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What’s on in Kent this October

Summer may be over but that doesn't mean the fun has to be! Read the curated Muddy guide to the best things to do locally this month from The Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival, comedy, theatre and workshops galore.

Autumn Colour at Hever Castle, From Fri 1 Oct

Dust off your walking boots! The air is turning crisp and the rich display of autumn colour is coming to Hever Castle. Enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot and see the Boston Ivy adorning the front of the Castle in the most vivid shade of red. Walk around the spectacular castle, and the gardens then head to the playgrounds before enjoying their lunch options. Book your tickets now.

Ready for Halloween? Scream into action with Hever Castle’s Scream Experience, 25th – 31st October. Brave a walk through the Castle in an immersive, interactive experience whilst the ghosts are roaming the Castle walls. It’s not for the faint hearted, you’ve been warned.

Autumn fun at Bedgebury, Goudhurst, Fri 1 – Sun 31 Oct

Go on a colour journey around the National Pinetum where you’ll learn about the different autumn leaves and create your own artwork. Collect your free activity sheet from the information point at the visitor centre and set out to discover the colours of Bedgebury! Great way to get outside and explore the beautiful colours of Autumn.

Heathers The Musical, Marlowe Theatre, Until Sat 2 Oct

The hit musical based on the cult film is coming to The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury for only a few nights! It’s been an absolute smash hit on the West End for two seasons and received a WhatsOnStage award for Best new musical. So don’t miss Heathers The Musical, the black comedy rock musical based on the eponymous 1988 film. Book your tickets now.

Sarah Gorman x Flow Tunbridge Wells Workshop, Sat 2 Oct

Photography by Saltwick Media

A collaboration we’re VERY excited about partly because it happened because of our Muddy Awards – we love it when Winner’s get together! Don’t miss PT Sarah Gorman for a series of bespoke 2 hour workshops at the amazing Flow Studio in Tunbridge Wells. The first one is THIS Saturday so why not join in? It’s all about your core, expect a practical and explorative workshop into finding out about your Core muscular system. Wear clothes you’re comfortable in and engage that core! Book your tickets now.

Dj & Free Flow Supper, Life On High, Sevenoaks, Sat 2 Oct

Get this cool cafe in Sevenoaks on your radar! Say hello to your Winner of Best Cafe and join Life on High at their latest Supper Club for some serious fun. They will be welcoming brothers Hi-Fi or as some of you may know them, The Tufty Club aka icons of the Kent house music scene back in the day. They will be playing laid back Balearic Beats, ramping up the volume as night unfolds!

Arrive at 7pm for a free flow (bottomless) of food and drink for 90mins and then a normal bar will resume. Enjoy Prosecco, wine or beer in the 90min window and amazing food – the menu is a surprise but we know it’ll impress! Get your tickets now.

Wedding Showcase at The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells, Sun 3 Oct

In the heart of Tunbridge Wells, tucked away down Tea Garden Lane, with 17 acres of land and views overlooking Happy Valley, The Beacon is as picture perfect as it sounds. And perfect it should be, because it’s not just your big day… It’s your biggest day.

The good news is, it can also be your easiest day. The Beacon is exclusively yours for the day and with a superb events team meaning they’ll do the work so you don’t have to.

Visit their Wedding Showcase on Sun 3 Oct, 3-6pm. Their wedding planners will be on hand to guide you through their beautiful country home with all their recommended suppliers. Book your spot now.

Seasonal Supper & Wine Tasting, Alive With Flavour, Weds 6 Oct

Experience one of Alive With Flavour‘s Supper Clubs in-real-life! Yup, they’re back and in-person at Hurst Farm B&B, a beautiful venue perfect for hands-on cooking and it’s a great place to sit back and enjoy eating together with fellow foodies. Come on your own or with a friend and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and enjoy a vegetarian supper paired with 3 carefully selected wines. Weds 6 Oct at 7-10pm. Book your place now

Can’t make it? Don’t worry! The next one will be a Diwali Supper Club with Masterchef Dashka Mistry on Weds 3 Nov.

