NOVEMBER CALENDAR

4th >  Night Lights


Organised by the Tunbridge Wells Round Table, one of the best firework events around returns on Saturday November 4. With local food and drink available and rides to enjoy, bring the whole family to Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells for an evening of fun. At 7pm the sky comes alive with a brilliant firework display, and with proceeds going to charity, remember remember to put this event in the diary. Gates open at 5.30pm. Book your tickets at www.rtwrt.org 

2nd > Musical Memories
Recast and re-scripted for 2017, A Night of Dirty Dancing gives you the chance to revel in the moments you loved, the memories you made and music that’s resonated throughout the years. Showing at The Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks, and featuring hits such as She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and, of course, the Oscar-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, this is a feel-good evening not to be missed. Tickets cost £22.50. For more information and to book, visit www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk 

5th > The Wild Side
The autumn is a great time to find mushrooms and toadstools growing on living and dead trees or bark, so head to Bough Beech Visitor Centre in Sevenoaks, and join Wildlife Warden Alan Ford on a short walk looking for different fungi and other woodland features, such as trees and mosses. Take the opportunity to get up close and photograph what you find. The event runs from 10am to 12.30pm and costs £5 for adults and £2 for children. Visit www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

13th > What a Feeling
Based on the Paramount Pictures film, Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding on to your dreams and love against all the odds, and it takes to the stage at The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells from November 13 to 18. Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score including the smash hits Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the sensational title track Flashdance – What a Feeling. Tickets from £15. www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

17th > All That Jazz


Hot swinging stomps and blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920s New Orleans jazz come to Frant on November 17, when The Dime Notes take to the stage in St Alban’s Church. Europe’s premier vintage Jazz quartet includes David Horniblow on clarinet, who has performed with the likes of Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. Tickets cost £15 and are available from Frant Stores, Britten’s Music Shop in Tunbridge Wells or at www.wegottickets.com. Doors open at 7.30pm.

17th > Style Night
It’s time to clear out those closets! Whether
you’re heaving under the strains of a clutter-blind wardrobe or just want to come for a night out and to refresh your look with some new little gems, Fashion:Reboot is the event for you. The evening, hosted by Mum’s The Word will boast over 25 stalls packed with a mixture of pre-loved and boutique fashion – as well as jewellery makers, beauty and braiding plus a bar all in the location of One Warwick Park Hotel. 7.30pm to 10.30pm. £5 entry.
www.mumstheword.online

17th > Winter Wonderland
From November 17 until January 1, Calverley Grounds will be transformed into the ultimate winter destination, signalling the start of the festive season. The Tunbridge Wells ice rink returns for 2017 with stylish skating, festive food and drink, music and Christmas shopping inspiration. By day or night, visitors can skate in the beautiful splendour of Calverley Grounds’ amphitheatre, decorated for Christmas with twinkling festive lights. On selected nights across the season, the ice rink will once again collaborate with The Forum and host indie and folk music nights. Skating tickets from £9.50. www.tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com

18th > Festive Feasting
Taking place at The Angel Centre in Tonbridge, The Vegan Festive Fair is about promoting a plant-based life style especially during the festive season. Come along for vegan Christmas food options and ideas. Plus there’ll be crafts, clothes and beauty products that can be bought as gifts or to help look great at seasonal parties! The event is open to everyone whether committed vegans, vegetarians, or anyone just curious to know more about it. The fair runs from 11am to 4pm and entry for over 16s is £3

18th > Wealden Walks


Scotney Castle has a rich history and plenty to discover, so why not join one of their ‘history of the Weald’ walks, where an estate guide will give you a tour of the key features? Charcoal, clay bricks, iron, hops and stone have all been made, grown or extracted from their Wealden landscape, and these walks give you an insight into the heritage of Scotney. From November 18 to 26 at various times. No booking required, but visit
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle for more information.

21st > All’s Fair
The Tunbridge Wells Operatic and Dramatic Society (TWODS) is one of the oldest amateur societies in the country, and from November 21 to 25, they’ll be performing the classic My Fair Lady at The Assembly Hall Theatre. Filled with instantly recognisable songs such as; With a Little Bit of Luck, I Could have Danced all Night, On the Street Where You Live, and not forgetting Wouldn’t it be Loverly, come along and support these local talented performers. Tickets from £18. www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

24th > Merry Market
Let the festivities begin by heading to Tenterden’s Christmas Market this weekend. Over November 24 and 25, the High Street will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with local artisan producers, festive fare and gift ideas galore. On the Friday, watch the town come alive as the Christmas lights are switched on. The event takes place from 12pm to 9pm on Friday, and 9am to 8pm on Saturday. For more info, visit www.mytenterden.co.uk

25th > Christmas Castle
The beautiful countryside location of Chiddingstone Castle is perfect for a relaxed Christmas shopping opportunity with many stalls selling unique products that are not found in the High Street. Between 10am to 4pm, both the castle and marquee will be brimming with gift ideas including home accessories, vintage wares, jewellery, books, cards, children’s clothes, locally-produced food and drink, candles and much more. Plus, enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine to really get you in the festive spirit. Entry £5. www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

25th > Singing Celebration


You’ve sung them in church, at school, or with friends and family and you know all of their words by heart, but do you know the stories behind some of the best-known Christmas carols? This Christmas Hever Castle will celebrate the history of these seasonal songs. Plus, discover the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ trail, hug a husky and enjoy fairground rides. For further information about Christmas activities, prices and booking Father Christmas visits, see www.hevercastle.co.uk/whats-on

26th > Tinsel Town
With over 8,000 people attending last year’s Tonbridge Rotary Christmas Festival, this year’s event is set to be even more spectacular. The High Street will be closed from 11am until 8 pm, where there’ll be a variety of stalls including food and drink and a stage where entertainment will be provided from 2pm. Later in the day there’ll be the big Christmas light switch on, followed by a fantastic firework display. For information visit www.rotary-ribi.org

26th > Variety Night
Comedian and eternal optimist, Brian Bissell, presents his 25th anniversary Variety Show supporting The Mayor’s Charity DAVSS (Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services) and TS Brilliant Tunbridge Wells Sea Cadets & Royal Marines Cadet Detachment on November 26. This family entertainment show features special guests from stage and screen, and tickets cost from £20. Visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk for more information.

30th > Gorgeous Gifting
Taking place over two days, on Thursday November 30 and Friday December 1, comes the Luxury Christmas Gift Fair, which takes place at Hotel Du Vin in Tunbridge Wells. You’ll meet creative designers and boutique owners, many of whom are local in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, showcasing their latest designs, winter collections and in-demand gift products and decorations to get your home ready for the festive season ahead. Entry costs £4 and the fair is open from 10am to 4pm. www.countrylifestylefairs.co.uk