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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 12 – Wed 18 May

Pantiles Food Festival, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 13 May – Sun 15 May

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This weekend the Pantiles plays host to the finest locally produced food and drink on offer in Kent. As well as the yummy delights on sale, special guests will also be in attendance including celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager and Mat Riley from Great British Bake Off. Get your pull along shopping trolley at the ready – I’ve got a feeling there’s going to be a lot of tasty treats you’ll want to take home.

Friday: 12pm-5pm Sat: 10am-5pm Sun: 10am-4pm. Free entry. The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TN, Tel: 0751416196, pantilestraders.co.uk

Guided Park Walks, Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Sat 14 May – 22 May

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As this month is National Walking Month it would be criminal to not include one of Kent’s favourite walking destinations in this week’s guide. Obviously the point of a guided walk is not because they think you’ll get lost but more so you can discover hidden history, stories and wildlife throughout the 1,000-acre medieval deer park.

2pm-2:45pm, Booking not needed. Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP, Tel: 01732 462100, nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

Craft and Cocktail Club, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Fri 13 May

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I wanted to include this in the guide for anyone in North Kent and also quite frankly because it’s a bit different and quirky and I like both those things. So the brains behind crafting website These Glittery Hands has devised an event that combines the fun of getting creative with the necessity of cocktails. At the Craft and Cocktail Club you hand make three new items each session – stuff like bath bombs, garlands, makeup bags and flower crowns (festival season is round the corner after all). All this with a cocktail in hand, who said we couldn’t multi task?

7pm, Tickets: £15. Churchill Theatre, High St, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA, Tel: 020 3285 6000, churchilltheatre.co.uk

Seal and Wildlife Watching, Sea Searcher Boat Trips, Ramsgate, Wed 18 May

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The summer boat tour season has begun – get those binoculars and cameras at the ready kids! Ahem, and wildlife loving adults of course. This is an unforgettable chance to see what awesome creatures inhabit our Kent coastline. Boat trips are organised to coincide with tidal flows giving you the best chance of seeing seals in their natural habitat. Don’t worry if you miss this date, as there’s a tonne of alternative days available during the summer months.

10am, Tickets: £20 pp. Pier Yard, Royal Harbour, Ramsgate, CT11 8LS, Tel: 07837562076, seasearcher.co.uk

Museum At Night, Quex Park & Powel Cotton Museum, Birchington, Sat 14 – Sun 15 May

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This is an exciting event for all the Mini Muddies to enjoy. Not only will children have the chance to camp out with the resident lions, tigers and bears of the museum but also play games in the garden and join in the torchlight trail. A light breakfast will be provided in the ticket cost but places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

8pm-9am, Tickets: Adult £35 Child £30 Family £120. Quex Park, Birchington, CT7 0BH, Tel: 01843 841119, quexpark.co.uk

Golf Like a Girl, Beginner, Hever Castle, Hever, Wed 18 May

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Golf Like a Girl was set up with the aim of encouraging more women to take to the greens and enjoy golf. The event starts with meeting the rest of the group over a coffee, to 90 minutes of coaching with The Castle Golf School professionals. Once this is complete you can progress to a 2 hour game on the Princes 9 hole course. No pressed shorts or Pringle sweaters required.

10:30am-2pm, Contact 01732 701003 for prices. Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, hevercastle.co.uk

Yoga Retreat, Boreplace, Chiddingstone, Sun 15 May

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As the saying goes ‘a Sunday well spent brings a week of content’ and it seems Yoga Retreat is living by this mantra. This Sunday course taught by British Wheel of Yoga certified teachers Charlotte Higgins and Gail Davies promises to leave you feeling wonderfully invigorated, refreshed and renewed. The course is appropriate for all levels of experience (phew!) and includes a vegetarian lunch. So if you fancy an alternative form of relaxation to your Sunday evening tipple, book now before spaces fill up.

10am-4pm, £50pp. Commonwork, Bore Place, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AR, Tel: Charlotte 01306 880498, Gail 01883 65229, boreplace.org

The Magic of Motown, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Fri 13 May

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Marking its 10th birthday The Magic of Motown will be sure to dazzle the audience with an assortment of legendary Motown revivals. The talented cast will be performing hits from artists including: Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Jackson 5. Amid the buzz of sparkling wardrobe changes, these amazing performances will have any soul man or women on their feet.

7:30pm, Tickets: £26.50 + booking fee. The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750, marlowetheatre.com

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The Wealden Literary Festival, Boldshaves Garden, Woodchurch, Nr Tenterden, 18 – 19 Jun

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The Wealden Literary Festival is a celebration of the outdoors, the natural world and the earth beneath our feet. And this is the first year for this two-day event. It’s won the backing of award-winning landscape and travel writer Robert Macfarlane and will take place in the renowned gardens and woodland at Boldshaves in Woodchurch. As well as talks from authors and travel writers there’ll be food stalls, craft stalls and workshops. And for the Mini Muddies wildlife safaris and nature trails. A beautiful venue and a different day out: *book* your ticket now. Get it?!

All tickets £5 (includes access to festival site), Day pass, £25 (includes entrance to festival site and all talks in The Garden Tent on that day). Boldshaves Garden, Woodchurch TN26 3RA, wealdenliteraryfestival.co.uk

 

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