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Oct 2019

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… 

Screening: Fleabag, Curzon Cinema, Canterbury, 1 Oct

If you didn’t snaffle tickets for Phoebe Waller Bridge’s brilliantly dark comedy Fleabag on the West End, you’re in luck as it’s being screened to Curzon Cinemas in Canterbury.

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:

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.

Oktoberfest, The Cricketters Inn, Fri 4 – Sun 6 Oct

Grab your lederhosen 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: 

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!

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. 

Northern Ballet’s Dracula, The Marlowe Theatre, Weds 9 – Sat 12 Oct

Step into the world of Dracula – if you dare. Seducing countless generations, Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire lives on in this extraordinary ballet. The dark tale of the immortal Count is played out through Northern Ballet’s blend of sensuous dancing and gripping theatre enhanced by gothic sets and costumes. If you think you know what to expect from ballet, think again. This is ballet with a dramatic bite that will leave you thirsty for more – don’t miss your chance to experience it.

Ed Kempner: House of Faces, Trinity Theatre, Thurs 10 Oct

Comedian and impressionist Luke Kempner who’s appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, The Imitation Game, The Royal Variety Performance 2018, The Week That Wasn’t, Murder in Successville and Radio 4’s The Now Show, hosts an ultimate reality show where no one is off limits. Celebrities, politicians and even royalty going head to head. Book now!

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival, Fri 11 – Sun 13 Oct

A buzzing, three-day community arts event full of creativity and participation, taking place at Trinity Theatre and other venues across Tunbridge Wells. Proving that puppetry is far from just Punch & Judy, this festival celebrates the art in all its many forms – object theatre, marionettes, shadow play, kites – from a 17ft Arbor to a mini marvel of a table top show for an audience of eight, the packed programme has something for everyone, including lots of ticketed and free shows that are perfect for families. Spanish theatre company Cal y Canto and their breathtaking A-TA-KA! show will officially launch the festival on Fri 11 Oct at Trinity Theatre Gardens where everyone is invited to a free, magically surreal outdoor show on the theme of ‘air’ – a musical spectacle of kites, torches and flying creatures that will transform and light up the sky. For the full line-up of events, head to:

Samsara Yoga Day Retreat, Hadlow, Sat 12 Oct

Don’t miss Samsara Yoga Retreat this October! The last was a sell-out so this promises to be just as good. The day begins at 9am and ends at 8pm with Yoga, Meditation, sumptuous food and a Healing Gong Bath. If you can’t commit to the entire day, evening and day guest tickets are available. There will be 4 hours of Yoga, in various styles including Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga led by Co-founder Dipu Das. Nourishing brunch and even a tea and cake break! Book in now: 

Autumn Amble, Penshurst Place, Sun 13 Oct

Take a guided stroll through the changing colours of the Penshurst parkland and enjoy the opportunity to learn more about our ancient woodland and historic estate, led by the Penshurst Place Estate General Manager, Ben Thomas. Afterwards enjoy a delicious two-course roast lunch in the Garden Restaurant – a wonderfully cosy end to an Autumn amble. £30 pp. Book your tickets now:

Wedding Showcase, Hever Castle, Sun 13 Oct

Hever Castle is once again hosting a stunning Wedding Showcase, giving guests the rare opportunity to experience the beautiful venue set up for a wedding. There will be a selection of mouth-watering delights available from their Award Winning caterers Leith’s. Cocktails, fizz and hot refreshments will be served throughout the event. Wander at your leisure around the spectacular facilities and experience first hand the magic of a wedding at Hever Castle. Meet the team who will be available to discuss your requirements and to answer any questions you may have. Register now:

Meet The Brewers, Macknade Fine Foods, Thurs 17 Oct

Now in its fifth year, Macknade invites a handful of the finest Kentish brewers in-store for a special event celebrating British brewing. Northdown Brewery, Whitstable Brewery, Canterbrew, Old Dairy Brewery, Boutilliers and Time & Tide – to just name a few! Starting at 6:30pm, learn all about the brewing process and sample and compare the beer and cider on offer. This event is free of charge but tickets are limited.

Kate Bush-ka, Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone, Fri 18 Oct

Kate Bush-Ka delivers an immersive performance of Kate’s alluring repertoire starting with the revolutionary first album ‘The Kick Inside’. The band will then take you on a journey throughout her career and across genres to deliver exciting live versions of her phenomenal hits as well as lesser-known epic album tracks, such as ‘Breathing’. Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, lead singer Kate Smith conveys a captivating rendition of this highly original and unique artist. An absolute must see for all Kate fans. 

