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FEBRUARY 2019

The Full Monty, The Marlowe Theatre, Mon 28 Jan – Sat 2 Feb 

The Full Monty, the much-loved story of six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose, except their clothes, is coming to The Marlowe Theatre, Kent! The original film took the world by storm and the stage version has become one of Britain’s most successful shows. The cast, is led by Hollyoaks’ Gary Lucy. Tickets available NOW – get a front-row seat if you can! marlowetheatre.com

Nature’s Elements Bootcamp, Reuthe’s, Seal, Fridays & Sundays

Reuthe’s are excited to launch a unique Natures Element Bootcamp with their Personal Trainer Carin. In the woods you’ll experience a full body workout using nature’s resources to build strength and burn calories. Let nature be your playground to get stronger, tone up, grow and have fun! Running every Friday at 9:15 am and Sundays at 10:30 am this February. reuthes.com 

Chocolate Making Workshops, Cocoa & Heart, Bexleyheath, 2, 3 & 9 Feb

Bit of a chocolate lover? Cocoa & Heart have a range of chocolate making workshops happening this February. Try the Creative Chocolate Making Skills Course, the Artisan Chocolate Bar Course or how about the Chocolate, Truffles, Praline and Ganache Course? Get a ‘hands on’ experience and see a professional chocolatier at work. You will have the opportunity to taste different chocolates and take home all your chocolate creations, beautifully wrapped. cocoaandheart.co.uk 

Caroline’s Kitchen, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Tue 5 – Sat 9 Feb

Date night with a difference?! This hit comedy direct from its London run is a searing, sharp, state-of-the-nation comedy coming to the Assembly Hall Theatre. Caroline Mortimer is the nation’s favourite TV cook. But when the camera turns off the truth comes out and when an unexpected guest disrupts a night of celebration there is more to spill than the wine. Laugh-out-loud comedy that pokes fun at modern relationships, starring Caroline Languish, Aden Gillett, and James Sutton –  tickets cost from £15 to £18. assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk   

Sex in the Garden: a Talk on the Private Lives of Insects, Sat 9 Feb

Enjoy a three course meal, with optional insects, followed by a talk by Dr Erica McAlister from the Natural History Museum, in the cosy surroundings of the Blooming Green shed. Scientist, author, star of radio and TV, Dr Erica McAlister will be sharing her love of insects as well as enlightening us with tales of their quirky, fascinating and often shocking behaviour – right outside our back door.

Before sitting back to enjoy Erica’s saucy tales or entomological erotica, you’ll be treated to a bug-themed menu (insects optional) including a welcome cocktail, canapes, main course and dessert. Edible insects will be provided by Eat Grub — a boundary-breaking sustainable food brand that aims to revolutionise Western food culture by introducing insects as a staple part of it. 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm. bloominggreenflowers.co.uk

Snowdrop Walk, Hever Caste, Sat 9 Feb – Sun 3 March 

A heavenly carpet of snowdrops will provide a magical trail for visitors to follow at Hever Castle from Sat 9 Feb! Around 80,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the Gardens over the past few years which will be a beautiful sight to see this February. If you’re feeling energetic, you can also take part in the peaceful one hour Hever Lake Walk which will take you around the perimeter of the 38 acre lake – wellies advised! hevercastle.co.uk 

Matt Forde’s ‘Brexit Through The Gift Shop’, Hazlitt Theatre, Sat 9 Feb

The whole thing’s a mess and only one person can sort it out. Sadly, we have no idea who it is. Join Britain’s leading political comedian, Matt Forde, for the show that was a complete sell-out at this year’s Edinburgh Festival and his last as an EU citizen. Forde will be performing at The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone on Sat 9 Feb at 7:30, tickets are only £13.50. parkwoodtheatres.co.uk 

