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FEB 2020

Immersive Theatre Experience: Black Fate, The Beacon, 28 Jan – 8 Feb

Book now for Get Out Of My Space’s immersive adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Black Fate a take-on Romeo & Juliet with a twist. GOOMS was founded in 2014 who set out to engage audiences in new ways, each show being more ambitious than the last, let them welcome you to theatre like you’ve never experienced it before! Set in The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells. You’ll be masked and permitted to roam the house freely, however you wish. You’ll remain unnoticed by the characters for the duration of the evening, get as close to the action as you like. Whether you choose to follow the certain storylines, wander between rooms at ease or explore the set and let the action happen around you – the story is yours! Tickets are £25 each, starting at 7:30 pm. They sell-out so get in quick! gooms.co.uk
The Royal Shakespeare Company, Marlowe Theatre, 29 Jan – 8 Feb

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are returning to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury with a season of plays! Measure for Measure (29 Jan – 8 Feb), As You Like It (30 Jan – 6 Feb) and The Taming Of The Shrew (4 – 8 Feb). Don’t miss this unique experience – top calibre theatre and stellar casts right here on our doorstep in Kent! Book your tickets now! marlowetheatre.com

10 Years Birthday Dinner, The Ambrette, Margate, 2 Feb
Celebrate 10 years with The Ambrette! They’ve created a special 10 course tasting menu, for one night only, try The Ambrette’s most successful dishes from over the last 10 years. The tasting menu will include dishes that have been featured in the national press such as The Telegraph, The Independent, BBC1, Radio 4 and more. There’s only two dates left so get booking! Starting at 6:30 pm, go to The Ambrette in Canterbury on the 28 Jan or Margate on the 2 Feb. theambrette.co.uk 

Bring your dog to Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells

Salomons Estate, set amongst 36 acres of stunning parkland on the edge of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, now offers a range of dog-friendly amenities and services. From a doggy treasure trail to pup-friendly accommodation, man’s best friend can join in on a family day out or weekend getaway to Kent’s glorious countryside. Explore the woodland walk or take a stroll on The Forthglade Doggy Treasure Trail, where visitors can follow the ‘pooch plan’ to a delicious bag of Forthglade training treats for their furry friend. After working up an appetite, head over to the country house for a bite to eat with Sunday lunch, priced at £29.50pp for three courses, or indulge in Afternoon Tea, from £19.50pp, where dogs are welcome to accompany their owners and tuck into their treats in the conservatory. Dogs are welcome to stay at The Cottage at Salomons Estate, from just £20 per dog per night. salomons-estate.com

Apres Ski Supper Club with Alive with Flavour, The Bull, Weds 5 Feb

Imagine you are in the Alps, snuggled in a cosy ski lodge enjoying that ‘apres ski’. Mulled wine, and Fondue Savoyarde is on the menu, a chance to chat, eat and learn about this winter tradition. Arrival at the ski lodge for 7-7.30pm, leaving skis at the door please! Included: Glass of Mulled wine or cider on arrival. Snuggle up with friends and fellow foodies as we serve a fondue feast, 7.30-9.30pm. Mountain bar open all evening. Price: £30 per person or £25 for members. alivewithflavour.com

Milton Jones, Assembly Hall Theatre, Weds 5 Feb

One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with the twist, or at least a really bad sprain. Just gloriously daft nonsense or is there a deeper meaning? Every man has his price. Sainsburys, where good food costs less. Last few remaining! assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk 

Snowdrop Walk, Hever Caste, from Sat 8 Feb 

A heavenly carpet of snowdrops will provide a magical trail for visitors to follow at Hever Castle from Sat 8 Feb! Around 80,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the Gardens over the past few years which will be a beautiful sight to see this February. Even award-winning garden writer Val Bourne will be giving a FREE talk The Wonderful World of Galanthophilia only on Sat 8 Feb at 1pm in the Pavilion Restaurant. hevercastle.co.uk 

Build It Live, Kent Event Centre, 8 – 9 Feb 

Build It Live is back at the award winning Kent Event Centre in Detling, Maidstone. It’s the perfect chance to find out more about embarking on a self-build or a renovation project for your home, the exhibition aims to provide a stress-free route to creating a truly individual home, with the opportunity to meet architects and other independent experts for one-to-one free advice on how to turn a project into reality. If you’re planning a self-build, an extension, or renovating a property, Build It Live South East will be an essential part of your preparation! builditlive.co.uk

