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APRIL 2019

Selfie Factory, Bluewater, Throughout April

In case you needed another reason to visit Bluewater this Easter other than the new Primark (I have an 11-year-old daughter, don’t judge!) here’s another – the Selfie Factory. Guests will be able to explore over 10 unique settings in which they’ll be able to capture amazing Instagrammable moments – from a giant ball pit to a doughnut wall! Each visitor can spend up to an hour in the pop-up, taking as many pictures as they desire. Tickets are from £9, and as availability is limited, booking is recommended. Visit here to book your ticket: selfiefactory.co.uk

Jon Doran at Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, Fri 22 March – Fri 5 April

Starting Fri 22 March is the Jon Doran’s solo show at Lilford Gallery in Canterbury. Doran is one of Lilford’s most popular artists, extremely talented, he has made a impressive collection of works which is available to view at the gallery. Doran’s work is based on his immediate surroundings but recently woodland waterfall scenes have become a dominant interest, these scenes come from Yorkshire, Cornwall and France. There’s a wide range of elements which makes for an interesting work both in the making and the final outcome. lilfordgallery.com

Avenue Q, The Marlowe Theatre, Mon 1 – Sat 6 April

Packed with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness, this hugely entertaining show is back and now showing for one week only at The Marlowe theatre in Canterbury. Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of Book Of Mormon) Avenue Q is an irresistibly charming musical which tells the story of the loveable characters on a downtown New York street. This adult-only show is cheeky and entertaining with talented performers and puppets. Tickets are only £45, book now! marlowetheatre.com

Pop-up Cookery Workshops, Chiddingstone Castle, Thu 4 & Thu 11 April 

After 9 years dedicated to food, Jo Banks brings creative recipe ideas together through fun, clear, interactive presentations and hands-on workshops. Throughout 2019, Jo Banks and her company Alive With Flavour will be hosting pop up cookery workshops in Chiddingstone Castle’s Victorian Kitchen. For this Easter holiday check out the Adult’s Spring Workshop or Children’s Easter Cookery Pop Up. chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Survival: The Initiation, Betteshanger Park, Sat 6 April 

SURVIVAL: THE INITIATION is a beginner-friendly introduction to obstacle course racing event happening at Betteshanger Park this April! There’s a 2.5km route full of obstacles combined with a short run plus the chance to shoot a few arrows on the archery range. Each small group will be accompanied by a trained instructor to guide you through the course, offer tips and to keep you motivated. Try a little something out of the ordinary and challenge your family and friends! Starting from 10:30am, they run every 30 minutes. Adult sessions will be taking place in the morning and afternoon sessions are specially designed for families, children aged 8 and over. Enlist now! betteshanger-park.co.uk

D1 Tribe & Kingdom Community Event, DayOne Wellness, KINGDOM Penshurst, Sat 6 April

Join the DayOne Wellness coaches and Kingdom community for a morning of running and getting back into nature, starting from 9am til 12:30. Enjoy moving, eating and be inspired by DayOne Wellness’ best wellbeing tips. We hear there’s a buffet brunch of scrambled eggs, baked haricot beans, grilled oyster mushrooms, sliced avocado and sourdough toast- we’re there! Tickets are just £15, get booking. facebook.com/events 

Grand National Raceday, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Sat 6 April 

A family-friendly day out at the races with live screenings of  the Grand National action from Aintree. There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family, including face painting, a giant inflatable assault course and behind-the-scenes tours. Kids under 17 go free when they’re with an adult. lingfieldpark.co.uk

Medieval Story Garden, Canterbury Tales, Sat 6 April – Sun 15 April

This Easter The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction will reopen the gates to its Medieval Story Garden where families will join in the Knights Tournament! Children and grown-ups alike can practice their battle skills through a series of activities. Sword skills, mock jousting, medieval remedies and more will all be explored during this fun family activity. Are you battle ready? canterburytales.org.uk

Kent’s Big Weekend, Sat 6 & Sun 7 AprilPop your name in the hat for a chance to win tickets to top attractions and tourism businesses in Kent! The Kent Big Weekend 2019 is bigger than ever with nearly 140 tourism businesses and tourism attractions taking part, offering over 36,000 tickets up for grabs. There is something for everyone: museums, castles, cathedral, churches, beautiful gardens waking from winter, outdoor fun, food and drinks. There’s very few left! kentbigweekend.co.uk

Spring into Easter, Kent Life, Sat 6 – Mon 22 April

Get stuck into farmyard life this Easter and eet lambs and goat kids as well as piglets! Have a go at bottle feeding our lambs in sessions throughout the day, hop on a fun farm ride, or enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, bouncy castle, donkey rides, cuddle corner and so much more. kentlife.org.uk

