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Going Out

What's on this week

by Charlie Bond

What's on this week

Don’t miss our guide of essential dates and events to add to your diary

Until June 30
Ghosts at The Oast Theatre, Tonbridge

An orphanage is to be opened in memory of Captain Alving. His widow, Helen Alving, has been involved in the project but her motivation has been to rid herself of any reliance on him. Osvald, her son, has returned from his bohemian life in Paris to be present at the opening, but he carries a legacy of his father which has corrupted his body.  Helen longs to break free from the ghosts which have shaped her existence, but can she manage to do it?  Men have shaped her life and continue to do so whether it be her deceased husband, or Pastor Manders, or Osvald. Despite being well read, and despite her intelligence, it appears to be her fate to be reduced to the demands and desires of the men in her life.
A classic Ibsen play that has been performed many times and, at last, it can be seen at the Oast Theatre.  It is really one not to be missed.
Performances: 8 pm (Sunday 3 pm).
Tickets: £10 (Sunday £9) www.oasttheatre.com

Monday June 25 to Sunday July 1
New Directions at Trinity Theatre

Christa Corner takes her inspiration from many sources: perceptions of and emotional reactions to daily life, the natural world, travel, literature and the human form. These influence an output that includes wall-mounted and sculptural pieces in hand-made paper. Her approach to colour is highly original and her work frequently includes rusty metal pieces and screws, wire, wax and stitch. Particularly drawn to the process of erosion, decay and transformation, this exhibition makes for an interesting and colourful display. www.trinitytheatre.net

Tuesday June 26 to Sunday July 1
Sensory Rose Tours, Hever in Bloom at 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

Friday June 29
Biddenden Cider Express Train at Kent & East Sussex Railway

Cider lovers, climb aboard a steam train and sample some of Biddenden’s finest drinks. The train of 1950's era corridor carriages will be ready for boarding at Tenterden town Station from 6.30pm. Departing at 7pm, your choice of meal is served as the train travels to Bodiam. On arrival at Bodiam Station, a live band provides entertainment for the duration of the station stop. Arrival back at Tenterden is scheduled for 9.45pm.

The price of £29 includes return train travel, your meal, live entertainment at Bodiam and a souvenir branded pint glass to take home. Please note that the bar on board the train accepts payments in cash only. www.kesr.org.uk

Friday June 29 and Saturday June 30
Queen Palmer’s Court at Ightham Mote

To celebrate Ightham Mote’s recent acquisition of John Singer Sargent’s unique painting, A Game of Bowls, star of stage and television, RSC actor Nicholas Day, has written and produced a special one-act play to which will be performed in the stunning National Trust property’s medieval Great Hall. The piece entitled Queen Palmer’s Court - a theatrical celebration – will be performed tonight and tomorrow from 6.30pm Tickets cost £35 and can be pre-booked from www.nationaltrust.org.uk