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MARCH 2018

Crimes Under The Sun, Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone, 1 Mar

A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but are they alone and is this the first crime this idyllic island has witnessed? Award-winning theatre company New Old Friends present this comedy thriller. The show features four actors playing multiple outrageous characters, and a plot that romps along in the company’s trademark inventive style.

Hazlitt Theatre

Tiddler and other terrific tales, The Orchard Theatre, 1 – 3 Mar

Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze.  Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed!

Orchard Theatre

Great British Spring Clean, Howletts Animal Park, 2 – 4 Mar

Take part in fun activities including a recycling game and have a go at our quiz, to discover how you can reduce your plastic usage as part of this nationwide initiative to clean up our spaces. Alongside our free activities, we’ll also be holding our popular animal talks, where you can learn more about our gorillas and elephants too.

Aspinall Foundation

Swan Lake, Marlowe Theatre, 5 – 7 Mar

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

Marlowe Theatre

World’s Biggest Pub Quiz, The Kings Head, Wye, 7 Mar

Join The Kings Head and crew in unison with other clubs and bars across the UK for the third annual world’s biggest pub quiz, and help raise money for prostate cancer UK and Ashford animal rescue.

The Below Stairs Tour – A Servants Life, Leeds Castle, 8 Mar

The discreet running of a large household in the 1930s took military precision. Visit restricted areas below stairs to learn how the Castle servants made this seem effortless.

Leeds Castle

Vintage Fashion and Furniture Market, Dreamland, 10 Mar

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair and the Vintage Furniture Flea are bringing their first EVER vintage fashion and furniture market to the Hall By The Sea, Dreamland on Saturday 10th March. You’ll find over 40 traders from around the country selling the finest vintage fashion from 1940s onwards PLUS a selection of fantastic vintage furniture and homewares – all under one roof… (£2 on the door, under 12s go free).


Bach’s Mass in B minor, Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks School, Sat 10 Mar

Local chamber choir, Temenos, is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a performance of one Bach’s glorious Mass in B minor. They will be joined by superb baroque instrumentalists and professional soloists. A glorious evening of calm and culture.

BMCRC Club Bike Championships, Brands Hatch, 10 – 11 Mar

The British Motorcycle Racing Club is one of the best supported bike racing organisations in the country, usually attracting massive entries. Expect a packed timetable of races and the paddock will also be open to allow spectators to come in and sample the same atmosphere as the teams and riders as well as get a closer look at race machines in preparation.


Fabulous? Absolutely!, Port Lympne, 10 Mar

You’re invited to join us at Port Lympne Hotel for an absolutely fabulous evening of entertainment alongside a delicious three course dinner.  Prepare for a hilarious night as actors bring the popular Ab Fab Characters, Patsy, Eddie and Saffy to life with unforgettable appearances throughout the evening.

The Aspinall Foundation

Campfire Marshmallows and Welly Fitness Walks, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, from 16 Mar

This beautiful boutique garden and café is open again for the season. Visit on Sat 17– Sun 18 Mar and gather around the campfire to toast and devour the ultimate marshmallow. Or wait until the week when the mudlets are back at school and try one of the weekly Welly Fitness Walks (check website for dates). Explore the fabulous hills around Riverhill at a breathtaking pace – walkers meet in Riverhill car park & finish in the café – cake anyone? (Dogs Welcome. Adults only. No charge.)

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun?, Marlowe Theatre, 16 Mar

BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is back after a summer narrating smash hit Love Island (ITV2) and now you can see his actual face on his brand new tour!

Marlowe Theatre

Silent Disco, Fego, Sevenoaks, Sat 17 Mar

Got plans for St Patrick’s Day? Well you do now! Silent Disco is the dance party you never knew you always wanted! Chuckle while you dance in virtual silence while wearing LED-lit wireless headsets. Everyone will get a pair of 3 channel headsets each with a different coloured LED light so you can see what your friends are dancing to, and if you want to chat and grab a drink, just take off your headphones and the room will be silent – except for the toe tapping and out of tune singing! If you’ve never been to one before, you’ve got to try it! Tickets are £10 & can be booked in-store or by calling 01732 464640.

Bugs & Grubs, Kent Life, 17 – 18 Mar

Get your wellies on and join the bug hunter for a weekend of creepy crawly fun. You can visit their creepy critter cuddle corner, chat to their beekeeper or spend time making a mini-beast house to take home. Meet animals in the farmyard, stroll through the Vintage Village, visit the Oast and Kentish gardens before relaxing with homemade cakes. Children will enjoy play areas, bouncy castle, tractor rides and more.

Kent Life

Elizabeth I & the Armada: Ready the Battle Stations!, Penshurst Place, 17 Mar – 18 Mar

Walk through the house and be transported back to the 16th century, as the staff of the time welcome you to see and learn all about battle preparations and their plans to defend Penshurst Place! This is a live-action event not to be missed!

Penshurst Place

Wedding Fair, Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge, Sun 18 Mar

Fancy getting hitched where Dermot O’Leary wed long-term girlfriend, film producer Dee? Even better, the whole venue can be exclusively yours! Go along to this FREE wedding fair and see the Castle at its very best, styled by a curated selection of industry experts. Chat to the experts, enjoy music and live performances as you explore fresh ideas; sample delicious treats and enjoy a glass of local beer or bubbles. Complimentary entry and plenty of free parking (11am – 3pm).

