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MAY 2019

BOOK NOW: Bewl Water Aqua Park, Opening 25 May 2019

Excitng News! Bewl Water has announced the plans for a brand new Aqua Park which will be open from May 2019. The 3000sq meters of floating inflatable fun will consist of two trampolines, monkey bars, flippers, slides, hurdles, springboards, overhang climbing frame, giant iceberg… you get the idea. Kids must be aged eight + and be more than 1.2 metres tall (3.9 feet). There will also be special sessions for six and seven-year-olds. Youngsters aged from eight to 15 must have a responsible adult on the shore for the duration of the session. There’s also plenty of food and drink options courtesy of the Waterfront Café and Boat House Bistro on the water’s edge. Adjust swimsuit and summer-time fun, here we come.

Farm and Forage at The Small Holding, Kilndown, 1 May – 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. The day will start with coffee and homemade pastries before pulling on wellies for a walk around the farm to learn more about the 200 varieties of fruit and vegetables being grown on site for the restaurant. After feeding the pigs and chickens, guests will venture down the lane to the woods and fields to go foraging with Will to find what’s in season including wild garlic, blackberries, elderflower, cobnuts, mushrooms and wild strawberries.

On returning to The Small Holding, guests will be greeted with a glass of awarding-winning Squerryes’ English sparkling wine before being seated for a 5 course Half Acre tasting menu. 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

Wonder Women Tea, The Plough at Ivy Hatch, Thurs 2 May

Join Anna of Anna’s Family Kitchen and Francesca from Sevenoaks Mums for an inspiring morning fundraiser (10am – 12pm) for Mothers2Mothers – a charity which trains, employs and empowers mothers living with HIV to bring health and hope to other mothers, their families and communities.

Guest speakers are: Élise Daly of Wonderchup, a superhero food business who’s aim is to create the healthiest alternative condiments and Karen Porter of Body & Health by Design promoting individual physical and mental wellbeing. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some great local women and fundraise for an important cause, all whilst enjoying a bite to eat and a cuppa.

This event is FREE to attend but we will have a raffle with some great prizes and a donation tin so please dig deep and show your support.

The Black Deer Fest Warm Up, Tunbridge Wells’ Millennium Clock, Most Saturdays between 4 May – 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 schedule is: Sat 4 May, 11am – Shep! / 3pm – Niamh McSmith. Sat 11 May, 11am – The Breaks / 3pm – The Ackerley’s. Sat 18 May, 11am – Steffan James / 3pm – Sorrel Nation. Sat 25 May, 2pm – Laky / 3pm – Isabella Coulstock. 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.

Weald of Kent Country Craft Show, Penshurst Place, Sat 4 – Mon 6 May 

The Weald of Kent Country Craft Show returns for its 35th year this May! The three-day show will pitch its marquees in the beautiful grounds of Penshurst Place, creating a relaxed family day out. Think ‘festival vibe but without the mud’, this fun-packed family day is one of the most prestigious craft shows in the country. With over 150 exhibitors showcasing a range of exquisite items for the home and garden from beautifully crafted furniture to handmade clothing. Join in with  the workshops and heritage craft demonstrations. Enjoy the traditional fairground rides for the children and street food and drinks stalls in the gorgeous surroundings. Also live music performances from Steph Willis and Adam Isaac from ITV’s The Voice. We hope our competition winners enjoy their weekend at this amazing event!

Hever Festival, Sat 4 May – 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.

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave, Dreamland & Groombridge Place, Mon 6 & Sat 18 May  Award-winning family rave Big Fish Little Fish at this ‘Flower Power’ themed event on a dance floor complete with bubbles, balloons, confetti cannons and falling blossom. Have a Spring frolic at Dreamland, Margate on 6 May with legend DJ Mark Archer and an upfront selection of banging’ club classics OR make the outdoor ‘Myth & Magic’ themed family rave at Groombridge Place with old skool DJ legends 2 Bad Mice on 18 May. Child craft expert, Captain Cookie, will be helping the kids getting craft with a giant colouring in mural, free transfer tattoos and a homemade play-doh table. Fancy dress encouraged! For Groombridge Place: and for Dreamland:

Supper Club at the Raspberry Room, Thurs 9 May

This gorgeous new tea room is bringing a bit of glamour, a splash of colour and a taste-buds treat to the ‘burbs. So having heard great things Muddy hot-footed it along to Raspberry Room faster than you can say Champagne & Rose Waffles with a Pink Velvet Latte on the side to review, which you can read here. They also run supper clubs and the next one starts at at 7:30 pm til late. You’ll be given a signature cocktail on arrival, followed by Potted Crab with Brown Shrimp served with Toasted Raspberry Room Bread and a 12 hour confit spiced duck leg with Rhubarb. Salivating, much? It’s £39.95 per person with veggie options as well. Supper club details here.

