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MARCH 2019

War Horse, The Marlowe Theatre, Web 27 Feb – Sat 16 March

Following its sold-out run at The Marlowe Theatre in 2017 the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse returns to Canterbury in 2019. Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is an unforgettable experience which will take you on a journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. marlowetheatre.com

Snowdrop Walk, Hever Caste, Sat 9 Feb – Sun 3 March 

A heavenly carpet of snowdrops will provide a magical trail for visitors to follow at Hever Castle from Sat 9 Feb! Around 80,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the Gardens over the past few years which will be a beautiful sight to see this March. If you’re feeling energetic, you can also take part in the peaceful one hour Hever Lake Walk which will take you around the perimeter of the 38 acre lake – wellies advised! hevercastle.co.uk

Body & Health By Design, Mindfulness & Stretch Class, Biddenden, Friday’s 

A brand new Mindfulness and Stretch Class from Body & Health By Design every Friday at Bloomsbury’s in Biddenden. Between 1:30 – 3pm, the class is designed to improve your flexibility, suppleness and designed to help you create a mind body connection by encouraging the use of breathing and mindfulness techniques. bodyandhealthbydesign.com 

The Winter’s Tale: From Shakespeare’s Globe, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Sun 3 March

Coming to Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells is The Winter’s Tale straight from Shakespeare’s Globe. A great play that illustrates how uncontrollable emotions can range across gender, country, class and age. Staged at the beautiful and iconic Globe Theatre in London, this new production is directed by Blanche McIntyre and stars Will Keen (The Crown, Wolf Hall) as Leontes, Priyanga Burford (W1A, Marcella) as Hermione and Annette Badland (EastEnders, Father Brown) as Old Shepherd. trinitytheatre.net

Snowdrop Days, Goodnestone Park, Sun 3 Mar

Check out the first signs of Spring in the Woodland Garden at Goodnestone Park this March. Walk around the windy paths of this beautiful country manor to experience the snow drops, as well as smaller woodland treasures: especially good collections of witch hazels and hellebores. Perfect for a sunny Sunday! goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk 

Leeds Castle’s Big 900 Writing Competition, NOW – 5 Mar 2019

And while we’re on the subject, Leeds Castle is celebrating its 900th anniversary this year – get your kiddies to join the big birthday celebrations by writing a short story about Castles and Time Travel. The two winning stories picked by the judges, including renowned broadcaster and children’s author Clare Balding, will go into a time capsule to be buried by the winning children and HRH Princess Alexandra and only opened again in 100 years’ time. Deadline for entry: 5 Mar 2019 at 12pm. leeds-castle.com

Victoria Genevieve Styling, One Warwick Park, Thurs 7 March 

Don’t miss out on Victoria Genevieve’s exclusive fashion event in collaboration with One Warwick Park Hotel in Tunbridge Wells! Victoria has been working in the fashion industry for over 17 years and has worked with the likes of Whistles and Bvlgari. She specialises in personal shopping, wardrobe detoxes and creating personal style files. Expect styling advice and wardrobe capsuling and detoxing tips with the lovely Victoria. An insight into the new season and how to ‘buy less but better’ with fashion brand Born At Dawn. Make-up tips from beauty brand, Space NK Pro Team and even a goodie bag! On Thurs 7 March at 11am – 1pm OR 7:30pm – 9:30pm. onewarwickpark.co.uk 

Fabulous Fizz Friday, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Fri 8 March

 

Celebrate International Women’s Day at Europe’s busiest racecourse – Lingfield races – with your best girlfriends and bubbles. Tickets to Fab Fizz Friday are £20 and for that you also get a complimentary ticket to Ladies’ Day on May 3. lingfieldpark.co.uk

JavaJam Live, The Dog at Wingham, Canterbury, Fri 8 March

JavaJam continue their monthly residency at The Dog, playing their sophisticated vocal harmonies, superb soulful jazz & vintage pop. The stunning Sarah-Jane will be singing with Roger tinkling the ivories live in our Lounge Bar. facebook.com/JavaJamLive

Indian Feast with Chetna Makan, The Yarrow Hotel, Broadstairs, Fri 8 March

The Bake Off star returns to cook up another delicious Indian meal at The Yarrow Hotel in Broadstairs, tickets are only £32 with include 3 courses, a welcome drink and canapés. Also the chance to meet Chetna followed by a Q&A and book signing. facebook.com

