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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 5 – Wed 11 May

Vintage Fair, King John’s Nursery, Etchingham, Sat 7th May 

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The beautiful grounds of King John’s Nursery is just a little hop across the Kent border and this weekend will play host to the annual Vintage Fair with stalls selling an eclectic range of home and garden goods. Check out Kent based company Cuckoohouse who will be selling quirky vintage finds, modern homewares and sophisticated up cycling. As King John’s nursery is in full bloom at the moment the gardens will also be looking spectacular.
11am-5pm, Free to visit, usual charge for gardens, King John’s Nursery, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7AZ, Tel: 01580 819 220, http://www.kingjohnsnursery.co.uk/

Plant Support Workshop, Godington House & Gardens, Ashford, Sat 7 May

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I am the exact opposite of green fingered. Plants literally expire as I walk past (I’m trying to improve, I really, really am). If you’re a bit more of a budding horticulturist than me you might enjoy this course about the different methods of plant support to improve the quality of your foliage. Get down and dirty with head gardener, Viv Hunt, and make your own willow obelisk or frame with local craftsman, Alan Sage.

 9:30am-3pm, £55 pp. Godington House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP, Tel: 01233 643854, godintonhouse.co.uk

Whitney- Queen of The Night, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Thu 5 May

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The iconic singer’s incredible back-catalogue gets an airing in this award winning production featuring West End star Rebecca Freckleton. I guess it goes without saying that Freckleton’s powerhouse renditions will include; I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman and what’s a Whitney tribute without I Will Always Love You. 

7:30pm, Tickets: £23, Dining Tickets (include two course meal) £42, U16’s £2 off. The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1ED, Tel: 01322 220000, orchardtheatre.co.uk

The All-Stars Stand Up Tour, Theatre Royal, Margate, Sat 7 May

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If you fancy a night of full on comedy, pop over to Margate for The All Star Stand-Up Tour that’s presenting four talents of comedy. Performances will feature Sony award winning panellist of ‘Mock the Week’ Gary Delaney, star of BBC1’s ‘The Magicians’ Pete Firman, Kiwi native Jarred Christmas and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ team captain Sean Hughes. Phew! There’s sure to be some belly laughs in order with these tricksters as the night’s entertainment.

7:30pm, Tickets: £18.50 + booking fee. Theatre Royal Margate, Addington St, Margate, CT9 1PW, Tel: 01843 292795, theatreroyalmargate.com

Sandwich Food Fayre, Sandwich Town, Sat 7 May – Sun 8 May

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The fabulous, historic town of Sandwich plays host to street performers and purveyors of all things edible for this 2 day annual food fayre – including over 50 food and drink stalls from around the UK and Europe. Sunday is the beginning of national Sandwich week as well (by pure coincidence) so stock up on fresh produce for a week’s worth of sarnie eating!

9am-5pm, No admission fee. Guildhall, Sandwich, CT13 9AP, Tel: 01304 611619, sandwichevents.org.uk/food-fayre

 Legally Blonde – The Musical, Margate Winter Gardens, Wed 11 May – Sat 14 May

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The original pink and fluffy chick flick tells the story of loveable blonde Elle Woods and her pursuit of becoming a lawyer while tackling issues of stereotype and snobbery. The film has been transformed into an international award winning musical suitable for all ages (so long as you like pink and fluffy).

7:30pm everyday and Sat 14 matinee performance 3pm, Tickets: £14 (£16 on the door) + booking fee. Winter Gardens Fort Cres, Margate CT9 1HX, Tel: 01843 292795, margatewintergardens.co.uk

Motors by the Moat, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Sat 7 May – Sun 8 May

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This is the perfect weekend pit stop for anyone with an interest in cars. Hundreds of vintage, high performance and classic cars from around the world will be displayed on the Castle lawns with a mixture of extra entertainment including a Lightening McQueen look-a-like. The event will be included in the normal castle admission tickets.

 10:30am-6:00pm, last admission 4:30pm, Admission: Adult £24.50, Child £16.50. Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL, Tel: 01622 765400, leeds-castle.com

Meet Padington Bear, Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells, Sun 8 May

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Sruggling with ideas to keep the mini muddies happy this weekend? You could take your little ones to meet the famous Padington Bear. The train will leave the old Tunbridge Wells West station and take a round trip allowing a 30 minute stop to meet the man Padington himself. Each child will get their own balloon, steam trains will operate all day and you can even visit the train cab with the driver.

Trains will depart: 10:10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:50pm, Tickets: Adult £9, Children £4.50. Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY, Tel: 01892 537715, spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Max & Ivan: The End, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Fri 6 May

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Comedy duo Max & Ivan’s newest tour has been receiving rave reviews from critics and is on it’s way to Canterbury for a one show gig. The recent winners of Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award are taking on their first UK tour with a multi character, narrative sketch comedy performance telling the story of a set-in-its-ways town called Sudley-On-Sea.

8pm, £12.50 + booking fees. The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303760750, marlowetheatre.com

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