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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…

Ice Skating, Calverley Grounds, Fri 16 Nov – Weds 2 Jan
Winter is on its way! Join in from the 16th of November for some ice skating fun for all the family. They’ll also be live music nights from The Forum and even the chance to meet Father Christmas.

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…

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.

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!

Christmas Fair, 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.

Wellness HQ Meet-Up, Sankey’s Tunbridge Wells, Weds 28 Nov

Wellness HQ is holding their first ever meet up! Whatever your passion, whether it’s health, fitness, nutrition, holistic therapy, or HR, this event will help connect individuals who share the same purpose. The evening kick-starts with an ‘Overcoming Overwhelm’ session with the fabulous Emma Jefferys, aka Action Woman. Stick around to enjoy some drinks and get networking! Happening in the upstairs function room in Sankey’s, Tunbridge Wells, 7 – 9pm – don’t forget to bring £5 and lots of business cards!

Christmas Pop-Up, Lime Wharf Cafe at Bodium Boating, Northiam, Thurs 29 Nov

Here at Muddy we know you’re gonna love this one! For one day only Lime Wharf Cafe are hosting a pop-up shop for all your Christmas shopping needs. Open from 9am – 3pm, browse the stalls from Bricks And Stitches, Fraser & Parsley, Tatty Tess, Rikkeline and many more!


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.

New Showroom Launch, Traditional Bespoke Furniture, Fri 30 Nov

Award-winning bespoke design and manufacturing company, TBF, are launching their brand new showroom this Friday, 11 am – 1 pm and 1 – 3 pm. Based in Brenchley, specialising in kitchens, the team can’t wait to meet you! Canopies supplied by Cook and plenty of drink. If you’d like to attend please e-mail: 

Late Night Shopping Extravaganza, Cathedral Quarter, Canterbury, Fri 30 Nov

Love surprises? Head over to Cathedral Quarter for a Friday of festive, late night shopping event, with all the buzz and excitement of Christmas (with a few unique little twists!) Turn up from 6-8pm and shop ’til you drop!
Faversham Exhibition Collective, The Hot Tin, Faversham, Fri 30 Nov – 15 Dec
An exhibition with 15 Faversham Artists selling unique and affordable artwork. The perfect place to start Crimbo shopping. It’s open from 6 – 10 pm, grab a glass of wine and shop, shop, shop!


Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Pop-Up, Oxo Tower, London, 11 Nov 2018 – 6 Jan 2019

The famous pop-up exhibition which annually brings together the best of the contemporary jewellery world is back. Selling over 4,000 hand made pieces for men and women by more than 80 international designers. in every conceivable style to across all price ranges. The perfect place for unique Christmas shopping, all under one iconic roof within the buzzing creative designer hub that is Southbank’s iconic Oxo Tower.

Glow Wild Winter Lantern Festival, Wakehurst, 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.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, 22 Nov – 6 Jan 2019

Even bigger than ever before! This yuletide utopia will be home to a host of glittering new attractions including Backyard Cinema’s The Snowman™ Experience, Peter Pan On Ice, a new “Secret Forest” theme for The Magical Ice Kingdom, a new VR roller coaster, a Parade of Light and nightly shows at the brand new Winter Wonderland Comedy Club. Not forgetting! The returning favourites including Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk, the spectacular Big Wheel and the UK’s biggest open-air Ice Rink.

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 Dunsteran 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.


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 Grindelwaldis 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

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  • Lesley Miles November 1, 2018

    Hi Ali,
    I’m the cat lady with the beautiful british shorthairs. For ‘my sins’ I’m organising one of only three Christmas Tree Festivals and Craft Fairs in Kent at our beautiful 13th century church St. Margaret’s in Hothfield, TN26 1EL.
    Would you be able to put it up on Muddy Stilettos? It’s over the weekend of 24th/25th November – 10.30 – 4.30 on both days. I have a superb watercolour poster that was designed for us by a young artist called Pup Barlow and we have an amazing ‘build your own wooden snowman.’ For children. I have a pdf of our poster, a photo of Pup with it and also a photo of the snowmen if you think it would be of interest.
    Christmas Cafe with homemade cakes plus mulled wine. Why don’t you come over?


    Lesley Miles


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