MON 16 - SUN 22 SEP
Free Toddler Club, Wildwood Trust, Every Mon & Thurs During School Term Time
Heritage Open Days, Various Locations, Until 16 Sep
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, it basically means every September, National Trust and various other places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate heritage and history. It’s the perfect chance to see hidden places and try out new experience – did we mention it’s absolutely free? So on the 13-16th of September in Kent you take a free tour of the Assembly Hall, explore the old Victorian gothic school: Skinner’s, The Opera House (aka Wetherspoons), you can discover the King Charles the Martyr Church, the Tunbridge Wells Forum, Trinity Theatre or take part in a walking tour of The Pantiles – just to name a few! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. heritageopendays.org.uk
Also celebrating their 900th anniversary this year, don’t miss Leeds Castle’s spectacular Festival of Flowers! An impressive line-up of internationally award winning floral designers will take over the rooms of the Castle. Explore and join a programme of floral demonstrations, specialist talks and daily garden tours, included as part of your entrance ticket. There will be a guest talk on Saturday 14th September by English garden designer and television personality Joe Swift, taking place in the festival marquee. There will also be the opportunity to buy beautiful flowers, David Austen roses and garden accessories from a variety of stalls on the Pavilion Lawn. leeds-castle.com
A week long exhibition of over 40 local artists in St Peter’s church and in addition at various locations around the Town Trail. The exhibition opens with a welcome evening including a glass of wine and an opportunity to meet the artists on Saturday evening in St Peters Church plus piano recitals, cinemas evenings and much more! For the full week of events: sandwichevents.org.uk
Tunbridge Wells Food Month, Various Locations, 14 – 28 Sep
In the space of four weeks, the town is hosting two Food Festivals, four markets and a Beer Weekend. The lineup is: The Pantiles Harvest Food Festival with live music and cooking demos, 14 – 15 Sep. The new Farmer’s Market in Market Square accessed by Camden Road or walk through Royal Victoria Place via The Food Count Entrance on Sat 14 & Sat 28. Tunbridge Wells Beer Weekend talking place across the town with beer tastings, talks and quizzes! Crawl between Fuggles, The George, Sankey’s, The Bedford, The Guinea and more on Thurs 5 – Sun 8 Sep to join the fun. Last but not least, The RTW Food and Drink Festival in Calverley Grounds, don’t miss this FREE family event with cooking demos and talks, taster menus and even a street food area, all happening 21 & 22 Sep.
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Tues 17 – Sat 21 Sep
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo And Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the south east’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra. Get the last few tickets remaining! marlowetheatre.com
Knowledge is Power, DNA Testing Program, SPN Studio, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 20 Sep
Like to keep at the cutting edge of fitness and wellbeing? Find out more about this new DNA testing program with bespoke nutritional and lifestyle plans – at this FREE launch event. The ‘Knowledge is Power’ hour-long talk and demonstration, 7-8pm, will explain all about how the latest DNA analysis technology is used to create truly individualised nutrition and lifestyle programs to optimise your health and wellbeing.
Nutrigenomics is the science behind it and understanding of it has massively grown over the past decade. At the event, SPN’s very own Nutritional Therapist, Abir, will explain the concept in basic every day terms (no science degree needed, promise!) and practical tips will be given on how this directly relates to our lives and how we can achieve our health and wellbeing goals (woo-hoo!). Basically if you want to learn how your individual genetic differences affect your response to diet and lifestyle – then go! Book here (or on the app under enrolments) – it’s free to attend and numbers are strictly limited.
Orchard Day, Small Hythe Place, Sat 21 Sep
Enjoy a a day out at Small Hythe Place as they host their annual celebration of Kent’s produce with garden tours, historic talks, stalls and a variety of activities, there’s something for everyone to taste and get involved in! nationaltrust.org.uk
Young Readers Festival, various locations around Sevenoaks, Sat 21 Sep
Calling all budding authors, artists and creators! Don’t miss the Sevenoaks Young Readers Festival on Sat 21 sep with a whole range of talks, pop-up bookshops and author signings across 3 venues. A talk with Onjali Q. Rauf (The Boy At The Back Of The Class & The Star Outside My Window) and Chris Riddell (The Cloud Horse Chronicles) and even a live recording of the children’s books podcast, Down The Rabbit Hole Live: How We Became Writers And You Can Too! With Cerrie Burnell, Zanib Mian and David Solomans will be The Drive Methodist Church. FREE Story Times will be over on at Marquee On The Vine at The Vine Gardens. And finally, Chris Mould (The Iron Man) an author and award-winning illustrator will be at The Sevenoaks Bookshop to paint the shop window from 11am and at 3:30 pm Chris will be doing a FREE reading from The Iron Man. For the full details and line-up, go to: sevenoaksbookshop.co.uk
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Trinity Theatre, 22 & 24 Sep
Quentin Tarantino’s tale of a TV-Western actor and his stunt double and how they collide with the Manson Family in the Hollywood of 1969. Escape the crowds at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, grab your girlfriends and have a drink at the bar before the show. Book your tickets now: trinitytheatre.net
The Story of Guitar Heroes, Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone, Sun 22 Sep
The Story of Guitar Heroes is an awe-inspiring, dynamic show which transports you through time: from the 1950’s with artistes such as Chuck Berry and Hank Marvin from The Shadows, including gifted legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, through to modern day players such as the great Brian May and the electrifying Steve Vai, to name but a few! Presented by guitar virtuoso Phil Walker – this show’s extraordinarily talented band uses over 30 guitars to recreate and accurately reproduce the sound and ambiance of each guitar hero. Featuring video footage of historical moments, with state-of-the-art lighting and delivered with a light-hearted vibe – this makes for a truly sensational and enjoyable evening. Now in its 5th year, The Story of Guitar Heroes has become increasingly popular not only with guitar players and musicians, but with people and families of all ages. Don’t miss out on this spectacular show. You won’t be disappointed! Tickets from £13, book now… atgtickets.com
NEW EXHIBITION: William Blake, Tate Britain, London, 11 Sept – 2 Feb 2020
Poet, painter and printmaker William Blake has created some of the most iconic images in British art. This new exhibition, the largest of Blake’s work for almost 20 years, will feature over 300 original works, as well as an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. Other pieces will be digitally recreated on an enormous scale. tate.org.uk