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Hever Castle
Town: Hever
Event: Hever Castle

Location: Hever Castle, TN8 7NG
Date(s): 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017

Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I. It formed the unlikely backdrop to a sequence of tumultuous events that changed the course of Britain’s history, monarchy and religion.

Its panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and what is regarded as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery’ by David Starkey. The Book of Hours Room beautifully illuminates two prayer books which belonged to Anne Boleyn and bear her inscriptions and signature.

Hever Castle is what every child wants a castle to be: crenellated, moated and haunted. A permanent exhibition in the Long Gallery brings the 16th century to life with costumed figures illustrating key events in Anne’s life at the Castle.

When visiting the Castle we recommend you allow at least an hour to enjoy it. View opening times for final entry and final exit.

Tel: +44 (0)1732 865224 Email: info@hevercastle.co.uk

Website: www.hevercastle.co.uk

Chartwell House
Town: Westerham
Event: Chartwell House

Location: Mapleton Road, Westerham, TN16 1PS
Date(s): 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017

Discover the house that Churchill called home, where he brought up his young family. Decorated as it was in the 1930s, make your way through rooms like the library, study, sitting room and dining room displayed as if the family have only just left the room.

Explore the museum rooms filled with gifts that Churchill received and see the original collection that Churchill and the family kept at Chartwell.

As you make your way around the house uncover the home and family man behind the statesman.

Entrance to the house is by timed ticket only, every 10 minutes, and these can be collected from the visitor welcome centre when you arrive. Please show these to the team at the front of the house in the allocated time. All visits to the house are self-guided as opposed to tours, but our friendly team of volunteers are on hand in each of the rooms to answer your questions.

Telephone +441732868381, Email chartwell@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Penshurst Place & Gardens
Town: Penshurst
Event: Penshurst Place & Gardens

Location: Penshurst Place & Gardens, TN11 8DG
Date(s): 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017

Penshurst Place has been owned by the Sidney family since 1552; after passing through the hands of two of Henry IV’s sons, followed by Henry VIII who used it as a hunting lodge. Given to Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII, it was then briefly in the hands of Sir Ralph Fane and was finally gifted by Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI, to his loyal steward and tutor, Sir William Sidney.

House & Gardens open daily from 1st April to 29th October

Tel: + 44 (0) 1892 870307, Email: contactus@penshurstplace.com

Website: www.penshurstplace.com

Chiddingstone Castle
Town: Chiddingstone
Event: Chiddingstone Castle

Location: Chiddingstone Castle, TN8 7AD
Date(s): 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017

Chiddingstone Castle - An Englishman’s home…
Chiddingstone Castle is an impressive Historic House filled with exotic treasures in an idyllic country setting – home of the late antiquarian Denys Bower and formerly the Streatfeild family since the 17th Century – now a visitor attraction and an award-winning wedding venue.

Chiddingstone Castle, the Gardens, the Tea Room and Gift Shop are open on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Bank Holidays ONLY until the end of October. Admission to the Castle is £9.50 per adult; £4.50 per child (5-13); under 5s FREE. For more information on visiting the Castle, please see our Visit Us page or look at our What’s On page to discover our upcoming special events.

Tel: +44 (0)1892 870347, Email: events@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Website: www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Museum Exhibitions
Town: Edenbridge
Event: Museum Exhibitions

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.

Coffee Mornings to be held 1st Saturday of each month, visit the museum and along with your refreshments enjoy objects and photos not currently on display. ( No booking required)

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

All Stars Cricket Programmes
Town: Edenbridge
Event: All Stars Cricket Programmes

Location: Edenbridge Cricket Club, Blossoms Park, TN8 5DQ
Date(s): 19/05/2017 - 07/07/2017

All Stars Cricket is a brand-new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket.

Edenbridge Cricket Club will be running these sessions on a Friday evening from 19th May, 6-7pm
Programme features:

For all children aged five to eight
Delivered nationwide at over 1,800 centres
Eight one-hour sessions, held over eight weeks
Emphasis on fun and being active
Focus on developing your child’s movement skills
Great first introduction to cricket
Safe and fully accredited
Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too
Easy online registration

Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap all sent straight to your door.

Register by 19 May 2017 to ensure that you do not miss out this summer!

Book today

£40.00

8 week programme
+ Personalised kit bag for every player!



Website: www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars

Snappy Spring Holiday
Town: Penshurst
Event: Snappy Spring Holiday

Location: Penshurst Place & Gardens, TN11 8DG
Date(s): 27/05/2017 - 04/06/2017

27th May - 4th Jun from 10.30am - 6.00pm

Trails 10.30am – 6pm

Crafts 12noon – 4pm

Step along our snap-happy orienteering trail armed with a handful of our pictures and see if you can find out where we took them! Upload your pictures to Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #SnappedAtPenshurst and you could win a FREE family season ticket!*

*Completed trails returned to the visitor entrance will also be counted. Only entries online using the correct hashtag will count. Season Ticket will be a standard 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3. If you would like to add additional children to your ticket this will be charged. Entries will close at midnight on the 10th June 2017

Website: www.penshurstplace.com

The Beasts Roadshow
Town: Penshurst
Event: The Beasts Roadshow

Location: Penshurst Place & Gardens, TN11 8DG
Date(s): 28/05/2017 - 29/05/2017

28th May - 29th May from 11.00am - 5.00pm

Have you ever swaddled a skunk? Or cradled a cockroach? Join The Hawking Centre as they bring back their creepy crawlies and cuddly creatures in a fantastic interactive workshop where you can learn all about their peculiar animals!



