Christmas Wreath Workshops in Kent, 13 Nov – 11 Dec
Fancy popping along to a Wreath Workshop? Fear not! Read our round-up on the best ones, quick book it now…
‘Art into Industry’ with Margo Selby, Antoine Et Lili, Thurs 8 Nov
Don’t miss Antoine Et Lili’s third ever Fashion Event in Canterbury this time with Margo Selby! Margo will be talking about her career as a woven textile designer and artist and will be giving some insight into her commercial collaborations with partners including Osborne and Little, John Lewis and Transport for London. Tickets are a bargain at only £5 each!
Mum’s The Word: From Bump to Business, One Warwick Park, Thurs 8 Nov
Mum’s The Word next event is a Bump to Business Special in collaboration with the fabulous Louise Mum of Boys & Mabel as she introduces us to some of her favourite mum run brands… Also joined by Jo Tutchener Sharp from Scamp & Dude, Coral from Velveteen Babies and Jewellery Designer Catherine De Crèvecoeur-Melia. This is the perfect session for anyone who wants to find out what it takes to create and run a business or blog with babies, toddlers, children on board! These stellar business women will be imparting their experiences (good and bad) and advice for making it work. Grab your girlfriends and see you there for 7:30 at One Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells.
Personalise A Gift Workshop, Elvis & Kresse, Tonge Mill, Thurs 8 Nov
Elvis & Kresse are holding a very special event for you to personalise your Elvis & Kresse piece. You can add a name, date, initials, phrase or even a symbol. Whatever you choose, it will be entirely your own. One of our experienced team members will help you with your choice and you will be able to watch the laser etching process. All personalisations at this event will be free. A perfect gift just in time for Christmas!
Cranbrook Art Show, The Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Thurs 8 – Sat 10 Nov
Cranbrook Art Show showcases 23 artists, expressing themselves in a variety of styles and processes including painting, printmaking, ceramics, jewellery and photography. Entry is free so feel free to pop in! Runs 10am-5pm (7pm on Friday).
Sue Davies Christmas Shop, Sutton Valence, NOW til Christmas
For three months of the year Sue Davies Flowers, the brilliant florist in The Old Butcher’s Shop in Sutton Valence, a pretty rural village, between Maidstone and Headcorn turns into a perky, quirky Christmas pop up store – and it’s soooo worth a visit. Wander down the narrow street into the heart of the sleepy little village and you’ll find it packed with gorgeous unique decorations – think wreaths, garlands, baubles, lights and ornaments of every kind, all hand-made and cute-as-they-come. Take a look…
Hamerton & Jones Pop-Up, Goudhurst, Fri 9 Nov
Bright eyed and bushy tailed for Hamerton & Jones’ pop up this Friday, 10 – 2pm! Come along to check out Rikke Line Danish Design Jewellery and Atelier Kika.B Italian bags – wallow in coffee and gorgeousness.
Secret Supper Club, The Old Fire Station, 9 & 10 Nov
The Old Fire Station are launching their first ever ‘TOFS SECRET SUPER CLUB’ and with only 20 places at each dinner, you gotta move quick if you’d like a ticket! They’ll be a different chef on the 9th and 10th of November serving a 5 course dinner at a secret location which you will be told about 2 days before the evening you book on (Within 3 miles of Tonbridge Town Centre). Tickets are £45 each, follow the link to book now – go go go!
Italian Feast of Kings, Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham, Sat 10 Nov
Back with a twist, Macknade are hosting their second Italian supper club of the year, cooked by the one & only Renato Cuomo. November’s supper club is a big Italian feast, featuring some spectacular ingredients and a whole host of Italian flair. Everybody is invited to usher in the festive period with a super laid-back event celebrating our Italian heritage. Expect three courses of authentic dishes that make the most of our huge selection of ingredients sourced from all corners of Italy and a welcome glass of fizz to get you started. Book your tickets now…
Canterbury Vintage Kilo Sale, The Westgate Hall, Canterbury, Sat 10 Nov
The UK’s first and largest kilo sale is coming to Kent! Partnering with Europe’s largest vintage wholesaler, pick from thousands of vintage, retro and branded items from 70s and early 00’s! Roll up your sleeves and rummage through tonnes of vintage and you’ll be charged £15 per kilo. They’re back in Canterbury for the last time this year so if you haven’t been yet now is your chance! Earlybird tickets are £3 or general admission on the door is £1.50 after 12pm.