Build It Live, Kent Event Centre, Sat 9 – Sun 10 Feb 

Now in its seventh year, Build It Live is back at the award winning Kent Event Centre in Detling, Maidstone. It’s the perfect chance to find out more about embarking on a self-build or a renovation project for your home, the exhibition aims to provide a stress-free route to creating a truly individual home, with the opportunity to meet architects and other independent experts for one-to-one free advice on how to turn a project into reality. If you’re planning a self-build, an extension, or renovating a property, Build It Live South East will be an essential part of your preparation! builditlive.co.uk

Secret Art Party, The Black Pig in Tunbridge Wells, Tues 12 Feb


Secret Ar t Parties offers a special painting masterclass, come and enjoy creating your own version of a modern masterpiece with a brush in one hand and a drink in the other! All abilities are welcome and on Tues 12 Feb have the chance to create your own version of Edvard Munch’s lyrical, ‘Dance on the Shore’. Hosted in The Black Pig pub in Tunbridge Wells between 7 – 10:30pm. eventbrite.co.uk 

Valentine’s Day, Macknade Fine Foods, Thurs 14 Feb

Celebrate the most romantic night of the year at Macknade and enjoy a classic, seasonal menu from local chef’s Ally & Kim. The menu costs £45 and includes three courses, canapés, a glass of bubbly on arrival and tea, coffee & chocolates to finish. Book your table now! Reservations from 7 – 8:30 pm still available. macknade.com 

Valentine’s Dine and Stay Experience, Hever Castle, Thu 14 – Fri 15 Feb

Time to bring on the fromage! But here on Muddy we say, if you’re gonna go romantic do it in style. Bring out the Anne Boleyn in you at Hever Castle (Winner of Best Boutique Stay in Muddy Award 2018). Arrive from midday to enjoy the Castle and garden – be wined and dined with a drinks reception, followed by dinner served in the Tudor Suite. An after-dinner bar will be available until midnight (more wine please, manservant) and in the morning refuel (wink, wink) with a full English or Continental Breakfast. Tickets for this Valentine’s Day experience start at £200.00 per person, with upgradable rooms also available for an added £14 – £40 pp. LAST FEW rooms left to get in quick! hevercastle.co.uk

Pop-up with Chef Ben Sulston, The Old Fire Station, Tonbridge, Fri 15 & Sat 16 Feb

The Old Fire Station in Tonbridge is more than just a coffee shop by day! The historic building hosts a range of exciting pop-ups and events all year round and this February TOFS is welcoming Ben Sulston. Chef Sulston has been cooking for over 20 years around the world including Brazil, Thailand and closer to home in Spain, Holland, France and all over the UK. So don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a four-course meal cooked by Ben Sulston for only £40 pp plus a glass of bubbles and snacks on arrival – need we say anymore? tofstn.com 

Valentine’s Get Away, Salomons Estate, Fri 15 – Sun 17 Feb

Escape to the country side this Valentines and enjoy a 2 night stay at Salomons Estate including a delicious 2 course dinner on 1 of the nights from just £189.00! Take time to relax and explore the estate which includes an interesting museum as well as 36 acres of grounds and woodland before indulging with a two course evening meal. salomons-estate.com

The Enchanted Forest, Pop Up Restaurant, East Sutton, Sat 16 FebIntroducing our fave tented-pop-up hosts, the brilliant Twisted Bramble, brought to you by Nicci Gurr of Home Gurr’own. Top chef, catering guru and wedding and events organiser, Nicci, knows a thing or two about putting on a bash – so you’re in safe hands. Wind your way down candlelit pathways and dine in an otherworldly atmosphere amongst the trees, encased within the walls of a beautiful spellbinding sailcloth tent. The pop up will appear in the grounds of Friday Street Farm, East Sutton where you’ll enjoy magical entertainment, a cocktail upon arrival and a delicious 5 course feast. Tickets cost £85. twistedbramble.co.uk

