February calendar

4th > Classic Concerto

The RTWSO (Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra) has long championed young soloists just embarking on their careers and their February programme follows this by featuring Martin James Bartlett when he performs at the Assembly Hall Theatre. This concerto radiates wit and vitality alongside lyricism and brilliance and acts as a perfect bridge between Tchaikovsky’s melodic and romantic Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet and Shostakovich’s darkly intense Symphony No. 5. The event costs from £20 per person and starts at 3pm.

8th > SO Lifestyle Awards
We’re fortunate to be in an area filled with inspiring individuals and brilliant businesses, and we thought it was about time they were recognised. We’ll be hosting the SO Lifestyle Awards at Trinity in Tunbridge Wells for a night celebrating of the finest people, places and produce locally. From fabulous fashionistas to the best brunches, celebrate with your winners on this special night – enjoy live music from the Paul Dunton Orchestra, an inspirational talk from Paralympian Will Bayley and comedy from Kerry Godliman. Tickets are £29.50 and the event starts at 7pm www.solifestyleawards.co.uk

9th > Magical Moments
Enjoy an intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks. Close-up magic is one of the most popular and impressive forms of the art and this event showcases some of the best exponents. With performers direct from the sell-out shows at The Magic Circle, a strictly limited audience will meet them and experience the magic in an intimate setting, often taking part themselves.
Tickets are £18.50 and the event starts at 7:30pm. www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk

9th > Clowning Around
Treat the kids to a colourful, high-energy spectacle at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood as Circus Zyair presents a hugely varied show beneath a big-top tent. A ragtag band of clowns, acrobats and jugglers plies its distinctive talents before fearless daredevils brave the high wire and even wheel of death.
The show lasts approximately 90 minutes with an interval and tickets are £8.99 per person.

10th >Back For Good

Boyband fans won’t want to miss the Take That Experience when they come to Uckfield, wowing audiences with amazing vocals, stunning costumes and electrifying dance routines. The group successfully recreate the magic of Take That after eight years on the road together. They’ll be bringing the classic songs you know and love, from the 90s through to the present and the band features a permanent Robbie who brings alive songs such as Angels, Rock DJ and Candy. Tickets cost £15, concessions £14, and starts at 7.30pm.

10th >Stunning Snowdrops
Over 70,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted by Hever Castle’s dedicated team of gardeners over the years to provide a magical trail including a mix of single and double snowdrops that are interspersed with some unusual varieties. Visitors can also walk the grounds of Anne Boleyn’s childhood home while discovering hidden Tudor
history throughout their visit.
Tickets for the gardens only cost £14.50 for adults and £9.50 for children

10th >Enchanted Exploring
Explore the Enchanted Gardens Trail to discover the magical forest dwellers who have descended from the parkland winding through the 11 acres of formal gardens in Penshurst Place. The trail is sure to delight children and adults alike. Each character along the way will reveal a clue to help you unlock a hidden message. Can you discover all the
clues to solve the puzzle? Entry is £6 for children, £9.50 for adults and is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm www.penshurstplace.com

12th >Wild Art
Visit Knole Park on their Family Monday during the February half term for a whole range of arts and crafts activities that include making your own bookmark or clay leaf dish inspired by Knole Park. The park itself provides a unique environment to let you and your family’s creativity run wild. Suitable for ages five to 11 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult and only one adult attends per child. Child tickets cost £2, several sessions throughout the day.

13th > Wildlife Wonders

The education team from Folly Wildlife Rescue will be leading an interactive session in The Hub in Tunbridge Wells. Get to know the friendly hedgehog as well as finding out more about the wildlife that may be lurking in your garden. The session starts at 10.30am for two to five year olds, and at 11am for children over five. This event is free but donations of meat flavoured cat food is welcomed. There’s no need to book but spaces are limited. www.fogh.org.uk

14th > Castle Captures
Students will spend time learning how a camera works and different aspects of photography all while immersed in the natural beauty that surrounds Scotney Castle on this one-day course. Led by a guide, the group will go out and photograph together, taking close-ups of the trees and budding plants, and looking for great viewpoints and inspiring landscapes. The course for ages seven to 11 runs from 10.30am to 1pm and costs £39 + £5 optional camera hire and for ages 12 to 15 runs from 2pm to 4.30pm
and costs £45 plus optional £10 for a DSLR hire. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle

14th > Spoonful of Sherman
Enjoy the compelling story of one family’s century-long, award-winning musical journey, and you already know all the songs! Generations of song writing is brought to life in this delightful show at the EM Forster Theatre with classic songs from Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh up to present day, with songs from Robert J. Sherman’s own musical Love Birds. Catch this practically perfect family production on its premiere UK tour celebrating 100 years of family music, which takes place from February 14 to 17. Tickets from £14, show starts at 7pm and 2:30pm on Saturday 17.

15th > Quids In
Looking for a day out on the High Weald with your loved ones? At the Spa Valley Railway on February 15, 24 and 25 kids will travel for just £1 through the idyllic rolling Kentish countryside on a 30 minute journey from Tunbridge Wells West, passing by the High Rocks, Groombridge and finally terminating at Eridge station. A whole family made up of two adults and two children can enjoy the day out on either a steam or diesel train at
selected times for just £26 return.

16th > Fire Walk

Local charity ellenor will be creating the ultimate temperature challenge this winter, by putting on an event to raise vital funds to support families facing terminal illness in Kent and London. The temperature will be rising and getting hot hot hot at Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells for a fire walk. Make the experience extra special by gathering friends and family to support you while you take on the challenge. Registration is £15 per person and the event starts at 7pm. All fire walkers will receive refreshments. www.ellenor.org

22nd > Top Cat
Tennessee William’s twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is captured live on stage and this month, comes to Trinity in Tunbridge Wells. Starring Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney the production tells the story of a Southern family gathering at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? This stage production has an age guidance of 15 and over. Tickets from £14 and it starts at 7pm.

24th > Seventies Sounds
Show off your best moves at the Cross Keys in Southborough when they host a ‘sounds of the 70s and 80s’ night. Playing the very best of funk, soul and disco on original old school vinyl, including classic tracks from Luther Vandross, The Supremes and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons amongst many, many more, and with special guest DJs throughout the evening, this is a must for music lovers.
Entry is free and starts at 7.30pm. www.facebook.com/The-Sounds-Of-The-70s-80s

27th > Musical Magic
The hills are coming alive at the Assembly Hall Theatre from February 27 with a five star production of The Sound of Music which includes The Voice runner-up Lucy O’Byrne returning to the iconic role of Maria.
The unforgettable play features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, So Long Farewell, and of course, The Sound of Music. Tickets are from £25.