iPhone photography workshop: Light and the landscape, Knole Park, Sat 03 June
If you’re like me and a bit of a hobby-photographer on your, er, iPhone, you’ll love this. Learn how to take inspiring photos in this hands-on workshop with award-winning photographer Sarah Medway. Receive tuition on the best techniques for composing, focusing and exposing using your iPhone and then get creative in Knole’s stunning 1,000 acre deer park. Who needs a professional camera, meh?
Woodlands Festival, Elm Wood, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, 9, 10, 11 June
If you only make it to one festival this summer, make it this one. This funky, family-friendly weekend event is coming to Cranbrook for the first time and will take place over three days. A boutique, small intimate celebration with music, food and activities set amongst the rolling green fields of the Kent countryside… Throw in Outdoor Cinema, Silent Disco and loads of kids stuff including Woodland Treasure Hunts, story-telling and bushcraft. (And it’s all in aid of Cancer Research and Dementia UK). I’m definitely going!
Big 7 Scooter Rally, Hop Farm, 9 – 11 June
The Big 7 Scooter Rally is a weekend of live bands, DJ’s, vintage scooters, hot food, custom shows, markets and more… There is even the option of camping at The Hop Farm and staying the whole weekend.
Novel Writing Course, Hever Castle, 10 June
Ideal for anyone wanting to write quality fiction, the day covers a variety of techniques and approaches to help aspiring writers develop storylines, structure and plan their book, write effective synopses and of course the all-important – edit. Participants will study various ways of creating suspense, tension and atmosphere, developing realistic characters and writing convincing dialogue. You’ll also examine ways of getting your book into shape before submitting it to agents and publishers. All in an inspiring, magical setting – just right to get creative juices flowing.
Strawberry Fair, Brogdale Collections, 11 Jun
Strawberry Fair at Brogdale celebrates the first fruit of the season with a English country fair for all the family to enjoy. Discover rare & unusual strawberry varieties grown right here in Kent including our own Brogdale Delicious strawberry. Sip a glass of Pimms in meadow or enjoy a slice of strawberry cake in the tearoom while listening to live music… You had me at Pimms.
Jane Eyre, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Mon 19 – Sat 24 Jun
The National Theatre’s critically-acclaimed re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë’s literary classic takes on the gargantuan task of telling her story from birth to adulthood. And it does so with an inventiveness I haven’t seen at the theatre since The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Nighttime burst onto the stage in 2013. Let me simply say – go see it.
History Set In Stone, Leeds Castle, 8 & 29 June
History buffs, get in a huddle over here, I’ve got a treat to tell you about. Over the last nine centuries countless alterations and modernisations have been made to this Grade I listed castle by generations of previous owners. Discover what happened in 1660 to cause half of the Castle to fall into the moat and what a medieval toilet in Henry VIII’s time would have looked like!
Tedx-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 10 June
Ted Talks, in the form of Tedx-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells, is coming to the Assembly Hall Theatre for the first time. This time we’ll see a range of high profile speakers talking about the theme ‘Discovery’. Speakers range from double gold Olympic winner Dame Kelly to Lance Corporal Cassidy, a former Royal Marine medic, who lost his leg in Afghanistan and shares his story of the challenges he had to overcome. These events are all about getting people talking about stuff that they are passionate about and where they believe they can make a real difference.
Kate Baker Mosaic Muse Exhibit, Coolings Nursery, Sevenoaks 16 June
I first came across talented-Kent based artist, Kate Baker a few months ago when her quirky mosaic creations caught my eye. Kate crafts art inspired by Nature and it’s beauty, and often uses items that others might have thrown away, ultimately creating a unique piece of visual and tactile art.
If you are interested in learning the art of Mosaic then head over to Kate facebook page for her workshop dates. Or go see her at one of her exhibitions, like this one in Sevenoaks, and stock up on original gifts.
Rick Astley, Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest, 16 June
Yup, that’s right – he of the snake-hipped, hand-shimmy fame is coming to our neck-of-the-woods (quite literally). Here he is, pictured now at 50 years-old and hasn’t he aged well? And 29 years after his first album shot up the charts he celebrated a surprise No.1 place last year with his nattily titled album ’50’ – a middle-aged crooner’s cheeky nod to Adele’s habit of naming her albums after her age. Hilarious – love it! Expect hits old and new.
Rolls Royce Sunday, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, 11 June
Motorheads can admire the classic cars as the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club visit these picturesque gardens. No additional charge, after admission. No booking required. And at least if you’re keeping someone company but this is not your cuppa tea you can go have coffee and cake in the cute cafe.
The Joy Festival, Groombridge Place, 16th, 17th & 18th June
This summer festival will bring together arts, crafts, food and music in an eclectic and unique festival. There’ll be a night market, pop up shops, food trucks and artists alongside music from Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of popular 80s band, Squeeze.
Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age, Hazlitt Theatre, Mon 19th June
Are you 16-years-old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? Or maybe you’re full-on 80 years, with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp. Don’t worry: this is normal. No one is ever the ‘right’ age – it’s is the beauty and the curse of being a real person. In this brand new show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly-funny, award-winning stand-up performance about growing up and growing down.
Gangsta Granny, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Wed 21 – Sun 25 Jun
Just a few tickets left now for this one – don’t miss it when it comes to Kent. It’s brilliant! It’s is a colourful production of the well-loved David Walliams tale of a seemingly boring, cabbage-farting granny with a secret jewel thieving past. My son (8 years old) was transfixed when we saw it together last year. See the Muddy review here.
Menopause Matters workshop, FLOW Yoga, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 24 June
Listen you might not like me bringing this up, but new research has discovered that over a third of women go into perimenopause – the transitional stage before menopause – as young as 35. It’s definitely time to start talking openly about this taboo subject – chances are, if it doesn’t affect you, it will affect someone close to you. This session, co-hoasted by Lucy Parker and guest expert Diane Danzebrink is an opportunity for you to go on a fact-finding mission. Go armed with your questions, a desire to find out more, a willingness to share and a blanket to drop into some deep relaxation. Timings: 12:30 – 3pm.
Summer Tea Dance, Dreamland Margate, 25 June
A slice of strictly comes to Margate and I had to include it, if for no other reason than to tell you that the hostess for the event goes by the name of Ms Tequila Slammer Anna and she’ll be offering dance demonstrations and tuition alongside co-host Leon ‘Lusious’ Williams (and special guests). They’ll be live music from a band playing a mix of Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Argentine Tango – so dust off your dancing shoes – all abilities are welcome.
Primavera Concert, Penshurst Place, 25th Jun
And now for something wonderfully cultured. Join the Primavera Chamber Ensemble for an evening performance of well-known classical masterpieces including Mozart’s Flute Quartet and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor. Serrrrrene.
The Aegon International, Eastbourne, 23 June – 1 July
Just over the border in Sussex this top tennis tournament is like the perfect mini Wimbledon. It returns to Devonshire Park at the end of June and as the men’s tennis re-joins the women’s for the first time in three years it will be an extra special event. Eastbourne’s very own Johanna Konta (pictured) the British No.1 and World. No.10 will be leading the way. Tickets are on sale now with early bird tickets with a £5 discount available for Centre Court adult tickets purchased before Thurs 4 May. What’s more families can enjoy a free, fun-filled day of tennis on Friday 23 June during the qualifying weekend, when the world’s top players compete for their place in the tournament. Kids also go free on Sat 24 and Sun 25 June. Adult tickets start from £5.