Commando, Hever Castle, 10 & 11 Nov
The Commando Series is returning to Hever Castle for another weekend of fun, challenging obstacles. Pick your experience from the toughest level ‘Treat Me Like A Commando’ – to the more supportive ‘Just Get Me Round’ and ‘We Are Family’. The event is open to everyone from 8 years of age. As the course circumnavigates the Hever Castle Estate, there are several spectating areas along with retail outlets, music and food vendors. Immerse yourself by taking part in this survival experience, a guaranteed weekend full of fun!
Food & Mood: The Menopause, Flow Tunbridge Wells, Sun 11 Nov
Yoga and wellbeing studio Flow Tunbridge Wells have launched a series of Food & Mood workshops co-hosted by founder of Flow, Lucy Parker, and Annie Gill from Healthsmart Nutrition. Here you’ll learn loads of diet and yoga tips – and create tasty, healthy dishes for boosting wellbeing (and then chow down on them!). The workshops which will be offering practical dietary advice on helping your body through the hormonal changes associated with this time. Flow is a welcoming, small studio set in the garden haven of owner Lucy Parker’s home in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, don’t miss this one on the 11th!
Victoria Genevieve Styling Event, One Warwick Park, Tues 13 Nov
You are invited to Victoria Genevieve’s styling event! Expect fab styling advice, wardrobe capsuling and detoxing tips. Get an insight into the new season and how to buy less but buy better with fashion brand, Born At Down. Including make-up tips from the Space NK ‘Pro Team’. Tickets are on sale include a glass of prosecco or mocktail on arrival and a goodie bag!
Tickets on sale at One Warwick Park, call 01892 520587.
Wealden Times Midwinter Fair, The Hop Farm, 15 – 17 Nov
Set in a tented village at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood, The Midwinter Fair will be showcasing over 220 exhibitors for three days at the end of November. There is no lovelier way to shop for original, handmade and desirable Christmas gifts than by browsing amongst the seven heated, joined-up marquees. Small producers and artisans will be showcasing food, fashion, antique and contemporary home and garden ware plus children’s toys and clothes. When it’s time for a rest, the Street Food Cafe will be serving delicious snacks and meals from vintage vans, whilst tea and cake will be on tap in the Cafe Bakery. So, invite your friends and family and make a day of it!
A new stand up show from multi-award winning comedian Marcus Brigstocke. As we divide each other up into more and more unpleasant categories of evil, it is time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad. Who better to arbitrate in these challenging divisive times than Lucifer himself? Marcus Brigstocke is a master of satirical comedy with an impressive list of TV credits including Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and many more. Described as “…charming, hilarious and utterly refreshing… don’t miss this incredible show” from the Sunday Mirror and “sharpest one-liner merchant” from the Sunday Times. Showing at 8pm at The Brook Theatre in Chatham, tickets are only £16 each.
Zombiedan Popculture Art Show, Gallery Seventeen, Beckenham, Sat 17 Nov
Entirely consumed by the capital’s encompassing and enrapturing urban and street art scene as a child in the 1990’s, and as an active witness of the golden era of British street art – Zombiedan is one of the most intoxicating and captivating new names in British art. Runs 12-3pm.
Hastings Herring Fair, The Stade Open Space, Hastings, Sat 17 Nov – Sun 18 Nov
Fish Festivals have become a real highlight in the Hastings’ event calendar. So if you love fish, seafood and wine and, want to celebrate the town’s thriving fishing industry, then you’d best get yourself down to one of these at the Stade Open Space. 11am- 4pm, free of charge.
Christmas Grotto, Brookside Garden Centre, 17 Nov – 23 Dec
Brookside is proud to announce the return of their multi-award winning Christmas grotto. Opening November 2018, and loved by children and adults alike, take a magical walk through winding paths full of bright twinkle lights and hidden surprises, leading you to meet Santa in his Finnish hut in the Magical Forest. Afterwards you can head into the Christmas shop, browse through a selection of gift ideas and don’t forget to see their award-winning Christmas Display. With only a few tickets left available to visit Santa this year, don’t miss out…
Roast & Rambles, Penshurst Place, Sun 18 Nov
Enjoy a delicious Sunday Carvery in the Garden Restaurant and have the opportunity to see and learn about the House and Gardens of Penshurst Place when they’re closed to the public, in a special selection of talks and dining experiences. For a three-course adult meal it’s only £21.50 and for children it’s only £9.50. On the 18th of November the theme will be ‘Penshurst in Film’, arrive at 12:30pm for a 1pm start.
