What's on this June
Here's our round-up of events taking place this month...
Tuesday June 5th
Landscapes Exhibition at Trinity Theatre
Landscapes is the new exhibition at Trinity which features the work of Francisco Centofanti. This professional artist graduated from the Florence Academy of Art in Italy who counts The Who’s Roger Daltrey amongst his many fans. This is a great opportunity to see this artist’s work which is collected and exhibited worldwide up close and personal.
Thursday June 7th
Picasso and His Women at Holmewood House School
Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells and District are hosting a special fundraising event at Holmewood House School this evening at 7.30pm. The lecture, entitled Picasso and his Women coincides with the current Tate Modern exhibition Love, Fame, Tragedy. It will be held at the school’s Jubilee Theatre and given by Liz Strang, an experienced Tate guide and Arts Society accredited lecturer - and a long-term supporter of Citizens Advice. Go along to discover how each of the women in the famous Spanish artist’s life influenced him and how he immortalised them in his work. Entrance costs £15 and includes a welcome drink and canapés and are available by calling 01892 864 883 or visiting www.friendsoftwcab.org.uk
Thursday June 7th
Shappi Khorsandi at Trinity Theatre
Comedian and I’m A Celebrity star Shappi Khorsandi comes to Trinity tonight with her latest show: Mistress and Misfit. This tribute to ‘England’s unsung hero’ Emma Hamilton – most famously Lord Nelson’s mistress – costs £18 and can be booked via www.trinitytheatre.net
Thursday June 7th to Saturday June 9th
Wealden Times Midsummer Fair at Hole Park, Rolvenden
If you love interiors, quirky vintage finds and salvage treasures and gorgeous gardens then you have to visit this summer’s Wealden Times Summer Fair at Hole Park near Rolvenden. With approximately 250 stalls selling goods for the home, garden, well-being, fashion and food there’s lots to enjoy over the three day event which runs from Thursday to Saturday. Now in its tenth year the midsummer fair will also have the added bonus of live music and workshops and a chance to sample some delicious delights in the many pop up eateries including The Pie and Cheese Man and Fine Grind, thus making it the perfect day out.
Tickets start at £9. For more information and to book visit www.wealdentimes.co.uk
Friday June 8th to Sunday June 10th
Woodlands Festival, Hawkhurst
Welcome to Woodlands, an intimate, family-friendly festival that has something for all ages. Jam-packed full of talented artists, the three-day event is set in Hawkhurst’s Elm Wood, and also offers arts and crafts, treasure hunts and storytelling, plus bushcraft, face-painting, fancy-dress and the Fabularium Forest Disco! www.woodlandsfestival.co.uk
Friday June 8 to Saturday June 16
Rose Week at Pashley Manor Gardens
Don’t forget that Pashley Manor in Ticehurst is hosting its annual Rose Week until next Saturday so if you’re keen horticulturalist and literally want to make time to smell the roses in life then make sure you pop along. More details at www.pashleymanorgardens.com
Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10
Gin & Jazz Festival, The Pantiles
Calling all lovers of gin – head to The Pantiles this weekend to discover more than 30 different varieties of this popular spirit. There’ll be food, music, cocktails and more – what could be better?
The event runs from 11am to 6pm and there’ll be plenty of local producers to discover too.
Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10
Suffrage on Stage at Smallhythe Place
Join Smallhythe Place for the weekend as they commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People's Act and celebrate the lives, works and voices of the figures and fighters who helped to shape our history.
On the Saturday at 5.30pm, performer, writer and researcher Dr. Naomi Paxton explores the legacy of The Actresses Franchise League in her talk 'Performing Suffrage: theatre, actresses and activism'.
Free entry (please reserve your seats online)
On the Sunday at 7.30pm, 'A Necessary Women' takes the stage. Based on a true event, the play explores the final hours of suffragette Emily Davidson. Tickets £14 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/smallhythe-place
Sunday June 10
Leaf Sunday at Bore Place
Today is Leaf Sunday when local farmers open their gates so that members of the public can see what life on the farm is really like. One of the local places taking part in this national event is Bore Place in Boughbeech. Their free event takes place between 12 and 5pm and on offer will be family-friendly tours of the organic farm and market garden, tractor rides, an opportunity to meet the on-site cheesemakers using milk from the Bore Place cows, walks, face painting, a delicious organic BBQ as well as an ice cream stall and Pimms bar. There is no need to book - just turn up on the day. There is plenty of free parking on site. To find out more about this event visit www.farmsunday.org.
