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PUBLISHED: 23:45 28 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:55 20 February 2013

The Kent Life Diary

The Kent Life Diary

All the best festivals, Hallowe'en and half-term happenings, musical and theatrical events in Kent this October

The Kent Life Diary


All the best festivals, Halloween and half-term happenings, musical and theatrical events in Kent this October


County Festivals


Canterbury Festival


16 to 30 October


Tickets: varies


Tel: 01227 787787


Canterbury


Boasting an international line-up, the Canterbury Festival is one of Kent's top arts festivals and will be packed with more than 200 events throughout its duration. The festivities kick off with a concert at the Cathedral courtesy of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, with talented solo violinist Alena Baeva appearing. A wonderful selection of theatre-related events includes Admission: One Schilling starring Patricia Routledge, a tribute to the works of Dame Myra Hess, as well as dance extravaganzas. Acclaimed jazz singer Stacey Kent will also be appearing during the festival, as will legendary keyboardist and complete space cadet Rick Wakeman. There will also be a series of free events including a Carnival Parade through the city streets.


Tonbridge Arts Festival


15 to 24 Oct


Tickets: Varies


Tel: 01732 359966


Various venues across the town


The arts are coming to Tonbridge in a big way this October, with the town's Arts Festival promising something for everyone. Events get under way with the fantastic Phil Collins tribute act No jacket Required, and the Original Bucks Fizz with Kents very own Cheryl Baker will close proceedings in style. In between, there are more than 60 events scheduled that cater for evey size of pocket (many events are free of charge) and for every taste. Throughout the festival, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in workshops covering such diverse subjects as circus skills, song writing and acting for TV. Any budding artists can also make a contribution to 'The Big Picture', which will be one big image created out of 22 panels outside of the castle. There will also be authors giving readings and poets a plenty for those of a literary disposition. And if all that wasn't enough to whet your appetite, there will also be a host of comedy improvisation, medieval music and appearances from international magician Jonanthan Shotton and artist Guy Portelli of Dragon's Den fame.


Tenterden Folk Festival


30 Sept to 3 Oct


Tickets: Varies


Web: http://www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk


Tenterden


Two new performers have been added to the already jam-packed roster that will be appearing at this year's festival. The first, singer-songwriter George Papavgeris, may not be the archetypal proponent of English folk, having been born in Greece and was mainly interested in English and American pop, but adopted he has, and what a coup for the festival he is. The second, Vic Ellis, is, quite literally, a one-man-band; and he will be taking to the streets of Tenterden with his drums, cymbals, bells, horns, melodeon, kazoos, whistles and unforgettable dance steps. Both are guaranteed to fraw a crowd and are two very welcome additions to Tenterden's Folk Festival.


Broadstairs Food Festival


28 Sept to 3 Oct


Tickets: Contact venue


www.broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk


Broadstairs


Shining the spotlight on quality Garden of England produce, this foodie event will feature more than 70 stalls selling locally caught fish, ethically raised meat, fruit and veg, preserves and jams, beers, ciders, and, my favourite, cakes. There will be special tasting sessions in restaurants, cafs and bars in the town, as well as special demonstrations and specially created festival menus.


Half-term happenings


A haunting Halloween at Hever Castle


October half-term


Tickets: Contact venue


Tel: 01732 861 700


Hever Castle, Edenbridge


Celebrate all things ghoulish and ghastly throughout the half-term break. Younger visitors to the castle can get into the spirit of Halloween by being entertained by the ethereally storyteller, the Lady from the Wildwoods, as well as create their own model ghosts to take home at the drop-in craft workshops. Families will also be encouraged to walk the Pumpkin Trail and piece together the puzzles about some of Hever's ghostly inhabitants.


Moonfleet


25 Oct


Tickets: 5 to 22


Tel: 01892 678678


Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells


Based on a classic tale of smuggling, this wonderful example of physical theatre from Angel Exit Theatre is perfect for keeping the kiddies entertained during half-term. This inventive and innovative show features live music, an original score and an astounding collection of highly flexible, acrobatic performers.


Halloween


Halloween Ghost Tours


30 October


Tickets: 15


Tel: 01732 861701


Hever Castle, Edenbridge


For one night only, those who are not spooked by weird goings-on, the rattling of chains and the presence of something not of this world can test their mettle by going on adventure to encounter some of the more unsavoury and sinister elements of Hever Castle. This is a rare opportunity to explore the castle's darker corners at night, which is certainly not an opportunity to pass up.


Halloween dining experience


30 October


Tickets: 47.50 per person


Tel: 01732 861701


Hever Castle, Edenbridge


If you feel like tackling a ghost tour on a full stomach, how about a dining experience that will be the perfect preparation for a ghostly tour? Guests are invited to dine in the magnificent surroundings of the new Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant at Hever Castle, then venture through the darkness of the moonlit gardens and the eerie surroundings of the Topiary Walk to the deserted castle gate, where a guided ghost tour will start.


