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FRI 10 - SUN 12 NOV 2017

Shirley Valentine, The Orchard Theatre, Mon 6 – Sat 11 Nov

Shirley is a Liverpudlian housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for 2 weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself very differently. Read the Muddy review of this one-woman show here.

Walk like an Egyptian, Maidstone museum, Tues 7 Nov – Sat 11 Nov &  Tues 14 Nov  – Sat 18 Nov

Following a major refurbishment project visitors will be able to explore the rich and diverse lives of everyday Egyptians and Greeks through a series of themed displays and interactive stations. An immersive experience awaits, with a multi-sensory blend of sights, sounds and smells as well as items to touch. Exhibits will include the only mummy in Kent – Ta-Kush. Come face-to-face with this ancient Egyptian woman, who died over 2,700 years ago, through an amazing life-size facial reconstruction and listen to her story.

Villiers London natural products pop up Hamerton+Jones café, Fri 10 Dec

Gorgeous, all-natural products for you (or the kids) coming from London to this cute country café pop up, HamertonJones in Goudhurst. Villiers products are hand-made in small batches in the UK and 99% of ingredients are sourced from UK suppliers. Co-founder Juliet Walford will be on hand to talk about the impact of the products you put on your body and around your home. Villiers all natural skin care, deodorant and candles enjoy a loyal following – go along and you’ll know why.

Gum paste rose making workshop, Delicious Occasions, 11 Nov

This class takes place in the new Delicious Occasions studio set in the beautiful Kent countryside. Run by the owner, Claire, places are limited to 6 to allow maximum attention to each student. In this class you will learn the finer detail of the differences of roses, covering the David Austin and Claire Austin rose. Learn how to create these beautiful popular flowers using wired and none wired techniques, cutters and veiners. All equipment is provided and you can take your finished work home with you. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. To learn more about Claire and Delicious Occasions click here or to book your place on the course click here.

Wild Winter Family Rave, Groombridge Place, 11 Nov

Big Fish Little Fish continues to be a raving success and is coming back for one more massively successful family event at Groombridge Place with a Wild Winter Rave. Fan favorites DJs Baker & Beale (Rude and Deadly/Xfm) will be on the decks. Due to the exceptional popularity of this event it has been extended by an hour – what more mischief can we get up to eh?

Dreamland Fiesta, Dreamland Margate, Sat 11 Nov

If the delectable street food and splash of tequila isn’t enough, get into the spirit with the sounds of the Mariachi band and a performance by The Cuban Brothers. The perfect place to dine, drink and dance the night away.

Murder Mystery Evening, Port Lympne, 11 Nov

From start to finish you will be completely entertained whilst having to work out from all the clues who YOU think was the murderer! Arrive at 6:30pm for a glass of bubbly while our actors help to set the scene and then enjoy a delicious 3 course meal while working out the additional clues between each course. Don’t be deceived…. it may even be one of your own guests who has done the deed or was it the waitress at the bar?

Cyclo Cross, Leeds Castle, 12 Nov

A chance for Leeds Castle visitors to add interest to their Sunday walk… watch and learn about the growing cross country sport of Cyclo Cross. The London Cross League are holding a race in the Upper Parkland and anticipate between 300 and 400 riders will be taking part in races for all different ages. The course looks set to be eventful and fun, with riders having to tackle elements named after the Castle’s long history – ‘the joust’, ‘the wall’ and ‘the moat’.

The Nutcracker, Hazlitt Theatre, Sun 12 Nov

Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time performed by the acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll as their adventures see them combating the Mouse King and joining the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.

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