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Austin Car Rally

Kent and Sussex Railway, Tenterden (01580 765155) today and tomorrow, pounds 6.50 (pounds 3.25)

If your kids are transport buffs, they're in for a double treat this weekend when not only can they take a seven-mile journey on a steam train, but they can also check out dozens of Austin cars from the 1940s and 1950s.

Apple and Cider Festival

Museum of Kent Life, Cobtree, nr Maidstone (01622 763936) today 11am- 6pm and tomorrow 11am-5pm, pounds 3.95 (pounds 2.45)

Apple-bobbing and apple juice-making are some of the activities on offer when this country-life museum celebrates all things apple this weekend. There is also an adventure playground with mini tractors to drive, plus a children's entertainer.

Book It!

Children's Book Fair, Cheltenham Town Hall and various locations (01242 227979) 10am-6.30pm, events from pounds 3, booking necessary

This book bonanza - which runs over next weekend as well - will feature more than 60 events, ranging from talks by authors such as Quentin Blake to workshops and children's parties. Today's events, part of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, include a Thomas the Tank Engine Tea Party at the Queen's Hotel, and tomorrow, Paddington Bear will be hosting a party at the town hall. There will also be a Multimedia Room where children can try out new software featuring favourite characters such as Bananas in Pyjamas and Wind in the Willows. Entry free.

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