Ready to party?
Get ready for the hottest foodie destination this summer. Pub in the Park returns to Tunbridge Wells’ Dunorlan Park from July 8-10 as locals get ready to celebrate the best of what the best British pubs offer: award-winning food, banging live music, and delicious drinks. With a lineup of favourite hit-makers such as Professor Green, Melanie C and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, ticket holders are in for a cracking day that will kickstart summer in true British fashion.
To book tickets visit pubintheparkuk.com
Strictly come Dancing stars unite
BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s best-loved dancers are back! On July 11, Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice join forces at the Assembly Hall Theatre for their hit tour – Him & Me. A true dance extravaganza for all ages, the Ballroom King and the two-time Guinness World Record holder will be joined by a cast of world class performers as they bring their audience a collaboration of dance, song and light-hearted fun.
For the ultimate entertaining night out, you can book your tickets from £43.00 on assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/anton-giovanni
Girls’ night out
Bring your passports and bikinis because we’re off on holiday! From the writers and producers of Hormonal Housewives and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, legendary Maureen Nolan, Julie Coombe and Josephine Partridge team up in Housewives on Holiday – a brand new comedy set to tour the UK. On July 13 at the Assembly Hall Theatre, the ladies will romp through a tapas selection of holiday heaven, holiday hell but most of all holiday hilarity. So, call the girls, slap on the fun factor 50 and prepare for take-off, because the Housewives are on Holiday!
Standard tickets cost £31.50 and are available from assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/housewives-on-holiday
What the Dickens!
Inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations, a ground-breaking new play, Estella will be captivating audiences on July 14 and 15 at Trinity Theatre. Diving straight to the heart of literature’s most mysterious heroine – Estella – three actor-musicians are set to lead a radical re-imagining of her story set against a backdrop of live music and song. Expect plenty of emotion and a great deal of drama during this haunting yet spectacular production. Tickets cost £18 and concessions are available. To book visit trinitytheatre.net
Love, marriage and lies
What better way to lift your spirits than to see Shakespeare’s best loved comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor? Facsimile Productions return to Penshurst Place on July 15 for an evening of true entertainment. The talented cast will perform on the South Lawn and guests are encouraged to bring their own seating and a blanket or two as they watch the production overlooking the beautiful Italian garden. Doors open at 5:30pm and an array of delicious food will be available to purchase from the bar before it’s curtains up at 7pm. But don’t hang around when it comes to buying tickets, the popular production sold out very quickly in 2021!
Visit Penshurst Place’s events website to book yours
Get on the lycra and let loose
Dance by night and enhance your wellbeing by day – the UK’s first fitness festival is back! LoveFit, takes place in the grounds of the St Clere Estate in Sevenoaks and combines fitness and wellbeing with a passion for music. Over the weekend of July 15 – 17 participants can exercise like they never have before, joining mass workouts including cycling, pole fitness, HIIT classes and so much more. After an utterly feel-good morning, the festival transcends into a night of partying as revellers hit the dancefloor for an evening of live music and the hottest DJ sets. Of course, alcohol will be served along with a range of mouth-watering food to keep you well fuelled and energised throughout the event.
This three-day adventure is perfect for total beginners and fitness freaks alike, and tickets can be bought on lovefitfestival.com/tickets
On July 16, the sensational Bowie Experience takes to the stage at the Assembly Hall Theatre in this spectacular concert celebrating the sound and vision of David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, ticket holders can expect to enjoy all the hits from A to Ziggy. Set to amaze yet another audience, the renowned production brings outstanding attention to detail as they celebrate the golden years of the music legend. Prices increase with demand so book early and don’t miss out!
From July 18 to 19, Eric Carle’s bright and colourful world will be brought to life using a collection of 75 loveable puppets and charming music. Featuring titles loved by every child, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the beautiful production will make for the perfect day out for the little ones. The vibrant celebration will cost parents just £14 and will be held at the EM Forster Theatre.
Did you know?
Eric Carle’s most famous children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar celebrated its 50th Birthday in 2019 and has been translated into more than 60 languages including Arabic, Hebrew and Portuguese.
On July 21 popular comedian Jason Manford arrives in Tunbridge Wells with his new stand-up show Like Me. “In these trying times it’s always important to be able to get away for a couple of hours and exercise the old chuckle muscle,” Jason says. The Absolute Radio star will have you laughing all night long as he promises to bring hilarious, laugh-out-loud material to the Assembly Hall Theatre.
To find out more about this event and ticket prices, visit assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/jason-manford
On July 24, The Tunbridge Wells Mela returns to Calverley Grounds between 12pm and 6pm for a cultural celebration from around the world. Marking its 16th year, the festival of music, visual arts, food and dance, both on and off stage, is set to be a sure hit for all ages. The event is a free community celebration of the beautiful diversity within our borough and has been organised by Cohesion Plus with the support of local partners.
For more information, visit tunbridgewellsmela.com
A musical journey
A.H. Artistes presents: The Rod Stewart Songbook – an outstanding theatre production featuring Pete McCall, Europe’s foremost tribute act. The sensational theatre production is set to celebrate the music and career of Rod Stewart, one of rock music’s greatest legends on July 30. Along with McCall’s impeccable band, ticket holders will be taken on a musical journey spanning 50 years, featuring unforgettable hits including Maggie May and Baby Jane, all 100 per cent live creating an electric atmosphere like no other. You are guaranteed a night you will never forget and will feel as though you have not just seen a show but have experienced Rod himself.
For tickets and more information, visit assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-rod-stewart-songbook
Did you know?
Rod Stewart has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position.