Children’s Book Festival, Dreamland, Margate, Sat 16 Feb 

Dreamland hosts its first ever Children’s Book Festival this February half term, from 10 – 4pm on Sat 16 Feb. The action-packed line up includes a very special appearance from The Gruffalo, plus screenings of film adaptations of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler classics by Magic Light Pictures, including Room On The Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat, The Gruffalo and their highly-anticipated latest release Zog! dreamland.co.uk

Half-term Hunters, Leeds Castle, 16 – 24 Feb

Become a first-class junior hunter this half term on the grounds of the Castle! Throw on your thinking caps and wellies with an exciting activity booklet on-hand to help guide you through the grounds, complete the various puzzles and challenges to be rewarded with a chocolate prize. leeds-castle.com 

Leeds Castle’s Big 900 Writing Competition, NOW – 5 Mar 2019

And while we’re on the subject, Leeds Castle is celebrating its 900th anniversary this year – get your kiddies to join the big birthday celebrations by writing a short story about Castles and Time Travel. The two winning stories picked by the judges, including renowned broadcaster and children’s author Clare Balding, will go into a time capsule to be buried by the winning children and HRH Princess Alexandra and only opened again in 100 years’ time. Deadline for entry: 5 Mar 2019 at 12pm. leeds-castle.com

Help Me Healthy Yoga Day, Green Farm Retreats, Shadoxhurst, Sun 17 Feb

For those keeping to their New Years healthy resolutions or those totally boozed and slumpish. Spend the day in the natural picturesque setting and wonderfully relaxed retreat that is Green Farm. The day begins with an energising yoga class in the haybarn studio and then moves to the interactive cooking workshop with Nutritionist & Naturopath Alice Yates. Learn how to feel better and feel fresh for Monday (if you must). This day retreat which includes classes, lunch & refreshments is £120 per person. greenfarmkent.co.uk

Live at the Marlowe, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Sun 17 Feb

See comedians you know and love, as well as discovering some new favourites (as Muddy has just heard word of the line-up this month). Milton Jones headlines the popular night of comedy (BBC2’s Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo). He is joined by cult oddity Spencer Jones (BBC2’s Live At The Apollo, BBC1’s Upstart Crow), stand-up legend Simon Munnery, Kiri Pritchard-McLean (BBC1’s Have I Got News For YouAll Killa No Filla hit podcast) and Jen Brister (BBC2’s Live At The Apollo). With tickets at £24 pp – a night of laughs not to miss! marlowetheatre.com 

Snowdrop Days, Goodnestone Park, Goodnestone, Sun 17 Feb & Sun 3 Mar

Check out the first signs of Spring in the Woodland Garden at Goodnestone Park this half-term. Walk around the windy paths of this beautiful country manor to check out the snowdrops, as well as smaller woodland treasures: especially good collections of witch hazels and hellebores. Perfect for a sunny Sunday! goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk

Stop Motion Animation, Trinity Theatre, Mon 18 – Wed 20 Feb

Back by popular demand! Trinity Theatre’s Youth Course will teach you all there is to know about creating a story using stop motion animation over three days. Starting from Mon 18 – Weds 20 in February from 10 – 4pm, recommended for ages 9-15. Explore animation using every day objects, sweets and even humans! From creating your figurines to positioning the camera, bring any tale to life with a skilled facilitator, and be sent your work after the course. trinitytheatre.net 

Kaiser Chiefs, Margate Winter Gardens, 19 Feb 

Formed in Leeds in 2000, Kaiser Chiefs are one of the leading bands of their generation. Fronted by the charismatic Ricky Wilson, the band have had a string of hits such as ‘Oh My God’, ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’, ‘Never Miss A Beat’ and ‘Hole In My Soul.’ Tickets are going for £35 at the Margate Winter Gardens on 19 Feb at 7:30 pm! margatewintergardens.co.uk

Mary Poppins: Returns, Trinity Theatre, Weds 20 Feb

Have you somehow slipped under a rock? Don’t miss Mary Poppins Returns at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Have a drink in the bar, escape the crowds and see Emily Blunt play our favourite magical nanny. trinitytheatre.net 

