Countdown to Christmas begins with Tonbridge Festival

PUBLISHED: 08:50 16 November 2014 | UPDATED: 08:50 16 November 2014

Tonbridge Castle

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This year’s Tonbridge Christmas Festival will take place over three days on Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November

With the panto stars waiting in the wings for the big light switch-on and a host of musical entertainment lined up for Sunday – and all for free - this year’s Christmas Festival in Tonbridge is set to be another huge success!

The festivities start early again this year with a Family Fun Fair in Sovereign Way Mid. The Fun Fair will be open on Friday 21 November from 6pm to 10pm, and again on Saturday 22 November from 12noon to 10pm and on Sunday 23 November from 12noon to 8pm. There will be something for everyone including traditional children’s rides, side shows, arcades, toffee apples and candy floss – all guaranteed to bring the town to life with laughter, screams and smiles all round.

On Sunday 23 November the fun will begin at 1.50pm with the 17th Tonbridge Scout & Guide Band marching through the High Street. At 2.15pm the on-stage musical entertainment begins at the top end of town featuring Tonbridge Community Singers, Porcelain Steel, Vinks, Tonbridge Theatre School, Bullshed, Medway School of Dancing, and Ricky and the Hats. At 4pm the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Sasha Luck, will be joined by stars from the Angel Centre Pantomime – “Robin and Babes in the Wood”, to switch on the Christmas lights. After the light switch on, the music will continue until 6.00pm when there will be a spectacular firework finale over Tonbridge Castle. The musical entertainment will continue from 6.30 until 8.00pm at the Chequers area near the Angel Centre featuring Razzamatazz, together with the Tonbridge Rock Choir.

There will be, throughout the day, a variety of commercial and charity stalls together with street performers in the High Street from 2.00pm.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Youth and Arts, Cllr Maria Heslop, says: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s festival and I hope people will come out to enjoy the fun on Sunday 23 November. With all the excitement of the lights switch on, the live music performances and the fireworks spectacular, it is sure to be a great afternoon. Thank you to Medway School of Dancing and Shaw’s Leisure, together with other High Street retailers for sponsoring the event.”

The festival is organised by Tonbridge Rotary Club with support from Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Tonbridge Lions Club, KMFM, Nick Shaw’s Leisure and Medway School of Dancing. For more information on the Christmas Festival, please contact Tonbridge Rotary Club by emailing gordon.court301@btinternet.com.

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