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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 14 – Wed 20 July

“Kill The Cardigan”, Image and Style Workshop, Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Tue 19 Jul


If you’re interested in sharpening up your work wardrobe WellStyled is launching a unique training course to help women kill the cardigan and learn how to dress to impress. Style Coach and Personal Stylist, Siobhan Young, will be running a three-hour Women in Business Workshop to help you hone your professional style and “dress like you mean business”. During the course Siobhan will examine every business’s unique brand values in order to find a complimentary signature style for every individual.  The course will also cover the tools and techniques of networking, meetings and pitches. You go girl!

10am, For more info contact: Siobhan Young, [email protected], Tel: 079058 97338, Bookings can be made online at:

Jousting Tournaments, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Sat 16 – Sun 17 Jul


Let the action commence as the Knights of Royal England return to Hever Castle to battle it out in jousting tournaments. Knights compete to become the season champion – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn will join spectators as the knights display an array of stunts, fights and falls. Bring a blanket or pay a small price for a seat. Visors down, let’s go!

1pm, Jousting is included in admission tickets, Seat reservations: £1.50 per seat/ £2.50 per seat in the Queen’s box, Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, Tel: 01732 865224,

The Wizard of Oz, Open Air Theatre, Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Sat 16 Jul


Enjoy the classic story of Dorothy and her friends as they travel on a magical journey to Emerald City. Performed by Immersion Theatre in the garden grounds of Smallhythe Place, there’s nothing that quite beats open air theatre. Bring a glass or two to enjoy or the theatre tea room will also be open serving refreshments throughout the performance.

6pm-9pm, Tickets: Adult £15 Child £8 + booking fee, Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG, Tel: 01580 762334,

Country Lifestyle Luxury Gift Fair, Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Thu 14 Jul – Fri 15 Jul

Soloman's estate

The Country Lifestyle Luxury Gift Fair Company is coming to Kent and for 2 days only you can shop for goodies at the stunning Victorian mansion Salomons Estate. Browse the boutique stalls and artisan offerings against the backdrop views of the grounds and lake from the terrace.

Open: 10am – 4pm, Entry: £4 per person on the door (Children welcome and enter free), Ample Free Hard Standing Parking (a short walk may be necessary up hill if in the overflow car park, drop off points near entrance & shuttle bus on standby if required), Salomons Estate, Broomhill Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0TG, or

The Vicar’s Picnic, Yalding Music Festival, Maidstone, Fri 15 Jul – Sat 16 Jul

vicar's picnic

Festival season is upon us! Pack up your sunnies, hats (and wellies) then head over to Yalding for an exciting festival experience that you and the mini muddies will enjoy. Or leave leave the mudlets at home and go for the evening line-up, which this year includes Reef, Skinny Lister and Coco & The Butterfields. If you do go en famille the Kid’s Field will keep them amused. Activities include climbing walls, tag laser, workshops, entertainers, face painters, a petting zoo, obstacle courses and hula-hooping lessons (phew! that’s only naming a few). There’s also a special area for teenagers to hangout with friends and be away from parents (most importantly), there’s even an added mocktail bar! This festival is perfect for youngsters and parents alike, as the organisers strongly believe that if the kids are fully entertained in a fun, safe environment the parents can relax. Sorted.

Gate opens 2pm Friday/11am Saturday, Tickets: Adult: £48.15 Youth 13-17 £32.40 Child 6-12 £11. Yalding, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 6HB, Contact: [email protected],

Pop Up Shopping & Pampering Experience, Flow, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 15 Jul


Flow Tunbridge Wells is a fantastic Yoga Studio and Treatment room that offers yoga classes and a range of therapies including Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Reiki and Massage. Flow are teaming up with green cosmetic pioneers, Aveda and active wear clothing brand, Lululemon for a relaxing shopping and pampering experience. Aveda will be offering mini rituals including: Signature Aveda Ritual, Stress Relieving Hand Ritual and Chakra Aroma Sensory Journey Ritual. Perfect event if you need a little escape for a few hours.

12-3pm, To sign up for a free ritual with Aveda at Flow please visit (in return, Aveda ask for a contribution towards their charity Water Aid), Flow, 29 Woodbury Park Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9NQ, Tel: 01892 671764,

Summer Maize Maze, Penshurst Place, Sat 16 Jul 

Maize Maze at Penshurst Place

Children must find clues, solve riddles and decipher puzzles as they work out how to find their way to the end of the maze in a field of maize. (See what they did there?) The summer maize maze will be running throughout the summer until 4th Sep so there’s plenty of time to visit during the summer hols.

10:30am-5pm, Maze included in admission price: Adult £8.80 Child £6, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG, Tel: 01892 87030,

Regent Street Garden Party, Regent Street, London, Sun 17 Jul


If you’re planning a trip to London this weekend pop over to Regent Street as it’s transformed into an urban garden, for a traffic-free ‘Garden Party’. There’ll be lots of fun activities on the grass-lined streets, including arts and crafts workshops (where children can get busy creating nature inspired masks), lawn games (such as badminton and fencing) and the Secret Garden Stage. Feeling peckish? Enjoy the street side BBQ from none other than Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen – no burnt burgers here!

Free admission,


Outdoor Cinema, Luna Cinema, Tonbridge Castle, Fri 22 Jul – Sun 24 Jul


Outdoor cinema group Luna Cinema are coming to Tonbridge Castle this summer with 3 brilliant film options running throughout the weekend. Friday’s showing will be Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Saturday’s will be Grease and Sunday’s is Back To The Future. I visited a Luna Cinema showing last summer and although it was brilliant, it rained (of course) so bring a camp chair and umbrella to avoid getting soggy. There are alternative options to standard seating available including: prime position seating, blankets and backrest so check out the options online if you feel the need for comfort.

Doors open 7:30pm, Film 9pm, Tickets: Adult £13.50, Child 12-15yrs £9, Tonbridge Castle, Castle St, Tonbridge, TN9 1BG, Tel: 01732 770929,

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