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NOV 2017

Addams Family, The Orchard Theatre, Sat 4 Nov

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows; she’s fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. We grabbed Samantha Womack, who plays vampy Morticia, for a chat, which you can read here.

Shirley Valentine, The Orchard Theatre, Mon 6 – Sat 11 Nov

Shirley is a Liverpudlian housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for 2 weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself very differently. Read the Muddy review of this one-woman show here.

Walk like an Egyptian, Maidstone museum, Tues 7 Nov – Sat 11 Nov &  Tues 14 Nov  – Sat 18 Nov

Following a major refurbishment project visitors will be able to explore the rich and diverse lives of everyday Egyptians and Greeks through a series of themed displays and interactive stations. An immersive experience awaits, with a multi-sensory blend of sights, sounds and smells as well as items to touch. Exhibits will include the only mummy in Kent – Ta-Kush. Come face-to-face with this ancient Egyptian woman, who died over 2,700 years ago, through an amazing life-size facial reconstruction and listen to her story.

Opening, The Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells, Wed 8 Nov

As you’ll know, if you’ve been reading Muddy, the legendary Ivy Collection is set to bring a touch of the brand’s famous glamour, style and culinary delights to Kent – but with an all-day casual, dining setting (if you missed the first post on it, click here). Located on the bustling High Street of Royal Tunbridge Wells, the restaurant will make for an ideal spot to enjoy an accessible all-encompassing menu, serving British classics from dawn until dusk, including breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails. See you there!

Stargazing Specialists, Hall Place & Gardens, Wed 8 Nov

Fancy a Milkyway or Mars? No I am not talking chocolate… This one is calorie free (sigh). Wrap up warm to spend an evening looking at the stars in the company of Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society, Dartford. Outdoor activities are weather dependant. Followed by tea and cake.

Jimmy Carr, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Wed 8 Nov

Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. His new tour will distill everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.

The Dreamboys, Margate Winter Gardens, Fri 10 Nov

This act doesn’t need any introductions. With special guest appearances on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide Tours, The Dreamboys remain as popular as ever.

Gum paste rose making workshop, Delicious Occasions, Sat 11 Nov

This class takes place in the new Delicious Occasions studio set in the beautiful Kent countryside. Run by the owner, Claire, places are limited to 6 to allow maximum attention to each student. In this class you will learn the finer detail of the differences of roses, covering the David Austin and Claire Austin rose. Learn how to create these beautiful popular flowers using wired and none wired techniques, cutters and veiners. All equipment is provided and you can take your finished work home with you. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. To learn more about Claire and Delicious Occasions click here or to book your place on the course click here.

Wild Winter Family Rave, Groombridge Place, 11 Nov

Big Fish Little Fish continues to be a raving success and is coming back for one more massively successful family event at Groombridge Place with a Wild Winter Rave. Fan favorites DJs Baker & Beale (Rude and Deadly/Xfm) will be on the decks. Due to the exceptional popularity of this event it has been extended by an hour – what more mischief can we get up to eh?

Dreamland Fiesta, Dreamland Margate, Sat 11 Nov

If the delectable street food and splash of tequila isn’t enough, get into the spirit with the sounds of the Mariachi band and a performance by The Cuban Brothers. The perfect place to dine, drink and dance the night away.

Murder Mystery Evening, Port Lympne, 11 Nov

From start to finish you will be completely entertained whilst having to work out from all the clues who YOU think was the murderer! Arrive at 6:30pm for a glass of bubbly while our actors help to set the scene and then enjoy a delicious 3 course meal while working out the additional clues between each course. Don’t be deceived…. it may even be one of your own guests who has done the deed or was it the waitress at the bar?

Cyclo Cross, Leeds Castle, 12 Nov

A chance for Leeds Castle visitors to add interest to their Sunday walk… watch and learn about the growing cross country sport of Cyclo Cross. The London Cross League are holding a race in the Upper Parkland and anticipate between 300 and 400 riders will be taking part in races for all different ages. The course looks set to be eventful and fun, with riders having to tackle elements named after the Castle’s long history – ‘the joust’, ‘the wall’ and ‘the moat’.

The Nutcracker, Hazlitt Theatre, Sun 12 Nov

Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time performed by the acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll as their adventures see them combating the Mouse King and joining the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.

Flashdance, The Musical, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Mon 13 Nov to Sat 18 Nov

Pass me my legwarmers, high leg leotard, and heavy dute welding visor – I’m ready for my Flashdance closeup. Eh, what do you mean Joanne Clifton already has the lead role? (*sigh*) Yes tis true, the Strictly champion continues her successful foray into musicals taking on the role of Alex, tomboy building site worker by day, gyrating sweaty permahaired foxtress by night. She stars with A1’s Ben Adams in this touring production that has me more excited than I dare admit. First when there’s nothingBut a slow glowing dream… (sing it with me…!)

Kentish Made Christmas pop up, Staplehurst, Mon 13 – Fri 17 Nov

Katie opens the doors to her home (which conveniently used to be an actual shop) at this time every year and invites the makers of things she likes to join her in a Christmas shopping mini emporium. It’s small but perfectly formed. Don’t expect a sprawling Christmas market, but do expect lots of beautiful gift ideas that have been made by someone who lives in a 10 mile radius of the shop you’re standing in. It’s open every day next week during school hours, and also in the evening of Thursday 16 Nov, 7pm until 10pm. Address: Aysgarth, High Street, Staplehurst.

