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MON 10 – SUN 16 JULY

MON 10 - SUN 16 JULY

The Lost World, Bedgebury Pinetum, Sat 15 July

Join the brilliant Illyria theatre company again (the ones that put on Danny The Champion of the World last summer) for more outdoor theatre frolics. This year it’s this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic (starts at 2.30pm) so expect lots of prehistoric thrills, monster laughs and life-size dinosaurs (apparently) all in the beautiful Bedgebury setting. A must for all mini intrepid explorers.

Summer Jousting Tournament, Hever Castle, July Sat 15 – Sun 16

Witness brave knights display spectacular jousting skills in an authentic arena – took my 8 year-old son last year to watch his first joust and he loved it. Each tournament begins with a procession from the Castle forecourt when Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn lead visitors across the grounds to the Jousting Arena complete with a Royal Box and professional compere.

Vicar’s Picnic, Yalding, Fri 14 – Sat 15 July

Glasgow indie-rock band the Fratellis will headline this year at Kent’s biggest little music festival, which launched for the first time last year. The triple platinum-selling band will headline the main stage on the Saturday night, following a Friday night appearance from Bruce Foxton and From the Jam. This is a great event, organised entirely by enthusiastic volunteers. The festival will be held on The Lees with two stages and a DJ tent, plus overnight camping for families.

Walled Garden Music Fest, Fri 14 – Sun 16 July

With music from ABC to Toploader and Howard Jones to Beverley Craven there’s some fairly well known names here at this picturesque venue set in within the 550 acre picturesque Brightling Park, East Sussex.

Wealden Literary Festival, Boldshaves Garden, Woodchurch, Nr Tenterden, 15 – 16 July

The Wealden Literary Festival is a celebration of the outdoors, the natural world and the earth beneath our feet and this is the second year for this two-day event. At heart, it is a chance to unearth some of the magic of the natural world and celebrate our relationship with place through literature, arts/crafts and food as well as practical courses, activities and workshops. The festival provides an opportunity to pause and explore the living world around us; a moment’s respite from the hustle and bustle of modern living – in the beautiful surroundings of Boldshaves Garden.

Eridge Horse Trials and Country Market, Sat 15 & Sun 16 July

Competitions range from Novice to Open and local riders will be going head-to-head with top international competitors, including the likes of olympian and former three times Badminton winner Pippa Funnell as well as many other names in the sport promising to set the scene for some great spectator action. Along side the superb range of over 50 Country Market exhibitors, food stalls and mini fun fair the event includes the new ‘Cars in the Park’, on the Saturday for the classic car enthusiast. Sunday offers the very popular ‘Dogs in the Park’ which will incorporate a fun dog show, dog agility, scurries and distraction alley. This year also sees falconry displays and terrier racing.

Movies Under The Stars, Tonbridge Castle, 16 July

There is something strange in the neighborhood…. It’s a huge pop up cinema at Tonbridge Castle showing a classic…  And this time it’s… Ghostbusters!

Cherry Fair, Brogdale Collections, 16 July

With over 400 varieties of Cherry in the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale this is the place if your nuts about fruit (or just like the fun and quirky). The Cherry Fair at Brogdale is packed with all possible forms of cherry entertainment – including a cherry pip spit challenges (niiiiice), the messy cherry pie eating competition, live music, local producers, craft demonstrations alongside yummy cooking demonstrations and special subject talks plus displays of cherries. Good wholesome fun.

Dogs Don’t do Ballet Theatrical Show, Groombridge Place, 16 July

Based on the award-winning children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, handcrafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog (obvs). Biff is not like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like peeing on lampposts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina! Good choice if you have little ones.

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