22 fabulous things to do in Kent this March
Spring are you there? Not quite! But at least March brings pancake day and Mother's Day! Let's get stuck in with the Muddy handpicked guide of what to do this month...
Rock Paper Scissors: Art Exhibition, Linden Hall Studio, 1 – 26 March
We loooove independent, contemporary art gallery, Linden Hall Studio based in Deal. This cool art gallery features a dedicated rolling exhibition space, they’re always featuring someone cool and exciting and this month, they’ve got an exhibition of recent prints by Jeff Lowe. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm – pop by!
Moulin Rouge: Immersive Dining Experience, The Plough, Ivy Hatch, Thurs 3 March
Whatever you do, don’t miss this special evening hosted by Valentina Occasions at The Plough Ivy Hatch this March. Enjoy a 3 Course menu from their head chef, a stunning burlesque and cabaret performance, fire performers and live music from Ibiza legend DJ Mickey Jay and Farli Rogers – all set in beautiful Parisian inspired decor. Tickets are £120. Book now.
National Theatre Lives, EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge, Thurs 3 March
There’s a whole range of magnificent National Theatre classics filmed live on stage in London’s West End streamed to the EM Forster Theatre in Tonbridge. Phillip Pullman’s The Book of Dust which is set 12 years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy.
Wild Garlic Festival, Bangers&Balls, Thurs 3 – Sun 12 March
Supper club heroes Bangers&Balls have created the Wild Garlic Festival to help families across the UK get outdoors this Spring – did you know kids now spend twice as much time playing indoors than outdoors? Their Virtual Festival is a 10-day celebration of foraging, family and food kicking off from Thurs 3 of March. They’ll teach you how to forage wild garlic, make delicious family-friendly recipes (like bear faced dough balls and green soda bread with wild garlic butter – yum!) and share a whole variety of outdoor activities. Perfect if you’re new to foraging and to get your kids away from their screens.
Just choose your team – Bob The Bear who is brave, playful and kind or Team Milo Mouse who is mischievous, curious and friendly. You’ll be able to win points for your team so choose carefully! Then you’ll receive your Welcome Pack plus your Activity and Recipe Pack to download, brimming with things to do. Complete in your own time or join in with others in the Facebook Community Group. At the end, there will be a celebration picnic to crown the winning team. All this for only £14! Join in now.
Anne Boleyn Exhibition, Hever Castle, Fri 4 March – Nov
Calling all culture vultures! Discover more about Anne Boleyn and her youth at Hever Castle’s brand new exhibition ‘Becoming Annie: Connections, Culture, Court’ which will open on Fri 4 March marking 500 years to the day of Anne’s first recorded appearance at the English court in 1522. As you walk around the Castle you will be told the story of Anne’s childhood, her education at home alongside her sister, Mary, her year at the court of Margaret of Austria’s court, her time at the French court and debut at the English court through portraits and letters on display throughout the Castle.
Comedy Club, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 5 March
Don’t miss the very best on the comedy circuit every month at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells! You won’t want to miss their rapidly growing Comedy Club where they host national to up-and-coming acts every month. This March there’ll be Keith Farnan and Sarah Keyworth, performing at 8pm and tickets are just £13 each. Date night sorted!
Gin & Fizz Festival, Westgate Hall, Canterbury, Sat 5 March
Calling all gin lovers! Local distillers from small batch and hand crafted gins are are coming together for this festival in Canterbury open 1-5pm and 7-11pm on Sat 5 March. Join the party with local music, a fizz bar selling an assortment of bubbles, a games corner, Instagram selfie corner with dress up props and much, much more. Early birds tickets are just £20 which are currently buy one get one free! Or regular tickets are £15 for 1.
Twirlywoos! Live, EM Forster Theatre, Sat 5 – Sun 6 March
Join Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy, Chick and their friends as they discover the wonderful world around us! Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they set sail in their big red boat. The funny, loveable Twirlywoos are brought to life on stage with beautifully inventive puppetry promising an hour of colourful fun and laughter, it’s an enchanting introduction to theatre for all ages.
