What's on – March 2010

PUBLISHED: 13:40 23 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:46 20 February 2013

What’s on – March 2010

What’s on – March 2010

The best theatre, comedy, music, events and days out in Kent this month

Whats on March 2010


Now that the winter weather is well and truly gone (we hope), its time to get out and about in your county, and what better way to do that than by visiting one of the wonderful National Trust properties dotted across the region? Below you will find a selection of properties and gardens that have thrown off their winter blues and are open once again as from this month. Its always best to check with the individual venues as to their opening times, because they can vary depending on the day of the week.


Open from 14 March

Tickets: 1.35 to 26.50

Tel: 01732 868381


Emmetts Garden

Open from 14 March

Tickets: 1.45 to 13.10

Tel: 01732 868381

Ide Hill Sevenoaks

Ightham Mote

Open from 14 March

Tickets: 4.70 to 23.50

Tel: 01732 810378 ex 100

Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks

Quebec House

Open from 14 March

Tickets: 1.50 to 9.50

Tel: 01732 868381


Scotney Castle

Open now

Tickets: 3.50 to 21.50

Tel: 01892 893860

Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

All parts open from 14 Mar

Tickets: 4.40 to 22.00

Tel: 01580 780700

Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook

Smallhythe Place

Open from 288 Mar

Tickets: 3.30 to 13.50

Tel: 01580 762334

Smallhythe, Tenterden

The White Cliffs of Dover and South Foreland Lighthouse

Open now

Tickets: Contact venue for admission prices

Tel: 01304 202756

Langdon Cliffs, Dover


Mothering Sunday Lunch

14 Mar (12pm to 5pm)

Tickets: 23.50 (in advance)

Tel: 01732 868381

Chartwell, Westerham

Treat that special lady in your life in the wonderful surroundings of the Mulberry Room, in Winston Churchills beautiful home. Enjoy a three-course lunch and then take a stroll around the house and the beautiful gardens of this fabulous National Trust property and get an insight into the man who rallied Great Britain in one of its darkest hours.

Creative crafts for Mothers Day

6 Mar to 7 Mar

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01892 893860

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst

Why not pop along and make your mum a special card to say thanks for all the efforts she puts in? Young and old alike are invited along to try out their creative skills. After all, a card lovingly crafted goes a long way to say that you are thinking of her.

Sunday roast

14 Mar

Tickets: Contact venue

Tel: 01795 542016

Shepherd Neame brewery, Faversham

Treat mum to a slap-up Sunday roast on Mothers Day this year, and let someone else take care of the washing and tidying up for once. Why not make a day of it and book a tour of the brewery and a tasting session as well. Good food and the odd tipple, what more could any mum ask for?


Ab Fab Easter Art Fair

2 to 5 Apr

Tickets: 3

Tel: 01227 792657

Old Stables Barn, Whitstable

An affordable art fair comes to Whitstable. There will be 16 artists work on show, which amounts to about 200 extraordinary paintings. Find something a little bit special to hang in your lounge, kitchen or bedroom. Affordable art, with a touch of class. Perfect.


Bluebell Spectacular

From Apr

Tickets: 50p to 5

Tel: 01580 241344

Hole Park Gardens, Weald of Kent

Blow those cobwebs away by taking a stroll around Hole Park Gardens and basking in the colourful spectacle of the amazing bluebell display. But its not just bluebells on show, primroses and tulips are also sprouting, and the air is gently fragranced. The vast sea of colour seems to stretch on as far as the eye can see, and with the all-weather paths offering easy access, there is no excuse not to wallow in this spring sensation.


The Sopranos

17 Mar

Tickets: 19.50

Tel: 01322 220000

The Orchard, Dartford

Fear not, hardman actor James Gandolfini and co are not taking to the stage to belt out a few songs. Rather, the glitzy and glamorous singing troupe will be entertaining audiences with a smattering of show tunes and timeless classics, all delivered in their own inimitable style. From breathless intimate tones, to out and out rocknroll, an evening with The Sopranos will be a night to remember.

JAM and the BBC Singers

26 March, 7.30pm

Tickets: 5 to 15

Tel: 020 8764 6147

St. Leonards Church, Hythe, Kent

Formed in 2000, JAM (John Armitage Memorial Trust) is celebrating its 10th birthday with a number of concerts and initiatives, starting this month, when it joins forces with Radio 3 and revisits its first two commissions, by Jonathan Dove and Timothy Jackson. Headlining will be a co-commission with US-based VocalEssence from Tarik ORegan, his first British world premiere for several years.

