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The Below Stairs Tour, A Servant’s Life, 16 Apr

The discreet running of a large household in the 1930s took military precision. Visit restricted areas below stairs to learn how the Castle servants made this seem effortless.

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Bluebell Festival at Riverhill Gardens, 18 – 29 Apr

The popular annual showcase of Riverhill’s Bluebells, complete with beautiful and scenic walks, enchanting music in the woods, and an intriguing exhibition of bluebell inspired arts and crafts in their Garden Room. The kids are bound to enjoy the woodland adventure playground as well as exploring the forest with lots of opportunities for den building too. Get lost in the marvellous maze and look out for the elusive yeti.

 Jason Manford: Muddle Class, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 18 Apr

Muddle Class promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and wit, this is a show that a lot will relate to.

Tulip Festival, Hever Castle, 18 – 27 Apr

The second Tulip Celebrations event as part of the Tulip Festival at Hever Castle & Gardens will be even bigger and better in the stunning grounds of the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Visitors will be able to enjoy a tulip trail either self-guided or with Hever’s Head Gardener Neil Miller and marvel at the 20,000 tulips, in many colours and different varieties planted in the Castle grounds; along the architecturally stunning Pompeiian Wall, in the traditional Tudor Garden and the sumptuous Italian Garden.

Women Work, Salomon’s Estate, Southborough, 20 Apr

Back for another year after a successful launch in 2017 this is an event designed to encourage women to help each other, to open up opportunities for women to come together to feel inspired, uplifted and empowered. This year it’s taking place at Salomons Estate and there’s a host of great speakers and bags of opportunities for seeking personal advice (on everything from how to get on top of work admin to healing after divorce) to professional networking opportunities. Tickets £25, parking is free.

Bluebell Festival at Hole Park Gardens 20 Apr to 3 May

Visitors can enjoy the amazing display of bluebells while taking the circular woodland walk which also passes a solar powered renovated ice house. Hole Park’s website will have a bluebell barometer which will be updated regularly in April. Normal admission fees apply.

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