December Calendar

2nd > All Wrapped Up

Christmas is about giving, so get involved with Tenterden’s Big Wrap on Saturday December 2. Returning for its second year, the Big Wrap and Foodbank Appeal takes places in the Woolpack’s barn, and from 11am, you can contribute gifts for children aged 0 to 19, or food bank items. For every donation there’ll be a hot beverage and soup on offer, and a variety of entertainment for children to enjoy for a small donation.
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2nd > Festive Place
To get the whole family into the festive spirit, on weekends in December leading up to Christmas, Groombridge Place is holding a Christmas Extravaganza. From 10am to 4pm, enjoy entertainment including joining the elves in their workshop, going on a treasure hunt and running through falling snow. There will also be gingerbread decorating and a chance to make some Christmas crafts. In addition, you can meet Frosty the cheeky snowman. Tickets cost
£14.95 for adults and £12.95 for children.
www.groombridgeplace.com

3rd > Frost Fair
Frost Fairs appeared in London between the 15th and 18th centuries when the Thames froze over and everyone came out to share and sell their produce in a collective effort to help each other out. In the spirit of helping excellent local artisans, The Bell in Ticehurst will be hosting their own Frost Fair on Sunday December 3 where only the best local produce and crafts will be sold. From presents to festive food and flowers, stock up on Christmas items from 11am to 3pm. Entry is free.
www.thebellinticehurst.com

6th > Charity Catwalk
With Christmas gatherings rife in December, now’s the time to be thinking about planning those party outfits. Taking place at M&Co in Tenterden, their annual fashion show returns, and this year is raising money for the local charity Team Ben Hammond. On the night, as well as a showcase of the new collections, there’ll be style advice, a raffle and refreshments. The event begins at 6pm and tickets are just £3,
available from the store directly.

8th > Pantomime Time


With an all-star cast, Aladdin is a must-see this month when it comes to the Assembly Hall Theatre. Running from December 8 to January 3, the pantomime comes from the producers of last year’s show Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and stars former Eastenders star Michael Greco as Abanazar, while Aladdin is played by CBBC presenter Mark Rhodes. Audiences are promised a traditional show packed with comedy, slapstick, singing, dancing, beautiful costumes and plenty of audience participation! Tickets cost from £10 and are bookable at www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

8th > Christmas Chorus
Kent Chorus returns to Frant for their annual Christmas Concert and another night of glorious seasonal music under the direction of Richard Jenkinson, with carols for both choir and audience. Taking place in Frant Church from 8pm, this traditional candle-lit concert will really fill you with Christmas cheer and leave you in high spirits as you head into the festive season.Tickets are £12 or £6 for children, and are available at
www.wegottickets.com

9th > Water Wonderland
Father Christmas and his elves are returning to Bewl Water this Christmas, and on selected dates between December 9 and 24, Santa will once again be taking up residence in his waterside grotto, giving out presents to children before they embark upon their adventure of helping save Christmas. Jump aboard the Santa Express and help the elves find all the missing Christmas items. Tickets for the grotto and treasure hunt cost £16 for children and £8 for adults. To book visit www.bewlwater.co.uk

9th > Merry Music
If you’ve been stuck for gift ideas for the music lover in your life, then the Vinyl Revolution pop-up shop at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells is where you’ll want to head on Saturday December 9. From 10am to 5pm, browse new and vintage vinyl records, unique music themed art prints, clothing and more, and find that perfect unique present. Plus, The Forum bar will be open and a DJ will provide the soundtrack to your shopping experience. www.vinyl-revolution.co.uk

14th > Off To See The Wizard

Follow the Yellow Brick Road and join Dorothy as she makes her way to the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. This new production is a spell-binding show for all the family, which includes the much-loved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score including: Somewhere Over The Rainbow, If I Only Had A Heart and We’re Off To See The Wizard. Running from December 14 to January 3, don’t miss this show. Tickets from £16.
www.trinitytheatre.net

15th > Party Time
Want to enjoy a Christmas party without hosting or organising your own? Let the Lime Wharf Café in Newenden do the hard work for you, and come along to their Christmas Party event on December 15. For £30 per person, enjoy a three course festive menu with all the trimmings, plus there’ll be music from the ever-popular Violet Jive. The party begins at 7.30pm.
Call 01797 253 838 to book.
www.limewharfcafe.co.uk

16th > Magic Carpet Ride
Laugh out loud jokes, fabulous costumes, magical special effects, a ‘bazaar’ airborne genie, sing-along songs and an astonishing flying carpet all feature in this year’s family pantomime Aladdin at the
EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge. Starring Michael Fenton Stevens (ITV’s Benidorm) and local favourite funny man Tom Swift, audiences will be taken on a magical carpet ride to the Far East this festive season, with the most opulent and eye-catching pantomime Tonbridge has ever seen. Full performance dates and online booking: www.emftheatre.com

16th > Christmas Crafts
Visit Knole on Saturday December 16 and Sunday December 17 for their bauble-making workshops, and create
a glittering masterpiece for your tree, inspired by Knole’s beautiful Spangled Bed. Suitable for children aged five and over, who must be accompanied by an adult. All materials for this hands-on workshop are supplied.
Booking is essential.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

23rd > Festive Film


Enjoy one of the nation’s favourite Christmas films under the stars when the Moonlight Cinema at the Hop Farm, Paddock Wood screens Love Actually.
From the comfort of your car you can enjoy Hugh Grant, Colin Firth and others in this feel-good festive film on the big screen, while indulging in some tasty treats. Grab your friends or family, put on your Christmas jumpers and settle back to watch this Christmas classic. Tickets cost £25 per car, and can be booked at  www.moonlightcinema.com

26th > Seasonal Stroll
After overindulging on Christmas Day,
blow away those cobwebs and head to Bodiam Castle for their Boxing Day Walk. From 9.30am to 11.30am, join the guides for an exclusive tour of the castle before they open, followed by a walk in the grounds. As a reward for the early start you’ll end up at the Terrace Room for a breakfast bap and hot drink.
Tickets cost £15 per person. To book, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle

27th > Winter Walk
Wrap up warm and take a winter walk
at Hever Castle and Gardens. The historic castle is open daily from December 27 to January 1 for those looking to recharge their batteries after the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Visitors pay for garden only entry and get castle entry free, making it a great value day out for all the family. It’s also the last chance to place wishes on the Wishing Tree and help make someone’s wish come true. For further information visit
www.hevercastle.co.uk or call 01732 865 224.

30th > Tea Time
Spend a crisp winter’s afternoon between Christmas and New Year taking a journey on the Spa Valley Railway and indulging in a cream tea. Travel on the 14:45 service from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge on either December 30 or 31, or New Year’s Day and see the winter High Weald countryside from the comfort of the beautifully decorated Bar Car ‘Kate’ whilst indulging in a wonderful afternoon treat. The experience costs £18 for adults and £9 for children. Visit www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk to book or for more information.