Things to do in Kent this month

PUBLISHED: 14:29 26 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:29 26 September 2016

Sleeping Beauty at Central Theatre, Chatham

Sleeping Beauty at Central Theatre, Chatham

Photography by ASH

Check out the Kent essential diary for this month. Your guide to what’s on in Kent

SALT Festival (29 Sep to 2 Oct)

Returning for its second year, SALT Festival will take you on an inspiring journey through the landscape and culture of the sea. You can walk, talk, make, write, observe, swim, have fun, and share ideas over good food

Tickets: Contact venue: 01303 760750. Quarterhouse, Harbour Arm and other locations, Folkestone. Satnav: CT20 1BN


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Relatively Speaking (Until 1 Oct)

Alan Ayckbourn’s charmingly English comedy of misunderstanding stars Robert Powell and Liza Goddard.

Tickets: £19.50 to £34. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

Forage & Feast Workshop (1 Oct)

The perfect introduction to searching for, and cooking, wild foraged food. You can learn how to use vitamin-enriched berries and plants to keep your immune system healthy. Workshops are suitable for adults and children (eight years and over), but an adult must accompany the latter.

Tickets: £35 (per person); £60 (two together). 01304 619227. Betteshanger Park, Deal. Satnav: CT14 0BF

Meet Thomas (1, 2, 8 and 9 Oct)

Come and meet the world’s most famous steam engine, Thomas and some of his friends from the iconic railway stories, ride on a real steam train and take part in Thomas-themed activities.

Tickets: £11-45. 01892 537715. Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells. Satnav: TN2 5QY

Elaine Paige (2 Oct)

Singer Elaine Paige is in Kent this month as part of her national tour. Stripped Back, will see her perform her most popular hits, including. Memory, I Know Him So Well and Help.

Tickets: £48 and £54. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

In Our Hands (3 Oct)

Follow a fish’s journey from sea to plate, watch a seagull’s ridiculous attempt to find food and witness a father and son reunite.

Tickets: £10; £9 (concs). 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge. Satnav: TN9 1JP

Equine winter care (5 Oct)

Learn about some of the best approaches to making sure your horses survive and thrive through the winter months. Speakers include President of the Society of Master Saddlers, Ken Lyndon-Dykes. Pre-registration is essential.

Tickets: Free; Hadlow College, Animal Management Lecture Theatre, near Tonbridge. Satnav: TN11 0AN

Tim and Tom Talk Trump (6 Oct)

Join Tim Stanley, journalist and historian and Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge & Malling and Patron of Hospice in the Weald, for an evening of intelligent talk and debate about the upcoming US Presidential election and its impact on the UK.

Tickets: £15. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge. Satnav: TN9 1JP

Astronomy Evening (8 Oct)

Join the Edenbridge and District Astronomers for an evening gazing at the night sky. Have a go at solar viewing and look through telescopes to see Mars, Venus, Saturn and a first-quarter moon.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01732 463255. Bore Place, Chiddingstone. Satnav: TN8 7AR

The Piper of Hamelin (8 Oct)

A children’s opera that is both witty and moving in telling the tale of the greed and avarice of the townsfolk of Hamelin and the tragic punishment brought upon them by the travelling Piper.

Tickets: £10; £8 (concs). 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge. Satnav: TN9 1JP

Hospice Walk 25 (9 Oct)

Take on the challenge of a 25k sponsored walk through the Kent countryside to celebrate 25 years of compassionate care from Heart of Kent Hospice. A 15k option will also be available.

Tickets: £25 (entry fee). Teston Bridge Country Park, Maidstone. Satnav: ME18 5BX

Scarecrow Trail (9 Oct)

Hamstreet village will be full of scarecrows of all shapes and sizes – follow the Trail to match the names with the scarecrows.

Tickets: £1 (for a trail map and list of names). 01233 732684. Hamstreet Village, Ashford. Satnav: TN26

Snow White (13 Oct)

Join the Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey based on the Grimm Brothers’ story and incorporating all the important elements plus a few of its own, including hip-hopping dwarves who help Snow White.

