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JANUARY 2019

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

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

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea at One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells, Until 31 Jan

This special themed afternoon tea will have you grinning like a Cheshire Cat! Enjoy an eclectic menu of sweet treats and savoury delights inspired by characters and quirks from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland like Chocolate Playing Cards, Marzipan Mushroom, Raspberry Mousse Cake and Strawberry Panna Cotta. Accompanying finger sandwiches include Alice English Cucumber and Cream Cheese, Smoked Salmon, Egg Mayonnaise, Beef, Rocket and Onion Marmalade, and Ham and Mustard. Wash everything down with Alice’s Exotic potions ‘Drink Me’, ‘Queen of Hearts’, ‘The White Rabbit’ or a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne! onewarwickpark.co.uk

Lantern Light Storytelling, Bodium Castle, Weekends in Jan

Join our storytellers as they weave their spell with stories throughout the day by lantern light to capture your imagination. nationaltrust.org.uk

Bluewater Ice Rink, Until 6 Jan

This year the ice rink will be located in a brand new setting beside the lake outside the West Village with hot drinks and refreshments available from an alpine cabin and a giant, sparkly Christmas tree at the centre. Adult tickets £11, children & junior tickets £9-10. bluewater.co.uk
Wedding Open Day, Penshurst Place, 13 Jan 
Did someone say Wedding season? Join Penshurst Place on their first Wedding Open Day of 2019 and discover the beautiful 14th century manor house like you’ve never seen it before! Open from 10am – 3pm, you can browse and meet the experts to help make your wedding at Penshurst Place come alive. penshurstplace.com 
Kinky Boots, The Marlowe Theatre, Mon 14 – Sat 26 Jan
Don’t miss Kinky Boots coming to The Marlowe Theatre for its first ever UK tour! Experience the joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan! With only a few tickets remaining, be quick! marlowetheatre.com

Help Me Healthy Day Retreat, Green Farm Spa, Weds 16 Jan

Struggling to get out of bed in the morning? Unable to loose weight? We may have found you a solution! Green Farm Spa is running a ‘Help Me Healthy’ retreat, running from 9am – 2:15 pm on the 16 Jan. Take part in an interactive cooking workshop with in-house Naturopath & Nutritionist Alice Yeates where you’ll have the chance to prepare, cook and eat your own lunch using fresh, mostly farm-grown ingredients and you will leave with your own individual nutrition plan. Kickstart those healthy habits! greenfarmkent.co.uk 

The George Michael Legacy: Faith, Assembly Hall Theatre, Fri 18 Jan

A stunning celebration remembering one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. This energetic, vibrant musical journey brings to life 35 years of hits from George’s glittering career – you gotta have faith! Tickets are on sale now and start from £23.50. assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk 

Wedding Showcase, Hever Castle, Sun 20 Jan

Hever Castle are 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 Hever’s Award Winning caterers Leith’s and other curated suppliers to help you gather ideas for your big day. Wander around at your leisure, it’s open from 12 – 4pm and you’ll be able to meet the team to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you have. hevercastle.co.uk

DayOne Wellness Retreat, KINGDOM in Penshurst, Sun 20 Jan

Need a health push this January? DayOne Wellness Retreats are the perfect way get fit and most importantly, have fun! Set in the beautiful surroundings of KINGDOM in Penshurst, you’ll feel more relaxed, alive and energised. The day will involve a mix of Nature Fit, Yoga and even a woodland walk. Including a Wholefoods Lunch and special guest speaker Ania Jefferies who will be discussing how to cultivate confidence and self-belief to have your BEST year yet! There’s only 7 places left so get signed up. dayonewellness.lpages.co 

Deakin’s, Dinner With The Gamekeeper, Canterbury, Fri 25 Jan 

Join Deakin’s and Phil, the game keeper at Turner’s Game, for their highly anticipated evening, celebrating local game and the closing of the main game season. During the experience you’ll enjoy a guided tour through our three course menu as well as a locally sourced wood pigeon to take home with an accompanying recipe card. facebook.com/events 

Burns Night, Hever Castle, Fri 25 – Sat 26 Jan

Hever will once again be hosting a Burns Night Celebration! This event is combined in an overnight stay in the Castle’s five-star luxury accommodation with a tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Combining a formal affair with all the pomp and ceremony one would expect at a traditional Burns Night supper with an informal knees-up to a Ceilidh. They’re expecting this year to be another sell-out success so move fast! hevercastle.co.uk

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

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A), Trinity Theatre, Tues 29 Jan 

Grab a girlfriend, have a drink in the bar and see this movie all under one roof! What more could you want? Escape the crowds and watch this foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. trinitytheatre.net 

MOVIE RELEASES

The Favourite, from Tues 1 Jan

Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone star in this love-triangle / power battle that looks wonderfully bitchy. Olivia Coleman is Queen Anne, dominated by her scheming courtier Rachel Weisz. When Emma Stone appears at court she is determined to win the Queen’s favour. What ensues is a jaw-dropping power struggle, played out against the backdrop of England during the Restoration.

