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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 25 Feb – Weds 2 Mar

Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 Feb – 22 May


My fabulous, finger-on-the-pulse colleague Muddy Berks gave me the heads up on this one and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Having been at the forefront of fashion, beauty and portrait photography since its launch in 1916, British Vogue has an enviable and unrivalled archive of outstanding imagery. The exhibition features nearly 300 prints from their collection, with images from some of the best photographers in the business including rarely seen photos of The Beatles, Kate Moss and Jude Law. 100 years of glamour, style and celebrity icons in one room! Tickets £17 and booking is recommended.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE. Tel: 020 7306 0055.

Clean for The Queen, (C4Q) events all around Kent, 4 Mar – 6 Mar

71KUnfpdhJL__SL1500_RESIZEDWith the hook that the Queen’s 90th birthday is coming up this campaign is really a national litter cleanup incentive and I think it’s great. There’re loads happening all round the country next weekend – so this is a heads up so you have time to find out what’s going on near you. The thinking is that cleaning the hedgerows is easier now before it all grows back in the summer. This campaign – which has now gone nationwide – was started by one mum from Kent (Horsmonden to be precise).

Visit to find a clean up event near you. Horsmonden Parish Council, community clean-up event, Sat March 5, at 10 am kicking off at the Social Club where the WI has kindly agreed to provide tea and cakes (now there is an incentive!)

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Canterbury Marlowe Theatre, Mon 29 Feb – Sat 5 Mar

Sleeping Beauty2

Russia’s acclaimed ballet company is currently touring the UK and performing several shows all next week in our very own Canterbury. Don’t miss exquisite performances of three of world’s most beautiful and popular ballets – Sleeping Beauty (above), Giselle, Swan Lake and the UK premiere of a brand new production The Snow Maiden. Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet. If you move fast you can still bag yourself a ticket or two!

Sleeping Beauty, (29 Feb – 1 March, 7.30pm) The Snow Maiden (2 – 3 March, 7.30pm), Giselle (4 March, 7.30pm) Swan Lake (5 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm), Box Office 01227 787787

Snow Drop Walk, Hever Castle, 13 Feb – 13 Mar


Winter I’m so through with you! In my head it’s spring already. Anyone else that needs convincing please see Exhibit A – the trail of thousands of snowdrops that have emerged from their winter hibernation at Hever. This is the last couple of weeks to catch this awesome sight, so wellies on and off we go!

Hever castle,

Annie, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Tues 1  Mar – Sat 5 Mar


You really can’t ‘hard’ knock Annie as a family musical. It’s got it all – a fabulous lead character we love to hate, great songs and, most importantly, a dog on stage! And with Lesley Joseph taking over as Miss Hannigan there’s bound to be some really funny bits as well as lots of high leg kicks (seriously, have you seen what great shape she’s in?) I checked with the box office and there’s still a few tickets left. I’m definitely in – I think I’m Gonna Like it Here! And I think you’d be mad to miss it.

Performances Tue, Wed, Thu & Sat 7.30pm, Fri 8pm, Wed & Sat matinee 2.30pm. All tickets £28.50,

Cheese, Beer & Cider with William Cohen, The Old Fire Station, Tonbridge, Thurs 17 Mar

Fire station

Cheese and wine? That’s so last year. Apparently. An early heads up on this one as you’ll need to book in advance. With over 25 years of experience in the cheese industry, William will choose 5 British cheeses and match them with beers and cider also from England and mostly the South East. There’s also two brewers booked to talk you through their drinks chosen by William. So that’s 4 Speakers, 5 cheeses, 5 beers and 5 ciders. I think you’ll want to book a cab!

The Old Fire Station, Tonbridge, Starts at 7pm, all tickets £25

The Bouncingham Castle, The South Bank , London, 3 Mar – 5 Mar

Super-sized bouncy castle for grown-ups will be coming to the South Bank this March 3rd-5th 2016, to celebrate the launch of King’s latest game, Candy Crush Jelly Saga

In London this weekend and fancy a moment of total escapism? Or maybe you need somewhere to leave your other half when you’re moseying around the Vogue exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery? Then I bring great news. The bouncy castle has got a grown-up makeover! Yes, get excited – a seven-metre-tall, jelly-themed adult-only bouncy castle is popping up on the South Bank. And you can go and jump around on it for free!

10am-8pm weekdays, 10am-6pm at the weekend.The Bouncingham Castle, 2 More London Place, The Riverside, SE1 2JP. 

International Garden Photographer of the year exhibition,  Sissinghurst Castle, until 28 Feb


This weekend is your last chance to catch this stunning selection of images from the prestigious competition – and all displayed in the gorgeous surroundings of Sissinghurst Castle (the castle gardens reopen on the 12 March, just so you know). From the quirky to the outright wondrous, these photographs are bound to get you in the mood for spring. There’s a great gastropub, The Milk House, just round the corner that would be perfect for a quick bite to eat (that’s Sunday sorted!)

Exhibition are open 11am – 4pm, Sissinghurst Castle

Baking Bread (Part 1) , Sat 27 Feb

Ever felt a burning desire to learn how to make fresh baked loaves? This course is a beginner’s guide to making bread and exploring the science and culture of bread and its basic ingredients. During the day bakers create four different breads to take home for your friends and family to enjoy!

10am – 4pm, Commonwork, Bore Place, Chiddingstone, Kent TN8 7AR. Course costs £65 pp which includes a light lunch and all ingredients. Contact Becky Baldock, [email protected] 01732 463255 to book your place.




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