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MON 19 – SUN 25 JUNE 2017

MON 19 - SUN 25 JUNE 2017

Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age, Hazlitt Theatre, Mon 19th June

Are you 16-years-old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? Or maybe you’re full-on 80 years, with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp. Don’t worry: this is normal. No one is ever the ‘right’ age – it’s is the beauty and the curse of being a real person. In this brand new show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly-funny, award-winning stand-up performance about growing up and growing down.

Jane Eyre, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Mon 19 – Sat 24 June

The National Theatre’s critically-acclaimed re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë’s literary classic takes on the gargantuan task of telling her story from birth to adulthood. And it does so with an inventiveness I haven’t seen at the theatre since The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Nighttime burst onto the stage in 2013. Let me simply say – go see it.

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!

Gangsta Granny, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Wed 21 – Sun 25 June

Just a few tickets left now for this one – don’t miss it when it comes to Kent. It’s brilliant! It’s is a colourful production of the well-loved David Walliams tale of a seemingly boring, cabbage-farting granny with a secret jewel thieving past. My son (8 years old) was transfixed when we saw it together last year. See the Muddy review here.

Menopause Matters workshop, FLOW Yoga, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 24 June

Listen you might not like me bringing this up, but new research has discovered that over a third of women go into perimenopause – the transitional stage before menopause – as young as 35. It’s definitely time to start talking openly about this taboo subject – chances are, if it doesn’t affect you, it will affect someone close to you. This session, co-hoasted by Lucy Parker and guest expert Diane Danzebrink is an opportunity for you to go on a fact-finding mission. Go armed with your questions, a desire to find out more, a willingness to share and a blanket to drop into some deep relaxation. Timings: 12:30 – 3pm.

Summer Tea Dance, Dreamland Margate, 25 June

A slice of strictly comes to Margate and I had to include it, if for no other reason than to tell you that the hostess for the event goes by the name of Ms Tequila Slammer Anna and she’ll be offering dance demonstrations and tuition alongside co-host Leon ‘Lusious’ Williams (and special guests). They’ll be live music from a band playing a mix of Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Argentine Tango – so dust off your dancing shoes – all abilities are welcome.

Primavera Concert, Penshurst Place, 25th June

And now for something wonderfully cultured. Join the Primavera Chamber Ensemble for an evening performance of well-known classical masterpieces including Mozart’s Flute Quartet and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor. Serrrrrene.

Jurassic Borassic, Groombridge Place, Sat 24th – Sun 25th June

Go along to Groombridge Place at the weekend and you’ll discover a Dinosaur themed event – meet the explorers, find out about the Dinosaur that once walked through Groombridge, dig for fossils and have a bounce on the bouncy castle. Grrreat fun for all little dino fans.

Woodland Walk, Leeds Castle, 22 June

One of the Leeds Castle Grounds team will take you on a delightful walk around their woodlands. Find out about the history of the woodland, its development since the 1930s and how it’s all maintained – it’s a truly beautiful part of the estate. The walk starts at 11.30am at the Main Entrance. Walks are weather permitting (think this one is going to be hot!) – and included in price of admission.

Hever’s Homefront, Sat 24 – Sun 25 June

In the words of Miss Kylie Minogue herself, step back in time (oh what a classic that was) and experience 1940s style this weekend. There’ll be a wartime double decker bus a bit of a swing dance to enjoy and lots of vintage stalls and refreshments.  So get down and boogie, and step back in time…

The Aegon International, Eastbourne, 23 June – 1 July

Just over the border in Sussex this top tennis tournament is like the perfect mini Wimbledon. It returns to Devonshire Park at the end of June and as the men’s tennis re-joins the women’s for the first time in three years it will be an extra special event. Eastbourne’s very own Johanna Konta (pictured) the British No.1 and World. No.10 will be leading the way.  Tickets are on sale now with  early bird tickets with a £5 discount available for Centre Court adult tickets purchased before Thurs 4 May. What’s more families can enjoy a free, fun-filled day of tennis on Friday 23 June during the qualifying weekend, when the world’s top players compete for their place in the tournament. Kids also go free on Sat 24 and Sun 25 June. Adult tickets start from £5.

Summer Vintage Fair, Chiddingstone Castle, Sun 25 June

Listen to the splendid vocals of Miss Vintage and join in dancing with the Cinque Ports, as this fair returns for it’s third year. Taking place in the Castle grounds from 11am until 4.30pm, we have been promised even more Vintage delights than last year.

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