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JUNE 2019

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.

The Black Deer Fest Warm Up, Tunbridge Wells’ Millennium Clock, Most Saturdays between Sat 1 – Sat 15 June

The countdown is on! The award-winning americana music festival is coming to the centre of Tunbridge Wells at the Millennium Clock with a series of live performances from Black Deer festival artists. The Black Deer busking performances will give shoppers and passers by a taste of the Americana, country and folk sounds that will be on display at this year’s festival. Beginning on Sat 4 May and continuing every Saturday, two artists will treat Tunbridge Wells locals and visitors to an inspiring live set at both 11am and 3pm. The remaining schedule is: Sat 1 June, 11am – Peter Taylor / 3pm – Rob Picazo. Sat 8 June, 11 am – Marie White / 3pm – Steve Hewitt. Sat 15 June, 11am – Anne Howie / 3pm – Sean de Burca.

Rose Month, Smallhythe Place, Sat 1 – Sun 23 June 

Smallhythe Place is a haven for over 120 rose plants and 60 unique varieties and this June they celebrate rose month with garden tours, new displays and talks from the Head Gardeners of Sissinghurst Castle Garden and Smallhythe Place. On 6 & 14 June from 12 noon, go for a guided tour around the gardens with Head Gardener, Maxine Clement. Learn about our different varieties of roses, their history and top tips for growing your own. On 20 June, 2-3pm, Assistant Head Gardener of Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Guy Pullen will be demonstrating and discussing rose care. And finally, enjoy a talk and cream tea with Head Gardener of Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Troy Scott Smith at The Barn Theatre on 20 June, 2-3pm. As Troy talks all things roses, from rose care and pruning, to planting and companion planting, followed by an afternoon tea in the Tea Room (tickets are £15). For more information about Rose Month head to:

Horrible Histories, The Marlowe Theatre, NOW Until 2 June

We all want to meet people from history – the trouble is everyone is dead! Horrible Histories is coming to The Marlowe Theatre this May with two amazing shows, Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians. Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage, find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives, meet Pharaohs and discover the power of the pyramids. It’s history with the nasty bits left in! Book your tickets here:

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair, Tenterden, Thurs 6 – Sat 8 June

The brilliant Wealden Times Midsummer Fair, set in the stunning grounds of the Hole Park estate near Tenterden, is back with its annual offering. Showcasing over 250 handpicked exhibitors selling homewares, garden accessories, fashion, jewellery as well as artisan food and drink. All products sold at the fair are chosen for their exceptional quality, good craftsmanship, originality and fine design. Just look at me here, having filled my basket full of wonderful wares, dainty dress on about to cycle home… Honest, yes, it really is me.

Comedy At The Barn: Glenn Moore, Annie McGrath & James Loveridge, Smallhythe Place, Fri 7 June 

For the first time, stand-up comedy comes to the Barn Theatre and they will be welcoming three brilliant comedians. Join them for a night of laughter starring Glenn Moore (Mock the Week, Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show, and BBC Radio 4); Annie McGrath (shortlisted for the Funny Women award, written and appeared on ITV2’s @elevenish, Channel 4’s Girls Go Trolling, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4 Extra); and James Loveridge (nominated Best Show Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Tickets are just £17, starting at 7:30 – 9pm. 

Woodlands Festival, Elm Wood, Fri 7 – Sun 9 June

Woodlands Festival is an intimate, independent family-friendly festival, raising money & awareness for Alzheimer’s Society & Macmillan Cancer Support. Set in secluded fields surrounded by woodland with plenty of activities for the kids to do! Including arts and crafts, treasure hunts, little yoga, face painting, an Outdoor Cinema and the Mum’s The Word #WILD_CHILD Party. Not forgetting the adults! Book in for a REN massage or facial at the Woodland Spa. It’s somewhere you feel you can truly relax and unwind, meet new people or reconnect with old friends and where kids can be kids again!

Crazy Jean’s Soapbox Race, Dunorlan Park, Sat 8 June 

The one-of-its-kind soapbox kart race raises money for local charities whilst bringing businesses and the community together for a hilarious family fun day out. Hosted at Dunorlan Park on Sat 8 June, Crazy Jean’s will be supporting: Hospice in the Weald and Taylor Made Dreams, a charity which enables children with life-limiting illnesses achieve their wishes and dreams. 50 handmade soapbox karts each ‘pimped’ by each team, will go head to head Red Bull-style in a downhill race track with legendary TV Chef Rosemary Shrager as the celebrity commentator. The day culminates in the four fastest teams battling it out in The Grand Final to find the ultimate 2019 Crazy Jean’s Winner. Not forgetting the giant inflatables for the kids with a food and drinks village! Pop this one in your diary.

