New Tourist Trail Launched

Darling Buds of May trail cover

Our new Darling Buds of May – Garden of England Trail has now been launched

Kent County Council Film Office has teamed up with Visit Kent, Produced in Kent, Explore Kent and Kent Life to bring you the The Darling Buds of May – Garden of England Trail.

On Friday the 8th of July, we invited Richard Bates, son of H.E. Bates and Executive Producer of The Darling Buds of May, as well as a few locals and journalists to walk down memory lane with us and preview the new tourist trail we have just launched to the public.

We visited Buss Farm, home of the Larkin’s, where Roger Holmes’ warm memories of the filming kept the chilly weather at bay.

We then made a quick stop at one of the food and drinks producers on the trail, the Kent Tea and Trading Company, who blend the infamous Pluckley Tea and gave us a fascinating insight in to their business as well as a taster of a ‘ghostly brew’.

In Pluckley Village, a Kent Greeter awaited us to tell us all about the many filming locations for the series, before we retired to Pop Larkins’ local, The Black Horse, where a warm welcome awaited us.


Kent Greeter in Pluckley

Kent Greeter in Pluckley © KCC Film Office


Georgia and Kirsty at Kent County Show Stand

Georgia and Kirsty at Kent County Show Stand


Richard Bates sharing memories at Black Horse

Richard Bates sharing memories at Black Horse©KCC Film Office

If you didn’t catch us on Radio Kent or BBC Southeast and would like to find out what the journalists thought of the trail, why not check out the following links:

BBC Online
Kent Life Magazine

Our stand at the Kent County Show in Detling last weekend proved to be a very successful way of marking the launch of the Tourist Trail, attracting both the young and the old despite the blustery weather.