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JULY 2019

The Pelagian Opera Festival, The Salutation Hotel & Gardens, Fri 5 – Sun 7 July

This weekend saw the launch of first ever Pelagian Opera Festival in the unmatched surroundings of The Salutation Gardens, Sandwich. As if by Magic is the theme, summoning within the garden walls all sorts of strange enchantments, mystical happenings and things wondrous to behold. Presented in the afternoons, a new staging of The Magic Flute, directed by Catrin Wyn-Davies, includes an international cast of singers from The Royal Conservatoire Den Haag making their festival debut. Die Kleine Zauberflöte weaves its spell around festival-goers as they picnic, providing each guest with a unique experience as they follow the action through the labyrinthine grounds, or wait for The Queen of The Night to appear before them…

In the evenings, the festival focuses on Opera Cabaret, continuing in magical and otherworldly themes. Expect the unexpected, with liberties being taken with much-loved pieces and singers primed to go off piste when the spirits seize them. The performances, staged outdoors in the mid-summer dusk, are accompanied by a suitably magical dining experience delivered by The Salutation’s award-winning kitchen team.

The Pelagian Festival continues 5 – 7 July. To grab the final tickets visit or call 01304 619 919

Transience: An Exhibition of Photographs by Tony Nandi, Linden Hall Studio, Until 13 July

Tony Nandi has been photographing the performance arts for almost forty years, with a special interest in dance. He is intrigued by the challenge of the conveyance of a dynamic time-based, three dimensional, emotionally charged creative production into a static two-dimensional image. He wants viewers to engage with the physical and emotional experience of a performance but through his timing and composition of a photograph. Dancers can be suspended in the air or dashing to the stage or simply sharing an emotional experience or anticipation of their next move or intent. Nandi primarily works for marketing, documentary or press purposes but this is the first time his images can be viewed where the above engagement may be limited. 60 photographs from his archive, from across his whole career, have come together to be exhibited in this form. See the exhibition at Linden Hall Studio, a contemporary art gallery in Deal, the exhibition is running til 13 July. Opening hours: Tues – Sat, 10am – 4pm.
Rocketman, Trinity Theatre, Tues 2 July
See Elton in style at the Trinity Theatre! Rocketman, a musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Elton John’s formative years. Written by the man behind Billy Elliot and starring Taron Egerton, this musical romp through the early years begins with Elton’s emergence as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music and continues through to his transformation into a pop superstar, highlighting his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, as well as his struggles with depression, substance abuse, and acceptance of his sexual orientation. Have a drink in the bar and escape the crowds!
Tonbridge Music Weekend, Fri 5 – Sun 7 July 

A weekend of music, madness and festival fun set in the beautiful grounds of Tonbridge Castle. Line-up includes Sarah Jayne as Dolly Parton & The Country Superstars plus The Haley Sisters, The Rocket Man Elton John Tribute plus Staying Alive UK Bee Gees Tribute and more. Don’t miss the Princess Picnic with your favourites, Once Upon A Wish, who won Best Children’s Business in Kent from our Muddy Awards 2019. Get your tickets now:

Beer Festival, The Cricketers Inn, Meopham, Fri 5 – Sun 7 July 
Better weather is here at last! Perfect chance to go check out this beer, gin, cider and music festival at The Cricketers Inn. It’s a FREE, family-friendly event with tasty BBQ food and plenty of samples… Sit in their fab beer garden boasting off windmill views, book a table and make it snappy!
Yoga & Brunch, Green Farm Kent, Sat 6 July
Don’t miss this Yoga & Brunch Event at Green Farm Kent! Set in the Kent countryside in the idyllic Shadoxhurst conversation area, stretch with Caelia Butcher and enjoy a homemade brunch. Just £15 per person! Book now…
Canterbury Medieval Pageant, Events across Canterbury, Sat 6 July
Canterbury’s fourth annual Medieval Pageant and Trail is this July and is bound to be a highlight of this Summer’s event calendar! Commemorating Henry ll’s pilgrimage to Canterbury and astonishing public apology in 1174, this colourful parade features historical characters, local schools and community and re-enactment groups, giants, music and medieval mayhem for all ages (even middle-ages!).  There’s lots to see and do all day, from the pageant’s parade through the Westgate Gardens at 11.15am up through St Peter’s St, High St, up to Marks & Spencer, through to Burgate and then down past the Cathedral Gates to the Marlowe Theatre steps, and returning to the Westgate Gardens. See Henry II beg forgiveness for the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket by his soldiers, as he walks barefooted through the city, with his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. There are lots of activities happening around Canterbury to celebrate this event, it’s free and all are welcome. Find out more:

