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MON 14 - SUN 20 OCT

Autumn Colour Trail, Hever Castle, From 1 Oct

As the air turns crisp and a rich display of autumn colour envelops the countryside, pack your walking boots or wellies and head to Hever Castle to enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot and spectacular autumn tints. Enjoy FREE garden tours of Faith’s Garden with information about seed collecting, every Tuesday and Wednesday. Let the little ones take on the Leaf & Seed Collection Challenge, if they collect 10 different seeds and leaves from Anne Boleyn’s Walk and Lane Walk, they’ll be given a bulb to take home and plant. Plus Hever Castle’s Golf Club’s Head Greenkeeper, Rob Peers, will be sewing meadow seeds ready for flowering in Spring. You will be able to see the ground prepped and ready for the seeds. To book your tickets: hevercastle.co.uk

Meet The Brewers, Macknade Fine Foods, Thurs 17 Oct

Now in its fifth year, Macknade invites a handful of the finest Kentish brewers in-store for a special event celebrating British brewing. Northdown Brewery, Whitstable Brewery, Canterbrew, Old Dairy Brewery, Boutilliers and Time & Tide – to just name a few! Starting at 6:30pm, learn all about the brewing process and sample and compare the beer and cider on offer. This event is free of charge but tickets are limited. macknade.com

Kate Bush-ka, Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone, Fri 18 Oct

Kate Bush-Ka delivers an immersive performance of Kate’s alluring repertoire starting with the revolutionary first album ‘The Kick Inside’. The band will then take you on a journey throughout her career and across genres to deliver exciting live versions of her phenomenal hits as well as lesser-known epic album tracks, such as ‘Breathing’. Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, lead singer Kate Smith conveys a captivating rendition of this highly original and unique artist. An absolute must see for all Kate fans. parkwoodtheatres.co.uk 

Real Ale & Cider Festival, Spa Valley Railway, Fri 19 – Sun 20 Oct

West Kent CAMRA’s beer and cider festival returns to Tunbridge Wells for the ninth year. With live music and the chance to enjoy over 200 real ales, 40+ green hop beers and a craft beer bar featuring UK Keg & European Beers and 30+ ciders, this is the event you don’t wanna miss. The main festival takes places at Tunbridge Wells West where you can also take the heritage train journey to Eridge, where there’ll be chances to enjoy the local brews on board. Read more: spavalleyrailway.co.uk 

Screamland, Dreamland in Margate, Fri 18 Oct – Fri 1 Nov

This October, Dreamland will once again mutate into a world of chills, thrills, and horrors as Screamland – the biggest scare festival in the region – returns to Margate. Experience the darker side of Dreamland as the park is turned into ghoulish world of terrifying scare mazes and macabre characters on selected dates from 18 Oct to 1 Nov, with new faces, new maze locations and new terrors in store for 2019. And for the first time, Screamland has teamed up with one of the most famous names in cinema horror to bring you more scares than ever before… Screamland is not for the faint hearted. The scare mazes are 12A rated and anyone 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 and over at all times. dreamland.co.uk

Run or Dye GLOW, Penshurst Place, Sat 19 Oct

Run or Dye GLOW is the first ever night run at Penshurst Place and promises to be a neon-lit, foam-filled party for all fitness levels. On Sat 19 October Run or Dye GLOW, Penshurst Place’s first ever night run, is coming to light up the sky and give us all something fun and colourful on the horizon this Autumn. The brand new laser-lit night run and after-party will see participants run and dance through colour, foam and light zones all set in the grounds of this historic stately home. runordye.co.uk

Canterbury Festival, Sat 19 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

Canterbury Festival 2019 is a two week extravaganza of music, performance, talks, family events and much more, Canterbury’s annual celebration of the arts brings together a programme that is packed to the brim with global stars, emerging local talent and stunning live performances. With venues including Canterbury CathedralThe Marlowe Theatre, Kent College’s newly built Great Hall and the spectacular touring Salon Perdu Spiegeltent; Canterbury’s most ambitious Festival unifies the city’s cultural hubs and invites audiences of all ages and backgrounds to be inspired, delighted and stunned. Get your tickets now: canterburyfestival.co.uk 

Apple Festival, Brogdale Collections, Sat 19 – Sun 20 Oct

Visit Brogdale for a breathtaking display of the apples ready to harvest and discover over 2000 varieties! Guided tours of the orchards, horticultural talks, apple pressing demos and a programme of cooking demos happening all weekend. Enjoy local food, browse the craft and produce and meet the experts – apples galore! brogdalecollections.org

Halloween Half Term Fun, Hever Castle, Sat 19 – Thurs 31 Oct

Prepare to be spooked this Halloween at Haunted Hever. Hever Castle & Gardens. Join the spooky storytelling, take part in the Halloween craft activity, follow the scarecrow scavenger hunt around the grounds and sink your teeth into a sweet treat at the deadly delicious biscuit decorating workshop. Don your scariest outfit to take part in the fancy dress costume (with prizes for the best dressed) and finish your spooky creation off with a freakish face paint. hevercastle.co.uk

Spook Quest, The Canterbury Tales, Sat 19 – Sun 27 Oct

Grab your best Halloween costume and head on down to The Canterbury Tales! Join in on a spooky quest through Chaucer’s famous ‘Canterbury Tales’. Travel with your band of fellow pilgrims along the spooky route to the shrine of St Thomas Becket, and discover five of the Canterbury Tales and their colourful characters along the way – who’s that behind you? canterburytales.org.uk

Owl Trail & Meet The Owls, Ightham Mote, Sat 19 – Sun 27 Oct

Plenty of adventures await this October half-term at Ightham Mote! Take your kids on the Owl Trail and find out more about these feathery hunters of the estate and hear stories written by children from The New Beacon and Dunton Green Primary Schools. Definitely don’t miss Thurs 24 Oct where you’ll have the chance to meet some owls with Kent Owl Academy! Get up close to these incredible creatures. nationaltrust.org.uk 

Peter & The Wolf, Leas Cliff Hall, Sun 20 Oct

Peter & the Wolf is the perfect family show, which depicts the enchanting story of a young boy, Peter, his furry woodland friends, and an encounter with a hungry wolf! A fun and entertaining concert, it’s a wonderful way to introduce classical music to your little ones with live wind quintet consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. The talented instrumentalists have worked with the CBSO, London Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and have performed for West End shows and the BBC Proms. Book your tickets now! atgtickets.com

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