Diary of Kent events this October

PUBLISHED: 07:36 26 September 2015 | UPDATED: 07:36 26 September 2015

Imaginary Menagerie at Tonbridge School

Imaginary Menagerie at Tonbridge School


Discover forgotten wrecks, enjoy Rochester’s Literary Festival and enter the forest of fear in a month to remember

Until Nov

Forgotten Wrecks

More than 700 wartime wrecks are known to lie off the south coast of England. These include largely forgotten ships and craft of all shapes and sizes, all of which were carrying out a myriad of different tasks and activities when they were lost. This exhibition tells their story.

Tickets: Free. 01797 369487

Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

Satnav: TN28 8AY

3 and 4 Oct

Museum of Fun

A free pop-up event inspired by the national Fun Palaces campaign, bringing together a huge variety of fun events involving arts and science.

Tickets: Free. www.museumoffun.org

Whitstable Umbrella Centre. Satnav: CT5 IDD

4 Oct

Tour of Kent

The Blackpalfrey Motor Club of Kent celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion has added some exciting new venues to its annual Tour of Kent. From the start at the Moat, Wrotham Heath, the route will take crews to Groombridge Place before heading off to Bewl.

Tickets: £70 (per crew)


6 Oct

Imaginary Menagerie

Coming on like a cross between Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie is packed with puppets, music and magic and from the makers of The Terrible Infants and The Trench! Plus, a cow that looks like Brian May. Suitable for ages six and up.

Tickets: £10; £12.

01732 304241

EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, 

Satnav: TN9 1JP

6 to 10 Oct

Wuthering Heights

A ballet version of the romantic masterpiece, from one of the UK’s best dance companies, Northern Ballet.

Tickets: £17 to £39.50

01227 787787

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

7 Oct

The JazzHouse

There’s a new jazz venue coming to Tunbridge Wells on the first Wednesday of every month, starting in October. The JazzHouse will bring an exciting programme of the best in jazz, from hard-bob, funk, mainstream and swing to Latin. First up is Derek Nash and Protect the Beat.

Tickets: £12 (adv); £15 (on the door)

01892 530613 (Assembly Hall box office)

Pure Bar & Club, Tunbridge Wells

Satnav: TN1 1RU

8 Oct

One Last Waltz

A touching and at times funny new play, based on real-life experiences about the challenges of dealing with dementia.

Tickets: £12. 01227 787787

The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

9 Oct

Pss Pss

A clown show for grown-ups, the production channels silent slapstick greats Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

Tickets: £12. 01227 787787

The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

10 Oct

Chas & Dave

The lads are promoting the critically acclaimed That’s What Happens album, recorded in Studio 2, Abbey Road, The Beatles room.

Tickets: £25.50 to £28.50. 01843 292795

Winter Gardens, Margate. Satnav: CT9 1HX

10 Oct

Puppetry Festival

This year will be first contemporary puppetry festival to be staged in Tunbridge Wells, and it will be celebrating the life and work of a number of local artists. The inaugural Festival will bring together a programme of quality puppetry and animation events for everyone in venues across the town centre throughout the day. See page 32.

Tickets: www.twpuppetryfestival.org

10 and 17 Oct

Soul Legends

Featuring more soul classics than any other production, including songs from Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Michael Jackson, Barry White, George Benson, Lionel Richie, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Chaka Khan, Edwin Starr, Earth Wind and Fire, The Emotions, Kool & the Gang, The Pointer Sisters and many more, the Soul legends show is something you shouldn’t miss.

Tickets: £23.50; £27.50 (Orchard Theatre); £21; £23 (Central Theatre)

01322 220000 (Orchard Theatre); 01634 338338 (Central Theatre)

Orchard Theatre, Dartford (10 Oct); Central Theatre, Chatham (17 Oct)

Satnav: DA1 1ED (Orchard Theatre); ME4 4AS (Central Theatre)

10 Oct to 6 Dec

Magna Carta

2015 is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. Faversham’s valuable and rarely displayed copy of the Magna Carta will be the centrepiece of this fascinating exhibition.

Tickets: Free. 01634 843366

Rochester Cathedral. Satnav: ME1 1SX

12 to 17 Oct

Then There Were None

Mark Wynter, Deborah Grant, Paul Nicholas and Mark Curry, among many other notable actors, bring this best-selling thriller from the pen of Agatha Christie to murderous life.

