The Muddy Guide: Thurs 3 – Weds 9 Mar
The Revenant, Kino Cinema Hawkhurst, Mon 7 Mar and Wed 9 Mar
Blessed as I am with the gift of sight, yeah sure, Leo is hot. But I swear by Merlin’s beard that’s not the reason he’s been one of my all time favourite actors since, like forever. I could literally list half a dozen other films for which he equally deserved to raise the ripped golden torso. Man that guy can act. If you haven’t yet seen the Revenant, it’s still showing across Kent, see below. If, like me, you like indie cinemas you can catch it at the Kino in Hawkhurst where it’s showing at 5.45pm on Monday. If you’ve got kids and that time is no good you could catch it straight after the school drop off on Wednesday at 9.45am, providing you live within a half an hour radius (must leave time for breakfast popcorn purchasing).
Chiddingstone Castle’s Literary Festival, Sun 1 May – Tues 3 May
Tickets go on sale this week for the brand new Literary Festival that will take place in the gardens of Chiddington Castle. Includes appearances from Kent-born Janet Ellis (of Blue Peter fame) talking about her debut novel The Butcher’s Hook and a performance from Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey and Cold Feet). There’ll be children’s theatre, story-telling, poetry and some of the best children’s authors (including Sally Gardner and Nicky Singer) who will also be there to inspire and talk to the next generation – these tickets have almost sold out so jump to it!
Literary Festival, Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AD. Tel: 01892 870347. For programme information and tickets press here.
Annie, the musical tour, the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells, Thurs 3 Mar – Sat 5 Mar
Haven’t yet booked your tickets to see this family favourite? Still sitting on the fence? Read my review about why you can Bet Your Bottom Dollar it’s worth the money. There’s still time you know. When to go? Tonight or Tomorrow. Altogether now, ‘Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya tomorrow…’
Annie plays at the Assembly Hall Theatre, until Sat 5 Mar 2016. Tickets can be bought here and cost £28.50 – £38.50.
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Train and High Tea, Sun 6 Mar
If you’re stuck for a Mother’s Day trip out rides on this train are unlimited and, although the pre-booked High Tea tables (in the vintage Tea Room at Hythe) are now all reserved the organisers say there may well be some last minute availability on the day. There’s even drive-a-train sessions for mums at New Romney Station (if it’s always been your burning ambition) but be advised, don’t wear your Sunday best!
Romney Rover tickets can be found here. Tel: 01797 362353.
Ightham Mote, Mothering Sunday, Cream Tea and massage, Sun 5 Mar
Still searching for a last minute Mother’s Day idea? Now this one caught my eye. I love cream tea – don’t get me wrong – but adding in a hand massage? Genius idea! Hand massages are on offer to any Mums visiting this Medieval moated manor house and gardens this weekend – you can’t book in advance and if it’s a super sunny day and there’s a big turnout you may have to queue, so get in early!
Ightam Mote, National Trust building, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT, open 11am – 3pm. Kids have option of creating a handmade flower and lunch or cream tea is on offer in the Mote Café. Normal admission prices apply, suggested donation 50p per flower.
Into the Hoods: Remixed, Tues 8 Mar – Wed 9 Mar
If you missed this award-winning production that stormed the West End in 2008 here’s a second chance to catch it with this newly revamped version. Under the direction of Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince, the much-loved – and totally unique – hip hop interpretation of the original fairy tale has had fab reviews. You’ll no doubt score some serious brownie points with older kids and teens alike, but you might enjoy it too.
Dartford Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1ED. Tel: 01322 220000 Tue 8 – Wed 9 March, 2pm, 7:30pm. Tickets here.
Tom Stade: You’re Welcome! Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 4 Mar
There are literally only a handful of tickets left to this brand new show from this cool, charismatic Canadian (he’s got the look and voice of Mr Blond in Reservoir Dogs) this guy is comedy rock ‘n’ roll. I’ve seen him live and he is hilarious – if you want to get a flavour of his style watch his Live from the Apollo sketch about Argos on Youtube. He’s sure to be ruminating on life’s oddities and sharing in his own shortcomings. People of Tunbridge Wells (and surrounding areas)… You’re Welcome!
Trinity Theatre, Church Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1JP. Tel: 01892 678678. Tickets here, 8pm.
Clean for The Queen, (C4Q) events all around Kent, 4 Mar – 6 Mar
Just a reminder that it’s Clean For The Queen (C4Q) this weekend – and if cleaning for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations doesn’t incentivise you, clean for your country, or your county or just yourself. A national litter clean up can surely only be a good thing in my books. There’s loads happening all round the country this weekend the thinking is that cleaning the hedgerows is easier now before it all grows back in the summer. This campaign – which has now gone nationwide – was started by one mum from Kent (Horsmonden to be precise).
Visit cleanforthequeen.co.uk to find a clean up event near you. Horsmonden Parish Council, community clean-up event, Sat March 5, at 10 am kicking off at the Social Club where the WI has kindly agreed to provide tea and cakes (now there’s my incentive!)