Faversham Literary Festival, Faversham, Thurs 21 – Sun 24 Feb

Jo Brand, Will Self, Lionel Shriver and Jenni Murray head a stellar line-up at Faversham’s second literary festival. More than 30 events to choose from, including fiction, nature writing, political debate, writings on the refugee crisis, history, cookery, poetry and more. Most ticket prices are £3 and £5, with a few special events priced slightly higher! So no excuse to miss this! favershamliteraryfestival.org 

High School Musical, Trinity Theatre, Fri 22 & Sat 23 Feb

The Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical is not only hitting the stage, but it’s actually coming to life, right here in Kent at the Trinity Theatre. Performed by Trinity Youth Theatre (these guys are good – Trinity Theatre have a reputation for nurturing real up and coming talent). Warning! These songs are earworms – you will be belting them out aaaall week. Running on Fri 22 Feb, 2pm & 7pm and Sat 23 Feb, 2pm. trinitytheatre.net 

Mary Queen of Scots, Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Sat 23 – Mon 25 Feb 

War Horse, The Marlowe Theatre, Web 27 Feb – Sat 16 March

Following its sold-out run at The Marlowe Theatre in 2017 the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse returns to Canterbury in 2019. Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is an unforgettable experience which will take you on a journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. marlowetheatre.com

Lunar New Year Celebration, The Dog at Wingham, Canterbury, Thurs 28 Feb

February sees the Lunar New Year and the start of the Year of the Pig and The Dog thought this would make a great theme for their February Celebration Dinner. From 7.00pm welcome drinks of Singapore Sling are served, and from 8.00pm the four-course lunar feast begins, including a chili & soy glazed pork collar with sticky fragrant rice and Chinese curry sauce – yum! £39.50 p.p. contact The Dog call at 01227 720 339 or email info@thedog.co.uk to make your booking now! thedog.co.uk

 

FURTHER AFIELD… 

Wave-Field, Variation F, Coal Drops Yard, London, Thurs 31 Jan – Sun 10 Mar

Illuminated musical seesaws…if that doesn’t bring out your inner child then nothing will! The hugely popular travelling installation Wave-Field, Variation F, is created by Lateral Office and CS Design with soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama, and it’s coming to Coal Drops Yard.

With Wave-Field, Variation F, you are the catalyst that sets the artwork in motion. The installation invites you to play…in public…in the street. You’ll have to pair up with others – friends, family, strangers – to create patterns and harmonies. The result? An ever-changing musical event where light and sound build and intensify. coaldropsyard.com

 

EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Sat 2 Feb

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri (b. 1964), Éventail de vos hasards, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018. Dior Héritage collection, Paris

This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there’s a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London. vam.ac.uk

 

EXHIBITION: Don McCullin Photography, Tate Britain, Sun 3 Feb – Mon 6 May & Dorothea Tanning Exhibition, Wed 27 Feb to Sun Jun 9

Over 250 photographs spanning Don McCullin’s 6o year career are on display at Tate Britain and include his iconic war images, including Vietnam, Northern Island and Syria, as well as some of his work focussing on poverty in England. At the end of the month, Tate Modern is showing over 100 works by Dorothea Tanning, from her 7 decade career as a surrealist artist. And don’t forget the Tate Late session at the Tate Modern on Fri 22 Feb when you can wander the galleries after hours and listen to talks, music and workshops. tate.org.uk

 

THEATRE: The Winter’s Tale for Young Audiences, National Theatre, London, Wed 6 – Thurs 21 Feb

This is a great way to introduce primary-age children to Shakespeare (and it’s only an hour long). The Winter’s Tale, the story of Perdita, the girl who was once lost but is found, returns to the National Theatre in February 2019, following a sell-out run at the Dorfman Theatre last year.  Adapted by Justin Audibert and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson, the show is also touring round primary schools in Greater London. nationaltheatre.org.uk

 

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