What’s IN this month?
LIVE STREAMING, ONLINE THEATRE & TV
For obvious reasons, our what’s on guide is looking slightly different this week – yep, it’s now all about what’s in. We may all be stuck at home on lockdown but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. We’ve rounded up 15 things to keep you entertained at home this week, from music and TV to theatre. Plus, you can wear your pyjamas for all – result!
In self-isolation and trying to make do with cupboard staples? Lucky for you, the Naked Chef himself has whipped up a brand new show specifically aimed at those in self-isolation. Jamie: Keep Cooking And Carry On starts Mon 23 Mar at 5.30pm on Channel 4 and will run every night this week.
Great news for parents looking to keep the kids entertained while you work from home – Disney+, Disney’s Netflix-style streaming service, arrives in the UK on Tues 24 Mar (not a minute too soon). Not only will you have access to Disney’s entire back catalogue, but the service includes titles from Marvel, Pixar, Fox, and National Geographic, as well as hit Star Wars series The Mandalorian (or, er, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, if that’s more your speed).
We could all use a laugh right now, so tune in to Dave on Tues 24 Mar at 9pm for their new charity stand-up show Comedy Against Living Miserably, in collaboration with charity CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably.
If your supermarket shop is looking a little… erratic, head to Twitter, where food writer and living-on-a-shoestring expert Jack Monroe will be sharing her quarantine recipes live every day at 5pm. Follow the hashtag #JackMonroesLockdownLarder.
All the theatres may be closed currently, but clever clogs like Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Café are live-streaming to keep you entertained and their West End performers in work. Their Leave a Light On program will be a series of music shows streamed live from The Theatre Café for a small fee. There are three 45-minute concerts a day, and performers include Layton Williams (who you’ll recognise from Sex Education on Netflix), star of Six the Musical Natalie Paris and Casualty‘s Evelyn Hoskins. Book here.
Culture vultures, take note: The Royal Opera House have launched a new #FromOurHouseToYourHouse program to stream performances on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. The first performance of Peter and the Wolf by The Royal Ballet will be shown on Fri 27 March at 7pm.
The Billboard Music Awards may not be going ahead, but country legend Garth Brooks (who was set to be receiving their Icon Award in April) is making the most of his time by streaming live performances of his music every Monday via his Facebook page.
London Symphony Orchestra is also jumping on the streaming hype since the cancellation of its upcoming Barbican concerts *sob*. The orchestra will be streaming concerts from its archive every Thurs (7.30pm) and Sun (7pm) on its YouTube channel. This week you can listen to Schumann Symphony No 3, followed by Sibelius Symphony No 5. Nothing quite like a bit of classical to set your mind and ease, right?
Need some fresh sounds? Dua Lipa and John Legend are both releasing new music this week to help keep us entertained – isn’t that nice of them? Following his live stream performance on Insta, John Legend has released his latest single ‘Actions’ (we’re big fans already), while Dua Lipa has brought the release of her album Future Nostalgia forward to Fri 27 Mar.
Key workers, we salute you! If you’re in need of a helping hand now the schools are closed, adventure learning charity Longridge in Marlow, Bucks could be just what you need. They’re offering Activity Days for kids aged 8-14 (sorry work-from-homers, this one’s for key worker parents only!), with a suggest donation of just £10 a day. The days will be running from 8.45am – 5pm, and will include a range of suitably social distanced activities. You can book online here.
This’ll keep littlies entertained – CBeebies presenter Maddie Moate is launching brand new show Let’s Go Live on her YouTube channel, to air every week day at 11am. There are games, craft projects, and interesting info – this week’s theme is Gardens and features co-host and fellow YouTuber Greg Foot.
Jo Wicks kicked off his long-awaited live P.E. sessions this morning, and over a million people have already tuned in! It’s aimed at kids out of school, but adults can join too – we won’t tell. Catch it every day this week at 9am on his YouTube channel.
If you’d usually be down the pub once a week for a quiz, then don’t despair – there are plenty of online options. One of the best is Goose’s Quizzes in Edinburgh, who are running a live-streamed pub quiz every single night at 7pm over Twitch.