Real Ale & Cider Festival, Spa Valley Railway, Fri 19 – Sun 20 Oct

West Kent CAMRA’s beer and cider festival returns to Tunbridge Wells for the ninth year. With live music and the chance to enjoy over 200 real ales, 40+ green hop beers and a craft beer bar featuring UK Keg & European Beers and 30+ ciders, this is the event you don’t wanna miss. The main festival takes places at Tunbridge Wells West where you can also take the heritage train journey to Eridge, where there’ll be chances to enjoy the local brews on board. Read more: 

Screamland, Dreamland in Margate, Fri 18 Oct – Fri 1 Nov

This October, Dreamland will once again mutate into a world of chills, thrills, and horrors as Screamland – the biggest scare festival in the region – returns to Margate. Experience the darker side of Dreamland as the park is turned into ghoulish world of terrifying scare mazes and macabre characters on selected dates from 18 Oct to 1 Nov, with new faces, new maze locations and new terrors in store for 2019. And for the first time, Screamland has teamed up with one of the most famous names in cinema horror to bring you more scares than ever before… Screamland is not for the faint hearted. The scare mazes are 12A rated and anyone 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 and over at all times.

Run or Dye GLOW, Penshurst Place, Sat 19 Oct

Run or Dye GLOW is the first ever night run at Penshurst Place and promises to be a neon-lit, foam-filled party for all fitness levels. On Sat 19 October Run or Dye GLOW, Penshurst Place’s first ever night run, is coming to light up the sky and give us all something fun and colourful on the horizon this Autumn. The brand new laser-lit night run and after-party will see participants run and dance through colour, foam and light zones all set in the grounds of this historic stately home.

Canterbury Festival, Sat 19 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

Canterbury Festival 2019 is a two week extravaganza of music, performance, talks, family events and much more, Canterbury’s annual celebration of the arts brings together a programme that is packed to the brim with global stars, emerging local talent and stunning live performances. With venues including Canterbury Cathedral, The Marlowe Theatre, Kent College’s newly built Great Hall and the spectacular touring Salon Perdu Spiegeltent; Canterbury’s most ambitious Festival unifies the city’s cultural hubs and invites audiences of all ages and backgrounds to be inspired, delighted and stunned. Get your tickets now: 

Apple Festival, Brogdale Collections, Sat 19 – Sun 20 Oct

Visit Brogdale for a breathtaking display of the apples ready to harvest and discover over 2000 varieties! Guided tours of the orchards, horticultural talks, apple pressing demos and a programme of cooking demos happening all weekend. Enjoy local food, browse the craft and produce and meet the experts – apples galore!

Halloween Half Term Fun, Hever Castle, Sat 19 – Thurs 31 Oct

Prepare to be spooked this Halloween at Haunted Hever. Hever Castle & Gardens. Join the spooky storytelling, take part in the Halloween craft activity, follow the scarecrow scavenger hunt around the grounds and sink your teeth into a sweet treat at the deadly delicious biscuit decorating workshop. Don your scariest outfit to take part in the fancy dress costume (with prizes for the best dressed) and finish your spooky creation off with a freakish face paint.

Spook Quest, The Canterbury Tales, Sat 19 – Sun 27 Oct

Grab your best Halloween costume and head on down to The Canterbury Tales! Join in on a spooky quest through Chaucer’s famous ‘Canterbury Tales’. Travel with your band of fellow pilgrims along the spooky route to the shrine of St Thomas Becket, and discover five of the Canterbury Tales and their colourful characters along the way – who’s that behind you?

Peter & The Wolf, Leas Cliff Hall, Sun 20 Oct

Peter & the Wolf is the perfect family show, which depicts the enchanting story of a young boy, Peter, his furry woodland friends, and an encounter with a hungry wolf! A fun and entertaining concert, it’s a wonderful way to introduce classical music to your little ones with live wind quintet consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. The talented instrumentalists have worked with the CBSO, London Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and have performed for West End shows and the BBC Proms. Book your tickets now!

Owl Trail & Meet The Owls, Ightham Mote, Sat 19 – Sun 27 Oct

Plenty of adventures await this October half-term at Ightham Mote! Take your kids on the Owl Trail and find out more about these feathery hunters of the estate and hear stories written by children from The New Beacon and Dunton Green Primary Schools. Definitely don’t miss Thurs 24 Oct where you’ll have the chance to meet some owls with Kent Owl Academy! Get up close to these incredible creatures. 

