Our edit of the most entertaining events this month

Our edit of the most entertaining events this month
Upstairs downstairs at Ightham Mote

Step back in time

This month is the start of a new tour at Ightham Mote which gives visitors a chance to uncover the hidden stories of the servants who once worked there. There will also be a chance to look around the Grade 1 listed medieval manor house. With a range of tour dates on offer from January 8-31, this is one not to miss for history lovers. For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Wedding belle

If you’re planning your wedding and searching for a perfect venue, then why not opt for Salomons Estate, which has 36 acres of woodland and exquisite gardens and a number of beautiful period reception areas? On January 19, it will be hosting an open day showcasing its beautifully dressed rooms with menu options to sample and a guided tour around the estate. Entry is free and more information can be found at www.salomons-estate.com

Zone in on zen

Whether you are on the ‘new year, new me’ bandwagon or simply want to spend more time connecting with nature, Chiddingstone Castle has got you covered with its new one-day event to ‘Awaken your Zen’. Home to a magnificent collection of rare Japanese antiques, this is the perfect place to experience this event which is a collaboration of four different approaches to mindfulness consisting of Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing), Kanga Yoga, Toyohari (Japanese Acupuncture) and meditation. There will also be food and drink wellness advice and a locally sourced lunch with a Japanese twist. Tickets cost £75 per person and the event is on Saturday February 1 between 9.45am-5pm

Folk notes

Described by the Guardian as ‘one of the UK’s best live bands’, Ezio will be live at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells, on January 24. The five-piece folk band is named after lead singer and composer Ezio Lunedei and began their career in Cambridge 28 years ago. One of their songs, Cancel Today, was chosen by Tony Blair for his Desert Island Discs selection. Tickets cost £15 and are available from www.twforum.co.uk

A little bit country

There is a new show in town! Honky Tonk Angels will be making a stop at the Assembly Hall Theatre to celebrate the greats who have shaped country music such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn on January 9. Award-winning singers backed by a five-piece world-class band will entertain you in the Southern way that you’ll never forget. Tickets start from £29 and can be booked at www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Dare to disco

Step back to the seventies by taking a trip to the Assembly Hall on January 30 where you can see the Lost in Music live show. Boasting a brilliant band and a talented all singing and dancing cast you’ll be dancing in the aisles in no time to hits by Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic. Tickets cost from £27.75 and are available at www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Wild at heart

Looking for something to shake up a lazy Sunday? Then why not head along to one of Penshurst Place’s Roast & Rambles events this winter? This month there’s one on January 19 and it boasts a special bird display featuring hawks, eagles and owls from Wild at Heart. Visitors can also enjoy a carvery in the Garden Restaurant. To book visit www.eventbrite.com

All that jazz

Celebrating 60 years of Ronnie Scott’s welcoming some of the world’s finest jazz and blues musicians, its eponymous house band The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars will be bringing the club’s world famous atmosphere to the EM Forster Theatre on January 25. With live music and a rare archive of photos and video footage of the music institution being screened while the band play, there’s no better way to swing into the new year. Tickets cost £25 from www.emftheatre.com

Get fired up

Hever Castle is hosting a Burns Night celebration honoring the historic Scottish poet, Robert Burns, on January 25. Visitors will enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the historic castle and then get to stay the night at the exquisite five-star bed and breakfast located just next door. Prices start at £195 per person. For more information visit www.hevercastle.co.uk


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