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Digging Up The Past, A Potted History & More!
Town: Edenbridge
Event: Digging Up The Past, A Potted History & More!

Location: Eden Valley Museum, 72 High Street, TN8 5AR
Date(s): 01/02/2017 - 31/08/2017

Current Exhibitions at the Museum:

DIGGING UP THE PAST – THE CIVIL WAR THAT SPLIT THE EDEN VALLEY 1642 – 1660
A fascinating exhibition, curated by Claire Donithorn, telling the story of the English Civil War in the Eden Valley and inspired by a donation of artefacts discovered by a metal detectorist at Starborough Castle. Visitors can decide whether they would have been a Cavalier or a Roundhead after reading about the effects of the civil war on local communities and great houses.

CRESTED CHINA – A POTTED HISTORY
A delightful display, curated by Joan Varley, of a wide variety of early 20th century small china objects featuring the Edenbridge Crest with some stamped ‘Made for the Chronicle Office Edenbridge’. A swan, an elephant, a lighthouse, and a WW1 tank are just a few examples from an eclectic collection loaned to the museum by local resident Colin Fairman.

THE MANOR HOUSE OF DELAWARE
A model of the Manor House of Delaware is now on display at the museum. Owned by the Seyliard family who feature in the Civil War exhibition.

WESTERHAM AND EATONBRIDGE HUNDRED
Also a map of Westerham and Eatonbridge Hundred, 1797-1801 is now on display in the entrance to the museum. See if you can identify where you live now.

Open Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 4.30pm and Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm, Sundays (June, July and August) 2 to 4.30pm. Other days by appointment.



Twitter: @EdenMuseumKent For more information call 01732 868102 or email curator@evmt.org.uk. Admission FREE.

Website: www.evmt.org.uk

Gruffalo Spotters Trails
Town: Nearby
Event: Gruffalo Spotters Trails

Location: Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, TN17 2SJ
Date(s): 24/02/2017 - 24/09/2017

The Gruffalo brought to life in Bedgebury National Pinetum and forest with new augmented reality app

The Gruffalo Spotter has been designed for exclusive use at 26 forests across England where visitors can join the adventure through the deep dark wood. The trail will open at Bedgebury on Friday 24 February.

Families can follow clues on an interactive trail and track signs of their favourite characters based on The Gruffalo, best-selling picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

The self-led trail is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities along the way. Once families have spotted the characters, they can use the app to bring the 3D character animation to life and take photos with them.

The Gruffalo Spotter app is free from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon and requires downloading before your visit.


For further details please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo

Website: www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

Dawn Chorus And Moth Breakfast
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Dawn Chorus And Moth Breakfast

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 29/04/2017

Saturday 29th April 5:15am - 8:00am

Adult tickets: £6.00
Child tickets: £4.00

Get up with the lark and join us for a wander through our beautiful woods to experience spring song at its finest

After the walk, we’ll warm up with a spot of tea and toast before checking the moth trap to see what’s flown in overnight.

Please bring binoculars if you have them.

Sorry no dogs.


01732 463255

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

Organic Pork Butchery - 2 Day Introductory
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Organic Pork Butchery - 2 Day Introductory

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 29/04/2017 - 30/04/2017

Saturday 29th April 9:30am - Sunday 30th April 4:00pm

Adult tickets: £240.00

For this course, we have teamed up with Romshed Organic Farm in Underriver, near Sevenoaks who are supplying the pigs.

The course is aimed at keen home cooks who would like to learn more about pig butchery and nose to tail cooking. It will entail a full demonstration of pork butchery and hands on experience, working on ½ a pig between 2 people. You will take home ¼ of an organic pig worth £90 (less what is eaten on the course!) in raw and cooked form.

The course is limited to six places so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The course will include:
•basic butchery and knife skills
•how to deal effectively with a carcass to suit your needs
•how to choose suitable cooking methods for the diverse cuts of meat
•how to preserve: an introduction to curing and brining
•terrine and sausage meat making
•making brawn and stocks
•butchers knots, tying joints and boning techniques.
•cooking demonstrations.

The course fee includes lunches and light refreshments on both days.