World Gin Day, The 1809 Hub, Sat 8 June

Join Dame Kelly Holmes at The 1809 Hub for World Gin Day! With over 50 gins available, enjoy a tipple and relax. Entry is £10 which includes your first drink and nibbles. 7-11pm, book your tickets to go now:

Folking in the Strawberries, Stonepitts Farm, Thurs 13, 20 & 27 June

Don’t miss this series of memorable nights in the Strawberry fields at Stonepitts Farm in Sevenoaks. Featuring an amazing selection of some of our favourite local and touring artists, The Orange Circus, Paul Dunton Orchestra, Jamie Rodden, Hannah Richards – just to name a few! Starting at 6pm til 9pm. No booking needed, £10 per car and don’t forget your blanket…

Foals, Bedgebury Pinetum, Fri 14 June

Foals is coming to Bedgebury this June as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission and we can’t wait! They will be joined by special guests Yak and Kiev. Tickets are still available!

Pete Tong, Dreamland, Margate, Fri 14 June

The don of dance music is back… Legendary DJ and broadcaster Pete Tong is returning to Dreamland’s Hall By The Sea for one night only, with support from SG Lewis (DJ set). This is the latest big name act to be added to Dreamland’s summer line-up of music events, which also includes Happy Mondays, Rudimental (DJ set) Annie Mac, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Normal Jay MBE and Mac DeMarco. Make sure you have the chance to genuinely say it’s all Gone Pete Tong. Tickets are just £20 plus booking fee and are now on sale (over 18s only).

Open Studio, Fosbery Studio, Folkestone, Fri 14 – Sun 16 June

Your Best Interior Stores Finalist from this year’s Muddy Awards, Fosbery Studio in Folkestone are giving you the chance to see all the behind-the-scenes action. As part of the Creative Foundation in Folkestone’s Open Quarter, the studio will be open all weekend starting from Fri 14 June, 10 am – 4pm. Come along to see their latest products and see how they design, produce and photograph all of their lights from their studio. An excellent chance to see how this decorative lighting brand operates! 

Maths Workshop, Kent College Pembury, Sat 15 June

Maths really is everywhere and is an important part of learning for all children in the early years so join Kent College Pembury for a FREE fun filled morning that will focus on understanding how children learn to engage with maths and strategies to help your child at home. Activities provided for boys and girls aged 0-5. Older siblings also welcome. To book: 

Father’s Day Brewery Tour & Tasting, Cellar Head Brewery, Sat 15 June

The perfect present! A tour of the brewery with head brewer, Dave Berry, who will talk you through the brewing process and introduce you to some of the malt and hops Cellar Head use along with a tutored tasting of some of our current beers. “Dad” will receive a 3 bottle gift pack to takeaway as well as a 10% discount off purchases at the brewery shop on the day (not including bar products). Tickets are £15 pp! 

Jimmy Carr, Assembly Hall Theatre, Sat 15 June

One of the best-loved comedians in the world, Jimmy Carr is bringing his brand-new tour for 2019 and 2020, Terribly Funny to The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on 15 June. Jimmy Carr has been a comedian for over a decade and a half. He’s performed 10 sell-out tours, playing over 2,500 shows to more than 2 and a half million people. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’, been nominated for the Perrier Award and in 2016 became the first UK comedian to record a special for US streaming behemoth Netflix. There’s a couple of tickets left for the 10pm performance, go go go!

Father’s Day Supercar Weekend at Hever Castle, Sat 15 & Sun 16 June

Classic cars in a stunning location with a myriad of food options to boot – the perfect way to thank dad this Father’s Day is at Hever Castle & Gardens. There will be supercars on display as well as fun activities for your kids. This two-day event is supported by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain with a stunning selection of Alfa Romeos on display on the Saturday and fabulous Ferraris on the Sunday. As well as the Alfa Romeos and Ferraris two rare Lancias, a Lancia Fulvia 1600 and Lancia Integrale will also be on display as well as bikes and a car driven by world famous F1 champion, the late Sir John

Tree of Hope’s The Ultimate Pop Up, Thurs 20 June

Local foodies are in for a treat this Summer with the chance to feast on a six-course tasting menu prepared by seven of the region’s most sought-after chefs and served in the beautiful surrounds of Hush Heath Winery, to raise funds for children’s charity, Tree of Hope.

Fresh from being crowned Kent Chef of the Year, The Small Holding’s Will Devlin will be cooking alongside star of the Great British Menu and Head Chef at Verdigris, Scott Goss and proprietor and chef at The Compasses Inn, Crundale Robert Taylor. Former Kentish Hare and MasterChef the professional’s personality, Bobby Brown, chef-proprietor of The Michelin listed Wheelwrights Arms in Matfield for 6 years, Rob Marsh and Hush Heath’s Executive Chef, Fabio Vinciguerra will also be creating very special dishes at the pop up while The Bicycle Bakery’s Jamie Tandoh will be responsible for producing the exquisite dessert.