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. 
Immersive Dining Experience, The Beacon, Tues 9 – Sat 13 July
Enjoy a delicious meal by the incredible I’ll Be Mother restaurant team and enjoy the face-paced comedy of The 39 Steps. Appearing in the natural amphitheatre of The Beacon restaurant, performed with just a cast of four actors taking on 139 characters in this comedy. Starting at 7:30pm, tickets are £12-£15. A brilliant way to spend a summers evening, a unique experience not to be missed. Book now: 
Pub In The Park, Dunorlan Park, Fri 12 – Sun 14 July
Pub In The Park, a glorious three day feast with the very best food the country has to offer. A merry band of top foodie folk will head to Kent bringing together brilliant food, live music and Michelin-starred chefs all served up in a beautiful park, making for the ultimate pub garden unlike any other. There will be pop-up pubs and restaurants, each serving mouth-watering tasting dishes for you to enjoy, the line-up includes the likes of Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers, Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern, Rob Taylor’s Compasses Inn, Stephen Harris’ Sportsman and many more. Music acts will rock the main stage throughout each session, so dust off your dancing shoes as you’re in for a treat! Music acts include Rick Astley, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Will YoungGabrielleSoul II Soul Sound System, KT Tunstall and many more. Alongside all of this (if it isn’t enough!) there’ll be plenty of bars serving all sorts of bevs from cocktails to cold ones, chef demonstrations, masterclasses, tastings and plenty of shopping from artisans and lifestyle brands! Don’t miss out on the festival that everyone’s talking about and grab your tickets here:
Leeds Castle Classical Concert, Sat 13 July
Don’t miss the spectacular open-air classical concert at Leeds Castle! In celebration of Leeds Castle’s remarkable 900 year milestone, concert goers this year will witness the world premiere of “A Tribute to Leeds Castle” performed by the Band of the Royal Marines and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The internationally acclaimed conductor John Rigby will return to conduct this performance alongside both a varied and traditional programme. This iconic event is a highlight of the summer season,  set in the most spectacular location and natural amphitheater in front of the beautiful Leeds Castle, reputed to be the loveliest castle in the world.  People in their thousands have attended the stunning setting across the past forty-one years to be entertained by this amazing open-air musical delight. Get booking!
The King’s Mile Gin Fling, Canterbury, Sat 13 July
 A host of businesses will be opening their doors to welcome you in for a taste of some of the finest gins Kent has to offer, as well as some more unusual ones from further afield. Follow the gin trail, taste samples and meet brand ambassadors who will share their unique distilling processes and ingredients. On arrival you will receive a map and word puzzle, follow the trail to complete the word and enter the free prize draw at the final venue. A pop-up gin palace and bottle shop will be available at the final venue and there will be a free goodie bag for the first 100 participants. What’s not to love?
Maidstone Vegan Festival, Sat 13 July
Get excited about the ‘fastest growing lifestyle movement’ at the Maidstone Vegan Festival on Saturday 13th! Going vegan doesn’t mean missing out, discover a wide range of food and drink, health and beauty products and treatments, clothing and gift as well as meet local animal rescues. Sit on the lawn, listen to live music and find out more about activism in our community at this popular festival, from 11am – 4pm. For more details: 
Penshurst Maize Maze, Penshurst Place, 13 July – 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.