Celebration of Spring Supper Club, The Curious Eatery, Thurs 9 May 

The Curious Eatery is a brilliant little restaurant set up in what was a disused pub in Boughton Monchelsea. Chef, Nicole ‘Pixie’ Parry, has spent time cooking on luxury yachts, and her clients included celebrities (rumour has it Madonna). She prepares all the food here herself and you can see her in the kitchen as she works. The Curious Eatery’s secret supper clubs always sell-out very fast and for good reason! This May their looking forward to Spring and will be celebrating all the culinary delights this season has to offer us. Tickets are £55 for a 5-course tasking menu. Call them up to book your spot: 01622 299359.

Art Exhibition: A Sense of Place, Marlborough House School, Thurs 9 – Weds 15 May

Marlborough House School will host their annual art exhibition starting on the 9 May. Bringing together emerging as well as established artists, the exhibition entitled ‘A Sense of Place’ is a beautifully curated collection of work by acclaimed local artists, talented members of staff and their own pupils. The ‘Sense of Place’ exhibition is the brainchild of our Head of Art, Sue Fields who not only designs a broad and challenging art curriculum for the school, but is also a professional, practising artist in her own right. Mrs Fields has assembled a high profile roster of highly acclaimed local artists; from potters to pewtersmiths, silversmiths to sculptors and seductive watercolourists to vibrant oils painters. Purchase work both from the professional artists as well as from a collaborative piece created by Marlborough House School pupils. Proceeds from the sale will go towards funding a practical art workshop later in the summer for children. To book your viewing slot:

Macbeth, The Marlowe Theatre, Fri 10 May 

For one night only, English Touring Opera’s new production of Verdi’s stunning interpretation of Shakespeare is at The Marlowe Theatre. Follow Verdi’s Macbeth in a blood-soaked journey to the throne and watch a guilt-ridden Lady Macbeth descend into the depths of despair in English Touring Opera’s new production. Starring Grant Doyle (Macbeth) and Madeleine Pierard (Lady Macbeth) in Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play. Starting at 7:30 pm, book your tickets here: 

The Lost Gardens Supper Club, hosted by Bangers&Balls, Faversham, Fri 10 May – Sat 13 July

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! 

The Little Welly, St Clere Estate, Sevenoaks, Sat 11 & Sun 12 May 

The Little Welly Goes Wild experience is all about getting kids outdoors to run, jump, climb and of course get muddy! Their events give children and their families new and exciting challenges and some quality time together outdoors. The course is a 3km hop, skip, jump and dash through 30 challenges, taking in streams, trails, mud and woodland. Oh, and did I mention it’s the biggest obstacle course for kids in the UK? If that doesn’t tire out the little blighters, what will? Then there’s the accompanying festival with – deep breath – kart racing, rope climbing, circus skills workshops, live music, helter-skelter, laser tag, climbing wall, pony rides and loads of family activities. Along with live entertainment and great food and drink in the Festival Village. Book your tickets here: 

Open Day at Apotheca, Faversham, Sun 12 May 

Heard of Apotheca? It’s a stunningly Instagrammable and thoroughly useful apothecary in Faversham which not only offers natural remedies and beauty products but is also a destination for yoga/pilates classes and therapeutic treatments – such a hidden gem! Well if you want to see for yourself – and make the most of discounted prices – go along to meet the therapists, try new products, taste their teas, buy in their flash sale (10% and 15% of discount) in the shop or try some yoga. You’ll need to book in advance any of our Taster treatments, £10 | 20 min. 10am – 5pm. Please call to the shop on 01795 227 423 to arrange your appointment for this day.

Ali Smith with Sevenoaks Bookshop, Pamela Hall, The Space, Sevenoaks School, Tues 14 May 

The bestselling author of Autumn, Winter and the Baileys prize-winning How To Be Both will be conversation about Spring. Starting at 7:30 pm at Pamoja Hall, The Space at Sevenoaks School. Tickets are only £10 or for a ticket and a signed copy of Spring, they’re £22.

