Culture Hub: Our edit of the most entertaining events in September

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Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, will be spoken about for the first time on Tuesday September 10 at 7.30pm. It is a live-stream from London, in which broadcaster Samira Ahmed will interview Atwood about her life, and why now is the right time to unveil the sequel to a story first revealed 34 years ago. Tickets from £15. Visit


The annual Tunbridge Wells Food and Drink Festival takes place over the weekend of September 21-22 in Calverley Grounds, part of the town’s official food month. Visitors can expect a plethora of foodie treats to sample and shop for with more than 75 specialist producers present. There will also be lots of pop-up restaurants, street food cafés and bars to hang out in and plenty of activities for little ones to enjoy including the Alive with Flavour cooking tent. The event is free to attend.


A fun-filled charity night is being held at The Grey Lady on The Pantiles on Thursday September 26 from 6-10.30pm. The event, which includes a quiz and raffle, will be led by Berry & Lamberts Solicitors, and their chosen charity is Hospice in the Weald. The tickets cost £10, and this money will be given to the amazing charity, whose work allows for the much-needed free care of patients with a terminal illness. To book tickets, go to


Come along to a talk in Otto’s Kitchen on Sevenoaks High Street with speakers including Laura Clout and Aliy Walsingham, local mothers and activists, who will be available to answer all of your burning questions regarding climate change. The evening will be led by the XR (Extinction Rebellion) group, providing you with more information as to what you can do differently to combat climate change, and what XR is doing to improve the state of our planet. The talk will take place on Wednesday September 11 from 7-9.30pm and is free of charge. For information on how to register, visit


The annual Bewl Water Dragon Boat festival will be taking place on Saturday September 7 from 8.30am-5pm. It will be a day filled with competition and comradeship for the many teams taking part, as well as offering visitors a variety of tents offering fresh food or handmade crafts. There will be rides for children too, so there is something for everyone. For more information on entrance fees, visit


Experience a day of putting and prosecco at Hever Castle Golf Club on Friday September 6. You can learn how to enhance your game from a professional golf coach whilst enjoying a glass or two of prosecco. The day is perfect for first timers or dedicated golf fans. The cost of the event is £20 per person, which includes golf equipment, drinks and nibbles in the newly opened Waterside Bar & Terrace. For more information and bookings go to


Fancy a night full of big laughs and good food for you and your friends? Then head to the Comedy Night at The Vineyard, Lamberhurst on Thursday September 26 at 8pm. Experience jokes from three great comedians, including headliner Stefano Paolini, who is known for his spot-on impressions. The event will also be offering 25 per cent off food before the event for ticket holders. Ticket prices are £10 per person. You can find out more information as well as book online at


Want to try your hand at solving a murder mystery? Then come to Spa Valley Railway’s Murder Mystery Fish & Chip Special on Saturday September 28, when you can embrace your inner Sherlock Holmes, whilst enjoying a main meal and dessert. Try piecing the clues together on a moving train, which leaves from Tunbridge Wells West Station at 6.15pm. If you’re looking for a unique evening with friends or family then this mysterious night is a must. For more information and ticket prices head to


Scotney Castle will host another Hops and Harvest event every weekend this month. Little Scotney Farm is the only working hop farm within the National Trust and one of the last few remaining ones in the region to pick, process and dry hops by traditional methods. During weekends in September, visitors will be able to join a walking tour out to the hop farm to see inside the hoppers hut, the oast, the stripping shed and walk amongst the growing hops in the gardens. The tour will finish with a taste of ale brewed from hops at Little Scotney Farm. Tickets are £3 per person.

Calendar events compiled by Lucy Linton and Grace Lewis

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