MUDDY’S PICK OF THE MONTH
The Campfire Tales, The Canterbury Tales, May 17 – Thurs 30 Aug
Popular visitor attraction The Canterbury Tales has just launched a new weekly programme of twilight storytelling events. The Campfire Tales will embrace the city’s ancient storytelling traditions; gather around a crackling campfire and listen to a storyteller recount the tales. Taking place every Thursday evening from May to August, in the Medieval Story Garden behind the attraction, stories will begin at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring your own cup! Free refills of tea, coffee and, hot chocolate available – let’s get cosy.
Animals & Us, Turner Contemporary, May 25 – Sun 30 Sep
Animals & Us is a major exhibition exploring artists’ reflections on the relationship between humans and other animals. Installed across all Turner Contemporary’s first floor galleries, it encompasses a wide range of media from painting, sculpture to video and installation. Focusing on contemporary and 20th-century artists, including historical artworks and artifacts, Animals & Us, explores our lives and encounters with animals and how these have been reflected in art.
Gorilla Circus, Dreamland, Sat 9 June – Sun 2 Sept
Don’t get bored yet! Gorilla Circus is providing an outdoor show with an impressive circus set up. Combining aerial, high-wire-, trapeze and other circus spectacles. Gorilla Circus will performing twice a day at Dreamland throughout August.
Medieval Story Garden, The Canterbury Tales, 24 July – 2 Sept
Immerse yourself in Medieval activities at The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction. Every day in August enjoy Maypole Dancing, Knights School, The Art of Alchemy and Storytelling in our beautiful medieval garden – don’t miss out before the kids go back!
Kids For A Quid, Spa Valley Railway, 28 July – 31 Aug
Looking for something to do with the kids this Summer? At the Spa Valley Railway, all kids can travel for just £1 throughout August. Journey through the picturesque Kent countryside on something a little different – an experience not to miss!
Archery Taster, Betteshanger Country Park, selected dates Aug
Fancy trying something new? This summer holiday, Betteshanger are running a number of Archery taster sessions! The qualified instructors will teach your kids (or you!) how to hold the bow, stand correctly, aim and shoot arrows at a target. You might want to book this one in, we can tell it’s going to be very popular.
The Luna Cinema, Leeds Castle, Thurs 2 – Sat 4 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; Dirty Dancing, Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone and The Italian Job (with full orchestra), 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?).
Leefest, Edenbridge, Thurs 2 – Sun 5 Aug
Imaginary kaleidoscopic realm, The Neverland, has been created for this festival, comprising three main stages, or ‘tribes’ each with a different theme and musical feel (pop, ambient or pumping beats). An eclectic boutique festival featuring music, theatre, comedy and walkabout performance that famously started in 16-year-old Lee Denny’s back garden! Bastille, Clean Bandit and Declan Mckenna to name a few are all headlining this year’s Leefest, it’s not one to miss.
Prosecco + Fizz Festival, Canterbury, Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug
Well pop my cork – this Canterbury festival will be showcasing over 40 types of Prosecco, Champagne and English Sparkling Wine. It runs across 3 sessions – on entry you receive a wristband to access the festival, your own Prosecco Flute (ready to fill and refill) that can be kept to take home, and a complimentary ‘taster’ of wine. Sample Prosecco and Sparkling Wines from around the World, listen to talks and presentations from producers and sommeliers. There will also be fizz-inspired cocktails as well as Street Food from local favourites, The Naughty Egg, Oysters from Whistable’s East Quay Oysters and DJ’s playing your fave tunes.
A New Day Festival, Faversham, Fri 3 Aug – Sun 5 Aug
A three day family-friendly festival of music, held at Mount Ephraim Gardens near Faversham, featuring the best of classic rock, blues and roots. The line-up for this year’s popular festival includes Feeder, Hawkwind, Jethro Tull’s Martine Barre and Caravan – those are just some of the big names playing! Make sure to pop this one in your diary.
Margate Soul Festival, Fri 3 – Sun 5 Aug
Like sunshine, soul music and the seaside? Atlantic Starr and Grammy Award-winning Deniece Williams are among the line-up for the three-day music event which is spread over several picturesque venues and outside areas in Margate Old Town, Margate Harbour and Margate Winter Gardens. There will be more than 50 DJs, two stages and seven themed venues.
Weald on the Field, Uckfield, Sat 4 Aug
A day of local produce, street food, drink, live music & entertainment at this boutique, family-friendly event. A more sedate affair where local produce and food takes centre stage over the music – one for the grandparents too.
An Officer And A Gentleman, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Mon 6 – Sat 11 Aug
Squeak!! Announcing the world premiere of a brand new musical that will play like a soundtrack to your teenage life. Based on true events, An Officer And A Gentleman follows the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. Its feel-good soundtrack includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong along with many 80s classic anthems including Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Livin’ On A Prayer, Heart Of Glass, Material Girl, Don’t Cry Out Loud, I Was Made For Lovin’ You, and The Final Countdown. Nostalgia not to be missed!
Ashtonbury, Loddington Farm, Fri 10 – Sun 12 Aug
Nestled in the Kentish hills, surrounded by orchards and cherry farms, Ashtonbury is a stone’s throw from London. But you wouldn’t know it. A beautiful, secluded site; Loddington Farm is the perfect location for the Ashtonbury family to let their hair down. This year’s there’s an eclectic line up brings you everything from New Orleans Blues & Soul courtesy of Acantha Lang to old school garage Legends Artful Dodger. If you can tear yourself away from the stage then get creative in the arts and craft and glitter tents. With street food, cocktails, a movie night and even it’s own dodgeball tournament, Ashtonbury has alot to offer. Could it be your new favourite boutique festival?
