Latest events in and around Kent

PUBLISHED: 17:54 15 November 2009 | UPDATED: 16:20 20 February 2013

Latest events in and around Kent

Latest events in and around Kent

Browse through a selection of fun filled latest events in and around Kent...

Christmas Events

Midwinter Fair
3 Dec and 4 Dec
Tickets: 6.50 (on the day)
or 5 (advance)
Tel: 0800 294 9011
Sissinghurst Castle
Taking place in the wonderful surroundings of the former home
of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, the Midwinter Fair boasts 80 exhibitors who will provide all the ingredients for a wonderful Christmas food, drink, original hand-made gifts, bespoke jewellery and so much more.

Margate Christmas Market
4 Dec to 6 Dec
Tickets: Free
Tel: 01843 299055
Historic marketplace, Margate
Classy gifts, mulled wine and other popular Christmas treats are on offer here, organised to coincide with the Christmas lights being turned on, where the cast of Oliver at the Winter Gardens will perform excerpts from the show. Pick up a stocking filler or two or just take in the festive atmosphere as you stroll around the stalls.

Christmas dinner
19 Dec
Tickets: 34.95 per person
Tel: 01795 542016
Shepherd Neame Brewery
Not only will you be given a guided tour of the historic brewery building, but you will also be able to sample a delicious four-course festive feast. The menu has been specially created to complement and enhance the Shepherd Neame ales that will be flowing throughout the evening.

Christmas at the Castle
1 Dec to 24 Dec
Tickets: Varies
Tel: 01622 765400
Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle will be transformed into an enchanting world inspired by classic fairy tales. Meet Father Christmas and get into the spirit of the season in the sublime surroundings of this lovely castle.

Folkestone at Christmas
From 28 Nov
Tickets: Varies
Folkestones Creative Quarter
Meet Father Christmas, see the lights switched on and late-night shopping.

Until 24 December
Tickets: Contact box office
Tel: 0871 221 9627
Bewl Water
LaplandUK promises to be one of this years must-see family experiences. Recreating Father Christmass artic homeland down to the finest detail in the wonderful surrounds of Bewl Water, children can travel through an enchanted snowy woodland and help the elves they encounter there.

Santas Magical Kingdom
Until 24 December
Tickets: From 25
Tel: 01622 870821
Hop Farm, Paddock Wood
For young and old alike, this is a wonderful event that will grab the whole family. It is a two-and-a-half-hour fun-packed journey that takes a trip into a truly magical kingdom. So, all-aboard the special train for a journey that you will never forget.

Bluewaters Winter Wonderland
Until Jan 2010
Tickets: Depends on event
Tel: 0844 847 1744
Bluewater Shopping Centre
Bluewater is getting into the spirit of Christmas with its wonderful Winter Wonderland. Lights, an ice rink and Santas Grotto are some of the attractions on offer this year, as well as the chance to shop until you drop, with all the big high-street names under one roof.


Peter Pan
2 Dec to 6 Dec
Tickets: 8.50
Tel: 01843 292795
Winter Gardens, Margate
A proper family show about the boy who wouldnt grow up, and his
battles against the nefarious pirate Captain Hook.

Sleeping Beauty
4 Dec to 17 Jan 2010
Tickets: Check with venue
Tel: 0870 060 6620
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Claire Sweeney stars as Carrion the Wicked Fairy and Kev Orkian provides some of the comic relief as Chester the Court Jester.

4 Dec to 10 Jan 2010
Tickets: From 15
Tel: 01322 220000
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
A perennial pantomime favourite,
this wonderful fairy tale is brought magically to life at The Orchard, helped by the appearance of Churchill, the dog. Oh yes! Lesley Joseph also stars as the Fairy Queen.

Dick Whittington
12 Dec to 2 Jan 2010
Tickets: 12.50 to 14.50
Tel: 01732 450175
Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
Michelle Gayle, CBBCs Sophie McDonnell and Trojan from
TVs Gladiators make this a star-studded affair in Sevenoaks.