Leeds Castle’s Big 900 Writing Competition, NOW – 6 Mar
Children aged 5 to 13 years are invited to take part in the Leeds Castle BIG Story Writing Challenge by writing an original, fictional story of no more than 900 words! This year’s theme is “One Golden Day”, put on your royal thinking crowns and use this golden theme to inspire you to write about anything at all and make sure it has a unique title. Your story could be set in the past, present or future and can include anything or anyone fictional or real! This year’s theme is inspired by an event that took place 500 years ago in 1520 when Henry VIII stayed at Leeds Castle with 5,000 of his courtiers. He was on his way to meet the King of France for a massive jamboree that has since become known as ‘The Field of Cloth of Gold’. The 20 talented finalists will be invited to the Grand Awards Ceremony on 29 May 2020, hosted by renowned broadcaster and children’s author, Clare Balding in the Castle. Deadline for entry: 6 Mar 2020 at 11:59pm. leeds-castle.com
This Girl Can Family Day, Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Sat 7 March
At Muddy we are massive supporters of the brilliant This Girl Can campaign which has encouraged and celebrated girls and women simply getting moving, being active and building a love of sport. It’s a really important message as young girls don’t always continue to keep up with sport and activities as they go through school and into adulthood. And this event at the University of Kent’s Arts Centre, promises to be a brilliant, inspiring family day of dancing, music, talks, workshops and visual arts – all aimed at celebrating women and equal rights as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. All ages and genders are welcome.thegulbenkian.co.uk/events/this-girl-can
Kinky Boots: The Musical, Trinity Theatre, Sat 7 March
Kinky Boots: The Musical, filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, is strutting onto the big screen! With songs from Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), the musical is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth. Grab a girlfriend, get a drink at the bar and enjoy an evening of music with this high-heeled hit! trinitytheatre.net
Wedding Open Day, Salomon’s Estate, Sun 8 March
If you are currently planning your wedding and looking for a beautiful venue, then Salomons Estate is the perfect location for your special day! This hidden gem is just 2 miles outside of Tunbridge Wells. Salomons is a stunning Victorian mansion, set in 36 acres of rolling gardens, parkland and woods, it enjoys an enviable location in the heart of England’s garden, yet within an hour’s travel of Central London. The former country house has been sympathetically converted into a series of flexible function rooms offering a spectacular venue for weddings! There’s guest accommodation in the 47 well-appointed bedrooms (situated in two-purpose-built buildings a short walk from the Mansion House). View the stunning venue and meet some of their recommend suppliers. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, sample treats from their menu and experience a guided tour around Salomons Estate. Open from 10am – 2pm, entrance is free! Register your attendance by emailing email@example.com. salomons-estate.com
International Women’s Day, The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, Sun 8 March
Show your support for a more gender-equal world this International Women’s Day at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells! This FREE event aims to raise awareness, celebrate achievement and rally for change. There will be speakers, workshops, arts & crafts, live performances, poetry and plenty of fun. Stalls such as Friends of the Earth, Zero Waste Company, Nourish Community Foodbank, Oxfam Bookshop who will be selling books by women’s authors and Women’s Health who will be giving out information and advice from Aisling Burke, women’s health Physio. They’ll also be a knitting corner and Reflexology Mini Sessions from Olivia Gillmor, TW Reflexology. “Personalise Your Own Decoration” workshop from Made With Love, 2-3pm, booking is essential. PLUS an amazing raffle, the prizes include: free Yoga classes, £20 Gift Voucher for Delaney’s, Goupie chocolates, massage vouchers and more! For the full programme of events: facebook.com/events
Clam Shack returns, The Curious Eatery, Thurs 12 March
Calling all seafood lovers! If you love seafood then The Curious Eatery have the event just for you, the Clam Shack is back. Put on your bibs and get stuck in. Lots of scrumptious fresh seafood cooked to order and delivered in all its streaming aromas of the ocean to your table. Booking essential, this event books up so go go go! thecuriouseatery.co.uk
Meet The Brewers, Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham, 13 March
Due to popular demand, Meet The Brewers is back for the 6th 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. Why not make an evening of it and stay for dinner? There’s only a select few left! Soak up your beer samples with a selection of dishes made from the wonderful produce they have in-store by their talented kitchen team. Everyone attending will enjoy an exclusive offer of 12 for the price of 10, or 6 for the price of 5, across their full range of beer and cider. macknade.com
Fab at Fifty Day Retreat, Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat, Sat 14 March
As featured in the Evening StandardStede Court is an exclusive luxury fitness & wellbeing retreat, set in seven acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, near picturesque Biddenden. Run by Kathryn Freeland, pictured top right, who has over 20 years experience training private clients and celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Claudia Winkleman.