Margate Pride, locations around Margate, Sat 11 Aug
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 third year, the passion of bringing the whole town together hasn’t faded. The parade begins at 2pm at Walpole Bay Hotel, then a Rally & Street Party at 3pm at Marine Drive and then it continues from 6pm into the late evening.
Tribute To Rock, The Hop Farm, Sat 11 – Sun 12 Aug
The Ultimate Tribute to Rock Festival is coming to Kent this Summer! The Best Rock Tribute Acts in Europe come to Kent’s Hop Farm for the ultimate Festival Experience. Enjoy Prog to Classic Rock Music in the sunshine! Listen to all your favourite tribute bands along with plenty of Food & Drink.
Fame The Musical, Assembly Hall Theatre, Mon 20 – Sat 25 Aug
Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film of the same name, Fame The Musical is coming to Assembly Theatre! Featuring the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and rappers as they transform from star struck pupils to superstars. One not to miss if your little ones like to sing and dance.
Film Season, Hever Castle, 21 – 24 Aug
This year Hever Castle has chosen Nicole Kidman to lead their Film Season! Playing all of Kidman’s best films (in our opinion) over the course of 4 days: The Stepford Wives, Moulin Rouge, The Others and Eyes Wide Shut. Why not sit in Hever’s covered theatre for a night of fabulous entertainment?
Messy Art: Fruit & Veg Printing, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, 22 – 27 Aug
Calling all budding artists to create their very own masterpieces down at Riverhill! Using fruits and vegetable accessories, let your little ones get messy and create some art.
bOing!, Gulbenkian, 24 Aug
The bOing! International Family Festival celebrates its 5th birthday this year! Travelling with companies from Australia, France, Denmark, Spain and across the UK to perform just for you. Don’t miss bOing! as it hits the streets of Canterbury this August. Cohesion Plus will be performing bangra, plus the Bollywood Brass Band and a hip-hop street battle all the way from Australia.
The Producers: the musical, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Wed 25 Aug – Thurs 2 Sept
Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam. Together they aim to produce the worst show ever and run away to Rio with millions. But the best laid plans and all that… The Producers is filled with fabulous costumes, spectacular sets, hysterical show tunes – including the classic Springtime For Hitler – and could well be the biggest, funniest Broadway musical of all time. Brought to you by the same team responsible for Monty Python’s Spamalot.
Daredevil Weekend, Betteshanger Park, 25 & 26 August 2018
Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie and head down to Betteshanger this Bank Holiday weekend! Take a leap of faith on the Free Fall Stunt Jump, tackle the Ninja Assault Course and brave Spider Mountain (spiders? We’ll be avoiding that one). Defeat the Lily Pad Run, try out land zorbing and test your aim at Combat Archery. But we must warn you: thrill-seekers and daredevils only!
Cider Festival, Brogdale Collections, 25 & 26 August 2018
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!
Temper Temper Chocolate Workshops, Southborough, 26th Aug – 23rd Dec
Move over kids! Adult workshops are now available in Temper Temper throughout August. Spend two hours making a delicious selection of goodies including fresh cream truffles, florentines, a moulded figure, lollipops and a decorated chocolate bowl. After wrapping and ribboning all your creations, you can take them home to show off and eat!
Ice Cream Festival, Kent Life, Mon 27 August
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. Take part in the animal activities or get your face painted (if there’s any space around all that sticky ice cream…) 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!
Carmen, Assembly Hall Theatre, Wed 29 Aug
When wonderful West End-style shows come to the ‘burbs you just can’t miss them! And one such show is the Russian State Ballet & Opera House’s performance of Carmen. After successful opera season of Madama Butterfly and Tosca last year, Russian State Opera is back with this powerful and dramatic production. Feel the thrill and passion of love, jealousy and violence of 19th Century Seville in one of opera’s most popular pieces.
Cirque Berserk!, Marlowe Theatre, 29 Aug – 1 Sept
Cirque Berserk! Britain’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular is now in its fifth thrilling year. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen.
Dream Catchers, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, 29 Aug – 2 Sept
Originally from Native American cultures, dream catchers were handmade and believed to give their owners good dreams. Join in at Riverhill and create a dream catcher – watch out for the yeti!
Handmade & Homegrown Festival, Hever Castle, 31 Aug – 2 Sept
Time to get all Kirstie Allsop and inspire yourself with these handmade and homegrown delights at Hever Castle’s festival. Visitors can sample food and drink from local producers, see pottery and wood turning demonstrations and browse stalls selling gifts and crafts from our fair county. There’ll be over 50 stalls including patchwork, quilting, candles, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, baby gifts and clothing, art, china, homewares, lamps, garden art, handbags and cushions. I’m feeling wonderful wholesome just thinking about it.
Craig David with special guest Rita Ora, Maidstone, 31 Aug
Music megastars Craig David and Rita Ora will be playing a one-off date in Kent this summer! Tickets are still available for this stand-only event, don’t miss Craig covering his most popular songs! 7 Days, Walking Away, When The Bassline Drops. We’re pretty excited for this one.
Compiled by Mollie Manning