Free Treatments at Canterbury Cosmedics Open Day, Tues 14 May

Canterbury Cosmedics, located in Spring Gardens Clinic in Canterbury, will be hosting an Open Day on 14 May (1.30 – 6.30pm) with mini taster sessions throughout the day, including the CACI facial – heralded as the non-surgical facelift (sign us up now!) as well as Dermalogica reps offering free advice and treatments plus skin resurfacing demos. There will also be free patch tests for Lumenis M22 laser for hair removal, vascular treatments and skin damage from the sun (normally £50) plus free skin mapping by Dermalogica. Tickets for £5 which is redeemable against any purchase on the day. Spaces are limited for all treatments so early booking is advised. Call 01227 761000 or email to book your spot. Race you there…

The Bodyguard, Marlowe Theatre, Tues 14 – Sat 25 May

The international, award-winning smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard is back! Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out UK Tour, three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke returns to the role of Rachel Marron (evening performances only). Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love. Just the last few tickets remaining!

Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show, Crossways in Sissinghurst, Thurs May 16

Breast Cancer Care Kent raises money to help everyone affected by breast cancer in Kent and following the charities’ success of raising £100,000 last year, they’ll need another £100,00 to purchase a biopsy machine from the U.S which will enable guided biopsies which normally can’t be seen on a mammogram of ultrasound. Their models taking part in the fashion show have been directly touched by breast cancer, ranging in ages from 28-80. The fashion show is being held within a beautiful private home which was donated by Andy and Sally Littlestone and Gemma from Odly a fashion boutique in Cranbrook will be supplying the clothes. After the fashion show, they’ll be an auction which is made up of experiences that ‘money can’t buy’. The charity is hoping they’ll reach their target of £20,000 on the night, so bring your wallets and enjoy an evening of drinks, canapés and dancing! At 7pm at Crossways, Sissinghurst, £25 per head. RSVP to 

Wine Tasting Night, Galapagos, Cousley Wood, Thurs 16 May 

Head to Galapagos at The Old Vine’s for their 2nd ever wine tasting tour! Taste a selection of wines from around Spain whilst enjoying a selection of South American dishes specially selected to accompany the wines. Tickets are only £30 pp and are very limited, so get booking:

SPN’s First Birthday, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 17 March

Tunbridge Well’s fitness boutique turns one! SPN (Soul, Power & Nutrition) sits on Camden Road in Tunbridge Wells and from 8am – 11pm, you can enjoy classes for just £10 or buy an all-day pass (£50) for the rave, 2 classes, 2 workshops and a free smoothie at SPN. Or go just to the rave from 8:30 pm, to book in, email: and they’ll add you to the guest list.

Pop-Up Sale, Marlborough House School, Fri 17 May 

Past or present Marlborough House School parents and local sellers are coming together to on 17 May to do a pop-up sale and coffee morning! In the Hopkins Hall at Marlborough House School. Some of Muddy’s favourite brands like Bricks & Stitches and Rikkeline will be there! And better yet, 10% of all the proceeds will be donated to MHS chosen House charities which are The Big Cat’s Sanctuary and Kent Association for the Blind.

Tenterden Food and Drink Festival, Fri 17 – Sun 19 May

Returning for its third year after a successful launch in 2017, this festival will bring a regional, national and international showcase of food and drink products together, along with a programme of live music, plus Children’s entertainment of rides and storytelling. Just in time for that slightly warmer sunny days in late spring/early summer. Take home Bessborough farm’s fresh fruit, jam chutneys, crumbles, and takeaway afternoon tea; or try The Cooking Box Ltds’ burgers, The Cosy Eskimo’s Thai frozen rolled ice cream, and much much more! Have a gander at the food delights for this year’s festival here

Wet Wet Wet, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Sat 18 May

Wet Wet Wet are back on tour, cracking open the great 80s anthems (although this time without Marti Pellow)  Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham, Neil Mitchell and Kevin Simm. Kevin will lead on vocals to replace Marti – you’ll remember Kevin as a member of Liberty X, and he later won The Voice UK as a solo act in 2016. The band are one of the most successful groups in British pop history with an amazing back catalogue of songs including three No.1’s – Help From My Friends; Goodnight Girl; and Love Is All Around. They have sold over 15 million records to date and played to more than four million people around the world.