Tickets: £19; £18.50; £13 (child); £12 (schools). 01843 292795. Margate Winter Gardens, Margate. Satnav: CT9 1HX

Sleeping Beauty (15 Oct)

Every child’s favourite fairytale, this is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic.

Tickets: £21; £23. 01634 338338. Central Theatre, Chatham. Satnav: ME4 4AS

Autumn Forage (17 and 18 Oct)

Unearth the delights of Mother Nature’s larder and store cupboard, learn plant-identification techniques, what to avoid – and how to light a fire.

Tickets; £40. 01795 890228. Belmont Estate, Faversham. Satnav: ME13 0HH

Captain Flinn (21 Oct)

When Flinn is in the middle of his school play, his nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps his friends, forcing them to hunt for the Magic Cutlass in a world of deep-sea dangers.

Tickets: £10. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School. Satnav: TN9 1JP

Nikki Loy (21 Oct)

Nikki is supporting Westlife’s Shane Filan on his UK tour for 2016. The singer-songwriter is poised for mainstream success with the release of her forthcoming album.

Tickets: £32.50; £50. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells. Satnav: TN1 2LU

Panasonic Roadshow (22 and 23 Oct)

Look through the lens and capture your family day out, the vast parkland and its deer or the historic detail of Knole’s architecture. Borrow a camera and receive tips from the Panasonic team on how to take your best photo.

Tickets: Free event, normal admission charges. 01732 462100. Knole Park, Sevenoaks. Satnav: TN15 0RP

Pullman Murder Mystery (22 and 29 Oct)

Enjoy these Wealden Pullman dining events (Sherlock Holmes: Wealden Pullman Blackmailer, 22 Oct and Wealden Pullman, The Homecoming, 29 Oct), but remember to be on your guard – there’s a murderer on board!

Tickets: £97.50 (Pullman Class); £92.50. 01580 765155. Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden. Satnav: TN30 6HE

Swan Lake (23 Oct)

From the impressive splendour of the palace ballroom to the moonlit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, the perfect romantic ballet of all time, Swan Lake, has it all.

Tickets: £21 to £33. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells. Satnav: TN1 2LU

Chicago (24 to 29 Oct)

Murder, greed, corruption and treachery, so begins this ward-winning musical starring EastEnders’ John Partridge as Billy Flynn and Jessie Wallace as Mama Morton; Roxie Hart is played by Hayley Tamaddon (Coronation Street).

Tickets: £23 to £44.50. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

John Etheridge (28 Oct)

Alongside the guitar virtuoso will be jazz violinist Chris Garrick (whose admirers include Joshua Bell and Nigel Kennedy), and the sensational singer Vimala Rowe, (winner of The Indy Music Award).

Tickets: £15. 01892 750665 or 01892 752261. Frant Church, nr Tunbridge Wells. Satnav: TN3 9DX

Hands Across The Sea (29 Oct)

Tonbridge Lions Club’s charity band concert is in support of Hospice in the Weald and Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. Performed by the East Peckham Silver Band and from France, L’Harmonie Municipale de Chéreng Band.

Tickets: £10. 07885 644373. Salomons Estate, Southborough, Satnav: TN3 0TG

Art exhibition: Mary Want (29 and 30 Oct)

A display of work remembering a much-loved local artist. As well as being able to see some of Mary’s work, there will also be some paintings for sale.

Tickets: Free. 01233 732684. Hamstreet Primary Academy, Ashford. Satnav: TN26 2EA

KPG Annual Exhibition (30 Oct)

The Kent Painters’ Group is hosting its 26th Annual Art Exhibition and sale. You can meet the artists on the Friday, view and buy their work.

Tickets: Free. Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks. Satnav: TN13 1HU

Cranbroook Lit Fest (30 Sep to 1 Oct)

The festival, put together by a group of dedicated book lovers, has a wonderfully varied guestlist that includes Gyles Brandreth as a headliner, plus Julian Clary, Meg Rosoff and Ali Sparkes.

Tickets: Varies.

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