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AUG 2019

Milk Fest, The Milk House, Sissinghurst, Fri 23 – Mon 26 Aug
Muddy loves The Milk House’s Milk Fest – and this year the annual food and music festival is celebrating its 6th year! Taking place Fri – Mon, as always over the August Bank Holiday, expect a Full Fat (snigger) family-friendly, fun-filled weekend with live music from top local talent alongside food and drink from local suppliers.
Try the Milk House’s signature cocktails, not forgetting to mention their popular Park Farm hot dogs and BBQ burgers, candy floss, face painting, silent discos, open mic night and even some circus skills. To mark the occasion, The Milk House have collaborated with Kent Brewery to bring you a 3.9% Session IPA using some of the latest English hop varieties at a cheap and beerful £3.50/pint. So bring a rug, make yourself comfortable, tuck into some fine festival fodder and enjoy the tunes. For the full programme of events:

Fairy Trail Hunt, Reuthe’s The Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks, Open Now

Let your kids run free and discover charming carved woodland creatures, fairy doors and fairies hidden within Reuthe’s 11 acres. Whilst you can enjoy coffee and cake at their Basecamp Cafe. Open everyday from 9am, free entry and free parking. 

Penshurst Maize Maze, Penshurst Place, NOW – 1 Sept

Step into the shoes of a great explorer and circumnavigate Penshurst Places’ Maize Maze! Wind your way through the hidden corners, concealed passages and collect clues from different checkpoints hidden in the maze. Once you have collected all the clues, you’ll be able to crack the puzzle and be in with the chance of winning a Penshurst Place family season ticket. The eco-friendly maze is great for children and adults. The maze is open day from 11am-6pm, last entry at 5pm.

Knights & Princesses School, Hever Castle, NOW – 30 Aug
Throughout the summer holidays your little ones can experience what it was like to grow up and serve in a royal household in medieval times at Knights & Princesses School. Children can learn how to prepare and protect armour, discover the best way to arm and disarm their master before battle, find out the correct way to give a proper and perfect greeting and take part in a have a go Hobby Horse Jousting activity. New for 2019 your kids will also learn how to slay a dragon before receiving their ‘School Certificatel and being officiated as Knights, Princes and Princesses of Hever Castle. Knights & Princesses School takes place daily from 24 July – 30 August and is included in normal Hever Castle admission prices. For more details:
Little Miss Sunshine, The Marlowe Theatre, NOW – Sat 3 Aug 
Based on the Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is a new musical comedy and is stopping by The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. This European premiere cast includes two-time Olivier-award nominee Paul Keating (Tick Tick Boom, The Wizard Of Oz at London Palladium, Little Shop Of Horrors, The Full Monty), Gabriel Vick (Sunny Afternoon, Avenue Q, Les Misérables, EastEnders) and Ian Carlyle (The Lion King, We Will Rock You) as Dwayne, with further casting to be announced. The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile in to their rickety yellow camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they? Get your tickets now:
Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize 2o18, The Beaney, Sat 6 July – Sun 6 Oct
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world. Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition, showcases a diverse range of images from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family. The exhibition of fifty-seven works features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize. Running daily from 6 July (closed Mondays) at The Beaney in Canterbury. 

Neverworld by Leefest, Hever, Thurs 1 – Sun 4 Aug

‘A perfect, unpretentious party vibe’. Neverworld is a chance to just party with your fellow wonderful humans. Embrace it. Kids and parents – this is THE festival for you with an amazing music line-up featuring The Vaccines, Mystery Jets and Professor Green to just name a few and fun from The Beach to The Wendy House, Neverworld is filled with fun for children and adults alike. Whether you’re four, 14 or 40, dress up in your tribal costume, explore the three realms, dance to new music, meet new people and take part in our wonderful new programme of daytime activities, all in the surrounds of the beautiful Kent countryside. 

Summer Holiday Clubs at Bore Place, Thurs 1 – Weds 21 Aug

Bore place offers a range of creative activities for kiddies to get stuck in this Summer including The Bore Place Bake Off, arts and crafts with their Get Crafty day of clay modelling, Way of the Woodsman, a Really Wild Day Out, the chance to spend the day searching for small furry creatures that make Bore Places’ farm their home, Teddy’s Bear Picnic and even a day dedicated to Den Building and Campfire Making. Take your pick!