Mary, Queen of Scots, from Fri 18 Jan

More period queeny drama as Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I battle it out in in 1569. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as her cousin Elizabeth I. Fab costumes, extraordinary make up and good performances are promised but some critics aren’t happy about some historical inaccuracies. What, you mean Elizabeth I doesn’t marry King Eric of Sweden after all? *thud*

Serenity, from Fri 25 Jan

Interstellar co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway reunite for this thriller about a fishing boat captain pulled into a web of deceit when his ex-wife begs him to save her from her abusive new husband.

FURTHER AFIELD… 

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Ourselves, the National Theatre, London, Wed 16 Jan – Sat 2 Mar

Cate Blanchett makes her debut at The National alongside Stephen Dilane in this new play by Martin Crimp, based on Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela. It explores desire, sexual violence and the complicated roles men and women play – blimey!. There’s also a series of talks with members of the production and the playwright throughout the play’s run though Cate isn’t on the menu I’m afraid. nationaltheatre.org.uk

Tate Late, Tate Modern, London, Fri 25 Jan

More art, you cultured lot, in this monthly open evening at Tate Modern that includes music, workshops, talks and more as you wander the galleries after hours. This Friday Bridget Minamore, poet, critic, essayist and journalist, will be reading from her debut pamphlet Titanic, which explores love, loss and the struggles we all face in relationships. tate.org.uk

Kew Gardens, London, Until 5 Jan

A spectacular winter trail with over a million twinkling lights and thousands of laser beams, Kew’s light show is awe-inspiring. You can be mesmerised by the Fire Garden, walk through the moonlit woods and check out the laser garden. Mulled wine, hot choc and spiced cider will help keep you warm and the kids can whizz round on vintage fairground rides whilst looking out for Santa and his elves. kew.org

Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Pop-Up, Oxo Tower, London, Until 6 Jan

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. Described as a calm Christmas oasis it’s the perfect place to find unique gifts, in every possible style, material and price range for both men and women. All under one iconic roof within the buzzing creative designer hub that is Southbank’s iconic Oxo Tower. dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park London, Until Sun 6 Jan

hyde park winter wonderland illuminated heater skelter and fairground ride London

Go big or go home when it comes to festive fun, London’s Winter Wonderland is huuuuge. Free to enter but once inside, prepare to sell a kidney. The costs can get out of control – particularly if you hit the glühwein a little too hard. What to expect? Winter markets, fairground rides and ice skating. Major attractions this year include the Magical Ice Kingdom Secret Forest, an immersive showcase of woodland animals and mythical creatures created from ice and snow; a Bavarian village offering an authentic Oktoberfest experience; karaoke cabins, ice sculpting workshops, the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club, immersive screenings of The Snowman and plus Peter Pan on Ice. hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, London, Until 13 Jan

Skate at Somerset House is tying-up with Fortnum & Mason again, London’s most beautiful ice rink. skate Lates features an extra special series of music nights throughout the season with music takeovers from the 90s and Noughties hip-hop and an R&B night. Après-skate, treat yourself at Fortnum’s Alpine-themed Lodge where you can share cheese or chocolate fondues with friends or the family. somersethouse.org.uk

A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic, London, Until 19 Jan

The smash hit of Dickens’ classic adapted by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and directed by Matthew Warchus returns to the Old Vic and this time Stephen Tompkinson stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. This big-hearted and warm production’s unique staging immerses the audience in the story and there’s music and mince pies if you’re still feeling festive. theoldvic.com

National History Museum, London, Until 20 Jan

Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Whether or not you can skate like Torvill and Dean or Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must-have! Or relax in the Cafe Bar and have a bird’s-eye view of the rink. nhm.ac.uk

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, Watford, Until Sun 27 Jan

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover sees Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors can touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it. wbstudiotour.co.uk

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 will be a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London. vam.ac.uk

Compiled by Mollie Manning

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