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MON 10 - SUN 16 JUNE 2019

Squerryes’ Tapas on the Terrace, Westerham, NOW Until Aug

Book now for Squerryes Estate winery’s hugely popular ‘Seafood Tapas On The Terrace’ sessions. Relax on the terrace with breathtaking views of the vineyard and enjoy Squerryes’ champion wines and a tapas lunch by acclaimed Kent chefs David Maraud and Christopher Reeves. Then be invited on a tour of the vines and tuck into a desert of Ightam strawberries, sorbet, Squerryes bubbles and Elderflower panna cotta. On now til the end of August, open every Saturday midday to 6pm throughout the summer months. To book, call 01959 562345. squerryes.co.uk

Rose Month, Smallhythe Place, Sat 1 – Sun 23 June 

Smallhythe Place is a haven for over 120 rose plants and 60 unique varieties and this June they celebrate rose month with garden tours, new displays and talks from the Head Gardeners of Sissinghurst Castle Garden and Smallhythe Place. On 6 & 14 June from 12 noon, go for a guided tour around the gardens with Head Gardener, Maxine Clement. Learn about our different varieties of roses, their history and top tips for growing your own. On 20 June, 2-3pm, Assistant Head Gardener of Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Guy Pullen will be demonstrating and discussing rose care. And finally, enjoy a talk and cream tea with Head Gardener of Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Troy Scott Smith at The Barn Theatre on 20 June, 2-3pm. As Troy talks all things roses, from rose care and pruning, to planting and companion planting, followed by an afternoon tea in the Tea Room (tickets are £15). For more information about Rose Month head to: nationaltrust.org.uk

Folking in the Strawberries, Stonepitts Farm, Thurs 13, 20 & 27 June

Don’t miss this series of memorable nights in the Strawberry fields at Stonepitts Farm in Sevenoaks. Featuring an amazing selection of some of our favourite local and touring artists, The Orange Circus, Paul Dunton Orchestra, Jamie Rodden, Hannah Richards – just to name a few! Starting at 6pm til 9pm. No booking needed, £10 per car and don’t forget your blanket… facebook.com

Foals, Bedgebury Pinetum, Fri 14 June

Foals is coming to Bedgebury this June as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission and we can’t wait! They will be joined by special guests Yak and Kiev. Tickets are still available! forestryengland.uk

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). dreamland.co.uk

Open Studio, Fosbery Studio, Folkestone, Fri 14 – Sun 16 June

Your Best Interior Stores Finalist from this year’s Muddy Awards, Fosbery Studio in Folkestone are giving you the chance to see all the behind-the-scenes action. As part of the Creative Foundation in Folkestone’s Open Quarter, the studio will be open all weekend starting from Fri 14 June, 10 am – 4pm. Come along to see their latest products and see how they design, produce and photograph all of their lights from their studio. An excellent chance to see how this decorative lighting brand operates! fosberystudio.co.uk 

The Black Deer Fest Warm Up, Tunbridge Wells’ Millennium Clock, Sat 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 remaining schedule is: Sat 15 June, 11am – Anne Howie / 3pm – Sean de Burca. blackdeerfestival.com

Maths Workshop, Kent College Pembury, Sat 15 June

Maths really is everywhere and is an important part of learning for all children in the early years so join Kent College Pembury for a FREE fun filled morning that will focus on understanding how children learn to engage with maths and strategies to help your child at home. Activities provided for boys and girls aged 0-5. Older siblings also welcome. To book: kent-college.co.uk 

Father’s Day Brewery Tour & Tasting, Cellar Head Brewery, Sat 15 June

The perfect present! A tour of the brewery with head brewer, Dave Berry, who will talk you through the brewing process and introduce you to some of the malt and hops Cellar Head use along with a tutored tasting of some of our current beers. “Dad” will receive a 3 bottle gift pack to takeaway as well as a 10% discount off purchases at the brewery shop on the day (not including bar products). Tickets are £15 pp! cellarheadbrewing.com 

Jimmy Carr, Assembly Hall Theatre, Sat 15 June

One of the best-loved comedians in the world, Jimmy Carr is bringing his brand-new tour for 2019 and 2020, Terribly Funny to The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on 15 June. Jimmy Carr has been a comedian for over a decade and a half. He’s performed 10 sell-out tours, playing over 2,500 shows to more than 2 and a half million people. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’, been nominated for the Perrier Award and in 2016 became the first UK comedian to record a special for US streaming behemoth Netflix. There’s a couple of tickets left for the 10pm performance, go go go! assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Father’s Day Supercar Weekend at Hever Castle, Sat 15 & Sun 16 June

Classic cars in a stunning location with a myriad of food options to boot – the perfect way to thank dad this Father’s Day is at Hever Castle & Gardens. There will be supercars on display as well as fun activities for your kids. This two-day event is supported by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britainwith a stunning selection of Alfa Romeos on display on the Saturday and fabulous Ferraris on the Sunday. As well as the Alfa Romeos and Ferraris two rare Lancias, a Lancia Fulvia 1600 and Lancia Integrale will also be on display as well as bikes and a car driven by world famous F1 champion, the late Sir John Surteeshevercastle.co.uk

FURTHER AFIELD…

NEW EXHIBITION: Manolo Blahnik, The Wallace Collection, London, Mon 10 Jun – Sun 1 Sept

This new exhibit contrasts paintings, sculpture and ornate furniture from the Rococo art movement with Spanish fashion designer Manolo Blahnik’s designs. The intimate collection has been curated by Blahnik himself and features items from his private archives and these gorgeous candy pink shoes designed for Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film, Marie Antoinette. There are also a few accompanying talks, Fashion or Art?, Fashion and Power, The Collector, The Interior World, but if you want to go get a ticket quick as they’re selling out fast. This exhibit is free. wallacecollection.org

SCREENING: The Royal Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet, various locations, London, Tues 11 Jun

The Royal Opera House in collaboration with BP Screens are hosting a few screenings around London this summer- a great way to make the arts more accessible, without a beefy price tag. This week you can see the Bard’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet at Trafalgar Square, Television Centre in White City, Arena Square Wembley Park and General Gordon Square, Woolwich. roh.org.uk

FESTIVALS

If you’re heading for the Big Smoke, there’s tons to do all summer between London and Tower Bridge with the largest outdoor festival in the capital, Summer by the River (until 28 Aug). Outdoor cinema including a live screening of Royal Ballet’s Romeo + Juliet (11 Jun) as well as concerts, workshops, comedy and quizzes. You can scoff and drink to your heart’s content from the obligatory artisan stalls and then join in one of the fitness events to assuage the self-loathing. Or if you’re heading to Covent Garden, it’s your last chance to check out Covent Garden in Bloom (until Sat 15 Jun), with floral artists Fleurs de Villes returning Covent Garden to its roots as the original (or OG, as the kids say) flower market in London. All the retailers and restaurants muck in with botanical window displays, it’s super pretty.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Must-see exhibitions in the big smoke this month include Beasts of London, above, at the Museum of London, a fully immersive, digital installation 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 with the likes of Kate Moss, Brian Blessed and Pam Ferris voicing the animals. Or you can check out 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).

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