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MON 7 - SUN 13 MAY 2018

Billy Childish show, Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, Sat 28 April to Sun 13 May

Artistic rebel and Kent-born Billy has released more than 140 albums, produced more than 40 books of poetry, had 6 novels published and despite all that is better known as a painter! Yup, that’s right, Billy Childish is the most influential artist you’ve never heard of. Curt Cobain sited Billy as one of the big influences on the Seattle Grunge scene, he’s also influenced Pearl Jam (Eddie Vedder is a close friend), Mudhoney, The White Stripes, The Hives… Tracey Emin is on record to say that Billy was her biggest influence, even Kylie has named one of her albums after one of his books of poetry. If you’d like to see what his paintings and prints are like, come along to the Lilford Gallery Sat 28th April to Sunday 6th May.

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival,  Chiddingstone Castle, Sun 6 – Tues 8 May

The brilliant Chiddingstone Literary Festival is back for its third year and positively brimming with talks, workshops and performances for all the family. Among the stars appearing in May will be BBC news presenter Evan Davis, talking about fake news, Rebus author and UK bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin and creator of the Charlie and Lolaseries, the children’s Laureate, Lauren Child. This festival, set in the beautiful, pastoral grounds of Chiddingstone Castle is certainly not one to miss.

Feast Over Fire Supper Club, Gooseberry Field Campsite, Wed May 9

Feast Over Fire supper club have teamed up with The Salt Box at the Gooseberry Field Campsite, for an authentic and delicious farm-to-table, four course feast. The menu uses an abundance of fresh local produce, cooked over an open-fire. So grab your pals and enjoy a unique dining experience in the beautiful Kent countryside.

Oh What a Luverly Place To Be, The Curious Eatery, Thurs 10 May

The Curious Eatery presents an audience with Graham Clarke, an artist, author, illustrator and humourist, is one of Britain’s most popular and best-selling printmakers. So join The Curious Eatery for an evening of fun, laughter and a divine three course meal, all in aid of two very worthy causes: Dandelion Time and teenage mental health charity, Project Walk to Talk.

Motors by the Moat, Leeds Castle, Sat 12 & Sun 13 May

One for car enthusiasts and day-trippers alike, Motors on the Moat is the perfect excuse to get up close to a grand selection of classic cars and high-performance cars from all around the world. The display will take place on the castle lawns, with the most glorious and fitting background of the castle and moat behind. I just hope all the hand breaks work!

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, Queens Hall Theatre Cranbrook, Sat 12 May

Mugenkyo are the most successful touring Taiko drum group on this continent and create a contemporary look and sound, captivating audiences everywhere.  Experience the power of thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography, synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery and infectious humour, all in a spellbinding display of sheer energy.

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