Speed Dating Event, Sevenoaks, Weds 6 Oct

Sick and tired of online dating apps? Well local business women; Naomi Buff, Mind Body Nutrition coach and Carin Soderberg Personal Trainer are organising Sevenoaks’ first speed dating evening and singles events at award-wining cafe Life On High so you can find LOVE on high (too cheesy?).

The evening will start at 8pm with a glass of Prosecco and then everyone will be seated to commence the speed date! If you’re shy about chatting, they have some carefully prepared prompt questions along with your match sheet. This event is for singles aged 35-50 only. Get your tickets now.

Lucy Porter: Be Prepared, Trinity Theatre, Thurs 7 Oct

Trinity Theatre in the centre of Tunbridge Wells has a brilliant comedy night this month! Lucy Porter (see her in action above!) is back with a fantastic stand-up show, Be Prepared. At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot. Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on. Book your tickets now.

Virtual Cooking Class with The Cooking Apple, Thurs 7 Oct

It’s time to dust down your apron and get cooking with The Cooking Apple, fun for all the family these virtual classes are perfect if you’d like to try something new. We love Pip’s classes as they’re fun and friendly – no flashy chef intimidation here! You can make mistakes, laugh and cook with others. 

Join in on Thurs 7 Oct at 7:30pm for a speedy one dish lesson. Shut the kitchen door, open up your laptop and spend 50mins making dinner for four with Pip’s guidance. Create a colourful Autumn supper inspired by the food of Provence, make flavour-packed crispy skin salmon, colourful and comforting ratatouille and spiced butter cous cous. PLUS get 20% off if you’re a newcomer! Tickets are £15. Sign up here.

Floral Workshops, Water Lane, Thurs 7 & Fri 29 Oct

Water Lane, an idyllic walled garden in Hawkhurst has just launched a series of gorgeous floral styling workshops with Bloom & Burn! Learn how to style seasonal British flowers with flowers freshly cut from Water Lane’s cutting garden to make from Dried Flower Centrepieces to Christmas Wreaths. Don’t miss their Hand-Tied Bouquet on Thurs 7 Oct or create your own Halloween Table Centrepiece on Fri 29 Oct. Take home a range of floristry tips and tricks to arrange your own flowers at home. Classes start from £70 including all tools, materials, refreshments and cake. You could even enjoy lunch at Water Lane’s restaurant after all that work! Book your spot now.

Day Retreats at Samsara Retreat & Yoga, Fri 8 & Sat 9 Oct

Have you discovered this magical retreat, located deep in the Kentish countryside yet? Samsara Retreat & Yoga is built with your relaxation at the forefront of the minds. Experience a slice of what Samsara have to offer this October…

Try their Feel Good Friday Day Retreat on Fri 8 Oct (9:30am-2pm), the perfect way to re-energise just in time for the weekend! Experience a Yoga class, healing gong bath, learn how to make a nourishing Salad In A Jar Workshop with Chloe Myers and enjoy a buffet of homemade curries.

Or how about their Reiki Healing Day on Sat 9 Oct (9:30am-5:30pm), enjoy a barefoot walking meditation, gentle yoga class, reiki and crystal healing, relaxing gong bath with brunch and afternoon tea included.

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival, Calverley Grounds, Sat 9 – Sun 17 Oct

Don’t miss this packed festival of all things puppet! The centrepiece of the festival being Luke Jerram’s artwork Museum of the Moon (pictured), which will be suspended in Calverley Grounds providing the opportunity to see our moon floating in three dimensions – wow indeed! There’s 40 innovative contemporary puppetry events happening all week which will delight all ages. Book your tickets in advance here – majority of which are free to enjoy.

Gut Health For Women Workshop with Virginia Hills, Sun 10 Oct

Want to know what all the fuss is about gut health? Ever heard of trying fermented food and why you should be eating it? Banish the fear and get to know the basics of making a simple ferment with Nutritionist Virginia Hills and award-winning Katy Cox from Wasted Kitchen for a half day workshop on Sun 10 Oct at Monkshill Refectory followed by a yummy lunch and chat.

Meet a small, friendly group of likeminded people and learn more detail about why good gut health is crucial to healthy hormones, what to that means in terms of what you eat and drink and how to incorporate these foods into your diet. Class ticks off at 10am and finishes at 1pm, their last workshop was a sell-out so book your tickets now!

