Your essential Kent Diary for September

PUBLISHED: 13:33 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:56 20 February 2013

Your essential Kent Diary for September

Your essential Kent Diary for September

From transport to flowers, from theatre to beer; there's an event for all tastes in Kent this month


1. Dreamboats and Petticoats, Tunbridge Wells

2. Go Dahn Opping at the Hop Pickers Weekend, KESR Railway

3. The Gathering, Canterbury Cathedral

4. French Property Exhibition, Olympia

5. Craig Ogden, Tunbridge Wells


FavershamHop Festival

3-4 Sep

Tickets: Free

Tel: 01795 542016

Shepherd Neame brewery, various venues, Faversham

Traditional family fun as the Faversham Hop Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary. Stalls lining the streets, live music and dancing.

World of Flowers

9-11 Sep

Tickets: 4 to 18

Tel: 01322 862114

Lullingstone Castle

Chelsea Gold medallist Graham Harmer brings a floral extravaganza to Lullingstone Castle. Flower-arranging demonstrations, plus raffles to win some of his creations and themed flower arrangements on display.

Festival of Transport

9-11 Sep

Hempstead Valley, Gillingham

Come and spot some of the famous cars (and characters) on show, including a vintage Aston Martin, a modern Aston Martin DB5, and a classic 1970s Lotus Esprit.

Ride and Stride

10 Sep

Tickets: Free

Tel: 01622 843383

Across Kent

This event is open to everyone. All you need is a bicycle and a willingness to pedal or walk as far as you possibly can. The object is to visit as many participating churches as possible across the county. Plan your own route, pitch up at your chosen start point at 10am, then off you pedal/trot on to the next one until 6pm.

Go Dahn Opping at the Hop Pickers Weekend

10-11 Sep

Tickets: 13.59

Tel: 01580 765155

Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden

KESR is staging a special weekend dedicated to the art of hop picking. Former hop pickers will be on hand telling stories about their time picking. Jump on the nostalgia train for this Kentish of occupations.

Classic Car Show

11 Sep

Hempstead Valley, Gillingham

The finale to the second Festival of Transport will be a classic motor show where up to 100 classic, vintage and custom cars will be on display. A portion of the proceeds from the show and the Festival of Transport will be donated to Kent Air Ambulance.

Woodcraft and countryside day

11 Sep

Tickets: 7 to 48; 7 (llama trek)

Tel: 01892 870347

Chiddingstone Castle, nr Edenbridge

Celebrate all aspects of woodcraft and you can also go on a llama trek!

Extravaganza of Contemporary Sculpture

11-25 Sep

Tickets: 1.50 to 5.50

Tel: 01892 722304

Marle Place Gardens & Gallery, Brenchley

Created by 20 artists from around the UK, there will be more than 100 contemporary sculptures on display using the beautiful backdrop of Marle Place.

The Gathering Bishop

16-17 Sep

Tickets: 10 (In conversation); 10 (Saturday); 40 (Friday conference)

Tel: 01227 459401

Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury

Treasure hunts, crafts, puppet shows, as well as seminars for the adults, workshops on faith - and a giant inflatable whale. Plus an in conversation evening with comedian, broadcaster and professional football fan Frank Skinner.

Sevenoaks Literary Celebration

19 Sep-5 Oct

Tickets: Mostly 8 for each event

Tel: 01732 452055

Various, Sevenoaks

Prize-winning Scottish poet Jackie Kay will be reading from her memoir Red Dust, and Sevenoaks resident and TV veteran Peter Sissons will be talking about his childhood in Liverpool and the pressure cooker world of TV news coverage.

The Great British Cider, Beer and Food Festival

24 and 25 Sep

Tickets: From 4

Tel: 01795 536250

National Fruit Collections, Brogdale

Eat, drink and be merry at the first festival to be staged at Brogdale. Not only will there be cider producers, but also beer and food makers from around the county.

Celebrating 100 years of Gardening

Until 27 Oct (Wed and Thu)

Tickets: 1 (children); 6 (adults)

Tel: 01580 241344

Hole Park Gardens

This year marks a special occasion in the life of the Barham family at Hole Park and its gardens - 100 years in residence. The gardens have received special attention, with head gardener Quentin Stark adding new and exotic items to the borders, which should be a riot of colour.


