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BE QUICK: Curious Eatery Supper Club, Fri, May 25
Now how’s this for a magical supper club combo not to be missed? To celebrate the start of summer and the last of the chilly nights *crosses everything* The Curious Eatery (voted Best Restaurant in Muddy Awards) and The Dreys beautiful woodland venue are collaborating to bring you Hygge. Yup, you know the good old Danish philosophy that celebrates and embraces the simple things in life? Well it’s the theme here and the ticket price includes a Chapel Down welcome drink, a three course meal and an unforgettable experience. There’s stunning accomodation also available at The Dreys, like the Woodcutters Lodge, Shepherds Hut or Meadow Bell Tent (to check availability check out their website thedreys.co.uk). Dress code woodland chic, smart casual, comfy! Cars can be left overnight but must be collected by midday. Please contact The Curious Eatery on 01622 299359 or The Dreys on 07788315666 for any more information.
BOOK NOW: Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival, Chiddingstone, Sun 6, Mon 7 & Tues 8 May
I luuuurvee this literary festival which is in its third year and just keeps going from strength to strength. Set in the gorgeous house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle there’s such an impressive line-up of authors recruited for this year. I mean there’s some real heavy weights in the children’s book world like awesome female authors Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon book series) and Lauren Child (Charlie and Lola). There’s fun, hands-on clay modelling workshops where your kids can learn how to make their very own Early Man character run by the creators behind the film Aardman Animations who were also behind Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, and Shaun the Sheep.
And for adults there’s everyone from culinary inspiration Diana Henry to crime writer Ian Rankin. These are just two examples – there are so many talented writers giving talks and workshops that I’m going to have to do a separate post on it! Basically if you (or your mudlets) are the slightest bit bookish you’d be absolutely bonkers to miss this!
TICKETS ON SALE: Woodlands Festival, Hawkhurst, Fri 8, Sat 9 & Sun 10 June
Having only launched last year the Woodlands Festival has already become Kent’s funkiest, family festival. If you missed it last year it’s basically an intimate, independent family friendly festival set in secluded fields surrounded by woodland; somewhere you feel you can truly relax and unwind – this year they’re even adding in a Woodland Spa. Hello!! Let your kids can be kids again (think treasure hunts, bush craft adventures, as well as the Fabularium Forest Disco.) And you’ll want to know about the glamping village, set apart from the general campsite, in a lovely spot overlooking the festival site where you get a choice of Lotus Belle Tents or beautiful hand painted Gypsy Bowtop Caravans. See. You. There.
DON’T MISS: Tracey Emin at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, 23 Mar – 17 Jun
Tracey Emin is currently featuring in the group artist exhibition ‘Powerful Tides – 400 years of Chatham and the Sea’ at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, in celebration of their 400th anniversary. The exhibition explores the past 400 years of The Dockyard from industrial to romantic scenes. It draws on the key themes of place, process and product and looks at how this captured the imagination of artists, poets, authors and illustrators. Tracey Emin, who was brought up in Margate and recently announced plans to move back to Kent from London, is exhibiting her 2012 neon work ‘She Lay down Deep Beneath The Sea’. One for you Culture Vultures out there.
EVENT ALERT: Women work, Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 20 Apr
Back for another year after a successful launch in 2017 this is an event designed to encourage women to help each other, to open up opportunities for women to come together to feel inspired, uplifted and empowered. This year it’s taking place at Salomons Estate and there’s a host of great speakers and bags of opportunities for seeking personal advice (on everything from how to get on top of work admin to healing after divorce) to professional networking opportunities. Tickets £25, parking is free.
NEW OPENING: hair and beauty salon – Truffles Tunbridge Wells
There are so many reasons to love our Tunbridge Wells, but if The Ivy, The Pantiles, the theatre and the shops aren’t enough, here’s another one. Truffle Tunbridge Wells opened just this month on Camden Road in this lovely bay fronted building. And, Hallelujah! It’s your one-stop-shop for both your hair and beauty needs. Yes, that’s right people, not only can you get your hair coiffed you can get a full body overhaul too – everything from nails to facials (I note they use REN Spa products which I really rate). Oh and the interiors are divine. Watch this space for a full review coming soon…