Your guide to what's on in Kent this February

PUBLISHED: 15:09 01 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:40 20 February 2013

Your guide to what's on in Kent this February

Your guide to what's on in Kent this February

Kent Life's recommendations for the month ahead – get planning now!

Your guide to whats on in Kent this February

2 Feb

Green Woodworking Workshop

Discover the techniques and some of the secrets of the ancient art and craft of woodworking. During this one-day course participants will be schooled in using the correct tools and techniques to achieve the results they desire.

Tickets: 40

0500 551434

Hadlow College, Hadlow

Satnav: TN11 0AL

6, 13, 20, 27 Feb

Lecture series

A series of fascinating lectures at the home of Charles Darwin, Down House, with an expert speaker each week sharing their knowledge of the Darwin family and the house and gardens they called home for 40 years.

Tickets: 13, 11 (concessions), 7.80 (Children)

0870 3331183

Downe House, Downe

Satnav: BR6 7JT

7 Feb

Harry Hill: Sausage Time

The Marlowe Theatre will be the starting point for comedian Harry Hills first live tour for about six years. The self-styled floppy-collared loon is back with a show that claims, rather boldly, to offer proof that God exists. Expect all the madcap buffoonery that has made Hill so popular on the telly in recent years, and a giant sausage as some way of a bonus.

Tickets: 30

01227 787787

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

8-10 Feb

Wedding Fair

Looking to plan your Big Day? Need some inspiration to make your day unique? Well, look no further than Bluewater and the Wedding Fair being staged there. Venues, photographers, dress designers, caterers and everything in between will be on hand to help you with whatever you need. See also pages xxx xxx.

Tickets: Varies

Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe

Satnav: DA9 9ST

9, 25 Feb

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Described as doing Fleetwood Mac better than Fleetwood Mac, this Mick Fleetwood-endorsed tribute group is embarking on its 35th Anniversary Greatest Hits World Tour, which means you get to see them on a stage in Kent.

Tickets: 23.50 (Orchard Theatre); 22.50 (Assembly Halls)

01322 227122 (Orchard Theatre), 01892 530613 / 01892 532072 (Assembly Halls)

Orchard Theatre, Dartford (9 Feb), Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells (13 Feb)

Satnav: DA1 1ED (Orchard Theatre); TN1 2LU (Assembly Halls)

10 Feb

Snowdrop walk

See the 200-year-old snowdrops decorating the grounds of Charlton Park. The snowdrops were planted in memory of the Prince Regents magnificent white charger, which was killed while jumping from the ballroom window for a bet.

Tickets: (donation) 2.50

Tel: 01227 831355

Charlton Park

Satnav: CT4 5JA

10, 13 Feb


Bizets dramatic opera tells the story of the downfall of soldier Don Jose, who is seduced by the fiery, beautiful gypsy Carmen. Abandoning both his childhood sweetheart and his military career, Jose pursues Carmen but loses her to the glamorous bullfighter Escamillo.

Tickets: Contact venues

01322 227122 (Orchard Theatre), 01892 530613 / 01892 532072 (Assembly Halls)

The Orchard Theatre, Dartford (10 Feb), Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells (13 Feb)

Satnav: DA1 1ED (Orchard Theatre); TN1 2LU (Assembly Halls)

10-11 Feb

The Gruffalos Child

Hot on the heels of the smash-hit West End success of the original tale about one of the forests most fearsome beasties, comes the sequel. Its guaranteed to capture the appeal and wonder of the original, and will appeal to anyone who is a child at heart.

Tickets: 12

0844 8717 620

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Satnav: BR1 1HA

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 Feb

Russian State Ballet of Siberia UK tour

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns to the UK for an extensive tour, and in the process will be bringing four of the worlds most beautiful and popular ballets to life - La Fille Mal Garde, The Nutcracker, Copplia, and Swan Lake.

La Fille Mal Garde (11, 12 Feb); Copplia (13, 14 Feb); Swan Lake (15 Feb)

Tickets: 18.00 to 39.50

01227 787787

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

Copplia (20 Feb); Swan Lake (21 Feb)

Tickets: 25.50 to 35.50

01322 220000

The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Satnav: DA1 1ED

12 Feb


Torture, murder, suicide and some of the most sublime music ever penned, courtesy of Puccini. Diva Floria Tosca fears for the fidelity of her lover Mario, only to discovers it is the Baron Scarpias lust for her that endangers that love. A complex agreement of bargains and bluffs follow, that culminates in a truly tragic denouement.

Tickets: Contact venue

01892 530613 / 01892 532072

Assembly Hall Tunbridge Wells

Satnav: TN1 2LU

13 Feb

Fairport Convention

The folkrock veterans pay a visit to Kent as part of the 2013 Winter Tour. After nearly half a century, Fairport Convention has become a much-loved cultural institution, but still remain fresh to this very day.

Tickets: 14 and 18

01843 292795

Theatre Royal, Margate

Satnav CT9 1PW

16, 17, 23, 24 Feb

Fun Day with Thomas

Come and meet everyones favourite steam engine and some of his friends, including Sir Topham Hatt the Fat Controller and carriages Annie and Clarabel. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of other activities in and around the station, as well as enjoy a ride with Thomas.

Tickets: 13.50 (adults), 10.50 (child), 44 (family ticket)

01580 765155

Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden

Satnav: TN30 6HE

16 Feb

Rose Pruning Workshop

Godintons head gardener Viv Hunt and Hadlow College lecturer Fiona Abrahams demonstrate rose pruning and training techniques and you experience a hands-on session in the rose garden so you can practice the advice being offered.

Tickets: 55

01233 643854

Godinton House, Ashford

Satnav: TN23 3BP

17 Feb

The Vagina Monologues

Well-known actresses star in a one-off, exclusive performance of this much-lauded play based on true stories and interviews with women around the world to raise funds for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, a Thanet charity working with victims of domestic violence.

The performance is part of V-Day, playwright Eve Ensler's international campaign, now in its 15th year, to end violence against women and girls.

Tickets: 100 (includes an after-show Champagne reception with the performers); unsold tickets will be released for 25 (performance alone)


Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate

Satnav: CT9 2LB

17, 21, 23, 24 Feb

Hellebore tours

Hadlows head gardener Alex Rennie leads tours of Broadview Gardens, where visitors can witness the glorious explosion of winter colour, including the National Collection of Hellebores.

Tickets: 3

0500 551434

Hadlow College, Hadlow

Satnav: TN11 0AL

18-23 Feb

Abigails Party

Even after many decades, Mike Leighs classic still retains its bite and remains a ruthlessly accurate depiction of the pretensions of suburbia, that veiled world behind the twitching net curtains, obsessed with class and taste. Lindsay Posners acclaimed revival certainly does the play justice.

Tickets: 10 to 35

0844 8717 620

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Satnav: BR1 1HA

19-23 Feb


Having appeared at the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, Stomps profile couldnt be higher, which makes it all the more appealing that the percussion group will be appearing at the Churchill Theatre this February.

Tickets: contact venue

01227 787787

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

22 Feb

Heidi Talbot

The award-winning Irish folk singer brings her unique compositions to the coast this month. Although adopting many modern approaches, Heidi still remains tied to tradition, which acts as a strength rather than as a shackle. Beautiful, ethereal and thoughtful sums up many of this performers songs.

Tickets: Contact venue

07895 683567

Royal Native Oyster Stores, Whitstable

Satnav: CT5 1BU

25 Feb-2 Mar

Yes, Prime Minister

The original writers of the classic BBC TV series, Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, have reunited for this anniversary production with a new satirical take on Whitehall. PM Jim Hacker and Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby are back, spinning out of control through the collapsing Euro and austerity measures in a world of 24-hour rolling news, smartphones and sexed-up dossiers.

Tickets: 10-35

0844 8717 620

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Satnav: BR1 1HA

26 Feb

Kaiser Chiefs

Chart-bothering indie-rock noiseniks the Kaiser Chiefs come crashing into Kent - expect anthems such as I Predict a Riot, Every Day I Love You Less and Less and Ruby, among others.

Tickets: 25

01843 292795 or 01843 296111

Margate Winter Gardens, Margate

Satnav: CT9 1HX

26 Feb-2 Mar

Funny Money

Rapid character comings and goings, snappy one-liners and plenty or razor-sharp comebacks have ensured Ray Cooneys farce has endured for a number of years. Focusing on a briefcase stuffed full of used banknotes and the effect that has when our hero Henry picks it up by mistake on the Tube.

Tickets: 12.50, 11.50 (concs)

01892 678678

Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Satnav: TN1 1JP

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