Uncover the Secrets of Ancient Egyptian Mummies


25 Oct


Tickets: 4 to 19.50


Tel: 01892 870347


Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone


There can be nothing more terrifying than a reanimated mummy, swathed in bandages, lurching towards you. However, if you are made of stern stuff and can shrug off that image and want a fun family day out (yes, really), make sure you go along to Chiddingstone Castle and uncover the secrets of the Ancient Egyptian Mummies at this most ghoulish time of year. The littler ones among your party can take part in the Big Draw Event as well as meet a real-life mummy. Uncover the secrets of mummification and why the Egyptians went to such great lengths to preserve their dead... if you dare.


Shepherd Neame's haunted past


30/31 Oct


Tickets: Contact venue


Tel: 01795 542016


Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham


Visitors to the Shepherd Neame Brewery are in for some scary surprises, as ghostly figures recount some of the strange goings-on at Britain's oldest brewer. See the very heart of 300-year-old working brewer and learn about unusual sightings of ghostly apparitions and the strange sounds and smells that staff have experienced over the years. There will be the opportunity to have a glass or two of Dutch courage in the visitors' bar before embarking on a tour, or to calm your nerves after returning. Booking in advance is essential.


Open events


Mini-Western Heights Open Weekend


23 Oct to 24 Oct


Tickets: 2.59


Tel: 01304 205108


Western Heights, Dover


Following on from the huge success of the full weekend earlier in the year, the Western Heights Preservation Society is proud to announce another mini-open event. This is the last opportunity of the year to explore the tunnels and casements of the curious construction that is the Drop Redoubt and the Grand Shaft, as well as meet the re-enactors that will be on hand to add a little colour and characterisation to proceedings.


Canterbury Cathedral Open Evening


5 Oct


Tickets: Contact venue


Tel: 01227 762862


Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury


The Cathedral is throwing open its doors as a bit of a 'thank you' to the residents of Canterbury and surrounding areas for its annual open evening. This year's event is themed as the Music and Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral, and the centrepiece of this exhibition will focus on the musical partnership that dates back to St Augustine's arrival in 597AD. Each area of the magnificent building will be packed with exhibits, displays and demonstrations, which will give visitors the chance to learn and sample some of the specialised local crafts practiced in and around the Cathedral.


Minster Abbey historical open day


9 Oct


Tickets: Free


www,minsterabbey.org


Minster Abbey, Isle of Sheppey


The famous Northwode brasses will be uncovered for the first time in 30 years, so the general public can witness them first hand. The full-size brasses of Lord and Lady Northwode are particularly noteworthy because they are only one of three in the country that depict female attire of the period. Guides will be on hand to offer information about the building and the exhibits on show, as well as plenty of activities for children, including brass rubbing.


Flower/garden events


Autumn Glory Flower Festival


6 to 10 Oct


Tickets: 10 to 17.50


Tel: 01622 765400


Leeds Castle, nr Maidstone


Fabulous floral displays will transform the rooms in Leeds Castle into a riot of colour, sights and smells. Florists, flower societies and clubs will be competing to create award-winning displays by using imaginative design techniques and plenty of creative flair.


Gardening Courses


8 and 22 Oct


Tickets: Contact venue


Tel: 01233 666159


Godinton House, Ashford


There are still places on offer for two very informative courses run at Godinton House. They will be presided over by the head gardener of Godinton, Viv Hunter, and Hadlow College lecturer Fiona Abrahams. The first, Autumn Task workshop (8 Oct), includes advice on pruning, mulching, winter protection and glasshouse work, and the second, Propagation workshop (22 Oct) will cover areas such as cuttings, division and seed collection.


Music


Four Seasons By Candlelight


30 Oct


Tickets: 28


Tel: 01892 532072


Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells


The tour will be celebrating one of the most popular pieces of music ever, The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. The Mozart Festival Orchestra will be bringing the music to life, and classical music fans will be able to revel in what promises to be a fantastic journey back to the 18th century. In addition, the audience will also be treated to works by Handel and Bach among many others. The orchestra will be conducted by David Juritz..


Headwater


28 Oct


Tickets: 12.50


Tel: 01732 450175


Plaza Suite, The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks


Presented by the Flying Burrito Club, Headwater will be serving up their freewheeling, sensual and sentimental repertoire to an appreciative audience. Building up a reputation as one of the finest acoustic roots groups around, this Vancouver, Canada outfit are not afraid to tackle some dark subjects including death, loss, and love. Reminiscent of the sounds of Peter Gabriel and Neil Young rolled into one, Headwater are one of the smoothest Canadian exports to hit our shores since Molsen lager.