JAM will present this programme of commissions at St. Brides Church, Fleet Street (25 March) and St. Leonards Church, Hythe (26 March) with the latter being recorded for broadcast on Radio 3.

Live at the Plaza Robbie & Kylie Tribute Show

5 March

Tickets: 12 (for groups of six or more), 13.50

Tel: 01732 450175

The Stag, Sevenoaks

Celebrate the music of Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue with the two of the UKs top tribute acts. Expect pop perfection as hit after hit is rolled out, including I Should be so Lucky, the Locomotion, Angels and let me Entertain you, among many others.


Orpheus Down Under

6 March

Tickets: 7.50 to 15

Tel: 01227 787787

Theatre Royal, Margate

Gods, goddesses, ancient Greece, and some marital strife. Not a combination you hear that often, but this is a heady mix that promises plenty of witty dialogue and some charming songs. It is a disgracefully delightful tale that audiences will enjoy as they get carried along with this productions vim, vigour and verve.


Lambing Weekend

13 to 14 March

Tickets: 2 to 10

Tel: 01732 850 551

Hadlow College, nr Tonbridge

Come to Hadlow College between 11am and 4pm to see the newborn lambs, meet the llamas, pigs and goats, tour the animal management unit and have fun on a tractor ride (weather permitting), as well as have your photo taken with your favourite lamb.

Lambing day

28 March


Tel: 01622 743286

New Line Learning Academy, Loose, nr Maidstone

Organised by the New Line Learning Young Farmers Club, visit between 10am and 4pm and you can pet newborn lambs and see many of the other farmyard animals on the site, including cows, a donkey, pigs, chickens, ducks and rabbits.

Circus of Horrors

16 March

Tickets: 10

Tel: 01322 220000

The Orchard, Dartford

The Day of the Dead is nearly upon us. Amid the backdrop of an Aztec Temple, witch doctors and voodoo acrobats and the rest of the cast perform blood-curdling and death-defying stunts, ably accompanied by a soundtrack from The Interceptors From Hell. As the press release claims: Itll have you on the edge of your seat or even under it! Who are we to argue? Expect rock, shock and roll in buckets.


Stop Messing About!

8 to 13 March

Tickets: from 15

Tel: 01322 22000

The Orchard, Dartford

Kenneth Williams waspish wit takes centre stage in this tribute to the late, great comedy legend. Robin Sebastian takes on the role of Williams in the production, which is set during a live recording of the radio show Stop Messing About and features laughs a plenty, sketches and extremely funny, near-the-knuckle parodies. This is a nostalgic and side-splitting journey with one of British comedys finest performers.


Dancing on Ice

16 to 20 Apr

Tickets: 32.50 to 65

Tel: 0844 856 0202

The O2 Arena

Weve all seen it on TV. Inept Z-list celebrities slipping and sliding across the ice on TV, watched over by skating legends Torvill & Dean. Well, now the show is about to embark on a nationwide tour. Stars of past and present shows take to the ice once again to prove who are the king and queen of the frozen stuff. Guaranteed amusement and some outlandish sequinned costumes are a combination you should not miss.

Grace Kelly Style

17 April to 26 September

Tickets: 50p to 5

Tel: 01580 241344/01580 241386

The Victoria & Albert Museum

The word icon is oft overused nowadays, but, for once, the word falls far short for this lady. Effortlessly stylish - even Hermes renamed its handbag the Kelly Bag - Grace Kelly epitomises an era when stars of stage and screen were just that, stars. As well as some of her wardrobe, including her Hollywood gowns and the lace ensemble she wore for her civil marriage to Prince Rainier in 1956 when she became Princess Grace of Monaco, there will also be items of jewellery and various other accessories.

Love Never Dies

20 Feb to 23 October

Tickets: 25 to 67.50

Tel: 0870 830 0200

Adelphi Theatre

The music of the night rings out once again as we get to find out what befell the mysterious Paris opera house phantom and his muse and objet daffection, Christine. A decade has passed when we pick up the story, which has been moved from its original Parisian setting to Coney Island, New York. If it sells as well as the original Phantom did, Lloyd Webber is bound to have yet another hit on his hands. After its run in London, the show will embark on a tour, opening in the US and then on to Australia.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

16 Mar to 3 Apr

Tickets: From 20.50

Tel: 0844 871 7646

New Wimbledon Theatre

Now in its fourth year of a high-flying tour, the most phantasmagorical stage musical ever swoops into the New Wimbledon Theatre. Madcap inventor Caractacus Potts, his two children, Jeremy and Jemima, Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts do battle with the dastardly Baron and the irredeemably evil Childcatcher, aided by the greatest car ever built.

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