Will Scott performing at Hive, Sevenoaks, Sun 10 Oct

Award-winning classical guitarist Will Scott will be performing this Sunday at Hive in Sevenoaks on his Spanish guitar. Hive is the perfect dining space, located in the picturesque courtyard, it’s newly refurbed and super stylish. So go on enjoy a Roast and a glass of wine with some beautiful music, sounds like a lovely Sunday to us! Kitchen opens at 12pm and music is 1-4pm. Book your table now.

East Kent’s Biggest Wedding Fair, Canterbury, Sun 10 Oct

Ding dong! Browse some of Kent’s biggest wedding professionals at this big wedding event at the Kent Cricket Ground in Canterbury. From 10am – 2.30pm free to enter plus goody bag. Whether you’re just starting with the planning or only have a few things left on your To Do list – you won’t want to miss this. Pre-register now.

Canterbury Festival, Various Locations, Sat 16 – Sat 30 Oct

The Canterbury Festival returns with a bigger and bolder programme to put the arts firmly back on the map. From the quirky to the sublime – the festival aims to bring together the people of Kent for a celebration of creativity.

This year’s festival launches with Canterbury’s sixth annual Medieval Pageant and Trail, celebrating the legacy of Saint Thomas Becket on Sat 16 Oct.

The colourful parade features historical characters and re-enactment groups, music – and giants! The parade will enter the city from the Westgate Towers at 11am, processing through the city centre, and finishing in the Buttermarket at approximately 11.40am.

Between 11.30am and 5pm, various locations in the city will form the Medieval Family Trail. Designed around children and their parents, the Westgate Towers, the Beaney, St Augustine’s Abbey, and many more be welcoming visitors with a range of activities including craft activities, a chance to meet medieval characters and you can even visit a medieval encampment! When you visit places featured in the Family Trail, be sure to have your leaflet ‘stamped’. Family fun for littles ones right up to ‘Middle Ages’. Boom, boom. Click here for the full line-up.

Harvest Farm Feast, Green Farm, Sat 16 Oct

Don’t miss out on this unique, countryside dining experience! Celebrate the end of Harvest season with a seasonal 5-course Set Menu at Green Farm’s Supper Club on Sat 16 Oct. Set in the idyllic Shadoxhurst conversation area, near Ashford surrounded by 12,500 acres. Take our word for it, it’s beautiful! The curated courses created by in-house chef Amelia, savour some of the best seasonal, homegrown Green Farm produce. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at their ‘Landy Bar’ (pictured) looking out across the beautiful grounds and then enjoy dinner in a communal Farm Table setting. Book your tickets now under ‘Events’.

Revive Day, Ashdown Park Hotel, Sat 16 Oct

Time for a reboot! What could be better than fresh country air, delicious healthy food (prepared by a nutritionist) holistic exercises and activities all based in the beautiful idyllic setting of Ashdown Park Hotel? (Nothing is the answer!)

The day, run by top health and fitness expert Henry Adekoya will include the very latest advice on balancing hormones, including a menopause health and wellbeing discussion with nutritional therapist, Elisa Barker.

Join Revive Health Fitness for a day away from the stresses and strains of modern life to focus on your needs and relaaaax! Learn from the experts and begin your journey to renewed health and wellbeing. Revive Day is on Sat 25 Sep and Sat 16 Oct, book your spot now!

Hoftoberfest, Hive, Sevenoaks, Sun 17 & Sun 24 Oct

Head to Hive on 17 Oct as they team up with Hofmeister Beer for a day of great brews, food and live music (kicking off at 12pm!). Try their herb schnitzel, Battle bockwurst banger, smoke sausage stew, venison Scotch egg and veggie options too! Tickets are £15 on the door which include 2.5 pint stein and one food item.

Macbeth at Kingdom, Penshurst, Tues 19 – Sun 31 Oct

Get your theatre fix! The fantastic team at Get Out Of My Space (GOOMs) are performing Macbeth at Kingdom in Penshurst – but with a twist! The whole production is taking place outdoors, open to the elements, so you can feel like you’re on the battle field with Macbeth himself. You’ll be armed with a torch and it’ll be up to you to discover the production from the darkness. Experience theatre like you’ve never seen it before! The play is 1 hour, 30 mins kicking off at 7:30pm every night from 19th – 31st Oct (yes the final night being Halloween!). Book your tickets now, it’s bound to be a sell-out!

