It’s April! So what’s on in Kent this month?
The social calendar's full and celebrating spring! From spring fairs, flower workshops to fun theatre, heritage sites out of hibernation, and lovely literary festivals, here's what's on.
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE MONTH
Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster, The Gulbenkian, Tues 29 March – Sun 3 April
Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster is a critically-acclaimed, Off West End award-winning gig/theatre production, inspired by the original monstrous tale of power and persecution. Six performers from Battersea Arts Centre’s young performance collective with six microphones take apart Mary Shelley’s original and reimagine a world of modern monsters from our digital age. This is powerful and poetic show, perfect for the big kids! Tickets are £15.
Rare Breeds Centre, Open 7 days a week from 1 April
Open 7 days a week from 1 April and Easter – this really is the best time to visit The Rare Breeds Centre! From tiny lambs to see and stroke, the leaping of the baby pygmy goats and of course all the bunnies to pet, spring time is the loveliest time on the Farm. There’s 3 outdoor play parks including a Zip Line and Woodland Adventure Course Mysterious Marsh. Plus you can enjoy a walk through the Woodland and find the fairy doors in the trees!
Easter egg Trail, Betteshanger Country Park, Sat 2 – Mon 18 April
Eggcited about Easter? Head to Betteshanger Park this Easter for our legendary Easter Egg Trail, find hidden gems to claim chocolatey rewards around our beautiful park, get out in the fresh air and make lots of memories! With lots of fun for the family, follow the carrots, meet our very special guest rabbit and enjoy some chocolatey treats! Running everyday throughout the Easter holidays! Tickets sell out fast for our eggcellent Easter Egg Trail! Book now to avoid disappointment! £10 per child, £18 for 2 children and £25 for 3 children.
Easter Adventure Quest, Dover Castle, Sat 2 – Sun 24 April
Don’t miss this cracking adventure quest at Dover Castle kicking from Sat 2 April! Explore the site for clues and challenges, track down the Easter eggs and you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate treat and certificate. There’s also egg rolling and the egg and spoon race to enjoy! The quest costs £1.50 plus normal ticket price.
Easter Nest Trail, Leeds Castle, Sat 2 – Mon 18 April
We’re so lucky to have some of the UK’s most incredible landmarks right on our doorstep here in Kent. Often described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ there’s plenty to do at Leeds Castle with their grounds, gardens, birds of prey displays, maze and Adventure Playgrounds. Plus there’s an Easter Nest Trail! Crack the clues to find the six giant bird nests and county the number of eggs they’ve led. Once all nests have been solved, claim your delicious chocolate egg – yum!
Easter Family Fun, Hever Castle, Sat 2 – Mon 18 April
Make some special family memories this Easter at Hever Castle. Hop through the beautiful grounds following the trail of colourful carrots and look out for the Golden Carrot. Take part in the FREE Easter egg hunt, find the Easter eggs, write down all the answers hidden around the eggs and receive a chocolate treat at their Information Centre. There’s even FREE Craft Workshops to join in with plus plenty of fun to be had in their adventure playgrounds and Yew Maze.
Frozen Sing-Along, The Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Sun 3 April
Be a part of the magic of the Academy award-winning movie and sing your heart out with this very special sing-along version including all your favourite Frozen songs at The Gulbenkian! So For The First Time In Forever share in the magic of seeing this Disney favourite on the big screen and find out why Reindeers Are Better Than People. The only question is Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
Young Paddlers Sessions, Canterbury, Tues 5 – Thurs 14 April
Easter holiday activity sorted! Learn to kayak and paddle board with Canoe Wild’s trained instructors whilst being safe and having fun. This brilliant water sports company is your one-stop-shop for all the messing-about-on-the-river fun you can possibly imagine. Join the friendly team on the beautiful River Stour where you can hire canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and much more. Let your kids get stuck into kayaking on Tues 5 April or Thurs 14 April or Paddleboarding on Thurs 7 April or Tues 12 April. Suitable for 8-14 year olds. £15 per 1 hour session.
