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22 Things To Do in September

Find the fun with our curated guide to the coolest local events from big-hitter theatre and super-cool exhibitions to family festivals and wellbeing.

Macknade, Hoopers, Tunbridge Wells, Sep 2021

Sound the klaxon! Macknade, Kent’s food & drink experts, are coming to Tunbridge Wells this September. They’re taking over Hooper’s former café to create an informal restaurant space offering an all-day dining experience, seeing you through breakfast and brunch, to lunch, light suppers and leisurely drinks. There’ll also be a curated collection of indoor plants and hand-tied bouquets available alongside their beloved hamper and foodie gifts. We can’t wait!

Cookery Courses, Kent Cookery School, Now – Thurs 30 Sep

Aprons at the ready! Try something new this month and discover hidden gem Kent Cookery School in the stunning setting of the Mersham-le-Hatch Estate, near Ashford. They have a huge range of workshops and courses every month from Curry Club, Couples Cooking, Smart Vegetarian Cooking, Thai Street Food – to name a few! We know their courses book up extremely quickly so don’t be disappointed! This month they have; The Bread Course, Vietnamese Street Food, Cooking & Cocktails, Curry Club, Weber American BBQ, Pasta & Prosecco, Master Charcoal Grilling and a taste of Sierra Leone with Maria Bradford with tickets left! View all their courses here. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need. Just book your ticket, turn up and have fun!

The Beaney needs your Lego Bricks! Now – Sun 26 Sep

It’s not too early to discuss Christmas right? Help The Beaney in Canterbury create an unforgettable FREE family Christmas experience! Alongside BRICKLIVE’s life size models of Santa (pictured), reindeer and some cheeky elves, The Beaney needs YOU to help them create a Brick Model Trail to be exhibited through Canterbury City this Christmas.

They want to include as many school children as possible and, in the spirit of sustainability, would like to use as many ‘pre-loved’ LEGO or compatible bricks as possible. So if you have cupboards bursting with bricks, or just cannot bear the thought of another excruciating step across a brick covered bedroom floor, this project is for you. Drop off your pre-owned bricks (LEGO or compatible models) at the Visitor Information Desk at The Beaney until 26 Sep 2021. These bricks will be sent to schools for the ‘little helpers’ to get to work!

Sheps Live & Unlocked, Faversham, Fri 3 – Sun 5 Sep

The first weekend of September is usually when Faversham celebrates their hop harvest with its annual Hop Festival but due to the C-word (it’s not Christmas), they’ve had to cancel. So Shepherd Neame has stepped in and organised Live & Unlocked, a whole weekend of fantastic live music to enjoy in the pubs and venues across Faversham. Shepherd Neame pubs taking part include the Anchor Inn, The Limes, The Bull Inn, The Bear Inn, The Market Inn and The Railway Hotel. For the full lineup and to book your table, click here.

Summer of Rewards, Canterbury, Now – Fri 3 Sep

Head to Canterbury, shop local and enjoy a ‘summer of rewards’! Over the next 6 weeks, local businesses are offering daily deals and discounts and we don’t need to remind you that Canterbury is packed full of foodie hot-spots, cultural attractions, independent businesses as well as some of the UK’s leading high street chains. 

With new deals being added everyday, get 10% off your bill (Mon-Fri) at Tiny Tim’s Tearoom, grab a free slice of homemade cake with every hot drink ordered at Lily’s Social Kitchen or treat yourself to a 70min massage and mocktail for just £75 or lunch-break back massage for £25 at The Camomile Rooms.

It’s completely free to take part in, all you need to do is follow MyCanterbury to find out what the deals are and how you can redeem them.

Late Nights at Macknade, every Thurs, Fri and Sat

Late nights at Macknade in Ashford are back! They’ll be extending their hours until 10pm every Thurs, Fri and Sat so enjoy delicious dishes and drinks from the bar, alongside a spot of late night shopping and live music every Thursday. They have their early evening menu from 5pm – 7pm where you can enjoy a large plate and a drink for £12 or a large plate, drink or dessert for £16. Ideal for a pre-cinema date before the sun sets or if you have hungry kids in tow! Book your table now.

Ring Ring Ice Cream, Ramsgate, Open now

If the sun is shining in Ramsgate then Ring Ring Ice-Cream, possibly the world’s smallest ice cream parlour will be selling the world’s most mega ice creams just 60 steps from the beach on Harbour Parade. Set up in two Jubilee red phone boxes with deck chairs and umbrellas surrounding it, it might be small but the flavours and service have big theatrical flair. Keep an ear out for the telephone ringing when you visit. It rings once a day and if you’re at the top of the queue when it does you get a free ice cream.

Tonbridge Food & Drink Festival, Sat 4 & Sun 5 Sep

Fire up your taste buds again at this year’s fabulous Tonbridge Food & Drink Festival in the town’s beautiful castle grounds. Try, taste and buy from more than 50 stallholders selling a delicious range of food and drink produced in and around Kent and from across the globe. There’s lots of fun activities planned to entertain the whole family including a programme of cooking demonstrations from local chefs, food producers and local food writers and there’ll be over 30 brews over by the Beer & Cider Festival tent, the perfect chance to try out something new. Open 11am – 6pm, free entry. Go and try out this fun-packed, tasty foodie weekend!

