The Kent Diary – June

PUBLISHED: 12:19 25 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:27 20 February 2013

The Kent Diary – June

The Kent Diary – June

Fairs, festivals, music, theatre and events

The Kent Diary June


Garden Parties/Balls

Summer Gala Ball

23 June

Tickets: 60

Tel: 01622 790195

Turkey Mill. Maidstone

Pimms all round, followed a lip-smacking three-course meal as the Heart Of Kent Hospice celebrates its 20th anniversary by joining up with the Professionally Pink Networking ladies to hold a spectacular Summer Gala Ball.

A 1911 Garden Party

11 June

Tickets: 20 or 50 for a family of four

Tel: 01303 815637

Doddington Place Gardens

To celebrate its 100th birthday, the Caldecott Foundation cordially invites you to a 1911 Garden Party. Period costume is encouraged, but not compulsory. Go on and get into the swing of things.

Out and About

Cranbrook Garden Safari

26 June

Tickets: 5

Tel: 01580 713604

Fourteen interesting and unique gardens will be open to the public, with proceeds going to Cranbrook in Bloom. Refreshments will also be available on the day.

Conducted garden tour

26 June

Tickets: 10

Tel: 01732 853211

Broadview Gardens/ Hadlow College

Take a tour around Broadview gardens with head gardener Alex Rennie, and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea for a bargain price. Tour times are 2pm and 4.30pm, with tea served at 3.30pm. Proceeds go to benefit the High Five Club.

Le Weekend

11 to 12 June

Market Square, The Quay Green, Sandwich streets, Sandwich

Sandwich goes French for le weekend, as the town will be full of the sights, sounds and smells of a French market. There will also be street dancing, and other entertainment, as well as a family fun area, and, new for this year, La Ballade, a French-style classic cars meet, rally and picnic.

Conservation in action

24 June

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01732 450608

Knole Park & Gardens

Come and watch as members of the conservation team explain and demonstrate how they care for some of Knoles extraordinary treasures. Combine your visit with a stroll around the parks and gardens as well.

Little Gardens of Sandwich

5 June

Tickets: 5

Various gardens, Sandwich

The medieval town boasts some wonderful secret walled gardens, which will be open to the public. In addition, there will be refreshments and craft stalls on the day. Tickets and maps are available from the tourist office.

Open Farm Sunday

12 June

Princess Christian Farm, Hildenborough

Come and see what goes on down on the farm. Princess Christian Farm provides people with disabilities with the chance to acquire farm skills. There will be an Edwardian theme in order to give the day a unique twist. Other farms open in Kent include Woodland Farm, Welling, and Hardwick Park Farm.

Sport of Kings

18 and 19 June

Tickets: 3.05 to 16.20 (standard admission); 2 for a have-a-go sessions

Tel: 01580 830196

Bodiam Castle, border of Kent and Sussex

A falconry weekend, where visitors can admire these majestic birds or experience the sport first-hand when they fly a bird for themselves in one of the have-a-go sessions during the event.

Annual Fair

11 June

Tel: 01959 523185

St Bartholomews Church, Otford

Lots to do and lots to see, including plant, cakes and craft stalls, as well as books and a whole bunch more at the annual fair. Come and have a look round and enjoy a nice tea in the grounds as well.

Riverhill House Open Garden

11 June

Tickets: Contact venue


Riverhill House, Sevenoaks

Mrs Jane Rogers, the owner of Riverhill House will be throwing open the doors of her house and garden to the public in aid of the Rockdale Appeal. Ticket price includes a glass of wine and some tasty canaps.

Drop Redoubt Open Days

11 and 12 June

Tickets: Contact venue

Drop Redoubt, Dover

The Drop Redoubt will be open to the public, along with the Grand Shaft on these two days. Over the weekend, parts of the Drop Redoubt, a large and impressive fortress, and the Grand Shaft, a unique 19th Century triple staircase, will be opened to the public to allow rare access. There will also be displays and stalls and groups of Napoleonic re-enactors will carry out drills and skirmishes to bring the past back to life.


