September hit list: what’s on this month
Sexy September! 18 brilliant things to do in Kent and beyond this month including cinema, comedy, theatre, festivals, exhibitions and more.
Flow Yoga, Tunbridge Wells, Now Open
Winner of the 2019 and 2018 Muddy Awards for Best Yoga Studio in Kent, FLOW is a true hidden gem, run in the back garden of the husband and wife team in Tunbridge Wells – and they are now open after a long 6 months! Classes are limited to 5 people only but there’s a class on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays so there’s plenty of chance to nab your spot in one. Book in here.
Eat Out offer extended til end of Sep! The Dog, Wingham
Have you been to The Dog yet? It’s a friendly, stylish, foodie pub – ideal for romantic walkers or family fun plus it scooped Best Food prize at the Great British Pub Awards last year. AND they are extending the Eat Out offer into September! Get 50% off food and soft drinks up to a maximum of £10 pp every Mon – Thurs. Tempted? Book your table now.
Want to know who else has extended the Eat Out offer?
Are you missing the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme already? Well don’t worry! You can still get a whopping 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to the value of £10 per head when you eat at participating pubs, cafes and restaurants. Here’s who is EXTENDING the deal…
FREE Class Trials from Findurfit, Available Online
You’ll want to know about personal trainer, Sarah Best aka Findurfit, who will inspire you to make fitness part of your life and she’ll help you find a love of exercise whatever level you are. Best yet, Sarah is offering FREE trials for her online classes this September! So you can join in one of her classes with no strings attached.
Sarah has a range of classes from barre to strength and cardio. There’s even a class your teens could try, yup! Just click ‘Give It a Try’ on her class packages. Click here for the Full Timetable.
Friday Night Comedy Club, Trinity Theatre, Until 4 Sep
It’s back! Friday nights are comedy nights at Trinity Gardens. Trinity Theatre’s beautiful gardens in Tunbridge Wells is the ideal location, for a full season of comedy nights throughout the summer. Next one’s on the 7 Aug, experience Andrew Ryan, Kerry Godliman and the final act which is TBC. Who will it be? It’s the ultimate date night! This Friday’s menu is beef and mushroom in black bean sauce OR sweet and sour vegetables served with stir-fried egg noodles with beansprouts. Tickets are limited so get in quick.
Weekend Yoga Retreat, Samsara, Fri 4 – Sun 6 Sep
Join Samsara for a weekend long retreat in September, located deep in the Kentish countryside, it’s the perfect place to go and take a moment away from your daily life. Enjoy a nourishing weekend of yoga, meditation, treatments, delicious food, a healing sound bath and a two night stay at their unique luxury location. Don’t want to stay? You can book a day pass but trust us, you won’t want to leave! For more information and to book your place, head here.
Late Summer Mindfulness Day Retreat, Biddenden, Sat 5 Sep
Treat yourself to a slice of tranquility and self-care in the stunning surroundings of Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat near Biddenden. Run by Kathryn Freeland, who has over 20 years experience training private clients and celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Claudia Winkleman. We know its bliss. Expect outdoor fitness in the beautiful woodland, calming meditation, relaxing yoga by the pond, a delicious lunch and afternoon tea. Starting at 10:30 am, finishing at 4:30 pm. For more details, click here. To book your spot, email email@example.com.
Three Men in a Boat, Open Air Theatre, Chiddingstone Castle, Sat 5 Sept
Don’t miss this – the production has had some seriously stellar reviews! Celebrate the last few summer days with two open air performances by Kick in the Head Productions, staged in the Castle’s beauiful Victorian Orangery. Bring along family, friends and a picnic blanket and find your spot on the lawn. There will be plenty of space for social distancing and the Tea Room will be selling take away refreshments. Tickets need to be booked in advance using the buttons.
Join Jerome as he recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the magnificent River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Come and join in the fun as Giles Shenton expertly takes the helm and pilots you through the ridiculous tale of men behaving badly while messing about in boats! (Open air theatre – so dress according to weather conditions, bring blankets and picnic rugs too). Get tickets here.