Kinky Boots: The Musical, Trinity Theatre, 9 Feb

Kinky Boots: The Musical, filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, is strutting onto the big screen! With songs from Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally BlondeHairspray), the musical is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth. Grab a girlfriend, get a drink at the bar and enjoy an evening of music with this high-heeled hit! trinitytheatre.net 

Valentine’s Getaway, One Warwick Park,  Mon 10 Feb – Sun 16 Feb

One Warwick Park Hotel is offering a special package for couple’s planning a romantic escape this February, priced from £139 per couple per night. The package includes complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) and a bottle of Prosecco in the room upon arrival, as well as breakfast and late checkout the next morning. Indulge in exceptional dining options, afternoon tea and cocktails inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients. For couples looking to enjoy a spot of pampering, beauty salon Coco Blush at One Warwick Park offers a variety of services, including facials, body scrubs, massages, as well as a variety of beauty treatments. Book it now: onewarwickpark.co.uk

The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra, The Marlowe, Canterbury, Tues 11 – Sat 15 Feb

The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra Of Siberia present the world’s most celebrated ballets. Delivering performances of outstanding quality and usual depth, discover their adaptations of much loved classics this February. Formed in 1981, The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes. Don’t miss their series of productions at The Marlowe this February kicking off with: Swan Lake (Tues 11 – Weds 12 Feb), Sleeping Beauty (Thurs 13 Feb), Coppelia (Fri 14 Feb) and The Nutcracker (Sat 15 Feb). Last few tickets remaining! marlowetheatre.com

Valentine’s Dinner in the castle, Leeds Castle, Fri 14 Feb

Castle View Restaurant

There is no more beautiful place to spend a romantic night with your Valentine than Leeds Castle, “the loveliest castle in the world”. Book their Private Castle Tour and Dinner package and be treated to an after-hours private tour of the Castle, glimpse into the lavish world of the last private owner, Olive, Lady Baillie. Chilled sparkling wine will await you in the Library, where you will be shown to the Henry Vlll Banqueting Hall, for an intimate candle-lit dinner. Enjoy a carefully selected 3-course menu, soak up the dreamy atmosphere as a harpist plays during your meal and enjoy a bottle of wine at your table for two. To add to the memorable evening, you could even stay in one of the luxurious Castle bedrooms, where you can enjoy views of the stunning grounds with full English breakfast the following morning served in the Castle Dining Room. Don’t want the Private castle tour? Book a table at their Castle View Restaurant, enjoy a 3-course meal from their specially created Valentine’s menu and a rose will await your loved on your table. leeds-castle.com

Murder Mystery Night, Port Lympne, Fri 14 Feb

Valentine’s night with a difference? Enjoy a Murder Mystery night at Port Lympne. It’s the 1920s and are cordially invited to celebrate the engagement of the vicar, The Rev E. Coe to the verger, Miss Ruby Red at Port Lympne Hotel. The local doctor, Siegfried Black has invited you and a selected group of guests to enjoy an evening of parlour games around the drawing room fire.  With the evening in full swing events take a dastardly turn for the worst. The lights flicker, then fade…A scream is heard!  The lights return to reveal that someone is dead, but who, how and why? With character actors setting the scene, you’ll meet a variety of suspects, as you journey with them through the story, unravelling clues over a delicious three course meal, served in the spacious Aspinall Suite adjoining the main hotel. Starting at 7pm, the evening promises plenty of mystery and just a splatter of murder and is suitable for adults and children over 12 years old. Just £52.50 pp. Book your space call 01303 234111 or email their Events Team: eventinfo@aspinallfoundation.org

The Power of Self Love Retreat with Samsara Yoga, Fri 14 – Sun 16 Feb

Invest in some quality time away together on an amazing retreat with Samsara Yoga. This is a soul nourishing weekend of yoga, meditation, treatments, delicious food, a healing gong bath and a two night stay at this unique luxury location. The Samsara monthly retreats are held when the moon is at its fullest, to correspond with the point in the lunar cycle when people most desire some much-needed calm in their busy lives. Sounds perfect! This two night retreat experience will leave you feeling transformed both physically and mentally. Prices start at £490 per person for the full package. Day / evening passes also available, prices start at £35. samsararetreatyoga.co.uk/events

