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APRIL 2018

Spring into Easter, Kent Life, 30 Mar – 15 Apr

Where history and family fun sit side by side! Meet animals in the farmyard, stroll through the Vintage Village, visit the Oast and Kentish gardens before relaxing with homemade cakes. Children will enjoy play areas, bouncy castle, tractor rides and more. Celebrate Easter and the baby boom that comes with spring. Meet our lambs and goat kids as well as our calves, Easter chicks and piglets! Have a go at bottle feeding our lambs and kids in sessions throughout the day and learn how to identify fertilised eggs in our hatchery. Hop on our tractor ride and get creative in our Paint A Pot studio.

Medieval Easter Weekend, Dover Castle, 30 Mar – 2 Apr

Take a journey back in time where medieval knights and princesses roam. Re-live the story of George and the Dragon, as St George valiantly battles with the dastardly dragon on horseback. With storytelling and fire eating jesters too, it’s a medieval fun-packed weekend of time travel for kids of all ages!

Leeds Castle Easter Quest, 30 Mar – 15 Apr

Aw, is there a more picturesque spot for an Easter egg hunt? Visit lovely Leeds Castle and seek out clues hidden around the grounds on a fun quest for children of all ages. Answer each of the questions and receive a chocolate treat as a reward. There is an additional £1 charge for the Easter Quest.

Suspended, Canterbury Cathedral, 23 Feb – 16 May

An evocative artwork highlighting the plight of refugees around the world will be hung in the Nave of Canterbury Cathedral. Suspended by the British artist Arabella Dorman it’s made up of hundreds of items of refugee clothing, found largely on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. That’s a pretty powerful piece of art.

Kent Wildlife Trust Photography Exhibition, Smallhythe Place, Wed 7 Mar – Mon 2 Apr

This free exhibition is a celebration of Kent’s wildlife. Photographers far and wide have captured the best the county has to offer, from fauna and flora, to landscapes, coastlines and people. Now the 12 award-winning images selected from the 300 photos submitted for the 2017 Kent Wildlife Trust Photography Competition are being showcased at Smallhythe Place.

 Maidstone Tattoo Extravaganza, Kent County Showground, Sat 31 Mar – Mon 2 Apr

Well if body art is your thing then here’s an alternative Bank Holiday Easter weekend for you. Taking place at the Kent showground, up to 100 tattooists from across the area and beyond will be able to tattoo the public for over 27 hours, (there’s a thought). There will also be live music and performers coming in to keep the crowd entertained and food stalls for refreshments in between inking.

Beauty And The Beast Sing Along, The Orchard Theatre, Thur 5 Apr

Oh yeah – love a sing-along! Singalonga Productions invite you to Be our Guest at Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast. Enjoy this lavish adaptation of Disney’s iconic fairy tale with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in. Sing your heart out alongside Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson in this romantic fairy tale.

Bird Of Prey Experience, Betteshanger Park, Sat 7 Apr & Sun 8 Apr

Get an insight into the beautiful world of falconry with this hands-on workshop run by the experienced Sky Bird of Prey team. Enjoy spending time and flying different birds of prey in the beautiful countryside around Betteshanger. With the help of a professional falconer, you’ll get hands with these wonderful birds finishing up with you calling them to the glove to feed.

Springtime Baking, Bore Place, Mon 9 Apr

Celebrate spring and make sweet honey bee cookies (with honey from the Bore Place bees) and a beeswax candle. Discover the important role bees have in our food production, watch a demonstration from the tutor ahead of the cooking activity – great activity for children who will work together in pairs during the baking fun, then share their treats between them to take home.

Tony Law, The Marlowe Theatre, Thurs 12 April

After another sell-out run at this year’s fringe the man with the moustache is ready to take his unique brand of stand-up across the UK in a landmark tour. A well-known name in the UK’s alternative comedy sceneHaving made appearances on the likes of Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You and Russell Howard’s Good News, Tony is here for one night only. Stupendously surreal, there is nobody quite like this delirious Canadian.