The Stable Presents, The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, Tues 20 Nov
The Stable are presenting Jame Lloyd Smith, Biddle, Katie Mittermaster (Muddy’s fave) and Sophie Harmsworth at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells this November. The Stable sets up opportunities for new bands and musicians to play their original music at this venue. Over the years, they’ve had musicians like Oasis, Adele, Green Day, Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Wolf Alice, Frank Turner, Foals and more have played on that very stage. Entrance is only £5 and you got to see the best up and coming musicians from our local area.
Lifestyle & Health Morning, The Milk House, Tues 20 Nov
Karen from Body & Health By Design will be leading an interacting morning at The Milk House in Sissinghurst. Expect discussion on lifestyle, what we eat, what we do and how it affects who we are and how we feel. How to encourage transformation and breaking free of unhelpful habits, replacing them with new and better serving ones. Get ready to let go and identify powerful and practical ways to move forward into the lifestyle you choose. Book now! Tickets are £15 per person including refreshments.
Glow Wild Winter Lantern Festival, Kew Gardens, 22 Nov – 16 Dec
Trees, ponds and forest floors will be brought to life with hundreds of glowing lanterns and torches of fire at Kew Gardens this winter. Become part of the living trail as you pick up a lantern at the beginning of your journey and take a glimpse the tallest living Christmas tree in the UK, and experience the evocative sounds of the nocturnal world. Keep the chills at bay at the delicious food and drink stalls serving mulled wine, cider, hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts. Or go to the Stables restaurant for a proper meal.
Cinderella, The Marlowe Theatre, 23 Nov – 6 Jan
Don’t miss this year’s fun-filled, family pantomime Cinderella, with a star-studded cast including Harry Reid (EastEnders), children’s favourite, Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker), national treasure, Sally Lindsay and Marlowe legends, Ben Roddy (Dame of the Year 2017/18) and Lloyd Hollett. The Marlowe Theatre pantomime has a reputation for being one of the biggest and best in the county and Cinderella promises to be their most spectacular show yet so don’t be late for the ball… book today!
Goodnestone Park, 24 Nov
A Christmas Fair set in Goodnestone Park, the privately owned stately home near Canterbury. Come along for lovely and original gifts for your loved ones this year, admission is £2 in aid of Kidney Research.
Christmas Grotto, Penshurst Place, 24 Nov – 23 Dec
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the high street grotto, and discover Penshurst Place’s family-led traditional festive experience. Walk along the Lime Walk and observe giant decorations that will lead you along the path way. Step into Father Christmas’s Toy Workshop and make some wonderful festive crafts to take home, before getting your face painted. Make your way down from the study and discover Father Christmas’ secret Penshurst office, in a location never before seen by visitors to Penshurst Place! Here, the man himself will welcome you with a gift and a delicious candy cane, before regaling tales of his plans for Christmas and learning a little more about you! Last year’s was a Narnia-themed Grotto, who knows what it’ll be this year?
Christmas Grotto, Hever Castle, 24 Nov – 24 Dec
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like a visit to Father Christmas at Hever Castle. Children will be enchanted by the magical Grotto where they will be greeted by Mother Christmas and taken by an elf, through the snowy ‘forest’, to meet Father Christmas in his log cabin and receive a gift. Ride the carousel and enjoy vintage fairground stalls, meet characters along the Christmas trail and even meet the Huskies! You won’t be bored at Hever this winter.
Christmas Grotto, Sussex Country Gardener, 24 Nov – 24 Dec
No Christmas is complete without coming to visit Santa in his magical wonderland at Sussex Country Gardener. For 2018 the Grotto Experience is moving location within the Garden Centre and will be even larger than before! Child tickets cost only £10 (adults go free) which include the Grotto experience, the chance to mix up some reindeer food ready for Christmas Eve, instant framed photo with Santa to take home and a wrapped gift!
Father Christmas & Christmas Market, Leeds Castle, 24 & 25 Nov
Wander through the Christmas Market to an enchanted path leading to a magical grotto. Father Christmas will be waiting to greet you. Those who have been good, which of course you all are, will receive a traditional gift to take home. Discover a splendid array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist food and drink. Children and adults alike will be enchanted by the birds of prey while traditional fun fair rides and live music to keep everyone entertained.
Sarah Millican, The Assembly Hall Theatre, Sun 25 Nov
Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you! Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, welcome. You’ll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit. Don’t miss Sarah perform at The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, tickets are only £27.50! Grab the girlfriends or even Mr Muddy, let’s go…
Spa Christmas Event, Green Farm Spa, Weds 28 Nov
Come along to Green Farm Spa’s Christmas Event on the 28 Nov between 6:30 – 9pm. Drinks and snacks available also the opportunity to buy Christmas cards & ESPA gifts.
