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MON 8 - SUN 14 JULY 2019

Immersive Dining Experience, The Beacon, Tues 9 – Sat 13 July
Enjoy a delicious meal by the incredible I’ll Be Mother restaurant team and enjoy the face-paced comedy of The 39 Steps. Appearing in the natural amphitheatre of The Beacon restaurant, performed with just a cast of four actors taking on 139 characters in this comedy. Starting at 7:30pm, tickets are £12-£15. A brilliant way to spend a summers evening, a unique experience not to be missed. Book now: 
Pub In The Park, Dunorlan Park, Fri 12 – Sun 14 July
Pub In The Park, a glorious three day feast with the very best food the country has to offer. A merry band of top foodie folk will head to Kent bringing together brilliant food, live music and Michelin-starred chefs all served up in a beautiful park, making for the ultimate pub garden unlike any other. There will be pop-up pubs and restaurants, each serving mouth-watering tasting dishes for you to enjoy, the line-up includes the likes of Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers, Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern, Rob Taylor’s Compasses Inn, Stephen Harris’ Sportsman and many more. Music acts will rock the main stage throughout each session, so dust off your dancing shoes as you’re in for a treat! Music acts include Rick Astley, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Will YoungGabrielleSoul II Soul Sound System, KT Tunstall and many more. Alongside all of this (if it isn’t enough!) there’ll be plenty of bars serving all sorts of bevs from cocktails to cold ones, chef demonstrations, masterclasses, tastings and plenty of shopping from artisans and lifestyle brands! Don’t miss out on the festival that everyone’s talking about and grab your tickets here:
Leeds Castle Classical Concert, Sat 13 July
Don’t miss the spectacular open-air classical concert at Leeds Castle! In celebration of Leeds Castle’s remarkable 900 year milestone, concert goers this year will witness the world premiere of “A Tribute to Leeds Castle” performed by the Band of the Royal Marines and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The internationally acclaimed conductor John Rigby will return to conduct this performance alongside both a varied and traditional programme. This iconic event is a highlight of the summer season,  set in the most spectacular location and natural amphitheater in front of the beautiful Leeds Castle, reputed to be the loveliest castle in the world.  People in their thousands have attended the stunning setting across the past forty-one years to be entertained by this amazing open-air musical delight. Get booking!
The King’s Mile Gin Fling, Canterbury, Sat 13 July
 A host of businesses will be opening their doors to welcome you in for a taste of some of the finest gins Kent has to offer, as well as some more unusual ones from further afield. Follow the gin trail, taste samples and meet brand ambassadors who will share their unique distilling processes and ingredients. On arrival you will receive a map and word puzzle, follow the trail to complete the word and enter the free prize draw at the final venue. A pop-up gin palace and bottle shop will be available at the final venue and there will be a free goodie bag for the first 100 participants. What’s not to love?
Maidstone Vegan Festival, Sat 13 July
Get excited about the ‘fastest growing lifestyle movement’ at the Maidstone Vegan Festival on Saturday 13th! Going vegan doesn’t mean missing out, discover a wide range of food and drink, health and beauty products and treatments, clothing and gift as well as meet local animal rescues. Sit on the lawn, listen to live music and find out more about activism in our community at this popular festival, from 11am – 4pm. For more details: 
Penshurst Maize Maze, Penshurst Place, 13 July – 1 Sept

Step into the shoes of a great explorer and circumnavigate Penshurst Places’ Maize Maze! Wind your way through the hidden corners, concealed passages and collect clues from different checkpoints hidden in the maze. Once you have collected all the clues, you’ll be able to crack the puzzle and be in with the chance of winning a Penshurst Place family season ticket. The eco-friendly maze is great for children and adults. The maze is open day from 11am-6pm, last entry at 5pm.

Big Camp, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sat 13 – Sun 14 July

Ever wondered what it might be like to camp out under the stars at Sissinghurst Castle Garden? Well here’s your chance with their big camp weekend. With a more hands off approach this year, families can enjoy the time exploring the estate with orienteering walks as well as the ever popular lantern walk. For more information:

Summer Jousting, Hever Castle, 13 – 28 July
The annual Summer Jousting Tournaments will begin at Hever castle on the 13 & 14 July and then will continue every weekend til 28 July. The Knights of Royal England will be entertaining the crowds with exhilarating displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with a Royal Box. Join Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and the Knights of Royal England in the procession to the Jousting arena. Battling it out in the saddle and on foot in one-to-one combat, the valiant knights will then compete for points to find this season’s ultimate champion. Bring a blanket or watch the joust in style from the medieval spectator stands and cheer your knights to glory. Get your tickets now!
Transience: An Exhibition of Photographs by Tony Nandi, Linden Hall Studio, Until 13 July

Tony Nandi has been photographing the performance arts for almost forty years, with a special interest in dance. He is intrigued by the challenge of the conveyance of a dynamic time-based, three dimensional, emotionally charged creative production into a static two-dimensional image. He wants viewers to engage with the physical and emotional experience of a performance but through his timing and composition of a photograph. Dancers can be suspended in the air or dashing to the stage or simply sharing an emotional experience or anticipation of their next move or intent. Nandi primarily works for marketing, documentary or press purposes but this is the first time his images can be viewed where the above engagement may be limited. 60 photographs from his archive, from across his whole career, have come together to be exhibited in this form. See the exhibition at Linden Hall Studio, a contemporary art gallery in Deal, the exhibition is running til 13 July. Opening hours: Tues – Sat, 10am – 4pm.

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