The Luna Cinema, Leeds Castle, Thurs 1 – Sat 3 Aug

Famed as the world’s most beautiful castle, Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent makes the perfect setting for cinema under the stars. Located on Cedar Lawn, it’s a truly magical setting and with a line-up like; Bohemian Rhapsody, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and The Greatest Showman, it’s an experience not to be missed. Usual open-air rules apply – by which I mean, bring a camp chair, perhaps an umbrella to avoid getting soggy and there’s a bar (someone else is driving, right?)

Margate Soul Festival, Margate Winter Gardens, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Aug 

Margate Soul Festival began in 2002 on the streets of Margate’s Old Town with a sound system and an intimate crowd of soulful music lovers 17 years ago. It now sits comfortably among one of the UK’s best summer soulful music events. Held annually over the first weekend in August, the festival boasts an eclectic mix of soul-inspired music and also includes arenas dedicated to Soulful House, jazzFunk, Boogie & Reggae. MSF boasts an array of International live acts and over 100 DJs. A not-to-miss moment is gathering at the phenomenal Sunset Stage for one of the best sunsets overlooking the sea. The festival daytime activities reach it’s peak with the amazing DJ Led carnival on Sunday afternoon, followed by our big name live music finale. 

Castle Canines, Hever Castle, 3 & 4 Aug 2019

This is a perfect one to get the kids and the pups out in the sun… Hever Castle has a paw-fect (he he) weekend for all dog lovers – with stalls, entertainments and prizes for the best pooches. Castle Canines is a weekend dedicated to our four-legged friends – whether you own your own dog or just love them, there is something for everyone. Enjoy displays and entertainment from a variety of dogs including Pets as Therapy Dogs, Guide Dog Puppies, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Army Dogs, Labrador Rescue, huskies from the Siberian Husky Welfare Association and the Southern Golden Retriever Display Team. Even Newfoundland Dogs in Action who will be doing a water display on the lake!

Canterbury’s Vegan Market, Westgate Carpark, Sun 4 Aug

Don’t miss Canterbury’s vegan and ethical market this August. It’s a human-friendly and planet-friendly market that welcomes all. The festival’s aim is having the lowest negative impact possible. It’s a great space where vegans and non-vegans can come together and with only vegan businesses and stallholders, you can shop, enjoy the live music and there’s plenty of activities for the kids as well!

Family Mondays at Knole Park, Mon 5 – Mon 19 Aug 2019

Visit Knole on Family Monday during the summer holidays for a range of activities in the amazing grounds! From archaeology to arts and crafts. We are always partial to a visit to Knole to see the amazing deer and stags and the lovely recently updated cafe.

Forest School Holiday Club, Betteshanger Park, Mon 5 – Fri 23 Aug

Betteshanger is back with their popular Holiday Club! For children aged 4-11 year olds, they’re guaranteed to have a jam-packed day of fun and woodland adventures. The day will be full to the brim with learning how to use a whole range of different tools, lighting fires, campfire cooking, creating rustic crafts, building dens, climbing trees, making friends and exploring. For £25 per day this includes the activities, equipment, snacks and hot drinks.

Open Air Theatre, Smallhythe Place,  7 & 15 Aug

Not cinema but how about some theatre al fresco? Wrap up warm and enjoy the theatre at Smallhythe Place with The Winter’s Tale in July and Alice in Wonderland and Sense & Sensibility happening in August. Bring your deck chairs and rugs for a pre-show picnic in the garden from 5:30 pm. Great opportunity to do something with the family. Book now: 

Broadstairs Folk Week, Fri 9 – 16 Aug

Don’t miss this traditional folk music and dance festival. Over the past 54 years, the festival has become a magnet for people who love authentic music, the opportunity to dance, sing and make some family memories. With over 70 events a day from music workshops, Morris dancing, Pub Gigs, craft and music fair and not forgetting the BIG Parade on the 10th! You’ll find something to entertain you and your family from early til late.

ArtsBox Festival, Trinity Theatre, Sat 10 – Sat 17 Aug

Sorry, Edinburgh, who? Moooove aside oh famous Fringe – a new Arts Festival is coming to town. Our Kent town of Tunbridge Wells to be precise. And while it’s on a much smaller ’boutique’ scale its got all the hallmarks of an exciting new cultural and community event – which are the things we like most here on Muddy.

