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BOOK THIS: December at Galapagos and New Year Party!

Have you tried Galapagos yet? An authentic Latin American dining in a pretty 16th century rural country pub. Great for families, sunny days and festive cheer! Enjoy their Christmas Menu available until 24 Dec, have a 3-course meal for £30 pp. Don’t feel like cooking on The Big Day? Take your fam to Galapagos and have their Christmas Day Menu for just £80 pp, enjoy a Pisco Sour on arrival, a Salmon Platter and even homemade mince pies after Dessert! Or celebrate NYE with a latin twist with their New Year’s Eve Menu, a 3-course meal for £65 pp including firework display and entertainment.

BOOK NOW: The Cave Hotel & Golf Resort, Now Open!

The Cave Hotel & Golf Resort near Canterbury is now open – yey, FINALLY! We’ve been watching this space (quite literally) for a few years now (while they’ve forked out over £12million to bring their vision to life.) Fancy the penthouse with it’s own chef, butler and cinema screen? Or keep it real with one of the hotel’s 41-state-of-the-art rooms that have been built to reflect the highest standard of comfort and luxury at affordable prices. Be first to book!

CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT SORTED: Illuminities, Ashford, Sat 14 Dec

An incredible, never-seen-before series of events will dazzle and amaze Ashford this December. As the Illuminites events unfold, watch in amazement as Ashford’s skies and streets transform before your eyes. On Fri 6 and Sat 7 Dec, enjoy a five minute digital projection on the side of International House, Dover Place, celebrating Ashford’s heritage and history. Watch in wonder as the building transforms before your eyes, falling away and reappearing in a kaleidoscope of imagery. The newly-opened Coachworks in Dover Place will be serving up a range of food and drink, working with Kent Food Hubs to provide tasty, local and sustainable food, and there will be a small market of local traders. The shows will be at 4.30, 5.30 and 6.30pm. The car park at Dover Place will be closed for viewers to watch safely.Or experience Ashford’s enchanting and magical Winter Forest, made up of a trail of illuminated trees dotted around the town centre and Elwick Place, for two nights only Fri 6 and Sat 7 Dec! Don’t miss the Illuminities finale on Sat 14 Dec – the Carnival of the Baubles! Starting at Elwick Palace and Ashford Town Centre from 5:30 pm, a procession of giant, illuminated baubles will make its way down Bank Street. They’ll be a market selling hot food and drink, the perfect family evening. For all the details:

COMING SOON: The Inside, Tunbridge Wells

Laura Parker aka Freckles & Fire is building a new and exciting project called, The Inside, a community space in Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells. The project will see a complete refurbishment of the building that was previously the bowling green pavilion, just on the periphery of the children’s playground area. ‘The Inside’ will be a space where people can come together. There will be a coffee house from Fine Grind, a hub for activities such as yoga, holistic interventions, life coaching, acupuncture, reiki, music, arts and crafts, youth groups, poetry and much more! 

NEW BIZ: The Graze Girls, Sevenoaks

This new brilliant local business couldn’t be more Muddy if it tried! Two friends, Emily and Laura, set up The Graze Girls born form a love of sharing good food with friends and family and an eye for luxury. They’re basically providing a decadent alternative to a buffet using high quality, locally sourced ingredients and stunning styling to create a surprisingly affordable, show stopping dining experience, which will wow your guests. The Graze Girls also offer ready to serve graze platters and boxes which are the perfect solution for those small get togethers, served on slate as a light meal for 4-6 people. At the moment, they’re offering Luxe Christmas Boxes full of Christmas favourites (apple and salted caramel mince pies, yes please!) which can be delivered straight to your door. A box for 4-6 people is £45 and 6-8 is £70. Get your hands on one now!

GO SEE: Anno Distillers, Pop-Up, Bluewater

Anno Distillers’s award-winning Pop-Up Shop has returned to Bluewater this December! Shop the gin range, visit the bottling station or book a blending experience. Situated in the Upper Guildhall, you can find the whole Anno range including new Orange & Honey Gin which helps support bee conversation with 10p per bottle donated to Bee Friendly Trust and new for this year is a colourful bottling station! Pick from Rhubarb or Blueberry and Strawberry. Each bottle can contain a handwritten message – the ideal gift! Or book in for a Blending Experience for yourself, a group or as a gift voucher. You get a tutored introduction to how their gins are made, tasting and sampling flavours, learning about the history and processes involved. You can then blend your very own bottle of gin, complete with customised label, to take home. It also comes complete with a generous goodie bag and certificate, to say that you’re an Anno alchemist! Go see!

DATE NIGHT: Houdini’s Magic Bar, Every Weds 6pm, Broadstairs & Canterbury

Have you experienced Houdini’s yet? Award-winning Magic Bars where you can experience live magic up close with some of the country’s finest magicians – perfect for date night with a difference or a novel night out with the girls! Houdini’s hosts some of the country’s finest magicians, even private magic shows at your table with ‘Magic Mike’ (sadly not THAT one) amidst chatting and cocktail slurping. Join in on Wednesday Date Night from 6pm with free entry and popcorn. 

DISCOUNT: The Ultimate Pop Star Party, Sittingbourne

Use code ‘FESTIVESALE’ to get 25% off of any 12 child Ultimate or Taster Pop Star Party. Valid until midnight on New Years Eve. Offer valid on any future date inc. 2021. By far the most feature packed and talked about Pop Star Party in the UK held in our professional music, video and photography studio. Record your own hit song, have a VIP photoshoot and shoot a multi-scene music video. This party not only gives you an unrivaled party experience, but also gives you & the party guests a quality photo album and printed DVD of your music video on to cherish forever. Check out our recent works to see how cool the party really is and why people travel from all over the UK to party with us. Ideal for children (kids) & teen birthday parties, hen parties, or any celebration.

SUSHI: Kazoku, Sevenoaks, Opening in Dec 

Sushi comes to Sevenoaks! Kazoku Sevenoaks are also selling tickets for their VIP Sushi Night this weekend! Have a taste of their fresh hand rolled sushi prepared by their talented chefs and experience the ‘Kozara’ platter made up to sashimi, special rolls, nigiri, maki and edamame beans. Even with a Japanese dessert selection of Doriyaki and Mochi ice cream. Tickets are £45 pp with a glass of Prosecco.

WATCH THIS SPACE: Pub In The Park, Tunbridge Wells, 10 – 12 July 2020
Get ready for this! The massively popular sell-out Pub In The Park event is back at Twells this summer. Pub in the Park celebrates the very best culinary delights the country has to offer, combined with great live music, chef demonstrations, top quality shopping and other festival fun. On top of nationally-famous chef and music acts, each event will celebrate the local community in the form of brilliant local artisans, pubs, local foodie heroes and musicians. Tickets go on sale on 7 Feb but you can sign-up to their newsletter for priority access!
IMMERSIVE DINING 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!

NEW OPENING: Malthouse Theatre at King’s School, Canterbury

On Saturday 16th November, star actress Joanna Lumley OBE, FRGS cut the ribbon on the spectacular new Malthouse Theatre at the King’s School, Canterbury. The 334-seat theatre, converted from a disused Victorian industrial building, is now home to The King’s School’s vibrant Dance and Drama departments, as well as hosting productions from visiting theatre groups.


Canterbury’s newest theatre promises top calibre theatre, kicking off this festive season with four shows to choose from, including A Christmas Carol on the 20th and 21st December, performed by a multi-talented cast in The Pantaloons’ own inimitable, hilarious and moving style.

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