01732 463255

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

Weald of Kent Handmade Fair
Town: Penshurst
Event: Weald of Kent Handmade Fair

Location: Penshurst Place & Gardens, TN11 8DG
Date(s): 29/04/2017 - 01/05/2017

The Weald of Kent Handmade Fair (formerly Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show) comes to Penshurst Place from 29th April – 1st May for your chance to discover beautifully crafted products, and soak up the atmosphere and sunshine as you enjoy an idyllic family day out.

Take part in fun, family friendly outdoor activities – including terrier racing and stone carving! Browse unique jewellery, gifts, home and garden pieces made by craftsmen and women. Shop stalls of beautifully handmade and hand-finished furniture and glassware, luxury beauty products and leather goods.

With live music throughout the day, fantastic fresh food and drinks on offer and the striking landscape of Penshurst Place as your backdrop, we can assure you it is going to be a truly special day for you and your family.

Dogs are welcome at our outdoor shows, but cannot enter the Food Hall or children’s play areas (with the exception of service animals).

ADULTS £8.00
SENIORS £7.00

Free Entry for RHS & English Heritage members (show card on arrival)




Website: www.thecraftshows.co.uk/kent/spring/

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival

Location: Chiddingstone Castle, TN8 7AD
Date(s): 30/04/2017 - 02/05/2017

The organisers of this year’s Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival in West Kent, are delighted to announce the launch of not one, but two NEW books from the acclaimed writers of historical fiction ALISON WEIR and CONN IGGULDEN.

Sunday 30 April sees a literary exclusive for Chiddingstone Castle with the launch of Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession; the latest in Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series.

On Monday 1 May Conn Iggulden gives an exclusive preview of his new novel I, Dunstan: Seven Kings and the Birth of England.

Tuesday’s Schools Day offers local pupils the chance to hear top children’s authors inspire and celebrate reading and imagination.

With 22 authors appearing over the three days of the literary festival, highlights include appearances from Terry Waite, Rev Richard Coles, Artemis Cooper, Nicholas Crane and prize-winning children’s authors Piers Torday, Lauren St John and A F Harrold

Adult events will take place on Sunday, whilst Bank Holiday Monday sees a range of author events for all the family along with storytelling shows for children, a Comic Art Masterclass, Sock Puppet Shakespeare, a tour of Chiddingstone with a local historian and much more.

Come for one event or stay all day. Enjoy delicious food from our vintage vans, tea and cakes from our tea rooms, drinks from the bar and Larkins beer. All tickets to the festival include free entry to the castle and its collections.

Online ticket booking will be available via the Castle website from 1 March with discounts for Early Birds:
Adult tickets are £12 per event; Child (age 3-13) £5 per event.
Children’s events on Bank Holiday Monday only: Child (age 3-13) plus accompanying Adult £10 together; subsequent Child/ren £5 each - all prices per event.
Adult Sunday only Day Pass (admission to all events): £60
Adult Monday only Day Pass (admission to all events): £50
Comic Strip Masterclass (Monday) for children age 7+ (lasts 2.5 hours): £10

Early Bird Discounted Tickets available from 1 to 15 March only:
Adult ticket as above £10; Child (age 3 - 13) as above £4; Adult Sunday only Day Pass £55; Adult Monday only Day Pass £45

Tickets for the School Events on
Tuesday will be £4 per student per event (these are available for purchase directly from the Castle from 1 February 2016).



For further information about the Literary Festival contact Victoria Henderson email: literaryfestival@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Website: www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary-festival

Escape To The Wild - May Bank Holiday Weekend
Town: Penshurst
Event: Escape To The Wild - May Bank Holiday Weekend

Location: Penshurst Place & Gardens, TN11 8DG
Date(s): 30/04/2017 - 01/05/2017

Bushcraft on the Woodland Trail at Penshurst Place & Gardens
30th April & 1st May: Spring Bank Holiday

Learn outdoor survival skills and bushcraft at a fun-packed demonstration on the Woodland Trail at Penshurst Place and Gardens over the Spring Bank Holiday. Experts from Team Wilderness will demonstrate shelter building, scavenging and a whole host of tips on how to survive living outside. This activity is best suited for children aged 7 and up.


