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What’s On In Kent This Week?

Leeds Castle Food Festival, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Fri 9 – Sun 11 Sept


Calling all foodies! Be prepared to loosen your belt buckle and discover fantastic new flavours and techniques from high quality local food and drink producers, chefs and cookery schools. Get your savoury or sugar fix at the diverse food stalls that’ll be offering something to suit everyone’s taste buds including gourmet burgers, crêpes and Indian street food. Cookery demonstrations, wine tasting and live music will run throughout the day while fun activities, face painting and rides will be at hand to keep the mini muddies amused.

Event is free with price of admission and tickets grant repeat admission for a whole year! (Adults £24.50, Child £16.50), Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL, Tel: 01622 765400,

The Shawshank Redemption, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Mon 12 – Sat 17 Sept


Based on Stephen King’s classic novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, this thrilling stage adaption tells the story of Andy Dufresne as he is given a double life sentence for the murders of his wife and her lover. Be transported on a journey and observe the desperation, struggles and friendships formed while living life behind bars. The movie adaption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman has been named ‘Best Film’ in countless online polls and due to the amazing storyline and sparkling cast this impressive stage rendition could go at least some way towards living up to the success of the on screen classic.

7:30pm (Mon-Sat) 2:30pm (Thu & Sat matinees), Tickets: £18-£36 (booking fees apply), The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750,

Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show, Penshurst Place, Fri 9 – Sun 11 Sept

luxury gift fair

Visit the Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show in the stunning grounds of Penshurst Place and peruse over 250 stands offering a range of beautifully crafted British products including home wares, garden accessories, fashion and artisan food and drink. Pop on your crafty cap and try out one of the hands on workshops or a culinary and craft demonstration. There’s also live music and a children’s play area.

10am-5pm, Tickets: £10. Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG, Tel: 01892 87030,

Dog Show & BBQ, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks, Sun 11 Sep


Bring your pooches along to Riverhill Himalayan Gardens and join the fun of a dog show and BBQ. How will your competitive canine fare in the whacky competitions running throughout the day including ‘Sausage Obedience Challenge’, ‘My Dog’s Got Talent’, and ‘Musicsal Sit’. Let your dog have its day and keep an eye on Riverhill’s facebook page for details on how to enter your furry friends in the upcoming competitions.

12pm BBQ, 1:30pm Show, Event is free after admission: Adult £7.75 Child (4-16) £5.75, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Riverhill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RR, Tel: 01732 459777,

Hops ‘n’ Harvest Beer Festival, Kent Life, Maidstone, Sat 10 – Sun 11 Sept


Grab your beer goggles and head to Kent Life to celebrate the 29th year of their annual Hops ‘n’ Harvest Festival. You can learn all about the process of harvesting hops from picking to drying (you can even give hop picking a go) and see one of the last Oast houses back in action for the weekend. Of course the beer tent will be in full swing ready for visitors to sample up to 60 beers and cider. There will also be plenty of entertainment during the weekend including live music, zorbing (er, of course), tug of war and donkey rides.

Sat (10am-11pm) Sun (10am-6pm), Tickets: Sat (Adult 12, Child £8) Sun (Adult £10 Child £8), Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU, Tel: 01622 763936,

The Social Festival, Kent County Showground, Maidstone, Fri 9 – Sat 10 Sept


The Social Festival is a boutique music festival bringing the best dance acts and a taste of Ibiza to the Kent countryside. Rounding up his summer’s festival season in style the line up will feature some of the worlds best electronic acts including High Contrast, Bicep, Sasha, Soloman and Paul Kalkbrenner. This sounds like a great event for any old school ravers or new generations of movers and shakers. Get the glitter and neon glow sticks ready! There’s only 1 day left to buy tickets (sales close 9 Sept). Don’t miss out!

Fri (12pm-12am) Sat (11am-12am), Tickets range from £25-£140 depending on ticket type and camping etc. Check online for options. Kent County Showground, Detling Hill, Detling, Maidstone, ME14 3JF,

Chris Levine
 ‘iy_project’ sound and light installation, Hastings Pier and Promenade, 10 Sept

Chris Levine 2

World-renowned light artist Chris Levine in collaboration with the Eden Project’s inventive Edenlab has created a unique event just over the border in Hastings – illuminating the townscape like never before with a spectacular sound and light installation. During the show between  8.00 and 10.00pm, high-powered lasers will diffract into geometric, organic and nebulae light forms and you can be in the thick of it at the end of the pier, or watch from the beach, promenade, East Hill or West Hill. Levine has collaborated with Kate Moss and Grace Jones and his work has been acclaimed internationally and shown at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Academy and Houses of Parliament. The event is Free, but booking is required for Pier viewing and a donation is suggested to the Pier charity. It kicks of the Root 1066 arts festival.


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

Mr Poppin's Penguins group

My mini muddies love the Jim Carrey film version so will definitely try and take them to this production – watch out for my review on opening night! 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!

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,

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