Valentine Dine & Stay Experience, Hever Castle, Fri 14 – Sat 15

If you’re gonna go romantic do it in style. Bring out the Anne Boleyn in you at Hever Castle (Winner of Best Boutique Stay in Muddy Award 2018). Arrive from midday to enjoy the Castle and garden – sit in front of the log burning stove in the Music Room or stroll around Lake Walk or enjoy the snowdrops on the Snowdrop Walk. Be wined and dined in a private drinks reception, followed by dinner served in the Tudor Suite. An after-dinner bar will be available until midnight (more wine please, manservant) and in the morning refuel with a full English or Continental Breakfast. Tickets for this Valentine’s Day experience start at £185.00 per person! Get booking: hevercastle.co.uk

Party Pop Stars Karaoke Parties, Sittingbourne, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

A brilliant, unique party idea for aspiring popstars (big and small). All in the comfort of your own recording studio. What’s not to love? Recently visited by ITV’s X Factor, Big Jam Studios in Sittingbourne, Kent, is a professional music, video and photography studio and is regularly used by future stars. Here you can host your own pop star recording, video and karaoke party for kids, teens, hen groups or business team building experiences! Get 30% off Karaoke Parties if booked to place in this February Half Term. Book now through this link to receive your discount: app.acuityscheduling.com

Half term fun, Ightham Mote, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

Lots to do at Ightham Mote! Let the kids become nature detectives and explore the gardens for 10 different panels to find out where the animals live. There’s also the natural play area (mud galore at the moment), and three marked estate walks for the more adventurous. You could even tick off some activities on the ‘50 Things to do before they’re ll¾’ challenge. The gardens, shop and café are open from 10am – 4pm, with last entry at 3.30pm. Go out and have fun! nationaltrust.org.uk 

Children’s Princess & Knight Nature Quest, Bodiam Castle, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

This half-term take your minis on an adventure to help Princess Acorn and the Knight Sir Oakley discover nature around the grounds of Bodiam Castle, just pick up a trail map at visitor reception and head off. Or simply walk around the grounds, climb up the spiral staircase in the Postern Tower and marvel at the view across the Rother Valley below. On Thurs 20 Feb there’ll be Princess and Knight themed face painting in the second-hand bookshop throughout the day. Warm up in the Wharf Team Room, enjoy lunch or grab a hot drink. There’s children’s lunch boxes and they offer half portions of selected main meals on their menu. Trails are an extra £2.50. nationaltrust.org.uk  

February Fun and Frolics, Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

Kent Life Park a 28-acre working farm and visitor attraction situated in Sandling, Maidstone, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and they have a cracking collection of events to celebrate this year! Don’t miss a fun-packed week full of activities and trails as the farm enters lambing season and prepares for the arrival of some new born lambs. Meet plenty of animals such as pigs, sheep, ponies, goats and alpacas – even join in with the feeding sessions! Get up close and personal with their smaller furry friends in cuddle corner. Take time to visit the Kent Owl Academy and don’t forget the Meerkat family too! There’s both indoor and outdoor play areas, tractor or land train rides. Warm up in Dotty’s Tea Room with a great selection of home made cakes and other tasty meals and snacks. Open from 10am – 4pm. Adults, £6.95 and Children (aged 3-15), £5.95. kentlife.org.uk

Air Rifle/ Pistol Shooting, Sevenoaks Scout Hut, Mon 17 – Fri 21 Feb

Equally suitable for girls and boys age 8 to 18, the five day course focuses on air rifle and pistol training and other target based activities. It builds from a get-to-know-you session and safety briefing to several hours shooting each day. It is a practical, hands-on course, with almost all of the week being spent on the range. And it’s a lot of fun! It will also assist in promoting self-confidence, self-discipline, team-work and friendship. Beginners will find it an easy and gentle introduction to the sport whilst more experienced shooters will benefit from several hours of coaching each day. The course is for both beginners and more experienced shooters, but is not suitable for very experienced youngsters who are already competing in the National Squads. All equipment is provided, and there are no additional costs. Book now! eventbrite.co.uk