East Bridge Chorale concert

2 Sep

Tickets: 10 (inc glass of wine and refreshments)

Tel: 012227 721319

St Nicholas Church, Ash

With a programme that includes Mozarts Coronation Mass and Haydns St Nicholas Mass, this will be a concert like no other. The East Bridge Ensemble will be directed by Benedict Preece, who is just 19 years old.

A Musical Salute to the RAF

3-4 Sep

Tickets: 33

Tel: 01689 300 005


Chartwell will come to life through this patriotic celebration of the Royal Air Force. The Central Band of the Royal Air Force will take centre stage with guests, Stacey Solomon, Fiona Howell, The RAF Presentation Team and the Spitfires Choir.

The Magic Flute

3-4 Sep

Tickets: 25

Tel: 01227 464764

Canterbury Cathedral Garden Opera, Goodnestone Park, Canterbury

Now in its third season, Canterbury Cathedral Garden Opera is staging a production of the Magic Flute by Mozart. Local talent will be taking the roles in the production.

Kent Air Ambulance Jazz Festival

22-25 Sep

Tickets: 11 to 64

Tel: 01634 365 453 (144Club Box Office); 01634 890421 (Dickens World)

Britannia Theatre, Dickens World (main venue)

If jazz is your bag, then this festival is a must-see. Featuring performances from artists as diverse as Dave OHiggins, saxophonist to Ray Charles, Jimmy Hastings, and Ray Gelato, to name but three. The named festival charity is the. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Kent Air Ambulance.

Tenterden Folk Festival

29 Sep-2 Oct

Tickets: Varies

Various, Tenterden

Folk dance teams, workshops, bands, solo artists, the Tenterden Folk Festival offers even more opportunities to shake your tail feather. The event kicks off with a special concert in the Town Hall featuring Ashley Hutchings and Blair Dunlop.


16 Sep

Tickets: 5 (under 18s), 12.50 (adults) advance; 7.50 (under 18s), 15 (adults) on the door

Tel: 01892 511745

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells

Thirteen solo albums, 200-plus TV appearances, and more than 2,000 live performances to their name, the vocal group Cantabile will perform its mixture of humour and harmonies in the intimate surroundings of Church of King Charles the Martyr.

Craig Ogden

30 Sep

Tickets: 15 and 18

Tel: 01892 678648

Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

One of the worlds leading classical guitarists, Ogden has been nominated for classical Grammy awards and has won a number of plaudits for his CDs. He will be demonstrating his virtuoso talent at Trinity.


Over the Rainbow

5-7 Sep


Tel: 08448 717620

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Retelling the life of Eva Cassidy, one of musics lost greats, this production has achieved many plaudits the world over, and it is coming to Kent. The cast includes such names as Maureen Nolan and Come Dancing star Brian Fortuna.

Dreamboats and Petticoats

19-24 Sep

Tickets: 19.50 to 30.50

Tel: 01892 530613/01892 532072

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

Travel back to a more innocent era, where love was young, and rocknroll was in its formative years; when there were rebels without a cause, and everyone was rockin around the clock. Featuring tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran and Billy Fury, this is foot-tappin jive down memory lane.

The Pitmen Painters

19-24 Sep


Tel: 08448 717 620

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Seize your chance to see this production before it embarks on a season in the West End. Inspired by a book by William Feaver, this production has it all - humour, drama and revelation.

Im Still Standing!

17 Sep

Tickets: 15

Tel: 01892 530613/01892 532072

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

With a focus on promoting local talent, the show will feature some outstanding singers, dancers and a brilliant young illusionist, as well as new comedy routines from Brian Bissell, the driving force behind this charity fundraiser.


The National Home Improvement Show

30 Sep-2 Oct

Tickets: 8 (advance); 16 (on the door)

Tel: 0844 581 0802

Earls Court

Aimed at the home improver, there will be plenty of inspiration to help you tackle that DIY project youve been putting off for all these years. With many of the latest ideas on show, youre bound to come away fired up to turn your own house into a palace. Expect a wide selection of celeb improvers as well.

French Property Exhibition

23 to 25 Sep

Tickets: Free


Ever dreamed of having that little bolthole across the channel, or planning on a more permanent move? This exhibition is exactly what you need for ideas and inspiration to achieve your goal. There will be forums and free seminars, where you can quiz those who are really in the know when it comes to the French property market. Register in advance via the website, or just turn up at the door.

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