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The Muddy Guide

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. After all that fresh air you’ll want to the Moat Restaurant for a warming drink.

Fifty Shades Darker, The Stag Theatre, 26 Feb

Fancy a night out with the girls? Okay, sure, Fifty Shades Of Grey was not exactly Citizen Kane but I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to see Jamie Dornan’s buttocks under any circumstances. So count me in for this sequel, adapted from the second book in EL James’ bestselling erotic fiction trilogy. Word of warning – a friend of mine took her husband to see the first film and the poor man was the only bloke in the cinema amid a gaggle of giggling women, so this is definitely a girl gang thing.

OKA, Interior Design Workshop, Hoopers, Tunbridge Wells, Tues 28 Feb

OKA are running Interior Design Workshop at their OKA concession in Hoopers Department store, Tunbridge Wells. It’ll take the form of a relaxed coffee morning where customers will be able to meet our Interior Designers and get some top tips for updating their home for the season.

10:30am – 12:30pm

Quench Cycles launches at Cyclopark, Gravesend

Gravesend has a new state-of-the-art cycle track perfect if you, or anyone in your family, is into BMX tracks, road tracks, mountain bike trails, skate parks – you name it… And Quench Cycles (the team behind the bike hire at Bedgebury Pinetum) are opening an expert hire shop at the new Cyclopark, so they’ll be on hand for all your bike-related needs (repairs, bike hire, cycle courses and gear).

The Full Monty, Marlowe Theatre, Mon 20 – Sat 25 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 (the genius behind Slumdog Millionaire) and is currently touring the UK. The star spangled cast includes Gary Lucy, (oh come on – we all remember Footballers’ Wives!) Andrew Dunn, Chris Fountain and Louis Emerick. And, in answer to your question, yes apparently they *really* do!

Penshurst Choral Society Concert, 25 Feb

If you’re in need of something terribly grown up after Half Term shenanigans then this ought to do it. Haydn’s Te Deum No 2 in C major, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor – you know that sort of thing. Conducted by Anthony Zerpa Falcon and it’s taking place at Jubilee Hall, Holmewood House School, Langton Green.

Weekend Yoga Retreat, Oxon Hoath, 24 Feb

Need to get away from it all? This YOGA JAM weekend comes to you curtesy of FLOW, the popular Tunbridge Wells yoga studio. Now they’re branching out to these amazing weekend retreats. Celebrating the practices of Yoga, Meditation, Applied Anatomy, Deep Dance, Pranayama and even Gong Baths! It’s open to all abilities and is definitely not Boot Camp and a glass of wine if fine too they assure me! It’s just about having a change of scene, totally unwinding and having someone else cook the (no doubt fairly healthy) food for a change. Book your place now to secure one of the last spaces remaining.


Below the stairs tour, Leeds Castle, 30 Mar, 27 Apr, 24 May

Something quirky & niche to try this week… (no I’m not talking Fifty Shades Darker, that’s next – see below…) The discreet running of a large household in the 1930s took military precision. Visit restricted areas below stairs to learn how the castle servants went about their daily duties and made all this seem effortless. Price £5 per person (price is in addition to entry fee). Max 15 people per tour.
Tours start at 11.30am and must be pre-booked online. A valid admission ticket is also required.

Chris Ramsey, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Sat 4 Mar

The hilarious Chris Ramsey as seen on Celebrity Juice, League Of Their Own and other great comedy panel shows is coming to Kent at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre – book your seats now!

Babe The Pig Live, Theatre Royal, Margate

Remember that lovable little pig from our childhood (no, not the Charlotte’s Web one, the other one)? Show kids a true family classic live on stage with this under-dog-with-big-dreams stage hit.

Kids Travel for £1, Spa Valley Railway Steam Trains, Tue 14 – Sun 19 Mar

Train mad mini muddies can enjoy this ride through the stunning High Weald countryside on this classic heritage train – and travel for just £1 (I suppose you’ll probably have to go with them…) With Kids travelling for just a quid it means a whole family (2A + 2C) can enjoy the day out from just £22, depending on which day of the week you go.

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