Big Camp, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sat 13 – Sun 14 July

Ever wondered what it might be like to camp out under the stars at Sissinghurst Castle Garden? Well here’s your chance with their big camp weekend. With a more hands off approach this year, families can enjoy the time exploring the estate with orienteering walks as well as the ever popular lantern walk. For more information:

Summer Jousting, Hever Castle, 13 – 28 July
The annual Summer Jousting Tournaments will begin at Hever castle on the 13 & 14 July and then will continue every weekend til 28 July. The Knights of Royal England will be entertaining the crowds with exhilarating displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with a Royal Box. Join Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and the Knights of Royal England in the procession to the Jousting arena. Battling it out in the saddle and on foot in one-to-one combat, the valiant knights will then compete for points to find this season’s ultimate champion. Bring a blanket or watch the joust in style from the medieval spectator stands and cheer your knights to glory. Get your tickets now!
Junior Rowing courses, Canterbury, Mon 15 – Fri 19 July
Is this the best holiday activity for older kids / teens ever? Get them outdoors, developing their co-ordination and co-operation skills – and no doubt making some friends along the way… Following in the footsteps (or rowing strokes) of the hugely successful Oxford Junior Rowing courses, the organisers are now running the first 5 day summer course in KENT. Taking place at King’s Canterbury, the course will run from 15-19 July 2019 and is open for 11-15 year olds from novice to advanced. Brilliant opportunity to get those teens out the house and active this summer. Book your space now!
The Marlowe Comedy Festival, The Marlowe Theatre, Mon 15 – Sun 28 July

Comedy-lovers, you are in for a treat this summer, some of the finest and funniest acts on the circuit are appearing at the week-long event at The Marlowe Theatre and The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury. Featuring Alex Horne, the creator and host of hit Dave TV Series Taskmaster, Adam Kay author of This Is Going To Hurt – Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor, Richard Herring’s RHLSTP Tour, Joel Dommett, Nick Helm, Laura Lexx, David Doherty, Fin Taylor, Colin Hoult, Edinburgh favours Adam Riches and Ahir Shah. And oh so much more! 
LoveFit Festival, St Clere Estate, Sevenoaks, Fri 19 – Sun 21 July
A 3 day adventure of fitness, well-being, and magical forest parties in the St Clere Estate in Sevenoaks. Enjoy 4 classes per day from Kobox, Gymbox, Another_Space, Broga, Farm Fitness, Fierce Grace and more. Relax in the wood-fired hot tub in the forest trees with a cocktail or enjoy the climbing wall, wild runs and the talks on health, fitness and nutrition. After an adrenaline fuelled day transcend into LoveFit’s majestic afterparties in the forest and dance the night away with live bands and DJ sets.

The Luna Cinema, Tonbridge Castle, Fri 19 – Sun 21 July

This summer, The Luna Cinema transforms the grounds of the majestic Tonbridge Castle into an impressive setting for open-air cinema! Go and enjoy a unique cinematic experience with this incredible line-up over a series of 3 days: Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. Doors open 7:45pm and the show starts at 9:15pm, better book your tickets now:

Help Me Healthy Yoga Retreat, Green Farm Spa, Fri 19 – Sun 21 July

Struggling to get out of bed in the morning? Unable to loose weight? We may have found you a solution! Green Farm Spa is running a ‘Help Me Healthy’ weekend retreat. Enjoy 2-nights luxury accommodation in their restored 15th century farmhouse, have access to the private spa facilities and even treat yourself to a ESPA treatment or two. Practice your pranayama techniques with 3 yoga classes scheduled in over the weekend and take part in an interactive cooking workshop with in-house Naturopath & Nutritionist Alice Yeates. You’ll have the chance to prepare, cook and eat your own lunch using fresh, mostly farm-grown ingredients and you will leave with your own individual nutrition plan. Kickstart those healthy habits!

