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


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


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


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



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.


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.


National Gardens Scheme Day

5 July

Tickets: (NGS donation) 5 adults; 2.50 children


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.


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.


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.


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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