Sunday June 10
Food and Drink day at Biddenden Vineyards
Biddenden Vineyards’ 12th annual Food and Drink Day gives visitors a chance to ‘Taste the Best of Produced in Kent’. The all-day event showcases a range of the county’s finest produce, where guests can meet, taste and buy from a wide variety of Kentish producers. www.biddendenvineyards.com
Tuesday June 12
Saving the insect world talk at Grosvenor & Hilbert Park
Join Nathalie Baron for an evening talk to learn what is happening to the insect population and how we can help to make a difference in our gardens and community. Running from 7pm to 8pm, this is a free drop-in event aimed at adults. No booking required, refreshments provided. www.facebook.com/GHParkHLF
Wednesday June 13 to June 30
Sevenoaks Camera Club exhibition
From June 13 to 30, members of Sevenoaks Camera Club will be showing their favourite work at the club’s 2018 exhibition. Displayed in Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, pictures will include a variety of subjects that the members enjoy taking, from landscapes to abstract and many other types. www.sevenoakscameraclub.org.uk
Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16
iPhone photography workshop, Knole Park
Learn how to take inspiring photos on your iPhone with award-winning photographer Sarah Medway. Using Knole’s beautiful landscape and wild deer herd, Sarah will show you how to get the best out of your phone’s camera software including composing and editing pictures. Friday 15 June & Saturday 16 June from 10.30am-1pm. Tickets are £40 and must be booked online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on
Saturday June 16
Hens & Gardens Show, Great Comp Garden
Great Comp Garden’s Hens & Gardens Show will showcase the best breeders and poultry in the county at its celebration of hen-keeping in the home garden. The lawn at the 7 acre garden in Platt, near Sevenoaks, will form the show-ground and the marquee will host talks by Telegraph writer and hen expert Francine Raymond. Advice will be offered at the annual event by Una McFarlane, a Veterinarian who has a special interest in poultry medicine. The Kent Small Holders group will be onsite as will William Dyson with his rare utility breeds. A host of other exhibitors will be showcasing poultry housing and specialist art. Lunches and teas will be served in the Old Dairy Tearoom on site.
11am to 5pm. www.greatcompgarden.co.uk
Saturday June 16
Crazy Jeans Soapbox Race, Dunorlan Park
The race is on at Dunorlan Park for the one-day Crazy Jeans extravaganza! This giant fundraising event is held by Jean’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, who will be hosting a huge soapbox race and exhilarating family fun day, and pushing fundraising for local charities into overdrive! www.jeansbarandkitchen.co.uk
Friday June 22 to Sunday June 24
Black Deer Festival at Eridge Park
The three-day festival of Americana and country music comes to Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells for the long-awaited Black Deer Festival. Join the likes of Iron & Wine, Passenger and Kiefer Sutherland for the community, food, tunes and storytelling of a culture like no other. www.blackdeerfestival.com
Friday June 22 to Sunday June 24
Ultimate Tribute Festival, Colebrook Park
Tribute artists, acts and bands galore will take to Colebrook Park in Tunbridge Wells for a weekend of music and fun at the three-day Ultimate Tribute Music Festival. There will be more than 60 performers spanning two stages, including headliners ABBA, Bob Marley and Queen. www.theultimatetributefest.co.uk
Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 8
Sevenoaks Summer Festival
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. www.sevenoaksfestival.org.uk
Saturday June 23
Vintage fair at the King Charles Church Hall, Tunbridge Wells
The vintage fair will be full of amazing and affordable vintage fashion traders (with clothes from the 1920s to 1980s), as well as salvaged home-ware, furniture, original records and antique/ costume jewellery. There are two rooms with over 20 traders from all over the south east and London. We also have a DJ playing Northern Soul and Motown all day, and a coffee truck will be providing iced coffee and cakes in the courtyard. It is £1 entry (free for under 16s). 10.30am to 4pm.
Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24
1940s weekend at Hever Castle
Go back in history 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. www.hevercastle.co.uk
Sunday June 24
Purple 10K walk at Chiddingstone Castle
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 be a shorter walk option, along with some fun Tudor-style games to play. www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk
Tuesday June 26 to Sunday July 1
Sensory Rose Tours, Hever Castle
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 of the garden with one of the rose experts at Hever, taking 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 and peruse the rose collection and buy a locally sourced rose flavoured gin at the shop. 10.30am to 6pm www.hevercastle.co.uk
Saturday June 30 & Sunday July 1
Chilli Festival, Hole Park
A great weekend for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families alike, Hole Park in Rolvenden will host the Great Kent Chilli Festival. There will be food stalls, cooking demonstrations, talks and artisan food producers, plus music, international street food, a chilli cook-off and chilli-eating competitions! www.greatkentchillifestival.co.uk
Saturday June 30
Summer Vintage & Craft Market, Tunbridge Wells
Bringing together over 30 stalls at King Charles the Martyr, The Tunbridge Wells Summer Vintage & Craft Market purveys a wide range of products, from handmade candles and beautiful ceramics, to elegant embroidery and the latest must-have vintage items. Entry is £1 or free for under-16s. www.facebook.com/vintagecraftmarket
Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1
Wealden Literature Festival, Woodchurch
Experience an enchanting weekend of words, ideas, local food and arts and crafts celebrating ‘the nature of place’ at the Wealden Literary Festival. Held at Boldshaves Garden in the village of Woodchurch, there will be insightful talks from authors, plus Badger Bushcraft, pattern-making workshops and more. www.wealdenliteraryfestival.co.uk