September Calendar

3rd > Folksy Fun

Visit the Bough Beech Visitor Centre in Sevenoaks on September 3 for live folk music performances from local Kent musicians. The event takes place from 1pm to 5pm in an idyllic countryside setting and promises to feature traditional songs and tunes. Refreshments will be provided and those with instruments can bring them along and participate in the entertainment too. The event is free although donations to the Kent Wildlife Trust are welcomed.
www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

1st> Castle Crafts
Attend Hever Castle’s Homemade and Homegrown Festival this September (1 to 3) and enjoy the best of locally-produced crafts and goods. From handmade soaps and jewellery to beautiful ceramics and watercolour masterpieces, there are gifts perfect for all available. Food lovers take note – cheeses, chocolates, marshmallows and other goodies will be available to sample from the craft and food marquee. For more information, visit www.hevercastle.co.uk

8th > Making Merriment
The annual Weald of Kent Handmade Fair is taking place at Penshurst Place from September 8 to 11. The three day event features 150 stands filled with crafted goods, live music and activities including terrier racing and tree canopy climbing. There are plenty of other fun events taking place throughout the day too, from birds of prey displays and
rural craft demonstrations to pottery, papermaking and chocolate workshops. Tickets are £8
and available to purchase at www.thecraftshows.co.uk

9th > Reservoir Race
Celebrate the 20th Dragon Boat Festival at Bewl Water on September 9. The annual event sees teams of 16 race in Chinese-style dragon boats over a 250 metre water course for charities of their choice. After the race, there are also tents and marquees available to explore on land, containing cakes and other small treats and gifts. For more information and to enter, visit www.funraisers.org.uk

9th > Equality Exhibit
Sissinghurst Castle is host to a new partnership art exhibition this September. Speak its Name! is a collaborative effort between the National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust, and marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. Based on Kathleen Jowitt’s novel of the same name,
Speak its Name! showcases art illustrating quotations by and about gay men and women.
For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org/sissinghurst-castle-garden

9th > Hop to It

Head over to Bodiam Station for a weekend of family fun at the Kent and East Sussex railway’s annual Hop Festival event. There are hop gardens to explore, a barbecue and beer tent with live musicians, and a hopper’s kitchen full of delicious local tea and cakes. For the little ones, there are also Punch and Judy shows, face painting, swing boat rides, balloon modelling and educational hop-picking activities and displays. For more info visit www.kesr.org.uk

9th > Medieval Fair
Travel back to the 15th century at Tonbridge Castle’s Medieval Fair and Heritage Weekend this September. Now in its 10th year, the annual two-day event promises medieval re-enactments, live traditional music, refreshments and an array of stalls showcasing medieval-style pottery, costumes, arts and crafts and more. An ideal day out for all the family, entry to the event is free.
For more information visit www.tonbridgecastle.org

10th > Country Castle
The Country Fair at Chiddingstone Castle, taking place on Sunday September 10 from 11am to 5pm promises to showcase the traditions of the countryside in an idyllic, fun filled day. Displays of countryside activities will feature alongside live entertainment and there will be plenty of opportunities for shopping and refreshments too. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2 for children under 13, with children under 5 free.
For further information, visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

10th > Charity Challenge
Groombridge Place is host to the Demelza Run, an annual fun run event designed to raise money for Demelza, a children’s hospice charity that provides support to sick children, young people and adults in the Kent and East Sussex area. Participants of all abilities are welcome to take part, with 5k, 10k and wheelchair-accessible 2.5k routes available. Prices are £15 for a standard adult and £7.50 for a child, and this includes a medal, t-shirt and free entry to Groombridge Place on the day. To book and for more information, visit www.demelza.org.uk

10th > It’s Showtime

Visit the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens near Sevenoaks on September 10 for their annual dog show and barbecue. Witness the incredible competition whilst enjoying delicious food from straight off the grill. Alternatively, feel free to bring your pooch along to participate – dogs of all ages and abilities are welcome. The dog show starts at 1.30pm, so put your best paw forward and good luck. For more info visit www.riverhillgardens.co.uk

1st> Castle Crafts
Attend Hever Castle’s Homemade and Homegrown Festival this September (1 to 3) and enjoy the best of locally-produced crafts and goods. From handmade soaps and jewellery to beautiful ceramics and watercolour masterpieces, there are gifts perfect for all available. Food lovers take note – cheeses, chocolates, marshmallows and other goodies will be available to sample from the craft and food marquee. For more information, visit www.hevercastle.co.uk

15th > Vintage Fun
The Hop Farm is hosting Grill-n-Chill, its annual classic car show weekend on September 10 and 11. With roots in the VW scene, the event promises a laid-back and friendly atmosphere and a diverse array of vintage cars, welcoming customs, classics, rods and yanks among others. The event costs £17.50 for the weekend for a standard adult and children under 16 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.grill-n-chill.co.uk

17th > Racing Ahead
Knole Park is hosting 5km and 2km fun runs this September in aid of Hospices of Hope, a charity which cares for terminally sick children and adults. Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of age or ability – run, skip or walk your way through the challenge and help out a great cause in the process. The race begins at 2:30pm and tickets are priced at £12.50 for a standard adult and £8 for a child under 14. To enter and for more information, visit www.hospicesofhope.co.uk

22nd > Healthy Living 

Health and Wellbeing Live 2017 is a two-day health and lifestyle event taking place at Mabledon Country House near Tunbridge Wells this month. Promising to: “enable you to discover a happy and balanced lifestyle that suits you”, it will feature wellbeing workshops, talks from locally based experts, cookery demonstrations, health checks and therapy treatments. Pre-booked tickets cost £15 and for those on the day it’s £20. For further information and to book workshops or spa treatments in advance, visit www.healthandwellbeing.co.uk

23rd > Autumn Event
Opened by Rosemary Shrager, on September 23 a wonderfully traditional autumn fair set takes place in the beautiful grounds of Bricklehurst Manor School, Wadhurst. Attractions include: home-made crafts and produce stalls, home grown plant stalls, local crafts and traders, classic cars, inflatables and bouncy castle, face painting, toy stalls, gourmet burgers and sausages and much much more. Entry is free and the event takes place from 12pm to 4pm.
www.bricklehurst.co.uk

23rd > Meet Thomas
Bring the family along to Tenterden Town Station for Kent & East Sussex Railway’s A Day Out with Thomas event on Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24. Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be available for families to board and children will also get the chance to meet The Fat Controller from the Island of Sodor. The event starts at 10am sharp. Tickets cost £18 for a standard adult and £13.50 for children aged 18 months to 15 years plus a 10% booking fee. For more information, visit www.dayoutwiththomas.co.uk

28th > Shakespeare Fix
A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is coming to Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on September 28. Lose yourself in the magic of the fairy forest realm as the journey of four Athenian lovers unfolds before your eyes in one of Shakespeare’s most famous and celebrated comedies of all time. For more information
and to purchase tickets, visit www.trinitytheatre.net