Culture Hub: Events in October

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If you’re getting married soon and are looking for lots of inspiring venue ideas then you won’t want to miss Hever Castle’s Wedding Showcase on Sunday October 13. Running from 12-4pm guests can see how this beautiful historic castle can be dressed for a formal day or a more relaxed one courtesy of the many tours around the house and gardens including the Astor Wing and the stunning lakeside location of the Guthrie Pavilion. There will also be the chance to meet a number of the specialist staff who will help you create your dream wedding day. Cocktails, fizz and hot refreshments will be served throughout the event. If you wish to attend, please pre-register by emailing


Over the weekend of Saturday October 12 and Sunday October 13 Great Comp Garden in St Mary’s Platt will hold its annual Autumn Extravaganza, which will see some of the area’s best plant nurseries showing off their collections. There will be plenty of flowers, shrubs and bulbs to browse and buy and some tasty artisan food and drink to sample and enjoy. For more details visit


Chocolate fans will want to indulge in Temper Temper’s special series of workshops this month. The Southborough-based chocolatier is running a number of fun and informative events, including a three-hour truffle workshop aimed at older teenagers and adults on October 20. The session, run by Temper Temper owner Alison Hazell, will show chocolate lovers how to make and decorate their own sweet confections. Visit


The Tonbridge creative collective 4art are hosting a special exhibition at Tonbridge Castle from October 19-24. The four artists will show paintings, drawings and sculpture reflecting a contemporary view on life and each artist’s surroundings. It’s free to attend, with artists on hand to talk about their work. For more information visit


On October 30 The Forum welcomes actor Lucy Stevens in her one-woman show entitled Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! This new play, which also boasts music, tells the story of Kathleen Ferrier, the great English contralto who died from cancer at the height of her career in 1953. The fun and engaging piece is written in Kathleen’s own words, taken from her letters and diaries. There will also be some of the music from Miss Ferrier’s repertoire featured which made her so famous. Not only was the Lancashire born singer gifted in the classical genre, she sang lots of folk and popular ballads too and was also a talented pianist. The seated performance starts at 6pm and tickets cost £15 on the door or £12.50 per person in advance. Go to


Legendary stand-up veteran Ben Elton is back on the road after a 15-year absence. The political comedian first found fame on Channel 4’s Saturday Live more than 30 years ago and has decided that after co-writing TV series such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, plus penning the musicals We Will Rock You and Love Never Dies, it’s time to go back on the road. Ben says he promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone ‘stark raving mad’, adding: “The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn.” The show is at the Assembly Hall on Monday October 28, and tickets cost £32.25 from


This Halloween keen young chefs are invited to a special cookery event at Chiddingstone Castle. On Thursday October 31 from 4-7pm, it’s run by Jo Banks from Alive with Flavour, who will help children to create a spooky dinner menu followed by a torchlit tour of the castle. It’s an event that’s bound to be a sell-out so make sure you book your tickets soon. Ideal for children aged between 8 and 13. Tickets cost £28. For more details email

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