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What’s on in Kent in June

PUBLISHED: 09:56 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 19 June 2018

Step back in time to 1940’s Britain at Hever’'s Home Front (photo: Alison Bailey)

Step back in time to 1940’s Britain at Hever’'s Home Front (photo: Alison Bailey)

Alison Bailey

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


Jazz on the Lawn (1 Jun)

Following last year’s spectacular debut, the second Jazz on the Lawn sees multi-talented young Kent musician Harry Whitty getting toes a-tapping with an afternoon of vibrant swing hits and popular jazz songs.

Tickets: £25. 01622 632006. Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Satnav: ME14 4NQ


A-ha (7 Jun)

The iconic Norwegian pop trio will perform all their well-known hits such as Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines On TV, and will be joined by very special guests, the iconic OMD and The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey.

Tickets: £45; £65. The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 3NZ


Groove Armada (8 Jun)

For nearly two decades Groove Armada has been lauded as one of the planet’s best-loved, biggest-selling dance acts. From big stages to basements, Groove Armada cross genres and styles and are famed for their hits At The River, I See You Baby and Superstylin.

Tickets: From £20. Hall By The Sea, Dreamland, Margate. Satnav: CT9 1XJ


Steps (9 Jun)

There is no pop comeback story bigger than Steps. This year has seen the band return to the charts, TV, radio, huge concerts, and to the hearts of the nation.Now, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Steps are coming to Kent, with special guests Aqua and boy band Blue.

Tickets: £43.45 to £71.51. The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 3NZ


Forest Live (15 and 16 Jun)

Paloma Faith, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, along with special guest Billy Bragg, are coming to a forest near you this summer, as part of Forest Live, the popular concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. The Forest Live gigs will see Paloma, with her acclaimed album The Architect now under her belt, introducing new tracks to the audience on the Friday. The following evening Heaton and Abbott play material from their albums as a duo and songs from The Beautiful South and The Housemartins.

Tickets: £33.50-£43. 03000 680400. Bedgebury Pinetum. Satnav: TN17 2SJ


Jane McDonald (17 Jun)

Join Jane and her talented band for a night of phenomenal songs that will take audience members on a trip down memory lane. Expect lots of laughs and some phenomenal costume changes.

Tickets: £33.50 to £38.50. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Satnav: BR1 1HA


Jazz and a Picnic (20 Jun)

The evening will take place in the Walled Garden. The Colrose Seven will be providing the music – show tunes, novelty numbers and some jazz classics. Proceeds will go to St John Ambulance. Advance booking is essential.

Tickets: £12. 01233 643854. Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford. Satnav: TN23 3BP


Six Hands (22 Jun)

Three of the world’s finest guitarists will be performing on one glorious night. Witness the fretboard mastery of John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan.

Tickets: From £20. 01892 750665. Frant Church, Frant. Satnav: TN3 9DX


Stour Music Festival (22 Jun to 1 Jul)

Ten concerts will take place take place in the beautiful surroundings of Boughton Aluph Church. Festivities opens with a concert given by the Chelys Consort of Viols, with the renowned early music singer Emma Kirkby and lutenist James Akers. The following evening brings an opportunity to hear a rarely performed masque, Venus & Adonis by Pepusch, performed by a distinguished group of soloists together with the orchestra and singers of The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen. The final Sunday afternoon Choral Concert will be a chance to hear Purcell’s King Arthur, with its famous ‘Fairest Isle’ aria, performed by an outstanding group of soloists, with the Festival Choir and Orchestra.

Tickets: Contact organiser. 01227 769075. All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph. Satnav: TN25 4EU


Ramblin’ Man Fair (30 Jun to 1 Jul)

Into classic rock? Into blues? Into just plain ol’ good riffage? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then there is only one place for you this summer: Ramblin’ Man Fair. With a lineup that includes The Cult, Mott the Hoople, Blackberry Smoke, Myles Kennedy, Steel Panther, Govt Mule, The Cadillac Three, rockney outfit Chas & Dave and many, many more, you really don’t want to pass up this opportunity to drink a few cold ones and enjoy some music turned all the way up to 11.

Tickets: £256 (VIP: Sat and Sun); £156 (general admission: Sat and Sun); camping starts at £49. www.ramblinmanfair.com. Mote Park, Maidstone. Satnav: ME15 7RN



Great Expectations (until 2 Jun)

Following a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, young Pip is given an unexpected chance to better himself by visiting the reclusive and mysterious Miss Havisham.

Tickets: £18 to £30. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Satnav: BR1 1HA


Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (until 2 Jun)

Joe Pasquale stars as the loveable but accident-prone Frank Spencer, Sarah Earnshaw as his long-suffering wife Betty and Susie Blake as his disapproving mother-in-law, Mrs Fisher.

Tickets: £15 to £28.50. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells. Satnav: TN1 2LU


The Carole King Musical (5 to 9 Jun)

The inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Tickets: £22.50 to £44.50. 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Satnav: DA1 1ED


Summer Holiday (5 to 9 Jun)

Join Don (Ray Quin), the role originally played by Cliff Richard in the film, who heads out on a fun-packed boys trip in a London bus, visiting Paris, The Alps, Italy and Greece, in search of a good time and a brilliant summer.