Christmas Wreath Making, Leeds Castle, 14-16 Nov

Get into the festive spirit by creating handmade wreaths with expert guidance. The RHS Award-winning Castle Floristry Team will help keen amateurs prepare for Christmas with Christmas Wreath Making workshops.

The Little Mermaid, The Marlowe Theatre, Tues 14 ‐ Sat 18 Nov

You know the classic story – when a young mermaid is finally allowed her first glimpse of life beyond the ocean, she is enthralled by what she sees. After falling desperately in love with a man, she will do anything she can to live a human life. Northern Ballet’s beautiful new ballet will reimagine the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and take you on a journey beneath the waves. Choreographed by David Nixon OBE, and performed to an original score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, book now to see this spectacular new production. I know my daughter would absolutely love to see this.

The Wealden Times Mid-Winter Fair, The Hop Farm, 16 – 18 Nov

Don’t miss the three fabulous days of stylish shopping at Wealden Times Midwinter Fair at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood. With loads of local, original and handmade Christmas gifts (and some from further afield) you can browse amongst more than 200 handpicked exhibitors’ stands filling seven heated, joined-up marquees. You’ll also find everything for the festive season, yummy festive treats, pretty bits for your home and garden and seasonal fashion. When you’re ready to refuel, the Street Food Cafe will be serving delicious snacks and meals from vintage vans, whilst tea and cake will be on tap in the pretty tea tent. Grab some girlfriends, empty the car boot (ready for all your bags) and get shopping.

Ice Skating in the Park, Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 17 Nov – Mon 1 Jan

This one is definitely a Muddy Favorite! From Christmas markets to Father Christmas himself this ice skating rink has all the ingredients for a fun, festive day out. They have great skating aids for the kids (and the hubby *snort*) – and I’ll be the one taking a stylish turn… at the mulled wine stand.

Cider Making Courses, Brogdale Collections, Sat 18 Nov

Could a homemade bottle of cider be the perfect Christmas gift? The cider making day will start at Brogdale Farm with a history of cider making in Kent as well as covering the health and safety aspects of making cider for commercial use and cider making at home. You will then spend the rest of the morning getting ‘hands on’ with cider making, learning valuable skills from the knowledgeable founder of Woolly Pig Cider. You’ll learn about the cider making process and finish off with a tasting session.

Grease, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, 21 – 25 Nov

It’s the original high-school musical featuring everyone’s favourite characters. Tom Parker from  boy band The Wanted plays Danny alongside Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and EastEnders’ and Strictly‘s Louisa Lytton as Rizzo. Sign along to all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie with the Rydell High gang – Grease is the word!

Tunbridge Wells Entrepreneur Social, Kingdom, Penshurst, Wed 22 Nov

Yes, well spotted – the Tunbridge Wells Entrepreneur Socials are not actually in Tunbridge Wells! They’re naughty like that… They take place at a secret hideaway near Penshurst called Kingdom, (that’s been written about several times on Muddy don’tcha know). This is the launch event of this new gathering to be followed up with events kicking off every 4th Wednesday from January 2018. There is no membership fee. It’s just about having a healthy dose of inspiration and an opportunity to connect and collaborate with like-minded purpose-driven entrepreneurs and the chance to listen to successful entrepreneurs who feature as guest speakers, sharing their stories, insights and learnings – kicking off with the very brilliant, innovative and eco-friendly Kresse from Elvis & Kresse (who you will have also read about on these ‘ere pages…) if not click here to see.

Peter Pan, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 24 Nov – 14 Jan 2018

Yup, this one’s starting early! Don’t miss this fun-filled, family pantomime, Peter Pan, starring Shaun Williamson (EastEnders and Extras), Wendi Peters (Coronation Street), children’s favourites Gemma Hunt (CBeebies’ Swashbuckle), David Ribi (Channel 5’s Milkshake) and Samantha Dorrance (CBeebies’ The Tale Of Mr Tumble). The show will also feature the hilarious Marlowe favourites Ben Roddy and Lloyd Hollett.

Indigo Sea, Band Night at The Vine in Goudhurst, Thurs 23 Nov

The Vine Band Nights are becoming more and more popular – I’ve heard reports of a great atmosphere in the pub.  The next one is up this week when local band Indigo Sea will be playing an eclectic mix of funk, pop and rock from 8.30pm. Hands in the air now…

Santa’s Grotto Opening, Howletts, 25– 26 Nov

A little bit of Christmas magic is coming to Howletts this year… Your little ones can meet Father Christmas and his friendly elves on selected weekends from the end of November into December.  With time slots every 30 minutes from 10.00am until 4.00pm Santa and his elves will be merrily greeting families and giving away special Christmas gifts to children.

The History Of Christmas Carols, Hever Castle, 25 Nov – 24 Dec

You’ve sung them in church, at school, or with friends and family and you know all of their words by heart, but do you know the stories behind some of the best-known Christmas carols? Walk through the rooms of the Castle adorned with beautiful decorations and welcoming log fires to learn about the history of these seasonal songs. Discover the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ trail and wander through the illuminated gardens as dusk falls.

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