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MON 20 - SUN 26 AUG 2018


The Campfire Tales, The Canterbury Tales, May 17 – Thurs 30 Aug

Popular visitor attraction The Canterbury Tales has just launched a new weekly programme of twilight storytelling events. The Campfire Tales will embrace the city’s ancient storytelling traditions; gather around a crackling campfire and listen to a storyteller recount the tales. Taking place every Thursday evening from May to August, in the Medieval Story Garden behind the attraction, stories will begin at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring your own cup! Free refills of tea, coffee and, hot chocolate available – let’s get cosy.

Animals & Us, Turner Contemporary, May 25 – Sun 30 Sep

Animals & Us is a major exhibition exploring artists’ reflections on the relationship between humans and other animals. Installed across all Turner Contemporary’s first floor galleries, it encompasses a wide range of media from painting, sculpture to video and installation. Focusing on contemporary and 20th-century artists, including historical artworks and artifacts, Animals & Us, explores our lives and encounters with animals and how these have been reflected in art.

Gorilla Circus, Dreamland, Sat 9 June – Sun 2 Sept

Don’t get bored yet! Gorilla Circus is providing an outdoor show with an impressive circus set up. Combining aerial, high-wire-, trapeze and other circus spectacles. Gorilla Circus will performing twice a day at Dreamland throughout August.

Medieval Story Garden, The Canterbury Tales, 24 July – 2 Sept

Immerse yourself in Medieval activities at The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction.  Every day in August enjoy Maypole Dancing, Knights School, The Art of Alchemy and Storytelling in our beautiful medieval garden – don’t miss out before the kids go back!

Kids For A Quid, Spa Valley Railway, 28 July – 31 Aug

Looking for something to do with the kids this Summer? At the Spa Valley Railway, all kids can travel for just £1 throughout August. Journey through the picturesque Kent countryside on something a little different – an experience not to miss!

Archery Taster, Betteshanger Country Park, selected dates Aug

Fancy trying something new? This summer holiday, Betteshanger are running a number of Archery taster sessions! The qualified instructors will teach your kids (or you!) how to hold the bow, stand correctly, aim and shoot arrows at a target. You might want to book this one in, we can tell it’s going to be very popular.

Fame The Musical, Assembly Hall Theatre, Mon 20 – Sat 25 Aug

Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film of the same name, Fame The Musical is coming to Assembly Theatre! Featuring the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and rappers as they transform from star struck pupils to superstars. One not to miss if your little ones like to sing and dance.

Film Season, Hever Castle, 21 – 24 Aug

This year Hever Castle has chosen Nicole Kidman to lead their Film Season! Playing all of Kidman’s best films (in our opinion) over the course of 4 days: The Stepford Wives, Moulin Rouge, The Others and Eyes Wide Shut. Why not sit in Hever’s covered theatre for a night of fabulous entertainment?

Messy Art: Fruit & Veg Printing, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, 22 – 27 Aug

Calling all budding artists to create their very own masterpieces down at Riverhill! Using fruits and vegetable accessories, let your little ones get messy and create some art.

bOing!, Gulbenkian, 24 Aug

The bOing! International Family Festival celebrates its 5th birthday this year! Travelling with companies from Australia, France, Denmark, Spain and across the UK to perform just for you. Don’t miss bOing! as it hits the streets of Canterbury this August. Cohesion Plus will be performing bangra, plus the Bollywood Brass Band and a hip-hop street battle all the way from Australia.

The Producers: the musical, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Wed 25 Aug – Thurs 2 Sept

Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam. Together they aim to produce the worst show ever and run away to Rio with millions. But the best laid plans and all that… The Producers is filled with fabulous costumes, spectacular sets, hysterical show tunes – including the classic Springtime For Hitler – and could well be the biggest, funniest Broadway musical of all time. Brought to you by the same team responsible for Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Daredevil Weekend, Betteshanger Park, 25 & 26 August 2018

Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie and head down to Betteshanger this Bank Holiday weekend! Take a leap of faith on the Free Fall Stunt Jump, tackle the Ninja Assault Course and brave Spider Mountain (spiders? We’ll be avoiding that one). Defeat the Lily Pad Run, try out land zorbing and test your aim at Combat Archery. But we must warn you: thrill-seekers and daredevils only!

Cider Festival, Brogdale Collections, 25 & 26 August 2018

The Artisan Cider Festival is back and better than ever! Local food and entertainment is up for grabs over the whole weekend. Excellent for the family with festival games, children’s activities and crafts. Enjoy the amazing range of the best local ciders, artisan food stalls and discover the fruit filled orchards with a free guided walking or tractor trailer tour – don’t miss this!

Temper Temper Chocolate Workshops, Southborough, 26th Aug – 23rd Dec

Move over kids! Adult workshops are now available in Temper Temper throughout August. Spend two hours making a delicious selection of goodies including fresh cream truffles, florentines, a moulded figure, lollipops and a decorated chocolate bowl. After wrapping and ribboning all your creations, you can take them home to show off and eat!

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