Peter Pan
12 Dec to 3 Jan 2010
Tickets: From 12.50
Tel: 01892 530613
Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
Swash and buckle along with Alf Meagher (Alf Stewart in Home & Away), playing Captain Hook in this spectacular yarn.

12 Dec to 3 Jan 2010
Tickets: 6 to 12
Tel: 01634 890 421
Dickens World, Chatham
A traditional pantomime that promises fun for all the family. Price of ticket also includes a burger, jelly and soft drink.

Little Red Riding Hood
12 Jan 2010 to 16 Jan 2010
Tickets: 5 to 8
Tel: 01304 240477
Dover Town Hall
Jokes, fun, songs and exciting dances. This is a classic tale with a wonderful twist, which will be a sure-fire hit with all the family.

Robin Hood and his Merry Men
28 Jan 2010 to 31 Jan 2010
Tickets: Contact venue
Tel: 01732 450175
Stag Theatre
Robin Hood and his Merry Men are embroiled in a new take on an old legend against evil Prince John and the even slimier Sheriff.

11 Dec to 3 Jan 2010
Tickets: Contact venue
Tel: 01634 338338
Central Theatre, Chatham
A magic carpet ride with none other than George Takei, Mr Sulu from Star Trek, and TV star Shaun Williamson.

Snow White
5 Dec to 10 Jan 2010
Tickets: 9 to 12.50
Tel: 01622 758611
Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
An all-star cast, including Holly Matthews and Wayne Gordon (aka Doom from TVs Gladiators), bring this time-honoured tale to life.


Murder Mystery
6 Dec at 8pm
Tickets: 5
King Charles the Martyr Hall
Louise Jamesons Sunday Drama College adult group (see also Louise featured on page 19 of this edition) will be performing a murder mystery at 8pm. Entry is 5, anda light supper will be provided, but you are invited to bring a bottle. Kick off your Christmas with something a little bit different. As a great literary detective might have said: The game is afoot.

The Snow Queen
10 Dec to 27 Dec
Tickets: 12 to 44
Tel: 0845 130 1786
Theatre Royal Margate
A new musical adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy story comes to Kent. It is brought to life by a mutli-talented company of actors and musicians. Expect all the festive trappings, seasonal atmosphere and the right amount of audience participation.

Kidnapped Santa Claus
1 Dec to 6 Dec
Tickets: 8.50 to 30
Tel: 01892 678678
Trinity Theatre
Naughty sprites have made away with Father Christmas. How will all the presents get delivered and who will rescue Santa? Theres only one way to find out. Go and see the show.

A Christmas Carol
10 Dec to 3 Jan 2010
Tickets: 8 to 46
Tel: 01892 678678
Trinity Theatre
Ebenezer Scrooge is tighter than two coats of paint when it comes to cash, until one fateful Christmas Eve Ideal entertainment for children and families alike. There is no show that says Christmas like this one.

The Three Lives of Princess Caraboo
12 Dec to 13 Dec
Tickets: 7 to 9
Tel: 01732 304106
E M Forster Theatre,
Tonbridge School
Louise Jamesons Sunday Drama College teenagers will be treading
the boards in this new musical production. It is a rags-to-riches-to-rags story, apparently, that has more than a little Les Miserables about it. Sounds intriguing, and worth a look to see if you can spot some of the stars of tomorrow.


Kent Police Male Voice Choir
19 Dec
Tickets: 7.00
Tel: 01303 875121
Kent Music Hall
The 40-strong choir have been limbering their vocal chords up for this special concert in aid of the Kent Air Ambulance Trust. Go along and show your support.

Konevets Russian Male Voice Quartet
12 Dec
Tickets: 6 to 12.50 (on the door)
Post: send an SAE with cheques payable to TWIYCA to: Chris Storr, 178 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2EH
St Johns Church, Tunbridge Wells
The quartet will be giving a concert of Russian Sacred and Folk Music.