Cook & Create Workshop, Belmont House, 6 April
Who said only the kids could have fun this Easter? Learn two new skills with your mudlet during this immersive workshop at Belmont House. Enjoy hands-on prepping and cooking together over the fire, then enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch followed by pancakes with Scott and his Wild Classroom Team. Whilst in the Orangery, Nancy from Box & Bloom, will teach you how to make an everlasting dried flower crown. Crafters will use a metal hair band as the base and floristry tape to attach their selection of fried flowers to create a gorgeous crown fit for fairy royalty! Suitable for both boys and girls aged 4-15 years. £45 includes the registration of 1 adult and 1 child, all materials included.
Spring Wreath Making, Bank House, Chislehurst, 6 & 19 April
Their Christmas Wreath Workshops were a total sell-out! So Nikki from Studio Hoime is back at Bank House in Chislehurst for a range of spring workshops on 6 and 19 April. Not to be missed! Arrive at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. £45pp.
The Talentz: Oliver! E M Forster Theatre, Tonbridge, 7 – 9 April
Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist. A youth production by award-winning musical theatre company The Talentz for 4-21 year olds including a live professional band it’s not to be missed! Watch the streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workshop becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Tickets are £16, concessions £13 and family tickets are £52.
Flower Workshop, Knole, Sevenoaks, Thurs 7 April
Step into spring with this gorgeous flower workshop at Knole! Create a spring flower arrangement for your home using seasonal blooms in mixed pastel shades with help from award-winning florist Sian Johnson. No floristy experience needed and all materials are included. There’s 2 sessions to choose from: 10:30am – 1pm and 2 – 4:30pm.
Motionhouse: Nobody, The Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Fri 8 & Sat 9 April
Fancy experiencing a spellbinding and visually striking dance-circus adventure this April? Motionhouse is a renowned dance-circus style combining mesmerising choreography to tell an emotional and uplifting story, full of twists and turns with digital projections and the shape-shifting set. It’s fast-moving and highly physical, exploring the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us. Suitable for children aged 5+.
Lambing at Four Winds Farm, Bidborough, Sat 9 April
Celebrate spring by visiting Four Winds Farm in time to meet their newborn lambs on Sat 9 April – aww! There’ll also be sheep shearing demonstrations, sheepdog and duck displays, trailer rides, face painting, local producer stalls and more! Just don’t forget your wellies!
Bunny Hunt, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Weds 13 – Mon 18 April
Lots of fun to be had at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens this Easter! With 12 acres of historic gardens with their woodland paths and breathtaking views, you won’t want to miss out. Their much-loved Bunny Hunt is here Weds 13 – Mon 18 April, 10am – 4pm. Let your little find the bunnies amongst the rhododendrons in their beautiful Wood Garden.
Or let your little ones make easter decorations! These drop-in family craft sessions are FREE included in your gardens ticket, Sat 2 – Sun 10 April, 10am – 4pm. Use card and wool to make chicks, carrots and bunnies as easter decorations.
Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John, Salomons Estate, Fri 15 April
Travel back in time and enjoy an evening at Salomons Estate with all of Elton John’s greatest hits! Hear Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Are You Ready for Love, I’m Still Standing, Tiny Dancer, Your Song and of course Rocket Man all whilst enjoying a two-course meal, glass of Prosecco on arrival and teas and coffees for £47.50pp. Book your tickets now for this unmissable spectacular.
IGPOTY Special Award, Emmett’s Garden, Until Fri 15 April
Call all photographers! Ahead of the full exhibition launching in May, a special photography competition is taking place right now at Emmett’s Garden. You and your photos could become part of the International Garden Photographer Of The Year exhibition display! Submit your best shots of the gardens for free by Friday 15 April.
Easter egg paddle, Canoe Wild, Fri 15 – Mon 18 April
Why not take part in an Easter Egg Hunt with a difference? Canoe Wild invites you to paddle a stretch of the beautiful River Stour, whilst hunting for colourful Easter Eggs. Whether by Canoe, Kayak or Paddleboard you can enjoy a river-based Easter adventure whilst spotting what the Easter Bunny has left behind. Chocolate eggs will be given as prizes for those who take part!
