Diary of local Kent events in June

PUBLISHED: 13:33 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:13 20 February 2013

Diary of local Kent events in June

Diary of local Kent events in June

All the best music, festivals, shows and events in Kent and London

Diary of local Kent events in June

All the best music, festivals, shows and events in Kent and London

Fathers Day

Rockin on heavens door

24 Jun

Tickets: 20, 22.50

Tel: 01892 532 072

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

Take your dear ol dad on a journey back in time to when such musical greats as Presley, Orbison and Cochran strutted about on stage, strumming their guitars or tinkled their ivories.

Blowers Caught Short and Grumpy

29 Jun

Tickets: 14, 16

Tel: 01892 532 072

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

Laughter and a sprinkling of wickedness are never far away in this show, as much of modern everyday life is put under the comedy microscope. A self-confessed grumpy old man, Blowers rails against the EU, political correctness and pretty much everything else you can think of. In the last half-hour, though, he throws it open to the audience and does his best to answer any questions, so your dad can have a good ol rant as well.

Day out on the railway

20 Jun

Tickets: 22

Tel: 01580 765155

Kent & Sussex Railway

Treat your dad to a day out hell never forget, courtesy of the Kent & Sussex Railway. Treat him to a return journey on a stunning vintage steam train or diesel. Help him relive his youth, when he harboured dreams to be an engine driver, and feed him a slap-up Ploughmans lunch and cream tea, as well as a serving of Dads Delight beer. Set off from Tenterden for a trip guaranteed to stay in the mind for years to come.

Family fun

Ready, Aim Fire!

31 May to 4 Jun

Tickets: 7.50 to 42.50

Tel: 01634 823800

Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Inspired by the formidable, accurate and extremely deadly Seacat missiles that HMS Cavalier carries, this fun family workshop challenges you to put your thinking caps on and build your own missile.

Fun Week

1 Jun to 4 Jun

Tickets: 7.80 to 30

Tel: 01580 765155

Kent & Sussex Railway

The four days of days unashamed fun takes place at Tenterden Sation. Children can have their faces painted, as well as enjoy other craft-based activities such as cutting out, playing with and shaping foam and frolicking with paints and stickers. In addition, everyone can take part in the exciting Giant Garden Games, where you can pit your wits against a giant Jenga or a whopping Connect 4. And, of course, theres also the 10-mile ride on a steam or diesel train thrown in as well.

Benenden Church Fte

26 Jun

Benenden Church, Benenden

Along with all the usual and much-loved stalls, look out for new attractions, including St George and his scaly Dragons, who will be flying in specially. Fun for all the family is promised, and there will be plenty to eat and drink, including some fine Kentish ales, apple juice and cider, as well as ice cream. There will be s silent auction, and, for the first time ever, a human fruit machine!


Roses and Herbs

21 Jun to 27 Jun

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01634 823800

Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge

Hever Castles head gardener will be on hand to welcome visitors and answer any questions you might have about whats inside the beautiful stone walls of the Rose Garden.

Seasonal Floristry Workshop

2 Jun

Tickets: 50

Tel: 0500 551434

Penshurt Place & Gardens, nr Tonbridge

Enjoy the professional guidance of a professional florist and by the end of this session you will have grasped a variety of new skills with which to impress your friends and dinner guests alike. Staged in association with Hadlow College, this months workshop focuses on hand-tied bouquets using Penshurst Place peonies. Booking price includes materials and refreshments.

RHS Growing for Success

6 Jun

Tickets: 6 (RHS members and Penshurst Place season ticket holders); 13 (non-RHs members)

Tel: 08456 121 253

Penshurst Place & Gardens, nr Tonbridge

George Carter, designer of the new herbaceous border at Penshurst Place, will be giving a talk on Evolving Historic Gardens: new developments at Penshurst Place and other historic sites.

Open Garden

6 Jun, 2-5pm

Tickets: 4 (children free)

Tel: 01795 830258

Torry Hill, Frinsted/Milstead

The beautiful grounds at Lord and Lady Kingsdowns Torry Hill estate will be thrown open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Dont miss the chance to glimpse this beautifully kept floral haven.

Little Gardens of Sandwich

6 June

Tickets: 4

Tel: 01304 613291

Various, Sandwich

Seven beautiful gardens in this unspoilt Kentish medieval town will be on display to the public. There will also be cream teas, specialist nurseries and craft stalls at St Marys Church.

Garden Safari

19 Jun to 20 Jun

Tickets: 6

Various, Shoreham

Now in its fourth year, the plans for this year involve throwing open 20 gardens in the village to the general public. In addition to being able to glimpse these gardens, there will be refreshments available. All funds raised by this weekend will be going to the church and the village hall.

Saltwood Gardens Safari

27th June, 1-6pm

Tickets (includes all gardens): 5 (children free)

Saltwood, nr Hythe CT21 4AJ

Twelve domestic village gardens open to the public in aid of the Saltwood War Memorial project. Refreshments and a plant sale.


Enchanted Kingdom

Open now

Tickets: From 12.50

Tel: 01622 872068

Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

Popular characters from well-known childrens stories are brought to life as children go on an amazing adventure. Follow the path to the Teddy Bears Picnic, travel through a jungle scene and take part in a treasure hint and look for clues in all the displays.