Launching for the first time this summer, in August, ArtsBox Festival 2019, will celebrate local talent and put emerging artists firmly in the spotlight. Founded by Jocelyn Cheek, in collaboration with Trinity Theatre, it will be Tunbridge Well’s first fringe festival featuring art, comedy, music, and theatre. With events and workshops on everything from travel talks by Award-winning adventurers to Mindfulness Life Drawing, free stuff for the kids and some great comedy acts. Keep updated here:

Margate Pride, Sat 10 Aug 2019

Margate is a culture-rich contemporary Pride – a celebration of all of LGBTQI life. Set up to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide in the LGBT community, it’s a place to celebrate creativity, inclusivity and free-thinking! Now in their fourth year, the passion of bringing the whole town together hasn’t faded. The parade begins at 2pm from Cliftonville to the main sands with inspiring speakers from across the LGBTQ+ community and local talent performing. Followed by an afternoon street party and family-friendly rally, 12pm – 6pm. MainStage entertainment 3pm – 6pm. Cockles and Muscles Celebs in Swimwear, 9pm – 3am. Melanie C w/ Sink The Pink at Dreamland, 7pm – 10:30 pm.

‘Fame’ The Musical, Marlowe Theatre  Mon 12 – Sat 17 Aug 2019

Starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want To Sing) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice), Fame The Musical is coming to The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury this August! Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film. Get ready to sing along to the oscar winning title song with all your family and friends. Enjoy an unforgettable night of outstanding dance, rap and singing. Book it, you will not regret it! 

An Evening with Lord Astor, Hever Castle, 14 & 15 Aug

Join Hever Castle for an exclusive dining experience with Lord Astor with fascinating insight into his time at Hever Castle and the unique experience of life on the Hever Castle Estate, how the Castle was used and developed and an insight into the famous guests that visited the Castle. Arrive from 3pm to check into one of the five-star award-winning Astor Wing bedrooms. Enjoy a private tour conducted by Lord Astor, followed by a drinks reception and then dinner. Check out after breakfast the next morning and enjoy the gardens at your leisure. Places are limited so book now!

Spa & Yoga Retreat, Green Farm Spa, 16 Aug

Voted as ‘”One of the Top 30 Retreats in the World” by the Daily Telegraph, be transported into the calm and tranquility of Green Farm’s privately-run retreats. Set in the beautiful Kent countryside, Green Farm provides a stress free haven, the perfect place to rejunevate. This unique yoga based retreated includes luxury accommodation in the restored 15th century farmhouse and a 55-minute ESPA treatment of your choice as well as the 3 yoga classes. Classes are suitable for everyone. Book your spot now:

Kids Foodie Fun Day, Macknade Fine Foods, Tues 20 Aug

Our favourite Faversham food hall, Macknade is joining forces with Young Cooks for a day of FREE foodie activities for primary school children, in a bid to uncover the region’s best young kitchen talent. The activities will run between 10am – 3pm on Macknade’s outside Deck. Your kids will learn everything from healthy eating to food waste and not forgetting, pizza making, sensory storytelling, pickling and cheese tasting! Hosted by Macknade’s expert cheesemongers, greengrocers and butchers as well as local partners: Wasted Kitchen, MightyFineThings and Reading Fairy. Limited spaces available, get booking:

Alice in wonderland at Leeds Castle, Fri 23 & Sat 24 Aug

Get ready to go on a Topsy- turvy journey with Alice and the white rabbit. This fantastical musical is brimming with excitement and dreamlike fun for the whole family to enjoy on a summer’s evening out. You’d be mad to miss it! Tick tock, times running out, book the tickets. You don’t want to be ‘late for this very important date’!

Top Gun Outdoor Cinema Experience, Frittenden Cricket Ground, Sat 24 Aug

A pop-up cinema night showing of the 80s classic Top Gun starring Tom Cruise and Kelly Mcgillis on the August bank holiday weekend. Step into the shoes of a fighter jet pilot with their VR experience (ticket holders aged 12 or over). Hear and feel the roar of the F14 Fighter Jet Planes flying past at this truly immersive cinema experience. Enjoy their fully stocked bar, fresh popcorn and hot & cold food. Free parking.

bOing! Festival, Canterbury, Sat 24 & 25 Aug

bOing! is an International Family Festival returning to the streets of Canterbury this August. It’s a magical weekend of performance and creativity for all ages with performers and artists from across the world, creating unforgettable festival experiences for over 10,000 people each year. bOing! is free to enter (plus free parking!). Don’t miss this weekend it has an impressive line-up with workshops, VR experiences and performances from WILD, Stoel, Jamboree and so much more.

