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What’s on in Kent in September

PUBLISHED: 15:07 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:07 24 August 2018

Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers is always spectacular (photo: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com)

Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers is always spectacular (photo: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com)


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


• Napoleonic Re-enactment (1 and 2 Sep)

The best way to experience history is to see it. As a watcher, you’ll be transported back in time to when Europe was in the grip of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, whose plans included the invasion of the UK – via Kent.

Tickets: £7.50 (adult); £1 (child). 01580 241344. Hole Park Gardens, Tenterden

• Medway Model Railway Show (1 and 2 Sep)

The 20th exhibition boasts a number of track layouts, covering a wide variety of gauges and scales, with some high-quality trade support for both the average and specialist alike.

Tickets: £5 to £12. 07821 254232. Fort Pitt Grammar School, Chatham

• Weald of Kent Craft Show (7 to 9 Sep)

Regarded as one of the most prestigious craft shows in the UK, there will be more than 150 exhibitors showcasing a range of exquisite items for the home and garden. Visitors can also enjoy workshops, rural craft demos, traditional fairground rides for the children, and food and drink in the gorgeous surroundings. Adding to the atmosphere, there’ll be live music from close harmony group The Haywood Sisters and Crooked Style, a two-piece country folk guitar group.

Tickets: £10. 01425 277988. Penshurst Place, Tonbridge

• Hops ‘n’ Harvest Beer Festival (8 and 9 Sep)

Enjoy a programme of activities and some fabulous live music. Take part in the hop-making process as well as sampling up to 60 varieties of locally brewed beers, ales and ciders. Peek inside the Hoppers Huts and enjoy family favourite Sooty performing in the Big Top.

Tickets: Free to £18.50. 01622 763936. Kent Life, Maidstone

• AW18 Neptune event (8-9 sep)

Neptune Canterbury is hosting a free Autumn/Winter all-day seasonal launch event where customers can see the new colours, fabrics, furniture and accessories and enjoy a glass of bubbly and a bite to eat.

01227 209300. Neptune Canterbury, Wincheap

• Ride and Stride (8 Sep)

The aim is to raise money for and awareness of Kent’s historic churches and chapels by sponsorship and cycling or walking to as many as possible.


• Dragon Boat Race (9 Sep)

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Tonbridge town centre with a variety of cultural events on offer as the Town Team stages its sixth annual Dragon Boat Race on the River Medway, with 24 teams taking part to raise money for their chosen charities. The popular event coincides with Medieval Fair and Heritage Weekend at Tonbridge Castle and the pedestrianised River Walk will play host to several stalls.

Free to watch, 10am-4pm

• Country Fair (9 Sep)

Taking place in the grounds of Chiddingstone Castle, there will be a dog show, terrier racing, working dogs, fishing, music, birds of prey, food and drink.

Tickets: £6. 01892 870347. Chiddingstone Castle

• Festival of Flowers (15-20 Sep)

See incredible floral displays inside Leeds Castle and around the grounds, themed this year to ‘Ladies Day’. Be inspired by the creativity of international award-winning floral designers and take part in specialist talks, demos and floral workshops. The festival pays homage to the last private owner of the castle, Lady Olive Baillie, who was famous for having elaborate floral pieces on show during her 1930’s society parties, regularly attended by royalty and Hollywood stars.

Tickets: incl with admission. 01622 765400. Leeds Castle, nr Maidstone

• Weald of Kent Ploughing Match (15 Sep)

The annual match will feature vintage, steam-ploughs, horse ploughing and conventional ploughing classes, as well as a fun dog show, gymkhana and a dog agility competition.

Tickets: Free (under 12s) to £5. Four Oaks Farm, Headcorn

• Cyclo Sportive (23 Sep)

Get pedalling in support of Heart of Kent Hospice on one of three chip-timed circular cycle routes. Each includes refreshment stops, first aid and vehicle support, professional chip timings and special finishers’ medals. Over 18s only please.

Tickets: £25 to £35. 01622 790195. East Malling Research Centre



• Joe Pasquale (2 Sep)

National treasure Joe Pasquale is back with his brand new tour and he is even funnier than ever. Join him as he talks about some of his most favourite things.

Tickets: £24. 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

• Summer Holiday (4 to 8 Sep)

Based on the iconic 1960’s film of the same name, starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Summer Holiday will include all the number one hits from the movie, plus some additional Cliff Richard classics. Taking on the lead role of Don is singer-songwriter Ray Quinn.

Tickets: £22.50 to £42. 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

• Cinderella (8 Sep)

Young female performers aged between nine and 15 on 1 September are being asked to attend for audition for The Marlowe Theatre’s 2018 pantomime Cinderella at The Marlowe Studio from 9.30am. They need to be able to commit to the production from the start of rehearsals until the end of the run (8 Nov to 6 Jan). The auditions will last two hours, but those who are successful may be asked to stay longer. Only water should be brought, and comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes worn. See the auditions page at www.evolution-productions.co.uk.

01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

• Milkshake! Live (8 sep)

Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, sit back and enjoy a journey through some of the world’s favourite fairy tales.

Tickets: £13.50 to £54. 01843 292795. Margate Winter Gardens

• Shift (13 Sep)

The Barely Methodical Troupe’s show mixes the show-stopping, gravity-defying acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre.

Tickets: £16; £14 (concs). 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge

• Love’s Victory (16 Sep)

The earliest surviving comedy by an Englishwoman, Lady Mary Wroth, gets its premiere at the author’s home (still owned by the Sidney family) – 400 years after it was written.

Tickets: £20 (£10); 2pm, 7.30pm. lancaster-university.co.uk. Baron’s Hall, Penshurst Place

• The Sign of Four (17 and 18 Sep)

Blackeyed Theatre returns with a spectacular new stage adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic tale. Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and one or two rather brilliant deductions.

Tickets: £16; £14 (concs). 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge

• Not About Heroes (26 Sep)

Stephen Macdonald’s award-winning play about the friendship between First World War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

Tickets: £16; £14 (concs). 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge



• Seven Drunken Nights (5 Sep)

The Story of The Dubliners, takes you on a musical journey through the career of Ireland’s favourite sons, Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan as they rose to fame as Ireland’s legendary folk band.

Tickets: From £13. 0844 871 7615. Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

• Sir Thomas Allen (21 Sep)

One of the leading British baritones of the 20th century, Sir Thomas Allen, will perform works from a recently recorded CD including composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern.

Tickets: £15 (£10 concs). 01227 769075. Gulbenkian, Canterbury

• Music@Malling (16 to 29 Sep)

Music@Malling places the music of contemporary composers alongside classical, jazz, vocal, world and film music in and around some stunning historic venues and landscapes of West Malling. There will be 28 events across 14 days; it is festival that really puts the focus on local.

Tickets: various. www.musicatmalling.com. Various venues

• Madagascar (25 to 29 Sep)

X Factor winner Matt Terry makes his acting debut as Alex the Lion in this version of Madagascar – The Musical. Based on the animated motion picture, it follows Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and some hilarious plotting penguins as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Tickets: £23 to £35. 020 3285 6000. The Churchill Theatre, Bromley

• Chase The Dream (27 Sep)

Following a very successful world tour, Flawless return to the shores of the UK to showcase even more dynamic and creative dance routines and moves like you’ve never seen before.

Tickets: £22 to £25. 01843 292795. Margate Winter Gardens


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