Unique Events

Santas Specials
12 and 13, 19 and 20, 22 and 23, 24 Dec
Tickets: 10.50 to 14.50
Tel: 01580 765155
The Kent & East Sussex Railway is offering families the chance to enjoy a nostalgic steam ride and a meeting with Father Christmas. Your journey begins at Tenterden station, and once onboard the train, you will get the chance to meet some of Santas pixie helpers, who will be dishing out some treats to eat.

Farming Meeting
2 Dec
Tickets: Contact venue
Tel: 01732 853266
Hadlow College
Want to know about farming and what it has to offer? Pop along to this informal meeting and find out everything you wanted to know about this important industry.

Carol Concerts

A Celebration of Christmas
3 Dec
Tickets: Contact booking office
Tel: 01795 845204
Canterbury Cathedral
With winter well and truly with us, its time to turn our thoughts to Christmas. And what better surroundings to celebrate this most magical time of year than in Canterbury Cathedral? The evening will feature the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral, directed by David Flood. All proceeds will be going to Kent Lifes chosen charity, Demelza.

Carol Concert
13 December, 7.30pm
Tickets 5 (under 16s free)
St Bartholomews, Otford
The church choir, directed by Kevin Grafton, will perform a wide variety of Christmas music, both traditional and modern and including items from England and Europe. Refreshments provided during the interval. Proceeds to the Choir Fund and The Childrens Society

London Life

The Snowman
2 Dec to 10 Jan 2010
Tickets: 12 to 30
Tel: 0844 412 4322
The Peacock Theatre
No Christmas would be complete without a version of this evergreen tale of a young boys snowman coming to life and the adventures they have over one night. Brought to life vividly on stage in London, the audience is whisked off alongside our adventurers as they meet magical reindeer, dancing penguins and a whole lot more.

4 Dec to 10 Jan
Tickets: 15 to 27
Tel: 0844 871 7646
New Wimbledon Theatre
An all-star cast including Pamela Anderson will be appearing in this Christmas panto about a boy who finds a magic lamp and goes from rags to riches. The mighty Brian Blessed also stars in all his madcap glory as the evil Abanazar.

Footsbarns Christmas Cracker
22 Dec to 3 Jan 2010
Tickets: 5 to 60
Tel: 020 7401 9919
Shakespeares Globe Theatre
For the first time ever, the Shakespeares Globe will be throwing open its doors across the festive season to put on a show by travelling theatre company Footsbarn. Jumping from comedy to circus and back again, this very different Christmas production offers guaranteed family fun with a little bit of bawdy pagan poetry thrown in for good measure.

Ice Skating

Natural History Museum
5 Nov to 17 Jan 2010
Tickets: 8 to 34
Tel: 0844 847 1576
Skate and shop for that unusual gift as Alfred Waterhouses imposing building dominates your eye line.

Skate at Somerset House
17 Nov to 24 Jan 2010
Tickets: 8 to 34
Tel: 0844 847 1520
Somerset House
The grand courtyard of this 18th-century building hosts a massive rink where you can get carried away with the Christmas spirit.

Ice at the Tower
21 Nov to 10 Jan
Tickets: 7.50 to 32
Tel: 0844 412 4636
Tower of London
Nestled in the hollow of the dry moat, the rink allows visitors to slip and slide about and marvel at the architecture of one of Londons most robust and historic buildings.

Ice at the Palace
28 Nov to 10 Jan 2010
Tickets: 8 to 32
Tel: 0844 412 4641
Hampton Court Palace
The Tudor palace provides the perfect backdrop to perform your twists and turns on ice.

Hyde Park
21 Dec to 3 January
Tickets: 4.50 to 23
Tel: 0844 847 1771
Hyde Park
As well as the rink, Zippos Circus is pitching up in the park. Plenty of places to get a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, too.

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