Tickets: £23.50 to £28.50. 01892 530613

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

Satnav: TN1 2LU

12 Oct

Balls Out

A decade after England’s legendary 2005 Ashes victory, cricket icon Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, accompanied by TV producer and friend Clyde Holcroft, shares his memories with theatre audiences.

Tickets: £28.90

0844 871 3015

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Satnav: CT20 2DZ

13 and 14 Oct

Les Ballets Trockadero

The skilful and hilarious troupe of all-male 
ballerinas presents another stunning show.

Tickets: £17 to £29.50. 01227 787787

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

14 Oct

I Love to Boogie

T. Rextasy has performed for more than 20 years and is accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Bolan and T. Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Bolan’s family, estate and original ex-band members.

0844 871 3015. Tickets: from £22

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Satnav: CT20 2DZ

15 Oct


As part of NT Live broadcast season, Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in this great tragedy.

Tickets: £12; £15 (concs). 01732 304241

EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

Satnav: TN9 1JP

15 Oct

Daddy McGuiness

One of the Uk’S best-loved comedians Paddy McGuiness shares stories about becoming a first-time dad and his take on parenthood.

Tickets: £21.40 to £28.90.

0844 871 3015

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone.

Satnav: CT20 2DZ

16 Oct

Django a la Creole

As well as Evan Christopher on clarinet, Django a la Creole features Don Vappie on guitar and banjo. Don has played with many top singers and musicians including Peggy Lee, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler and more. Dave Kelbie plays rhythm guitar and Sebastien Girardot is on bass.

Tickets: £16. 01892 750665

Frant Church, Frant. Satnav: TN3 9DX

17 and 18 Oct

Forest of Fear

Witness the spooky adventures of Hansel and Gretel as they escape the clutches of the Evil Witch only to stumble into another monstrous nightmare – the Monster Mash Halloween Party! See also feature on pages 25-28.

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply

01892 861444. Groombridge Place, 
Tunbridge Wells. Satnav: TN3 9QG

17 Oct

The Nutcracker

Don’t miss the chance to catch Tchaikovsky’s world-famous and much loved classical ballet when the highly acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Opera House brings this magical tale to life

Tickets: £22.50; £24.50. 01634 338338

Central Theatre, Chatham. Satnav: ME4 4AS

17 Oct

Sensational 60s

Go back in time with some of the most talented artists (Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe, Steve Ellis, The Union Gapuk, The New Amen Corner and host Alan Mosca from Freddie & The Dreamers) of the 1960s, as they present a fabulous jaunt down memory lane.

Tickets: £26.50. 0844 871 3015

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. Satnav: CT20 2DZ

18 Oct

The Venom UK Tour

To promote the release of their fifth studio album, metalheads Bullet for My Valentine will be jumping onboard a tour bus and ‘turning everything up to 11’! You have been warned...

0844 871 3015 . Tickets: From £23

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. Satnav: CT20 2DZ

20 to 21 Oct

She Called Me Mother

Enter the life of Evangeline Gardner, a homeless, 70-year-old Afro-Caribbean woman who ends up living on the streets. The play brings together Evangeline and her estranged daughter Shirley.

Tickets: £8 to £14.

01843 292795

Theatre Royal, Margate.

Satnav: CT9 1PW

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24 Oct

Andy Hamilton

Comedian and comedy writer Andy Hamilton is back on the road with a new solo show. In his 60 years on this planet, Andy has experienced many changes; some good and some bad.

Tickets: £20.

01227 787787

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

Satnav: CT1 2AS

24 Oct

He Had Hairy Hands

A 1970’s detective werewolf mystery all wrapped up in an hilarious Hammer Horror-style presentation.

Tickets: £12. 01227 787787

The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

24 Oct

Hands on History

Discover ancient medicines, the life of a medieval baron and how he prepared for battle, plus learn gruesome facts about surgery in medieval times.

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply

01892 870307. Penshurst Place, Tonbridge

Satnav: TN11 8DG

24 Oct to 1 Nov

Haunted Hever

Treat the family to a spine-tingling programme of events over the Halloween half term. This year’s theme is ‘Haunted Hever’, with ghostly goings-on guaranteed to thrill all ages. See also feature on pages 25-28.