Beer Festival, The Mark Cross Inn, just outside Tunbridge Wells, Fri 19 – Sun 21 July
Go check out this beer and music festival at The Mark Cross Inn just outside Tunbridge Wells – fingers crossed for some better weather! It’s a FREE, family-friendly event with tasty BBQ food, live music and a fab selection of real ales and ciders. Kicks off Friday and will be running all weekend. Book a table and sit in their beautiful garden – I mean just look at those views! 
Le Tamerici Italian Supper, Macknade Fine Foods, Sat 20 July
Enjoy an ending of delicious Italian food in the Macknade Cafe hosted alongside Le Tamerici, who produce Macknade’s famous fruit mostardas which are a speciality in-store and they will feature heavily on the evening’s menu! Starting from 7:30 pm, tickets are only £40 and it includes: four courses which will be specially curated by Macknade’s chefs, prosecco, olives, tea & coffee. Tickets are still available, get booking:
The War & Peace Revival, The Hop Farm, 23 – 25 July
The greatest celebration of military history and vintage lifestyle in the world! Come along and see the greatest gathering of military vehicles, living history, vintage village, classic cars and the world famous trade stalls at The Hop Farm this July. Even a fantastic evening entertainment programme. Better yet, kids go free! Get your tickets:
Knights & Princesses School, Hever Castle, 24 July – 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:
Madagascar, Marlowe Theatre, Weds 24 – Sun 28 July
I like to move it move it! Following the smash hit Madagascar The Movie franchise, Dreamworks has transported their animal A-listers from screen to stage (following in the footsteps of Hollywoods finest) and woo-hoo! the touring musical is coming to Kent this summer. It’s showing from Wed 24 – Sun 28 July at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, starring X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry. Get your tickets here:
African Night, The Curious Eatery, Thurs 25 July 
Join the Curious Eatery for a night of culinary adventure with lots of nostalgic and unctuous dishes from Africa, music, dancing and much more! Tickets are only £19 which includes, food, entertainment and a donation that will provide a child in East Africa with clean water for a month. To book your spot call, 01622 299359.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Fri 26 – Sun 28 July
A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr direct from a smash-hit West End season. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Following their smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road and will be at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone from one weekend only. A delightful family show packed with magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!
Last Fridays: Dune Acoustic, Macknade Fine Foods, Fri 26 July
Wind down the working week with an evening on Macknade’s Food with MightyFine cocktails and live music from Dune Acoustic as the sun sets. It can’t get much better than that?! Reserve your table now:
Whistable Oyster Festival, Sat 27 – Mon 29 July 2019

Join in with the fun at the Landing of the Oysters and proudly parade through the town. Definitely a unique family-fun event that’s not to be missed. Have a claw catch on at the Crabbing, cheer on the competitors in the famous Oyster Eating Competition, spend an afternoon on the pull at the Mud Tug, take in the sea views and explore the Tankerton Food Fair. Make sure to hang about as the beautiful sight of the beach will be full of glowing Grotters at twilight… Magical.

Paella & Live Music, The Dog at Wingham, Sat 27 July
Paella & Live Music is back at The Dog! Due to popular demand, Head Chef Sam, will be creating another spectacular paella for you to enjoy whilst JavaJamm bring their Atlantic soul, jazz and vintage pop. £35 per person to include three course lunch & live music. It’s sure to book up, so secure your space quick: call 01227 720 339. For the menu:

Ladies’ Evening with a DJ set from Gok Wan, Lingfield Park Resort, Sat 27 July

This one’s all about the ladies’ – but don’t be shy guys, it’s also a great day for you to be at the races! The ever-popular Best Dressed competition takes place with fashion expert Gok Wan making the winner’s presentation. And there are some great prizes up for grabs – including a seven-day holiday, tix to see Jess Glynne and a spa day – so it’s worth pulling your finest fascinator from the top of the wardrobe for this one. And just when the excitement of the competition dies down, Gok will take to the decks for a DJ set. Gates open at 3.30pm, and racing starts at 5.30. Book now:

Carnival of History, Leeds Castle, 27 & 28 July 
Celebrating their 900th anniversary, join Leeds Castle for their incredible Carnival of History event! Travel through nine centuries of the Castle’s history across two days, culminating in spectacular carnival processions through the grounds. Witness large-scale carnival costumes, historic re-enactors, music, dancers amid a dazzling riot of colour and celebration. For the full timeline of events and for more info:

Carroty Wood Holiday Clubs, 29 July – 2 Aug
 Let your kids enjoy a full week of adventure activities including abseiling, canoeing, climbing, archery and many more. Then ending the week with a talent show and BBQ. Ideal for 9-14 year olds and it runs 9am – 5pm every day (final day til 8:30 pm). Book it up now:
Little Miss Sunshine, The Marlowe Theatre, Weds 31 July – 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:

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

Hever Festival, NOW Until Fri 30 Aug

The Festival Theatre is 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. The stage is fully covered and the seating is tiered with the vast majority of seats under new seating canopies, which means if the sun doesn’t shine, the audience can still enjoy the spectacular setting with protection from the weather. There’s loads and loads of brilliant things to see – from Mica Paris to opera and open air cinema to comedy. So something for everyone – so don’t miss this great summer experience.

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.


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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