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Pick Your Own Pumpkin, Ashford, Sat 8 Oct – Sun 30 Oct

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As Halloween season is quickly approaching, make a family day out of picking your own pumpkins ready to be transformed into truly ghoulish creations. The pumpkin farm will be open every weekend throughout October so you’ll have plenty of time to scout out the best pumpkin you can find! Don’t forget to wear your wellies as rain or shine the pumpkin farm will be open for business!

10am-4pm, Free entry, Pumpkins range from £1-£4, Cheesemans Green Lane, Sevington, Ashford, Kent, TN25 7HY, Tel: 07786 261706, pickyourownpumpkin.farm

Autumn Colour Trail, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Sat 1 Oct – Sun 30 Oct

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It’s that beautiful time of year again where the leaves begin to fall and our wonderful green landscape transforms into a rich display of autumn colours. Wrap up warm and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the spectacular grounds of Hever Castle while discovering the best colour hot spots in the castle’s various gardens. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for some of the resident wildlife such as woodpeckers, herons and kingfishers.

Event is free after admission: Adult £16.50 Child £9.30. Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, Tel: 01732 865224, hevercastle.co.uk

Unfolding Landscape Textile Workshop, Tyland Barn, Maidstone, Sat 8 Oct

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Cas Holmes is a local artist whose beautiful work is inspired by plants and wildlife. In this nature inspired workshop you will join Cas in creating a piece of textiles art in the form of a folding book collage. The course will develop your artistic skills in mixed media and stitch techniques while using a wide variety of unusual and inventive materials. A materials list will be sent after booking or you can purchase extra materials that’ll be available on the day.

10am-1pm, £20, Tyland barn, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD, Tel: 01622 662012, kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

Apple Festival of Speed, Cranbrook, Sat 8 Oct

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Cranbrook’s annual Apple Fair is back again this year celebrating the local harvest of apples and also its 10th anniversary. This year’s event is assured to be as quirky and fun as previous years with an assortment of attractions including apple pressing and an ugly dog show. In keeping with this year’s Grand Prix theme, there will also be a Stig lookalike competition, classic cars show and Red Barrow Grand Prix. This sounds like a truly whacky event that’s not to be missed.

10am-5pm, Cranbrook High Street, Cranbrook, TN17 3HF, Tel: 01580 388752, facebook.com/CranbrookAppleFair

After Dark Ghost Walk, Hastings, Fri 7 Oct – Sat 15 Oct

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Dare you visit Hastings after dark for an exceptionally scary walk through the old quarter of the seaside town? The event will have you step back in time as you listen to the creepy stories of supernatural encounters and ghostly legends that have haunted the streets of Old Town Hastings for decades. This event is not for the faint hearted.

7pm every Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Tickets: Adult £7 Child £4 (accompanied under 16). Meet at: Swan Gardens, High Street, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3ES

Romesh Ranganathan Stand Up, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Thu 6 Oct

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Television favourite Romaesh Ranganathan is bringing his fantastic comedic style and quick fire wit live on stage with his new stand up show, Irrational. Well known for his appearances in countless TV programmes including Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo, Romesh is taking to the stage with a stand up show that’ll examine the rationality of his own worldview. This show is sure to be a big hit as he has recently won both Best Show 2014 and Best Newcomer 2013 at the Edinburgh Festival Awards.

7:30pm, £18.50, The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750, marlowetheatre.com

Crash Bang Wallop! A Children’s Concert, Assembly Hall Theatre, Sun 9 Oct

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Bring your mini muddies to their first orchestral concert specifically designed for children. This fun 50 minute performance will introduce children to the fantastic and relaxing sounds of classical music presented in an exciting and relatable way by children’s presenter Claire Henry. The performance will be followed by activities and the opportunity for your little ones experiment with different instruments with the musicians at hand to teach them a thing or two about music. This sounds like a lovely event for any budding musicians!

12pm, Tickets: Adult £9 Child £7, Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU, Tel: 01892 530613, assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

The Hollies, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Tue 11 Oct

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The Hollies will be heading to Canterbury to perform some of their famous classics including, The Air That I Breathe, Just One Look, On a Carousel and Carrie Anne. This two hour performance showcasing British musical legends is one not to be missed!

7:30pm, Tickets: £29.50, The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750, marlowetheatre.com

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The Mousetrap, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Mon 7 Nov – Sat 12 Nov

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A group of people gather in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 26,000 performances in London and now the 60th anniversary production is here for the first time! The legendary, record-breaking, smash hit thriller returns on tour – and I for one will be going. Boo! (Made you jump…)

Evenings at 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat at 2.40pm, Tickets from £22. Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU, Tel: 01892 530613, assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

AND JUST A BIT BEYOND…

Frieze London Art Fair, Regent’s Park, Thurs 6 – Sun 9 Oct

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It’s a total artfest at Regent’s Park for the next few days as Frieze London Art Fair returns to the city, along with the Frieze Masters and the Frieze Sculpture Park which brings large-scale artworks presented by galleries in the English Garden. Frieze  has become a massive undertaking with 160 leading galleries taking part, plus an ambitious programme of new artist commissions and talks. New this year is The Nineties gallery section, which recreates important exhibitions from the decade, plus The Reading Room returns for its second year, offering visitors the chance to poke, prod and whip out their autograph books for writers, editors and artists.

Picasso Portraits, The National Portrait Gallery, 6 Oct – 5 Feb 2017

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The big autumn show from The National Portrait Gallery takes a look at some of the lesser known works of PP, following his abstract use of portraiture through his career. A  no-brainer if you happen to be in central London.

Hand Made at Kew, Thurs 6 – Sun 9 Oct

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Finally, somewhere I can sell my crocheted tea cosies. Four days of global handcrafts awaits us at Kew Gardens with work bought directly from over 200 artists and makers in ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork, wood, sculpture and jewellery. The ticket price gives you access to whole of Kew gardens at this beuatiful time of year.

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