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JAN 2020

Canterbury On Ice, Dane John Gardens, NOW – 1 Jan 2020

Canterbury’s spectacular Christmas ice rink in the Dane John Gardens will open for spins, twists and turns this November. Among their many projects, iSkate provides the rink for the ITV show Dancing on Ice. Canterbury on Ice will run every day (except Christmas Day) until Wednesday 1 January 2020. Opening times vary, but will be from 10am to 9pm on weekends and during the school holidays. The maximum capacity is 140 skaters per session. Adult tickets £12.50 and child tickets are £9. Get your tickets now: 

Eastwell Manor Ice Rink, Eastwell, NOW – 2 Jan 

Whether it’s an afternoon out with the family, or a romantic date with someone special, Eastwell Manor skating rink is perfect for some traditional festive fun. Get in the spirit of Christmas with mulled wine and mince pies, plus the chance to do some shopping from a Christmas boutique. Get your skates on down to Eastwell Manor this Christmas, just remember to wrap up warm! Adult tickets £14.50 and child tickets £9.50.

The Winter Trail App, Leeds Castle, NOW – Sun 5 Jan

Throw on your hats and scarves, pull on your wellies and walk off the Christmas pudding with Leeds Castle’s new Winter Trail App. Bring the whole family on this special trail across the Castle estate. Collect clues along the way and be entered into a prize draw to win a family Bird of Prey Experience. Out you go! 

12 Days of Christmas Trail, Chartwell, NOW – Sun 5 Jan

Make your way around the Chartwell gardens on their winter outdoor family trail from November and discover the many characters from the well-known Christmas rhyme. From the partridge in a pear tree singing down in the orchard, swans a-swimming down the Gavin Jones water feature to lords a-leaping across the lawn – the 12 days of Christmas have come to life at Chartwell! 

Aladdin, Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, NOW – Sun 5 Jan

Aladdin is flying into The Stag Theatre this Christmas, as the Sevenoaks Panto team return for another fabulous family pantomime.  Local favourites Silly Billy (aka Ant Payne), Danny Beard and Jasette Amos are all back with a bang in what promises to be their biggest panto ever. 


Kipling’s Just So Stories, Bateman’s, NOW – Sun 5 Jan

There’ll be magic at Bateman’s this festive season as the rooms will be decorated in rich, opulent colours inspired by Kipling’s travels and his Just So Stories. Enjoy wandering through the 17th-century house or venturing out into the garden and estate for a wintery walk through the Winter Garden Trail. Bateman’s festive celebrations are based around Kipling’s Just So Stories, which will cast their magic around his family home. Event is open daily, 11 am – 4pm. Free.

Peter Pan, The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, NOW – Sun 5 Jan

For a swashbuckling classic, look no further than Peter Pan at The Assembly Hall this Christmas. Starring Paul Bradley (Holby City’s Elliot Hope), Quinn Patrick (Tunbridge Wells favourite dame), Lloyd Warbey (Disney’s Art Attack), Sarah Jane Buckley (Hollyoaks), and Holly Atterton (Nick Junior’s Go Go Go). One for all the family, prepare for out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter and the hungriest of crocodiles.

British Wildlife Photography Awards, Bodiam Castle, NOW – Sun 5 Jan

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) and Bodiam Castle is hosting an exhibition of winning photographs. The towers of the castle provide the perfect backdrop to showcase British wildlife captured in stunning photographic detail. Discover a new space in the castle as the 1st floor of the West Tower will open for the public for the first time to host the exhibition. Climb the steep spiral staircases to get to the top of the towers and be rewarded with incredible views – cameras at the ready!

SKATE, Calverley Grounds, NOW – Sun 5 Jan

Winter is on its way! Join in from the 15 Nov for some ice skating fun for all the family. New for this year is the chance to do some Bavarian Curling, they’ll also be live music nights from The Forum and even the chance to meet Father Christmas. 

