The Muddy Guide

New Year’s Day Dip, Viking Bay, Broadstairs, Sun 1 Jan

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Shake off your Christmas hangovers, throw on your swimmers and get ready to visit the icy cold coastline for a quick dip in the sea. Thousands of people will brave the elements for the annual New Year’s Day dip. “Dippers” traditionally dress in costumes, gathering on the seafront before courageously sprinting into the water. Are you brave enough to take part?

11am, Viking Bay, Victoria Parade, Broadstairs, CT10 1NB

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Day, Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 31 Dec

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Enjoy a day with the whole family this New Years Eve as Groombridge Place is transformed into an exciting circus extravaganza. Try your hand at an assortment of activities such as, stilt walking, juggling, tight rope walking and balloon modelling. There will also be plenty of stalls selling traditional circus grub.

10am – 4pm, Ticket prices: Adult £12.95 Child £8.95. Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9QG, Tel: 01892 861444, groombridgeplace.com

New Years Eve Black Tie and Tiara Ball, Port Lympne Hotel, Ashford, Sat 31 Dec

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Come dressed to impress at the Port Lympne Hotel Black tie and Tiara Ball this New Years Eve. Expect to be welcomed with champagne on arrival before tucking in to a delicious four course dinner followed by coffee and petit fours. Watch the DJ take to the dance floor playing tracks till 1am.

7pm – 1am, Tickets: Adult £99.00 per person (£10.00 per person non-refundable deposit).Port Lympne Reserve, Aldington Rd, Lympne, Hythe, CT21 4LR, aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne

Motown Evening, Eastwell Manor, Ashford, Thu 29 Dec

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Prepare to relive the swinging 60’s as you put on your dancing shoes and party the night away! The evening kicks off with Motown inspired cocktails in the Great Hall and continues to the Manor Restaurant where a table d’hote awaits you. Work off your dinner on the dance floor as some fab singers will be performing Motown hits. Book an overnight stay including a full English breakfast and use of the spa facilities from only £85.00 per person.

7pm, £80pp, Eastwell Manor, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4HR, Tel: 01233 213000, eastwellmanor.co.uk

Hug-Many New Years Eve Celebrations, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 31 Dec

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Head down to The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells for this family friendly event with live music, fireworks and DJ sets. Enjoy plenty of food and drink from the numerous stalls as you watch performances from Blues Brother’s Little Brother, Jokin Apart and Charlotte Bartholomew. Be sure to pick up a free balloon for the Mini Muddies. Over 2,000 people attended in 2015 and I heard good reports. The organisers Hug-Many will be raising money for The Pickering Cancer Drop in Centre and Ellenor Children’s Charity. 

7pm – 12:30am, Tickets: Adult £10.00 per person (charitable donation) Children under 12 go free. The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TN, Tel: 0751416196, thepantiles.com

Breakfast & Ramble, Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, Sun 1 Jan

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Would a delicious English breakfast wake you up from your post Christmas stupor? Ightham Mote is holding a fun event to get you out of the house and to take a stroll. Tuck into the nations favourite full English and head out on an informal guided walk around the estate.

10am-1pm, £21.50 per person, Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT, Tel: 01732 811314, nationaltrust.org.uk

Winter Walks and Fairground, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Tue 27 Dec – Tue 2 Jan

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Wrap up warm and head to Hever Castle for a relaxing day exploring the castle grounds. Inside the castle the log fires are ready to warm up any ears, noses and fingers while outside a vintage funfair has been assembled complete with coconut shy, swing boats and a hall of mirrors. There’s also still time to place your wishes on the Wishing Tree.

10:30am-4:30pm, Event is free after admission: Adult £16.50 Child £9.30. Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, Tel: 01732 865224, hevercastle.co.uk

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