Activities are free and included in the standard grounds admission price. For further information visit www.penshurstplace.com/whats-on/events-and-activities

Website: www.penshurstplace.com

Backyard Bees
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Backyard Bees

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 06/05/2017

Saturday 6th May 9:30am - 4:00pm

Adult tickets: £59.00

Join John Shepherd, Bore Place tutor and smallholder, for an introduction to beekeeping. This informal course will cover choosing and setting up your hive and how to maintain and care for your bee colony. Places are limited to ensure there is plenty of opportunity for discussion and to ask questions.

Please arrive at 9:30am for a cup of tea/coffee, ready for a 10:00am start.

Course fee includes all refreshments and lunch.


01732 463255

Website: Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

Wildflower Ramble
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Wildflower Ramble

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 07/05/2017

Sunday 7th May 10:00am - 12:00pm

Adult tickets: £6.00
Child tickets: £4.00

A leisurely walk to take in the wonderful spring blooms on offer in the fields and woodlands at Bore Place

Learn how to identify a few common species or simply just soak up the sights and sounds of some of our resident wildlife.

Sorry no dogs.


01732 463255

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

Additional Needs Holiday Club For 8 - 17 Year Olds
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Additional Needs Holiday Club For 8 - 17 Year Olds

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 13/05/2017

Supported by Kent County Council, our holiday and Saturday club for young people provides a natural break for children with additional needs. The club is for 8-17 year olds living in Kent - parents/carers are not required to stay.

Saturday 13th May 10am – 2.30pm

Holiday and Saturday club for young people provides a natural break for children with additional needs. The club is for 8-17 year olds living in Kent - parents/carers are not required to stay.

Activities are tailored to individual and group needs and include hands-on cooking, environmental arts, recycled art, brickmaking, den building, pond dipping, forest activities and gardening. All activities are led by our qualified team of tutors who have more than 20 years experience teaching children with a variety of additional needs. The activities will be age differentiated and help to develop skills, confidence and self esteem appropriate to need and interests.

Cost: £12 per child. Please bring your own packed lunch.

We are able to work with children aged 8-17 who have ASD, speech and language difficulties, moderate emotional and behavioural difficulties, partial sight, deafness, physical impairment (as long as they able to care for their own personal needs), downs syndrome, and general learning delay.


Parents or carers who want to know more please contact BeckyB@boreplace.org 01732 463255. If you are working with a young person and their family and think this might be for them, please get in touch too.

Website: https://www.boreplace.org/whats-on/84/saturday-clu

Castle Ride 100
Town: Nearby
Event: Castle Ride 100

Location: Tonbridge Castle, TN9 1BG
Date(s): 14/05/2017

Tonbridge Castle is the setting for the Castle Ride 100 charity cycling sportive that will see over 1,000 cyclists depart from the castle lawns. The Garden of England serves up a mixture of quiet villages and beautiful scenery as you meander along quiet lanes. Expect some tough climbs on this charity bike ride as you pedal through the challenging North Downs to raise vital funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.

Enjoy a great day in the saddle with the Action Medical Research team on this cycling event with first class support throughout the day.

Entry:
Cool: £25.00, Classic/Champion: £38.00, Epic: £55.00 

Route Options:
Cool: 33 miles
Classic: 70 miles
Champion: 101 miles
Epic: 125 miles

Registration: 7.00 - 9.00am
Start times: 7.15 - 9.00am





Website: www.action.org.uk/fight

Kentish Curries in May
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Kentish Curries in May

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 25/05/2017

Thursday 25th May 9:30am - 4:00pm

Adult tickets: £65.00

If you love curry and spice, come and cook...

Using local seasonal ingredients, learn how to create versions of curries from around the world, including saag paneer, dal, veal curry and a vegetable wat. Participants will work in small groups to create the delicious curries, some for sharing at lunch others to take home to enjoy!

The course fee includes all ingredients, lunch and refreshments. Please arrive at 9.30am for a cup of tea/coffee, ready for a 10am start.

01732 463255

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

Bat Walk
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Bat Walk

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 26/05/2017

Friday 26th May 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Adult tickets: £6.00
Child tickets: £4.00

A nocturnal quest to see bats and their amazing aerial acrobatics and other night time animals. After a short introduction about these fascinating creatures, you’ll be guided on a night walk around Bore Place farm, along farm footpaths, using bat detectors to listen out for bats as they leave their roosts and fly out to catch insects. We also hope to spot some other wildlife – possibly deer or hares – and we might even hear owls!