Christmas at Bedgebury, 30 Nov – 30 Dec
It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the tree-tops begin to glisten and shimmer. This year, for the very first time, a one mile sparkling path winds its way through the National Pinetum in a magical after dark experience. Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, experience Bedgebury in a whole new light as you wander beneath unique canopies drenched in seasonal colour. Inspired by the landscape itself it is a festive adventure in a world of trees.
OUT Margate, Dreamland, 27 June – 19 Dec
OUT Margate is a free programme that reaches out to the LGBTQIA+ community. Offering free roller disco every Wednesday from 6:30-9pm in the Roller Room! Come, socialise and make new friends.
Temper Temper Chocolate Workshops, Southborough, 26th Aug – 23rd Dec
Move over kids! Adult workshops are now available in Temper Temper throughout August. Spend two hours making a delicious selection of goodies including fresh cream truffles, florentines, a moulded figure, lollipops and a decorated chocolate bowl. After wrapping and ribboning all your creations, you can take them home to show off and eat!
A Space Odyssey, Science Museum, London, Thurs 1 – Sat 24 Nov
To celebrate 50 years of the 1968 epic, you can head to the Science Museum’s IMAX cinema to watch Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece exploring our prehistoric past and the rise of man versus machine. Oscar winning director Christopher Nolan has created a new print from the original which will look stunning on the giant IMAX screen. Then follow the museum’s Kubrick trail to discover the rich collection of objects from the history of space travel.
Month of Sundays Festival, Royal Opera House, London, Sun 4 – Sun 25 Nov
The Royal Opera House is opening itself up for a month of interactive fun. They’ll be live demos from technicians and craftspeople who work on the ROH productions, you can take guided tours and learn new moves in a dance class, sing tunes from opera classics and make something crafty to take home. The Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera artists will be performing in the public areas and there’s a sound installation that explores the history of the Opera House.
Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Pop-Up, Oxo Tower, London, 11 Nov 2018 – 6 Jan 2019
True West, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 23 Nov 2018 – 23 Feb 2019
Head to town for the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West, which opens today. Directed by Matthew Dunster, an Olivier-nominated director, playwright, actor and Associate Director at Shakespeare’s Globe, and starring Kit Harington (of Game of Thrones fame) and Johnny Flynn (Genius) as warring brothers, this sure sounds like a goodie.
TOP MOVIE RELEASES…
Christmas is coming – so are the family films… so grab the kids and a jumbo bucket of popcorn. Dodgy green face paint is no more as Dr Seuss’ The Grinch gets a remake, released on Nov 9, in 3D computer animation. The trailer, where we get a first glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch in the starring role, already has over three million views on YouTube, no doubt a million from my kids – they’re desperate to see it. The Nutcracker will make the leap, or should I say sauté, from ballet to big screen with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The film’s got an all-star cast of Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Richard E Grant and Morgan Freeman, released Nov 2. If you’re looking for something a little more thrilling, but still suitable for tweens, dark magic will be creeping into cinemas worldwide as the highly anticipated new Fantastic Beasts film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. is released on Nov 18. Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as the oh-so-evil, bleach blonde Grindelwald alongside good guys Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law. Last up looks like a proper feel-good festive film and comes in the form of everyone’s favourite flying lady- Mary Poppins. The film will follow on from the original with Poppins floating back in to the lives of grown up Micheal and Jane Banks. The umbrella baton has been passed to Emily Blunt who will star alongside Muddy favourites Julie Walters and Meryl Streep. Mary Poppins Returns hits cinemas just in time for Christmas on Dec 21.
Huddled by the fire? Don’t blame you – we’ll be round in five mins with a massive box of Maltesers so get the telly on. Darkly delicious political thriller House Of Cards returns to Netflix on 2 Nov with its sixth and final season, which was hastily rewritten after Kevin Spacey, who played the President, detonated his career. First Lady Claire Underwood makes a power grab – we can’t wait to see what the excellent Robin Wright does with the role now she’s going solo. Back on this side of the Atlantic, series 5 of London police drama Luther is imminent. The BBC are being cagey about the start date but they’ve just made the first four series available on iPlayer so we reckon it’ll be this month. Welcome back Idris Elba – we’re swooning at the very thought of you returning to moodily stomp around the city fighting crime in your swishy wool coat. This time Hermione Norris will be joining him, playing a psychiatrist. On a lighter note, people are going barking mad on social media about Dogs, a new Netflix documentary which drops 16 Nov. It tells six stories of unconditional love between pooch and owner, including one involving a beloved pet being trapped in a Syrian warzone. It looks like a total tear-jerker.
compiled by Mollie Manning