Category: What’s On
Do you want to break free? Go on, unplug yourself from the vacuum cleaner, put on your fake Freddy moustache and inflatable breasts and release yourself from the confine of your county. You’re bound to get at least half an hour down the road before someone arrests you.
Urban Festival, Southbank, London
Breakdancing battles, dance residencies, workshops, lots of free family events, workshops and parties at the South Bank Centre’s Urban Festival showcasing the best in street culture from 1 – 17 April.
The excuse to eat our own body weight in chocolate is back again. It’s come around fast, as it always does, but begads we’re prepared for you, Easter hols! Muddy Stilettos will not be defeated by children or boredom (or, um, both) and so here, for your delectation, is the definitive, comprehensive, curated, totally indispensable Muddy Guide to the Easter holidays.
Leeds Castle Easter Quest, 1- 17 Apr
Sling the stilettos and grab your welly boots!
Shakespeare Week Quest, Leeds Castle, 20 – 26 Mar
Across the nation we’re about to celebrate Shakespeare Week (aimed at giving primary school children a great first encounter of the works of William S). And at Leeds Castle they’re joining in the fun with this timely quest to challenge your knowledge about the Bard. No, sorry, no Joseph Fiennes present this year – just couldn’t resist a chance to use this piccie with a chest:shirt ratio that even puts Simon Cowell in the shade.
The Crucible, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Tues 14 – Sat 18 Mar
Wow, this production looks goooood. The cast is superb for a start – it stars Charlie Condou (Coronation Street), as the witch hunter, Reverend Hale, and Victoria Yeates (Call the Midwife), as the falsely accused Elizabeth Proctor. Gripping, chilling, powerful, intense…if you like those things, you’re in for a treat. Did you read the play at school?
Mr Darcy Loses The Plot at Theatre Royal Margate, Wed 8 March
Jane Austen sits writing, her quill scurrying across the parchment. She is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in *very* tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her work. Now left to his own devices, Darcy embroiders his own storyline whilst his creator stitches her quilt. When Jane returns she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a different tune.
Women Work, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 8 Mar
Going back to work after kids but lost your confidence? Need a work wardrobe overhaul? The Women Work event brings together for the first year a full day of fantastic FREE workshops – including talks by top stylists, make up artists, confidence coaches – to name a few. There’s also lots of career advice on offer from how to present a career break on your CV to how to start up your own business.
Snowdrop Walk, Hever Castle, from 11 Feb
For me, there’s nothing that holds more promise than a heavenly carpet of snowdrops… (Well, apart from watching the sunrise from my beach hut in Bora Bora, but you get my drift…) It’s the sign that spring has truly sprung. Visitors can enjoy this magical trail of snowy white bulbs starting to emerge from their winter hibernation, thanks so over 60,000 snowdrop bulbs planted in the Gardens over the past six years.
FOR FAMILY FUN…
Children’s Wellie Walk, Leeds Castle, 11, 12, 16, 17 Feb
Sling aside those stilettos, grab your wellies, and get the kids out in the fresh air. Have lots of splashy fun in the gorgeous surrounds of Leeds Castle this holiday, as the kids hunt down items on their eye-spy sheet. Get to the kids to spot Moorhens, Black Swans and other wildlife while jumping in a few puddles along the way and getting a little muddy!
Chilli Ski Sale, The Queens Inn, Hawkhurst, Sat 4 Feb
Are you planning a winter ski trip this year? They’re always such fun and amazing exercise but can be known to give the purse a real workout as well. Chilli Ski is a fantastic company that offers affordable and quality second hand ski gear for men, women and children. Their pop up shop selling everything from jackets to gloves will take place in The Queens Inn in Hawkhurst (great little pub with some scrummy grub).
Josie Long: Something Better, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Wed 1 Feb
Stand-up comedian and three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Josie Long is bringing her new show, Something Better to Canterbury. The show is all about wanting more from life and the struggles that come with trying to realise who you are and what you can’t change. Her sharp and self-deprecating style of comedy is the perfect mixture in creating a thoroughly entertaining (and rather funny) show.