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The essential Kent Diary for February

PUBLISHED: 08:05 01 February 2012 | UPDATED: 20:59 20 February 2013

The essential Kent Diary for February

The essential Kent Diary for February

Simon Callow reads from Dickens and Hellebores at Hadlow

The essential Kent Diary for February


Out and about


A fun day out with Thomas


11, 12, 18, 19 Feb


Tickets: Contact venue


01580 765155


Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden


Familes are invited to come and meet everyones favourite steam engine and some of his best friends, including carriages Annie and Clarabel. There will also be a fun-packed activity programme on offer.


Hellebores on show


16, 18, 19, 25, 26 Feb


Tickets: Contact venue


01732 853211


Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College, Tonbridge


Guided tours offering visitors the chance to see the national collection of Hellebores and a 100-metre display of snowdrops will also be staged throughout February.


Entertainment and music


From Bond with Love 7


4 Feb


Tickets: 10


01732 450175


The Stag, Sevenoaks


Every Bond theme, performed by six beautiful girls, accompanied by an eight-piece orchestra. Guaranteed to leave you shaken but not stirred.


Simon Callow reads from Dickens


5 Feb


Tickets: 14


Tel: 01227 769075


The Gulbenkian, Canterbury


Having played Dickens himself in an episode of Doctor Who, who better than to read extracts from this anti-establishment novelist, commentator, activist and crusader. Far from dating, Dickens work lives on and is now more relevant than ever before. Dont miss this opportunity to see some of his works delivered in Callows own inimitable style.


The Dickens Bicentenary Show


7 Feb


Tickets: 5


Tel: 01634 890421


Britannia Theatre, Dickens World,


The Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers will kick off proceedings and will perform a concert of music as played during Dickens childhood in Chatham. They will be followed by a performance of Election of a Parish Beadle, and to close will be the premiere of The Kettle and the Pot and the Cricket of the Hearth. See also Dickens at 200, page xxx.


All the Single Ladies


7, 8, 9,10, 11Feb


Tickets: 12 to 29.50


08448 717 620


The Churchill Theatre, Bromley


The course of true love never did run smooth. Three women, three stories, three lives, one problem The L word. Expect lies, deceit, red faces, regrets, hangovers and revenge! Stars Leslie Ash.


American Anthems on Route 66


8 Feb


Tickets: 19, 21


01892 530613/01892 532072


Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells


A road like no other, Route 66 has been a touchstone for legendary singers and bands from all different ages, and this musical embraces all of them. Expect a fantastic slice of Americana, and some the USs biggest hits like Livin on a Prayer, Walking in Memphis and, of course, Born in the USA.


Fairport Convention


10 Feb


Tickets: 18, 20


01892 530613/01892 532072


Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells


Considered to be the originators and pioneering performers of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention are still one of the most entertaining bands on the gig circuit today. Sure to be a sell-out, so book in advance.


Chinese State Circus: Yin Yang


20, 21, 22 Feb


Tickets: 14 to 26


Tel: 08448 717 620


The Churchill Theatre, Bromley


From gravity-defying gymnastics to the body manipulations of the hand-balancer; from the leaping, rolling somersaulting repertoire of the hoop divers to the physical power of the Shaolin Warriors, this production will dazzle, thrill and amaze any audience.


Buddy Holly A Legend Reborn


23 Feb


Tickets: 22.50


01322 220000


The Orchard Theatre, Dartford


Fresh from an appearance at Londons O2, a music legend is coming to Kent. Starring Marc Robinson and special guests, the Fortt Brothers, this is a splendid slice of toe-tapping rocknroll nostalgia.


From Morn to Midnight


26 Feb


Tickets: Contact box office


01227 769075


Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury


Staged in the Crypt of the cathedral, the University of Kent Chamber Choir will be performing on the evening. Book your tickets through The Gulbenkian box office.


Unique events


Journey to the Throne


8, 9, 10, 11 Feb


Tickets: 12


01732 450175


The Stag, Sevenoaks


This February marks the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen's Accession the Throne. Journey to the Throne is a celebration of that event, telling the story through dance, drama, music and photography. Participants in this event have been drawn from across the district.


Mr Fezziwigs Ball


11 Feb


Tickets: 15 per person


01634 890421


Britannia Theatre, Dickens World, Chatham


The grandiose Mr Fezziwigs Ball marks the end of a week of festivities dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens. Guests can dress in either Victorian garb or modern-day clothes, and they can also participate in some the popular dances of Dickens day. Dont worry if you dont know the moves, there will be helpers available to talk you through the steps.


Curators Choice


13 Feb


Tickets: (members exclusive event) 20


0870 333 1183


Down House, Downe


Member of English Heritage? If the answer is yes, then join Down House property curator Annie Kemkaran-Smith at the home of Charles Darwin for a special tour of the house and a more detailed look at the collection. Light refreshments are included.


Chris Packham Goes Totally Wild


13 Feb


Tickets: 16


Tel: 01227 769075


The Gulbenkian, Canterbury


Charismatic wildlife TV presenter Chris Packham will be showing his latest collection of images from the wild and the wilderness. Expect the weird, wonderful and, of course, the wild all up close and personal.


Hot Chocolate and the Valentine Lovers Party


10 Feb


Tickets: 25 (in advance); 30 (on the door)


01634 890421


Britannia Theatre, Dickens World, Chatham


The kings of love and legends from the world of disco, the one and only Hot Chocolate will be taking to the stage to unleash some of their biggest hits, including It Started with a Kiss and Sexy Thing


If you do 5 things this month


1 A fun day out with Thomas, KESR


2 Simon Callow reads Dickens, The Gulbenkian, Canterbury


3 Buddy Holly A Legend Reborn, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford


4 Chinese State Circus: Yin Yang, The Churchill, Bromley


5 Hellebores on show, Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College, Tonbridge



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