MON 30 SEP - SUN 6 OCT
Sevenoaks Literary Festival, Various Locations, 23 Sep – 3 Oct
The Sevenoaks Literary Festival brings the brightest and best of current authors to Sevenoaks. Taking place over a period of two weeks from the end of September to the beginning of October, the Festival’s events and other talks – including an afternoon literary tea – are held at various venues throughout the town. The Festival is distinguished by a stream of excellent speakers; Kate Williams, Henry Hemming, Andrew Lownie, Julia Lovell and Lemn Sissay to just mention a few! For the full line-up… sevlitfest.com
Screening: Fleabag, Curzon Cinema, Canterbury, 1 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
Gutted, The Marlowe Theatre, Thurs 3 – Sat 5 Oct
Powerful dark humour set in 1980s Dublin. Gutted a black comedy explores the lives of three strong women who work in a fish factory in 1980s Dublin. Told through comic monologue, raw powerful language, movement and dance, the women give us a snapshot of the characters and challenges in their lives at the time. In light of Ireland’s recent referendum on abortion, these issues remain as relevant today as they did over 30 years ago. marlowetheatre.com
Oktoberfest, The Cricketters Inn, Fri 4 – Sun 6 Oct
Grab your ledeehosen and join The Cricketters Inn for some Live Music, great Beers and fabulous food happening all weekend long! Try a variety of German beers and taste traditional Bavarian food. Free entry. Book your table now: facebook.com/events
Broadstairs Food Festival, Victoria Gardens, Fri 4 – Sun 6 Oct
There’s nothing that excites us more at Muddy than a foodie festival where you can feast on the best of Kent food. If you are with us in this line of thought, you should be heading to Broadstairs Food Festival this weekend which is now in its eleventh year and a much-loved celebration of delicious regional food and drink, demonstrations and workshops – and a PlayDay for the younger ones so everyone is happy. Expect a theatre marquee (with talks and tastings) as well as over 100 stalls from regional producers including our recent discovery Nip from the Hip who produce mouth-watering fruit liquers and Marshmallow Heaven – handmade, luxury Kentish marshmallows. YUM! broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk
FREE Discovery Session & FreeYourMind Programme, Body & Health By Design, 7 Oct
Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Do not fret as you are not alone as many people are also feeling overstretched, overburdened and weighed down further with a checklist of life-sapping symptoms like brain fog, bloating, skin problems, anxiety and the list goes on. Help is at hand with Karen Porter who specializes in health coaching and can be your support and your motivator while you make those changes and work with you to take back control of your health and achieve more energy, improved digestion, a sharper mind, a more positive outlook and generally feel a whole lot better in your skin. And at Muddy we are always happy to help, so you can book yourself a FREE discovery session with quoting Muddy when you email Karen and her next FreeYourMind Programme is on 7 Oct so there’s no time like the present. bodyandhealthbydesign.com
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane work is the subject of a new V&A exhibition (until 8 March). Tilda Swinton, Björk and, er, Sir David Attenborough are among his subjects and he’s also created 10 new works for the show.
Meanwhile this autumn’s big-hitter is William Blake at Tate Britain, below, (until 2 Feb 2020). The visionary painter and poet’s work will be imaginatively displayed – some of it blown up to enormous scale using digital technology, other works in an immersive room that recreates the space in which Blake first showed his art in 1809.
Elsewhere Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican (4 Oct – 19 Jan) is probably the nearest I’ll get to clubbing this autumn. It’s such a cool concept – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s, including the Berlin cabaret scene in Weimar Germany and Harlem’s jazz clubs and lifesize recreations of some of the hotspots.