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots/wellies. Suitable for adults and children (age 5+). Children must be accompanied by an adult.


01732 463255

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

Additional Needs Holiday Club For 8 - 17 Year Olds
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Additional Needs Holiday Club For 8 - 17 Year Olds

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 31/05/2017

Supported by Kent County Council, our holiday and Saturday club for young people provides a natural break for children with additional needs. The club is for 8-17 year olds living in Kent - parents/carers are not required to stay.

Wednesday 31st May 10am – 2.30pm

Holiday and Saturday club for young people provides a natural break for children with additional needs. The club is for 8-17 year olds living in Kent - parents/carers are not required to stay.

Activities are tailored to individual and group needs and include hands-on cooking, environmental arts, recycled art, brickmaking, den building, pond dipping, forest activities and gardening. All activities are led by our qualified team of tutors who have more than 20 years experience teaching children with a variety of additional needs. The activities will be age differentiated and help to develop skills, confidence and self esteem appropriate to need and interests.

Cost: £12 per child. Please bring your own packed lunch.

We are able to work with children aged 8-17 who have ASD, speech and language difficulties, moderate emotional and behavioural difficulties, partial sight, deafness, physical impairment (as long as they able to care for their own personal needs), downs syndrome, and general learning delay.

Parents or carers who want to know more please contact BeckyB@boreplace.org 01732 463255. If you are working with a young person and their family and think this might be for them, please get in touch too.

Website: https://www.boreplace.org/whats-on/85/saturday-clu

Summer Jazz Concert at Hever Castle
Town: Hever
Event: Summer Jazz Concert at Hever Castle

Location: Hever Castle, TN8 7NG
Date(s): 03/06/2017

Saturday June 3rd 2017

Caterham based charity International Needs is hosting a summer jazz concert featuring Raul D’Oliveira and the JetStream Jazz Big Band on June 3rd in the grounds of Hever Castle to raise funds for its Water Projects.

Bring a picnic, enjoy the beautiful grounds and lake whilst listening to some great music. All are welcome to this special event.


Hever Festival Theatre Box Office 01732 866114 email sarah@ineeds.org.uk

Website: www.heverfestival-tickets.co.uk

Museum Free Guided Walks
Town: Edenbridge
Event: Museum Free Guided Walks

Location: Eden Valley Museum, 72 High St, TN8 5AR
Date(s): 10/06/2017 - 09/09/2017

All free guided walks are held on a Saturday

June 10th - 6.30pm meet in courtyard behind Museum 6.15pm
July 8th - 6.30pm meet in courtyard behind Museum 6.15pm
August 12th - 6.30pm meet in courtyard behind Museum 6.15pm
September 9th - 2pm meet in courtyard behind Museum 1.45pm



Twitter: @EdenMuseumKent For more information call 01732 868102 or email curator@evmt.org.uk. Admission FREE.

Website: www.evmt.org.uk

Basket Making Course
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Basket Making Course

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 10/06/2017 - 11/06/2017

Saturday 10th June 9:30am - Sunday 11th June 4:30pm

No experience needed. Use tried and tested techniques and a variety of willow basketry weaves. You’ll go home with a round-base basket and the techniques to be able to make more.

The course is run by John Waller, Underwoodsman at Bore Place and owner of the Green Wood workshop.


For full details including booking forms and course reviews please go to John’s website: www.underwoodsman.co.uk/html/basket_making.html

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

How Green Nursery - Special Public Open Weekend
Town: Hever
Event: How Green Nursery - Special Public Open Weekend

Location: How Green Lane, TN8 7PS
Date(s): 10/06/2017 - 11/06/2017

Normally trade only, we are open to the public for three exclusive weekends this year.

8th & 9th April
10th & 11th June
2nd & 3rd September

9am – 5pm

A great selection of plants to choose from, including:
Perennials, grasses, ferns, alpines, bedding, potted bulbs, vegetables, herbs, topiary, trees, shrubs.

Relax with tea and delicious home-made cakes in the garden and summerhouse.

t 01732 700382 | e plants@howgreennursery.co.uk

Website: www.howgreennursery.co.uk

Additional Needs Holiday Club For 8 - 17 Year Olds
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Additional Needs Holiday Club For 8 - 17 Year Olds

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 10/06/2017

Supported by Kent County Council, our holiday and Saturday club for young people provides a natural break for children with additional needs. The club is for 8-17 year olds living in Kent - parents/carers are not required to stay.

