May Calendar

SeeArt

4th » Cultural Viewing
Renowned mixed media artist Jennifer Newman is showcasing her work for the first time at the SeeArt Gallery in Tunbridge Wells until June 2. Newman is influenced by the mapping of journeys and layering of cumulative memories. View the Contemplating the Void exhibition from 10.30am Tuesdays to Sundays. The gallery will also be open late on Thursdays to coincide with Jazz on The Pantiles.

For more information visit www.seeartgallery.co.uk

Jazz on The Pantiles

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5th » Jazz Hands
This year’s season of the iconic Jazz on The Pantiles starts on Thursday May 5. This popular live outdoor event runs every Thursday throughout the summer, marking Tunbridge Wells the place to be for all. The event is free of charge, however donations are welcome. Enjoy the entertainment from 7pm, but arrive early as the space around the bandstand fills up fast.

For more information visit www.pantilestraders.co.uk

Foodie Fun
6th » Foodie Fun
After a successful first year, the Sevenoaks Food Festival is back with more of the best in local, national and international produce. From Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8, enjoy a fantastic selection of foods, mouth-watering street dining and craft beer to wash it all down. Also on offer will be eclectic crafts and homeware, plus a host of entertainment and performances from local artists.

For more information visit www.marketsquaregroup.co.uk

Paddington

8th » Bear Hug
Take the children to enjoy Paddington Bear’s first visit to the Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells on Sunday May 8. The whole family can experience a round trip from Tunbridge Wells West and visit the train loving bear en route. Also, don’t miss a chance to see the engine cab and meet the driver.

Tickets are £9 for adults and £4.50 for children. For more information and to book visit www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

11th » Powerful Performance
Critically acclaimed indie and folk singer-songwriter, Benjamin Francis Leftwich brings his UK tour to The Forum in Tunbridge Wells in the anticipation of his new album After the Rain. In all walks of life sometimes an end can only be dealt with from the closure of starting something new, which is the case for the singer’s heartfelt lyricism, layered over melancholic yet optimistic notes.

Starts 7:30pm, tickets are £12 and available from www.twforum.co.uk

Decorative Living Fair

13th » Decoration Celebration
Discover one of the best loved decorative antiques and vintage fairs with over 60 exhibitors displaying beautifully designed stands laid out among the gorgeous house, garden and grounds of Eridge Park on May 13 and 14. The Decorative Living fair upholds a reputation for being a great place to find key pieces for interiors, offering a fabulous mix of dealers selling English and continental decorative antiques, French brocante, vintage and antique textiles, gardenalia and statuary.

Tickets start from £7.50 and are available from www.decorativelivingfair.co.uk

Meditative Bliss

15th » Meditative Bliss
Enhance your wellbeing with an invigorating and refreshing yoga retreat day
at Bore Place in Chiddingstone. All levels of experience are welcome to join and throughout the day, which runs from 10am to 4pm, participants will be led through an array of rewarding yoga practices. Tickets for the retreat are £50, which includes refreshments and a delicious vegetarian lunch to break up the exercise.

For more information and to book, visit www.boreplace.org

Wind in the Weald at Ightham-Mote

NT Ightham Mote

17th » Wind in the Weald
Experience the 4th century moated manor house as it comes alive to the sound of music. The Kent music ensemble will be performing an outstanding composition at Ightham Mote in Sevenoaks. Performances will commence
twice on Tuesday May 17 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm and again at 2pm to 3pm. Booking is not needed and the event is free of charge but the normal admission charges to the site applies.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote

Jools Holland

19th » Rhythm & Blues Spectacular
Join music legend Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra as they perform at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. With Jools’ captivating on-stage presence and his whopping 19-piece orchestra in tow, this night will certainly be extremely entertaining. To top it off, special guests Pauline Black and Arthur ‘gaps’ Hendrickson and guest vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Beth Rowley will make it a night to remember.

Tickets start from £34.50 and available at www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Kent & Sussex Railway

21st » Wartime Wonder
Immerse yourself in the romanticism of the wartime period at the fabulous 40s event at the Kent & Sussex Railway in Tenterden. On Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22, there will be entertaining re-enactments, music, fashion and dancing of the popular era. Entry costs £17 for adults and £11.50 for children, which includes travel between Tenterden and Bodiam stations onboard the steam trains.

To book call 01580 765 155 or visit www.kesr.org.uk

Mum's the Word

22nd » Wild Child
New events company ‘Mum’s the Word’ created by two local mums are providing a host of fun for young children at the Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells. Their launch event will be a daytime dance party offering classic anthems of the 90s and early 00s, alongside craft activities, a photo booth and dressing up, face painting, bubbles and balloons. Enjoy the party from 2.30pm to 4.30pm for £8 each.

To book visit www.mumstheword.online

Distinctive Drama

23rd » Distinctive Drama
EM Forster Theatre in Tonbridge presents a powerful production of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. A hugely relevant story, the show follows the endurance of the human spirit in the face of economic and social exploitation during America’s Great Depression. With a 40-strong cast and an epic set that centres around a 1929 Hudson Super 6 jalopy, this is a timely production about human resilience in the face of adversity.

Tickets are £5, to book visit www.boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk

Flamenco Fever

26th » Flamenco Fever
Dream of warmer days to come with this flamenco sensation at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Join Juan Martín, a truly awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all-encompassing musician with a new flamenco programme of music, song and dance direct from Spain. The show brings together the prize winning singer Amparo Heredia ‘La Repompilla’ and the elegant dance of Luisa Chicano. The performance begins at 8pm and tickets are £17.

For more information visit www.trinitytheatre.net

Music to your Ears

27th » Music to your Ears
This spring bank holiday weekend, enjoy an eclectic bunch of local talent with Tunbridge Wells’ free independent music and arts festival, Unfest. The festival centres around The Forum and its sister pubs on The Pantiles, The Ragged Trousers and the Sussex Arms. It aims to showcase the town’s independent spirit – its music venues, its businesses, its music and art. Get your friends together, grab a few drinks and gain new favourite bands.

To view the festival programme, visit www.unfest.org

Edwardian Education

28th » Edwardian Education
Be controversial and send the children back to school during the half term holiday for a surprisingly fun educational Edwardian experience at Hever Castle. From Saturday May 28 to Sunday June 5, the whole family can enjoy a fascinating glimpse of the era with classes in PE, reading, writing and arithmetic, costumed characters and traditional games including a leisurely game of croquet on the lawn.

For more information and entry fees, visit www.hevercastle.co.uk

Mysterious Murder

28th » Mysterious Murder
An unsolved crime has broken out within the house of Scotney Castle in Lamberhurst. Make your way around the venue by asking suspects questions in order to unravel the mystery of who committed the crime and what was used. The trail runs from May 28 to June 5 between 10am to 4pm. There is no need to book, but admission is £1 on top of standard admission charges to the site.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle