FRI 25 - MON 28 MAY
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.
Shakespeare’s Globe, Chilham Castle, Canterbury, Fri 25 – Sun 27 May
Shakespeare’s Globe returns to Chilham Castle for a triple-bill of outdoor performances this May. ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ will be performed across the weekend in the dreamy grounds of the stunning castle. If you feel like treating yourself, the events premium seats include a glass of champagne and an invitation to the canapé reception inside the Castle’s Grand Hall.
The Big Brocante, The Hop Farm, Fri 25 – Sun 27 May
A hand-picked selection of brilliant quality traders, decorative home-wares, vintage & antiques, artisan food and swing jazz! Opening from Friday 25th of May at 8am until Sunday 27th of May 4pm! Make sure you arrive early for the pick of the crop.
Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival, Chatham Maritime, Sat 26 May – Mon 28 May
The Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival has become a firm texture in the annual calendar and in 2018 takes place from Saturday 26th to Monday 28 May. This is a great event for the whole family with some great activities and a wide range of food and drink.
Tonbridge Food & Drink Festival, Tonbridge Castle, Sat 26 – Sun 27 May
Fire up your taste buds at this year’s fabulous Tonbridge Food & Drink Festival! Located in the town’s beautiful castle grounds, try, taste and buy from more than 70 stallholders selling a delicious range of food and drink produced in and around Kent. This year’s foodie spectacular is being organised by the team behind Tonbridge Farmers Market, proud winners of the prestigious 2017 Taste of Kent Award for being Kent Farmers’ Market of the Year. There is going to be lots of fun activities planned to entertain the whole family including cooking demonstrations from popular local chefs and a Children’s stage with eating challenges going on. Rest and relax at this popular event this month.
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!