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MON 13 - SUN 19 MAY 2019

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

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:

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:

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave, Groombridge Place, 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 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! 

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