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Flashdance, The Musical, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Mon 13 Nov to Sat 18 Nov

Pass me my legwarmers, high leg leotard, and heavy dute welding visor – I’m ready for my Flashdance closeup. Eh, what do you mean Joanne Clifton already has the lead role? (*sigh*) Yes tis true, the Strictly champion continues her successful foray into musicals taking on the role of Alex, tomboy building site worker by day, gyrating sweaty permahaired foxtress by night. She stars with A1’s Ben Adams in this touring production that has me more excited than I dare admit. First when there’s nothingBut a slow glowing dream… (sing it with me…!)

Kentish Made Christmas pop up, Staplehurst, Mon 13 – Fri 17 Nov

Katie opens the doors to her home (which conveniently used to be an actual shop) at this time every year and invites the makers of things she likes to join her in a Christmas shopping mini emporium. It’s small but perfectly formed. Don’t expect a sprawling Christmas market, but do expect lots of beautiful gift ideas that have been made by someone who lives in a 10 mile radius of the shop you’re standing in. It’s open every day next week during school hours, and also in the evening of Thursday 16 Nov, 7pm until 10pm. Address: Aysgarth, High Street, Staplehurst.

Christmas Wreath Making, Leeds Castle, 14-16 Nov

Get into the festive spirit by creating handmade wreaths with expert guidance. The RHS Award-winning Castle Floristry Team will help keen amateurs prepare for Christmas with Christmas Wreath Making workshops.

The Little Mermaid, The Marlowe Theatre, Tues 14 ‐ Sat 18 Nov

You know the classic story – when a young mermaid is finally allowed her first glimpse of life beyond the ocean, she is enthralled by what she sees. After falling desperately in love with a man, she will do anything she can to live a human life. Northern Ballet’s beautiful new ballet will reimagine the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and take you on a journey beneath the waves. Choreographed by David Nixon OBE, and performed to an original score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, book now to see this spectacular new production. I know my daughter would absolutely love to see this.

The Wealden Times Mid-Winter Fair, The Hop Farm, 16 – 18 Nov

Don’t miss the three fabulous days of stylish shopping at Wealden Times Midwinter Fair at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood. With loads of local, original and handmade Christmas gifts (and some from further afield) you can browse amongst more than 200 handpicked exhibitors’ stands filling seven heated, joined-up marquees. You’ll also find everything for the festive season, yummy festive treats, pretty bits for your home and garden and seasonal fashion. When you’re ready to refuel, the Street Food Cafe will be serving delicious snacks and meals from vintage vans, whilst tea and cake will be on tap in the pretty tea tent. Grab some girlfriends, empty the car boot (ready for all your bags) and get shopping.

Ice Skating in the Park, Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 17 Nov – Mon 1 Jan

This one is definitely a Muddy Favorite! From Christmas markets to Father Christmas himself this ice skating rink has all the ingredients for a fun, festive day out. They have great skating aids for the kids (and the hubby *snort*) – and I’ll be the one taking a stylish turn… at the mulled wine stand.

Cider Making Courses, Brogdale Collections, Sat 18 Nov

Could a homemade bottle of cider be the perfect Christmas gift? The cider making day will start at Brogdale Farm with a history of cider making in Kent as well as covering the health and safety aspects of making cider for commercial use and cider making at home. You will then spend the rest of the morning getting ‘hands on’ with cider making, learning valuable skills from the knowledgeable founder of Woolly Pig Cider. You’ll learn about the cider making process and finish off with a tasting session.

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