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What's On - February 2010

PUBLISHED: 16:28 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:27 20 February 2013

What's On - February 2010

What's On - February 2010

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

THE DIARY


Kent offers some of the most idyllic and romantic venues with which to dazzle, beguile and enchant your significant other. Why not visit Scotney Castle, with its atmospheric ruins, or Leeds Castle, set on two islands on the River Len? Whatever you decide to do or where to visit, Kent can provide the most romantic of settings for your 2010 Valentines Day plans.


Accommodation


Boys Hall
Tel: 01233 633772
Retaining many of its original features, this 17th-century building offers a wonderful venue for a Valentines treat.


Brandshatch Place
Tel: 0845 072 7395
An elegant Georgian mansion built in 1906, the hotel offers a spa, treatment rooms, relaxation room and amber room, as well as a hydrotherapy pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.


Chilston Park
Tel: 0845 072 7426
The manor house at Chilston Park is a unique Grade 1 listed property renowned for the history that surrounds it, as well as the wealth of antiques packed within its walls. See also page xxx.


Eastwell Manor
Tel: 01233 213000
Dating back to the Norman Conquest, Eastwell Manor, near Ashford, boasts carved panelled rooms, massive baronial stone fireplaces with roaring log fires, and a quiet and peaceful setting.


Elvey Farm
Tel: 01233 840442
A picturesque guesthouse at the end of a twisting, winding little lane in the countryside of Kent, Elvey Farm offers unrivalled views, with Pluckleys church spire in the distance.


Restaurants


Gavin Gregg Restaurant
Tel: 01732 456373
Head chef Gavin Gregg with Charlie Chan, Chris Brennan and Adam Barrett offer exciting and inspired menus that combine traditional dishes with just a dash of international style.


La Casa Vecchia
Tel: 01892 544700
Located in the heart of the Pantiles, this restaurant is perfect for that romantic meal. It specialises in Mediterranean cuisine, and offers a spectacular wine list. Above the restaurant is the Grey lady music lounge, which features a range of jazz, blues and other musical evenings.


Richard Phillips at Chapel Down
Tel: 01580 761616
This addition to The Chapel Down Winery offers a fine selection of contemporary British foods combined with the finest of British wines. Using local produce, Phillips creations would be the perfect accompaniment to a romantic dining experience. See also page xxx.


The Mulberry Tree
Tel: 01622 749082/01622 741058
A contemporary country restaurant with a relaxed, informal atmosphere in the heart of the Kent countryside. Dishes are created by using as much local produce as possible, helped by a wonderful kitchen garden and a small herd of Kentish Middle White pigs.


West House
Tel: 01580 291341
A family run restaurant housed in a beamed 15th-century weavers cottage. For that extra special meal, we cant think of anywhere more intimate or unique, and the food has an especially strong local feel.


FAMILY FUN


Walk Like An Egyptian
15 Feb
Tickets: 4 to 7
Tel: 01892 870347
Chiddingstone Castle
Explore what it was like in ancient Egypt, thanks to this special family oriented event. Visitors can use taste the food and uncover the customs that have long-since been covered with sand buried for thousands of years. You can also learn what clothes people wore and what customs they had. As a bonus, there will be the opportunity to make an Egyptian artefact, which you can take home.


THEATRE


Robin Hood and his Merry Men
28 Jan to 31 Jan
Tickets: 8.50 to 10.50 (plus family concessions)
Tel: 01732 450175
Stag Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen well, Sevenoaks, to be precise. In a fresh take on the old legend, Robin will be battling the evil Prince John and the even viler Sheriff of Nottingham as he attempts to steal from the rich and give back to the poor. A perfect panto production to wash away those winter blues.


One Man Lord of the Rings (RING)
3 Feb
Tickets: 14 and 16
Tel: 01322 220000
The Orchard, Dartford
With a budget of millions and a cast of thousands er, no, wrong version. Charles Ross, the creator of the hilarious One Man Star Wars Trilogy has turned his attention to Tolkiens masterpiece. Armed with nothing more than a pair of elbow pads and a fertile imagination, Ross will recreate the enchanting world of Middle Earth in just 3,600 seconds.