Tickets: £9 to £42.50. 01732 865224.

Hever Castle, Edenbridge. Satnav: TN8 7NG

24 Oct

Nicholas McCarthy

The multi-talented, one-handed pianist joins The Kent Sinfonia Orchestra, with conductor Philip Hesketh, to perform the Ravel Piano Concerto for left hand.

Tickets: £22. 01227 787787

Colyer-Fergusson Hall, Canterbury

Satnav: CT2 7NB

24 Oct to 1 Nov

Pumpkin Trail

Look for spooky things in the gardens to win a prize. What will you find?

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply; plus £1 per child.

01732 868381.

Chartwell, Westerham.

Ghosts and gourmet

With only the flickering of candlelight to guide you, walk through the house and listen to the stories of its past inhabitants, but watch out, they might be closer than you think. Followed by a two-course supper afterwards. Must book.

Tickets: £37.50 per person. 01732 81131

Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks. Satnav: TN15 0NT

24 Oct to 1 Nov

Pumpkin Trail

Follow the Halloween trail; find as many spooky things as you can to get a prize at the end!

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply; plus £1 per child. 01732 750367

Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks. Satnav: TN14 6BA

26 to 30 Oct

25 Oct

The Snow Dragon

Tall Stories combine storytelling, comedy and songs to create a magical, mysterious world for everyone aged three and up.

Tickets: £8.

01732 304241

EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge.

Satnav: TN9 1JP

The Wicked Witches

Venture into the Wild Wood to join the Wicked Witches for an afternoon of spooky storytelling in cosy bell tents, while gathering around the campfire to toast marshmallows. Suits all ages.

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply

01892 870307. Penshurst Place, Tonbridge

Satnav: TN11 8DG

31 Oct

Halloween Stories

Gather around in the ancient Buttery for ‘not too scary’ tales for youngsters from the storytellers at Aardvark Productions. Put on your spookiest outfits for a fancy dress competition, with prizes for the best: scary skeletons, young witches, warlocks and mini-vampires are all welcome!

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply

01892 870307. Penshurst Place, Tonbridge

Satnav: TN11 8DG

The Ultimate Kent Experience

There’s still time to share some love about Kent – and win the Ultimate Kent Experience!

Share your favourite images and stories of Kent on Facebook for the chance to win the ‘ultimate Kent experience’.

One lucky winner will be given the chance to experience the very best of Kent, including an overnight stay at Hever Castle, passes to a host of attractions, a hot air balloon ride, a surfing lesson and a £150 shopping card.

For more information and to enter log on to www.visitkent.co.uk/win

To enter, go to www.visitkent.co.uk/win and submit an image of your favourite place, happy memories, best moment in Kent to the Facebook competition page, using #YourKentStory and explain why the image means so much to you.

Photos posted on social media using #YourKentStory will also be pulled through to the Facebook gallery, but make sure you enter via the competition page as well to be in with the best chance of winning.

Competition closes: 4 October 2015.

10, and 24 Oct

Live ‘n Local

Kentish author Truda Thurai will be talking about writing historical fiction (10 Oct). As part of Rochester Literature Festival’s Live ‘n’ Local weekend, she will focus on her recent commission for the literary website Wandering Words, as well as her Rochester-inspired collection of short stories Barley Bread and Cheese. She will also be hosting a workshop (24 Oct) called ‘Another Country: Writing Historical Fiction,’ which will use examples from her novel The Devil Dancers. Later that day, Truda will also be chairing a panel, ‘Invention vs Accuracy in Historical Fiction Writing (24 Oct),’ featuring Jackie Eales, Professor of Early Modern History, Canterbury Christ Church University; David Ellis, Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Kent and Paul Fraser Collard, author of the Jack Lark novels.

Tickets: Contact venues

http://rochesterlitfest.com/ (10 Oct) and http://www.saveaswriters.co.uk/ (24 Oct)

Rochester Guildhall Museum (10 Oct), Canterbury Christ Church University (24 Oct)

Satnav: ME1 1PY (Rochester Guildhall Museum); CT1 1QU (Canterbury Christ Church University)

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