5th » Remember Remember
This month sees plenty of excellent firework celebrations, but if you fancy seeing some rockets and Catherine wheels on Bonfire Night itself, head to the village of Newenden on November 5. As well as a firework display and bonfire by the River Rother, there’ll be refreshments in the form of homemade soup, burgers and hotdogs and some warming mulled wine to keep you toasty during the event.
Gates open at 6pm. Entrance costs £2 for adults or £5 for a car. Children go free. www.newenden.org
6th » Soldier On
It may have been a century ago, but the First World War is a continual source of fascination. From Friday November 6 to the end of January, Scotney Castle is putting on Arthur’s War, a display of possessions belonging to First World War commanding officer Arthur Hussey. Found in a black trunk in the building’s attic last year, his wartime diaries in particular offer a fascinating insight into a fraught period of world history.
The exhibition starts at 11am daily. Standard admission prices to Scotney Castle apply. No booking is required.
7th » Firework Fun
“Remember, remember the fifth of November” is the famous saying – but this year you’ll need to remember Saturday November 7 as the date of Dunorlan Park’s annual firework extravaganza in Tunbridge Wells. Featuring rides, local food and drink, and the all-important fireworks, it’s a great night out for a good cause, with all profits going to local charities.
The fireworks kick off at 7pm, but the gates are open from 5.30pm.
Advance tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for children. Visit www.rtwrt.org for more details.
12th » Pictures Perfect
The Cranbrook Art Show returns to mid Kent this November for the 22nd time. Carefully curated by the organising team, it’s a three-day showcase of a diverse array of arts, among them paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewellery and textile art by artists in the region. The exhibits are available for purchase and, best of all, make for affordable gifts in the expensive run up to Christmas. It begins at 10am on Thursday 10 November. Entrance is free.
For more information, visit www.cranbrookartshow.org.uk
16th » Winter Wardrobe
If your wardrobe seems tired and drab in the run up to the Christmas party season, look no further than the Expensive Mistakes Autumn Sale at The Bell Inn in Ticehurst. New and barely worn clothes, including designer pieces, are on offer thanks to Friends of Sussex Hospices, who will donate the proceeds to local hospices. The two day sale gets underway at 6pm on Monday November 16, with complimentary wine for customers on the first day.
Entry is free, although donations are welcome. To find out more, see www.friendsofsussexhospices.org.uk
13th » Arty Time
Tunbridge Wells will be getting crafty on Friday November 13 and Saturday November 14, as craft fair organisers Apple Ducks bring their successful pop-up craft emporium to the Royal Victoria Place. Hosted in the exhibition area outside Marks and Spencer, you’ll find artwork, pottery, children’s clothes, handmade jewellery, soaps and even gin made by local craftspeople.
The event is free and runs from 9am to 6pm. For more information, go to www.appleducks.com
20th » Ice To See You
Open from November 20 to January 3, there’s plenty of time to get your skates on at Calverley Grounds’ open-air ice rink in Tunbridge Wells. Now in its fifth successive year, the rink is prepared for more ice queens and kings than ever, with capacity for 250 skaters at a time and additional parent and toddler sessions in the morning. There will be a Fuggles Beer Café pop-up on hand to provide refreshments for thirsty skaters.
Prices start from £9.50 for adults and £7 for children. To book, call 01892 554 645
21st » Deck The Halls
Not found that perfect Christmas wreath for your front door? Why not make your own? Sissinghurst Castle Gardens are hosting a garland-making workshop on Saturday November 21 and a wreath-making workshop on Sunday November 22 from 10am to 1pm. All materials and refreshments are provided, so all you need to bring is creativity and some festive spirit!
Tickets are £45 per person and must be booked in advance. Call 08442 491 895 to guarantee your spot.
28th » Retro Sounds
Make your life pitch perfect by coming down to the Tunbridge Wells Record Fair at King Charles Church Hall in Warwick Park. Thousands of CDs and vinyl records in every genre imaginable will be up for grabs, alongside music magazines, books and memorabilia. If you love nothing more than musical bargains, or are looking for that one rare record you’ve always wanted, then this is the place for you.
The fair lasts from 9.30am to 3pm. Entrance is free.
26th » Let There Be Light!
Westerham’s annual Christmas lights switch on is always a spectacle. This year should be no different, with former JLS heart-throb JB Gill performing the honours, Father Christmas arriving on a sled pulled by shire horses, and delicious hot chestnuts on sale. It’s also a great opportunity to support the town through your Christmas shopping; shops on Westerham’s high street are opening late and candlelit market stalls will be selling seasonal wares. Entry and parking are free.
The event starts at 6pm, with the switch on at 6.30pm.
27th » Chartwell Christmas
Mulled wine, mince pies and stalls packed with a smorgasbord of Christmas goods – Chartwell gets its festive calendar underway with a Christmas Market offering all of these and more. The three-day market is located in the estate’s lush gardens and shop, between 10am to 4pm from Friday November 27 to Sunday November 29.
Entry to the market is free, but standard admission fees to the garden and studio apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell
28th » Joy Round The World
It’s a small world, but how do other cultures celebrate Christmas? Hever Castle’s Christmas Round the World will tell you, with rooms of the castle decorated to show a variety of foreign Christmases. There will also be a Christmas trail through the grounds, characters from other countries’ Christmas tales, the opportunity to hug a husky at the Husky Hideout, and, fresh from his stint in Westerham, Father Christmas taking up residence in his Grotto.
Entry costs £16 for adults and £9 for children 5 to 15 inclusive. Visiting Father Christmas requires advance booking at www.hevercastle.co.uk