The Halloween Monster Academy, Leeds Castle, Mon 21 – Sun 27 Oct

Are you a little monster? If so you’ll fit in at our brand new Monster Academy this Halloween. Explore the Castle grounds and complete spooky classes as you go, winning stamps from each teacher to graduate from the Academy. Activities will include learning to move like a monster, perfect your scare technique and complete an obstacle class. There will also be a spooky trail through the grounds as well as daily ghoulish games and a frightful fancy dress competition. A small additional charge applies for the Monster Academy booklet.

Vegan Food Celebration Dinner, The Dog at Wingham, Thurs 24 Oct

Those clever people at The Dog in Wingham are always thinking of ways to lure you back into their clutches and their Vegan Celebration Dinner on 24th October is a fabulous initiative to try out some very tasty vegan food.  Vegan Chef Asher Wyborn has devised this very special menu just for The Dog and he will be working with The Dog’s chefs for a fantastic foodie night! The event starts at 7pm with a Rosemary and Gin-ger (see what they did there) and prepare to have your taste buds tantalized with dishes as Chestnut panna cotta, shiitake remoulade & golden beetroot gazpacho and  Leeks vinaigrette, “boiled egg” & truffled breadcrumbs awaiting you.  Welcome drink & dinner is £45.00 per person and tickets always go really fast so call 01227 720 339 to get booked in!

Beastie Days, Brogdale Collections, Thurs 24 Oct

A full day of exploring Brogdale and discovering fantastic bugs & mini beasts! The kiddies will be hunting and collecting bugs, learning all about these interesting creatures and even have the chance to see an impressive collection of Mega bugs! Including giant cockroaches, millipedes, devil stick insects and epic moths – not for the squeamish.

The Christmas Shop, Sue Davies Flowers, Sutton Valence, 24 Oct

Super-talented Sue is the flower power house behind this florist and really knows her ‘stuff’ having worked in the industry for years. A florist all year round and a magical Christmas shop for the festive season which is opening its doors again this October! If you’re anywhere near Sutton Valence you really must visit…

Fright Night Cinema, Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint, Thurs 24 – Thurs 31 Oct

This halloween for the very first time, cinema in The Towers! Take your seats in the 600 year old turrets of Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint with only 26 seats per screening and a different movie every night, it’ll be a fright night like no other. Sit in the comfortable deck chairs and watch horror classics such as The Exorcist, The Blair Witch Project and Scream on the 123″ HD screen and surround sound. Make an evening of it and go for dinner or drinks in The Pound set in the historic building. Book a cell, feast on fine food or have a girls’ night in the bar with Small Plates and prison-themed cocktails. Book now:

Village Idiot Comedy, Pembury Village Hall, 25 Oct

Don’t miss this stand-up comedy night at Pembury’s Village Hall in partnership with Hospice in the Weald. Village Idiot Comedy specialises in creating a pop-up comedy club experience at local venues and they always give 10% of our profits to a local charity. The line-up includes: Scott Capurro, Regular on The Wright Stuff, Perrier Award winner, appeared in Mrs Doubtfire and voiced a character in Star Wars. David Whitney, “The silver tongued warrior” The Spectator. Paul Ricketts, “Definitely worth seeing” British Comedy Guide. Rosie Wilby, “Excellent” Time Out. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8:30 – 10:30pm. Tickets are only £15, go go go! 

Fright Night Express, Kent & East Sussex Railway, Fri 25 Oct

Ride the Fright Night express if you dare! Before everyone boards, visit the railway from 5:00pm for a Fright Night workshop including pumpkin carving and face painting. There’ll be spooky music and a live fire breather to get everyone in the mood for the 7pm departure. Upon arrival at Northiam Station enjoy a firework display before the return journey to Tenterden, which will see the train arrive back at the station for approximately 8:45pm.

Kent Painters Group Annual Art Exhibition and Sale, Sevenoaks School, Fri 25 – Sun 27 Oct

KPG founded by three good friends who decided to hold a small art sale to raise money for local mental health charities dear to their hearts and now they’ve raised more than £300,000 to mental health and learning disability charities throughout Kent. At this year’s exhibition there are 60 acclaimed artists and sculptors all of whom many have a close affiliation with Kent. Go along, view the art, have a glass of wine and have the opportunity to buy quality art at modest prices. Without gallery overheads, the proceeds are divided between the artist and KPG, who are then able to support their chosen charities. This year’s charities are Sevenoaks Mencap, Rethink, and MacIntyre. On Friday evening ‘meet the artists’ between 6:30 and 9pm. Entry is free all weekend.   