Banff Mountain Film Fest, Assembly Hall Theatre, 9 March

Get ready for a collection of inspirational adventure films coming at you from the wildest corners of the globe! The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells will be showing two extraordinary short films to celebrate the world’s most prestigious mountain festival which is held every year in Canada. Follow the world’s top explorers and action film-makers as they brave intrepid journeys into the most spectacular regions of planet Earth. Witness breath-taking cinematography, stunning scenery and an exhilarating dose of adrenaline – all on the big screen! assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk 

Wedding Open Day, Mount Ephraim Gardens, Sun 17 March 

Are you planning your Big Day? Or know someone who is? Visit the Mount Ephraim Gardens and enjoy the 10 acres of beautiful gardens with amazing views, photogenic sweeping staircases and luxurious wedding suite and guest rooms. You can relax, take your time, enjoy your moment. Come and meet their experienced wedding team to find out how they can create your dream wedding! mountephraimgardens.co.uk

Dazzling Daffodils, Hever Castle, Weds 20 – Sun 24 March

Hever Castle estate will be open for visitors to discover their beautiful rare daffodils. Take a tour of the daffodils including Anne Boleyn’s spectacular Orchard which are some of the oldest on the estate and a tour of the grounds led by bulb legend Johnny Walkers and Hever’s head gardener Neil Miller. A sight you don’t want to miss! Hooray for Spring! hevercastle.co.uk

Meet The Brewers, Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham, Fri 22 Mar

Due to popular demand, Meet The Brewers is back for the fifth year running! Macknade’s was voted Best Deli/Farm Shop in Kent by you (in the Muddy Awards) and is a food lover’s heaven – so why not join the team as they invite a handful of the finest brewers & cider-makers in-store for a special event celebrating the great & the good of British brewing. Starting at 6.30pm, you will learn all about the brewing process, sample & compare the beer & cider on offer and take advantage of an exclusive opportunity to shop late in-store. We’ll also have plenty of tasty food to compliment the beers… and to soak up those free-flowing beer samples. The evening is FREE OF CHARGE, but tickets are limited, so please register for a space below. Everyone attending will enjoy an exclusive offer of 12 for the price of 10, or 6 for the price of 5, across our full range of beer & cider. macknade.com/event/meet-the-brewers-2019

Jon Doran at Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, Fri 22 March 

Starting Fri 22 March is the Jon Doran’s solo show at Lilford Gallery in Canterbury. Doran is one of Lilford’s most popular artists, extremely talented, he has made a impressive collection of works which is available to view at the gallery. Doran’s work is based on his immediate surroundings but recently woodland waterfall scenes have become a dominant interest, these scenes come from Yorkshire, Cornwall and France. There’s a wide range of elements which makes for an interesting work both in the making and the final outcome. lilfordgallery.com

Evening with The Hairy Bikers, The Marlowe Theatre, Sat 23 March

An epic night of cooking and conversation! National Treasures Sir King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers will be at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on Sat 23 March starting at 7:30 pm. The Hairy Bikers have been cooking together for more than 20 years, they’ve created haute cuisine dishes with Michelin-starred chefs and travelled the world in the pursuit of great food. Only a few tickets remaining! marlowetheatre.com 

9 to 5 Musical, Trinity Theatre, Sun 24 March 

Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to Dolly Parton’s rip-roaring West End musical! 9 to 5: The Musical performed by Chichester’s celebrated Tour Company at The Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on Sun 24 March. 9 to 5; the Musical tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy – three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the girls manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? Inspired by the cult film this hilarious new touring production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business! The production features a West End professional live band and some of the most freshest voices, dancers and actors on stage. Showing at 7:30 pm, there’s still a few tickets left. trinitytheatre.net 

Violet Jive, Powder & Magazine, Sun 24 March

Powder & Magazine are known for their Sunday lunches where live jazz is often played and our sources tell us that it can be a struggle to get a table! You’ll love the cool historic setting in the old Royal Navy Ordnance Depot, think funky, high-ceiling warehouse but with a very welcoming vibe. powderandmagazine.co.uk 

Literary Dinner, The Dog at Wingham, Canterbury, Tues 26 March

The Dog at Wingham’s first ever Literary Dinner! Enjoy a fantastic four-course meal and a talk from Tracy Borman about her latest book “Henry VIII and The Men Who Made Him” followed by a Q&A. Starting at 8pm enjoy a welcome drink, talk and then dinner! Expect crispy pigs head, pickled shallot, sweet apple puree and blood sausage. Followed by Chalk steam trout, veal sweetbreads and roast chicken butter sauce and apple and raisin taffeta tart with navy rum ice cream for pudding. For more information and to book: facebook.com 

Supper Club, British Kitchen, Flimwell, Sat 30 March

British Kitchen Supper Club is a pop-up restaurant based in Flimwell. They base their menus on traditional recipes from across the British Isles and cook using local and seasonal produce combined with modern cooking techniques to bring you a delicious 4 course meal, lots of extra treats and you might even be able to bring something home. Enjoy the meal in comfortable surroundings and hear about the inspiration behind the dishes from Jack, the head chef. Tickets are only £35 per person and are available to book through their website. britishkitchen.co.uk

The Pork House Pit’s Woodland Supper Club, Woodchurch, Sat 30 March

Photography by Mollie Manning.

In Etchingham on the border of Kent and East Sussex, an atmospheric woodland awaits you for a wild feast. You’ll be welcomed with canapés and drinks on arrival before sitting down for a three-course seasonal feast. The menu is unconfirmed but you can expect smokehouse ‘low n slow’ style of food with a pinch of fine dining thrown in with fresh seasonal vegetables and a treat for dessert! Sign us up! theporkhousepit.co.uk

Big Dog Day Out, Bewl Water, Sun 31 March

A fun day out for all the family, especially your four-legged-friend. There’s lots of activities you and your dog can get involved in around Bewl’s beautiful reservoir. The day includes a treasure trail, dog agility courses and lots of fun stalls including face painting, mini golf and even a mobile dog groomers! It’s completely free to enter so don’t miss out. bewlwater.co.uk 

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Raspberry Room, Sun 31 March

If you haven’t heard of Raspberry Room yet, let me tell you babycakes, you’re in for a treat! This gorgeous bespoke cake company is bringing London glamour and expertise out to the shires after it opened its very first cafe recently, right here in our very own picturesque village of Brasted, near Sevenoaks. Take your mum, or drag your little ones to treat you to their mother’s day treat for afternoon tea. raspberryroom.co.uk

Mother’s Day Weekend, Penshurst Place, Sat 30 – Sun 31 March

A whole weekend of activities planned at Penshurst Place! Visit on the Saturday to create a loving card and a special craft for Mum in the Old Coach House. Or on Sunday they’ll be a presentation by Tudor Legacies and the six wives of Henry VIII who are ready to finally reveal what it was really like to be married to a prolific King! Afterwards enjoy a variety of Cream Teas in the Porcupine Pantry or head to the Garden Restaurant for a delicious two-course carvey and take a stroll through the Spring Gardens. The perfect Mother’s Day weekend. penshurstplace.com 

This Easter The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction will reopen the gates to its Medieval Story Garden where families will join in the Knights Tournament! Children and grown-ups alike can practice their battle skills through a series of activities. Sword skills, mock jousting, medieval remedies and more will all be explored during this fun family activity. Are you battle ready? canterburytales.org.uk

 

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Girls Go Glamping, Canvas & Stars, Chiddingly, Selected dates May – Sept 2019

Grab your besties and enjoy the countryside in style with special VIP overnighters coming up on selected dates from Canvas & Stars. Their Girls Go Glamping getaways at Chiddingly near Lewes involve furnished bell tents with beds and a hot tub session with Prosecco, fluffy robes and collagen eye masks. As the sun goes down you can hang out together round a fire pit under the stars, then, get a continental brekkie delivered to your tent door next morning. Want that luxe for less? How does 50% off on selected dates from May sound? You could even upgrade to the new unique double-decker canvas ’Cosmic Loft’. Book now to avoid disappointment! canvasandstars.co.uk

 

FURTHER AFIELD… 

Wave-Field, Variation F, Coal Drops Yard, London, Thurs 31 Jan – Sun 10 Mar

Illuminated musical seesaws…if that doesn’t bring out your inner child then nothing will! The hugely popular travelling installation Wave-Field, Variation F, is created by Lateral Office and CS Design with soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama, and it’s coming to Coal Drops Yard.

With Wave-Field, Variation F, you are the catalyst that sets the artwork in motion. The installation invites you to play…in public…in the street. You’ll have to pair up with others – friends, family, strangers – to create patterns and harmonies. The result? An ever-changing musical event where light and sound build and intensify. coaldropsyard.com

 

Compiled by Mollie Manning

 

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