Saturday 10th June 10am – 2.30pm

Holiday and Saturday club for young people provides a natural break for children with additional needs. The club is for 8-17 year olds living in Kent - parents/carers are not required to stay.

Activities are tailored to individual and group needs and include hands-on cooking, environmental arts, recycled art, brickmaking, den building, pond dipping, forest activities and gardening. All activities are led by our qualified team of tutors who have more than 20 years experience teaching children with a variety of additional needs. The activities will be age differentiated and help to develop skills, confidence and self esteem appropriate to need and interests.

Cost: £12 per child. Please bring your own packed lunch.

We are able to work with children aged 8-17 who have ASD, speech and language difficulties, moderate emotional and behavioural difficulties, partial sight, deafness, physical impairment (as long as they able to care for their own personal needs), downs syndrome, and general learning delay.

Parents or carers who want to know more please contact BeckyB@boreplace.org 01732 463255. If you are working with a young person and their family and think this might be for them, please get in touch too.

Website: https://www.boreplace.org/whats-on/87/saturday-clu

Backyard Chickens
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Backyard Chickens

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 17/06/2017

Saturday 17th June 9:30am - 4:00pm

Adult tickets: £59.00

Join John Shepherd, Bore Place tutor and smallholder, for an informal introduction to keeping chickens. The course will cover choosing and setting up your coop as well as how to handle and care for your hens. Places are limited to ensure there is plenty of opportunity for discussion and to ask questions.

Please arrive at 9:30am for a cup of tea/coffee, ready for a 10:00am start. Course fee includes a light lunch.


01732 463255

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

How Green Nursery - Special Public Open Weekend
Town: Hever
Event: How Green Nursery - Special Public Open Weekend

Location: How Green Lane, TN8 7PS
Date(s): 02/09/2017 - 03/09/2017

Normally trade only, we are open to the public for three exclusive weekends this year.

8th & 9th April
10th & 11th June
2nd & 3rd September

9am – 5pm

A great selection of plants to choose from, including:
Perennials, grasses, ferns, alpines, bedding, potted bulbs, vegetables, herbs, topiary, trees, shrubs.

Relax with tea and delicious home-made cakes in the garden and summerhouse.

t 01732 700382 | e plants@howgreennursery.co.uk

Website: www.howgreennursery.co.uk

Introduction To Permaculture Gardening
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Introduction To Permaculture Gardening

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 04/10/2017

Wednesday 4th October 9:30am - 4:00pm

Adult tickets: £59.00

Learn how to apply permaculture principles to the design of your garden space to achieve maximum productivity for minimal workload in an earth-friendly way.

The course will be interactive, with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion, and will involve practical activities outdoors.

Please arrive at 9:30am for a cup of tea/coffee, ready for a 10:00am start. Course fee includes lunch.


01732 463255

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

Astronomy Evening
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Astronomy Evening

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 06/10/2017

Friday 6th October 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Adult tickets: £6.00
Child tickets: £4.00

Join the Edenbridge and District Astronomers for an evening looking at the night sky. Fingers crossed for a clear night sky so we can look through telescopes to see Saturn and the Moon. We will be going ahead whatever the weather with lots of interesting sky related demos, activities and talks. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and find out about how to get into astronomy.

Refreshments will be provided.

We hope to have some time outside so please dress for the weather. It is advised that you wear boots in case the ground is muddy!

Suitable for children aged 5 and up.


01732 463255

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on

Kentish Curries
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Kentish Curries

Location: Bore Place, Chiddingstone, TN8 7AR
Date(s): 12/10/2017

Thursday 12th October 9:30am - 4:00pm

Adult tickets: £65.00

Using local seasonal ingredients, learn how to create versions of curries from around the world, including saag paneer, dal, veal curry and a vegetable wat. Participants will work in small groups to create the delicious curries, some for sharing at lunch others to take home to enjoy!

The course fee includes all ingredients, lunch and refreshments.

Please arrive at 9.30am for a cup of tea/coffee, ready for a 10am start.


01732 463255

Website: www.boreplace.org/whats-on