Mum’s The Word #wild_child Halloween Spooktacular, Salomon’s Estate, Sun 27 Oct

Mum’s The Word #Wild_Child family DANCE party is back with a bone-shaking bang this Halloween! Tickets include the devilish DJ (playing 90s dance, garage and Halloween monster mash ups), Halloween themed craft activities for all ages, balloons, giant parachute, colouring wall and frightening facepainting! There will also be street dancing with ‘Funky Moves’, Spooky Storytelling and Halloween Baby Sensory. Plus a chill-out area, baby zone, street food and a licensed bar (for the parents – all that dancing is thirsty work!). Halloween fancy dress for Mums, Dads and their little monsters is very much encouraged and there will be competitions for the best dressed throughout the afternoon! See you on the dance floor. 

Ben Elton, Assembly Hall Theatre, Mon 28 Oct

After 15 years Ben Elton announces his return to stand-up comedy with his 2019 UK tour. More than 30 years ago, Ben Elton exploded into the national consciousness hosting Channel 4’s ground breaking Saturday Live. Now, after a 15 year absence, the Godfather of modern stand-up returns to the medium he did so much to define. Back on the road with an all new stand-up show, Ben promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. Tickets are only £32.25, get them now:

Celebrate Halloween & Bonfire Night with Bill’s, Mon 28 Oct – 17 Nov

Fun night with the girls coming up! The sparks are going to fly with Bill’s exclusive Gunpowder Cocktail this Halloween. Or if you’re feeling brave, play Trick or Treat, Bill’s style and win their Warm Salted Caramel Doughnuts (to redeem use before 28 Nov & buy a main course). Everyone’s a winner so what will you get? 

Halloween Spa Day, Green Farm Spa, Tues 29 Oct – Fri 1 Nov

To celebrate Autumn and Halloween, Green Farm Spa are offering guests to enjoy a day of relaxation on their idyllic farm in Shadoxhurst. Feel renewed with a 55 minute facial including the Optimal Skin Pro Cleanser containing pumpkin enzymes to remove dull skin cells to reveal a healthy glow, sink into their hot tub & sauna for 1 hour and enjoy some lunch with Green Farm’s homegrown, homemade squash & pumpkin soup with fresh bread. £85 pp. Book now: 01233 733997.

Halloween Party, The Mark Cross Inn, Thurs 31 Oct

Celebrate Halloween at The Mark Cross Inn with a spooky menu, fancy dress competition – win a meal for two ooh! And fab live music. It’s promised to be a good night.

Halloween Spooktacular, The Milk House, Thurs 31 Oct

Get out this halloween and join The Milk House for some fun with a pick your poison cocktail menu, spell-binging music from Mocking Jay from 8pm and even a dressing up contest. See ya there!

Ghost Stories at Goodnestone Park, Thurs 31 Oct

Goodnestone Park is a stunning, privately owned stately home and garden near Canterbury. Gorgeous Goodnestone Park is the family seat of Julian Plumptre, the 22nd Lord FitzWalter and sits in 15 acres of land and manicured gardens. Set in the village of M R James’s birth, let his classic ghost stories send a shiver down your spine. Acclaimed storyteller Richard Crowest brings these and other chilling tales by local authors to life this Hallowe’en! Tickets are only £20 with supper, book now: 

Halloween Dine & Stay, Hever Castle, 31 Oct – 1 Nov

Don’t miss Hever Castle’s spooktacular Halloween Dine & Stay! Enjoy ‘Murder at Hever Castle’, a traditional 1930’s Agatha Christie-style murder mystery. Who will survive and who will die? We’re sure Poirot, Morse or Miss Marple could solve the crime, can you? This event will combine an overnight stay in Hever Castle’s Luxury accommodation with a sumptuous dining experience, together with mysterious activities and events. After a busy night of feasting and investigation, breakfast the next morning will be held in the stunning Tudor Suite Dining Room. Book now:


Design-Your-Own Accessory, Elvis & Kresse, Tonge Mill, Sat 2 Nov

Elvis & Kresse, is the incredibly cool brand that makes luxury bags and goodies from reclaimed materials and Burberry’s off cuts (you read about them here before, remember?). They are hugely current, have a big cult following being an eco-friendly, sustainable business. Now it’s your chance to learn how to make and design your own luxury accessory in Elvis & Kresse’s very own workshop at Tonge Mill. On 2 Nov, choose between the wide selection of leather colours and textures, then design and assemble your very own piece. The crafts team at Elvis & Kresse will the finish your piece and send it out to you in their wonderful reclaimed packaging. Including a light lunch. Spaces are limited, book now! 



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.

Compiled by Mollie Manning

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