Bumper Muddy Guide
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! Also taking place at Leeds Castle this hols is Birds, Bugs & Beasts – a visit from the UK’s number one animal handling company ‘Zoolab’ with an assortment of creepy crawlies and wriggly reptiles.
For the Wellie Walk, meet at the Ticket Office at the Main Entrance at 11.30am. Birds, Bugs & Beasts is included in admission price, leeds-castle.com
The Great Illustrator’s Trail, Penshurst Place, Sat 11 Feb
Wander through the beautiful winter gardens and match fantastic illustrations, to the much-loved children’s books they come from. Solve a riddle or two along the way – thinking caps at the ready – and then head to Penshurst Place’s cute Porcupine Pantry tea rooms for some sweet pastries (you’ve earned them).
Roller Disco, Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Tue 14 Feb
There seems to be a real roller disco resurgence going on at the mo. So get your skates on (literally) and roll up, roll up to this roller disco event that the whole family can take part in (er, should you so wish). Whether you’re a seasoned pro or likely to be found clinging onto the sides for dear life (yup, been there), all abilities are welcome. Great day out for the kids and a hit of nostalgia and excuse for a stiff drink afterwards for the rest of us. Skates and safety equipment will be provided for every skater.
12:30pm-2pm, Tickets: £6.50, Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1LW, Tel: 01732 470700, sensio.org.uk
Wild Adventure Week, Groombridge Place
A great option for any animal loving or out-doorsy type kids. There’s three jungle explorer shows per day and a whole load of activities on offer that are free with admission including: den building, wildlife crafts, meet the animals and build a bug hotel or nest. As well as all the wild adventure activities, everyone will have access to the Enchanted Forest to enjoy playing and exploring Crusoe’s World, with its authentic large wooden ship complete with zip wire and rope bridges. That should knacker them out before tea time!
10am – 4pm, Admission: Adult £8.95, Child £7.45. Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9QG, Tel: 01892 861444, groombridgeplace.com
Circus Zyair, The Hop Farm, Fri 10 – Sun 19 Feb
A colourful and action packed hour and a half show with high energy fun that ought to captivate even the most demanding of attention spans. The 2017 tour combines circus, music and laughter and all takes place in a heated big top, complete with comfy seating – these things are important.
All seats just £7.99, for Half Term Special Offer. Check website for showtimes, zyair.co.uk
The Close up Magic Show, The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, 17 Feb
If you’ve got older kids that are into the likes of Dynamo or David Blaine, you could treat them to this show. There’s 3 magicians and 3 tables – so it’s a very intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand. With performers direct from the sell-out shows at The Magic Circle, a strictly limited audience will get to meet them and probably take part in some of the tricks themselves. Seeing is believing, so they say…
AND FOR GROWN UP FUN…
The Full Monty, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Mon 13 Feb – Sat 18 Feb
The iconic film about six unemployed steel workers who decide to form a male striptease act has been adapted for stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy and is currently touring the UK. Head to Dartford to see this smash hit production thats star spangled cast includes Gary Lucy, (oh come on – we all remember Footballers’ Wives!) Andrew Dunn, Chris Fountain and Louis Emerick. Book your ticket now to avoid disappointment as they’re selling out fast…
Show times: 7:30pm (Mon-Sat), 2:30pm (Wed & Sat), Ticket price: £22.50 – £49. The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1ED, Tel: 01322 220000, orchardtheatre.co.uk
Kent Wedding Fair, Sat 18 Feb, East Sutton
If you’re *squeak* planning your wedding this year then this is the perfect chance to speak to local wedding experts including photographers, cake makers, florists, jewellery, lighting, hair stylists, celebrants, favours, ice creams, photo booth bus, circus acts, DJ and brilliant local caterers, like Home Gurr’own, who recently gave me their Top 10 Party Tips, (read them here). Even better, the event is all housed in stunning tipis.
Free entry, 10am – 4pm, Friday Street Farm, East Sutton, ME17 3DD, homegurrown.co.uk/kent-wedding-fair
Aubrey Logan, Music Rooms, Pizza Express, Maidstone, Sat 18 Feb
PizzaExpress Live presents more than 1000 shows each year across a number of venues, including Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho and the Music Room in Maidstone (seating is split over two levels, with balcony tables directly overlooking the stage). The Maidstone Music Room showcases a pretty darn high calibre of live music every weekend – such as American pop/jazz singer, Aubrey Logan, above. She’s an award-winning artist who takes a song you’ve heard a thousand times and spins it on its heels – and does one or two of her own too. Live music, food and leather trousers – 3 of my favourite things unite.
Doors Open 7:00pm, Show Starts 8:30pm, pizzaexpresslive.com
Ross Noble: Brain Dump, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Sat 11 Feb
This Geordie funny man has been a comedy favourite on both panel shows and the stand-up circuit for years and is now touring the UK with his new show, Brain Dump. Renowned for his quick whit and imaginative comedic style, a Ross Noble stand up performance is one not to be forgotten. Get your tickets now as they’re selling out fast!
7:30pm, £25 (plus booking fees). The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750, marlowetheatre.com
Valentines Dine and Stay, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Sat 11 Feb – Sun 12 Feb
Hever Castle is offering a wonderful dine and stay event especially for Valentines Day. Enjoy a special six course meal with a glass of wine (or two) followed by music from a harpist with coffee and chocolates. After sleeping in one of Hever Castle’s five star bedrooms breakfast will be served the next morning with a red rose provided for each couple. This event is perfect if you and your other halves are stumped with what to do for Valentines and with complimentary access to the castle and grounds provided there will certainly be plenty to see and do over the weekend.
Rooms range from: £205-£240 (per person), hevercastle.co.uk