The Muddy Guide: What’s On

Patchwork Workshop, Godinton House, Ashford, Fri 1 Jul

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If you’re feeling crafty or fancy learning a new skill, local textile artist Mandy Munroe will be putting on a fun workshop to get you hooked on patchwork. You will be making bunting and learning the different techniques of applique, how to use hand or machine and how to create different edges. Bring your sewing machine, patchwork cotton fat quarters, scraps, threads and three meteres of 1” wide cotton binding tape. If you’ve enjoyed yourself there is a follow up workshop on Fri 8 July to help you complete your unfinished objects.

10am-3pm, Cost: £40. To book email: [email protected], Tel: 01233 630127. Godinton House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP, godintonhouse.co.uk

Winnie-the-Pooh Trail, Chartwell House, Westerham, Sat 2 Jul

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Chartwell House is putting on a special family trail that will feature your favourite characters from the popular childhood story. Follow the trail on an adventure through the woodland and gardens of Chartwell House and help Winnie-the-Pooh find all the bees along the way. Sensible footwear is a must if our summer so far is anything to go by and if you cant make this date there are plenty more running until September.

10am-4pm, Suggested donation £1, normal admission applies: Adult £13.40 Child £6.70. Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS, Tel: 01732 868381, nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Guys And Dolls, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Tue 28 Jun – Sat 2 Jul

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Canterbury will play host to the acclaimed West End production that tells the tale of gangsters, gamblers and nightclub singers. The classic New York musical will feature some of the West End’s stars including Richard Fleesman (Coronation Street, Ghost: The Musical) and Maxwell Caulfield (The Colbys, Grease 2, Chicago). Don’t miss some of Broadway’s greatest hits such as Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat and My Time Of The Day. Tickets will sell out soon so book now to avoid disappointment.

Evenings: 7:30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat matinee: 2:30pm, Tickets range from £28-£47.50 depending on time, date and chosen seat. The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750, marlowetheatre.com

Run or Dye, Penshurst Place, Sun 3 Jul

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The World’s Most Colourful 5K race – it looks so much fun I might even just do this one myself. There’s still spaces left for individual runners (7 year or older) or Mini Runners (6 years an under) Family or Group Runners. Muddy readers can use the code below to sign up to the race for £15.00 (normal entry price £25.00) To enter click here. Discount code: MUDSTILROD16

10.30am Start. Standard individual ticket costs £25 which includes your race entry, bib number, t-shirt, goodie bag and entry to the post-race dye festival! Penshurst Place, Kent, TN11 8DG. 01892 870825, runordye.co.uk

Birds & Beasts Sunday, Eastwell Manor Hotel, Ashford, Sun 3 Jul

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Treat the mini muddies to a fun party and BBQ with a difference. Special guests will include hedgehogs and hawks, snakes, vultures, tarantulas and bugs. Eastwell Manor are promising a weird and wonderful party that will provide the children with lots of fun info on their favourite animals to encourage your youngsters learning without even realising. A three course BBQ will also be provided with live jazz being performed at The Pavillion restaurant. This sounds like an exciting event for all animal lovers so book now as there are limited spaces available. If you miss this event there are other dates available later on the 7th August and 4th September.

12pm – 4pm, Tickets: Adult £20 Child under 12 £10. Eastwell Manor, Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4HT, Tel: 01233 213000, eastwellmanor.co.uk

Family Dog Show, Kent Life, Maidstone, Sun 3 Jul

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Bring your pooches along to Kent Life and join into the fun of a dog show. This is a great event for the whole family and of course your wonderful canine friends. There are rosettes ready and waiting to be won and prizes for best in show. Even if you don’t own a dog it’s worth popping over to watch the show as it’s a well known fact that dogs aren’t always the best behaved and there could be some laughs in store.

Tickets: Adult £9.50 Child £7.50. Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU, Tel: 01622 763936, kentlife.org.uk

Summer Mini Market, Cocolicious, Cranbrook, Thu 7 Jul

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The winners of Muddy Stillettos Best Café in Kent, Cocolicious will be hosting a mini market pop up where you’ll have the chance to purchase an array of handmade goods from some really great local designers. Sip your Mocha while you browse beautiful girl’s clothing by Tatty Tess and recent winners of Muddy Stilettos Best Children’s Business, Maya Shoes, will be selling shoes for your mini Muddies. There’s something for us as well of course – Jeweller Rikke Line will be at hand with a range of colourful jewellery pieces – perfect for summer. There will also be embroided linen pouches available from designer Kisany. Part with your pennies in the knowledge that every Kisany product purchased gives a day of work to a woman in Congo.

9am-12pm, Cocolicious, Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3HF, Tel: 01580 714954, cocolicious.co.uk

Monty Python’s Spamalot, Hazlitt Theatre, Maistone, Wed 6 Jul – Sat 9 Jul

Spamalot is an award winning musical adapted from the 1975 classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This almost new musical tells the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features cows, killer rabbits and French People. An unusual mixture of cameos but if you’re a fan of the classic Monty Python tongue in cheek comedy it’s definitely worth a watch.

Wed-Sat: 7:30pm matinee performance on Sat: 2pm, Tickets: Adult £12 Child £8. The Hazlitt Theatre, Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1PL, Tel: 01622 758611, parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

DO NOT MISS…

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

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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. Win £50 worth of vouchers to spend at the fair by visiting www.countrylifestylefairs.co.uk before 10th July as the competition closes at midnight.

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, www.countrylifestylefairs.co.uk or www.facebook.com/countrylifestylefairs

BOOK IT NOW…

The Vicar’s Picnic, Music Festival, Yalding, Fri 15 & Sat 16 July

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Go on, you know there’s nothing more life-affirming than a Summer Music Festival! Although, I have to admit, the logistics of making it down to Glastonbury this year meant I enjoyed it from the *ahem* comfort of my sofa. But when a great line up is right on your doorstep you’d be mad to miss it. So I’ll be making every effort to go see my fave Kent band, Coco & The Butterfields headlining on the Friday night and Reef (fresh from supporting Cold Play on tour) headlining on the Saturday. Hot pants and Hunter wellies at the ready peeps.

The Vicar’s Picnic, Fri 15 & Sat 16 July. Yalding, Maidstone, Kent ME18 6HB, vicarspicnic.co.uk

Eridge Horse Trials & Country Market, Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 16 Jul – Sun 17 Jul

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Having been running for 22 years Eridge Horse Trials have become a staple date in any equestrian fans calendar. With horse courses running throughout rolling parkland and fun dog shows and terrier racing, there’s plenty to see over and do over the weekend. The country market will host an assortment of trade stands and a craft & farmer’s market. There’ll be food stalls, a drinks bar for the grown ups and an inflatable kids zone and tractor rides for the muddlets to enjoy. ‘Dogs in the Park’, Terrier racing and falconry displays will take place on Sunday.

9am-6pm, Admission per car including all passengers: Saturday £10 Sunday £15. Eridge Park, Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9JT, Tel: 01892 750766, eridge-horsetrials.co.uk.

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