Wild West Party, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 18 May

Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls, it’s Wild West Party Time! At Woods Bar on The Pantiles enjoy dancing/drinking and socialising with friends-old and new! All set to the sounds of DJ Ice Cool. Tickets are only £20 pp, you have to book in advance and there is a dress code! Denim/stetsons/cowboy boots/saloon outfits only. Book now:

Ultimate Italian Spring Menu Evening Workshops for Adults, Kent College, Thurs 23 May 

Make the most of spring by cooking up a feast with the best seasonal ingredients Italy has to offer! Using Kent College’s newly refurbished Food Technology kitchens, Leiths Cookery School instructors will show you how the Italians harness the fresh flavours of spring to create an amazing spread of
dishes that you will want to cook throughout the season. Leiths Cookery School was founded by Prue Leith, one of the UK’s best known chefs and judge on
the Great British Bake Off. Leiths is considered to be one of the best cookery schools in the world. Kent College is proud to be one of the select number of schools in the country to work alongside Leiths. Limited spaces available! To book: 
The Jazz Tasting Experience, The Ambrette, Canterbury, Thurs 23 May 
Enjoy a six course meal where every course is matched to a piece of Classical Jazz at the award-winning The Ambrette in Canterbury, two of their other dates have sold out so make sure you get in there quick! Named ‘The Ambrette Jazz tasting menu’ as it explores the concept of ‘eating through the ears’, it’ll be an evening that you’ve never experienced before. Just £29.99 per person. For more info on the menu and if you want to book your spot, follow the link:

A Talk with Robin Hansbury-Tenison & A Pop-Up Supper with Chris Larman, Goodnestone Park, Thurs 23 May 

Lots going on at Goodnestone Park this May! Goodnestone Park is a stunning, privately owned stately home and garden near Canterbury. Don’t miss Chris Larman’s Flavours of Africa Supper Club held in The Old Dairy. Beginning at 7:30 pm, expect a 3 course meal with harissa marinated chicken, beef and lamb meatballs baked in tahini, couscous with dried apricot and toasted almonds and warm lime, pistachio cake with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Tickets are just £20 each. And Robin Hanbury-Tenison, explorer and writer, was one of the small groups who founded Survival International exactly 50 years ago. Survival has grown into a global movement that campaigns for the rights of indigenous tribal people and uncontested peoples, giving them a platform to speak to the world. Don’t miss the chance to meet him, the talk will begin at 5pm and tickets are £12. 

Fri 24 May – Fri 28 June, Rib Ticklers Comedy Club, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
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*.

The Calypso Kitchen & Aimee Cooper Presents: The Secret Caribbean Supper Club, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 25 May 

The Calypso Kitchen together with Aimee Cooper is hosting a Secret Caribbean Supper this May which will be held at an exclusive venue in Tunbridge Wells. Aurora started The Calypso Kitchen from her kitchen, originally from Trinidad and she moved to the UK 15 years ago. On the night, there would be a medley of dishes from a couple of Caribbean islands with lots of flavour and spice and an acceptable amount of heat. The evening begins at 7pm with a welcome drink and canapés followed by the first course served around 7.30pm. Don‘t forget to BYOB. Glasses and water would be provided for each table. The evening finishes at 10pm, dancing after supper is optional! Why is it called a secret supper? The location and menu remain a secret until nearer the event.  

Houdini’s Magic Bar 3rd Birthday! Broadstairs, Sat 25 May

Houdini’s are turning 3 years old! Starting at 6pm (strictly for over 18s, free entry) enjoy live magic with award-winning magician Phil Tilston, have a cocktail or three and celebrate in Musicals style. Need more reason to go? There’ll definitely be cake! 

Tonbridge Food & Drink Festival, Sat 25 & Sun 26 May

Try, taste and buy from more than 70 stallholders selling a delicious range of food and drink produced in and around Kent and from across the globe. There’s lots of fun activities planned to entertain the whole family including a programme of cooking demonstrations from local chefs, food producers and local food writers, the Great Tonbridge Cafe Off and there’ll be over 30 brews over by the Beer & Cider Festival, perfect chance to try out something new. Open 11am – 6pm, free entry. Go and try out this fun-packed, tasty foodie weekend! 

Chelsea Flower Show themed Afternoon Tea, Raspberry Room, Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 

Inspired by the famous flower show, the Raspberry Room Team are putting together a Chelsea Flower Show themed tea available this May. Capturing the essence of spring and to celebrate the vitality of the world’s greatest gardens, delicacies will include sweet and savoury delights confettied with flowers. Guest will indulge in small parcels of smoked salmon carefully wrapped to resemble swelling roses; egg mayonnaise filling encased in petal-shaped pastries and indigo macaroons with chocolate-lipped smiles and little purple flowers for hats. Priced at £26.95 per person, two sittings will be available 12-2pm and 3-5pm. Pre-booking is essential, telephone 01959 928753 to reserve a table.