Craft & Design Fair, Hever Castle, Thurs 10 – Sun 13 Sep
Head to Hever Castle this Sep for a contemporary craft fair organised by Craft In Focus. Over the four days you will be able to discover around 150 exhibitors from the UK’s finest designer makers and contemporary artists. Held in the stunning gardens of Hever Castle, in semi-open marquees so there will be plenty of space at this historic venue. Enjoy live demonstrations and music plus the mazes and play areas will be open for the kids! Pre-book your tickets here.
Feel Good Fridays, Samsara Retreat & Yoga, From Fri 11 Sep
Samsara Retreat & Yoga‘s much-loved Feel Good Fridays are back! Kick off your weekend in this countryside sanctuary. The day begins at 9am until 2:30pm, where you’ll experience a Yoga Class, Nutrition talk, Salad Jar making, Mindfulness session plus a wholesome lunch! All for just £49 pp. Grab a girlfriend and book your place now!
BOOK THIS: Supper Club, The Red Lion, Stodmarsh, 11 & 12 Sep
Don’t miss the Supper Clubs at The Red Lion! They are offering a full seven course tasting menu featuring the wonderful produce available in Kent plus there’s a wine pairing with each food course. If you’re looking for something fun and different to do, check out the menu and book your spot now!
Theatre: Rotten States, The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells, 15 – 26 Sep
Want to experience theatre like never before? Don’t miss this brand new immersive show! GOOMs (Get Out Of My Space) has just announced Rotten States. Taking place outdoors at The Beacon in Tunbridge Wells, as an audience member, you’ll have complete free rein to roam across the expansive set and follow whatever character you wish. With over 10,000 ways of watching the show, you’ll have a completely unique experience to anyone else who comes and watch the show. It will be taking place whatever the weather, so bring your coat! Book your tickets here.
Bromley & Beckenham International Festival, 17 – 20 Sep
Bringing world-class music to Kent, the first annual Bromley & Beckenham International Music Festival will take place within four socially-distanced chamber music concerts at St Peter and St Pauls Church in Bromley. Created to support and celebrate the Arts which have been severely affected by the Covid-19 crisis plus the local community. They are donating 50% of the festival’s surplus to support St. Christopher’s Hospice. For the full programme and to book your tickets, click here.
Drive In Garden Party, Eridge Park, 19 – 20 Sep
In the absence of the ever popular Pub in the Park this year, the Michelin-starred marvel has already treated us to a drive-and-dine cinema and is now going one further with a drive-in garden party. It’ll feature all the best bits of Pub in the Park – amazing musical artists (we’re looking forward to Gabrielle and Keane) and food from top-notch chefs and restaurants – only you’ll have your own socially distanced private plot to park up in. Have you got yours yet? Book it up now.
The Luna Cinema, Rochester Castle, 30 Sep – 4 Oct
Watch your favourite film with the imposing fortress of the medieval Rochester Castle (30 Sep – 4 Oct)! Definitely something you can’t do everyday. Catch movies like; Pretty Woman, Grease, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire and Rocket Man! No need to drive-in or bring your own chair, everyone will be assigned a pitch that will have chairs pre-laid out to make sure everyone is social distancing. Book your tickets now, they are selling out fast!
London Design Festival, various locations, 12 – 20 Sept
Now in its 18th year, this cool festival features commissions and installations across the city, including The Hothouse, located in the newly coined International Quarter (Stratford). The glasshouse installation provides a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow within the UK’s climate.
Aubrey Beardsley Exhibition, Tate Britain, until 20 Sept
Here’s the last call to see this awesome retrospective exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley’s work, from his early medievalist and mythological subjects to his bold illustrations covering themes of sex, death and humour.
Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, until 14 Feb
From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages.
Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs Exhibition, Imperial War Museum, London, until 24 May 2021
Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.
Steve McQueen Exhibition, Tate Modern, London, until 6 Sept
This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career, including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above).
Need more inspo on things to do? Here’s who’s open featuring some of Kent’s best outdoor attractions.
Compiled by Mollie Manning