Going out: Top things to do in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge this week
The popular Moonlight Drive-In Cinema, located at The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood, continues its run of Solo: A Star Wars Story this evening at 9.45pm. Directed by Ron Howard, it’s the tale of how Han Solo came to meet his future co-pilot, Chewbacca, and stars Beautiful Creatures’ Alden Ehrenreich, Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson. Tickets cost £25 per vehicle. See www.moonlightcinema.com
A celluloid offering of a different kind is Un Beau Soleil Intérieur, or Let the Sunshine In, which stars the ever captivating Juliette Binoche as Isabelle, an artist and divorced mother who is looking for true love. This charming comedy concentrates on Isabelle’s dilemma between searching for ‘the one’ or just enjoying life instead. It’s on at Trinity Theatre at 8pm and tickets cost £11. See www.trinitytheatre.net
Every Wednesday from 7pm until 9pm, the Angel Indoor Bowles Centre in Tonbridge welcomes beginners to their Have a go at bowling evening. There’s even a free drink on offer at the bar afterwards! For more information visit www.angelibc.co.uk
The current exhibition on at Trinity Gallery is a show entitled New Directions. The work is by artist Christa Corner, who takes her inspiration from many sources, including ‘perceptions of and emotional reactions to daily life, the natural world, travel, literature and the human form’. She works in a variety of materials, including paper, wire, wax and stitch. The show is on until July 1 and the gallery is open from 10am until 10pm.
Further afield in Sevenoaks, Green Street Blues will be performing at The Big Community Sing event at the Stag Community Arts Centre, where they will be joined by 12 other choirs. Tickets cost £5 and proceeds go to various mental health projects across the district. On Saturday they will also give a free performance outside The Black Boy in Sevenoaks, so keep an eye out for them.
RTWskin will be holding an exclusive Red Carpet Event at 5.30pm at their clinic in Tunbridge Wells. The event is an introduction to their new Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Siva Kumar, who will offer complimentary consultations and also give a presentation. The event will feature a live demonstration of the Obagi Radiance peel and free skin analysis, and all attendees will be offered 30 per cent discount on treatments booked on the night. For more information, visit www.rtwskin.co.uk
There’s another of the EM Forster Theatre’s very popular Comedy Nights on this evening from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 and are available from www.emtheatre.com
Over at The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood, the Moonlight Drive-In Cinema begins its screening of The Greatest Showman. Starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Effron, it’s the story of the American showman PT Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous travelling Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. A must-see for all fans of Jackman, big show tunes and lavish sets and costumes. Tickets cost £25 per vehicle at www.moonlightcinema.com
Comedians Rosie Jones (8 out of Ten Cats) and George Lewis (Top Gear: Extra Gear) bring their Edinburgh preview show Work in Progress to Trinity Theatre this evening from 8pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from www.trinitytheatre.net
Want to get fit for summer? Then why not join the popular weekly park runs which happen at both Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells and the Castle Street recreation ground in Tonbridge. They’re free to enter – all you have to do is register your details beforehand so you can participate in the 5k circuits, which start at 9am. For more information, see www.parkrun.org.uk
The Tunbridge Wells Vintage Fair will be held from 10.30am to 4pm at King Charles the Martyr Church Hall in Warwick Park. Organised by Squirrel Vintage, it will be full of amazing and affordable vintage fashion (with clothes from the 1920s to 1980s), salvaged homeware, furniture, and original records. There are two rooms with over 20 traders, and there will also be a DJ playing Northern Soul and Motown all day. Entry costs £1 and under-16s go free. For more information, see @squirrelvintage on Facebook and Instagram.
Speldhurst Fete is on today at the village’s recreation ground from 11.30am. The RNLI will be collecting vital funds as well as running a stall selling souvenirs, gifts and preserves.
Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society will be presenting A Concert for a Summer Evening at the United Reformed Church tonight at 6.30pm. It will feature a selection of choral classics, including works by Parry, Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn and Haydn. The choir will be joined by soprano Eleanor Partridge and Chris Harris on organ and piano, and the concert will be conducted by Jamie Sperling. Tickets cost £12 or £6 for children, and are available at the door or at www.rtwcs.org.uk
Alternatively, the Paddock Wood Choral Society invites you to their Music for a Summer Evening event, which features a varied selection of enjoyable light choral works, including pieces by Vaughan Williams and Tippett. It takes place at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. Tickets cost £12.50 (under-19s go free), and are available from members, on the door or online at
The Oast Theatre starts its run of the Henrik Ibsen classic Ghost this evening. Running for a week, with matinees on Sunday, it’s the tale of Helene Alving, who is forced to confront the lies she has been living since the death of her husband when her prodigal son, Oswald, returns. She wants to try and save Oswald from repeating the same mistakes, but is it too late? Tickets are priced £10 or £7.50 for members. For further information, visit www.oasttheatre.com
Step back in time to wartime Britain for Hever Castle’s Home Front at this two-day 1940s event. Take part in a swing dance in the tea dance tent, tap your toes to music from vocalist Miss Annie, or browse stalls selling vintage wares and refreshments. See www.hevercastle.co.uk
You’ve still got time to do some Fawn spotting at Knole Park today. Join this one-hour guided walk from 5.30pm until 6.30pm to the spaces and places where you are most likely to spot these beautiful animals. No booking is necessary, but a suggested donation of £2 is welcomed. Suitable for families. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
Join Chiddingstone Castle’s circular Purple 10k Castle Walk in support of Young Epilepsy. Enjoy afternoon tea in the castle’s tearooms, and stop for a refreshing drink at Hever’s Henry VIII Inn. There will also be a shorter walk option, along with some fun Tudor-style games to play. For more details, visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk
West Kent ivc is a social group that meets on a regular basis, with members enjoying visits to historical places and the seaside as well as eating out and going ten-pin bowling and to the cinema. For more information, please call 0844588482, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
For the 49th Sevenoaks Summer Festival, music, talks, recitals and more will take place over two weeks across the town. Standout events to look forward to until July 8 include Cara Dillon, Henry Blofeld, the FB Pocket Orchestra and The Big Chris Barber Band. Find further information at
Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery has just unveiled its new exhibition. Entitled Staffages: 2018, it’s a new collection of photographic works which illuminate the connections between museum object, site and viewer. The work, by the artist Steffi Klenz, is the result of having spent time at the Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery and Adult Education Centre looking at their artefacts and architecture. The exhibition runs until Sunday September 8.
From today until Sunday July 1, Hever Castle will be conducting a series of Sensory Rose Tours. Visitors to this year’s Hever in Bloom will be able to enjoy the rose displays in the gardens and in the castle itself. Pre-book a scented tour with one of the rose experts and take in the different scents and strengths of perfume as you traverse the gardens designed and built by William Waldorf Astor at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors will be offered the opportunity to learn the basic principles of distilling rose oil, enjoy a tasting of various rose-inspired recipes, peruse the rose collection and buy a locally-sourced rose flavoured gin at the shop. Open from 10.30am until 6pm, the event is included in normal admission prices. www.hevercastle.co.uk
There will be another Stroke Survivors meeting today from 10.30am until 12.30pm at Headway,
3 Culverden Park, Tunbridge Wells. The group is aimed at those who have suffered a stroke aged between 16 and 65 years old. See