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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 21 – Wed 27 July

Whitstable Oyster Festival, Whitstable, Thu 21 Jul – Sun 31 Jul


The 32nd Whitsable Oyster Festival sees over 80,000 people descend to the seaside town for 10 days of great food and live performances. Such a fab festival with so much cool and quirky stuff going on – including outdoor cinema screenings, mud tug of war, street parades, arts & crafts and live music. The Harbour Food Fair will also be at hand hosting a brilliant array of global and local traders to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Check online to see the vast array of events available. Go if you possibly can!

Events run all day (8am-midnight), Check online for ticketed events (there’s so much on offer!), Tel: 020 3598 5940,

Upcycling Craft Activities, Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Thu 21 Jul & Wed 27 Jul

Table With Drawing Colour.

Feeling thrifty? Smallhythe Place will be running upcycling craft activities in the garden every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Bring your old aluminium tins, glass jars and cardboard boxes to turn into anything from a funky plant pot to a vibrant pencil holder. Make sure your mini muddies are wearing clothes they won’t mind getting mucky! 

2pm-4:30pm, Tickets: £3. Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG, Tel: 01580762334,

The Sound of Music, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Mon 25 Jul – Sat 30 Jul


One of the most memorable musicals of all time that (dare I say) everyone loves, is coming to The Marlowe Theatre. This lavish new production will feature BBC One’s The Voice, Lucy O’byrne as Maria and a medley of your favourite songs (come on, tell the truth now) such as Edelweiss, My Favorite Things and The Sound Of Music. Tickets are running out fast. 

7:30pm, Thu & Sat matinee performances 2:30pm, Tickets: £23.50 – £42 (plus booking fees). The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750,

Forest Summer School, Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst, Tue 26 Jul – Fri 29 Jul

Girl walking on a tree trunk

Kids glued to their screens already? Every Tuesday to Friday during the summer holidays Bedgebury Pinetum will be offering your mini muddies a chance to have fun in the great outdoors while learning about all things to do with nature. Sessions are aimed at 7-12 year olds and there is no limit on how many days your young’uns can come for an adventure – the more days they do the more skills they learn (the more sane you stay). Book now to avoid disappointment!

10am-3pm, £35 per child per day, Bedgebury Pinetum, Park Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SL, Tel: 01580 879842,

Claws and Jaws, Kent Life, Maidstone, Tue 26 Jul

child and reptile

If your mini muddies are animal lovers get them over to Kent Life’s Brundle’s Big Top for a chance to meet snakes, lizards, spiders and all things creepy crawly. There will be a fantastic collection to meet up close and even handle (they’re probably friendlier than they look!) with educational talks running throughout the day.

Show times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, Tickets: Adult £9.50 Child £7.50. Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU, Tel: 01622 763936,

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