Website: www.penshurstplace.com

The Emperor’s New Clothes
Town: Hever
Event: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Location: Hever Castle, TN8 7NG
Date(s): 31/05/2017 - 01/06/2017

Weds 31st May & Thurs 1st June
Ticket Price: Adult - £16.50; Child - £15; Family Ticket (2A&2C/1A&3C) - £54

Performances start at 2:30pm; Gates open at 1:45pm; Exit 6pm

The Emperor is a lovely man but he is surrounded by idiots! His greatest joy is the monthly Grand Parade at which he always wears his newest outfit. But when two swindlers offer him the ability to identify fools by making him clothes which only the wise can see, will he end up losing his crown jewels? All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show!

Winner of the critic’s choice award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this production attracted multiple five star reviews on its first sell-out UK tour in 2000. Illyria bring their unique brand of imaginative theatre to bear on Hans Christian Andersen’s much loved tale about a hapless Emperor and his suit of new clothes.

(There is no nudity in this production, although one of the actors may be a little chilly!)


01732 866114

Website: www.heverfestival.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): 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

Soul Legends
Town: Hever
Event: Soul Legends

Location: Hever Castle, TN8 7NG
Date(s): 02/06/2017

Friday 2nd June
Reserved Covered Seating - £29, Grass Areas - £18

Performance start at 8:00pm; Gates open at 6:30pm;

Whether you are a Soul Man or A Natural Woman, the smash-hit spectacular Soul Legends will wow you on a journey from Sixties origins to the present day via all the classic Seventies and Eighties floor fillers. With stunning costumes and jaw-dropping choreography, a cast of talented singers and musicians bring to life hits by Earth Wind & Fire, Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and more in "soulsational" style!

Relive your favourite soul anthems: Respect, Ain’t Nobody, Knock On Wood, Midnight Hour, Proud Mary, You’re My First My Last My Everything, Best Of My Love, River Deep Mountain High, Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, Beat It, I Feel Good... the hits just keep on coming!


01732 866114

Website: www.heverfestival.co.uk

Raul D’Oliveira & the JetStream Jazz Big Band
Town: Hever
Event: Raul D’Oliveira & the JetStream Jazz Big Band

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

Saturday 3rd June
Reserved Covered Seating £29, Grass Seating £19
There is a 20% discount for Groups of 4 people or more

Performance start at 8:00pm; Gates open at 6:30pm;

Caterham based charity International Needs is hosting a summer jazz concert featuring Raul D’Oliveira and the JetStream Jazz Big Band on June 3rd here in the grounds of Hever Castle to raise funds for its Water Projects. These focus on providing families around the world with access to clean water, building sanitation facilities, and educating families on safe hygiene practices. This helps reduce the burden of waterborne disease for families.

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



01732 866114

Website: www.heverfestival.co.uk

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

Little Princess Trust Tea Party @ Envy Hair Studio
Town: Edenbridge
Event: Little Princess Trust Tea Party @ Envy Hair Studio

Location: Envy Hair Studio, 89 High Street, TN8 5AU
Date(s): 03/06/2017

On Saturday 3rd June at Envy we will be holding a charity day in aid of The Little Princess Trust

This will include:
tea party & cake sale
princess makeovers for little princesses
most challenging we will be taking part in a sponsored job swap with Piper’s Florist & the King & Queen pub!

All proceeds will be going to The Little Princess Trust, who are an amazing charity that provides wigs for children who have lost their hair through treatment or illness.

email: hello@envyhairstudioedenbridge.co.uk or call: 01732 864663

Website: www.littleprincesses.org.uk

Old Buckhurst - Garden Open for Charity
Town: Markbeech
Event: Old Buckhurst - Garden Open for Charity

Location: Old Buckhurst, TN8 5PH
Date(s): 03/06/2017

1 acre partly walled cottage garden around C15 Grade II listed farmhouse with catslip roof (not open). Comments from Visitors’ Book: ‘perfect harmony of vistas, contrasts and proportions. Everything that makes an English garden the envy of the world’. ‘The design and planting is sublime, a garden I doubt anyone could forget’. Stefan Buczacki in Garden News said - ’My favourite cottage garden is Old Buckhurst in Kent’.

Mixed borders with roses, clematis, wisteria, poppies, iris, peonies, lavender, July/Aug a wide range of day lilies.

Saturday 3 June
11am - 5pm
Adults £4 Children free

Last entry 4.30pm




Website: https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/11363/

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

Free Museum Guided Walks for 2017
Town: Edenbridge
Event: Free Museum Guided Walks for 2017

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

SATURDAY FREE GUIDED WALKS

A walk along the High Street with a museum guide.

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

Walks suitable for all abilities


Twitter: @EdenMuseumKent Facebook: www.facebook.com/edenvalleymuseum

Website: www.evmt.org.uk

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

Kent County Show
Town: Nearby
Event: Kent County Show

Location: Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, ME14 3FJ
Date(s): 07/07/2017 - 09/07/2017

The 2017 Kent County Show will be held on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July.

The Kent County Show is a showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life. The three day event brings together the very best of Kent with animals and food, fun and excitement and above all a sense of what ‘The Garden of England’ has to offer, for the whole family.

Open from 8am to 6pm every day, the Show is a wonderful day out with plenty of displays, entertainment and local food. With over 400 exhibitors and trade stands and over 300 competitions, activities and displays.

The Agricultural area of the Show boasts large displays of cattle, sheep and goats as well as a large Poultry and Egg show. Livestock competitions, sheep shearing demonstrations and modern machinery displays take place throughout the day.





Website: www.kentshowground.co.uk

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