The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

The Muddy Guide: 23 – 29 June

23 Jun 2016

Summer Wine Festival, The Corn Exchange, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 24 Jun

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Over 120 wines, champagnes and spirits will be on offer to taste at The Secret Cellar’s popular annual event. Whether you think of yourself as an expert wine taster (everyone that’s ever sat next to me at a dinner party) or just an expert wine drinker (me), this event is great fun for novices and connoisseurs alike. Staff and suppliers will be on hand to give you the best information on the products on show.

6:30pm-9:30pm, Tickets: £20. The Corn Exchange, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TE, Tel: 01892 537981, thesecretcellar.co.uk

Messy Art and Craft, Godinton House, Ashford, Sat 25 Jun

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This is a lovely workshop for the Mini Muddies to get very messy and create visually exciting paintings using a variety of mixed media materials. Art tutor Kaidy Lewis will be on hand to guide parents and their children to find your creative side and have fun while getting messy. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

10:30am-12pm, Tickets: Adult (one child) £10 or Adult (two children) £12. Godington House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP, Tel: 01233 643854, godintonhouse.co.uk

Craft Fair, Quex Park, Birchington, Sat 25 Jun & Sun 26 Jun

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Summer really is the season for craft fairs and if you’re a devoted craft lover visit Quex Park for its latest weekend offering that is raising funds for Kent Air Ambulance. A huge array of unique crafts and gifts will be on sale while local Kentish food and drink will also be provided. Entertainment from the Cadet Band will be in full force throughout the day, as will a beer tent, BBQ and outdoor children’s ay area.

10am-4pm, £1 per person, Quex Park, Birchington, CT7 0BH, Tel: 01843 846305, quexpark.co.uk

Hever in Bloom, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Mon 27 Jun – Sun 3 Jul

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Celebrating the Year of the English Garden, Hever will be holding it’s annual event that showcases the award winning gardens of the castle grounds at the height of their summertime beauty. A free tour led by one of the Hever’s gardening team members will take place daily at 11am. Gardening talks will also take place daily at 1:30pm and 3pm covering interesting topics including medicinal plants, poisons and potions. You can also book now to take part in the floristry workshop that will take place at 2pm daily.

11am – 6pm, Event included in admission: Adult  £16.50 Child £9.30. Floristry workshop should be pre-booked and costs £12. Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, Tel: 01732 865224, hevercastle.co.uk

Grumpy Old Women, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Fri 24 Jun

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Returning after their sell-out 2015 tour the Grumpies are back to shed some cynical light on situations and knock some sense into the nation. The Grumpy Old Women who will be taking to the stage will be Jenny Éclair, Susan Blake and Kate Robbins. The ladies will be discussing oh so important topics including the joy of large pants, beards for women and offering a free nagging master class. Come and enjoy some big laughs of the stage rendition of the hit television show.

8pm, Tickets: £26 + booking fee. The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1ED, Tel: 01322 220000, orchardtheatre.co.uk

The Marlowe Comedy Club, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Sat 25 Jun

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The Marlowe Theatre’s extremely popular comedy night will be giving you the chance to enjoy some of the best up and coming stand-up artists from around the UK. The stand-up stars who will be taking to the stage on Saturday will be Gareth Richards, Andy Storey and Kieran Boyd.

8pm, Tickets: £14 + booking fee. The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750, marlowetheatre.com

Tunbridge Wells Art Fair, Assembly Hall Theatre, Fri 24 Jun – Sun 26 Jun

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The Tunbridge Wells – International Art Fair (TWIAF) is putting on a boutique arts event that’s aim is to help raise the profile of local artists and business in Kent. TWIAF is enthusiastic about representing young aspiring artists so will also be exhibiting a selection of local school’s art projects.

Fri (11am-8pm) Sat (11am-6pm) Sun (11am-5pm), Tickets: £6, Free on Friday. Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU, Tel: 01892 530613, assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Gulliver’s Travels, Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Sevenoaks, Sun 26 Jun

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The beautiful setting of Sevenoaks Wildlife reserve provides a backdrop to this outdoor theatre experience for the family to enjoy. Grab your picnic basket, camp chairs and maybe a brolly (just in case) and watch comedic theatre group The Pantaloons perform an energetic adaption of Gulliver’s Travels. The Pantaloons are promising puppetry, songs and clowning around in this great weekend event. Book now before tickets run out!

2:30pm-4:30pm, Tickets: Adult £13.50 Child £8 (plus booking fee).  Sevenoaks Wildlife reserve & Visitor Centre, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3DH, Tel: 01622 662012, kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

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Run or Dye, Penshurst Place, Sun 3 Jul

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The World’s Most Colourful 5K race – it looks so much fun I might even just do this one myself. There’s still spaces left for individual runners (7 year or older) or Mini Runners (6 years an under) Family or Group Runners. Muddy readers can use the code below to sign up to the race for £15.00 (normal entry price £25.00) To enter click here. Discount code: MUDSTILROD16

10.30am Start. Standard individual ticket costs £25 which includes your race entry, bib number, t-shirt, goodie bag and entry to the post-race dye festival! Penshurst Place, Kent, TN11 8DG. 01892 870825, runordye.co.uk

Kids Week, Free London Show Tickets, on sale now!

Whoo-hoo! Kids Week is back, offering free tickets to more than 35 top London Shows for kids 16 or under when accompanied by a full paying adult. Also if you’re riddled with children, you’ll be pleased to know that you can get two extra kids tickets at half price! Booking is now open, and the offer is valid for performances from 1-31 August, but you’ve got to be quick as the good ones sell out really fast!

kidsweek.co.uk

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Kent Edition