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The Muddy Guide:

The Magic Paintbrush, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Sat 14 Jan


Educational dance company Springs will be presenting the fun and quirky production of The Magic Paintbrush. The show uses interpretative dance to tell the story of a brave young heroine and her quest to bring colour back into her washed-out world with the power of dance. This energetic and vibrant production is the perfect show for young audiences to discover a new genre of storytelling.

2:30pm, Tickets £9, The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750,

International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Mon 16 Jan – Sat 4 Feb


If you have an eye for photography and a love of nature then head to Sissinghurst Castle for a beautiful showcase of the best landscape and garden photography from across the world. Images captured by professional and amateur photographers will be displayed with fresh plants and flowers from the castle grounds to really bring the exhibition to life.

11am-4pm, Free entry after admission (Adult £6.05, Child £2.95, Family £15). Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Biddinden Road, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB,

Simon & Garfunkel Story, Assembly Hall Theatre, Sun 15 Jan


London’s smash hit West End production The Simon & Garfunkel Story is returning to the stage after the phenomenal success of it’s sold out UK tour. The concert style theatre show tells the story of two young men from Queens who become one of the most successful music duos of all time. The production uses state of the art video projection and a talented live band to bring classic hits such as ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘The Sound of Silence’ to life. Don’t miss out on what is guaranteed to be a fantastic evening.

7:30pm, £20. Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU, Tel: 01892 530613,

Ghost The Musical, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Tue 17 Jan – Sat 21 Jan

Ghost the Musical - Jacqui Dubois and company - cMatt Martin

See this timeless story of love, hope and despair in Ben Kenwright’s, Ghost The Musical. This tale takes inspiration from the classic movie featuring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Ghost tells the story of a married couple Molly and Sam whose happiness is cut short when Sam is tragically murdered in a street robbery gone wrong. With the help of a local psychic, Sam endeavours to communicate with Moly to warn her of the impending danger that’s in her future.

7:30pm (Tue-Sat) 2:30pm (Wed & Sat), £22.50-£44.50. The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1ED, Tel: 01322 220000,

Comedy Night, Tonbridge School, Fri 13 Jan


Love comedy? Check out Tonbridge Schools’ monthly comedy night featuring some of the top talent in the circuit. Headlined by Steve Best, known for his abilities as a visual comedian, he harnesses an array of gadgets and gags to keep his audience in stitches. Previously Steve has supported Frank Skinner, Craig Charles and Omid Djalili on their nationwide tours. The act is supported by further top talent from Mark Simmons and Russell Hicks. Check the website for up to date details of comedians for each event.

7:30pm, Tickets: £12. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1JP, Tel: 01732 304241,

Farmyard January Weekends, Kent Life, Maidstone, Sun 14 Jan – Sat 15 Jan


Kent Life is opening its gates every weekend during January offering fun activities with their resident furry, fluffy and feathered friends. Have a snuggle with animals in Cuddle Corner, meet the ponies, jump on the tractor for a farm ride, feed sheep and goats and have a go at family games and pot painting. After the fun packed day of activities don’t forget to grab a bite to eat in Dotty’s tearooms. This sounds like a fun day out that the whole family will enjoy.

10am-3pm, Entry fees: Adult £6.95 Child £5.50. Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU, Tel: 01622 763936,

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