What’s on in Kent in July

PUBLISHED: 15:16 27 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:16 27 June 2015

Calamity Jane at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

Calamity Jane at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells


From festivals and open-air cinema to music, culture and theatre, all the dates in Kent you need this month are here

Thoughout July

Hever Festival

Your chance to enjoy a lovely outdoor setting and a first-rate show. Highlights include comic Marcus Brigstocke (3 Jul); The Magic of Motown (17 Jul); West End Goes Ballroom (19 Jul); The All New Chicago Blues Brothers Revue (25 Jul) and Oh! Carol - The Music of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield (26 Jul).

Tickets: Contact venue
01732 866114
Hever Castle, Edenbridge
Satnav: TN8 7NG

2 to 19 Jul; 25 Jul to 6 Sep

Magna Carta Rediscovered

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

Tickets: Free
The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury (2-19 Jul); Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone (25 Jul-6 Sep) 01227 452747 (The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge); 03000 41 31 31 (The Kent History and Library Centre)
Satnav: CT1 2BD (The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge); ME14 1LQ (The Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone)

3 and 4 Jul

Cinema Under The Stars

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (3 Jul) follows the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Classic favourite Breakfast at Tiffany’s (4 Jul) stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, and is loosely based on Truman Capote’s novella

Tickets £13.50 (adult); £9 (child)
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Cranbrook
Satnav: TN17 2AB

4 Jul

Maidstone Arts Festival

As part of the town’s Arts Festival, the Arts Parade will make its way through Maidstone town centre. Taking the theme ‘Around the World,’ schools, charities, community and voluntary groups from in an around the county town will showcase their musical and dancing skills as they parade in costume.

Tickets: Free
Maidstone town centre
Satanv: ME15

4 Jul

Summer Prom Concert

Carmina Burana is presented by the Maidstone Choral Union. Accompanied by two pianos and percussion, the choir will tell the story of the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the joys of spring and the changing nature and pleasures and perils of life.

Tickets: £12
01622 726193 
All Saints Church, Maidstone
Satnav: ME15 6NL

5 Jul

Basil Brush

Basil Brush is a star with an outstanding ability to entertain and make people of all ages laugh and smile. Now Britain’s most loveable fox is back on the road along with his TV chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey).

Tickets: £14 (adult), £12 (child)
01892 530613 
Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
Satnav: TN1 2LU

5 Jul

Classic Car Show

Organised by the Rover P5 Alive Club, the show takes place at the idyllic farm where the famous Darling Buds of May TV series was filmed. This year’s highlights include Pop Larkin’s yellow Rolls Royce, the Woodchurch Morris Men, a supercar display, a falconry display, Kent Fire and Rescue demonstrations and a vintage fair.

Tickets: £3 (child/pensioner, pedestrian) £5 (adult, pedestrian); £12 (car and passengers, pre-booked); £15 (car and passengers, on the day)
01233 226110
Buss Farm, Bethersden
Satnav: TN26 3EQ

5 Jul

Run or Dye

The world’s most colourful 5km run encourages participants to get covered head to toe in colour before running, jogging or walking to the finish line.

Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst
Satnav: TN11 8DG

5 Jul

Aladdin dance auditions

Preparations are underway for December’s community pantomime, Aladdin, being staged by Tonbridge Lions Club and Clips Theatre Company. Dance auditions will be held this month for eight to 17 year olds, so if you think you can ‘move with a groove’, then pop along. Contact choreographer, Zoe Eyles, for more information

Tickets: Free
Angel Centre, Tonbridge
Satnav: TN9 1SF

6 to 11 Jul

East is East

Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan - “Genghis” to his kids - is determined to give his children a strict Muslim upbringing against the unforgiving backdrop of 1970s Salford. Household tensions reach boiling point as their long-suffering English mother, Ella, gets caught in the cross fire. A long-overdue revival of this comedic production

Tickets: £10 to £34

0844 871 7620

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Satnav: BR1 1HA 10 Jul

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Widely considered to be the Bard’s first play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy about the adventures of two best friends, Valentine and Proteus. When Proteus falls in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, the pals are torn between the bonds of male friendship and romance.

Tickets: £19.50 (adult); £10 (child)
Belmont House, Faversham
Satnav: ME13 0HH

9 to 19 July

JAM on the Marsh

Music, culture, theatre poetry, the 2015 edition of JAM on the Marsh promises something for everyone. Curated by world-famous composer Paul Mealor, there will be sensational concerts, a safari opera dinner, theatre, poetry recitals, beach-combing for the children, stunning photography and the rare chance to have your dreams turned into a piece of art.

Tickets: Various
Dungeness to Hythe

11 Jul

Leeds Castle 
Classic Concert

The audience will be treated to an amazing spectacle as a 1940’s Spitfire takes to the skies. Flight Lieutenant Antony Parkinson MBE will be flying the Spitfire TD314. Concert-goers can also dance the evening away with an opening performance from The Definitive Rat Pack and entertainment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus enjoy a superb fireworks finale and the iconic aircraft displays.