Music on the Hill

24 to 26 June

Tickets: 16 to 80

Tel: 0844 8737339

Kings Hill

X-Factors Stacey Solomon will be joining Katherine Jenkins, the National Symphony Orchestra, ABC, Bjorn Again and punk-pop princes McFly, among a huge variety of other acts on the bill for Music on the Hill, in aid of Demelza Hospice Care. There will also be plenty of family-friendly activities on all three days of the festival.

Kent Sinfonia classical concert

24 June

Tickets: 5 to 12

Tel: 01732 450175

St Nicholas Church,

To cincide with the Sevenoaks Festival, this will be a concert of music for string orchestra, including works by Grieg and Tchaikovsky, as well as introducing music by new composer Ash Madni.

Rat Pack

10 June

Tickets: 20

Tel: 01474 337774

Woodville Halls Theatre, Gravesham

Those Sultans of Swing, the Rat Pack swing into town to perform some of the best-known songs in the world, including Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin and Lady Is A Tramp. Straight from Vegas, Sammy, Dean and Frank have still got it.

Festival of Music and Fireworks

7, 8, 9 July

Tickets: 5 to 50

Tel: 01444 443000 or 01732 770929

Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge

With three different themes to proceeding, this classical and opera music fest is designed to appeal to all ages. Friday will see The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe come to life, Saturday will see the turn of The Magic Flute, and Sunday will be the Candlelit Gala Concert to bring things to a glorious close.

Hop Farm Music Festival

1 to 2 July

Tickets: 70 (day), 130 (weekend); 30 (camping for the weekend), 25 (day)

Tel: Usual ticketing outlets

Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

The Eagles, Morrissey, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Brandon Flowers, Newton Faulkener, The Human League, Ocean Colour Scene and Bryan Ferry will be coming to Kent this summer. Grab your ticket now because they are selling fast!

Erasure/Sophie Ellis-Bextor

11 June

Tickets: 34.50

Tel: 03000 680400

Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst

Synth-pop veterans Erasure will be nestled among the trees at Bedgebury this year. Expect all the hits and more from Vince and Andy. They will be supported by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, a chart-topping starlet in her own right.

Simple Minds

10 June

Tickets: 35

Tel: 03000 680400

Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst

Scottish stadium fillers Simple Minds will be churning out the choons in a unique setting this year. Expect all the crowd-pleasers as these titans of the music world go from strength to strength.

Keith James

3 June

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01227 366004

Herne Bay Little Theatre

Keith James will be playing the songs of Leonard Cohen in a stripped down fashion. Hear Cohen with an intimate twist.

Jazz in the Afternoon

11 June

Tickets: 10 (children free)

Torry Hill Sittingbourne

The gardens will be open at 12 for picnics and a stroll about, and the music gets going from about 2pm. Dont miss out. If you would like tickets, please write to: Jazz in the Afternoon, Torry Hill, Sittingbourne, ME9 0SP enclosing your cheque payable to Frinsted PCC. An SAE would be much appreciated and your tickets will be sent by return.


Operation Dynamo

Opening 10 June

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01304 205108

Dover Castle

Walk through the secret wartime tunnels deep beneath the castle, and see, hear and experience the dangers and high stakes for the evacuation of Dunkirk during the Second World War.

Unique events

Sevenoaks Festival

18 June to 3 July

Tickets: varies

Tel: varies

Various venues, Sevenoaks

Catering to all tastes, the programme for this years festival comprises of exhibitions, comedy, dance, drama and music, including blues, jazz, folk and everything in between. Venues in and around the town will be taking part, making this an event you cannot miss.

Jane Austens Grandparents

25 June

Tickets: 3 to 6

Tel: 01732 770929 (Tonbridge Castle) and 01732 581010 (Tonbridge Library)

Parish of St Peter & St Paul, Tonbridge

Geoff King and Jane Bennett, in proper period clothing, will be talking about the lives of Jane Austens grandparents, William and Rebecca and the times they lived in. The tomb of William, Rebecca and their children will be uncovered just for the day as well.

How Does Your Garden Grow? The PANeK Conference

3 to 4 June

Tickets: 100

Tel: 01227 769075

Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

What can be done to help innovative theatre and performance flourish in these testing economic times? This is just one of the major questions that will be tackled at this conference by a prestigious panel of guests, including Barbara Matthews, Lyn Gardner and Jon Haynes.

