See what’s on in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, The Weald and surrounding area in our calendar of events for October
2nd » Feeling Folksy
Taking place over four days, from Thursday September 29 to Sunday October 2 is Tenterden’s Folk Festival 2016. Events will include an English barn dance, concerts, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, folk clubs, special shows, a craft fair and street stalls. There will also be hundreds of Morris men and women and other folk dancers that will taking to the streets of the town centre to display their original talent. This weekend is full of fun for all the family.
For more information visit www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk
5th » Seasonal Shopping
On Wednesday October 5, the NSPCC is holding its annual charity autumn fair at Barnsgate Manor Vineyard, near Uckfield. The fair will have a large selection of original and stylish stalls, including the popular ‘gently used’ jewellery, handbag and scarf stand. Pick up some early Christmas gifts, enjoy some refreshments and raise some money for a good cause.
Entry for this event costs £2.50 and starts at 10:30am. For more details, visit www.nspcc.org.uk
8th » Fast Fruit
Cranbrook’s annual apple fair returns for the 10th year on Saturday October 8, but this time it’s full speed ahead. As well as the usual apple pressing and stalls selling local produce, this year the theme is ‘festival of speed’ and during the day there’ll be a Stig-alike competition, a gumball rally and big screen races to name but a few events taking place. The day kicks off at 10am.
For more information, visit www.cranbrookapplefair.co.uk
8th » All Fired Up
Kick off bonfire season early and head to Northiam for their bonfire and firework night on Saturday October 8. As well as a fantastic procession through the village, on the bonfire field there’ll be a bar, food and amusements for all the family to enjoy.
Entrance to the field costs £1 and the procession begins at 7.50pm, before the bonfire is lit at 8.30pm. www.northiambonfiresociety.co.uk
9th » With A Bang
Crash Bang Wallop! is a fun 50 minute orchestral concert to introduce younger children (suggested ages three to eight) to the excitement and enjoyment of classical music in a relaxed fun way. Taking place at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, children can also meet the musicians and try instruments, conduct a small ensemble in the minute maestro, visit percussion zoo and enjoy creative craft activity.
Tickets cost £9 for adults, £7 for children, and a family ticket is £28. www.tunbridgewellsfestival.co.uk
13th » Flamenco Festival
The 20th anniversary season of the Flamenco Express Floating Festival is set to be as fresh and exciting as the first when it comes to Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on October 13. The international sensation Alejandro Molinero with the ambassador of gitano heritage, Antonio El Pola – two artists of uncompromising power and commitment – are part of this show. This feisty company delivers the finest in flamenco, plus sizzling soloist La Joaquina is also performing.
The show begins at 8pm and standard adult tickets cost £17. www.trinitytheatre.net
20th » Winter Wonder
Open the wardrobe doors, push through the fur coats and enter the wondrous land of Narnia in this fantastic adaption of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which comes to The Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks on October 20 and 21. From APL Theatre comes this festive adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ timeless story, which promises to be a magical and thrilling adventure for the whole family.
The performance begins at 6pm and tickets cost from £15. For info and to book, visit www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
21st » Making Tracks
The Spa Valley Railway’s Real Ale and Cider event is back for its 6th year from October 21 to 23, and will be bigger than ever, and with a planned 125 real ales, 30 ciders and a line-up of 25 key keg and Belgian beers, this is the event you do not want to miss! The main festival takes place in the Victorian Engine Shed at Tunbridge Wells West where you can enjoy a pint or two throughout the day in between train rides if you wish.
Entry to the main festival at Tunbridge Wells West is free, and will be open from 11am each day until late evening. www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk
22nd » Halloween Hunting
Experience a pumpkin trail like no other at the delightful Scotney Castle. The 14th century moated castle is the perfect setting for this Halloween event. Grab a map and follow the trail through the vast gardens to locate the ghoulish carved faces. There is also an opportunity to win a special Halloween prize once you’ve completed the trail quiz.
Prices are £1 per trail as well as normal admission charges. For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle
22nd » Concorde Commemoration
To commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and all those who lost their lives in the famous battle between the Saxons and Normans, the annual Concorde 1066 event once again returns to Battle this month. From October 22 to 30, the PURE autumn art fair comes to the Powdermills Hotel, and sees some 50 artists showcasing their work.
Visit between 11am to 6pm every day to see local and internationally recognised artists displaying their creations.
22nd » Trick And Treats
Ightham Mote hosts a ghost and gourmet evening this Halloween, and this event is not one for the kids! This hugely popular and terrifying tour of the National Trust property is done at night and takes place on October 22. Guided only by flickering candlelight, walk through the famous house whilst learning about its history and former inhabitants – who could be closer than you think. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious two-course dinner in the Mote Café to help settle your nerves.
Tickets cost £37.50 per adult; call 01732 811 314 to book.
25th » Pumpkin Fun
The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst’s infamous Pumpkin Festival returns for October half term from Tuesday October 25 to Sunday 30. Let the kids chase around on the pumpkin trail, carve one to take home and take part in the guess the weight of the pumpkin contest. The event runs from 10am to 4pm daily and costs £5 per child to participate. While you’re there, indulge in something tasty from The Walled Nursery’s new Vinery Café.
27th » It’s Showtime
Taking to the stage at Tenterden Town Hall is TODS (Tenterden Operatic and Dramatic Society’s) adaption of Equally Divided – a complex, funny, sad and deliciously devilish moral comedy, written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Iris Scandrett. Showing over three evenings from October 27 to 29 and with a matinee too, there’s plenty of opportunities to see this fantastic performance in action.
Tickets from £7. For timings and to book, visit www.tods.me.uk
28th » All That Jazz
On Friday October 28, Frant Church is delighted to welcome back one of the world’s most versatile musicians – guitarist, composer, educator, bandleader, the great John Etheridge. He is renowned as a brilliant jazz guitarist on both acoustic and electric instruments and will be playing alongside jazz violin virtuoso Chris Garrick and the sensational singer Vimala Rowe.
Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets cost £15. Details on the concert can be found at www.frantmusic.org.uk
29th » Fright Night
Take a ride on the Fright Night Express if you dare! The Kent & East Sussex Railway is holding a fun-filled train journey from Tenterden Station in celebration of Halloween on Saturday October 29. There will be entertainment in the form of a fire-breather, Drum Skullz and a firework display, and be prepared for a few spooky surprises along the way. Families are encouraged come in fancy dress.
Starting at 4pm, tickets are £17 and booking is essential. For more information, visit: www.kesr.org.uk
30th » Spooky Stay
Attend Hever Castle’s spooktacular Halloween Dine and Stay night, and find out what really goes bump in the night. With special guest Ciarán O’Keeffe, you’ll enjoy a drinks reception and a private guided Most Haunted style tour of the castle followed by dinner. Then, guests will have the opportunity to take part in a paranormal investigation and vigils in various locations within the castle.
Tickets cost £200. For info and to book, visit www.hevercastle.co.uk