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FEB 2018

Bonnie and Clyde, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Thu 1 & Fri 2 Feb


Set in the depression of 1930s Texas, the outlaws’ incredible story unfolds as the the ill-fated young lovers embark on their hell raising adventure. With a varied musical accompaniment combining gospel, blues and rockabilly, the story is lifted to new heights, promising a gripping adaptation of the legendary story of crime, determination and a passionate love.

Crowd Company, Pizza Express Live Maidstone Music Rooms, Fri 2 Feb

A modern take on vintage soul funk from highly acclaimed 8 piece band Crowd Company. Brimming with energy , catchy hooks and tight grooves the band combine a Hammond organ based sound with a virtuoso horn section and 3 outstanding soulful singers, often blending multi-part harmonies.

Ski sale, Marlborough House School, Hawkhurst, Sat 3 Feb 

Need to get set for the slopes this half term or later? Ticehurst’s appointment-only barn shop Chilli Ski has a sale of new and nearly new jackets, salopettes, goggles, gloves, thermals and more coming up at Marlborough House School, Hawkhurst. Just drop in between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Sat 3 Feb – the money you save on kit can go towards apres ski!

Build It Live South East, Kent Event Centre, 3 & 4 Feb


Build It Live takes place annually in three locations around the UK including, luckily for all doer-uppers out there, this one in Kent. These shows are the UK’s most practical self-build exhibitions, brought to you by Build It Magazine, they are designed to help you find everyday solutions to manage your home building or renovation project. With free seminars and workshops, tonnes of experts, products and suppliers all on hand. It’s your one-stop home project shop.

Wedding Fair, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Sun 4 Feb

In association with a Kentish Wedding, come along to one of the first wedding fairs of 2018. Take a look at the wedding venues available in our fair county and meet local suppliers too. Wedding coordinators will be here to answer any questions that you may have about your special day.

Bow Ties & Bentleys, Leeds Castle, Wed 7 Feb

Hear about how a remarkable relationship between Lady Baillie’s younger sister Dorothy Paget and Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin led to an unexpected association between Leeds Castle and the glamorous world of motor racing in the 1930s. A fascinating talk, especially for those with a passion for cars!

The Opera Boys, Hazlitt Theatre, Thurs 8 Feb

The boys are back with a brand new show full of opera, classical, west end and crossover as well as their unique blend of on-stage banter. Combining 4 big voices with 4 big personalities The Opera Boys deliver a fabulous show full of music and laughter.

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Thu 8 Feb

That’s Ed’s own chainsaw in the photo, by the way. The theme of this popular comedian’s tour is – is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself.

February Fun & Frolics: Half Term, Kent Life, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb 

While a host of entertaining shows will take place in the Big Top – all of which are included in the admission price – there may also be the chance to see sheep lambing and meet the newborns. Elsewhere, meet Kent Life’s other animals in its real working farm, and take part in a series of activities and trails on site.

Family Monday: Wild art, Knole Park, Mon 12 Feb

Visit Knole on this Family Monday during the February half-term for a range of arts and crafts activities. Make your own bookmark or clay leaf dish inspired by Knole Park (suitable for ages 5-11 years). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Due to weather conditions, this Family Monday will take place in Education Room 2 as a pre-bookable event.

Living With Nature, Hever Castle, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb

Find out how to create habitats and encourage wildlife into your garden in this RSPB workshop. Join RSPB volunteers on a stroll around the grounds to learn about natural and manmade habitats or take a self-guided ‘Wildlife Detective’ walk to investigate animal footprints and tracks. In the Castle, learn about nature throughout history from how fur was used to keep warm to which birds belong to the Queen.

The Fairytale Castle, Dover Castle, Mon 12 – Fri 16 Feb

Step into the castle’s real fairytales with storytelling brought to life in spellbinding adventures. Journey into our realm where fairytales and England’s rich history collide and explore the tales of the castle.