Legally Blonde, The Marlowe Theatre, Mon 19 – Sat 24 Mar

Muddy founder, Hero Brown, told me she took her daughter to see Legally Blonde last year and they both hooted their way through it, it was much funnier than she thought it would be. The current show has a celeb cast  – Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders)  Lucie Jones (Eurovision UK representative 2017) and the delicious Bill Ward (James Barton in Emmerdale, Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street) as Professor Callahan. Read the Muddy review here. Grab a group of girlies and go have a giggle.

Dazzling Daffodils, Hever Castle, 21 – 25 Mar

With 14,000 new daffodil bulbs set to bloom across the gardens (with a bit of luck, once the snow has gone!) there will be a wide range of varieties to enjoy. The brand new daffodil event will throw the spotlight on the narcissus family and showcase the new and the best in daffodils. Master grower Johnny Walkers of Walkers Bulbs, and winner of 35 RHS gold medals will be onsite giving free talks and tours and will be sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of bulbs accrued over a lifetime growing daffodils.

Easter & Summer Flower arranging workshops, Sue Davies Flowers, Sutton Valence, Thurs 22 & Mon 26 Mar

All workshops are fun and informal and open to all – whether you’re a complete beginner or have done flowers before. Working out of The Old Butcher’s Shop in Sutton Valence, Sue is one of my fave Kent florists and I love that for the first time she is also offering artificial flower workshop dates as well (I can kill a posy with one glance). What’s more, the fresh flower workshops will be based around flowers and foliage that can be gathered from gardens and hedgerows plus a few extra ‘buys’ – so very practical. Very limited places so book it up fast.

Powerful Tides exhibition, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, 23 Mar

This month sees the launch of an exhibition celebrating The Dockyard’s 400th anniversary! This Kent attraction is definitely worth a visit – my son in particular loved it – and there’s extra stuff going on to mark the special anniversary which will appeal as much to us adults too. 400 years through art are explored with the gallery displaying paintings on what The Dockyard used to look like, from industrial scenes, to romantic and community scenes. The gallery also includes loans from the Tate Modern, Turner Contemporary as well as artwork featuring Tracey Emin.

Harriet – Live in concert, Pizza Express Music Rooms, Maidstone, 24 Mar

A talented British singer/songwriter, garnering ever-increasing international media acclaim, presents her highly anticipated debut album ‘Harriet’. With her voice frequently compared to that of the late iconic Karen Carpenter, Harriet has been strongly championed by the likes of Graham Norton, Ken Bruce and Paul O’Grady at Radio 2; as well as Magic FM’s Denise Van Outen.

Pizza Express Live

Astronomy Evening, Bore Place, Friday 23 March

Join the Edenbridge and District Astronomers for an evening looking at the night sky. Fingers crossed for a clear night so you can look through powerful telescopes to see the Moon and seek out dark sky objects. The team will talk you through the observations and give hints and tips about other key astronomical objects or events you can look out for over the coming months.

Bore Place

Entrepreneur Event Tunbridge Wells, Scallywag Café, Tunbridge Wells, 28 Mar

Growing your business? Got a brilliant idea you want to get off the ground? This is a workshop style event to show you how you can become a ‘Key Person of Influence’ (KPI) in a sector that you love. This event is open to all aspiring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, changemakers, business owners, coaches, trainers, consultants, thought-leaders, experienced entrepreneurs and anyone else who has the desire to make a positive impact on the world.

Circus Fun at Easter, 30 Mar to 2 Apr

Prepare to be amazed this Easter holiday as ‘Tarzanna’ presents a playful outdoor aerial theatre show, where the performers literally climb, jump and swing through the air before your eyes. A fun filled show for the whole family where children can learn circus skills throughout the day, including the trapeze and tightrope!

The Easter Break & The Feverishly Fickle Friend, Penshurst Place,  30 Mar – 15 Apr

The Easter Rabbit’s best springtime friend is hiding in the garden but he won’t tell us who it is… Find our giant Easter eggs and use your knowledge of some of Britain’s most-loved woodland mammals to reveal the clues to help us uncover their identity!

Penshurst Place

International Garden Photographer of the Year, Sissinghurst Castle, 17 Feb – 13 April

Sissinghurst Castle Garden will play host to some of the best garden, plant and landscape photography from amateur and professional photographers across the globe. From portrait to panorama, from the quirky and amusing, to the outright wondrous, these photographs reflect the everlasting appeal of the garden and vividly showcase images of a green planet. Categories include the Beauty of Plants, Wildlife in the Garden and Wildflower Landscapes among others.

Sissinghurst Castle

Big Fish Little Fish X Camp Bestival Family Rave, Dreamland, Margate, 31 Mar

Join in once again with the award winning, world famous Big Fish Little Fish family ravers and their mates Camp Bestival bring rave legends to the decks, overlooking a dancefloor filled with bubbles, balloons, glitter and topped by the parachute dance! And if the little ones need a time out, there’s craft corner, or the baby chill out and toddler play space provides breakaway areas with tents, tunnels, foam mats and a ball pool. With lashings of Camp Bestival’s magic and mayhem, you’d be mad to miss out!


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