Alice in Wonderland, Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells, 13 – 15 Apr

You’ll want to catch this HARE-larious Easter holiday production, showing at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, this Easter. Join Alice as she takes a tumble down the rabbit hole into the wonderful world of, er, Wonderland. Grin along with your mudlets like a pack of Cheshire cats as you go on this epic adventure, meeting zany new friends along the way.

The Below Stairs Tour, A Servant’s Life, 16 Apr

The discreet running of a large household in the 1930s took military precision. Visit restricted areas below stairs to learn how the Castle servants made this seem effortless.

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Bluebell Festival at Riverhill Gardens, 18 – 29 Apr

The popular annual showcase of Riverhill’s Bluebells, complete with beautiful and scenic walks, enchanting music in the woods, and an intriguing exhibition of bluebell inspired arts and crafts in their Garden Room. The kids are bound to enjoy the woodland adventure playground as well as exploring the forest with lots of opportunities for den building too. Get lost in the marvellous maze and look out for the elusive yeti.

 Jason Manford: Muddle Class, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 18 Apr

Muddle Class promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and wit, this is a show that a lot will relate to.

Tulip Festival, Hever Castle, 18 – 27 Apr

The second Tulip Celebrations event as part of the Tulip Festival at Hever Castle & Gardens will be even bigger and better in the stunning grounds of the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Visitors will be able to enjoy a tulip trail either self-guided or with Hever’s Head Gardener Neil Miller and marvel at the 20,000 tulips, in many colours and different varieties planted in the Castle grounds; along the architecturally stunning Pompeiian Wall, in the traditional Tudor Garden and the sumptuous Italian Garden.

Women Work, Salomon’s Estate, Southborough, 20 Apr

Back for another year after a successful launch in 2017 this is an event designed to encourage women to help each other, to open up opportunities for women to come together to feel inspired, uplifted and empowered. This year it’s taking place at Salomons Estate and there’s a host of great speakers and bags of opportunities for seeking personal advice (on everything from how to get on top of work admin to healing after divorce) to professional networking opportunities. Tickets £25, parking is free.

Bluebell Festival at Hole Park Gardens 20 Apr to 3 May

Visitors can enjoy the amazing display of bluebells while taking the circular woodland walk which also passes a solar powered renovated ice house. Hole Park’s website will have a bluebell barometer which will be updated regularly in April. Normal admission fees apply.

The Jungle Book, The Marlowe Theatre, Wed 25 – Sun 29 Apr

This is an exciting new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book, a wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity. You know the scoop – Mowgli the man cub battles for survival in this heartwarming coming-of-age story about a child raised by wolves in the jungle. And this brand new production brings the show to life with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling – well worth seeing.

Peaky Blinders Dance, Dreamland Margate, Sat 28 Apr

Travel back in time to the 1920’s at our Peaky Blinders Dance with The Volstead Orchestra who are a London based jazz band capturing the looks and sounds of the 1920s & 1930s. Merging elements of American prohibition and depression era jazz and blues with the sounds of European cafes and hot club bands, and the great DJ Sizzling Jim.

Kent Mind, Body, Spirit Festival, The Hop Farm, 28 & 29 Apr

This 2-day Mind Body Spirit Festival brings together ancient wisdom and practices combined with innovative modern ideas, products, services & insights allowing you space to relax, unwind & expand your knowledge. Leading therapists, psychics, mediums, and advisers will be on hand to guide you on your way to spiritual enlightenment & discovery. Ommmm.

#CruiseInspirations Show, Bewl Water, Sun 29 Apr

From boutique river cruises to foodie cruises – if it’s ever entered your mind to find out more about the many cruise options on offer out there – then this is the travel show for you. Organised by local travel specialists, Baldwins Travel Group, there’ll be over 25 experts from just about every quality cruise company you can think of. And you get a chance to win a cruise for two just for turning up! The show runs from 10am – 3pm and aptly takes place at Bewl Water, just to get you in the mood.

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