July Calendar


1st: Sweet 60s
Lilac Sheer’s female ensemble presents modern renditions of loved classics from Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Peter Paul etc at the Trinity Theatre this month. Songs performed on the evening will include Where Have all the Flowers Gone, If I Had a Hammer and Blowin’ in the Wind. With a 60s theme, Kisses Sweeter than Wine promises to be the perfect throwback evening – the ideal girls’ night! www.trinitytheatre.net

1st: Town Sounds
Head to the Recreation Ground in Tenterden on July 1 and 2 for one of the biggest events of the year – Tentertainment. Now in its 10th year, the popular music festival returns for a weekend of live music, local produce and fun in the sun for the whole family. Headlining on Saturday is the Frequent Flyers, and Sunday’s headliner is local musician Adam Chantler who you might recognise from 2014’s Britain’s Got Talent. Entry is completely free, and the festival runs from 10am to 9pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday. www.tentertainment.co.uk

3rd: Storytelling sessions
Bring the whole family along to Knole Park for storytelling in the bookshop – running from 11am to 11.30am on July the 3, 10 and 17. The perfect way to keep the kids entertained whilst allowing you to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the park. Take advantage of the Brewhouse Café serving hot and cold food, snacks, drinks, and ice cream, or why not make the most of the sun and enjoy a picnic in the vast grounds? This is a free event for families (children must be accompanied by an adult) but donations are always welcomed. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

7th: Folk Fun
Phil Odgers, one half of the The Men They Couldn’t Hang, is performing at St Edith’s Hall, Kemsing this July. His latest solo album, the highly regarded Roll to the Left focuses on his song writing skills and you will have the opportunity at this special performance to hear many of the songs from the album, alongside favourites from his back catalogue of classics. Phil Odgers will be accompanied by Bobby Valentino on the fiddle. Valentino’s violin can be heard on tracks by artists such as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bob Geldof and Shania Twain. More details available at www.stedithfolk.co.uk

7th: It’s Showtime
Held at the Kent Showground in Detling, the annual Kent County Show takes place on July 7, 8 and 9 and 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. Open from 8am to 6pm every day, the show is a wonderful day out with plenty of displays, entertainment and local food, as well as over 400 exhibitors. For tickets and information, visit www.kentshowground.co.uk

8th: Eating Outdoors
Running until the 15th, Pashley Manor Gardens are dedicating a week to their Kitchen Garden. Passionate about eating what you grow, the gardens are a recreation of how the long-lost Victorian potager might have been. Hidden with its soft red brick walls, the garden is full of fresh produce and flowers that supply the café and feed the house. Pear trees and vine arches welcome you to the Kitchen Gardens, where there will be a chance to talk to the gardeners and ask questions, as well as learn about the produce from their gardens. Homemade chutney and honey will be on sale in the gift shop. www.pashleymanorgardens.com

8th: Feasting Fair
Running across the weekend of July 8 and 9, the Cobnut food fair commences at 10am at King John’s Nursery in Etchingham and lasts all day. The ideal foodie event, this inaugural food fair blends the finest traditional and artisan producers and suppliers from across Kent and Sussex and will provide you with the best food and drink
– on your doorstep! There will be over 40 stalls, cookery demonstrations, live music, foraging workshops, live talks and plenty of food tasters. Perfect for any kind of foodie of any age. Visit www.cobnutfoodfair.co.uk for more information.

9th: Tonbridge Tenor
Gates open at 1pm on the 9th for the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival’s special outdoor summer picnic concert at the stunning and historic setting of Tonbridge Castle. Russell Watson will be headlining the event, and jazz singer Liane Carroll will be the supporting act. Russell, the “UK’s best-selling classical artist” has sold over seven million albums throughout his exceptional career and will be performing songs from his latest album, True Stories. Tickets are priced from £45 with children under 16 half price and children under 5 free. Full details can be found at www.ryejazz.com

15th: Thrills and Spills
Running over the last three weekends of the month, the annual Summer Jousting Tournament is returning to Hever Castle and will include an exhilarating display of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with royal box. The knights will compete for points to find the season’s ultimate champion in the surrounds of the award-wining gardens dating back to the 13th century. Bring along a blanket and watch the joust in style from the medieval spectator stands, available for a small cost on a first-come, first-served basis. www.hevercastle.co.uk

15th: Celebration of words
This enchanting literary festival will take place in the glorious gardens of Boldshaves, Woodchurch near Tenterden over the weekend of July 15. Authors will include Yuval Zommer, author/illustrator of The Big Book of Beasts (ages 8 to 12), and Naomi Howarth whose latest book is Tug of War (ages 4+ to 8+). The charity Beanstalk will also be present to give one-to-one reading support throughout the days. Badger Bushcraft will be on hand in the woods throughout the weekend to lead outdoor activities from den-building to woodland crafts. www.wealdenliteraryfestival.co.uk

16th: Fearless Film
Grab the picnic blanket and come along to Tonbridge Castle for an open air screening of Ghostbusters this July. The showing of the 1985 classic will commence at 9.15pm, and doors will be open from 7.30pm onwards. To really make the evening special, there is also the option to order extras such as blankets, backrests and beer buckets. Premium seats can also be bought which include a chair in prime position within the arena and a complimentary drink at the Luna Bar. www.thelunacinema.com

19th: Rhythm of the Dance
Come along to the Assembly Hall Theatre and witness this incredible live show of Irish entertainment featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the Young Irish Tenors. Rhythm of the Dance celebrates a renewed vigour in Irish culture, embracing traditional and current to the ancient SeanNos dance style. Internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish step dance tour shows, tickets are priced at £24 and available at www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

22nd: Fairytale Fun
Join Groombridge Place this summer to travel back in time and meet Knights and Princesses of Groombridge Place. There will be interactive shows, storytelling and much more. The event runs from July 22 until August 6. Discover what life was like during medieval times through interactive shows, story-telling, and many more activities to keep the whole family happy! Save 10% when you book online at www.thelittleboxoffice.com/groombridge

23rd: Midsummer Magic
The Pantaloons Theatre Company will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the beautiful setting of Bough Beech Visitor Centre. The Pantaloons Theatre Company are a critically acclaimed group and promise to tell this tale in their own distinctive and anarchic style. The performance, priced at £13 for an adult and £8 for a child (family ticket available), will be taking place on grass so picnics are encouraged. Hot and cold drinks and a selection of snacks will be available from the visitor centre. www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

22nd: Beer Cheer
For a weekend of local drinking, dancing and embracing the Wealden countryside, head to the White Hart in Newenden for their annual beer and music festival. Expect a great mix of bands delivering rock, blues, acoustic and more, while you enjoy an array of beers from around the country and closer to home too. With a special festival menu of tasty food, talented face painters and henna tattooist, plus a fabulous play area for the kids, this is a weekend not to be missed. During the event money will be raised for Cancer Research UK and Great Ormond Street Hospital. www.thewhitehartnewenden.co.uk

25th: War and Peace

The greatest celebration of military history and vintage lifestyle is coming to The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood this month from 25 to 30. The five day military and vintage festival will be packed full of education and entertainment. Living history scenes will provide a unique picture of life in conflict with depiction from WW1 to the present. There is also an area dedicated to all things vintage which focuses on the Peace element of the show’s title. Opening times are 10am to 6pm and tickets are available at www.thehopfarm.co.uk