She’s teamed up with over 50s fashion stylist and blogger, Nikki Larsen-Disney (@Bluebelle66), pictured top left, to provide a unique day that’s tailored to women in this decade to offer an inspiring & rejuvenating day of fitness, food and fashion. This is a special day for you to recharge your batteries in a nurturing haven.
In the morning Kathryn will take you out into the beautiful grounds for a workout in the bespoke woodland area, which will be totally tailored to suit all fitness levels. And after a delicious lunch Nikki will run a fashion workshop designed to teach you how to update your wardrobe with confidence, with the new season in mind. Cost just £125 per person. To book your place or more information email Kathryn: firstname.lastname@example.org, stedecourtprivatefitnessretreat.co.uk
Ismini Philips Studios’ 1st Birthday, Tonbridge, Sat 14 March
Ismini Phillips Studios, the brand new sparkling Pilates studio in Tonbridge, is turning 1! It’s an incredibly friendly place that makes you feel welcome whatever your age or ability, we know as we’ve been along, read the Muddy review here. To celebrate they’re showcasing 4 new classes: Bootybarre, Yoga Flow, Pilates Plus and Awareness Through Movement, from 1 – 5:30 pm. The classes are just £10 for 1 or try two of the classes for £15. If you enjoy the classes, book into one of the sessions for a 10 week set and get 15% off! Celebrate in between classes with tea, coffee, cakes and even a free prize draw! Go on, try something new. All you need to do is email: email@example.com. isminiphillips.com
Boyzlife, The Marlowe Theatre, Sun 15 March
Boyzlife? Yes really! Westlife’s Brian McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy are now Boyzlife. Listen to some of their greatest hits, Flying Without Wings, You Raise Me Up, No Matter What and Love Me For A Reason and many more! Plus Muddy’s favourite Katie Kittermaster, is the supporting act and we think she’s fab. marlowetheatre.com
Dazzling Daffodils, Hever Castle, 16 – 22 March
Go on, get outside and feel uplifted during Hever Castle’s Dazzling Daffodils event! With over 14,000 new daffodil bulbs set to bloom across the gardens, it’ll be a sight you won’t want to miss. Hever Castle have joined with charity Marie Curie to support its Great Daffodil Appeal, collect a daffodil pin and find out more about the charity’s hard work. From Mon 16 to Fri 20 March, you will be able to join garden tours with bulb legend and RHS Gold medal winner Johnny Walkers and Hever Castle’s head gardener Neil Miller. After the tour listen to master grower Johnny Walkers give a free talk as he shares his encyclopedic knowledge of bulbs accrued over a lifetime growing daffodils. On Sat 21 and Sun 22 March Hever Castle’s gardeners will be giving a tour of the garden, plus you can always wander through the gardens at your own leisurely pace and take in the beauty of the daffodils with a self-led trail. hevercastle.co.uk
The Take That Experience, Assembly Hall Theatre, Fri 20 March
As Take That celebrate 30 years as the UK’s number one boy band, The Take That Experience mark over a decade together as the ultimate tribute act with their best show yet! The Take That Experience bring you all the classic songs you know and love from the 90s through to the present, including Pray, Relight My Fire, Patience, Shine, These Days and Giants! Yes and not forgetting “Robbie”, he’ll be performing Angels, Rock DJ and Candy! A night you’ll Never Forget… Grab the girlfriends and let’s go! assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, Historic Dockyard Chatham, 21 March – 14 June
This March, The Historic Dockyard Chatham will be hosting a major new temporary exhibition this March; Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed. Opening in the No.1 Smithery gallery this exhibition offers a ground-breaking insight into the history of British tattooing. Featuring over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts, it tells a story that challenges the most deeply-held myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing. Displaying the work of major tattoo artists, including George Burchett, via the Bristol Tattoo Club, Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy, the exhibition showcases