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MON 27 AUG - SUN 2 SEPT 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.

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!

Ice Cream Festival, Kent Life, Mon 27 August

Leave your favourite t-shirts at home, because it’s time to welcome back the Ice Cream Festival! Sample tasters from ice cream vendors, chocolatiers and sweet stalls. Take part in the animal activities or get your face painted (if there’s any space around all that sticky ice cream…) Sit back and enjoy music from the ‘Dairy Stage’, take a trip on the fun farm ride or enjoy traditional entertainment with the Punch and Judy show!

Carmen, Assembly Hall Theatre, Wed 29 Aug

When wonderful West End-style shows come to the ‘burbs you just can’t miss them! And one such show is the Russian State Ballet & Opera House’s performance of Carmen. After successful opera season of Madama Butterfly and Tosca last year, Russian State Opera is back with this powerful and dramatic production. Feel the thrill and passion of love, jealousy and violence of 19th Century Seville in one of opera’s most popular pieces.

Cirque Berserk!, Marlowe Theatre, 29 Aug – 1 Sept

Cirque Berserk! Britain’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular is now in its fifth thrilling year. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen.

Dream Catchers, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, 29 Aug – 2 Sept

Originally from Native American cultures, dream catchers were handmade and believed to give their owners good dreams. Join in at Riverhill and create a dream catcher – watch out for the yeti!

Handmade & Homegrown Festival, Hever Castle, 31 Aug – 2 Sept

Time to get all Kirstie Allsop and inspire yourself with these handmade and homegrown delights at Hever Castle’s festival. Visitors can sample food and drink from local producers, see pottery and wood turning demonstrations and browse stalls selling gifts and crafts from our fair county. There’ll be over 50 stalls including patchwork, quilting, candles, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, baby gifts and clothing, art, china, homewares, lamps, garden art, handbags and cushions. I’m feeling wonderful wholesome just thinking about it.

Craig David with special guest Rita Ora, Maidstone, 31 Aug

Music megastars Craig David and Rita Ora will be playing a one-off date in Kent this summer! Tickets are still available for this stand-only event, don’t miss Craig covering his most popular songs! 7 Days, Walking Away, When The Bassline Drops. We’re pretty excited for this one.

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