MUDDY’S PICK OF THE MONTH
Dusk Safaris, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, 1 Jul – 30 Aug
A truly wild night out, it might not be Kenya but the dusk safaris are still outstanding. Exploring the Kentish savannahs is an amazing experience as the wide variety of African, South American and Asian animals roam, under a glorious sunset. After, a three course meal will is served in the gorgeous Port Lympne Hotel on the reserve.
Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Outdoor Theatre, Leeds Castle, 4 Jul
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to Leeds Castle to perform in the open air, in full Elizabethan costume with traditional music and dance. A Shakespearean Comedy about the deepest act of betrayal, the art of sorcery and power and ownership, all centred on a potent desire for revenge. A play that has captivated audiences for over 400 years, this time performed in the beautiful castle grounds.
Pub in the Park, Dunorlan Park Tunbridge Wells, Fri 6 – Sun 8 Jul
Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge’s greatly anticipated food and music festival! With music from well known and loved names such as: Razorlight, Tom Odell, Billy Ocean and Scouting For Girls to name a few. There’ll be displays from top chefs too, including Tom Kerridge himself and The Tanner Brothers. Divine gourmet food, excellent live music and summer sun, what could be better?
Kent County Show, Maidstone, Fri 6 – Sun 8 Jul
This fantastic three day event showcases all the very best of our beautiful Garden of England and countryside life with something for everyone to see! From rare breed British livestock, Shire horses and competition horses, hunting hounds and working dogs, flower and woodland workshops, delicious local food and cookery demos and live music too; the list is endless. Plus this year only The Household Cavalry will be preforming their musical ride in the main arena, demonstrating their rigorous training and excellence of the world’s only combat serving mounted ceremonial soldiers.
Summer Guided Walk, Scotney Castle, Sat 7 Jul
The gardens and grounds of Scotney Castle are glorious at this time of the year, with the formal gardens in full bloom and the Tudor ruin looking as romantic as ever, so why not enjoy roaming such gorgeous scenery as part of the wildlife walk led by some super knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides.
Shrek, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Wed 11 – Sun 22 Jul
Following a record-breaking UK and Ireland Tour, the smash hit blockbuster is back – and larger than life! Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.
Join Shrek, (Steffan Harri) and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Amelia Lily) from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude of course.
Jazz on the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Thurs 12 Jul
Its hard to think of a more perfect combination than warm summer evenings, the beautiful setting of the cobblestone streets and aged buildings of the Pantiles and the uplifting vibrancy of Jazz music, played by The Five Aces (all for free!).
Battle for Victory, Ellington Park Ramsgate, 13 Jul
Commemorating 100 years since the end of The First World War, Battle for Victory will be hosting a living history show for budding war historians and civilians alike. Expect super realistic re-enactments and battle campsite, period military vehicles and some fantastic stage shows. There will also be vintage stalls and fun fair, a barbeque and a real ale bar.
Volks Weald 2018, Penshurst Place, Fri 13 – Sun 15 Jul
An old school, very 70’s car show, displaying the best retro Volkswagens in the stunning parkland of Penshurst Place. Volks Weald has a feel of a festival about it, as there is even the opportunity to camp for two nights over the weekend, live music and entertainment across the three days, a shopping and trade village and an catering avenue absolutely perfect for foodies.
Jousting events and Knights & Princesses School, Hever Castle, Sat 14 – Mon 27 Aug
There’s loads of stuff going on at Hever Castle this month from the Knights of Royal England returning once again to battle it out at the annual Jousting Tournament. Then throughout the summer holidays children can take part in a series of hands-on activities to learn to be a knight or princess in medieval times.
Penshurst Place Summer Maize Maze – 14 Jul – 2 Sept
Summer at this stately home just wouldn’t be the same without the ever-popular Maize Maze. The theme this year is time travel and it includes an optional new third shorter route to travel. The maze has been expertly designed to resemble a clock face, and you’ll discover new codes to collect as you navigate the route!
