5k Dunorlan Park Run, Tunbridge Wells, 6, 13, 20 & 27 Jan
Not surprisingly January is kicking off with lots of new year, new you activities. Well, if you must, then why not start off with a 5k park run around the lovely gardens of Dunorlan. The 5K run starts at 9 am and is free to enter too.
10k Blitz Run, Mote Park, Maidstone, 7 Jan
What more running? 5k not enough for you? Then why not challenge yourself with this 10K run around the pathways of the beautifully tranquil Mote Park landscape. Run for a challenge, to get fit, with friends and family, or for charity. You’ll get a medal and everything. The run starts at 10 am and costs £15 to enter.
Storytime in Knole’s Bookshop, Knole Park, Sevenoaks, 8 Jan
I love Knole Park, have you been? Tucked away, like Narnia, just off the leafy burbs of Sevenoaks. If you have a small wriggle one that needs entertaining why not join the storytime fun in Knole’s Bookshop, where at set times, can enjoy readings of short stories and nursery rhymes. This is a free event suitable for children under 5, running every Monday during the school term. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Tournament and the Joust, Leeds Castle, Thurs 11 Jan
Step back hundreds of years and discover how tournament and the joust developed from early battle training which was so dangerous, it was actually banned by Henry II. Hear how despite this, jousting continued to grow into a popular sport and eventually became the lavish spectacle enjoyed by Henry VIII. Tally-ho!
An Evening Of Burlesque, The Hazlitt Theatre, Fri 12 Jan
Leave your inhibitions at the door and prepare to experience the UK’s biggest burlesque extravaganza. With a bevy of beautiful burlesque stars, speciality variety artists and fabulous costumes seeing is believing with this enduringly popular, er, art-form.
Cider Making Course, Brogdale Collections, Fri 12 Jan – Sat 13 Jan
New year, new hobby? The cider making day Brogdale Farm includes a history of cider making in Kent as well as getting ‘hands on’ with cider making, learning valuable skills from the knowledgeable founder of Woolly Pig Cider. Finishing off with tasting, this course promises to be a fun day out as well as a great learning experience, starting you on your path to successful cider making at home.
The Big Brocante, The Hop Farm, Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jan
Brocante roughly translated means flea market – and here you’ll find a selection of quality traders, decorative home-wares, antiques, artisan food and swing jazz – an eclectic mix for those that like all things vintage.
Cilla – The Musical, The Orchard Theatre, Tue 16 – Sat 20 Jan
This is a heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta-Award winner, Jeff Pope. It tells the extraordinary story of the ordinary girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead her to becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.
Healthy Breakfast Talk, Papermakers Arms, Plaxtol, 18 Jan
An insightful talk into nutrition from The Health Boost, a local health blogging duo, Kat a Registered Nutritional Therapist Kat, and Val who is training to be a personal trainer. Join them to learn about getting you and your family healthier in 2018. Tickets cost £15 and include breakfast and a drink. The talk starts at 9 am and finishes at 10.30 am. To book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wedding Showcase, Hever Castle, Sun 21 Jan
Celebrating your Big Day this year? Or know someone who is? Hever Castle is hosting an elegant wedding showcase giving you the opportunity to experience the venue set up as it would be for a wedding. Be it the stately grandeur of the castle itself, the country house atmosphere of the Astor Wing, or the stunning lakeside location of the Guthrie Pavillion, Hever Castle offers a pretty darn dreamy location for your special day. Intimate gatherings, exuberant parties, and outdoor weddings are all catered for. Five-star luxury accommodation s available to book too.
Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast, Marlowe Theatre, Mon 22 Jan
This fab comedy show has been described as: ‘Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.’ Sound right up your street? Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then you too are a Control Enthusiast! But wether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, there’s no way you won’t love this funny woman. You’ll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Thu 25 Jan
Grab a girlfriend and go see star of BBC’s Live at the Apollo and Would I Lie to You, Sky One’s A League of their Own, ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show and Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Katherine Ryan. This writer/performer and stand-up comedian is dominating the UK television and live comedy scenes, known for her cutting one-liners and her empowered single-mum take on the world. If it’s a typically Brit sense of humour you’re after then maybe stay away – this Canadian doesn’t do self-deprecating, underdog. But if you want something refreshing and reminiscent of Joan Rivers then go see.
Exhibition Margo Selby: Pick by Pick, Rochester Art Gallery, Huguenot Museum, now until 24 Feb
Don’t miss the new work by internationally renowned textile artist designer Margo Selby in the Huguenot Museum & Rochester Art Gallery. Showing striking woven artworks alongside an archive of design work. Plus a range of scarves, cushions and towels in the Museum shop.
Jyll Bradley, Dutch/Light, Turner Contemporary, Now – 25 Feb
Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Turner Contemporary commissioned artist Jyll Bradley to make a new piece of work for summer 2017. The result, called Dutch/Light marks the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Raid on the River Medway, which brought about the end of the Anglo-Dutch wars, peace between the two nations and it celebrates the unlikely cultural exchange based on growing plants. Yup, apparently so fact fans. At the time of the Dutch Raid, Dutch growers were pioneering early glasshouse technology, which started with the simple idea of leaning glass frames against a south-facing wall – the so-called ‘Dutch Light’ – which led to a horticultural revolution that crossed the North Sea. And it looks pretty too.
Birds of Bedgebury – an illustrated talk and winter walk, Bedgebury Pinetum, 25 Jan
Bedgebury’s mix of broadleaf and conifer trees creates a unique habitat for resident and migrant birds. Birding enthusiast and local bird ringer, Christine George, will give an illustrated talk about the birds that frequent the site, their habits and behaviours and the best times to see or hear them. She will follow the talk with a winter walk in the hope of seeing the elusive hawfinches that overwinter in the Pinetum. The talk is open to all although the walk may not be suitable for anyone with limited mobility.
Richard Hadfield, The Winter Warmer, Pizza Express Music Room, Maidstone, 26 Jan
UK number one album selling vocalist and winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2014, Richard Hadfield is thrilled to be back at PizzaExpress Live with his one of a kind band. ‘Funny, charming and hugely charismatic’ (London Press), with an ‘unbelievable tone’ (Amanda Holden) Richard has basically been billed as the UK’s answer to Michael Buble. Singing songs you thought you knew with a whole new flavour, come out of the cold and join Richard for a day to remember.
Of Mice And Men, The Marlowe Theatre, Mon 29 Jan
This one is bound to make you weep. Remember it from school? A heart-warming story, set in the trying times of the Great Depression, this story is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship and what it means to be human. This classic play by the Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck is the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch – but you knew that already from English Lit, right?