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MON 12 – SUN 19 JUNE 2017

MON 12 - SUN 19 JUNE 2017

Kate Baker Mosaic Muse Exhibit, Coolings Nursery, Sevenoaks 16 June

I first came across talented-Kent based artist, Kate Baker a few months ago when her quirky mosaic creations caught my eye. Kate crafts art inspired by Nature and it’s beauty, and often uses items that others might have thrown away, ultimately creating a unique piece of visual and tactile art.
If you are interested in learning the art of Mosaic then head over to Kate facebook page for her workshop dates. Or go see her at one of her exhibitions, like this one in Sevenoaks, and stock up on original gifts.

Rick Astley, Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest, 16 June

Yup, that’s right – he of the snake-hipped, hand-shimmy fame is coming to our neck-of-the-woods (quite literally). Here he is, pictured now at 50 years-old and hasn’t he aged well? And 29 years after his first album shot up the charts he celebrated a surprise No.1 place last year with his nattily titled album ’50’ – a middle-aged crooner’s cheeky nod to Adele’s habit of naming her albums after her age. Hilarious – love it! Expect hits old and new.

The Joy Festival, Groombridge Place, 16th, 17th & 18th June

This summer festival will bring together arts, crafts, food and music in an eclectic and unique festival. There’ll be a night market, pop up shops, food trucks and artists alongside music from Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of popular 80s band, Squeeze.

History Set In Stone, Leeds Castle, 8 & 29 June

History buffs, get in a huddle over here, I’ve got a treat to tell you about. Over the last nine centuries countless alterations and modernisations have been made to this Grade I listed castle by generations of previous owners. Discover what happened in 1660 to cause half of the Castle to fall into the moat and what a medieval toilet in Henry VIII’s time would have looked like!

Super Car Father’s Day, Hever Castle, 17 & 18 June

Say thank you to dad this Father’s Day with a memorable Super Car themed day out at Hever Castle & Gardens.Presented in partnership with the Henry Surtees Foundation, in memory of British racing Legend John Surtees, there will be classic cars on display as well as fun activities for the kids.Children can colour and decorate a card for their dad in a free craft workshop and test out the kart simulator for a race around Buckmore Park with an extra incentive of a prize for the fastest lap* (*small donation required).

Night of 100 Voices, Assembly Hall Theatre, Sat 17 Jun

From Dead Ringers, Newzoids and the Impressions Show, TV’s Debra Stephenson invites you to join her for a night of live music and comedy entertainment in her show Night of 100 Voices. Sit back and prepare to be thoroughly entertained as Debra takes her audience on a nostalgic journey through the decades of popular music, paying tribute to many of the worlds favourite singers from Billy Holliday to Paloma Faith, Barbara Streisand to Adele. As you might expect, there’s plenty of fun and laughter along the way as she lampoons today’s most ubiquitous celebrities.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Tues 13 – Sat 17 June

A feel-good musical about one of the most famous tragedies in Rock ‘n’ Roll history? Yes, it can be done. West End hit The Buddy Holly Story really pulls it off so catch it if you can when it visits Canterbury until Sat. Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Featuring some of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb!

All-Star Stand Up Comedy, The Orchard Theatre, Thurs 15 June

The All-Star Stand-Up Tour is back in 2017 with 3 more top comedians alongside returning compere Jarred Christmas. This year’s line-up includes Canadian one-liner king and star of Mock The Week & Live At The Apollo Stewart Francis, from Phoenix Nights and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Justin Moorhouse and Mike Gunn, who  has been seen on BBC 1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and  supported Lee Mack on tour.

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