Tammy Jackson, the Leigh based mixologist behind For Cocktail Sake, a blog which has gained a huge following since it was launched at the end of 2018, is devising a delectable cocktail especially for the evening which will be served to guests on arrival along with a selection of canapés. Tickets have sold out fast, no surprises there! So book your place pronto!

Black Deer Festival, Eridge Park, Fri 21 – Sun 23 June 

Immerse yourselves in the community, music, food and storytelling of a culture like no other – the world of Americana & Country. After the phenomenal success of last year – the UK’s first ever Americana and country music festival is back. Again it promises to be all kinds of rootin’-tootin, foot-stompin’ cool!

Little Brown Jug Summer Beer Festival, Chiddingstone, Fri 21 – Sun 23 June 

Sun, Beer, BBQ & Music! Join The Little Brown Jug for their annual beer festival which is a fab (and free!) family event. They’ll be live music from Friday evening and a great big selection of real ales, ciders and delicious food coming fresh from the Smokehouse. Why not book a tiki hut and make a day of it?

The Lost Gardens Supper Club, hosted by Bangers&Balls, Faversham, Fri 21 June

Don’t miss this sellout Seasonal Supper Club inspired by the Garden of England. Lord and Lady Faversham spent the 1800s travelling the world bringing back the best herbs, fruit trees and vegetables. They passed on their legacy to Chris and David at Edible Culture who have teamed up with the innovative Duncan and Imogen Tinkler at Bangers&Balls to bring you the best flavours cultivated and picked freshly from garden to plate. The evening will start in the Greenhouses with a Green Fingered Lady Faversham Cocktail and rumour has it, you’ll be finding your own canapés as some clues will be hidden in the Lost Garden. Then a 3-course meal, evening starts at 7:15 – 10pm, book now!

Hancock & Co, The Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place, Fri 21 June

Following James Hurn’s sell out tour of 2018 he is back with his popular one-man, many voices, celebration of radio comedy classic ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’. James is a multi-talented actor and impressionist and he’ll be performing Hancocok & Co, a new programme which includes one lost episode of ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’, and two episodes he has written himself in the same style as Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, with James voicing the entire cast. James is a master at recreating the accents and personas of such iconic 20th century British favourites as Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams. The show is performed in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy. Tickets are £14, available now!
TOFS, A night with top chef Rob Dant, Fri 21 June
Rob has been cooking professionally for over 20 years having worked in Michelin starred kitchens and trained with some of the industries leading chefs. Combined with continued travel and culinary adventures across the globe he feeds his desire to learn about new ingredients and techniques. This special event at The Fire Station sees him cooking for the public, which is his true passion, and showcases his unique culinary style of local ingredient led cookery with global techniques. An evening of Wood Fired Cooking with Great local produce and culinary creativity. Welcome glass of English Sparkling Wine.
Canterbury Wine Festival, Westgate Hall, Sat 22 June
Come down to Canterbury to celebrate Kent’s award-winning wines at Westgate Hall hosted by Clive Barlow, the Master of Wine. This event brings vineyards from all over Kent together in the great award-winning century-old former drill hall located in the heart of the city. Clive Barlow is one of only 384 Masters of Wine in the world, he’s an international wine judge and educator. He’s also worked as a consultant for companies such as: Waitrose, Sotheby’s, Whitbread just to name a few. Book your tickets now! Which includes festival glass, tote bag, a voucher for a plate of cheese and crackers and up to 20 tasting for your choice of premium wines. Don’t forget to book into Clive’s bespoke master classes.
Hever’s Home Front, Hever Castle, Sat 22 & Sun 23 June
Discover life in wartime Britain at Hever’s Home Front event. Meet reenactors who portray Home Guard soldiers, Royal Air Force pilots and crew, Royal Navy Beach Head Commandoes and Auxilary Fire Service personnel. Learn about the role of the Air Raid Wardens and Women’s Voluntary Service. Take in the sights and smells of the time with authentic cooking on the ration, classic cars and vintage prams. Take part in a dance class in the tea tent, tap your toes to music from vocalist Miss Annie, join in with a sing a long or browse stalls selling vintage wares and refreshments. See the displays of period model boats on the moat or take a selfie with a grounded life-size Spitfire. On the Saturday, enjoy the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of the time by speaking with several veteran soldiers, pilots and sailors who served both during and after World War II. Don’t forget to arrive in period costume for a chance to win prizes for the best dressed visitors hosted by Viv the Spiv! 

