Diary of the best events around Kent in February
PUBLISHED: 07:46 31 January 2014 | UPDATED: 07:46 31 January 2014
Free tickets for Kent Big Weekend 2014, theatre, music, ballet and more
Until 14 Feb
International Garden Photographer of the Year
Chartwell is the host venue for a selection of photographs from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. The exhibition, which specialises in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography, is run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
Tickets: Normal admission prices apply 01732 868381 Chartwell, Westerham Satnav: TN16 1PS
Julie Madly Deeply
A charming and cheeky cabaret that takes an engaging look at fame and fandom, through the eyes and voice of singer and West End actress Sarah-Louise. She sings songs from Julie Andrews’ best-loved musicals including Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady and unveils stories about Andrews’ own life, from her beginnings as a child star to the recent challenges of losing her famous singing voice.
Tickets: £14 and £12 01732 304241 EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge Satnav: TN9 1JP
Champions of Rock
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Queen’s debut single and album, the Champions of Rock Queen spectacular recreates hit after hit, from solid-gold classics such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions to We Will Rock You. Also appearing will be Terry Nash’s Meatloaf show, in a first-half performance that includes Bat Out of Hell, Dead Ringer for Love and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.
Tickets: £27.50, £23.50, £19.50 01322 220000 Orchard Theatre, Dartford Satnav: DA1 1ED
3 to 8 Feb
Play That Goes Wrong
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920’s murder mystery, but as the title of this production suggests, everything that could possibly go wrong, does go badly wrong. Laugh along as the accident-prone thesps battle gamely on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call in this award-winning comedy.
Tickets: £10.65 to £27.90 0844 871 7620 Churchill Theatre, Bromley Satnav: BR1 1HA
Russian State Ballet: Carmen
Following a series of successful performances of Madame Butterfly and La Bohème in 2013, The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back with another world-class opera – Carmen, a powerful and passionate drama of love and rejection. Boasting an impressive cast and a live orchestra with more than 30 musicians, Georges Bizet’s composition is brought vividly to life.
Tickets: £31-£33 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU
The Just So Stories
In The Just So Stories, children rediscover the joys of imaginative play as four storytellers take them on an unforgettable and song-filled journey from Pusat Tasek – the Heart of the Sea – to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo river. Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s stories are brought to vivid life in this production.
Tickets: £8 01732 304241 EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge Satnav: TN9 1JP
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac returns to the UK to present a spectacular new stage production celebrating the music of legendary rock supergroup Fleetwood Mac. All the well-known hits will be meticulously recreated, including Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Go Your Own Way and many more.
Tickets: £22.50 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU
One-on-one matches, tag team and a climatic royal rumble are some of the highlights of this action packed event as Big Time American Wrestling comes back to Kent. Watch the Best of British take on the Rest of the World wrestlers in the ring. Only one can be crowned champion. Let’s get ready to rumble!
Tickets: £14, £15, £45 0844 871 3015 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Satnav: CT20 2DZ
Ed Byrne: Roaring Forties
A self-confessed ‘miserable old git’ since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his forties. While, for others, this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of an inordinately powerful sports car and the acquisition of a girlfriend way too young, Ed embraces middle age with open arms. Join him as he truly comes of age.
Tickets: £27.40 to £42.40 0844 871 7620 Churchill Theatre, Bromley Satnav: BR1 1HA
16, 20, 22 and 23 Feb
Hadlow College holds the National Collection of Hellebores, sometimes known as Christmas or Lenten Roses. They herald the start of a new year, flowering from January until early spring when very little else dares to shine. The head gardener or assistant head gardener conducts the tours. Booking is essential
Tickets: £3 01732 852243 Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College, Hadlow Satnav: TN11 0AL
19 to 22 Feb
A classic play set during the Second World War is being staged to raise money for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. Written by Terence Rattigan, it is based on his own experiences as a tail gunner with RAF Bomber Command during the conflict.
Tickets: £8 and £12 01227 769075 The Gulbenkian, Canterbury Satnav: CT2 7NB
22 to 23 Feb
Build It Live!
Whether you are building a home from scratch or just updating an existing home, the Build It Live! show is the perfect place to obtain practical tips, expert advice and plenty of inspiration for your next home project. Now in its second year, the show has some exciting new exhibits for visitors that involve workshops, tips and tricks from those in the know.
Tickets: £12 0844 545 0062 (info line) Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe Satnav: DA9 9SG
24 Feb to 1 Mar
In pre-war France a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire. As the First World War breaks out Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme. Faced with the horror of the war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as his world explodes around him.
Tickets: £18 (first night)-£28.50 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU
The legendary jazz musician is part of the line up of the annual Revelation St Mary’s arts extravaganza. He will showcase his critically acclaimed House of Legends set, which unites musicians and sounds from all over the world in what is a deeply personal set of songs.
Tickets: £15.50, £19.50 (adv); £17.50 and £21.50 (on the door) 07548 679199 St Mary’s Church, Ashford Satnav: TN23 1QG
29 to 30 Mar
Kent Big Weekend 2014
Castles, cathedrals, steam trains and river tours are among the many top visitor attractions and experiences offering thousands of free tickets for local residents to enjoy the Kent Big Weekend 2014. Details of all the many opportunities – from exploring historic houses, gardens and vineyards to surfing and art/craft classes – will be available from 3 February through a special website or through local visitor information centres. The site will remain open for free ticket applications until 24 February 2014. Visit Kent will then hold a ballot and allocate the free tickets. Save the date now!
Tickets: Free www.kentbigweekend.co.uk