Faversham Literary Festival, Faversham, Wed 19 Feb – Sun 23 Feb

A fab event for book lovers of all ages and persuasions, featuring author talks and events, creative workshops, storytelling, book signings, crafts and lots of FREE events. Taking place in various of the town’s historic venues: The Old Brewery Store, Guildhall, Alexander Centre, The Limes and Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre’s 15th-century function room, as well as the newer Arden Theatre. Meet Jo Simmons (My Parents Cancelled My Birthday and I Sold My Brother On The Internet) and much-loved Michael Rosen telling funny stories and funny poems. There’s hands-on writing workshops for young adults and the unmissable Luke Wright is coming to Faversham! Don’t miss Friday Night Poetry Slam, full of anecdote, historical vignettes, social commentary and acute observations of life – it will leave you breathless. He’ll also be in the Poetry Hub performing his political verse poem ‘The Remains of Logan Dankworth”. For the whole programme of events head to: favershamliteraryfestival.org

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Bagsy It’s Mine! Shopping Event, St. Julian’s Club Sevenoaks, Weds 26 Feb

Join Bagsy its’ mine! for an evening of shopping, beauty and fun with friends at St. Julian’s Club in Sevenoaks. There will be rails full of pre-loved, designer and vintage clothes, you can pamper yourself in the beauty room and nail bar and if you feel a little thirsty after all that shopping, then grab yourself a drink at the St Julians Club members bar. For all their Early Bird ticket holders Fleur McCrone from Fine Styling who has worked with fashion houses such as Paul Costelloe, Julien MacDonald and Ba&sh Paris, will be doing a short talk on how to style your pre-loved purchases to give you some pointers and advice before you start your shopping spree! Tickets are £5 so go, go, go! bagsyitsmine.com 

Tapas nights, Bodiam Boating, Last Friday of the month, 28 Feb

Don’t miss Lime Wharf Cafe’s hugely popular Tapas Nights. It’s a gorgeous, rustic licensed restaurant and their first Portuguese night has completely sold out! So don’t miss their next few; French in February and Mexican in March. Enjoy a welcome drink followed by small plates and desserts. Arrive at 7:30 pm for an 8pm start, £30pp. Did we mention there’s a cocktail bar too?! Book your place now! facebook.com/pg/limewharfcafe 

Macknade x Chapel Down Supper Club, Fri 28 Feb 

Leading independent food & drink brand, Macknade, is partnering with one of the county’s most acclaimed drink producers to host a very special supper club at its Flagship Faversham Food Hall. Featuring the award-winning wines of Chapel Down, experience a five course meal showcasing the very best produce as we head into Spring. Don’t miss this super unique experience! £65pp, includes 5 courses and 5 drinks. Starts at 7pm. There’s limited availability so book now: macknade.com 

FURTHER AFIELD…

Steve McQueen Exhibition, Tate Modern, London, 13 Feb – 11 May 

I love this shot! This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty above. The show also coincides with McQueen’s latest artwork Year 3on show at Tate Britain until 3 May. tate.org.uk

Pretty Woman The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 13 Feb – 2 Jan 2021

This month I’m excited for the start of Pretty Woman’s West End stint after it’s successful Broadway premier in 2018. The production has some major creds with choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray),  and an original score from Grammy winner Bryan Adams (yes, really!).

Madonna, London Palladium, until 16 Feb

Looking sultry Madge! This month you have 15 chances to see the Queen of Pop herself at the London Palladium. Dig out your 80s garb and snaffle tickets quick as it’s bound to be a sell out.

Lana Del Rey, O2 Arena, London, 25 Feb

Lana Del Rey follows up last year’s incredible Norman F****** Rockwell album with a new one, White Hot Forever, and will be taking to the stage to share it this month.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Busy last month? There’s still time to see Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery. One of the biggest cultural events in the winter calendar, the exhibit features 150+ original artefacts found in the Pharaoh’s tomb that was unearthed in 1922 (until 3 May). Elsewhere, at the O2 Arena, there’s ABBA: Super Troupers a journey through the Swedish band’s career featuring personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020). And finally, there’s the fantastically bonkers Tim Walker exhibition (above) at the V&A with snaps from his career as a fashion and portrait photographer, a must-see before it ends on 8 Mar.

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