The Play That Goes Wrong, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tues 19 – Sun 24 Oct

Mischief’s multi award-winning international smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is making its debut at the Assembly Hall Theatre. We love this 1920s murder mystery that all goes wrong! Don’t miss this brilliantly funny comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter! Next date night sorted? Book your tickets now.

Tablescaping Workshop, Beyond The Table, Thurs 21 Oct

Why not learn the art of tablescaping (the art of setting your table)? It’s the latest interior trend that’s got the coolest of dinner-party hosts in a hot lather. Join the super talented Sarah founder of Beyond The Table at her brand new Tablescaping Workshop. Learn how to set your base, choose a colour palette, creating height and texture and how to select the perfect finishing touches. It’ll be a really relaxed and intimate affair with only a couple of tickets available so you can recreate beautiful tablescapes to wow your guests from home! Tickets are £49 which include refreshments. Email Sarah to secure your space.

John Bishop – Right Here Right Now, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Tues 26 Oct

Be one of the first to see this brand new material from comedy superstar, John Bishop, at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone. This highly anticipated brand-new act, is his eighth stand up show (no less!). Bound to be a sell-out so get in quick!

Wild Classroom Family Cooking Class, Belmont House, Tues 26 Oct

Step outside this Autumn and join Wild Classroom where you and your family will be able to cook over fire, using fresh ingredients from Belmont’s kitchen garden. View the garden, collect your ingredients and meet the team responsible for growing them, before moving to the outdoor cooking area where each family will have their own table and tools to prepare food to cook over fire using a range of techniques. Book your tickets now.

Gusbourne Celebration Dinner, The Dog at Wingham, Thurs 28 Oct

Friendly, stylish, foodie pub The Dog in Wingham, who’s Head Chef, Sam McClurkin has JUST been awarded Best Young Pub Chef in The Great British Pub Awards 2021, don’t you know! They’ve got a wonderful Supper Club coming up this October. Dinner will be served from 7:30pm where you can enjoy 5 delicious courses which will be paired with wines from Gusbourne Estate. £80 pp. Call to book your table: 01227 720 339.

Halloween Table Centrepiece Flower Workshop, Water Lane, Fri 29 Oct

Picture taken from previous workshop at Water Lane.

Get creative this Halloween and hop down to Water Lane a beautiful Walled Garden in Hawkhurst. They are running a series of gorgeous floral styling workshops with Bloom & Burn and this October you could make a stunning Halloween Table Centrepiece using autumnal natural materials gathered from the garden. Classes start from £70 including all tools, materials, refreshments and cake. You could even enjoy lunch at Water Lane’s restaurant after all that work! Book your spot now.

Halloween & Burlesque Night, The Zero Waste Company, Sat 30 Oct

Get your costumes at the ready for a spooky evening of music and burlesque this Halloween! The Zero Waste Company set on The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells is hosting a Halloween themed event from 7pm on Sat 30 Oct. Enjoy your free drink where a live singer will be performing with a spooky twist plus Britain’s Got Talents’ cabaret superstar Keri Gold will be making a guest appearance! Snap a picture with the stunning vintage Mustang GT parked out back, professional SFX make-up will be on hand and temporary tattoos. Dressing up is a MUST. Get your early bird tickets for just £15 now!

‘Under The Rainbow’ Exhibition, Bluewater, Now until Mon 1 Nov

An exciting non-profit exhibition of uplifting art is coming to Bluewater this September, showcasing art work in a range of mediums from artists across the South East. Founder Ewa Page (pictured), a Bluewater restaurant manager and artist, knows how many artists had struggled during lockdown, unable to exhibit their work due to COVID-19 restrictions. Plus art had helped sustain their mental wellbeing during what’s been a really difficult time. So the idea of holding an exhibition promoting an inclusive, uplifting and joyful vibe to celebrate community, mindfulness and kindness was born! Pop along to Under The Rainbow Exhibitionfrom the end of September, the event will be free to visit from 11am – 6pm and all the art will be for sale. 

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