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MON 28 MAY - SUN 3 JUNE 2018

Animals & Us, Turner Contemporary, Fri 25 May – 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.

WWII Weekend, Dover Castle, Sat 26 – Mon 28 May

The castle’s renowned wartime event returns for another year, this time with more fantastic action than any year before. Explosive battles will unfold, there will be military encampments, displays, talks and even live music. So go and immerse yourself in the wartime spirit of Britain in the 40s.

Edwardian Life, Hever Castle, Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

Step back an era or two, for a day of Edwardian fun at Hever Castle, meet costumed characters and try your hand at traditional, Edwardian carnival games like the coconut shy, tin-can alley and a bean bag race, or just enjoy a leisurely game of croquet on the castle lawn. Punch and Judy will be there too, with an exciting Tudor twist. There is also a chance to explore the rooms of the castle and learn about Edwardian history, and a fascinating collection of beautiful butterflies, thanks to the castle’s resident Llepidopterist. Listen to interviews with former ‘below stairs’ staff on old-fashioned telephones and radios and watch rare archive home movies from the Astor’s collection. All very Downton Abbey.

The Beast, Betteshanger Park, Sat 26 – Mon 28 May 

The Beast is back! The formidable inflatable obstacle course returns to Betteshanger Park and they’ve promised it’s going to be bigger and bouncier than ever before. It’s going to be a world-first, whopping 384m long course – that’s over 100 more metres of bouncy obstacles than in 2017 and a length that has never before been attempted, are you up for a challenge? Open all over the Bank Holiday weekend, 10am – 9pm, make sure you book now.

Grand Medieval,  Joust Leeds Castle, Sat 26 – Mon 28 May

All ages will enjoy hearing the clash and bang of armour echoing around Leeds Castle grounds as  Medieval Jousting and valiant steeds return to Leeds Castle. Watch Squires arm the knights in full plate armour, before witnessing four knightly warriors demonstrate Mounted Skill-at-Arms ahead of a traditional jousting competition. Gather around the Combat Arena for exciting entertainment with combat, archery and firepower displays throughout the day and a chance to witness the mighty medieval trebuchet shooting into the moat.

Little Words Festival, The Marlowe, Mon 28 May – Sun 3 June

The Marlowe has announced new children’s festival – Little Words! Enjoy a week of fun events celebrating the power and excitement of stories and the storytellers who create them. Aimed at those aged from 2-11, they’ll be something for every child including a ballet version of Alice In Wonderland, a performance by renowned poet John Hegley, and a heart-warming sing-along show for all the family. There will be shows, events and workshops at The Marlowe Theatre, The Marlowe Studio, The Marlowe Kit (in Stour Street), and in the city’s streets. Don’t miss this festival this Half Term!

Wind in the Willows : The Musical, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Sun 27 – Mon 28 May

Stunningly brought to life in a spectacular new musical by Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey Julian Fellowes and Olivier-award winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, The Wind In The Willows will delight audiences of all ages. Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed! Captured live from the London Palladium and featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, this production brings exuberant choreography, a gloriously British score, comedy, heart and thrills. Starring Rufus Hound, Simon Lipkin, Neil McDermott, Craig Mather, Denise Welch and Gary Wilmot.

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Tue 29 May – Sat 2 Jun

Yup, that’s right this one’s based on the 1970s classic TV comedy – nostalgia alert! Hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters are bringing the house down, quite literally, as Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em hits the road with Joe Pasquale as the lovable accident-prone Frank Spencer. Betty has exciting news for Frank, but he’s preoccupied by possible newfound fame as a magician. With guests arriving for dinner and crossed wires all round, priceless misunderstandings are on the menu. Susie Blake (Coronation Street, The Victoria Wood Show, Blithe Spirit) stars as his disapproving Mother-in-Law and Sarah Earnshaw as his long-suffering wife Betty.

Great Tower at Night, Dover Castle,  Tues 29 May

The Great Tower at Dover Castle will be lit up magnificently as it stays open into the evening and after dark, for a rare opportunity to explore the castle’s atmospheric interior after dark and experience glistening views from the tower’s rooftop.

Friends For All at The Marlowe, Canterbury, Tues 29 May 

Friends For All is an interactive spoken word performance for families, with rapping, dancing and far-out video projections. It is a story about having the confidence to be yourself and stand up for what you believe in. Simon Mole will be performing his humorous and moving piece at The Marlowe, Canterbury on Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 3pm as part of his 2018 Spring Tour. Recommend for 5-11 years.

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