Going out: What’s on in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge areas this week

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The EM Forster Theatre welcomes the stage version of Tiddler and Other Classic Tales by favourite children’s author Julia Donaldson today at 11am and 2pm. This fun live show is bound to be a hit with members of all the family. Tickets cost £12 (adults) and £10 (children). Book on 01732 304241 or visit www.boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk
Famed military vintage festival The War and Peace Revival is being held at The Hop Farm all week until Sunday, showcasing the fascinating history of the British armed forces. Military vehicles and battle re-enactments will keep you entertained, as will the live music also on offer. For information on how to book tickets call 01258 858448 or 01258 857700, or go to
Mark Steele brings his sell-out show Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright to Hever’s open-air theatre this evening at 7.30pm. Tickets to see the successful comedian, who has presented programmes on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Two and also pens a column for the Independent newspaper, cost from £15. www.heverfestival.co.uk

Bewl Water’s popular children’s camps are on once again for the summer holidays. So if you find it a challenge to keep your little ones occupied, then this club really steps it up a gear courtesy of its exciting outdoor activities aimed to keep youngsters fit and entertained and to help them make new friends. Full-day activities run from 8.30am until 5pm and cost from £37 per child. Half-day activities run from 8.30am until 1pm and cost £19.50 per child. For further information on timings, see www.bewlwater.co.uk
The Spa Hotel will be holding a special wedding showcase this evening from 5.30pm until 7.30pm, so if you’re thinking of getting married soon then make sure you go along and meet their wedding co-ordinators, and see their rooms dressed up for a big day. To register your interest, email:
If your little ones are already on holiday, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the popular Maize Maze at Penshurst Place runs throughout the summer until September 2. it’s open from 11am until 6pm (last entry is at 5pm), and this year’s theme is time travel, so the maze has been designed to resemble a clock face. There’s also an optional new shorter route to explore To find out more, visit www.penshurstplace.com
Jazz on The Pantiles is still in full summer swing every Thursday evening. To make it a really special event, why not avail yourself of One Warwick Park Hotel’s Bubbles and Burger deal, which costs just £10 per person? For more details, see www.onewarwickpark.co.uk

There will be a fun floral crafting session entitled Blooming Marvellous running from 10am until 1.30pm at the Hub in Grosvenor & Hilbert Park today. So why not go along and hear how you can plant and grow wild flowers successfully, and create pretty works of art using them, too? This is a drop-in event suitable for all ages and a donation of £3 is suggested towards materials.
Over at the Oast Theatre in Tonbridge this week you can see a performance of Graham Linehan’s The Ladykillers. Directed by Sandra Barfield, it’s the tale of a gang planning a heist who end up posing as amateur musicians and renting rooms from a sweet old lady called Mrs Wilberforce – but is she really as docile as she seems? Go along to find out. Tickets cost £10 and can be booked via www.oastheatre.com
Long-awaited sequel Incredibles 2 is being screened all week at the Moonlight Drive-In Cinema at The Hop Farm. The family with special elasticated powers face their biggest challenge yet – who will spring into action to save the day? Tickets cost £25 per vehicle. For timings, see www.moonlightcinema.com

The fundraising team for Guide Dogs’ Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells branch are holding their summer fete at Tonbridge Castle today. According to the organisers it promises to be a great day out for the family, with many traditional stalls, a raffle and a football shootout as well as a fun dog show and special display from the Medway Guide Dog puppy team. It runs from 11am until 3pm, and more information can be obtained by emailing: guidedogsttw@gmail.com
Closer to home, the ever popular annual Pantiles Vintage Fair is back this weekend. On today and tomorrow, it’s a must visit for anyone who’s a fan of retro fashion, unique buys to enhance your home and collectable items, including rare books and vintage cars.
There’s another weekend of jousting at Hever Castle to enjoy. Visitors are welcome to see ‘Henry VIII’ and ‘Anne Boleyn’ and watch the Knights of Royal England battle it out on horseback. Entrance is free with the normal admission price. See www.hevercastle.co.uk
Staying at Hever, there’s a Tudor Tales event on all this weekend, too. Families are invited to step back in time and experience what life was like when English swordsmen ruled the battlefield. You’ll also have the chance to wander among the tents and immerse yourself in medieval times as re-enactors demonstrate authentic Tudor crafts, armour-making, cookery and games.
Also this weekend, you can catch a performance of Pygmalion at Hever’s open-air theatre, while on Sunday The Bailey Dolls hit the stage at 8pm with their Blue Skids and Blue Birds concert, and will be accompanied by local musician Tom Carradine. See www.heverfestival.co.uk
Every summer, popular conductor André Rieu puts on his ever-popular Maastricht concert, and this year’s is called Amore, My Tribute To Love. It will be screened at Trinity Theatre today at 3pm and 7pm, and also at the Odeon. See our special feature on pages 58-59.

The Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery is now exhibiting Staffages: 2018 – a collection of photographic works which highlights the connections between museum object, site and viewer. The work, by the artist Steffi Klenz, is the result of her having spent time at the venue looking at its artefacts and architecture. The exhibition runs until Sunday September 8.
During the summer months, Penshurst Place will be hosting a fun day of activities every Sunday, which includes falconry displays courtesy of The Hawking Centre. And Aardvark Productions make a welcome return to entertain children and adults alike with their pantomimes, with a brand new panto in the garden. This year, Mr Toad learns the importance of banning plastic and how important it is to look after the environment. There will also be lots of crafting to keep you busy.
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The free photographic exhibition entitled Remarkable Characters of Tunbridge Wells is still on at Woods on The Pantiles. On until September, it is the brainchild of photographer Mark Wilkinson and writer Anne Wagstaff, who have a ‘curiosity about people and what makes them tick.’ There are 40 portraits in total of the area’s most ‘remarkable characters’.

There will be another floral crafting session at the Hub in Grosvenor & Hilbert Park today between 10am and 4pm, which will be fun for youngsters. If you go along to this drop-in event you will have the opportunity to make your own flower crowns using the park’s wild flowers and willows. Each session lasts 90 minutes and costs £4 per child. It is suitable for children aged four and over, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. Please email:
Trinity Theatre will be screening a live exhibition of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works at 8pm. The virtual exhibition showcases Van Gogh’s iconic works and features exclusive interviews with the curatorial team at the Van Gogh Museum. Tickets cost £11 per person.

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