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What’s on in Kent in November

PUBLISHED: 15:04 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:04 29 October 2018

The Overtones are in Folkestone

The Overtones are in Folkestone


Our selection of top events and diary dates for this month in Kent


• Funky fireworks (3 and 4 Nov)

Children will love watching the pyrotechnics over Leeds Castle while dancing to songs from their favourite films, including I Like to Move It and Just Dance.

Tickets: £23 (adults); £15 (children); under 4s free. 01622 767865. Leeds Castle, Maidstone

• Return of the Unknown (8 to 11 Nov)

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, this immersive theatrical experience combining drama, music, dance and digital art honours The Unknown Warrrior, who passed through Dover station on his way to Westminster Abbey, where he became part of our national identity.

Tickets: £14.50. 01227 787787. Dover Marine Station, Dover

• The Unremembered (11 Nov)

The Shorncliffe Trust leads this community event to remember members of Labour Corps who now lie at rest far from their homes in China and South Africa with the lighting of 550 lanterns on their graves and also remember the military personnel at the cemetery.

Donation of £10 per lantern. Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Sandgate

• Book Festival (16 to 25 Nov)

The 10-day celebration of the literary word showcases new books, spoken word productions, storytelling, songwriting, playwriting and art, non-fiction, children’s books and much more.

01303 760750. Quarterhouse, Folkestone

• Ice skating (16 Nov to 1 Jan 2019)

Skate by day or night at Calverley Grounds’ amphitheatre, decorated for Christmas with festive lights. Storytelling workshops take place alongside the rink, as well as live music events, songs from local choirs and nostalgic Tunbridge Wells in Winter-themed talks delivered by Tunbridge Wells Museum team members.

Tickets: From £14.50 (adults); From £9.75 (children). 01892 530613. Calverley Grounds, Tun Wells



• The Illegal Eagles (1 Nov)

The world’s leading official Eagles tribute band returns for another great show featuring the very best from the Eagles’ repertoire including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Desperado and Lyin’ Eyes.

Tickets: £22; £24. 01843 292795. Winter Gardens, Margate

• The Greatest Show (4 Nov)

Inspired by the imagination of showman PT Barnum, this show celebrates songs from some of the best-loved musicals and movies of all time as The live Greatest Show Band takes to the stage with a cast of West End performers.

Tickets: £26. 01322 220000. Orchard Theatre, Dartford

• Coldplace (16 Nov)

Formed in 2004 by frontman Shane Crofts, Coldplace has performed around the world, most recently at Chris Evans’ Car Fest alongside Kaiser Chiefs, The Jacksons and Mel C. The band has also appeared on BBC Radio 1 and 2, The Gadget Show, Sky News, and performed alongside Sir Bob Geldof and Ringo Starr.

Tickets: £20; £17 (concs). 01892 678678. Trinity Theatre, Tun Wells

• Musique Cordiale (16 to 18 Nov)

Enjoy a weekend of beautiful music and singing, including performances by soprano Dima Bawab, mezzo-soprano Kate Howden, tenor Aidan Coburn and baritone Johnny Herford. Graham Ross is conducting and there will be a Musique Cordiale orchestra backing up the singers.

Tickets: Contact venues, Church of St Peter & St Paul, Newnham; Church of St Mary of Charity, Faversham; Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, Doddington

• Burying the Dead (17 Nov)

As part of ‘Saxon Shore Early Music Kenardington’, the Ceruleo ensemble presents a new ‘theatre show for the 21st century’ by author Clare Norburn on the life of 17th-century British composer Henry Purcell. The role of Purcell is performed by Niall Ashdown, who has appeared on Whose Line is it Anyway? and Outnumbered.

Tickets: Contact organiser. St Mary’s Church, Kenardington

• The Mersey Beatles (23 Nov)

The two-hour show will see the band play the same songs John, Paul, George and Ringo did in Margate in 1963, including Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, Baby It’s You and Twist And Shout, plus charting the Fab Four’s full career over the years.

Tickets: £20. 01843 292795. Winter Gardens, Margate

• The Overtones (28 Nov)

Since bursting onto the scene in 2010 with their debut Good Ol’ Fashioned Love, the group has sold more than a million records. To promote the release of the band’s new album, a 22-date UK tour has been announced, including a stop-off in Kent.

Tickets: from £26.65. 0844 871 3015. Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone



• Three Musketeers (until 3 Nov)

Northern Ballet’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic is set in 17th-century Paris, where honour is everything but no secret is safe. Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d’Artagnan race off on a quest to save the Queen’s reputation and the life of d’Artagnan’s love.

Tickets: £9.25. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

• Ali Cook (9 and 15 Nov)

Magician and actor Ali Cook, known for performing big tricks in tight spaces, unveils his new show Principles Of Deception. Ali’s magical style combines sleight of hand alongside rarely seen grand stage illusions.

Tickets: £14; £13 (concs) (9 Nov: Quarterhouse, 01303 760750); £16; £15 (concs) (15 Nov: Trinity Theatre, 01892 678678)

• Doctor Dolittle (9 to 24 Nov)

Eccentric Doctor Dolittle embarks on an adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail that holds the secret of life and makes the world a happier place. Helped by his human companions and an exotic menagerie of animal friends, we’re taught not only to talk to the animals but to listen to them.

Tickets: £24.50 to £47.50. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley

• Simon Reeve (27 Nov)

Simon Reeve’s first theatre tour sees the renowned journalist recounting tales from 15 years of travelling to the most remote corners of the planet. From being chased by pirates, hounded by the Mafia and bombed by Columbian barons, he has travelled through more than 120 countries and his BBC documentaries have sold to more than 60 different countries.

Tickets: From £25. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

• Sammy the Sheep (30 Nov to 24 Dec)

Join Sammy the Sheep on an adventure to save Christmas! It’s Christmas Eve on Pepperpot Farm. All the animals will be coming to the barn to celebrate the big day and Sammy is helping Mum make sure there’s enough hay for everyone. Suddenly, news arrives from the duckpond: Christmas might be cancelled!

Tickets: From £8.50 (adults); from £7.95 (children). 01634 338338. The Brook Theatre, Chatham



• Christmas Market (17, 18, 24 and 25 Nov)

Enjoy local crafts, face painting, a raffle and a special appearance by Farmer Christmas.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01474 834161. Broadditch Farm Shop, Southfleet

• Wine Garden of England (17 Nov)

This new festival hosted by the Dean and Chapter of Rochester and newly formed Wine Garden of England partnership takes place in the cathedral over three timed sessions throughout the day. Meet leading Kent wine producers, sample up to 30 premium English wines and buy your favourites.

Tickets: Rochester Cathedral, Rochester

• Festive Wreaths (27, 28 and 29 Nov)

Join one of the wreath-making workshops in the festive surroundings of the Neptune Canterbury showroom. Get creative under the guidance of Anna, of Anna’s Country Flowers, and create beautiful wreaths to celebrate the upcoming festive season.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01474 834161. Broadditch Farm Shop, Southfleet


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