You’ll need to solve clues from different historical eras as you explore the twists and turns, in order to collect letters and crack the new Maize Maze puzzle. There are prizes on offer and if you share your photos using #SnappedAtPenshurst you’ll also be in with the chance of winning a family season ticket.
If you are short on time, or have little ones in tow, Penshurt Place has three maze route options this year. The popular massive Maize Maze plus two smaller mazes – one for mini travellers and another for older travellers who prefer to spend a shorter time exploring!
Margate Pretty Muddy 5k, Margate, 14 Jul
Tackle this 5k obstacle course in aid of the fantastic charity, Cancer Research UK. Scramble up an A frame, and crawl through a mud pit, leap ditches and run along a beautiful coastal path (whilst caked in mud) for a really brilliant cause.
Outdoor theatre – Midsummer Nights Dream, Scotney Castle, 14 Jul
A dreamy summer’s evening and a beautiful mansion house set the scene and backdrop for one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays.
Scummy Mummies, Whitstable Playhouse, Sat 14 Jul
Following their sell-out UK tour the Scummies are back and appearing for the first time in Whitstable for one night only. Join Ellie & Helen as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting from drinking wine at tea time to hiding from the PTA!
Leeds Castle Classical Concert, Leeds Castle, Sat 14 Jul
Leeds Castle presents the 40th edition of one of the most magnificent and memorable summer evenings you can find in Kent, guests flock in their thousands to this gorgeous open-air setting in the castle grounds. Bring a picnic and be entertained by field cannons, fireworks and much loved classical music.
Run or Dye, Penshurst Place, Sun 15 Jul
Perhaps the most colourful and actually fun 5k run in the world! Run or Dye is absolutely for everyone, no matter your running experience, age or speed. Wear as much white clothing as possible to become your very own painted canvas, or go crazy and wear those neon leg warmers and that old wedding dress, the weirder the better! And as you make your way around the course, look out for the ‘Colour Crew’ who will splatter you with a myriad of coloured paints and sprays, you’ll finish looking like you’ve just wrestled a rainbow and lost! There is also the chance to run a 3.5k and a mini runners 1k dash.
The Vicar’s Picnic, Yalding, Fri 20 – Sat 21 Jul
Held on the banks of the River Medway, the Vicar’s Picnic is named so because of it’s original location on Vicarage Road as the festival started as a party in a back garden where a stage was built, a band was booked and family and friends were invited, whilst raising some money for local causes. Featuring Starsailor and Fun Lovin’ Criminals this is a family friendly local festival.
Lovefit, St Clere Estate, near Sevenoaks, Fri 20 to Sun 22 Jul
This music and fitness festival launched for the first time last year and it’s back for more! Ready to bounce and bend us all into shape it’s 3 days of adrenaline inducing fitness & adventure activities followed by boutique after parties.
I Love Prosecco Festival, Maidstone, Fri 20 – Sat 21 Jul
Calling all fizz lovers! The fantastic I love Prosecco Festival is back! Enjoy some truly bubbly sessions, live music, plenty of tasting stations and the very best in authentic Italian street food. Each session will consist of a varied selection of Proseccos, and a plethora of delectable gin and prosecco based cocktails.
Outdoor Cinema, Hythe Imperial Hotel, Sat 28 Jul
Grab your comfiest camping chairs and cosiest throws to settle in for an outdoor screening of the iconic ‘Dirty Dancing’ in the beautiful grounds of the Imperial Hotel, as the waves crash in the distance.
Maidstone Boat Gathering, Yalding Boaters, Sat 28 – Sun 29 Jul
Fancy a change from summer fairs and barbeques? Head along to something more nautical which certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously! This year sees the return of the infamous Raft Race where competitors race their homemade and crazy rafts and floats (think soapbox racing but on water) up the marina all in aid of the wonderful Heart of Kent Hospice.