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Derren Brown: Underground, The Marlowe, Tues 26 – Sat 30 Jun

Derren Brown, the multi-award winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, is bringing his latest show Underground to Kent theatres! He returns to amaze, astonish and enthral audiences with his latest smash hit show.

Hever Castle In Bloom, Hever Castle, 26 Jun – 1 Jul

The beautiful, quintessential and award-winning English Rose Garden has bloomed at Hever Castle! Enjoy the garden at the glorious height of summer, guided by an expert, or on your own and explore many of the Castle’s rooms which will be filled with stunning floral arrangements designed by Hever’s very own florist who will be running floral workshops throughout the day.

Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone, Sat 30 June –  Sun 1 July

Ready to rock? Ramblin’ Man Fair is an annual music festival celebrating classic and contemporary rock, progressive rock, blues and country. I’m not too up on any of the acts but in case this is your thing, there’s the likes of Mott The Hoople, Steel Panther, Steve Earle And The Dukes, The Rising Souls, The Cult, Chas and Dave (oh, I know those guys!) and many, many more!

Wealden Literary Fest, Woodchurch, 30 Jun – 1 Jul

Wealden Literary Festival is a chance to unearth some of the magic of the natural world and celebrate our relationship with place through literature, arts, crafts and food as well as creative workshops and hands-on outdoor activities. The family-friendly event is set in the enchanting setting of Boldshaves Garden near Tenterden in the Weald of Kent. It brings together renowned authors, poets, artists and makers who look first and foremost to nature, wilderness and the spirit of place for inspiration.

The Great Kent Chilli Festival, Hole Park, Nr Cranbrook, Sat 30 Jun – Sun 1 Jul

It’s set to be a scorcher of a day out for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families alike. Some of the country’s most respected chilli companies will showcase their chilli sauces, jams, chutneys and plants. The heat is on, with cooking demonstrations, talks on growing chillies, artisan food producers, music, international street food, a chilli cook-off, blind chilli sauce taste testing and of course, they couldn’t leave out chilli-eating competitions. Littlies can enjoy plenty of milder food for the gentler palette along with bouncy castles, inflatable slide, mini-carousel, coconut shy and face painting.

Run or Dye at Penshurst Place, Sun 1 Jul

The world’s most colourful run and festival, will once again take place in the stunning Penshurst Place. Run, walk, jog or even dance around the course and at every 1km runners are showered with rainbow dust. You can opt for a 5k or 3.5k run and, new for 2018, six year olds and under can take on the 1k mini runners dash. After the run a true festival atmosphere begins, with paint-throwing games, music, food, retail stalls and free access to the adventure playground, all in aid of the Great Ormond Street Hospital appeal. All runners receive a white t-shirt and goodie bag including dye packs.

Summer Vintage Fair at Chiddingstone Castle – Sun 1 July

Selling vintage wares; from furniture, kitchenalia (yup it’s a thing) and decorative items for the home, to vintage clothes, jewellery and more. The Medway Lindy Hoppers will be back with their inclusive, fun dance routines and Miss Vintage is singing throughout the day. This festival of Vintage for all the family includes Vintage Circus fun for the young and young at heart.

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