What’s on with the Times – 13th of April 2016

Penshurst Point to Point

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Today and tomorrow Peppa Pig and friends will be bringing their exciting new live show to the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. There will be various performances of Peppa Pig’s Surprise so check the Assembly Hall’s website www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk for specific times and ticket details.

This evening there will be a Bat Walk at Grosvenor and Hilbert Park starting at 18.45, and if the weather’s wet then a pair of wellies is advised.

At Trinity Theatre there will be a screening of the Swedish film My Skinny Sister at 8pm. It’s a dark tale of love, jealousy and coming of age which has had plenty of excellent reviews. Visit www.trinitytheatre.net for more information and ticket prices.

This is the final chance to catch local photographer Rich Clark’s exhibition of scenic and seascape images at the Javabean café on Tunbridge Wells High Street.

Tonight Trinity will be hosting a performance of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party. This classic sinister thriller is directed by Michael Cabot and starts at 8pm.

Over in the Sackville Theatre at Sevenoaks School there will be a jazz night featuring some of the double bass and Buster Birch on drums. Tickets cost £7 and the event starts at 7.30pm. See www.thespacesevenoaks.co.uk

The Tonbridge Historical Society meets for its AGM this evening and for a discussion by George Buswell on ‘Fortress Tonbridge: 1939-1945’ at the Angel Centre from 7.30pm. For more details visit www.tonbridgehistory.org.uk

Tunbridge Wells Museum is putting on its free monthly arts, crafts and story sessions again this Friday and Saturday. Aimed at two to five year olds, this month’s theme is April Showers. Both clubs run from 10.30 to 11.30am and are free.

Today is the final day to explore Sissinghurst’s collection of 11,000 books – and why some need shoes! To find out more pop along to the library on arrival or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden

Today and tomorrow Hospice in the Weald will be holding its first ever outlet sale at the Masonic Hall from 9.30am-5pm. Pop along and pick up some designer gems and hidden treasures priced £2 or less.

At the Assembly Hall this evening West End musical star Jodie Prenger stars in Tell Me on a Sunday (see our exclusive interview on pages 90 & 91 of the paper for more details).

Over at the Scallywag café in Tunbridge Wells Ed Watts will be treating customers to his unique jazz piano playing from 8pm.

Spa Valley Railway

Today Bewl Water reopens to the public. So why not pop along and experience its wealth of kids’ activities, water sports, wildlife and great walks. There’s also the Waterfront café and Boathouse Bistro to satisfy your appetite after all that excitement and exercise. For more information visit www.bewlwater.co.uk

Don’t forget to go to the popular Pantiles markets which are on today and tomorrow and will be selling all manner of gourmet goodies and gifts.

Starting at 10.30am there will be a guided bird and birdsong day at Knole led by the Sevenoaks RSPB group. As well as discussing the property’s familiar feathered friends, the RSPB experts will be on hand to answer visitors’ queries and lead two guided walks. The event runs until 3.30pm and general admission prices apply. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the Spa Valley railway line today and tomorrow. For train journey times and details on events over the weekend have a look at www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Penshurst Point to Point takes place today with the first race starting at midday. For more information visit www.pointtopoint.co.uk

Hole Park near Cranbrook will be hosting racing of a different note today, encouraging people to get fit by attempting its obstacle dashes which range from 6k to 12k and 15k. For further information please see www.dirtydozenraces.com/events

Music lovers will enjoy A Night of Dirty Dancing which sees favourite scenes and songs from the film classic performed live at Assembly Hall this evening from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £22.50.

Penshurst Point to Point

The Royal Ballet’s production of the much loved ballet Giselle will be streamed live to both the Odeon cinema and Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells this afternoon at 2pm. www.odeon.co.uk

Later today at Sevenoaks School’s Pamoja Hall the Kent Chorus will perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. This dramatic cantata features 13th-century lyrics of passion set to Orff’s original arrangement for soloists, percussion and two pianos. The Percussion Ensemble of London will also be present at the event which starts at 4pm with tickets costing £15.

Hail, Caesar! directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring George Clooney and Josh Brolin is on at Trinity this evening at 8pm while The All-Star Stand- Up Tour, which boasts Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ team captain Sean Hughes, Mock the Week’s Gary Delaney, The Magicians’ Pete Firman and Best Compere winner Jarred Christmas, is on at the Assembly Hall this evening from 8pm.

Over at Ye Olde Chequers Inn, Tonbridge there will be an evening of traditional folk music performed by Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer from 8pm. Musicians and singers are welcome to join in with proceedings, which will be held in the pub’s upstairs function room. The group meets every first and third Monday of each month.

In Tunbridge Wells Lulu gives her fans something to ‘Shout’ about when she performs at the Assembly Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets to see the Scottish songstress, who will also be performing with the Military Wives Choir, cost £35.

Do your little ones like to boogie? Then bring them along to the Diddi Dance classes on today at 10.30am and 1.30pm at the Camden Centre, Royal Victoria Place See www.diddidance.com

If you missed them at the mainstream cinemas then there’s a number of good box office hits showing at local cinemas today. The Picture House at Uckfield is showing both Batman v Superman and Eddie the Eagle today at 2pm and 2.15pm respectively.

Also showing, the innovative art exhibition for cinemas entitled Monet to Matisse: The Modern Garden at 6.30pm. For more information visit www.picturehouseuckfield.com

At the Angel Centre in Tonbridge you can watch the Oscar-nominated Brooklyn at 4.45pm and the latest James Bond movie Spectre at 7.30pm. For ticket information visit www.angelcentre.co.uk

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