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Local Diary for the Festive Season - latest from Kent Life

PUBLISHED: 16:44 13 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:26 20 February 2013

Local Diary for the Festive Season - latest from Kent Life

Local Diary for the Festive Season - latest from Kent Life

Keep up to date with the very best of local events in and around Kent this Christmas...

Keep up to date with the very best of local events in and around Kent this Christmas...

On the Pantiles

Throughout Dec
Tickets: Free
A combination of traditional and modern, the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells offers a great choice of individual shops and places to eat.

Santa on board
3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 Dec
Tickets: Contact venue
01580 765155
KESR, Tenterden
Hop on board the steam train and get the chance to meet Father Christmas and take a ride on the miniature railway to meet the beautiful Snow Queen.

Christmas Carols
17 Dec
Tickets: 25 (per person)
01304 211 067
Dover Castle, Dover
Explore the Great Tower and enjoy carols, mince pies and mulled wine.

The Twelve Daysof Christmas
10 to 22 Dec
Tickets: Adults: 4, child 2, concs 3, family 6
01227 789576
Westgate Towers, Canterbury
Find out why Cromwell wanted to make Christmas illegal, and what was kept alight for the 12 days of Christmas. Try your hand at making a Victorian or modern-day Christmas card.

Jane Austens novels
16 Dec
Tickets: 4
Mr Books 01732 363000; Tonbridge Library 01732 352754; Sevenoaks Library 01732 453118
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Tonbridge
Celebrate Jane Austens birthday in friendly and informative company. Embark on a walking tour with audio accompaniment (thanks to a specially recorded audio guide by Louise Jameson). Prof Michael Wheeler will also give the Birthday Address.




A Magical Christmas
19 to 24 Dec
Tickets:
01732 865224
Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge
The castle will be beautifully decorated and the grounds will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland, where youngsters can meet up with Father Christmas.

Ice Skating in ...
Sevenoaks
19 to 30 Dec
Tickets: From 3.60
01732 450 175
The Stag, Sevenoaks
As well as being able to take a turn in this special ice skating rink, younger visitors can also meet Father Christmas.





... and Tunbridge Wells
Until 2 Jan 2012
Tickets: Varies
01892 530613 (Assembly Hall)
Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells
Experience a true winter wonderland in the grounds of Calverley Park with a spot of skating on the real ice rink.




Christmas wreath making

4 Dec

Tickets: 55 (per person)

01304 364288

Walmer Castle, Deal

Learn how to make your own Christmas wreath or table decoration and enjoy a tour around the house and lunch.


Christmas wreath making
4 DecTickets: 55 (per person)
01304 364288
Walmer Castle, Deal
Learn how to make your own Christmas wreath or table decoration and enjoy a tour around the house and lunch.

Christmas wreath making
4 Dec
Tickets: 55 (per person)
01304 364288
Walmer Castle, Deal
Learn how to make your own Christmas wreath or table decoration and enjoy a tour around the house and lunch.

Family Christmas stories
10 Dec
Tickets: 25
01304 211 067
Dover Castle, Dover
Join the historical interpreters and minstrels for some fun medieval Christmas tales around the fire in the Great Tower.

Christmas Tree Festival
3 to 11 Dec
Tickets: Free
Orpington Methodist Church
Admire the beautifully decorated trees that are part of this church festival.

Sleeping Beauty
10 Dec to 2 Jan 2012
Tickets: From 14.50
01892 530613/ 01892 532072
Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
With a star-studded cast, including TV soap baddie Glynis Barber, this perennial panto favourite has a real sprinkling of fairydust. To win tickets and a meal out, turn to page 162.

Cranford at Christmas
2 Dec
Tickets: 12 (10 concessions)
01892 678 678
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Join Miss Pole, Miss Matty and
Mrs Jamieson as they warm their hands on cups of steaming cocoa and decorate the house, ready for the festivities.

Swing-In Christmas
3 Dec
Tickets: 12
01634 365453/ 01634 890421
Britannia Theatre, Dickens World, Chatham
Enjoy an evening of swing and crooning with Frank Sinatras and Humphrey Lyttletons sax player Jimmy Hastings, featuring Kent-born crooners Shane Hampsheir (above) and Roan Kearsey-Lawson.

Mediaeval Baebes
18 Dec
Tickets: 18
01732 304241
EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge
The multi-talented, all-female group will be continuing their Christmas touring traditions.

Quebec House, Westerham
A Georgian Christmas
3 and 4 Dev
Tickets: Normal admission charges apply
01732 868381
A group of re-enactors, The Mannered Mob, stage a Georgian Christmas atthe former home of General Wolfe.





Smallhythe Place
A Victorian Christmas
3 and 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec
Tickets: 2.50
01580 762334
See parts of the house (which will be specially opened during the three weekends leading up to Christmas), all decked out in Victorian festive finery.

Ightham Mote

Carols at the Mote
10, 16, 17, 19 Dec
Tickets: 29.50
01732 811314

Enjoy singing your favourite carols, followed by a supper and mince pies.

A 1950s Christmas
Throughout Dec
Tickets: Contact venue

The Library at Ightham Mote will be decked out in a 1950s style, inhonour of the propertys last owner, the American CharlesHenry Robinson, who gifted thehouse to the National Trust.

Brunch and Treks
26 and 27 Dec; 1 and 2 Jan 2012
Tickets: 19.50
Enjoy a hearty English breakfast, followed by a bracing walk.




New Rope String Band
11 Dec
Tickets: 18 (concessions 15); family ticket: 56
01227 831355
Charlton Park, nr Canterbury
Superb musicianship and someside-splitting comedic genius thrown in for good measure.




Chartwell
Write to Father Christmas
Throughout Dec
17 and 18 Dec
Tickets: Normal admissioncharges apply
01732 868381

Visit Mary Churchills playhouse inthe garden, and pen a letter to Father Christmas. If you return to the houseon 17 and 18 December, you can meetSanta himself.




Aladdin & hisMagic Lamp
17 Dec
Tickets: 10 (concs 7.50); family: 30
01227 831355
Charlton Park, nr Canterbury
The Genie needs your help to tell the amazing tale of Aladdin and his magic lamp.

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