Ellie’s Mini Marathon, in support of ellenor, Gravesend, Sun 26 May 

ellenor’s mascot Ellie is calling children aged 5 – 16 years old to take to the tracks at the cyclopark in Gravesend for the best children’s Fun Run in town. On Sun 26 May, your kids can walk, jog or run the. 2.62km route. Registration is £7.50 per child and they’ll receive a medal and certificate. Ellie’s mini marathon is a fun-filled challenge for local childrens, with their friends and family supporting them as they run in support of hospice care. If you’d like to join in, here’s more details:

Dumbo, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 27 & Sun 28 May 

Dumbo can fly! Don’t miss this brand new Disney film showing at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, escape the crowds and relax at the bar. Take the kids or go with your girlfriends – c’mon, how cute does he look? 

Summer Cooking Course, Kent College Pembury, Weds 29 May

Using Kent College’s newly refurbished Food Technology kitchens, this class will help children create sweet and savoury summer treats. Students will learn a whole host of invaluable cooking skills which can be transferred to the kitchen at home. This is a hands-on, fun and informative experience and will involve making delicious treats such as quiche, summer salad, pavolva and lemon curd ice cream. Suitable for girls and boys in Years 7, 8 and 9. Limited spaces available! The course is £75 for all the ingredients, a take-home recipe folder and a box of homemade goodies. Email to book:

Horrible Histories, The Marlowe Theatre, 30 May – 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:



DON’T MISS: 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!

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).

Neverland by Leefest, Hever, Thurs 1 – Sun 4 Aug 

‘A perfect, unpretentious party vibe’. Neverworld is a chance to just party – and kids and parents are both welcome. From The Beach to The Wendy House, Neverworld is filled with fun for children and adults alike. Whether you’re four, 14 or 40, dress up in your tribal costume, explore our three realms, dance to new music, meet new people and take part in the fab new programme of daytime activities, all in the surrounds of the beautiful Kent countryside. This year Craig David presents The Vaccines, Mystery Jets, Professor Green, Tom Grennan and many more. 



Beasts of London Exhibition, Museum of London, Fri 5 May – Sun 5 Jan 

This looks amazing- a fully immersive, digital installation (see above for a sneak preview) exploring the role animals have played in the shaping of London, from the Roman era all they way up to present day. The interactive show uses video projection mapping to bring the beasts, from rats to lions, to life as they narrate a virtual tour of London. There are some major British celebs involved too, with Kate Moss, Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris and more voicing the beasts.


Must-see exhibitions in the big smoke this month include the V&A‘s retrospective of iconic 1960s designer and the mother of  miniskirts, Mary Quant– over 200 garments, accessories and exclusive unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive (until Sun 16 Feb 2020); also at the V&A is this year’s biggie, the largest House of Dior collection ever staged in the UK, which traces the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him (until Sun 1 Sept). It is sold out but there are a few first-come, first served tickets available from 10am from the Grand Entrance – it’s well worth trying your luck. Or you can see the exhibition by purchasing a membership for the V&A. Also worth checking out is the major Van Gogh show at Tate Britain, with over 45 works, including Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery. There’ll also be work by British artist who were influenced by Van Gogh’s work including Francis Bacon and David Bomberg (until Sun 11 Aug).


St James’s Church Garden by Alistair Ramage

In need of some home inspo? Grand Designs Live pitches up at London’s ExCeL (Sat 4 – Sun 12) with loads of exhibitors, product launches and expert advice on how to pimp your pad whether you’re planning a self-build, renovation or are adding the finishing touches. Kevin McCloud will be on hand for a natter, too – let’s hope he’s in a good mood. Or there’s Clerkenwell Design Week (I’ve been a few times, it’s well worth the trip), home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. It’s the 10th annual festival which attracts some of the best of designers in the world, including a huge range of homegrown talent (Tue 21 – Thurs 23). Finally, feeling crafty? London Craft Week (Wed 8 – Sun 12) showcases exceptional craftsmanship in London with a programme of workshops by both unknown makers and celebrated masters held in famous studios, galleries and shops. This year London’s hippest new hangout Coal Drops Yard is getting involved for the first time with loads of cool workshops and installations.

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