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 16 April
Why not have breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Sat 16 April? Enjoy a full English and continental breakfast buffet at One Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells from 10am – 12pm plus of course the chance to meet the Easter Bunny! He’ll make his way round to meet the little ones to hand out Easter treats and chocolate eggs. £17pp.
Chuckl. Live Presents Canterbury Comedy Club, Sat 16 April
Chuckl. In association with The Malthouse Theatre bring you the very best in live stand up comedy. See some of the biggest names in comedy along, right here in Canterbury. This month’s lineup includes: Fin Taylor (Live at the Apollo), Laura Lexx (Live at the Apollo), Nelson Gombakomba (Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Finalist) and Mark Row (A1: The LongRoad to Edinburgh on Amazon Prime). Tickets are just £16.50, book yours now!
Roast Dinner & Easter egg hunt, Salomons, Tunbridge Wells, Sun 17 April
Spend Easter Sunday within the beautiful grounds of Salomons in Tunbridge Wells. Enjoy a delicious Roast dinner and a fun Easter Egg Hunt – perfect for all the family! Two courses, £24.50 or three courses, £29.50.
Foraging & Dinner with The Wild Kitchen, St Margaret’s Bay, Mon 18 April
Spring into ‘seaside spring’ with renowned coastal forager, Lucia Stuart founder of The Wild Kitchen. Spend the day exploring meadows and seabeds with a foraging tutorial in 4 different eco habitats, enjoy a wild food cookery class, gourmet 4 course luncheon finishing with cocktails and canapés upon the iconic White Cliffs of Dover in a stylish beach hut. You’ll never walk simply past seaweed ever again! £129pp.
English Sparkling Wine Tasting, The Rose in Deal, Tues 19 April
We are spoilt for choice for sensational English sparkling wines made right on our doorstep, here in Kent. Join The Rose in Deal for a special evening where wine experts Charlie Blightman from Noble Rot and Orson Warr from local vineyard Westwell, will first talk through the processes involved in making sparkling wine before introducing us to their favourites on this exciting, effervescent scene. The event is 6-8pm and tickets are £20pp including bar snacks. Or why not stay for a 2-course meal after the event for the special price of £20?! Don’t mind if we do!
School of Rock, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 19 – 30 April
Get ready to stick it to the man, because Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical is coming to Canterbury to rock out! School Of Rock is the global hit musical based on the iconic movie starring Jack Black. Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and a band of insanely talented kids that play live every show, School Of Rock will warm your heart and blow you away in equal measure.
Beginners Yoga Course, Flourish Wellness, 20 April – 25 May
Establish your personal practice from the ground up in a 6-week course with Flourish Wellness based at Kingdom in Penshurst. It’s the perfect way to develop a regular Yoga practice, explore movement on your mat, build confidence and to ensure proper form and technique. Perfect for complete beginners as well as those looking to enhance their existing skills. Do the classes in-person every Wednesday from their sunny studio at 11:30am – 12:45pm (for £180) or join their classes online and do the sessions whenever you please (for £150). Or explore their Yoga Therapy for Anxiety Course, on Tuesdays from 19 April – 24 May from 6-7:30pm.
Dining with Nightingales, Green Farm, Fri 22 April & Fri 20 May
After a sell out success last year, Dining with Nightingales by Amelia is returning on two exclusive occasions at Green Farm! Every spring a few thousand nightingales fly to the UK from Africa and take up temporary residence at a handful of locations in the South of England, Green Farm near Ashford is surrounded by woodlands so it’s a good spot for them to settle! Enjoy an intimate and unique outdoor dining experience, feel the warmth of the campfire over drinks and canapés, then a delicious 5 course dinner in their woodlands, before heading out with our guides to listen to the song of these remarkable birds. Starts at 6pm until late. £75pp. Email here to book.
Scotney Castle Flower Festival, Sat 23 April – Mon 2 May
Flower power! This flower festival is not to be missed, see the mansion house ablaze with beautiful flowers from Sat 12 April to Mon 2 May, 11am – 4pm. Walk around the sunshine or sit on a blanket and enjoy a picnic in some gorgeous surroundings.