January Renew You Retreat with Samsara Yoga, Maidstone, Weds 8 – Fri 31 Jan 

Beat the January blues and join Samsara to refresh, refocus and re-energize yourself at their beautiful countryside Sanctuary. The retreats are running Weds to Fri every week throughout Jan. Go for the day or even stay for three days, it’s up to you! Enjoy yoga, delicious food, a nutrition talk, HIIT classes, forest walks and meditation. Spend the night in their glamping tent, slumber in one of their Shepherds Hut or choose to stay inside one of the bedrooms in their charming 15th century cottage. During your free time, wander around the garden or relax around the firepit in the surrounds of the countryside. Book in now!

The Inside, Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells, Open from Thurs 9 Jan 

After months of planning and crowd-funding The Inside’s doors are open! A community-focused coffee house that nurtures and inspires in Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells by the Adventure play bit. It has plans to be an environmentally sustainable cafe using plant based plates, biodegradable cups and eco-friendly packaging. They’ll also be holding free crochet sessions, creative workshop drops-ins and coffee mornings. Open 9 am – 2pm, pop in for a coffee or some cake!

Sleepy Beauty, The Talentz, EM Forster Theatre, Fri 10 – Sun 12 Jan 

The Talentz – an award-wining musical theatre company for 4-21 year olds – return with their third youth theatre pantomime this January! In a tale of exploding cakes and magic wands, full of romance and adventure,  Sleeping Beauty will  transport you to the wonderful world of Pantoland. Join Princess Aurora, Nanny Knickerbocker and JoJo Jangles the Jester for the pantomime of your dreams! Featuring a West End band, stunning sets and a devilishly dazzling dragon, don’t get caught napping, wake up and book your tickets for this beauty of a panto!

Mother Goose, The Marlowe Theatre, NOW – Sun 12 Jan 2020

The mother of all pantomimes! Don’t miss The Marlowe’s fun-filled family pantomime, Mother Goose, starring Dr Ranj (CBeebies, This Morning, Strictly Come Dancing), Jenna Russell (EastEnders, West End Star), the egg-cellent Ben Roddy (in his tenth Marlowe pantomime!), Canterbury favourite Lloyd Hollett, and Marc Pickering (Boardwalk Empire, Les Misérables). With hilarious comedy, beautiful sets and costumes, and fantastic music, Mother Goose will be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever! Book now for the best seats!

Wilderness Bootcamp Day Retreat, Green Farm, 19 Jan

Kickstart your new year at Green Farm with their brand new Wilderness Bootcamp Day Retreat with pilates and fitness this Jan! A day of exercise, health and wellbeing with a woodland work-out, pilates, use of spa facilities, nature and home-made food. Sounds like just what we need!

Wedding Open Day, Salomon’s Estate, 19 Jan 
Did someone say Wedding season? Join Salomon’s for their first Wedding Open Day of 2020! See their stunning wedding venue as well as meet some of their recommended suppliers. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, sample treats from their menu and experience a guided tour around Salomons Estate. Register your attendance and receive a complimentary Sunday roast for two! Just email leisuremarketing@markerstudy, attend the wedding fair and pick up your voucher on arrival. Open 10am – 2pm.
Live Music at The Pig, Bridge Place, Thurs 23 Jan

Having just returned home from a 20 gig tour of UK and Ireland, Tom the lead singer of Canterbury superstars, Coco & the Butterfields, will be popping up at The Pig at Bridge Place to give us all the good-feels with an evening of live acoustic tunes. Sit by the bar and enjoy Kentish fizz, local lagers, ales and Kitchen Garden cocktails – choose from something boozy or one a low or no alcohol tipple. Music starts at 6pm – 9pm.

Burns Night, Hever Castle, Fri 24 – Sat 25 Jan

Hever will once again be hosting a Burns Night Celebration! This event is combined in an overnight stay in the Castle’s five-star luxury accommodation with a tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Combining a formal affair with all the pomp and ceremony one would expect at a traditional Burns Night supper with an informal knees-up to a Ceilidh. They’re expecting this year to be another sell-out success so move fast!