Faversham Festival

18 to 26 June

Tickets: Contact venues


Various venues

Concerts, exhibitions and workshops all designed to showcase the important wealth of local talent found in and around Faversham.

CAMRA Real Ale and Cider Festival

18 June

Tickets: 8.50 to 37

Tel: 01580 765155

Kent & East Sussex Railway

Music, dancing and a tipple or two. What could be better? Visitors can enjoy a bumper selection of beers and ciders, as well as relax and listen to an eclectic mix of live music. There will also be a full steam service running throughout.

Big Event

18 to 19 June

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01843 577577


Thrilling air displays, live bands, food drink and street entertainment and much more are promised at this years Big Event in Margate. Family entertainment at its best.

Jousting Tournament

31 May to 5 June

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01622 765400

Leeds Castle

Medieval activities and entertainment for the whole family is the promise here. The event boasts thrilling twice-daily jousting tournaments, all set against the stunning backdrop of Leeds Castle.

Whitstable classic car and motorcycle show

25 June

Tankerton Slopes, Whitstable

Come and see hundreds of classic cars and bikes against the backdrop of the seaside. In addition to the vehicles, there will also be plenty of stalls and family-friendly entertainment.

Fathers Day

Fathers Day Treat

19 June

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01580 765155

Kent & Sussex Railway, Tenterden

Why not treat dad to a special day out this year? Dad can go for a ride on a steam engine, enjoy a ploughmans lunch or cream tea and receive an amusing caricature as a memento of the day.



22 and 23 June

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01732 450175

Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

As part of the Sevenoaks Festival, the Sevenoaks Shakespeare Society will be staging a production of That Scottish Play, but with a twist. It will be a small cast version of six players.


17 July

Tickets: 5/6

Tel: 01892 524242

The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells

Popular Tunbridge Wells actor Louise Jameson and her Sunday Drama College will be staging an adaptation of Macbeth this summer. Drinks and BBQ food will be on sale in between the two shows.

Open-air theatre


21 June

Tickets: 16.50

Tel: 01732 866114

Festival Theatre, Hever Castle

Based on Elizabeth Gaskells novel, this is a brand-new stage adaptation that will be presented in the perfect surroundings of Hever Castle by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company.

Sense & Sensibility

2 and 3 June (Hever Castle)

16, 17, 18 and 19 June (Leeds Castle)

Tickets: 16.50 (Hever Castle)

Tickets: 12 to 45 (Leeds Castle)

Tel: 01732 866114 (Hever Castle)

Tel: 01622 880008 (Leeds Castle)

Festival Theatre, Hever Castle and Leeds Castle, xcxcxc

Regency wonderment is the order of the day, thanks to Chapterhouse theatre Company. Follow the Dashwood sisters as they make their first faltering steps into the decadent world of 18th-century high society.

Food & Drink

Wye Food and Drink Festival

18 to 30 June


Designed to promote local food and drink, anyone that likes the odd nibble and the odd tipple cannot afford to ignore this. The Wye Farmers Market that takes place on 8 June will launch the programme of events proper. Were hungry just thinking about it.

London Life

Graduate Fashion Week

5 to 9 June

Tickets: 10

Earls Court 2

This is the only major fashion event where the public can sit side-by-side with some of the leading lights of the couture industry. See some of the UKs most promising emerging fashion talent up close and personal.

London Feis

18 to 19 June

Tickets: 50-120

Tel: Usual ticketing outlets

Finsbury Park

Irish rock legends Thin Lizzy, fronted by former Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick and reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff will be taking to the stage during this two-day shindig. The Gaslight Anthem, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and The Waterboys are also scheduled to appear.

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Throughout the summer

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 0844 826 4242

Regents Park

Open-air theatre comes to London once again. William Goldings Lord of the Flies marks the opening of the open-air theatre season in Regent Park. Other productions include The Beggars Opera, Pericles and Crazy For You.

Romeo & Juliet

17, 18, 19 June

Tickets: 10 to 60, 95 (super seats)

Tel: 0844 856 0202

The O2

Audiences will be able to see The Royal Ballet as they have never seen them before when they take to the O2 stage in a special adaptation of Shakespeares famous tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet. As well as the action on the stage, audiences will be able to see the dancers in action on huge TV screens, more usually seen at rock concerts.

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