Tickets: £37 to £110

01622 880008

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Satnav: ME17 1RG

11 Jul


Admire beautiful pre-1990s prams, meet Jeffrey Noble Wilson, the great grandson of the founder of the world-famous Wilson Silver Cross pram company and enjoy a guided tour of Call the Midwife film locations. There will also be a pram and costume fashion show, a grand pram parade and a wide variety of stands. Tickets must be bought in advance (see website).

Tickets: Free to £45.50
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Satnav: ME4 4TE

11 Jul

Pride & Prejudice

One of the best-loved stories of all time, Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece deals with the most important questions in life. Will Mrs Bennet manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? The literary classic gets the full Pantaloons treatment in this hilarious new adaptation.

Tickets: £15 (adult), £5 (child)
01233 643854
Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford
Satnav: TN23 3BP

11 Jul

The Three Musketeers

Join us for Illyria’s open-air theatre performance of Alexandre Dumas’ tale of derring-do, romance, intrigue, swordplay, murder and betrayal.

Tickets: £15 (adult); £9 (child)
0844 249 1895
Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks
Satnav: TN15 0NT

11 Jul

Summer Choir Concert

Two leading local choirs are joining forces to stage a summer evening of musical treats. The Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir and Women In Harmony will take part in the two-hour concert; all proceeds to the Hospice in the Weald.

Tickets: £12
01892 820586

Coolings, Knockholt
Satnav: TN14 7NN

16 Jul

NT Live – Everyman

Enjoy NT Live at the EM Forster Theatre at Tonbridge School, an exciting initiative to broadcast live performances of the best of British theatre on a full-stage size screen. Chiwetel Ejiofor takes the lead role in Everyman.

£12; £13
01732 304241

EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge
Satnav: TN9 1JP

17 Jul

From The Jam

From The Jam, featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings brings the ‘That’s Entertainment’ Acoustic Tour. Bruce and Russell, joined on stage by pianist Tom Heel, will perform a selection of songs from The Jam’s back catalogue.

Tickets: £22.50
01227 787787
Marlowe Studio, Canterbury 
Satnav: CT1 2AS

19 July

Newfoundland Dogs

Newfoundland Dogs take to the water at Bewl Water Country Park with a display by the H20 team. Children can also explore the adventure playground including a fort, giant slide, rope bridges and swings. There is the Three Bears House to visit and some giant boulders to climb on.

Tickets: Contact venue

01892 890000

Bewl Water, Lamberhurst

Satnav: TN3 8JH

19 Jul

Classic Car Tour

Following last 2014’s inaugural Classic Car Tour of Kent last year, Tonbridge Lions Club is doing it again this year. Intended as 
an opportunity for owners of pre-1996 cars to tour through Kent, all proceeds go to charity.

Tickets: £60 (driver and one passenger); £25 (additional passenger)

22 to 26 Jul
War and Peace Revival
Re-live the atmosphere of the Second World War through battle re-enactments, living history displays, arena events, classic civilian and military vehicles, military models, vintage fashions, a funfair and songs.Tickets: £15.75 to £65
RAF Westenhanger, Folkestone Racecourse, Hythe
Satnav: CT21 4HX

24 Jul

Treasure Island

Join Jim Hawkins as he spins his yarn of plotting pirates and potty parrots. Theatre company The Pantaloons is back with a swashbuckling rendition of Treasure Island, suitable for all.

Tickets: £15 (adult); £8 (child)
0844 249 1895
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Satnav: TN17 2AB

25 Jul to 16 Aug

Sculpture in the Gardens

Godinton’s annual exhibition of contemporary work by artists from the south east of England.

Tickets: Contact venue
01233 643854
Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford
Satnav: TN23 3BP

25 and 26 Jul

A Perfect Day Out

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends pull into Tenterden, 70 years since the birth of The Railway Series by the Rev. W Awdry. Meet the Fat Controller and take a ride in Annie and Clarabel behind Thomas.

Tickets: £13 to £51.50
01580 765155 
K&ESR, Tenterden
Satnav: TN30 6HE

28 Jul to 1 Aug

Calamity Jane

The Watermill Theatre returns with a new version of this classic musical, starring Jodie Prenger and Tom Lister. Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. She travels to Chicago to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams, for the Deadwood stage.

Tickets: £21 to £3.50
01892 530613 
Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
Satnav: TN1 2LU

Joan Armatrading

A veteran of the music industry, Joan brings her first-ever solo tour to Kent, sharing some of the highlights of the last four decades.

Tickets: From £30

0844 871 3015

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Satnav: CT20 2DZ

31 Jul

Peter Rabbit

Follow the scrapes and escapades of Peter and his naughty cousin, Benjamin, in Quantum Theatre’s delightful outdoor production of Beatrix Potter’s enchanting tales.

Tickets: £12 (adult); £7 (child); £28 (family)

0844 249 1895


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