the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK. Don’t miss The ‘100 Hands’ literally brings the art off the gallery wall to create a ‘sculptural map’ of British tattoo art today. The ‘100 Hands’, curated by Alice Snape of ‘Things and Ink’ magazine, is based around one hundred silicone arms, each tattooed with an original design by 100 of the leading tattoo artists working across the UK. Have access to the exhibition but also the rest of the Dockyard’s galleries and attractions – the ultimate day out! This includes: 3 Historic Warships to climb onboard (HMS Cavalier – the last surviving WWII destroyer, HMS Gannet – a Victorian Sloop and HM Submarine Ocelot – a cold war submarine). There’s also a chance to watch, learn and make rope in its traditional way in a 400-year-old Victorian Ropery. thedockyard.co.uk
Artisan Bread Making, Bore Place, Sat 21 March
Led by professional patisserie chef Joanna Owens from The Organic Cakery at Bore Place, this is an exciting chance to learn or improve your bread making! Using all organic and fair-trade ingredients, get to choose your flours and learn how bread structure is formed and how some ingredients can affect your bread making success. Make Farmhouse loaves, Brioche and Ciabatta – we’re salivating! Take home your creations along with recipes and knowledge about how you can do it at home. 10am-4pm. Book your tickets now! boreplace.org
Mother’s Day Pamper Afternoon, Samsara Yoga Retreat, Sat 21 March
For everything, she does for you why not treat your lovely mum to an afternoon at Samsara Yoga Retreat? Located deep in the Kentish countryside, it’s a magical and peaceful retreat. Enjoy a yoga class, mani-pedis, homemade cake with a glass of bubbles or tea and coffee and a relaxing meditation to finish the afternoon off. Just £49 pp or £90 for 2 of you. Book your tickets now: eventbrite.co.uk
Mother’s Day, Salomons Estate, Sat 21 – Sun 22 March
Show how much she’s loved and treat her to a three-course Sunday lunch served at the stunning Salomons Estate. The Head Chef has created a delicious menu, using the finest of British ingredients for you to enjoy with the whole family. Three delicious courses for £29.50 per person. After your lunch enjoy a walk around the 36 acres of beautiful grounds and woodland – dogs welcome too! Or why not celebrate early on Sat 21 and enjoy a Traditional Afternoon Tea? With a selection of sandwiches, delicious cakes and scones. Or upgrade and have the Prosecco Afternoon Tea for just £24.50 per person – we know what one we prefer! *hick* salomons-estate.com
Mother’s Day, Bottomless Brunch, Deal Pier Kitchen, Sun 22 March
This fab new eaterie at the end of Deal’s iconic pier is one of THE best spots to eat in town this spring/summer! Did we mention it comes with a seaside view? And what a better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with Bottomless Brunch? £30 for 2 courses or £35 for 3 courses with bottomless Prosecco, Belini’s or Bloody Mary’s. They usually host it Thurs-Sat but they’ve decided to do it exclusively for Mother’s Day, so treat your mum (or yourself?) and book yourself a spot. dealpierkitchen.com
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Eastwell Manor, Sun 22 March
Treat her! Take your mum (or book a table for yourself?) to Afternoon Tea at Eastwell Manor. Enjoy a selection of freshly cut mini sandwiches and savouries before tucking into warm scones with clotted cream and jam, finish off with sweet treats and what about a glass of Prosecco? £39.50 per person, plus free gift for mum. eastwellmanor.co.uk
Mother’s Day Weekend, Penshurst Place, Sun 22 March
A whole day of activities planned at Penshurst Place! Make your own lavender bags or potpourri to take home this Mothering Sunday and enjoy the scents of a Spring garden in your home. 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
Macaroons With Mum, Kent Cookery School, Sun 22 March
Last few places left! Treat mum and join her for a morning of baking these delightful patisseries, starting with a glass of bucks fizz.Visit this friendly, rural cookery school and learn how to create these beautiful and delicious French pattiserie items, but by the end of the session you will be a master of the macaron! On the course you will learn how to make the macaron paste, practice your piping skills and learn about the fillings. Course times: 10am-12.30pm and price is £125 for two people. kentcookeryschool.co.uk/cookery-courses
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Marlowe Theatre, Mon 23 – Sun 28 March
The smash-hit and critically acclaimed West End musical is coming to The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury this March! Jamie New is 16 and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in, supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. Starring West End star Layton Williams and EastEnders’ much-loved Shane Richie as Hugo/Loco Chanelle both reprising their roles from the critically acclaimed West End production. This brand-new funny and feel-good musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come. marlowetheatre.com
Vegetarian Celebration Dinner, The Dog, Wingham, Thurs 26 March
A friendly, stylish, foodie pub that scooped Best Food prize at the Great British Pub Awards last year! They’ve always got great events going on but only those who are lucky get in. Their next one is a Vegetarian Celebration Dinner – to celebrate the wonderful world of veg! Arrive at 7pm for a welcome drink and then settle down for dinner at 8pm. Goats cheese and truffle honey choux bun, duck egg yolk ravioli with wild mushroom, baby spinach and smoked foam, chickpea sweet potato and feta puff pie with barbecued aubergine and salted caramel tart with nougatine tuile and blood orange sorbet – just a taste of the menu! For £45pp, this one will sell out so get in quick! facebook.com/events
Big Dog Day Out, Bewl Water, Sat 28 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
Tapas nights, Bodiam Boating, Last Friday of the month
Don’t miss Lime Wharf Cafe’s hugely popular Tapas Nights. It’s a gorgeous, rustic licensed restaurant and their first Portuguese night had completely sold out with French in February which looked amazing. So don’t miss the Mexican night in March! Enjoy a welcome drink followed by small plates and desserts. Arrive at 7:30 pm for an 8pm start, £30pp. Did we mention there’s a cocktail bar too?! Book your place now! facebook.com/pg/limewharfcafe
A Monster Calls, Marlowe Theatre, Tues 31 March – Sat 4 April
The Olivier award-winning production is coming to The Marlowe Theatre on its first UK tour. Patrick Ness’ piercing novel, critically-acclaimed besteseller, A Monster Calls is brought vividly to life. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved. But now his mum is sick and not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears. A Monster Calls offers a dazzling insight into love, life and healing. Recommended for 10+ years. For a behind-the-scenes look at the product, read our review here. Book now! marlowetheatre.com
THEATRE: Time Machine, London Library, London, until 5 April
The Creation Theatre crew are heading to the Big Smoke! In this moving (literally) production, small audiences will be led through the vast London Library as Time Machine, which explores themes of neuroscience, big data, genomics and global connectedness, unfolds. Knowing Creation, it’s bound to be brilliant.
EXHIBITION: Herstory, Maddox Gallery, London, 2 – 24 Mar
To mark International Women’s Day, this new exhibition aims to redefine the conversation around women in art and raise awareness for brilliant female artists that champion women in their work. Artists exhibiting include Coco Davez, Sophia Tea and Lauren Baker.
EXHIBITION: Andy Warhol, Tate Modern, London, 12 Mar – 6 Sept
This major new exhibition chronicles the life and work of the pop art icon Andy Warhol and offers a rare insight into how Warhol and his work marked a period of cultural transformation. Images on display include his renowned pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, plus work never seen before in the UK, including the largest ever grouping of Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen series. A must see.
EXHIBITION: BMW Tate Live, Tate Modern, 20 – 29 Mar
For the fourth annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition, three artists are taking over Tate Modern’s Tanks (the gallery’s dedicated space for live exhibits). Each artist’s work will be themed around how history is held in the body and explore e questions about shared memory. Very Cool.