 Anton & Erin: Broadway To Hollywood, Marlowe Theatre, Thu 15 & Fri 16 Feb

Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple when they return with an exciting new show for 2018, as they celebrate the golden age of Hollywood. With dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band (Cry Me A River, New York New York, A Couple Of Swells… you get the idea).

The Superhero Drawing Workshop, The Drive Methodist Church Hall, Fri 16 Feb

My son was once given this book – a guide to drawing super heroes – and he loved it. This is an awesome chance to learn to draw your own superheroes and villains with Jason Ford, author and illustrator of The Superhero Comic Handbook and The Superhero Comic Kit, at 11am at this fun relaxed workshop. Tickets £7.50, redeemable when you buy any of Jason Ford’s superhero books. If I wasn’t on a family outing to Faversham on that day, I’d be signing my guys up, like quicker than you can say Kapow!

 Weaving Workshop, Huguenot Museum, Fri 16 – Sat 17 Feb

Two Day Weaving Workshop with Margo Selby. Margo’s hands-on weaving workshops are always eagerly anticipated. The workshop is nearly sold out, but they can squeeze in a few more people who can bring their own looms. Please contact the Museum directly on 01634 789347 to discuss your booking.

Enchanted Garden Trails, Penshurst Place, Sat 10 Feb –  Sun 18 Feb

Travel around the 11 acres of formal gardens and discover the enchanted forest dwellers who have descended from the parkland to visit the grounds. Each character will harbour a clue that will help you unveil their hidden message on your trail sheet

F.I.T Jam Dance Party, Popcycle, Fri 23 Feb

Popcycle is riding high right now (see what I did there) and this popular fitness studio is expanding its cool, brilliant fitness offering. Now they’re hosting, what they call, a F.I.T Jam Dance Fitness Party (which makes sweating it out sound so much fun). Join Faye Edwards for a 2 hour dance workshop at the Lamberhurst studio – perfect for those of you who love to move to music and have fun while keeping fit.  It’s easy to follow choreography (suitable for beginners and all levels) to basement, afro beats, house, funk and more.

Faversham Literary Festival, Fri 23 – Sun 25 Feb

Here’s one for all my fellow kentish book worms! A varied programme is on offer for book lovers of all ages and persuasions, featuring author talks, discussions, creative workshops and spoken word events. Love a literary festival, I do.

Circus Zyair, The Hop Farm, Fri 9 Feb to the Sun 18 Feb

Circus Zyair is back for 2018. Treat the kids to a spectacular show! High-energy spectacle abounds as Circus Zyair is always a high-energy spectacle that takes place beneath a big-top tent. A ragtag band of clowns, acrobats and jugglers plies its distinctive talents before fearless daredevils brave the high wire and wheel of death. Just what you need to whip the kids up in half term – just don’t try this at home…

 Murder Mystery Dinner, Port Lymphe, Sat 24 Feb

A glass of bubbly, while our actors help to set the scene and then enjoy a delicious 3 course meal while working out the additional clues between each course. Yup murder mystery nights are still popular, have you ever been to one? But don’t be deceived…. it may even be one of your own guests who has done the deed or was it the waitress at the bar?

FIRE AND ICE challenge, St Julian’s Club, Sevenoaks, Sat 17 Feb

Following the great success of both our Fire Walk and Chilli Dip over the last seven years, local charity, ellenor, will be creating the ultimate temperature challenge: ‘Fire and Ice’. It’s a double event to raise vital funds to support families facing terminal illness in and around Kent. Join us on Fri 16 Feb where things will be getting hot hot hot at Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells (7pm) and then be brrrrrrave and leap into the freezing waters of St Julian’s Club in Sevenoaks on Sat 17 Feb. Anyone wanting to take part will receive full training about 15 minutes before the walk/ dip.  Fire walkers will receive refreshments and all chilli-dippers will receive a warm bowl of chilli after the event. Who’s game? Go on!

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