MON 7 - SUN 13 AUG & MON 14 - SUN 20 AUG
THINGS TO DO: MON 7 – SUN 13 AUG…
Leefest, Edenbridge, Thurs 10 – Sat 12 Aug
Imaginary kaleidoscopic realm, The Neverland, has been created for this festival, comprising three main stages, or ‘tribes’ each with a different theme and musical feel (pop, ambient or pumping beats). An eclectic boutique festival featuring music, theatre, comedy and walkabout performance that famously started in 16-year-old Lee Denny’s back garden but last year celebrated its 10th anniversary.
National Afternoon Tea Week, Leeds Castle, Thurs 10 August
Who doesn’t love an afternoon tea? Notch up some serious brownie points and take your mother-in-law to celebrate national ‘Afternoon Tea Week’ at Leeds Castle. There’s a talk from writer Gillian Walnes Perry on the customs and etiquette surrounding afternoon tea, (come on, she’ll love that, right?) Discover how tea drinking was first introduced into England, how it was popularised and how afternoon tea became a social institution. The afternoon will include a cup of tea and delicious cakes to sample. You’ll both love that bit.
Broadstairs Folk Week, 11-18 Aug
A child-friendly celebration of music – when the festival’s in town there’s hardly a venue that isn’t bursting with song, music and dance. Everything is within walking distance – although admittedly, tottering down that hill to the sea is easier than getting back up!
Opera in the Park, Hythe Imperial Hotel, Sat 12 Aug
The new formal gardens and Gazebo at the Hythe Imperial will be the location for an evening of Opera in the Park, Canapes and Sparkling wine will be flowing to the sound of IDA a local Opera sensation. Tickets are £38 inclusive of Canapes, Free Flow Fizz and Opera.
Heroes, Heroines and Hoods, Leeds Castle, 12 – 13 Aug
The stories of legends, of Kings and Queens and other historical heroes are brought vividly and often hilariously to life in this interactive children’s theatre with a difference. Have a go at circus skills before and after the show including stilts, juggling, hula-hoops, diabolos, spinning plates and juggling machines.The stories of legends, of Kings and Queens and other historical heroes are brought vividly and often hilariously to life in this interactive children’s theatre with a difference. Have a go at circus skills before and after the show including stilts, juggling, hula-hoops, diabolos, spinning plates and juggling machines.
THINGS TO DO: MON 14 – SUN 20 AUG…
The Railway Children, The Marlowe Theatre, Tue 15 ‐ Sat 19
When their father mysteriously disappears with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are turned upside down. Forced to leave the comforts of their privileged London life in exchange for a humble rural existence in the depths of the Yorkshire countryside, this fractured family soon discover new friendships and an unexpected secret that will change their lives forever. Complete with beautiful period costumes and ingenious designs, this new production of E.Nesbitt’s classic children’s story promises an uplifting theatrical experience for all ages, packed with intrigue, adventure, joy and jubilation. It is one of my all time favourites.
Grease, Outdoor Cinema, Groombridge Place, 18 Aug
Summer Nights! Groombridge place are bringing you that all-time classic Grease with its iconic soundtrack and the leather-clad, snake hips, one-and-only John Travolta – You’re the one that I want. Outdoor lounging with a bottle of something chilled – We go together.
The South East Airshow, Herne Bay, 19 Aug
As part of this month’s Herne Bay Festival celebrations, now knowns as BayFest, there’s Herne Bay Cartoon Festival (illustrations) Herne Bay Rocks (music), The Herne Bay Carnival (processions and Carnival Queen tradition) and a Classic Car Show all taking place in the coastal town before the Red Arrows join in the fun at the South East Airshow as part of the events line-up.
Joe Pasquale, The Devil In Disguise, The Orchard Theatre, Sun 20 Aug
We all have a good side and a dark side, and a backside, so come and witness Joe showing off all three, in a show that defies description… He’s been away searching for the fabled ancient merkin (Google it) of Macedonia, once owned by Genghis Khan’s Nan (Maud), who used to wear it for special occasions, but only if she was going to Lidl on the way home. Witness Joe explain the mysteries of why the four horseman of the apocalypse will be arriving on My Little Ponies, and what Action Man held with those gripping hands… it’ll be a show you wont forget in a hurry, well… at least 40 minutes.
Summer Jousting Tournament, Royals VS Rebels, 19 & 20 Aug
The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Hever Castle Jousting Tournament. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling show as the brave knights compete for points to find this season’s champion. Witness spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box (for me, obvs).