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The Muddy Guide: 1 – 7 Sept


Dirty Dancing, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Thu 1 Sep – Sat 10 Sep

Have the time of your life (sorrrry) at the fantastic stage rendition of this 80’s classic. Follow the journey of Baby as she discovers the underground world of dirty dancing and catches the eye of head dance instructor Johnny while holidaying with her family at an activities resort. The vibrant production is supported by a toe-tapping medley of music including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Cry To Me, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Love Is Strange and Do You Love Me. Tickets are going quickly so hot foot it across the floor.

Showings: 2:30pm, 5pm, 7:30pm, 8pm. Tickets: £22 – £45.50. The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1ED, Tel: 01322 220000,

Handmade and Homegrown Festival, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Fri 2 Sep – Sun 4 Sep


Hever Castle is putting on an event celebrating everything handmade and homegrown from talented local artisans. Sample or purchase foodie delights including delicious cheeses, chocolates, and preserves from great local producers. Stalls will also sell handmade soaps, jewellery, ceramics and beautiful homeware items – perfect for gifting or for you and your home. The annual Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition will also be on show celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Quilters Guild who will be in attendance holding sewing demonstrations for kiddies and adults.

Event is free after admission: Adult £16.50 Child £9.30. Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, Tel: 01732 865224,

September Farmers Market, Penshurst Place, Tonbridge, Sat 3 Sep


Head over to Penshurst’s famous farmers market to pick up some fantastic local delights. The monthly market will host over 40 stalls offering the best quality food and drink from producers around Kent. Make sure there’s room in the fridge for your return!

9:30am-12pm, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG, Tel: 01892 87030,

Into The Woods Festival, Secret Woodland Location, Kent, Fri 2 Sep – Sat 3 Sep


Into The Woods is an annual festival that prides itself on finding the best new musical acts and will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The festival is nestled in a secret woodland location that will be revealed near to the time of the event. As well as the brilliant up and coming musical talent on offer, other entertainment will include short film showings, workshops and beautiful art installations. A silent disco (have you tried one yet?) and giant bonfire will also keep you partying through the night. Whether you want to relax in the Kent countryside or immerse yourself in the diverse entertainment on offer this sounds like a thoroughly unique experience not to be missed.

Gates open 3pm on Friday, Tickets: Adult £125 Child £40 (includes camping). The secret location of ITW has not been revealed just yet but the nearest train station is Staplehurst.

Faversham Hop Festival, Faversham Town Centre, Sat 3 Sep – Sun 4 Sep


Head to Faversham this weekend and celebrate Kent’s hop picking industry with a fabulous weekend of live entertainment, attractions and of course a spot of beer drinking. The days festivities will commence with a morning parade on both Saturday and Sunday leading the way into a fun packed weekend of events – including a fun fair, children’s entertainment, Hoppers Market, brewery tour and live music hosted by the town’s pubs.

11:30am Sat & 10:30am Sun,

Camel Race Day, Chilham Castle, Chilham, Sun 4 Sep


Fancy a unique day out and some alternative family fun? (Or, at the very least, a day to remember!) Visit the magnificent setting of Chilham castle for a whacky day of camel races. The day’s proceedings will also include camel rides, Mongolian wrestling, puppet shows, archery and live music. You can also visit the diverse stalls to shop for quirky gifts or grab some refreshments including camel milk ice cream!

1pm, £5 entry (children under 12 free). Chilham Castle, Chilham, Kent.

The Optimal Body Workshop, Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 3 Sep

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Is your body your temple? It will be after this workshop. Whether you’re a health nut or a self-confessed couch potato looking to make a change this workshop is aimed at improving your nutrition and exercise knowledge and help you reach your goals. Don’t forget to grab your gym kit as the day will include a range of workout exercises with expert coaches to get your core tight, arms toned and legs feeling strong. These fitness sessions will be combined with nutrition master classes to help you personalise an optimum diet to get your body feeling and looking great.

9am-5pm, £65, Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8XJ, [email protected],

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