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Your essential Kent Diary for July

PUBLISHED: 11:26 23 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:35 20 February 2013

Your essential Kent Diary for July

Your essential Kent Diary for July

The best guide to festivals, fairs, family events and much, much more this month in The Garden of England

Your essential Kent Diary for July


TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH


1) Hop Farm Music Festival Hop Farm


2) Lavender Festival Castle Farm


3) Vintage Bentleys Chiddingstone Castle


4) Aladdinsane Bromley Theatre


5) A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine - Tenterden



Music and outings


Hop Farm Music Festival


1 to 3 July


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


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, Bryan Ferry and the Purple One himself, Prince, are heading to Kent this summer. Grab your ticket now, theyre selling fast!


Lavender Festival EDITORS TOP PICK


2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 July


Tickets: Varies depending on event


01959 523219


Castle Farm, Sevenoaks OS map ref TQ 525 635.


From tours, food tastings, massages and lavender landscape painting days, this years Lavender Festival offers a wide-reaching programme of events, including a lavender heart wreath workshop on 13 July followed by a delicious lavender tea. Contact the venue for a full breakdown of events, and see also page xx.



Open House Scheme


From 2 July


Tickets: 7.50 (handbook)


01795 534542


Faversham


The medieval market town boasts a wealth of listed and historic buildings, many of which are private residences and not open to the public. Under the scheme, many of these buildings are thrown open for people to go and have a look around.



RLSB Family Fun Day


3 July


Tickets: 2


Dorton House, Seal


Medieval knights, archery, displays of hand-to-hand combat, plus good food, great music and the ever-popular ferret racing.


Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle


8, 9, 10 July


Tickets: 35 (weekend pass)


Contact St James Hall, Ramsgate


Ramsgate


New Orleans comes to Ramsgate. Local bars will be jazzing it up with music, exhibitions and some hearty Cajun/Creole food. There will also be a traditional brolly parade and the Royal Yacht Club will be opening its doors to Shuffle visitors.


JAM Hythe Concerts


8, 9 July


Tickets: 8


0800 988 7984


St Leonards Church, Hythe


On 8 July, JAM, Onyx Brass and Hythe Bay Primary join forces for a performance of Bob Chillcotts A Sporting Chance. On 9 July, JAM closes the St Leonards Festival with a rousing concert, headlined by the Faure Requiem. These are just two highlights of whats on offer during the two concerts. Dont miss out.


Vintage Bentleys


10 July


Tickets: 2 to 19.50


01892 870347


Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone


Come and admire beautifully restored vintage cars, ranging from 1926 to the present day.



Kent County Show


15-17 July


Tickets: before 8 July: family 35, adult 17.50, child 6 (more on the gate)


01622 633060)


Kent County Showground, Detling


Enjoy more farming exhibits than ever before, music, cattle displays and a Taste of Kent at the 82nd Kent County Show organised by the Kent County Agricultural Society


King Henrys Summer Pageant


16 and 17 July


Tickets: Contact venue


01732 865224


Hever Castle


Experience life in Tudor times, complete with jousting, archery sessions and Tudor dancing. The royal court will be on hand and children can come dressed up and take part in a parade before the monarch and win a prize.


The Leeds Castle Open Air Classical Concert


16 July


Tickets: 34 (picnic style)/ 44 (seated areas)


01622 880008


Leeds Castle


Famous for the Go Compare TV ads, Wynne Evans will be appearing at Leeds Castle when John Rigby conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for this classical extravaganza.


A day out with Thomas the Tank Engine


23 to 25 July


Tickets: From 10


01580 765 155


Kent & Sussex Railway, Tenterden


The popular childrens TV character will be making an appearance accompanied by many of his beloved friends, including the Fat Controller.


Garden Supper


23 July


Tickets: 26.50 (NT Members) or 40 (non-members)


01580 710700


Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, nr Cranbrook


Grab the opportunity to see the gardens after all the crowds have gone home and end your special tour with a two-course supper in the restaurant.


Costume Through the Ages


23 to 31 July


Tickets: Free


01732450608


Knole


Catch a glimpse of some of the finery from bygone ages in this free exhibition. There will also be examples of costumes that reflect the faded grandeur of Knole, created by students from Kent.



Aladdinsane


30 July


Tickets: From 18.75


0844 871 7627


Bromley Amphitheatre, Church House Gardens, Bromley


The UKs leading David Bowie tribute act takes to the Amphitheatre in Church House Gardens. Relive the magic of the Ziggy Stardust era to the Thin White Duke and beyond.


Gardens


National Gardens Scheme Day


5 July


Tickets: (NGS donation) 5 adults; 2.50 children


01732450608


Knole, Sevenoaks


Seize the opportunity to experience the delight and creativity contained within Lord Sackvilles private garden, in aid of the National Garden Scheme.



An Edwardian Garden Day


16 July


Tickets: 2 on top of normal admission


01732 868381


Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks


A traditional event thats perfect for all the family. A fte set in a wonderful garden, with taster sessions, arts and crafts and a whole lot more to keep the kids occupied.



British Master Florists Demonstration


20 July


Tickets: Contact venue


0500 551 434


Hadlow College, Tonbridge


An elite group of master Florists will be demonstrating their talents and expertise at Hadlow College. As well as showcasing some cutting edge floristry techniques, these floral ninjas will be using a wide variety of materials.



Walk and tea


26 July


Tickets: 15


01732 853211


Broadview Gardens


Enjoy an conducted tour around the grounds of Broadview Gardens, where head gardener Alex Rennie will be on hand to impart some of his green-fingered know-how and will be guiding visitors around. A traditional afternoon tea will follow the tour.


Theatre


The Complete Canterbury Tales


14 July Hall Place, Bexley


23 July Godinton House & Gardens


29 July Scotney Castle


Tickets: (Hall Place) Contact venue


Tickets: (Godinton House & Gardens) 12 adult, 5 child


Tickets: (Scotney) 16 adult, 5 child


01322 621238 (Hall Place)


01233 643 854 (Godinton House)


0844 249 1895 (Scotney Castle)


Hall Place, Godinton House & Gardens, Scotney Castle


Medieval madness is coming to Kent, as open-air theatre company The Pantaloons unleashes its hilarious new complete version of Geoffrey Chaucers tale. With just six actors, this is no mean feat, considering there are more than 70 characters in the whole show.



Macbeth


17 July


Tickets: 5/6


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 on offer as well.


Curtain Up An Evening at the Musicals


29 July


Tickets: 10 (8 concessions)


01892 524252


The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells


A cast of West End performers and a smattering of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Les Miserables, and Disney.


LONDON LIFE


Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


5 to 10 July


Tickets: 17.50 to 32.50


0844 338 7506


Hampton Court Palace


Set against the magnificent backdrop of Henry VIIIs palace, the Hampton Court Flower Show is the perfect day out for all the family. You are guaranteed to pick up plenty of inspiration for your own garden.


Open House at the Bank of England


2 and 9 July


Tickets: Free


020 7601 3833/3866/3951


The Bank of England


The Old Lady will be throwing open her doors to seldom-seen areas. Take a tour of this financial institution and discover some of the rooms where key monetary decisions are made.


Film4 Summer Screen


27 July to 7 August


Tickets: From 14.50


0844 8471715


How would you like to watch a classic movie against the backdrop of a classic background? Somerset House can make your dreams come true, thanks to the return of its Summer Screen season. Classics planned includes The Big Blue, Chinatown, Die Hard and the Roger Moore 007 adventure The Spy Who Loved Me.

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