Gravesham Choral Society summer concert

26 June

Tickets: 10, 5 for full-time students

Tel: 01474 816684

St Georges Church, Gravesend

This years summer concert, which celebrates all that is good about British music, features music by Parry, Stanford, Holst and Vaughan-Williams. Alan Vincent will conduct the evenings orchestra and the soloist at the show will be baritone Adrian

Two nights of opera

16 Jul to 17 Jul

Tickets: 10 for children, 25 for adults

Tel: 01444 443000

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst

Opera Brave come to Scotney Castle this summer to stage two well-known productions, La Bohme, undoubtedly Puccinis finest work, and Mozarts masterpiece, The Magic Flute will take place on consecutive days in the wonderful setting of Scotney. With lavish costumes and beautiful sets, both productions promise an unforgettable experience for all you Kentish opera-lovers out there. See also page xxx.

Music at the Castle

13 Jun; 19 to 20 Jun; 27 Jun

Tickets: Varies

Dover Castle, Dover

Enjoy big band music courtesy of The Mike Richards Big Band, 60s themed-tunes and brass band music depending on which day you go. All concerts will be staged in the atmospheric setting of Dover Castle and promise to be a perfect early summer evening out.

Jazz in the Afternoon

12 Jun, 2pm,

Tickets: 10 (cheques payable to Frinsted PCC. Send to Jazz in the Afternoon) Torry Hill, Sittingbourne ME9 0SP

Come and enjoy a smattering of jazz in the afternoon at beautiful Torry Hill and help raise money for St Dunstans Church at Frinstead. The gardens will also be open for viewing and picnics, and will close at 4.30pm (bring your own seating).

Out and about

Western Heights open weekend

5 Jun to 6 Jun

Tickets: Contact society

Western Heights, Dover

Celebrating its 10 anniversary, The Dover Western Heights Preservation Society will be holding is annual open day, where the Drop Redoubt and the Grand Shaft, a unique 19th-century triple staircase, will be open to the public.

Dress the Knight

1 Jun to 6 Jun

Tickets: 7 to 33

Tel: 01732 865224

Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge

Younger visitors to the castle can try their hand at recreating the pomp, circumstance and splendour of the Tudor era. In addition, throughout the week, Company of 1415, specialists on life in the Middle Ages, will hold interactive demonstrations to show how a knight would be dressed ready for battle.

Special events

Experience Buddhist life

31 May

Tickets: Varies

Tel: 01892 872746

Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone

To commemorate the first Buddhas birthday, and inspired by the castles beautiful collection of Buddhist artefacts, there will be special day of celebrations. The Buddhist collection at the castle will be put on show, complete with a few new additions since it was out last year.

Communities Climate Change Conference

5 Jun

Tickets: Free

Singleton Environment Centre, Ashford

The aim of this free event is to provide communities with the knowledge, tools and resources to help create a more sustainable future. Visitors to the conference will have the chance to meet like-minded people, hear from a variety of speakers and attend workshops on such varied subjects as writing funding bids, producing a flood plan and planning a project.


Pride & Prejudice

10, 11 and 13 Jun

Tickets: 12 to 15

Tel: 01622 880008

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

A classic love story performed in the open air, in the beautiful setting of Leeds Castle. The Chapterhouse Theatre Company invite you to join them on the Pavilion Lawn as they stage Jane Austens classic love story as part of its garden theatre season. Step back in time to meet Elizabeth and her sisters, and, of course, the handsome yet enigmatic Mr Darcy, who is sure to set many hearts fluttering on the lawn. And to top that off, Kent Life has a wonderful prize to offer one lucky reader and their family.


How would you like to win free entry to the grounds of Leeds Castle, courtesy of Leeds Castle, for a family and a free family ticket to watch Pride & Prejudice on Sunday 13 June? Just answer this simple question:

Q: Who played Mr Darcy in the 1995 BBC min-series? Was it

a) Colin Firth

b) Colin Farrell

c) Colin Baker


Send your answer to:

editor@kent-life.co.uk or on a postcard to:

Pride & Prejudice at Leeds Castle competition, Kent Life, Baskerville Place, 28 Teville Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1UG

Include your name, address, daytime contact telephone number.

Closing date: 7 June

The editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be notified after the closing date.


British Comic Art

9 Jun to 5 Sep

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 020 7887 8888

Tate Britain, Westminster

The funny side of art is put under the magnifier in the Tate Britains summer exhibition. Some of the best-known names in cartoon and comedy writing attempt to unravel some of the comic traditions from as far back as the 1600s to the present. Examples such as Donald McGills saucy seaside postcards and Edward Lears illustrations will be on show, as will some of the work from cartoonist extraordinaire Gerald Scarfe.

The Deep

Until 5 Sep

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 020 7942 5000

Natural History Museum, South Kensington

The sights and sounds below the oceans surface have been recreated down to the finest detail to ensure visitors get a truly interactive experience of what it is like to be an undersea creature. Dont miss your chance to see a world seldom glimpsed by us land-dwellers.

The Crucible

24 May to 19 Jun

Tickets: 10 to 46

Tel: 020 7942 5000

Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, Marylebone

Arthur Millers classic play about the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in the 1690s is the opening production of the Open Air Theatre season at Regents Park. Director Timothy Sheader brings to life Millers vision of the hysteria that gripped the area. His cast that includes Emily Taaffe, Emma Cunniffe and Patrick OKane.

London Calling

18 Jun to 4 Jul


Tel: 020 7749 6850

Idea Generation Gallery, Shoreditch

Paying tribute to rocknroll cartoonist Ray Lowry, some of the UKs top artists will be reinterpreting the classic album cover from The Clashs London Calling, which was snapped by Pennie Smith. The Idea Generation Gallery, in support of the Ray Lowry Foundation, is staging this unique event, which coincides with the launch of the Idea Generation. Artists on show include Kents very own Tracy Emin, Nick Hornby and Clash bassist-turned-artist Paul Simonon.

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