Innovative Live Gong Bath, Curzon Cinema & Lilford Gallery Canterbury, Sat 25 Jan

One for the Sound Bath lovers! We know these are becoming increasingly popular so we thought you’d love this one. Don’t miss this collaborative live event featuring Gongs, Sacred Ambient Music and YogaNidra Storytelling from London-based Sound Artist Simone Salvatici and Canterbury’s Cass XuXin. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, immerse yourself in the vibration via music and speech from this amazing duo. At Curzon Cinema, using their impressive sound system Simone will play an artfully composed performance previously played in venues such as Tate Modern, Natural History Museum, V&A Museum and Sadlers Wells Theatre. The magical storytelling from Cass will guide you to immerse in the vibration that shared between us humans and the nature. Afterwards follow on to the Lilford Gallery for a celebration, food and booze! Main Event: Curzon Cinema Canterbury, 10am – 12pm | Meet & Greet: Lilford Gallery Canterbury, 1pm – 4pm. Book your tickets here:
Immersive Theatre Experience: Black Fate, The Beacon, 28 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
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!
10 Years Birthday Dinner, The Ambrette, Canterbury 28 Jan & 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. 
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!

Around The World, The Wine Cellar, Central Market, Weds 29 Jan

Photography by Mollie Manning

Don’t miss The Wine Cellar’s first wine tasting event! They’ll be showcasing their diverse wine selection with a selection of wines from around the world. Taste through 6 wines and graze on Cheese and Charcuterie boards. Try Orange wines and wine from lesser known wine regions including Brazil. Be guided through your tasting by the General Manager and Sommelier herself, Vicki, who spent 2 years in Sydney learning and working in the wine trade. Book your tickets now: 



Another newbie is 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).


Mama Mia! A brand new (and, quite frankly, must-see) exhibition is coming to The O2, London this month – ABBA: Super Troupers is a journey through the Swedish band’s career and will feature personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020).


Other exhibitions worth a snoop are Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane collection of work at the V&A (until 8 March); William Blake at Tate Britain, with the visionary painter and poets work blown up to enormous scale using digital technology (until 2 Feb 2020); Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican  – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s (until 19 Jan).



Hyde Park Wonder Wonderland, London, Now – 5 Jan

The big one. Along with 100 wooden chalets there’ll be *deep breath* ice skating, ice bars and sculpting workshops, rides, Santa Land, shows, boozy Bavarian Village and, new for 2019, A Christmas Carol, 70m lit-up ferris wheel, Paddington and Mr Menshows for children. It’s free to enter and get in on the festive atmosphere, but you’ll have to pay for the attractions.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, London Palladium, Sat 7 Dec – Sun 12 Jan

This is like fantasy panto casting. I mean, seriously, does it get better than this? Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and  – well who cares about the rest, I’m sold.

Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Now – 19 Jan 2020

The colourfully lit onion domes of Brighton Pavilion back the city’s seasonal ice rink. The large covered cafe/bar terrace opens 9.30 am till late with mulled wine and full meals including an after-school children’s menu and stone-baked pizzas. There’s no charge for spectating from here if you just want the atmosphere. Kids can get their balance on a separate rink with a penguin skating aid – first come first served but you’re expected to share. Family tickets £39, 2 adults tickets £28.

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, London, Now – 12 Jan 2020

London’s most beautiful ice rink returns, transforming the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court into a winter oasis, and ushering in the festive season with a 40ft Christmas tree. Enjoy skating lessons, late night DJ series Skate Lates or if you’re feeling brave try their first-ever Skate all-nighter on Sat 7 Dec. Après-skate, stop by the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade for shopping, enjoy gourmet dining in Fortnum’s Lodge or soak up the atmosphere with a Baileys Hot Chocolate at the Skate Lounge. Adult tickets £11, child tickets £8.50.

National History Museum, London, Now – 12 Jan 2020

Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Whether or not you can skate like Torvill and Dean or Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must-have! Or relax in the Cafe Bar and have a bird’s-eye view of the rink.  Adult tickets from £12.65, child tickets from £8.80.

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  • Lindsey James January 7, 2020

    My husband and I went to the Tutankhamen exhibition before Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend going to the exhibition in the morning and then treating yourself to a day out shopping the sales or going to see a show in the west end. When in London why not enjoy the chance to treat yourself?


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