Tuning up for an exciting new season of music concerts

This coming Saturday (October 14), Tonbridge Music Club’s 61st season gets underway. Here, member and spokesperson Rachel Davies tells the Times what’s on the bill…   The nights are drawing in and autumn is here, and happily that means that Tonbridge Music Club’s 2023/24 Season is about to begin. This year is its 61st and […]

Revealing the next chapter for this popular local literary festival…

This Friday and Saturday (October 13 and 14) the Cranbrook Literature Festival returns for its fourth edition. Its Director Christine Newman tells Eileen Leahy more about the event, which was once biennial, but thanks to its success will now be held annually. She also reveals the authors on the literary bill for 2023…   The […]

Brought to books

The Summer Reading Challenge is a free annual event that aims to encourage children to read more. Eileen Leahy reveals how you can still get involved in it and talks to the Amelia’s library team about how they are supporting the scheme…   If you’re frustrated by your children being on their phones all the […]

Holiday hideaways: Five European islands you’ve probably never heard of

Dodge the crowds on the most popular continental archipelagos by opting for these lesser-known island destinations, says Sarah Marshall   Nothing sums up the joy of holiday disconnection better than a break spent idling on a secret hideaway island. While we’re all familiar with the stars of the Balearics, Canaries and Ionian archipelagos, there are […]

Larger than life

Brendan Fraser’s performance fills the screen in The Whale – literally – and it would have been a much better film if that was the long and short of it, says Times reviewer Matthew Dann…   EVER since its maiden screening, the film world has been raving about The Whale (2022), and in particular Brendan […]

An unwelcome horror

This Irish folk horror has a great cast but it is let down by the use of too many tired cinema clichés – and it just isn’t scary, says Times Movie Reviewer Matthew Dann…   THE synopsis of this new horror flick is very straightforward – a couple flee an urban nightmare for the peace […]

A hands-on artistic celebration of a musical hero

Last weekend, local artist Guy Portelli unveiled his sculptural tribute to the legendary David Bowie. Eileen Leahy finds out more…   Every January The Forum hosts a special David Bowie tribute evening to coincide with what would have been the rock star’s birthday (January 8) but to also mark the anniversary of his death (January […]

Try a different kind of orange crush

Ahead of this year’s National Orange Wine Day on Thursday, October 6, Times wine editor James Viner uncorks three ‘orange’ white wines that are certain to make an impression…   Like red wines, these ‘orange wines’ – a term created in 2004 by UK-based wine merchant David Harvey – are white wines that are fermented […]


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