Top days out in Kent this August
PUBLISHED: 12:58 02 August 2014
Your guide to all the best shows, events and festivals taking place in the Garden of England this summer
Considered to be one of the UK’s foremost jazz musicians, Digby Fairweather began his illustrious career with George Melly. He went on to work with many other musical legends, including 1960s pop star Paul Jones, and has also been a BBC radio and TV presenter. A published author too, Digby will be supported by the Roan Kearsey-Lawson Band.
Tickets: £10; £15 (optional meal) 01580 211702 Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst Satnav: TN17 1HA
Lounge On the Farm
Farewell to Merton Farm, as this is the last time Lounge on the Farm will be held here. Acts booked to appear include Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Peter Hook and The Light, DJ Yoda and the Trans-Siberian Marching Band, veteran ‘loungers’ Dub Pistols and jazzman extraordinaire Courtney Pine
Tickets: free to £35 www.ticketline.co.uk Merton Farm, Canterbury Satnav: CT4 7BA
Sense & Sensibility
Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exquisite world of 18th-century society. Bring a picnic, family and friends and follow the sisters as they find their path and lose their hearts under a summer sky.
Tickets: £9 to £15 0844 249 1895 Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks Satnav: TN15 0NT
SaveAsWriters is hosting a free writing workshop (2-4pm) to tie in with its competition ‘The Bigger Picture: Reflections on the Great War,’ in conjunction with The Beaney’s all-day exhibition ‘It’ll Be Over By Christmas.’
Tickets: free, but must book: firstname.lastname@example.org The Beaney, Canterbury Satnav: CT1 2RA
2 and 3 Aug
Paws at the Castle
With a focus on ‘dogs with jobs’ and how our canine friends help us, the weekend has a packed programme of events for owners and dog lovers alike. The show will be great fun for your pooch, whether big or small, pedigree or mongrel, rescue or domestic.
Tickets: £8.70 to £39.70 (castle and gardens) 01732 865224 Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge Satnav: TN8 7NG
Alice in Wonderland
The Cambridge Touring Theatre is bringing Wonderland to a famous Kentish doorstep. Logic is abandoned in this wonderfully interactive tale of childhood and imagination as Alice meets the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the March Hare.
Tickets: £12 (adult); £10 (child) 01622 765400 Leeds Castle, Maidstone Satnav: ME17 1PL
The Trilby Tour
Tudor Park Hotel, with its 18-hole championship golf course, will play host to the prestigious William Hunt amateur golf tournament. The televised event gives amateurs from all over the world the chance to come together to compete in professional conditions – with the pre-requisite that you have to wear a trilby hat during play.
Tickets: Contact venue 01622 734334 Tudor Park, Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Bearsted Satnav: ME14 4NQ
Join Russell Howard as he tries out material and warms up in preparation for the autumn leg of his Wonderbox arena tour.
Tickets: £20 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU
9 to 10, 16 to 17, 30 to 31 Aug
The brave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out in the grounds of historic Hever Castle. Each tournament will begin with a procession from the Castle forecourt as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn lead visitors across to the jousting arena.
Tickets: £8.70 to £39.70 01732 865224 Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge Satnav: TN8 7NG
11 Aug, 12 Aug and 30 Aug
That’ll Be The Day
Prepare to party like it’s 1950, 1960 or 1970 as the nation’s favourite rock‘n’roll variety show returns to Kent. Expect to hear plenty of classic hits from the golden age of rock‘n’roll.
Tickets: £25 (Marlowe Theatre); £24.50 (Churchill Theatre) Tel: 01227 787787 (Marlowe Theatre); 0844 871 7620 (Churchill Theatre) Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; Churchill Theatre, Bromley Satnav: CT1 2AS (Marlowe Theatre); BR1 1HA (Churchill Theatre)
Sir Garfield Sobers
Garfield St Aubrun Sobers was a legend at the crease with a bat in his hand. He was a legend when it came to putting a ball in his hand. The great ‘cricketers’ cricketer’ recounts some of the most memorable moments of his illustrious cricketing career.
Tickets: £19.50 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU
13 to 17 and 20 to 31 Aug
Paulos Americano Circus is coming to Millbrook, featuring clowns, acrobats, aerial silks, Mexican magic, wirewalkers, jugglers, unicyclists, and more.
Tickets: £6 Millbrook Staplehurst (13 to 17 Aug); Millbrook Gravesend (20 to 31 Aug) Satnav: TN12 9BT (Staplehurst); DA13 9PA (Gravesend)
16 to 17 Aug
Combined Ops Show
The Combined Ops Show this year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the 75th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War and the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. Don’t miss it.