COMEDY


Tim Vine (VINE)
4 Feb
Tickets: 18.00
Tel: 01322 220000
The Orchard, Dartford
The telly star and king of the one-liner steams onto The Orchard stage this month. A show packed with wonderful, witty one-liners, Vine is like a gag machine gun, firing off quip after quip, one after the other in rapid succession. Guaranteed gag value for money.


Dave Gorman
5 Feb
Tickets: 10
Tel: 01227 769075
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
In 2009, Dave Gorman set off on a unique national tour. The intention: to cycle over 1,500 miles across Britain in 33 days with a gig each night, hence the title of the show, Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop and Stand Up warm-up show. Demand was so high that hes decided to keep performing it, but this time without cycling from venue to venue. Must be getting soft. Dont miss your chance.


MUSIC


The Bohemians
22 Jan
Tickets: 16
Tel: 01322 220000
The Orchard, Dartford
There will definitely be a kind of magic in the air when The Bohemians take to the stage to honour the mercurial talents of Queen, one of the UKs best-loved groups from the past 30 years. Bringing to life many of the groups greatest hits from a recording career that has given us Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions and Crazy Little Thing Called Love, to name but three.


Saturday Sound Project
First Sat of every month
Tickets: Contact venue
Tel: 01892 678678
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
A new year and a new musical project from Trinity Theatre. On the first Saturday of each month Trinity will be inviting up and coming musical acts to, quite literally, rock your world. Headline and support acts will perform in the main auditorium and acoustic acts will play in the foyer before and after the main event. Whatever your taste, there is bound to be something that will appeal in the approaching months. The Breretons and Ghost in Mirrors are two acts pencilled in to appear.


DANCE


Moscow City Ballet Romeo and Juliet
16 Feb to 17 Feb
Tickets: 18 to 31
Tel: 0844 871 7620
The Churchill, Bromley
One of the best-known love stories is brought to life using Prokofievs dramatic score. Follow the fates of the star-crossed lovers as they glide across the stage with the utmost of grace, but conveying every inch the tragic tale that unfolds, as Romeo and Juliet strive to keep their love alive, but, ultimately, ending up doomed.


OUT AND ABOUT


Half-price Wednesday
Until end March (excluding Feb half-term)
Tickets: 3.50 per car
Tel: 01580 879820
Bedgebury Pinetum
Fresh air exercise and a price thats right. Bedgebury is the perfect place to burn off those calories and to see some of the most striking outdoor landscapes in Kent. Walk the Winter Trail to gain an insight into this valuable collection of trees, then warm yourself up with a hot drink in the comfort of the Bedgebury Pineatery.


LONDON LIFE


Flamenco Festival
13 Feb to 27 Feb
Tickets: Contact venue
Tel: 0844 412 4300
Sadlers Wells
Skirt twirling and foot stamping drama returns to London with the seventh annual Flamenco Festival. Energy and passion course through the production as world-class Spanish dancers demonstrate the art of Flamenco. From traditional performances inspired by the dances gypsy roots to the contemporary performers taking the dance in a whole new direction, there is something for everyone that prizes passion and flamboyance.


Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour! (STRICTLY)
4 Feb to 7 Feb
Tickets: Contact venue
Tel: 0844 856 0202
The O2 Arena
Kelly Brook, Austin Healey and Zoe Lucker are just three celebrities that will be donning their posh frocks and sprinkling themselves with sequins to trip the light fantastic across a London stage. The stage show follows much the same format as the popular TV show, and anyone that goes along if pretty much guaranteed to have a ball.


Hair
1 Apr to 8 Jan 2011
Tickets: 17.50 to 65
Tel: 0844 482 5130
Gielgud Theatre
The Broadway cast are transferring to Londons West End for this latest production of Hair, which is set in New York at the height of the Vietnam War. Set to music by Galt MacDermot, this is very much a product of its time, packed with anti-war sentiment flower power and free love man. Dont miss the chance to see Hair revived and on the stage in the UK.

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