Leeds Castle Concert, Sat 4 Sep

The iconic event has already established itself as one of the highlights of the summer season, set in the most stunning location and natural amphitheatre in front of the beautiful Leeds Castle. People in their thousands have attended the stunning setting for over forty years to be entertained by this amazing open-air musical delight. The Leeds Castle Concert is back on Sat 4 Sep 2021 with world-classic music, a spectacular fly-over with a Spitfire and a fireworks finale. Bring the champagne and snap up your spot now!

Online Author Event: Lemony Snicket, Sun 5 Sep

Sevenoaks Bookshop are hosting an event with the one and only Lemony Snicket, author of the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events and now comes a new cautionary tale about his own demise. This true story – as true as Lemony Snicket himself – begins with a puzzling note under his door: You had poison for breakfast. Buy tickets for the live-streamed event here. (get the book and ticket for £12 or just get the live stream ticket for £6).

Sunset Yoga Experience, Kingdom, Sun 5 Sep

An experience you won’t want to miss! Enjoy a 2-hour rejuvenating Yoga Class with Flourish Wellness on Kingdom’s stunning rooftop, move and breathe under the open sky during sunset. Be immersed in nature beneath the summer sky and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside – ahhh we’re relaxed already! There’s only 1 Sunset Sessions to enjoy this September, starting at 7 til 9pm at Kingdom in Penshurst. Secure your mat now.

Cinema at The Harbour Screen, Folkestone, Until Thurs 9 Sep

Folkestone’s restored Harbour Arm is a beautiful promenade out at sea which offers a whole load more than just a pretty awesome view. There’s live music and events throughout the year, plus a brilliant collection of small, independent street food sellers. Also home to Harbour Screen with its programme of film and sports – there’s always something to look forward to! This August they have a very fun line-up of cinema from Top Gun, Shrek, Finding Nemo, Nomadland and audience’s choice on 9 Sept! Get your tickets.

Craft Fair, Hever Castle, Thurs 9 – Sun 12 Sep

The annual craft fair is returning to Hever Castle featuring the best of UK designers and artists. All 180 exhibitors have designed and made the work that they display and have been selected for their individuality and innovation in contemporary design, as well as outstanding technical ability. The event will be held in open-sided marquees within the award-winning Hever Castle Gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds with the backdrop of the historic castle. Beautiful! Book your tickets here.

Summer Exhibition, West End House, Smarden, Until Sun 12 Sep

Summer has arrived at West End House Gallery! This beautiful contemporary gallery is based in the heart of historic Smarden. They show a range of artworks including paintings, prints and ceramics so make sure to pop by this summer for their Exhibition showing an eclectic and colourful collection of work from artists near and far. Open Thurs-Sun, 10am-5pm.

Samara events – 16th September £35pp. Our newest experience at Samsara is gaining momentum with each event. You must come and enjoy this for yourself. It’s a beautiful evening filled with sound healing, nourishing bites, and of course – dance! Silent disco style, so you can feel totally immersed in the magic of conscious movement. 

The Steampunk Circus of Unkindness, Weds 15 Sep & Weds 27 Oct

Meet the fantastic and award-winning Square Peg Arts, a Kent-based learning disabled/autistic theatre company, and their brand-new performance of The Steampunk Circus of Unkindness. This brilliant new production, which explores kindness, premieres at The Brook Theatre in Chatham on Weds 15 Sep and Canterbury’s Gulbenkian Theatre on Weds 27 Oct. If you’re local, you may have already found little packages of kindness around Chatham which include a small gift and free tickets to the show. Join the rollicking journey of song, dance and magic and book your tickets now!

Harvest Supper Clubs, The Red Lion, Fri 17 & Sat 18 Sep

The Red Lion in Stodmarsh encapsulates everything that we are about at Muddy – quality, cool and quirky and we love their fantastic Supper Clubs! Enjoy a 7 course Tasting Menu at one of their Supper Clubs this September. The tasting menu benefits from the recent harvest so you can expect; rye, wheat, mushrooms and all locally grown, seasonal produce. Don’t miss out! Book your table now.

Retreats at Samsara Retreat & Yoga, Fri 17 – Sun 19 Sep

Have you discovered this magical retreat, located deep in the Kentish countryside yet? Samsara Retreat & Yoga is built with your relaxation at the forefront of the minds. Practice yoga outdoors in their spectacular garden or if the weather is not in your favour, there is an indoor yoga studio, set in a traditional Oast House, which is equally heavenly. There’s also plenty of options for a luxury stay at this friendly retreat.

