OCTOBER CALENDAR

5th > Folk Fun

Taking place over four days (from Thursday October 5 to Sunday October 8) this is the 25th year of Tenterden’s Folk Festival, and it’s set to be even bigger and better than before. This family-friendly event sees a whole host of activities taking place, including a barn dance, shows, a craft fair and street stalls, Morris dancers and much more.
To find out more about the festival, including a full itinerary, visit www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk

7th > Wedding Weekend
Set within the stunning venue of Chafford Park Estate just outside Tunbridge Wells, the Totally WOW Wedding Fair, brought to you by Creative Brides is the perfect opportunity to discover future trends, speak to local suppliers and take advantage of exclusive offers. The two-day event showcases the cream of South East wedding expertise for every nuptial need. And for those looking for a DIY touch, there’ll be tutorials too. Entry is free and the event runs from 11am to 3pm both days. www.creativebrides.co.uk

12th > Country Chic
Kick off the festive spirit early with a visit to The Cottenden Fair, relaunching this October. The hugely popular event takes splace at Stonegate village Hall, and is a fantastic mix of stalls selling artisan products, garden, interiors, gifts, food, original jewellery, brocante and clothes. Meet friends and enjoy a glass of Prosecco while you shop. Entry is free and the fair is also supporting the React children’s charity.The fair runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm. For further information visit www.facebook.com/tradestandenquiry

12th > Novel Night
As part of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival, acclaimed bestselling novelist Victoria Hislop comes to Trinity Theatre on Thursday October 12. The Sunday Times number one bestselling author of The Island, The Return, The Thread and The Sunrise hosts ‘In Conversation’ to talk about her newly-published paperback novel Cartes Postales from Greece. The event begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost from £10. www.trinitytheatre.net

13th > Puppet Performances

Tunbridge Wells is set to become a colourful showground for world-class puppetry when the popular Puppetry Festival (TWPF) returns to the town this month. Taking place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14, there’s a whole host of events lined up, including activities at The Assembly Hall, free outdoor fun on The Pantiles, and even an amazing The Lion King exhibition at Trinity Theatre. Booking is required for some activities.
For more information and for timings, visit www.twpuppetryfestival.org

20th > Rail Ales
Back for its seventh year, the Real Ale and Cider festival at the Spa Valley Railway will come alive with some wonderful local brews from October 20 to 22. The event, which takes place at Tunbridge Wells West Station will have over 160 real ales, as well as ciders, Belgian beers and cask beers, and visitors can also take a train ride. Entry to the festivals or stations is free. To include day train travel will be £20 for adults and £10 for children. www.spavalleyrailway.com

21st > Creepy Castle
Prepare to be spooked this Halloween at Hever Castle & Gardens. From October 21 to 29, meet Viscous Vampire and his goblin friend in the creepy crypt and hear terrifying tales of goblins, trolls, witches and vampires. Follow the eerie Halloween trail, help ward off vampires with a spooky activity and sink your teeth into a sweet treat at the cupcake decorating workshop. Normal admission prices apply. Visit www.hevercastle.co.uk

21st > Feline Following
Scotney Castle’s resident cat Betsy stars in
a Halloween trail to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Great Storm, helping her friend Winnie witch to find the ingredients for her potion hidden around the garden in the trees. Spot the cut-outs of her in the trees connected to the storm, and find out its story. Wander the gardens and ruins to see giant pumpkins grown in their very own walled garden. £1 per trail. Normal admission charges apply. For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotneycastle

23rd > Spooky Stories

If you head down to the woods this Halloween, you’re sure of a frightening sight. From October 23 to 27, in a clearing in the woods at Penshurst Place, a witch will appear to regale a spooky tale around the fire. Enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows while hearing this spooky story.
With showings at 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm, this free activity is included in the standard grounds admission price.
www.penshurstplace.com

25th > Pumpkin Fun
From Tuesday October 25 to Sunday October 30, The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst hosts its annual
pumpkin festival. Children can enjoy pumpkin bowling, a pumpkin trail, competitions and of course, pumpkin carving. The cost is £5 per child, and includes a pumpkin to carve and take home. There’s no need to book in advance, just go along and have fun! www.thewallednursery.com

26th > Enchanted Academy
For the very first time you are invited to enjoy the magic of Chiddingstone Castle’s School
of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Meet the school’s headmaster wizard on arrival and be ‘sorted’ into your house. Then attend special classes of potion making, choir practice, spell school and, of course, the flying school too! The event takes place from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 October, and the spellbinding sessions are at 11am to 1.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm. For pricing and more information, visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

26th > Rock & Roll Show
Following a sold-out tour earlier this year and performances at Reading and Leeds festival, Louis Berry brings his new 10 date UK tour to The Forum in Tunbridge Wells on October 26. With hits such as Restless, 25 Reasons and She Wants Me, don’t miss the chance to see one of the UK’s rising music stars. Having been tipped for huge things by Radio 1, NME and The Guardian, this is a name to remember. Doors are from 7pm and tickets cost £10. To book, visit www.twforum.co.uk

28th > Bewl Ball

Put on your freakiest fancy dress, hop on your broomsticks and fly over to Bewl Water this Halloween. The whole family can enjoy a disco, face painting and Halloween games at The Waterfront. With two sessions taking place for different age groups, and buffet party food, soft drinks and a spooky gift included in the ticket price, let the Halloween fun begin… Tickets cost £15 per child. Visit www.bewlwater.co.uk for more info.

28th > Retro Revival
For the best selection of retro finds around, the Squirrel Vintage fair is where you’ll find everything from amazing antique jewellery to fabulous fashions and salvaged homewares too. Held at the King Charles Church Hall in Tunbridge Wells from 10.30am to 4pm, traders from all over the South East will be exhibiting their vintage wares, while a DJ plays Northern Soul and Motown all day long. Entry costs £1, and under 16’s go free.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/squirrelvintage

31st > Springfield Showtime
Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, Son of a Preacher Man comes to the Assembly Hall Theatre from Tuesday October 31 to Saturday November 4. Directed by Strictly Come Dancing Judge Craig Revel Horwood, and starring Diana Vickers and Debra Stephenson, this new musical play by internationally-renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out when it comes
to Tunbridge Wells.Tickets from £15. www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk