Sunday October 3
From 9am: No Time To Die at The Odeon, Tunbridge Wells
The new Bond film, and Daniel Craig’s last, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Co-starring Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Billy Magnussen, Léa Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Rami Malek, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch and Dali Benssalah.
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica (where else?) Then his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. But the mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
(Moderate violence, infrequent strong language)
From 10am: Dogworks Live at Bewl Water, Nr Lamberhurst
A fun-filled day of dog shows, arena displays, have-a-go activities, doggy shopping and more.
All dogs of all different breeds, shapes and sizes are welcome. Under-5s go free. NHS staff go Free (NHS ID will be required upon arrival). Parking for the show is free. Disabled parking is available. Plus consessions with ID.
From 11am: Beer & Cider Festival at the Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells, and Groombridge and Eridge Stations
The popular Railway Beer Festival is back for its 10th year, in association with West Kent CAMRA, and they are pulling out all the stops to make up for missing out on celebrating the 10th anniversary in 2020.
Enjoy 150 Real Ales, 30 Ciders plus Bucklers Gin & Prosecco Bar, all complemented by live entertainment, a range of food stalls, and of course steam and heritage diesel trains. Entry to the festival sites at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge and Eridge is free. Tickets are required for train travel.
12:45pm The Harry Whitty Band
2pm The Management Duo (featuring Mike Wilton)
Bars, Food and Trains:
Tunbridge Wells West Bar
Main Festival Bar
Green Hop Bar
Bucklers Gin & Prosecco Bar
Fuller’s Butchers BBQ serving burgers, hot dogs and bacon rolls
Sankey’s Food Bar
Steam and diesel trains to High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge
1pm: The Dong with A Luminous Nose at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
“This is a deliciously visceral experience that leaves the young audience with their skin tingling and their curiosity piqued.” – The Guardian
Edward is a bit of an oddball. A shy and troubled boy, he is always watching the horizon, waiting for something to happen. Then one day ‘the Jumblies’ arrive, and his life is turned upside down… then shaken about a bit… and then a bit more!
With a huge cast of puppets, this absurd take on Lear’s nonsense classic explores that difficult age between being a child and becoming an adult. Dancing chairs, a troublesome telephone and a swarm of shape-shifters all play their part in this tale of a lonely boy who has difficulty facing up to the facts.
2pm & 5pm: Continental Circus Berlin at Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells
From the producers of the Moscow State Circus and Circus Extreme comes the Continental Circus Berlin with an array of acts, music and real youthful energy. Clowns Angelo and Eddy will guide you through a family treat that includes comedy, daredevils, dancing, motorbikes inside the Globe of Death, and a High Wire act unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
3pm: The Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra Presents Great Orchestral Classics at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
After an enforced break of 18 months due to the pandemic, the RTWSO are back for very special Centenary season!
Enjoy classics from three great composers, with a real highlight of this opening concert being the mighty 2nd Piano Concerto by Brahms. Internationally-renowned pianist Freddy Kempf, a regular guest with the orchestra, returns to Tunbridge Wells as soloist in this brilliant ‘tour de force’.
Tannhäuser Overture – Wagner
The Noon Witch – Dvořák
Hungarian Dances No1 & No4 – Brahms
Piano Concerto No2 – Brahms
Conductor: Roderick Dunk Soloist: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
(Buy a Season Ticket for all six RTWSO concerts for a 30% discount, equating to two free concerts within the season.)
Tuesday October 5
2pm & 8pm: The Courier (12A) at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
“Cumberbatch, emaciated and shaven-headed, exposes the slightly alien being he always contains and the film gears up considerably in emotional impact. This is Cumberbatch’s best espionage film, then, after Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” – New Statesman
The Courier is a true-life spy thriller, the story of unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history.
At the behest of the UK’s MI-6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.
From 11am: No Time To Die at The Odeon, Tunbridge Wells
(See Sunday above)
7.30pm: The Forum presents The Sherlocks, Suncharmer and The Ovines
8pm No Such Thing As A Fish at the Assembley Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
A touch of QI comes to town with QI Elves Andy, Anna, Dan and James – four of the BBC Two show’s fact-finding researchers – as the UK’s top podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish, starts out on the road in Tunbridge Wells with its new nationwide Nerd Immunity tour.
Every show will feature a live recording of a podcast plus a first half stuffed to the gills with facts, comedy, and two years’ worth of pent-up nerdery that wouldn’t have worked over Zoom.
The NSTAAF team said: “We’re so glad to be not only getting out of the house but going all over the country, spreading the word of unbelievable facts wherever we go. Subject to government guidelines, there’s no stopping us.”
(Line-up may vary)
And looking ahead to next weekend [October 9 & 10], here is a childhood treat for all ages…
4pm Saturday October 9 & 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm Sunday October 10: Stick Man at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Funny and touching, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is back in town.
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for our hero!
This award-winning production from the team behind Zog features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs and live music.
(Suitable for all ages)