Like the sound of that? You’ll love their Full Moon Weekend Retreat which they run every month when the moon is at its fullest. Enjoy a soul-nourishing weekend of yoga, meditation, treatments, delicious food, a healing gong bath and a two-night stay at their luxury location. They’ve still got a few tickets left for this month, book here! Can’t make it? Don’t worry! Catch October’s here.

If you’d just like to experience a slice of what Samsara has to offer, don’t miss out on Feel Good Friday! Slow down and re-energise just in time for the weekend with a yoga class, nutrition talk and salad jar making with Chloé Myers from The Be Plan, soulful buffet of Dipu’s homemade curries and a Gong Healing Sound Bath. Book your ticket for September now.

Horizons: 2021 Space Odyssey with Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tues 21 Sep

Having set two Guinness World Records with his previous sell-out World Tour, Professor Brian Cox is warming up a brand-new show for 2021. Horizons takes audiences on a dazzling cinematic journey; a story of how we came to be and what we can become. The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells will be showing this film filled with images of far-away galaxies, alien worlds, supermassive black holes and a time before the Big Bang. The deepest of questions will be explored using the latest advances in our understanding of quantum theory, black holes, biology, planetary science, astronomy and cosmology. Brian will be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince. Curious? Book your tickets here.

9 to 5, The Marlowe Theatre, Tues 21 – Sat 25 Sep

Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to Canterbury to see Dolly Parton’s smash-hit musical, starring musician and TV presenter Louise Redknapp. We love The Marlowe Theatre as the theatre attracts the best of the national touring products – meaning you get to see lots of the West End shows here!

9 To 5 The Musical tells the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the women manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? Book your tickets now.

Floral Workshops, Water Lane Walled Garden, Hawkhurst, Sat 25 Sep

New and exciting coming to Water Lane Walled Garden in Hawkhurst this September (til December) are a series of gorgeous floral styling workshops with Bloom & Burn! Learn how to style seasonal British flowers with flowers freshly cut from Water Lane’s cutting garden to make from Dried Flower Centrepieces, Halloween Table Centrepieces and Christmas Wreaths. Don’t miss their first one on Sat 25 Sep, learn how to make your own Hand-Tied Bouquet and take home a range of floristry tips and tricks to arrange your own flowers at home. Classes start from £70 including all tools, materials, refreshments and cake. You could even enjoy lunch at Water Lane’s restaurant after all that work! Book your spot now.

Revive Day, Ashdown Park Hotel, Sat 25 Sep and Sat 16 Oct

Time for a reboot! What could be better than fresh country air, delicious healthy food (prepared by a nutritionist) holistic exercises and activities all based in the beautiful idyllic setting of Ashdown Park Hotel? (Nothing is the answer!)

The day, run by top health and fitness expert Henry Adekoya will include the very latest advice on balancing hormones, including a menopause health and wellbeing discussion with nutritional therapist, Elisa Barker.

Join Revive Health Fitness for a day away from the stresses and strains of modern life to focus on your needs and relaaaax! Learn from the experts and begin your journey to renewed health and wellbeing. Revive Day is on Sat 25 Sep and Sat 16 Oct, book your spot now!

Flow Open Day, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 25 Sep

Winners of Best Yoga Studio in Kent (3 years in a row thanks to you!), Flow Tunbridge Wells is a true hidden gem, run in the back garden of husband and wife founders, Lucy (well established and much loved yoga teacher) and Ben (osteopathic genius). Explore all things Flow at their Open Day on Sat 25 Sep, 2-5pm. The Open Day will be full of demos and tasters including ‘Ask the Osteopath’ and ‘Massage with Mel’ so you can speak to their therapists about any health and fitness related issue. Don’t tell anyone but Sweaty Betty will also be with there with a pop-up shop!

‘Under The Rainbow’ Exhibition, Bluewater, Mon 27 Sep – Mon 1 Nov

An exciting non-profit exhibition of uplifting art is coming to Bluewater this September, showcasing art work in a range of mediums from artists across the South East. Founder Ewa Page (pictured), a Bluewater restaurant manager and artist, knows how many artists had struggled during lockdown, unable to exhibit their work due to COVID-19 restrictions. Plus art had helped sustain their mental wellbeing during what’s been a really difficult time. So the idea of holding an exhibition promoting an inclusive, uplifting and joyful vibe to celebrate community, mindfulness and kindness was born! Pop along to Under The Rainbow Exhibition from the end of September, the event will be free to visit from 11am – 6pm and all the art will be for sale. 


Wedding Showcase at The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells, Sun 3 Oct

In the heart of Tunbridge Wells, tucked away down Tea Garden Lane, with 17 acres of land and views overlooking Happy Valley, The Beacon is as picture perfect as it sounds. And perfect it should be, because it’s not just your big day… It’s your biggest day.

The good news is, it can also be your easiest day. The Beacon is exclusively yours for the day and with a superb events team meaning they’ll do the work so you don’t have to.

Visit their Wedding Showcase on Sun 3 Oct, 3-6pm. Their wedding planners will be on hand to guide you through their beautiful country home with all their recommended suppliers. Book your spot now.

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