White Caps, Tiger Crepes and Feather Boas


4 Oct


Tickets: 17.50 and 18.50


Tel: 01634 338338


Chatham Central Theatre, Chatham


Seventies band The Rubettes featuring Alan Williams will be taking to the stage at Chatham Central Theatre to raise vital funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Break out your bell bottoms and your tank tops for some groovy fun, man. The evening kicks off with the glam-tastic Marc Bolan tribute act Too Rex, and The Rubettes will be playing many of their classic hits, including Sugar Baby Love and Juke Box Jive, while the fantastic Mud II will be donning their drape jackets and getting their Tiger Feet tapping.


Theatre


Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist


12 to 16 Oct


Tickets: 7.50 to 17.50


Tel: 01892 678678


Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells


This farce, based on a true story by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, was a sensation when it made its debut in Italy in 1970. When an anarchist 'falls' to his death from a window, all of Milan is awash with speculation and uproar. Entering this volatile situation is a man with a glass eye and a peg-leg known only as 'The Maniac' with just one thing on his mind - mischief. A highly charged and biting satire presented by Trinity's resident amateur company in a new translation.


Little Shop of Horrors


13 to 16 Oct


Tickets: 12 to 14


Tel: 01732 450175


The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks


A gleeful, grotesque and gruesome musical thats fiendish fun for all the family. Boasting some incredibly energetic songs and a selection of zany, eccentric, and downright potty characters, this show will delight anyone who likes their entertainment a bit, well, unusual.


LONDON LIFE


Fine Wine Fair


15 Oct to 17 Oct


Chelsea Old Town Hall


Tickets: 320 to 108


Web: www.finewinefair.org


Chelsea Old Town Hall


This fair is aiming to bring the world of wine to a wider audience and as well as tasting sessions, there will also be master classes on how to taste wine properly, and how to invest in fine wines. Wine experts will also be on hand to offer tips and tricks to procure that perfect bottle of plonk, as well as show you around the stands.


RHS Autumn Harvest Show 2010


5 Oct to 6 Oct


Tickets: 5 (first day), 3 (second day)


Tel: 0845 612 1253


Horticultural Halls


Calling all you green-fingered readers out there, the RHS Autumn Harvest Show offers those who love flora and food a perfect opportunity to indulge both passions. Autumn is perfect for planting and expert nurserymen will be on hand to demonstrate the art of creating stunning hanging baskets, pot containers and patio features. The Horticultural Halls will be teeming with RHS medal-winning floral exhibitors as well as exciting and emerging new talent.


Design for Living


Until 27 Nov


Tickets: Contact venue


Tel: 0844 871 7628


The Old Vic


Noel Coward's witty and provocative observations on the nature of relationships are superbly encapsulated in this production. Starring Lisa Dillon, Andre Scott and Tom Burke, Design For Living has broken out of the period it was written in and is as perfect now as it ever was. The three characters flirt with fame and success and uncover its slightly darker underbelly, as lust and betrayal raise their heads, and, of course, the dialogue will zing thanks to Coward's wonderful turn of phrase and razor-sharp talent for timing.


Diary web links


Autumn Glory Flower Festival


Leeds Castle


www.leeds-castle.com/


Gardening courses at Godinton House


Godinton House


www.godinton-house-gardens.co.uk/


Canterbury Festival


Canterbury


www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/


Broadstairs Food Festival


Broadstairs


www.broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk


A Haunting Halloween at Hever Castle


Halloween Ghost Tours


Halloween Dining Experience


Hever Castle


www.hevercastle.co.uk/


Uncover the Secrets of Ancient Egyptian Mummies


Chiddingstone Castle


www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/


Moonfleet


Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist


Trinity Theatre


www.trinitytheatre.net/


Shepherd Neame's Haunted Past


Shepherd Neame Brewery


www.shepherd-neame.co.uk


Mini Western Heights Open Weekend


Western Heights


www.doverwesternheights.org/


Canterbury Cathedral Open Evening


Canterbury Cathedral


www.canterbury-cathedral.org/


Minster Abbey Open Day


www,minsterabbey.org


Tonbridge Arts Festival


Tonbridge


www.tonbridgeartsfestival.co.uk/


Tenterden Folk Festival


Tenterden


www.tenterdenfolkfestival.co.uk/


Four Seasons By Candlelight


Assembly Hall


www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/


Headwater


Little Shop of Horrors


The Stag


www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk/


White Caps, Tiger Crepes and Feather Boas


Chatham Central Theatre


www.thecentraltheatre.co.uk


www.breakthrough.org.uk











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