Cider Festival, Brogdale Collections, Sat 24 & Sun 25 Aug

The Artisan Cider Festival is back and better than ever! Local food and entertainment is up for grabs over the whole weekend. Excellent for the family with festival games, children’s activities and crafts. Enjoy the amazing range of the best local ciders, artisan food stalls and discover the fruit filled orchards with a free guided walking or tractor trailer tour – don’t miss this!

Garden Party, The King’s Head, Sevenoaks, Sun 25 Aug

Don’t miss The King’s Head annual Bank Holiday Garden Party! This August bank holiday, there will be a gourmet bbq and live music even a Cider shack, Bellini Bar, The Gin Tin. Tickets are £20 per adult and £10 per child for unlimited food and guaranteed seating. Pop into the pub to pick up your tickets! For more info: 

New Jersey Nights, Leas Cliff Hall, Mon 26 Aug

The international hit show New Jersey Nights takes you on a musical journey celebrating the greatest hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Featuring four great singers, perfect harmonies, stylised costumes, a rockin’ live band and amazing dancers Jersey Nights delivers all of the Four Seasons hits, including: Sherry, Rag Doll, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Let’s Hang On, Walk Like a Man, Dawn, Silence is Golden, Oh What a Night and many more. Book your tickets now! 

Ice Cream Festival, Kent Life, Mon 26 Aug

Leave your favourite t-shirts at home, because it’s time to welcome back the Ice Cream Festival! Sample tasters from ice cream vendors, chocolatiers and sweet stalls. Pop into the Village Hall and put your creative talents to good use whilst grown-ups can treat themselves to a tipple from the bar or try the Pimms on the Village Green. Join in the animal activities or why not visit the face painter? Sit back and enjoy music from the ‘Dairy Stage’, take a trip on the fun farm ride or enjoy traditional entertainment with the Punch and Judy show!

Blood Brothers, Marlowe Theatre, Tues 27 – Sat 31 Aug

Willy Russell’s multi-award winning musical comes to Canterbury, telling the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Don’t forget your handkerchief!

Bohemian Rhapsody, Hever Castle, Tues 27 Aug

Watch Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody in The Festival Theatre, an open air venue set in the gardens of Hever Castle in a stunning location on the Two Sisters Lawn adjacent to Anne Boleyn Walk. Enjoy the foot-stomping celebration of Queen and their music under the stars. If the sun doesn’t shine, you can still the enjoy the spectacular setting as the stage is fully covered and the seating is tiered with the vast majority of seats under new seating canopies.

Open Air Cinema, Betteshanger Country Park, Thurs 29 – Sat 31 Aug

Dirty Dancing, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Doors open at 7:30 and the film will start at 9pm. Pack a blanket or deckchair and a hamper. Sit back, (popcorn in hand) relax and enjoy an alternative cinema experience under the stars. 

Local Liquor Night, Curious Eatery, 29 Aug

Join The Curious Eatery as they celebrate some of Kent’s brilliant local spirit producers. (Oh you’re all-ears now aren’t you?) Muddy loves this fab restaurant, set up in what was a disused pub in Boughton Monchelsea, so south of Maidstone and just north of Sutton Valence. The immediate surrounds are quite suburban – basically it’s off the beaten track and the kind of place that you’d never stumble across unless you’d heard about it from word-of-mouth. But inside is an outstanding restaurant (Finalist in Best Restaurant in Kent in 2019 Muddy Awards) and they also organise much-sought after Secret Supper Clubs. This event promises to be just as successful. *Hic*. Tickets are £15 and include food and live music by The Borrowers. Tickets available at the Eatery.

The James Bond Concert Spectacular, Leas Cliff Hall, Fri 30 Aug

Don’t miss this superb evening of James Bond hits! Experience the fabulous and iconic music of James Bond like you’ve never heard it before, a stunning concert at Leas Cliff Hall this August performed by some of the UK’s leading musicians. Enjoy the favourites: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Thunderball, Live And Let Die, License To Kill amongst all the others with top musicians and stunning dancers, this is set to be a fabulous night-out. Get your tickets now:

One Love Festival, The Hop Farm, 30 Aug – 1 Sept

One Love Festival returns to The Hop Farm for 2019. With a laid back, chilled out vibe come and enjoy live music acts over the weekend. Reggae, dance, peace and love abound.