Water Savvy Fun Day, Bewl Water, Sun 23 June

Families across Kent, East Sussex and further afield are invited to a free, fun, family day out at Bewl Water to see firefighters in action in live water rescue displays. The popular event is back this June from 11am – 4pm during the Royal Life Saving Society’s Drowning Prevention Week. Watch the live water rescue demos, learn CPR and how to use a throw line. You can even climb aboard a rescue boat or the fire engine, see the Splashpals Newfoundland Dogs in action, take part in the water themed fancy dress competition, enjoy a picnic and even get your face painted! There’s something to do for the whole family. The RNLI, Kent Police Search and Rescue Unit, Royal Life Saving Society, and Kent Search and Rescue Service will be there as well – you can take a look at some of their impressive water rescue kit, meet their search dogs, and learn loads about staying safe around water. For more info: 

Rock of Ages, Marlowe Theatre, Mon 24 – Sat 29 June

The smash-hit rock’n’roll musical, Rock of Ages is at the Marlowe Theatre this June! An LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Strictly Come Dancing 2018 Winner Kevin Clifton will play the lead role of ‘Stacee Jaxx’. The internationally renowned dancer will be alongside Kevin Kennedy, Zoe Birkett, Jodie Steele, Luke Walsh, Lucas Rush, Andrew Carthy, Vas Constanti and Rhiannon Chesterman in the ultimate 80s rock’n’roll musical. This hilarious musical comedy will have you singing and laughing along with its epic songs, including Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight This Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band. Book your tickets now: 

A Royal Garden Celebration, Leeds Castle, Mon 24 – Sun 30 June
Join Leeds Castle for the unveiling of the new Princess Alexandra Gardens. On 25 June, watch HRH Princess Alexandra unveil a commemorative plaque to formally open “The Princess Alexandra Gardens”.  As part of an exciting ongoing project celebrating the Castle’s 900th anniversary year, the newly named Princess Alexandra Gardens have been separated into six diverse new areas including an Oriental Garden and Jungle Garden. Working with exterior landscape consultants, the gardens are being developed over the course of five years. Throughout the week, learn about landscape design and take special tours through newly planted areas of the gardens with the expert team at Leeds Castle. For more information and to book your spot on the talk: 
The Pelagian Opera Festival, The Salutation Hotel & Gardens, Fri 28 June – Sun 7 July
The inaugural Pelagian Opera Festival lands this June in the unmatched surroundings of The Salutation Gardens – awarded the Romantic Hotel of The Year in the Good Hotel Guide (2019). The theme this year is As if by Magic so you can expect all sorts of strange enchantments, mystical happenings and things wondrous to behold. To book:
Macknade Fine Foods 40th Birthday Bash, Faversham, Fri 28 June
Macknade are hosting a big birthday bash out on their Deck to celebrate 40 years of independent retailing in Faversham! The business has been around since 1847 when it was just a farm and now it’s Macknade Fine Foods. Expect some quintessentially English party games coupled with what the Italians do best – food, wine and plenty of fun. Starting at 6:30 pm with live music from 7:30pm from local band Coco, who’ll be playing a whole host of soul, funk and disco classics. Tickets are £10 which includes your first drink. Get your tickets here:
Rib Ticklers Comedy Club, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Fri 28 June
Rib Ticklers Comedy Club is taking up residency in the Channel Suite at so you can enjoy stand-up from some of the finest up-and-coming comedians around, fresh from the UK’s prestigious comedy circuit. Why not spice up your night with a pre-show curry?  Prepared on site using the finest ingredients our curries are a perfect accompaniment to a night of laughter. A night of comedy and curry? Please poppadom my name down on the list *groan*.
Rocketman, Trinity Theatre, 28 June & 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!

Circus Extravaganza featuring the Take That Experience, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Sat 29 June

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to Lingfield with Circus Extravaganza. The Box the Rox will be there all day with their unique karaoke machine and taking to the outdoor stage after racing is The Take That Experience – so get ready to ‘Shine’ on what promises to be ‘The Greatest Day’. (Sorrrry!!) Gates open at 3.45pm and the first race is at 5.45pm. Book now:

Wealden Literary Festival, Woodchurch, Sat 29 – Sun 30 June

Experience a magical weekend at this family-friendly festival of nature, creativity and outdoor adventures. The line-up features award-winning nature writers, authors and conservationists including Raynor Winn, Adam Nicolson, Isabella Tree and Horatio Clare and there’s a packed children’s programme to inspire younger readers. Alongside literary events, festival-goers can try their hand at foraging, firecraft and willow-weaving, learn botanical illustration and take part in creative writing and book-binding workshops. Talented local artists, makers and producers who have been inspired by the natural world will showcase their work throughout the grounds of beautiful Boldshaves Garden.

Run or Dye, Penshurst Place, 30 June 
Run or Dye is the world’s most colourful run, a day for the whole family to celebrate health, fun and charity! This year they are once again bringing a day of colour, music and family fitness to Penshurst Place. Walk, run or dance around our 5k, 3.5k and 1K mini runner course and get covered in colour and foam! This year they aim to reach £100,000 raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. Enter 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.

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! 
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:

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