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Grayson Perry exhibition, Canterbury, Sat 8 Oct – Sun 4 Dec


The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large scale tapestries by acclaimed artist Grayson Perry, created alongside the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series,  All in the Best Possible Taste. Cue lots of thought provoking debate on class, taste and society.

From 9:30am daily, 10am Sundays. Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, High Street, Canterbury CT1 2BD,

Christmas Lights Switch On Party, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 19 Nov


The Pantiles is kicking off the holiday season by throwing a cracker of a party celebrating its big Christmas lights switch on. The merriments will begin with an open air kids disco from 5:30pm-6:30pm followed by an appearance from Father Christmas himself who’ll be switching on the lights. Music will continue on the bandstand from DJ Karl Quinn, followed by Christmas Funk Band at 8pm-10pm. Festive grub including roasted chestnuts and a seasonal bar will also be provided throughout the evening.

5:30pm- till late, The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TN, Tel: 0751416196,

Shalamar Greatest Hits Tour, Margate Winter Garden, Margate, Tue 22 Nov


Disco soul royalty, Shalamar are heading to Margate to perform some of their classic tunes that are known and loved worldwide. Having sold over 25 million records and amassing no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards during their career, this much loved soul group certainly know how to put on an unforgettable show. Performing their famous classics including, I Can Make You Feel Good, Second Time Around and Take That To The Bank, Shalamar promises to make this A Night To Remember. 

7:30pm, Tickets: £27.50-£56. Margate Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HX, Box Office: 01843 292795,

Ice Skating Opening, Calverly Park, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 18 Nov


It’s certainly starting to look a lot like Christmas in Tunbridge Wells as Calverley Park is transformed into an exciting winter wonderland complete with festive refreshment stalls, trader chalets, live entertainment and of course the famous ice rink. This year’s opening gala will be hosted by Heart Radio presenters James Heming and Becky Ives and kicks off with skating displays from local skaters and carols from the Rock Choir. The rink will then open for a special session with classic tunes keeping the party in full swing into the evening. Book you skating session online to avoid disappointment on the day.

5:45pm, Prices: Adults (£10.50-£14.50) Child (£7-£9.50), Calverley Ground, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1BT, Box Office: 01892 554645,

Wealden Times Midwinter Fair, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Thu 17 Nov – Sat 19 Nov


One of Kent’s most respected winter fairs is back for another year selling beautiful products from over 250 hand picked exhibitors. Every trader is chosen for their exceptional quality, good craftsmanship and originality, so you’re bound to scout out some fantastic finds. This is the perfect fair to visit if you want to get organised and stock up on any Christmas necessities such as gifts, decorations or food and drink. Think it’s time to loosen the purse strings again.

9am-4:30pm, Tickets: Adult £9 Child £3.50. The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6PY, 

Children’s Wellie Walk, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Sun 20 Nov


Grab your wellies and head to Leeds Castle to scout out some of the best puddles the castle grounds has to offer. Your mini mudlets can explore the castle gardens keeping an eye out for any resident wildlife such as moorhens and black swans. Suitable footwear and clothing is definitely advisable for this event as children are likely to get slightly muddy.

Meet at the main entrance at 11:30am. Event is included with price of admission and tickets grant repeat admission for a whole year! (Adults £24.50, Child £16.50), Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL, Tel: 01622 765400,

Bottomless Brunch, Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 19 Nov


After the huge success of its first instalment, The Spa Hotel is hosting another fabulous all you can eat event dedicated to everyone’s favourite inbetweeny meal. There’ll be no burnt toast here, the kitchen will be cooking up an assortment of brunch goodies to suit everyone’s taste buds (and waist bands). Guests can order unlimited dishes from the set menu including, Eggs Benedict, truffle scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon and the health lovers staple of smashed avocado on toast. The hotel will also be offering guests unlimited Prosecco, breakfast cocktails and Bloody Marys. Will your eyes be too big for your belly?

11am-3pm, £40 pp, The Spa Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8XJ, Tel: 01892 520331,

Don Giovanni, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Fri 18 Nov


Glyndebourne operatic group are touring the UK with a new and exciting production of Don Giovanni. Mozart’s beautifully composed music is the perfect soundtrack to the dark comedy that tells the story womaniser ‘Don Juan’s’ unusual day that leads to foiled sexual conquests and finally culminates in his murder. The production promises to take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster swinging from comedy to tragedy. This sounds like the perfect evening production for any opera lovers.

7:15pm, Tickets: £31-£57, The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750,

Blood Brothers, Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Mon 21 Nov – Sat 26 Nov


Blood Brothers is the classic story of two long lost twin brothers who after being separated at birth end up living separate lives on opposite sides of the tracks. The musical beautifully portrays the fateful consequences that ensure the brothers become united again. The musical has been a huge success on the West End and has been warmly dubbed the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’ due to its ability to bring the audience to their feet. Don’t miss out on this fantastic production. Tickets are selling quickly so book yours soon to avoid disappointment.

7:30pm everyday, 2:30pm matinees (Wed & Sat), Tickets: £20.50-£37.50, The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1ED, Tel: 01322 220000,

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