Farm and Forage at The Small Holding, Kilndown, NOW Until 29 Aug

Award-winning chef, Will Devlin, chef owner of The Small Holding, a kitchen and farm on a country lane in the pretty village of Kilndown on the Kent and East Sussex borders, has created a Farm and Forage day for guests to experience a day in the life of the restaurant. Launching on 1 May, the Farm and Forage days are only available on Wednesday and Thursdays throughout the Summer from 1 May to 29 August, priced £145 per person, including a 5-course lunch and arrival drink and a goody bag with seasonal treats to take home. thesmallholding

Squerryes’ Tapas on the Terrace, Westerham, NOW Until Aug

Book now for Squerryes Estate winery’s hugely popular ‘Seafood Tapas On The Terrace’ sessions. Relax on the terrace with breathtaking views of the vineyard and enjoy Squerryes’ champion wines and a tapas lunch by acclaimed Kent chefs David Maraud and Christopher Reeves. Then be invited on a tour of the vines and tuck into a desert of Ightam strawberries, sorbet, Squerryes bubbles and Elderflower panna cotta. On now til the end of August, open every Saturday midday to 6pm throughout the summer months. To book, call 01959 562345.

Camp Wildfire, Heritage Pine Forest, Sevenoaks, 30 Aug – 2 Sept

Camp Wildfire returns this summer for an explosion of immersive adventure and parties set in an idyllic forest near Sevenoaks. Think Summer Camp but for adults! Participate in thrilling adventure adventures including flying trapeze, raft building, quad biking, archery battles plus more. By night the forest will transform into a hedonistic festival with diverse music programmes featuring Craig Charles, DJ Yoda and Little Gay Brother, secret late-night parties, adventure talks and the chance to cosy up around campfires. Book up now:


The Weekend@Brenchley is back – and better than ever! Now in its fourth year and back in a marquee at the Brenchley Memorial Hall Ground, the fun starts on Fri 13 Sept with The Comedy Night (tickets £15 each; available via, the Post Office in Brenchley or Hammonds butchers in Matfield). This year’s line-up features four of the most exciting acts on the UK comedy circuit, including the highly original Trevor Lock, stand-up star Michael Fabbri who supported Mickey Flanagan on his last tour, Tania Edwards, a stalwart of TV and radio comedy and named as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten comics, plus the observational stylings of Dutch comedy star, Wouter Meijs. The weekend continues on Saturday 14 with a Craft Show (contact for stallholder information) and Dog Show, followed by an evening Party Night (contact for tickets), with all profits from the weekend going to local good causes. See you there!


Summer By The River, London, Until 28 Aug

And if you’re heading for the Big Smoke, there’s tons to do all summer between London and Tower Bridge with the largest outdoor festival in the capital, Summer by the River (until 28 Aug). Outdoor cinema as well as concerts, workshops, comedy and quizzes- you can scoff and drink to your heart’s content from the obligatory artisan stalls and then join in one of the fitness events to assuage the self-loathing.



Must-see exhibitions in London this month include a new collection of Manolo Blahnik‘s designs at The Wallace Collection above, which contrasts the designer’s work with paintings, sculpture and ornate furniture from the Rococo art movement. The intimate collection has been curated  by Blahnik himself and features items from his private archives (until Sun 1 Sept). Or you can check out Beasts of London, at the Museum of London, a fully immersive, digital installation exploring the role animals have played in the shaping of London with the likes of Kate Moss, Brian Blessed and Pam Ferris voicing the animals which are brought to life using video projection mapping.

Muddy visited the Mary Quant retrospective (until 16 Feb) above at the V&A recently and it’s definitely worth checking out- over 200 items from the iconic ’60s designer’s career, from miniskirts to her make up range, accompanying images and a strong feminist undertone (girl power!) Also at the V&A is the the largest House of Dior collection ever staged in the UK, it’s sold out but there are a few first-come, first served tickets available from 10am from the Grand Entrance, or you can see the exhibition by purchasing a membership for the V&A (until 1 Sept). The major Van Gogh show at Tate Britain is also worth a gander, with over 45 works, including Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery (until 11 Aug). And finally, if you’re heading up north, there’s the new Keith Haring exhibition at Tate Liverpool, a legend on the ’80s graffiti, pop art and underground club culture scene, the exhibit features 85 works including large-scale paintings, posters, photos and video. Very cool.

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