The Great Outdoors, Kent Life, Sat 5 – Sun 6 March
Get up close and personal with nature, get your wellies on and join Kent Life’s Bug Hunter for a weekend of creepy crawly fun! Visit the creepy critter cuddle corner, get stuck in with nature crafts, try orienteering, even visit their Forest School and meet local author Joseph Hopkins with his wonderful children’s book Lydia Greenfingers. If you’re all bugged out – you can still visit their farmyard friends, enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, fun farm rides, paint-a-pot studio, bouncy castles and more! Grown ups will enjoy exploring the Vintage Village with the period dressed houses and buildings to visit.
Happy Hormones Workshop, Monkshill Refectory, Sun 6 March
Want to feel happier? Have more energy? There are ways you can eat to help balance your hormones whatever your age (and especially if you might be entering the peri-menopause or menopause)…
Noticing it’s harder to eat the ‘same’ foods without putting on weight? Feeling a bit more sensitive to stress, started struggling with sleep or noticing what might be hot flushes? Want to know why and how to start solving these with the food you eat?
Join Virginia Hills, Registered Nutritionist and Katy Cox from Wasted Kitchen on Sun 6 March for ‘Happy Hormones, Eating For Hormonal Balance’ – a half day class at Monkshill Refectory, Faversham, followed by a yummy Wasted Kitchen lunch and chat.
This is a really relaxed session where you’ll learn how to balance your hormones and blood sugar levels in the run up to menopause through what you eat, increase your energy and easy ways get more of what you need from your food! The class kicks off at 10am to finish at 1pm with lunch and time for questions and chat.
Reopening! Riverhill Gardens, Sevenoaks, Thurs 10 March
Sound the klaxon – Riverhill Gardens is back open for 2022! With 12 acres of historic gardens with their woodland paths and breathtaking views, you won’t want to miss out. Spot the yeti in their woods between 2-4pm, explore their fiendishly tricky hedge maze and let off steam in their Adventure Playground.
Dazzling Daffodils, Hever Castle, 14 – 20 March
With 60,000 daffodil bulbs set to bloom across Hever Castle’s gardens this spring, feel uplifted by the cheerfulness of this bloom which symbolises new beginnings. Explore the gardens at your own pace or enjoy a tour with head Gardner Neil Miller, bulb-master Johnny Walkers (holder of 25 RHS Chelsea gold-medals for his daffodils) plus Hever Castle’s gardeners.
Singin’ In The Rain, The Marlowe Theatre, Thurs 17 – Sat 26 March
This critically-acclaimed West End smash-hit is set to make a splash in Canterbury. Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20s where silent movie star Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. What Don doesn’t know is that the silver screen is about to find its voice, and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart promises to change both Don, and Hollywood, forever. High-energy choreography and a sumptuous set design (including over 14,000 litres of water on stage every night) combine with the charm, romance and wit of one of the world’s best-loved films. Don’t save it for a rainy day, book your tickets now!
Life Drawing Workshop, The Drawing Rooms, Thurs 17 March
Come along and enjoy this beautiful Life Drawing workshop in the comfortable surroundings of The Drawing Rooms. We are pleased to provide a safe, warm environment for all budding artist to participant in this professional class. You are welcome to come along and try this event, even if you’ve never tried it before! If you are a beginner on this class then we can provide you with materials & guidance. Why not bring a friend along too, so you can both enjoy this together!
Comedy Nights, EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge, Fri 18 March
Start your weekend off right at the EM Forster Theatre in Tonbridge, their sell-out comedy nights featuring some of the best comedians is back. Get your tickets now for Fri 18 March (£13) to see Maisie Adam, Rory O’Hanlon and Ross McGrane now! Can’t make that? Get the 22 April, 20 May or 17 June in your diary.
Spring Workshop & Feast with SSAW Collective, Hawkhurst, Sat 19 – Sun 20 March
Don’t miss this beautiful event held at the stunning walled garden at Water Lane to celebrate the first Equinox weekend of the year with workshops, talks and a spring feast. Enjoy an educational workshop led by inspiring growers Charlotte Heffernan and Chrissy Harrison, they’ll be demonstrating holistic cut flower growing practices, propagating and how to create no till beds and maintain soil health amoung much more! Followed by a spring feasting lunch set in the Glasshouses by SSAW Collective’s Head Chef Lulu Cox and Water Lane’s Jed Wrobel. Arrive 10:30am to finish at 4:30pm. Tickets cost £120 per person.
Banff Moutain Film Festival World Tour, Assembly Hall Theatre, Sat 19 March
Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival! The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen! There are two shows, each with an entirely different selection of films – the Blue Film Programme (matinee, 2pm) and the Red Film Programme (evening show, 7pm). Double the adventure by coming to both with a two-show discount. An adrenaline-fuelled, not-to-be missed event with free prize giveaways that is guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel!
Cooking Demo: Greek Feast, Sevenoaks, Tues 22 March
Love good company and great food? Don’t miss The Cooking Apple’s live demo running in Vine Baptist Church Hall in Sevenoaks, the theme is Greek feast so expect lots of fab Mediterranean flavours to get you in the mood for the warmer weather! The perfect chance to take away lots of ideas for entertaining a crowd over the Easter hols. Starting at 9:30am til 12 noon for just £40 a ticket. Expect a drink and breakfast treat on arrival followed by a demo of a great dish and pud for you to cook plus get edible goodies to take home and enter in a prize draw to win some fizz!
Alice in Wonderland, The Malthouse Theatre, Sat 26 March
A fantastical ballet for the whole family! Go see stunning dancing, much loved characters and superb music brings the famous tale to life in this magical ballet production. Don’t be late for this very important date! Suitable for all, especially 2 – 14 year olds, including children with special needs.
Introduction to Wild Food: Spring Foraging, Bore Place, Sat 26 March
Explore the beautiful Bore Place estate with a professional forager, learning how to identify and use wild plants, trees and fungi for food. Foraging is becoming increasingly popular as a way to incorporate more fresh sustainable food into our diets and reconnect with nature. Enjoy a guided walk and learn how to prepare your forage ingredients to make a herbal tea and tasty snack on the fire.
Modern Calligraphy Workshop, Knole, Sevenoaks, Sat 26 March
Always wanted to learn how to do calligraphy? Now’s your chance! Knole Park in Sevenoaks have a brilliant Modern Calligraphy workshop with expert Judy Broad this March. At this beginners workshop, learn how to use a dip pen and ink, get one-to-one instruction and develop your own modern lettering style. All the materials you will need are included, and you will take away a calligraphy starter pack so you can keep practising at home. There’s two sessions available on Sat 26 March, 10:30am-1pm or 1:30-4pm. Sessions are £70.
Mother’s Day Weekend, Hever Castle, Sat 26 – Sun 27 March
Spoil mum on Mother’s Day weekend with a memorable family day out to the historic Hever Castle. Enjoy the stunning gardens, let your little ones decorate a wooden keyring in a FREE craft workshop and take a photo in the Mother’s Day Frame. Make the day extra special and book to have Afternoon Tea in the elegant Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant. Or upgrade to the Luxury Afternoon Tea held in the beautiful wood panelled Tudor Suite in the Astor Wing! Hint, hint, nudge, nudge!
Mother’s Day Cooking Courses, Kent Cookery School, Sun 27 March
Do something fun with mum this Mother’s Day! The fantastic Kent Cookery School near Ashford has two amazing courses to get stuck into this March to enjoy with mum. Spend a morning baking delightful patisseries and learn how to master the maracon but first enjoy your bucks fizz of course! Only 1 space left on Macaroons with Mum so get in quick. Or how about enjoy the afternoon learning how to make fresh pasta with your mum and wash down with a glass of Prosecco with their Pasta & Prosecco course!
Ian Stirling: Failing Upwards, The Gulbenkian, Sun 27 March
Due to incredible demand, Iain Stirling has added extra dates to his nationwide tour ahead of hitting the road this spring. Iain Stirling (Love Island, Buffering, Taskmaster) is on the road for his biggest ever nationwide tour. After selling out his 2018 smash hit U OK HUN? X and two consecutive Edinburgh Fringe runs in advance, Failing Upwards is set to be the hot ticket of the year. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Mother’s Day Paddle, Canoe Wild, Canterbury, Sun 27 March
Why not do something a bit different this Mother’s Day? Have a fun family paddle down the beautiful River Stour in Canterbury with Canoe Wild. Choose between taking a Canoe, Kayak or Standup Paddleboard!