Tickets: £29.50 to £39.50. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Satnav: BR1 1HA


The Handlebards (13 and 17 Jun)

Say hello to a troupe of cycling actors who carry all the set, props and costume needed to perform extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic and environmentally sustainable Shakespeare plays. This summer, both the all-male troupe and the all-female troupe will be touring the UK. The Kentish stopover will be Romeo and Juliet presented

Tickets: £13.50; £15 (13 Jun: The Woodville); £13.75; £15 (17 Jun: The Marlowe); 08442 439 480 (The Woodville); 01227 787787 (The Marlowe Theatre). The Woodville, Gravesend; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: DA110PA (The Woodville); CT1 2AS (The Marlowe)


Derren Brown: Underground (15 to 16 Jun and 26 to 30 Jun)

Derren Brown, the multi-award winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, is bringing his latest show Underground to Kent theatres.

Tickets: £37.50; £42.50; £47.50 (15-16 Jun: Orchard Theatre); £41.25 to £49.75 (26-30 Jun: Marlowe Theatre), 01322 220000 (Orchard); 01227 787787 (Marlowe). Satnav: DA1 1ED (Orchard); CT1 2AS (Marlowe Theatre)


The Ladybird Heard (19 to 20 Jun)

Join the woolly sheep, hairy hog, fat red hen and dainty dog in this hit musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. Live music, puppetry and plenty of audience participation.

Tickets: £13.50. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Satnav: BR1 1HA


Sir Geoff Hurst (21 Jun)

Sir Geoff comes to Kent slap-bang in the middle of the 2018 World Cup to talk about his illustrious West Ham and England career. VIP ticket holders will also have a chance to meet him and have a photo with him before the show. The second half will be a Q&A.

Tickets: £29. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Satnav: BR1 1HA



Midsummer Fair (7 to 9 Jun)

More than 250 handpicked exhibitors selling contemporary and vintage home wares, garden accessories, fabulous fashion and jewellery, artisan food and drink will be at this year’s fair.

Tickets: free to £10. 01580 241344. Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden. Satnav: TN17 4JA


Open: Doddington (10 Jun and 8 Jul)

Doddington village is hosting an open gardens event over two days this summer. Seize your opportunity to explore private gardens and award-winning allotments. Proceeds to charities.

Tickets: £5 (adults). www.opengardens.co.uk. Satnav: ME9 OBH


Open Farm Sunday (10 Jun)

This event offers a fantastic chance to discover real farming first hand. You can see how food is produced, enjoy tractor and trailer rides, and get up close to a combine harvester and other farming machinery, as well as meeting the people involved in the story behind your food.

Tickets: Free. 01795 890202. Belmont House and Gardens, Faversham. Satnav: ME13 0HH


Food and Drink Day (10 Jun)

Biddenden Vineyards’ 12th annual Food and Drink Day gives you the chance to buy and try from more than 40 stalls selling everything from cheeses, preserves and chutneys to pies, fudges, beers and honey, ice cream, wool, meats and game.

Tickets: Free. 01580 291726. Gribble Bridge Lane, Biddenden. Satnav: TN27 8DF


Church Fair (16 Jun)

St Bartholomew’s Church annual fair offers lots to do, see and buy, including plants, cakes, crafts, books, gifts, strawberries and cream, raffle, children’s games, Morris dancing, BBQ and more.

Tickets: Free. Village Green Otford. Satnav: TN14


Father’s Day Weekend (16 and 17 Jun)

Classic cars and supercars in a stunning location (below); the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day. The two-day event is supported by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain with awesome Alfa Romeos on display on Saturday and fabulous Ferraris on Sunday.

Tickets: £9.20 to £39.90. 01732 866114. Hever Castle, Edenbridge. Satnav: TN8 7NG


Tonbridge Carnival (17 Jun)

This popular annual event begins with a carnival procession through the High Street, with bands, walking groups, floats and majorettes, then proceeds to the castle grounds. After the procession, the fête takes place on the castle lawn and in Castle Walk.

Tickets: free. www.tonbridgelions.co.uk. Satnav: TN9 1BG


Hever’s Home Front (23 and 24 Jun)

Step back in time to 1940’s Britain and and experience what it was like during the Second World War by taking part in a swing dance alongside Viv the Spiv, tap your toes to music from vocalist Miss Annie, browse stalls selling vintage wares and refreshments.

Tickets: £9.20 to £39.90. 01732 866114. Hever Castle, Edenbridge. Satnav: TN8 7NG


Deal Music & Arts Festival 2018 (29 Jun to 14 Jul)

Deal Music & Arts’ annual summer festival is well respected as one of the landmarks in the English music festival scene. It has become a treasured East Kent institution, bringing music and arts lovers from far and wide to enjoy concerts and other events from world-class artists in an eclectic selection of special and frequently intimate venues and historic settings.

Tickets: can be purchased from The Astor Theatre on 01304 370220


Fire Engine Rally (30 Jun and 1 Jul)

Enjoy more than 20 fire engines and carts from the Victorian hose carts and the Edwardian period to the present day. Live fire displays by the Fire Service Preservation Group SE Branch.

Tickets: free (children under 15); £10 (adults). 01322 862114. Lullingstone Castle, Dartford. Satnav: DA4 0JA


Wealden Literary Fest (30 Jun and 1 Jul)

A weekend of words and ideas, celebrating nature, place and creativity through literature, the arts and food. Diana Henry will be joined by Tara Westover to discuss her debut book, Educated. Find children’s author Yuval Zommer in the festival tent, talking about The Street Beneath My Feet. Other speakers include Kent author Katherine May.

Tickets: £10 to £45. www.wealdenliteraryfestival.co.uk, Boldshaves Garden, Woodchurch, Satnav: TN26 3RA


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