Can’t make it? Don’t worry running every Tuesday and Thursday from 12 April to 26 May, you can see the castle framed by a sea of rhododendrons. Enjoy a guided tour to learn more about these beautiful flowers and the history of the castle.
Classic Car Drive It Day, Chiddingstone Castle, Sun 24 April
If you love classic cars you won’t want to miss this event at Chiddingstone Castle! Meet fellow enthusiasts, swap advice and get to park your motor on the lawn with the beautiful Chiddingstone Castle as the backdrop for display. Then visit the house with its intriguing collections, wander the enchanting grounds, lakes and woodlands, pop into the tea room for afternoon tea or join the Live Jazz in The Orangery between 2:30 – 4:30pm. Tickets: £10 lawn parking and driving admission, £8.50 passenger admission.
Morning Garden Tour, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Weds 27 April
Experience the award-winning garden at Sissinghurst Castle in a whole new light, explore the pathways and hear the unique stories of how Vita and Harold developed this world renowned garden before the gates opened to the public. One of their volunteers from their dedicated team who hold a wealth of knowledge will lead you around the garden on an informative tour then explore the garden for yourself on 27 of April, 9:30am – 11am.
Weald of Kent Country Craft Show, Penshurst Place, Sat 30 April – Mon 2 May
The perfect family day out – put it in the diary now! Weald of Kent Country Craft Show returns to Penshurst Place for a weekend of great shopping, delicious food and family fun this April! With over 150 independent stall holders, explore marquees and outdoor markets bursting with beautiful handmade jewellery, homewares, clothing and much more! Plus enjoy delicious gourmet street food and drinks whilst soaking up the stunning surroundings and atmosphere.
There’s also loads of enjoyable activities and entertainment for all the family. Classic children’s fairground rides, live musicians, interactive craft workshops, falconry displays, laser clay pigeon shooting and even axe throwing! Have we mentioned kids go FREE, there’s free parking and its dog-friendly?
Spring Fair at Water Lane, Hawkhurst, Sat 30 April
Enjoy a day out at the beautiful Water Lane, the restored walled garden in Hawkhurst. Their Spring Fair will have great shopping with stalls from local creatives and makers, plants to choose from the Hairy Pot Cos and you can even stay to enjoy yummy food – take it away to have as a picnic or eat in the Carnation House. The Pelargonium House will also be set-up for clay crafts and ceramics workshops and The Pole Barn will host activities such as Flower Crown Making led by floral stylist Graeme Corbett from Bloom & Burn.
Stall holders will include Flavell Trading’s wooden stools, boards, and utensils; Juniper & Bliss’ naturally dyed clothing and homewares; Sally Hampson’s woollen blankets, shawls and scarves; Janie Kidston ceramic bowls and plates; Kate Monckton Ceramics; Rae Lifestyle from Rye and curated finds by Norse Vintage from visits to French Brocantes. Bunches of spring flowers from the Water Lane cutting garden, potted plants, a new range of garden accessories from Japanese inspired brand Niwaki. Open 10am – 4:30pm on Sat 30 April – we’ll see you there!
Connected Festival, Lydd Airport, Romney Marsh, Sat 30 April
Returning to Lydd Airport this year – Connected is a huge music festival fusing the world’s best D&B, electronic, house, dance and garage music at the iconic Lydd Airport. Back in 2019, numbers of 7,500 attended and this year it’s said to be bigger and better – it’s now a two-day festival with 5 new stages and 100+ artists! See the headliners and book your tickets here.
Literary Festival, Chiddingstone Castle, Sat 30 April – Mon 2 May
Chiddingstone Castle will be host to a series of live, in-person author events in the beautiful Castle Gardens and they’ve got a spectacular line-up this year! It all begins at the Festival Drinks Party on Sat 30 April where you can meet some of the authors over a glass of wine, enjoy delicious canapés and stroll through the beautiful gardens. The rest of the festival is packed with up-and-coming to award-winning authors including: Michael Morpurgo, Victoria Hislop, Keith Brymer Jones, Nina Stibbe and Fi Glover & Jane Garvey. Don’t forget your pencils with award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph – you may know him as #DrawWithRob for a fun-packed hour for all the family. Plus lots more! See the full line-up here.