Tickets: £9 to £23 Headcorn Airfield, Ashford Satnav: TN27 9HX
Lighthouse Keeper Day
Find out how the lighthouse keepers carried out their tasks of looking after and living at the lighthouse. Learn semaphore flags, write a weather report, and even build your own lighthouse.
Tickets: Normal admission charges, £5 per kit 01304 852463 South Foreland Lighthouse, Dover Satnav: CT15 6HP
Country Life Show
Some of the highlights of this show that visitors can expect include learning all about bees with a talk from Ark Birds about bee keeping. You can also meet alpacas and learn how to make socks, neck wraps and pullovers. There’s egg painting for children and blacksmiths will show how to bend iron and make brackets.
Tickets: Free to £5 01233 740735 Beech Court Gardens, Challock Satnav: TN25 4DJ
The Jungle Book
In the magical Indian jungle, a new arrival changes the animal kingdom forever. In this beautiful adaptation by award-winning writer Laura Turner and performed by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company, all your favourite animal characters are brought to life to create an enchanting and fun-filled musical show for all ages.
Tickets: £11 to £46.20 01795 890202 Belmont House & Gardens, Faversham Satnav: ME13 0HH
21 to 23 Aug
National Youth Ballet
The NYB returns to a Kentish stage with an exciting new production. This talented company demonstrates how ballet has extended its reach ‘Beyond Ballet’. The programme includes ballet The Dolls’ House Fantasia with a magical Strauss score. See also feature on NYB founder Jill Tookey on page 122.
Tickets: £12.50; £18.50 01732 450175 The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks Satnav: TN13 1ZZ
21 to 23 Aug
The brilliant Kidz on Stage perform their new summer production. Join everyone’s favourite Peter Pan as he battles with the villainous Captain Hook, his scurrilous sidekick Smee and band of pirates. New songs, lavish sets and plenty of good old audience participation make this an ideal summer treat.
Tickets: from £12 01303 228600 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Satnav: CT20 2DZ
23 to 31 Aug
In association with The Royal Armouries, the Medieval Festival is a magnificent week-long celebration of the Middle Ages at the 900-year-old Leeds Castle. Expect pageantry, chivalry and, of course, jousting.
Tickets: Contact venue 01622 765400 Leeds Castle, Maidstone Satnav: ME17 1PL
The Pantaloons put their own unique and hilarious twist on Shakespeare’s romantic tale of shipwrecks, sorcerers and silly servants. Expect lots of music, magic and mayhem in one of the Bard’s best-loved plays.
Tickets £15 (adult); £8 (child) 0844 2491895 Smallhythe Place, Tenterden Satnav: TN30 7NG
Help Peter in his quest to bring the dastardly pirate Captain Hook and his crew to justice. Whether you’re five or 95, this energetic and enthralling adaptation guarantees an enchanting experience full of magic, laughter and excitement.
Tickets: £13.50 (adult); £8 (child); £40 (family) 0844 249 1895 Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst Satnav: TN3 8JN
Get a bit of boogie-woogie in your soul thanks to Jools and his 20-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. They will be joined by Melanie C and Marc Almond, as well as guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.
Tickets: £35.50; £32 (restricted view) 01843 292795 Margate Winter Gardens, Margate Satnav: CT9 1HX
Quantum Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s wonderfully magical play of love and sorcery, airy spirits and drunken sailors delivers dark forces, young love and theatrical illusion.
Tickets £13.50 (adult); £8 (child); £40 (family) 0844 249 1895 Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst Satnav: TN3 8JN
30 and 31 Aug
Gulbenkian is proud to launch its new international family festival that will showcase work by some of the leading UK and international companies, artists and performers. The inaugural event promises a wonderful weekend of theatre, dance, music, comedy, films and fun for all the family. See also page 34.
Tickets: Free to £5 01227 769075 Gulbenkian, Canterbury Satnav: CT2 7NB
Chloë Hanslip and KCYO
The cream of Kent’s young musicians will perform with internationally acclaimed violinist Chloë Hanslip, who will be giving a public masterclass for young violinists in Kent the evening before the concert.
Tickets: £10.50 to £20.50 (concert and master class); £6.50 to £16.50 (concert only) 01227 769075 Mote Hall, Maidstone Satnav: ME15 7RN
Enjoy Illyria’s open-air theatre production of this Roald Dahl classic tale about the medicine George makes for his grandma who comes to stay for the holidays - with hilarious results
Tickets: £15 (adult); £9 (child) 0844 249 1895 Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks Satnav: TN15 0NT
The Good Old Days
Based on the popular 1950s TV show, The Good Old Days recreates the atmosphere of a Victorian/Edwardian Music Hall. Featuring special guest stars Anton Du Beke and Lee Thompson, many of your favourite songs will be wheeled out, including Oh, What a Beauty, You Made Me Love You, Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me, and more.
Tickets: £20 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU