Diary of events in Kent and London this August

PUBLISHED: 10:28 20 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:34 20 February 2013

Diary of events in Kent and London this August

Diary of events in Kent and London this August

All that's best to see and do in Kent and the capital this month

Diary of events in Kent and London this August

Outdoor theatre

Beauty and the Beast

13 August

Tickets: 7 to 32

Theatre in the Park, Strode Park

A fairytale romance about looking beyond the surface to the riches you might find comes to the open air stage in Kent. What better way to spend a summers evening?

James and the Giant Peach

14 August

Tickets: 8 to 16

Tel: 0870 240 4068

Ightham Mote, Ightham

Roald Dahls legendary tale of a young boy who finds himself on a magical journey in the stone of a giant peach, with some very unusual travelling companions is brought to life this summer in this fantastic outdoor production.

Much Ado About Nothing

29 August to 30 August

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01227 751496

Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham

With a cast of just five actors, The Pantaloons return to a Kentish open-sir stage to bring to life one of Shakespeares most outrageous comedies. Of course, this is the Bard, but with a difference. Expect mayhem, expect comedy, but, above all, expect to be entertained.

Childrens Events

Tudor Costumes

3, 10, 17 and 24 August

Tickets: 1 (or free with a valid green ticket)

Tel: 01732 462100

Knole, Sevenoaks

Do you like dressing up? Children can try on all manner of Tudor costumes at these fun days. In addition Lord Sackvilles private garden will also be open. Something, indeed, for everyone.

Go Wild

2 August

Tickets: 4 to 19.50

Tel: 01892 870347

Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge

Families can, quite literally, go wild when they take part in this fun-filled day at Chiddingstone Castle. From mini-beasts to mammals, visitors can uncover all the secret wildlife that lives in the grounds of the castle when they go on a very special guided nature trail.

Outdoor events

Grand Medieval Weekend

14 to 15 August

Tickets: 2.50 to 20.00

Tel: 01580 830196

Bodiam Castle

Experience what it was like to live in the medieval era as Bodiam Castle stages its Grand Medieval Weekend. See mounted jousting displays, a real-life castle siege, falconers and their birds of prey, as well as a host of other activities designed to whisk the 21st-century visitor all the way back to the 14th century. Children will also have the chance to take home their very own shield.

Kent & Sussex Railway

Throughout the summer

Tickets: Varies

Tel: 01580 765155

Kent & Sussex Railway, Tenterden

Looking for something a little unusual to do in the summer holidays? The Kent & Sussex Railway might just have the answer. Wave as the immaculately dressed station master waves off the train and you can ride in a carriage pulled along by one of the wonderfully restored engines. Children will also love the play park at Tenterden, and theres a caf for refreshments.

Jousting at Hever Castle

1, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28 August

Tickets: 6.50 to 33

Tel: 01732 865224

Hever Castle, Edenbridge

The Kinghts of the Blue Order will be taking on their arch-rivals from the Red Banner in a series of full-gallop jousts. For all the excitement of a medieval joust, complete with all the pomp and ceremony, make sure you dont miss out. Also, visitors to the Castle can see the effectiveness of the longbow and the crossbow with a series of spectacular displays.

Summer Garden Party

8 August

Tickets: 1 for children, 4 for adults

Chevening estate, Chevening

Demelza, the hospice charity for children, is hosting a garden party at the official residence of the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Highlights include stalls selling home-made cakes, jewellery and plants, while children can get involved by having their faces painted and take part in a teddy bears picnic.

Second World War Weekend

7 to 8 August

Tickets: Varies

Tel: 01580 830196

Bodiam Castle

Step back in time and take your place on the home front. Bodiam was an important part of Britains defences at this time, and it is only proper that we remember that period in history and the part the place played. There will be uniforms to try on, as well as the chance to try out some of the period arms and equipment, including being able to shoot a paintball Vickers machine gun at period targets. Tally-ho!

Flower Shows

Dahlia Days

14 to 15 August

Tickets: 3.00 to 6.00

Tel: 01322 862114

World Garden, Lullingstone Castle, nr Sevenoaks

This is a celebration of the oft-underrated dahlia, where the award-winning Jon Wheatley will create a breathtaking display of dahlias and will also be on hand to offer visitors a guided tour of the showpiece displays, as will Tom Hart Dyke. There will also be the chance to buy your own dahlias and get a few tips from the experts as well.

Dahlia Festival

30 August to 12 September

Tickets: contact venue

Tel: 01304 619919

The Secret Gardens, Sandwich

Unearth the secrets of growing the perfect Dahlia. There will be lectures demos and tours throughout the festival, which is The Secret Gardens inaugural festival dedicated to this beautiful flower.

Music events

Summer Concerts

Leas Bandstand,

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Tickets: Free


A series of concerts is being staged at the Leas Bandstand, where there will be plenty for everyone. Bands scheduled to play include the Birchington Silver Band, Brighton & Hove Brass Band, Tilbury Brass Band, Northfleet Brass Band and the Rio Roberts Jazz Quartet.

Unique Events

Japanese Festival

30 August

Tickets: 4.00 to 19.50

Tel: 01892 872746

Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge

The star attraction at this years annual Japanese Festival will be a series of special demonstrations from Mr Nakagawa, an old-style Bushido Samurai. He will be demonstrating the arts of Iaido and Tameshigiri. He will also be showing the traditional tea ceremony as well. Visitors to the festival can also take a journey through Japanese culture by looking at the castles wonderful collection of Japanese artifacts and museum pieces.

Sevenoaks Literary Celebration

From 31 July

Tickets: From 5

Tel: 01732 452055 (Sevenoaks Bookshop)

This years literary celebration focuses on history writing and boasts two leading novelists in this stellar line up of events, reading s and book-related fun. Sarah, Dunant, whose historical and mystery novels boast an enormous following, plus the eagerly awaited return of Lionel Shriver, who will be reading from the novel So Much For That, are billed to appear during the course of the festival, as well as the expected literary walks and book group get-togethers

The Mysterious Monster Bass Festival

14 to 15 August

Tickets: Free

Tel: 01843 577577


The Guardian of the Goodwin Sands the Mysterious Monster Bass will make a dramatic return to the sea during a new free festival for Ramsgate. Opening Ramsgate Week, and part of Thanets Summer of Festivals, there will be special parade , then the Monster Bass return to his watery home will be unveiled. Two days of story-telling, sea safaris and arts and arts and crafts will take place before a wonderful sound and light finale.

Ramsgate Week

16 to 24 August

Tickets: Varies


Ramsgate Week will include dinghy sailing this year, as well as a host of other nautical goings-on, including the IRC International Regatta Series, Commodores Cup for half-tonners, Cruiser Classes and the IRC Coastal series. With plenty to offer those with an aquatic disposition, Ramsgate Week promises to be an extravaganza of sailing and sea-related adventures. See also our Ramsgate town feature on page xxx.

The Screen on the Green: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

21 August

Tickets: 10

Tel: 01622 880008

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Fancy a film being shown in a cinema with a bit of difference. No stuffy, windowless room this time. Instead, recline on a blanket in the spectacular setting of Leeds Castle and eat a picnic as you watch some of Britains greatest comedy talents cause chaos and mayhem across Arthurian Britain in one of the funniest films ever released. This event is being staged by Protect Kent.


Sculpture Exhibition

23 to 30 August

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01304 619919

Secret Gardens, Sandwich

Visit the gardens and view work created by more than 35 local artists, who have worked in conjunction with the Canterbury Cathedral restoration project. There are a wide variety of pieces on show, taking in contemporary, abstract and figurative art.



22 August

Tickets: 40

Tel: 07935 466029

Nurstead Court, Meopham

The idea behind Juice is that people receive a monthly shot of energetic vitality. Lynn Jackson, a meditation teacher, is behind the event. She will be teaching kundalini yoga, while the main workshop will be led by Biodanza expert, Niraj. There will be a whole host of other revitalising activities to throw yourselves into as well.


Peppa Pigs Party

17 to 18 August

Tickets: 16.50 to 18.50

Tel: 0844 871 7615

Bromley Theatre, Broml;ey

Children who love the TV programme, will love the porcine stars adventures on the stage as Peppa celebrates her birthday through songs and puddles with her brother George and friends Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and Emily the Elephant. A magical adventure guaranteed to enthrall the younger theatergoer.


The Great British Beer Festival

3 to 7 August

Tickets: 6 to 20

Tel: 0844 412 4640

Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Earls Court

More than 66,000 people flock to this event to celebrate just one thing drink. With 450 real ales from the UK, as well as 200 more from around the world, there is no reason for you not to find a tipple that tickles your tastebuds. Beer swilling may have a bad reputation, but presented like this is the closest you are going to get to an art form. Cheers!

Cirque du Soleil Saltimbanco

21 July to 1 August

Tickets: Varies

Tel: 0844 815 0815

Wembley Arena

Saltimbanco has been performed since 1992, now the modern-day circus returns to London to wow Wembley audiences. Taken from the Italian, which means to jumo on a bench, Saltimbanco aims to explore the urban experience from the families out and about on the street to the towering skyscrapers.

The Tempest/As you Like It

Until 21 August

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 0844 871 7628

The Old Vic

The Bridge Project returns to the Old Vic to present two helpings of Shakespeare, The Tempest and As You Like It which, according to the blurb, form a single gesture, a single journey so it would be perfect to see both. The Tempest boasts a cast that includes Stephen Dillane, Juliet Rylance and Christopher Camargo, this is the kind of quality adventure that we have come to expect from such heavy hitters as Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes, the key players behind the Old Vic.

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