Carroty Wood, Tonbridge, Mon 8 – Thurs 18 April

Carroty Wood, a long-established Christian charity providing exciting outdoor adventure for all ages, are offering holiday clubs during the Easter for kids. Activities include High Ropes, Archery, Outdoor Climbing, Pedal Biking, Raft Building and much more! rockuk.org

Easter Alpaca Treks, Reuthe’s, Tue 9 & Fri 19 April

Meet their adorable furry friends and let them lead you and your kids on a one-hour guided trek through the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and wear sensible footwear. After the trek head to The Basecamp café (open Tues-Sun for delicious coffees, cakes and lunches). It’s the perfect place for refuelling with tasty homemade treats or food foraged from the garden when in season. reuthes.com 

Ghana Supper Clubs, Tunbridge Wells & Tonbridge, Fri 5 – Sat 6 &  Fri 12 – Sat 13 April 

If you love meeting new people, experiencing new flavours and generally having a good time then you really need to be at one of Ghana Supper Clubs amazing evenings. Twice monthly Tunbridge Wells based Ghanaian Supper Club bringing Ghanaian flavours, music and spice to the area. The run at their homes in St James Park or at The Bicycle Bakery in Tunbridge Wells or The Plough in Ivy Hatch or at The Old Fire Station in Tonbridge. I’ve seen pictures of their sample menu and I’m already salivating! Plus it’s all Vegan and Veggie friendly so suitable for just about everyone. This April they’ll be at the Old Fire Station Fri 5 – Sat 6 April and at The Bicycle Bakery Fri 12 – Sat 13 April. Very few places remaining! ghanasupperclub.co.uk 

The Jungle Book, Theatre Royal Margate, Sat 13 – Sun 14 April

From the producers of the smash hit UK tour of Alice in Wonderland, Wicked Productions in association with Jordan Productions present a brand-new hilarious family production of The Jungle Book. With brand new songs, creative staging and bags full of fun, why not bring your cheeky little monkeys to laugh like a pack of hyenas when The Jungle Book swings into town! theatreroyalmargate.com

Adventure Golf and New Playground Opening with Ben Cajee, Leeds Castle, Sat 13 April 

Children’s TV presenter Ben Cajee from CBeebies will open two fantastic new family attractions at Leeds Castle! They’re opening a brand new Knights’ Stronghold Playground which will have a wooden replica of Leeds Castle with spiralling slides, fireman’s poles, giant cargo nets and zip wires. This accessible playground, is designed for ages up to 14 and will include a new shop and seating areas for parents to watch their children play in a safe and fun environment. Plus Leeds Castle will be opening their very own adventure golf course! Opening begins at 12pm so arrive early to be one of the first to explore the new attractions and get a selfie with Ben. leeds-castle.com 

Spring Stroll, Penshurst Place, Sun 14 April

Enjoy a springtime stroll through the vibrant parkland with General Manager, Ben Thomas and discover the history of Penshurst Place and the variety of wildlife living within the grounds, followed by a delicious two-course roast lunch in the Garden Restaurant. Tickets are only £30! Which includes the house and gardens access plus your roast. Book now! penshurstplace.com

On The Basis of Sex, Trinity Theatre, Sun 14 April

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones), her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of an historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as US Supreme Court Associate Justice. On The Basis of Sex will be showing at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells for one night only! Have a drink in the bar and escape the crowds. trinitytheatre.net

Pizza Making Masterclass, Chapter, Canterbury, Weds 17 April

Famous for its sourdough pizzas and impressive menu of cocktails, fine wines and beer, Chapter is now offering a Pizza Making Masterclass so you can learn all their secrets. Join Andrea and make your own pizzas from scratch, using his authentic Sardinian recipe. If that’s not tempting enough, enjoy Prosecco, limoncello  throughout the night and you’ll have the opportunity to take a dough ball home with you. Starting at 7 pm to 9:30 pm, grab the girls and let’s go! facebook.com/ChapterCanterbury 

Little Shop of Horrors, EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge, 18-20 Apr

Brought to you by Talentz, the award-winning musical theatre company for 4 to 21 year olds, comes this quirky classic. You know the score – for the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But, a new day is spawning when flower shop assistant, Seymour, discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential.

With an electrifying 60s pop/rock score by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act), a live band and all the usual West End production values of a Talentz show, this promises to be a bloomin’ hit that will leaf you wanting more. Don’t miss out on the best musical floral time – put your petal to the metal and book your tickets now! You’ll be green-fingered with envy if you miss this exciting new take on the cult classic. thetalentz.com/little-shop-of-horrors

All-Weather Championship Finals Day, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Fri 19 Apr

A great day out for the whole family on Good Friday. As well as the racing here’s plenty of entertainment  including live music, and Easter egg hunt, face painting, inflatable derby hoppers, chocolate giveaways and a giant inflatable assault course. lingfieldpark.co.uk

Dreamland X Camp Bestival Easter Sunday Party, Sun 21 April 

Forget the traditional Easter Sunday roast, why not dance to The Cuban Brothers and get to together with your besties in at Dreamland in Margate? The UK’s favourite family festival has joined forces with the UK’s coolest amusement park this spring. Free entry, don’t miss this extravagant all day party on Easter Sunday. Explore the 8m tall Love-Bot, see the mini temple and Bollywood chill out zone and boogie on The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle which is apparently taller than the Great Wall of China and can accommodate 100 bouncers at a time. Live music from funk legends The Cuban Brothers, Soup from Jurassic 5 presents Fullee Love Collective, plus Dat Brass, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Miss Kiddy and The Cads, and the Kent Soul Choir. Those in need of relaxation can dive into the pop-up Sleep Retreat with yoga, gong baths and meditation from local relaxation experts, while other ravers can enjoy tunes from Rob da Bank himself and other wild DJs, with arts, crafts and creative workshops for youngsters. Phew! Definitely an Easter you won’t forget. dreamland.co.uk

Tulip Festival, Hever Castle, Weds 24 –  Tues 30 April 

The Tulip Festival at Hever Castle & Gardens promises to be even bigger this year with 21,000 tulips in bloom in the stunning grounds of the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.Bulb master and holder of 25 coveted Chelsea gold medals, Johnny Walkers helped to select the tulip varieties at Hever Castle for 2019, so they’ll be a beautiful sight to see! The Italian Garden will play host to the largest of the tulip planting displays with a kaleidoscope of colours fanning down the length of there garden towards the lake. Enjoy a self-guided tulip trail through the grounds or book an immersive tour with the Hever’s Head Gardener at 11:30 each day. hevercastle.co.uk

Fashion Re:Boot with Mum’s The Word Events, The Secret Manor, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 26 April 

It’s time to clear our those closests ladies! Fashion Re:Boot is BACK and will be held at the gorgeous Secret Manor in Tunbridge Wells. Buy, sell or just gather on Fri 26 April from 7:30 – 10:30 pm. The evening will boast over 25 stalls packed with a mixture of pre-loved fashion – handpicked high street to high end clothes as well as jewellery makers, interiors, beauty and braiding plus a licensed bar and street food. So grab your girlfriends and make an evening of it! Entrance is a fiver and tickets are limited so get yours before they are gone. mumstheword.online

Spring Summer Club with Chetna Makan, Macknade Fine Foods, Sat 27 April

Following the successful launch of her third book ‘Healthy Indian’, Macknade Fine Foods will be welcoming Chetna Makan back to the Macknade kitchen for a Spring supper club. After a short hiatus, they’re teaming up with Chetna to bring you a menu of fresh Spring dishes, devised & cooked by the acclaimed food writer & GBBO finalist, featuring recipes from her new book. Tickets costs £37.50 which include four courses, a welcome drink and tea to finish. Chetna will then join everyone to discuss her love of cooking, including a Q&A and book signing. macknade.com

Flower Workshops, Chambers Farm Flowers, Sat 27 & Tues 30 April 

Chambers Farm Flowers have two workshops this April! Have the opportunity to grow your own cut flower patch and an introduction to cut flower growing. They’re both one day courses and they’ll be held on Chambers Farm Flowers farm with cake and refreshments (but bringing your own packed lunch is advised!) Book up now, we know these will be popular. chambersfarmflowers.com

Rhod Gilbert ‘The Book of John’, Assembly Hall Theatre, Sun 28 April

The multi-award-winning Welsh comedian will be performing at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells with a brand new live show. As seen on, Would I Lie To You?, Qi, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You. In a six-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod and just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke called John. This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before! Tickets are only £30. assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Day Retreat with Yoga, Green Farm Kent, Sun 28 April 

Are you after a day of relaxtion in the beautiful Kent countryside? Green Farm Spa is the place to go! This privately run wellbeing day combines the beauty and simplicity of Yoga in a natural setting. Starting at 9am til 5:30, there are a bunch of activities you can enjoy. An Energising Yoga class, time to relax in their award-winning spa, a guided country walk and a Relaxing and Restorative Yoga Class. ​You’ll leave feeling, refreshed, nourished, stress-free and ready for a new week ahead – sign us up! greenfarmkent.co.uk 

Violet Jive, Powder & Magazine, Sun 28 April

Powder & Magazine are known for their Sunday lunches where live jazz is often played and our sources tell us that it can be a struggle to get a table! You’ll love the cool historic setting in the old Royal Navy Ordnance Depot, think funky, high-ceiling warehouse but with a very welcoming vibe. powderandmagazine.co.uk 

Walking With The Wounded, Cycle at Horsmonden, Sun 28 April

WWTW’s favourite cycling event is back by popular demand! This popular bike ride consists of 3 cycling routes – 75, 50 or 25 miles. Through the beautiful Kent countryside. walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

FURTHER AFIELD…

BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, London, Fri 12 – Sun 14 Apr 

Forget trashy telly (Love Island I’m looking at you), there are some mega Brit TV celebs attending this. The British Film Institute and Radio Times team up for the largest television festival in the UK with talks from the likes of Joanna Lumley, Jamie Oliver, Big Narstie (ask your teens), Suranne Jones and Dame Helen Mirren. You’ll also get an insight into what goes on behind the silver screen with The Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio (we couldn’t get enough of this in Muddy HQ), Derry Girls doyenne Lisa McGee and more, as well as loads of showings from the BFI archives. There’s a young adult programme too (for 16 – 25 year olds) all at £5, including a Q&A with the cast of BBC 3’s university drama Clique. Full programme here.

Beasts of London, Museum of London, until Sun 5 Jan 

This looks amazing- a fully immersive, digital installation (here’s a sneak preview) exploring the role animals have played in the shaping of London, from the Roman era all they way up to present day. The interactive show uses video projection mapping to bring the animals, from rats to lions, to life as they narrate a virtual tour of London. There are some major British celebs involved too, with Kate Moss, Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Joe Pasquale and more voicing the beasts. museumoflondon.org.uk

Mary Quant, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from Sat 6 Apr

This is going to be awesome! The iconic 1960s designer and the mother of  miniskirts, Mary Quant, gets her own exhibit at the V&A with over 200 garments, accessories and exclusive unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive. Tickets here.

Southbank Centre, London, until Mon 22 Apr 

Free fun by the bucketful if you’re heading to London this Easter with music from Camp Bestival regulars Dizney Rascal, cool folk singer London Rhymes and comedy theatre group Mrs H and the Sing-Along Band. Paid events include giant musical sandpits, an immersive colourful performance called Kaleidoscope and the brilliant Tabby McTat (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler) Freckle Productions, the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Zog.

Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain, London, until Tues 27 Aug

This new major exhibition will be the first to explore the artist’s relationship with Britain and the literature, art and culture that inspired his work. Over 45 works by the artist from public and private collections including Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery, London. There’ll also be work by British artist  who were influenced by Van Gogh’s work including Francis Bacon and David Bomberg. tate.org.uk

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, until Sun 14 July

This exhibition, the largest House of Dior collection ever staged in the UK, has been HUGE- it is sold out but there are a few first-come, first served tickets available from 10am (from the Grand Entrance) and it’s well worth trying your luck. Or you can see the exhibit by purchasing a membership for the V&A (plus you get loads of added extras like sneak previews, a magazine subscription and access to the members room). Tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him, it’s based on the a Parisian exhibition but with a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London. vam.ac.uk

BOOK AHEAD…

DON’T MISS THIS: FREE EVENT – GOOD CAUSE!

Wonder Women Tea, The Plough at Ivy Hatch, Thurs 2 May

Join Anna of Anna’s Family Kitchen and Francesca from Sevenoaks Mums for an inspiring morning fundraiser (10am – 12pm) for Mothers2Mothers – a charity which trains, employs and empowers mothers living with HIV to bring health and hope to other mothers, their families and communities.

Guest speakers are: Élise Daly of Wonderchup, a superhero food business who’s aim is to create the healthiest alternative condiments and Karen Porter of Body & Health by Design promoting individual physical and mental wellbeing. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some great local women and fundraise for an important cause, all whilst enjoying a bite to eat and a cuppa.

This event is FREE to attend but we will have a raffle with some great prizes and a donation tin so please dig deep and show your support.

Spring Ladies Day, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Fri 3 May 

Get the girls together for an afternoon of racing and entertainment at Lingfield’s  Spring Ladies’ Day. There will be live music from Gary Birtles and Lorrie Brown, a best-dressed competition and a mini-shopping village. lingfieldpark.co.uk

Jess Glynne, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Sat 10 Aug 
With 2 UK number 1 albums including the 2018 hit Always In Between, Jess Glynne will perform to thousands of race goers live after racing on Saturday 10 August. This lady is hot hot hot right now – so tickets will sell fast though. I’d get in quickly! Racing is from 5.10pm-8.15pm – music starts after the last race. lingfieldpark.co.uk

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