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What’s On In Kent This Week?

Mr Popper’s Penguins, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Wed 28 Sep – Sat 1 Oct


Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep, out of which waddles a penguin. I grabbed a seat at the opening performance of this fun and clever mini musical so that I could write it up straight away and tell you all about it. There’s performances twice daily this Thurs, Fri and Sat – and just a few tickets still available. Read my review here, if you want to know what’s in store. Squawk! (That’s penguin for ‘Don’t delay’!)

Wed at 10.30am, Thu at 10.30am & 1.30pm, Fri at  10.30am & 4.30pm, Sat at 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets: £12.50, Schools £9.50. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU, Tel: 01892 530613,

Tenterden Folk Festival, Tenterden, Thu 29 Sep – Sun 2 Oct


Situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, this is the ideal family event for a folk festival with historic buildings, friendly pubs and numerous cafes and restaurants along its green verges. As one of the last of the season’s big outdoors events, be sure to take part in barn dancing, concerts, singarounds and music sessions. This is a four-day event celebrating English Folk traditions.

Tickets: £12 (Adults) £5 (Children). Please see website for more details for the full programme of live events.

By The Sea Festival, Dreamland, Margate, Fri 30 Sep – Sat 1 Oct


Following it’s sold out launch last year, By The Sea Festival is returning to the shores of Margate bringing some fantastic musical acts that the people of Kent will know and love. This year’s amazing line-up includes Super Furry Animals, Wolf Alice, Bat For Lashes, Wild Beasts and Mystery Jets. As the festival is located in the iconic Dreamland amusement park there will be lots of theme park rides and games to ensure you’ll have a thoroughly fun packed weekend.

11am-8pm (parks and rides), 5pm – 2am (venues and live music), Tickets: £74.25 (weekend tickets) £41.25 (per single day ticket), Dreamland, Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XJ,

Cranbrook Literature Festival, Fri 30 Sep – Sat 1 Oct


Enjoy a celebration of words at this reading and writing event in Cranbook. Dedicated to the joy of books, this collection of authored events for children and adults includes several creative writing workshops from Gyles Brandreth, Julian Clary, Sarah Raven, Luke Wright, Vanessa Nicolson with children’s writers from Tom Palmer, Ali Sparkes and Dave McKean. Be sure to buy your tickets and book events (some free) in advance to avoid disappointment!

Events begin at 10:30am. Check online for programme of events and ticket details.

Forage and Feast Workshop, Betteshanger Park, Deal, Sat 1 Oct


Get back to nature and forage for some delicious cooking material in this exciting half day workshop. As winter is almost upon us (sob) the hedgerow is abundant with some natural gems in the form of nourishing berries and plants that’ll keep the dreaded sniffles away this season. You’ll learn how to make vinegar from elderberries, jellies, fruit cordials, vodka and brandy – Christmas presents sorted! You’ll also be cooking up your foraged findings and have a fantastic outdoor feast in the wild kitchen.

10am-2pm, £35 or £60 for 2, Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 0BF, Tel: 01304 619227,

Apple and Orchard Weekend, Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, Sat 1 Oct – Sun 2 Oct

Apples covered in rain drops are pictured at an orchard near the western German city of Moers on August 9, 2011. Germany is experiencing a few wet summer with no sign of an improvement any time soon. AFP PHOTO / ROLAND WEIHRAUCH GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read ROLAND WEIHRAUCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Calling all sweet tooths! Celebrate some of Kent’s best bounty at the beautiful location of Ightham Mote. Their annual apple and orchard event will have you tasting some beautiful seasonal goodies and stopping off at the stalls. An apple a day keeps to doctor away so you better make room in the fridge!

10am-4pm, Event free with admission: Adult £11 Child £5.50. Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT, Tel: 01732 810378,

Cocktail Making Master Class, The Swan, West Malling, Sat 1 Oct


Get behind the bar and shake, stir (and drink) some of your favourite cocktails on this fun, hands-on workshop. I think a designated driver may be required for this master class as you’ll be using an assortment of fine liquor such as Belvedere vodka, Glenmorangie and Hennessy Fine Cognac. Nibbles will also be provided.

4pm-6pm, £30pp, The Swan, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6JU, Tel 01732 521910,

Live Jazz, Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 30 Sep


Enjoy an evening of live jazz with Lesley Alexander at the Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells. She has recently returned to the UK after a vibrant international career in blues, jazz and soul. She has previously performed in top clubs around the USA from the Playboy Club to the Cotton Club in New York as well as other high profile events worldwide.

8pm-10pm, Free admission, The Spa Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8XJ, Tel: 01892 520331,

Callum Smart, Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra


Patrick Allen,

Callum Smart was just 13 when he won the string section of the BBC’s coveted Young Musician Of The Year contest back in 2010. Barely out of his teens but this dazzling young violinist is already shaping up for stardom – if searing classic melodies is your thing this will be a real treat.

3pm, Tickets £17 – £27 (Students £1), Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU, Tel: 01892 530613,

Joan Collins Unscripted, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Wed 5 Oct


See this true Hollywood legend live on stage in Canterbury, live at the Marlowe theatre. See Dame Joan reveal some of her most intimate and exciting stories as well as the secrets behind her long career. The event includes a question and answer session with your chance to put a question the lady herself! This brand new show provides an opportunity to spend an entertaining and unforgettable evening in her company.

7:30pm, £28-£32.50 (plus booking fees), The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750,

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