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FRI 24 - SUN 26 JAN

January Renew You Retreat with Samsara Yoga, Maidstone, Weds 8 – Fri 31 Jan 

Beat the January blues and join Samsara to refresh, refocus and re-energize yourself at their beautiful countryside Sanctuary. The retreats are running Weds to Fri every week throughout Jan. Go for the day or even stay for three days, it’s up to you! Enjoy yoga, delicious food, a nutrition talk, HIIT classes, forest walks and meditation. Spend the night in their glamping tent, slumber in one of their Shepherds Hut or choose to stay inside one of the bedrooms in their charming 15th century cottage. During your free time, wander around the garden or relax around the firepit in the surrounds of the countryside. Book in now!

The Inside, Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells, Open from Thurs 9 Jan 

After months of planning and crowd-funding The Inside’s doors are open! A community-focused coffee house that nurtures and inspires in Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells by the Adventure play bit. It has plans to be an environmentally sustainable cafe using plant based plates, biodegradable cups and eco-friendly packaging. They’ll also be holding free crochet sessions, creative workshop drops-ins and coffee mornings. Open 9 am – 2pm, pop in for a coffee or some cake!

Burns Night, Hever Castle, Fri 24 – Sat 25 Jan

Hever will once again be hosting a Burns Night Celebration! This event is combined in an overnight stay in the Castle’s five-star luxury accommodation with a tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Combining a formal affair with all the pomp and ceremony one would expect at a traditional Burns Night supper with an informal knees-up to a Ceilidh. They’re expecting this year to be another sell-out success so move fast!

Innovative Live Gong Bath, Curzon Cinema & Lilford Gallery Canterbury, Sat 25 Jan

One for the Sound Bath lovers! We know these are becoming increasingly popular so we thought you’d love this one. Don’t miss this collaborative live event featuring Gongs, Sacred Ambient Music and YogaNidra Storytelling from London-based Sound Artist Simone Salvatici and Canterbury’s Cass XuXin. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, immerse yourself in the vibration via music and speech from this amazing duo. At Curzon Cinema, using their impressive sound system Simone will play an artfully composed performance previously played in venues such as Tate Modern, Natural History Museum, V&A Museum and Sadlers Wells Theatre. The magical storytelling from Cass will guide you to immerse in the vibration that shared between us humans and the nature. Afterwards follow on to the Lilford Gallery for a celebration, food and booze! Main Event: Curzon Cinema Canterbury, 10am – 12pm | Meet & Greet: Lilford Gallery Canterbury, 1pm – 4pm. Book your tickets here:



Tim Walker, Images from V&A

Another newbie is Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery. One of the biggest cultural events in the winter calendar, the exhibit features 150+ original artefacts found in the Pharaoh’s tomb that was unearthed in 1922 (until 3 May).


Mama Mia! A brand new (and, quite frankly, must-see) exhibition is coming to The O2, London this month – ABBA: Super Troupers is a journey through the Swedish band’s career and will feature personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020).


Other exhibitions worth a snoop are Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane collection of work at the V&A (until 8 March); William Blake at Tate Britain, with the visionary painter and poets work blown up to enormous scale using digital technology (until 2 Feb 2020); Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican  – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s (until 19 Jan).

Compiled by Mollie Manning

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