It's official . . . summer's here!

The sun’s here, school’s out and now it’s time to play! There’s certainly a huge choice of events in Sevenoaks and the surrounding district to suit every taste, and everyone in the family! So here are some choices to help you plan your summer break. Enjoy!

Hever Festival Theatre - to 30 August

Don’t forget to book a performance at this fabulous local summer outdoor theatre.  Music, drama, comedy, family shows and talks are all on offer, plus reduced entrance to Hever Castle Gardens. Box Office 01732 866114

 

Great Comp Music Festival - 7 – 29 September

A feast of the innovative and the conventional, all within the intimate confines of Great Comp’s Barn Theatre. To book: www.greatcompmusic.org

 

Summer events at Rochester Cathedral

Cathedral Adventure Golf – until 1 September

Play a round of Adventure bridge-themed nine hole golf in Rochester Cathedral’s Nave. The course has been designed to encourage young people to learn more about the engineering behind bridges. Each hole will be accompanied by a model of a different type of bridge.

 

The Secret Garden, Chapter House Theatre – 20 August, 7.30 pm

The enchanting story in Rochester Cathedral’s very own secret garden

 

Kent Downs AONB 70th anniversary

Be part of the National Parks and AONB designation’s 70th Anniversary! Kent Downs hope to create a heart-shape - with as many people as possible - on September 21st, and use aerial photography to capture and share the moment. The location details are to be confirmed, but to register your interest in taking part, email nicki.batchelor@kentdowns.org.uk.

 

Penshurst Place (To 1 September)

Maize Maze (11 am to 6 pm) - free entry with standard Garden Ticket

Summer Sundays offering varied family events including Falconry and garden panto shows.

 

Hever Castle

Summer Jousting (select dates) - the Knights of Royal England return to battle

Knights and Princesses School - with hands on children’s activities

Castle Canines August 3 & 4 - a weekend dedicated to our canine friends

Photographic Course August 21 - £100 one day course to cover both technical and artistic areas of photography

 

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

7 August – 1 September (11 am - 4 pm): Weekly themed children’s activities including Magical Face Painting and Nail Art, Wizard Wands, Sticky Seed Owl Art and Spell books.

Sunday 8 September - Family Dog Show and BBQ with fun classes for all the family!

 

Knole House

Family Mondays - 5, 2, 19 August (11 am – 3 pm) with nature themed arts and crafts (5 – 12 years)

Bat Walks – Friday/Saturday 30/31 August (7.30 – 915 pm). A dusk walk with detectors to find Knole’s resident bats (5+ years)

£10 pp for both events.  Book: 0344 249 1895

Outdoor Cinema - Friday/Saturday 13/14 September (6.30 – 10 pm). Family friendly al fresco cinema. £12 adult; £7.50 child.  Book: 0344 249 1895

 

Quebec House

Mrs Wolfe’s recipes (Saturday/Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 1 – 4 pm). Try some of Mrs Wolfe’s 18th century recipes.

 

Chartwell

Family Ant Trail: to 1 September (£1).  Follow the trail looking for Amet the Ant and his colony of amazing friends.

Open air Theatre:

Midsummer Night’s Dream: Thursday 15 August 7.30 pm with picnics from 6.30 pm.  £15 adult; £8 child; from 8 years)

Alice in Wonderland: Thursday 29 August 3.30 pm. £12 adult; £7 child; from £26 family

Ightham Mote

Summer bat walks to learn all about the Mote’s resident species. Thursday 8 August and other dates. £10 per person. To book 01732 810378 x 100.

 

Lullingstone Castle and World Garden

Plant Hunters’ Weekend: 24 – 26 August (11 am – 5 pm). Celebrate the lives of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters with a costume guided tour (1.30 – 3.30 pm). SCAR (2nd chance rescue) will visit with animal and reptile guests.

£10 adult; children under 15 free

Mexican Celebration Weekend: 21/2 September (11 am – 5 pm: CactusWorld LIVE – a succulent adventure.

Picture Perfect Treat at Hever Festival Theatre

If you’re looking for a romantic summer’s evening outing, look no further as this is the solution!

Hever Festival Theatre offers one of Sevenoaks’ district’s biggest summer treats with a programme ranging from comedy, musical theatre, classic, jazz, opera and family to speakers and film. The popular annual open-air summer Festival takes place in the spectacular award-winning gardens of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of Kent’s top tourist attractions. The world class live entertainment (including evening performances and matinees) is presented in a covered theatre situated on the Two Sisters Lawn, so audiences are happy come rain or shine!

And this year for the first time, a discounted theatre and castle gardens joint ticket is available to buy online. Pre-theatre dinner or afternoon tea after a matinee at the Guthrie Pavilion can be booked online when booking tickets for the Festival Theatre at www.heverfestival.co.uk.

The Festival’s second part, their high summer programme, will start soon on 24 July until 30 August.

Festival Theatre Director, Ailsa Molyneux said of this year’s Festival:

“The 2019 Festival is brimming with events. This year’s extended selection will appeal to both our existing patrons and those who will be new to the truly magical experience of visiting our theatre in the award winning Hever Castle Gardens.”

Gates for evening performances open at 6.30pm, performances start at 8pm. Gates for matinee performances open 30 minutes before start time.

Tickets are bookable online www.heverfestival.co.uk or the Box Office is open for telephone bookings Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm on 01732 866114.

Hever Festival Theatre 2019 is brimming with events . . .

Festival Theatre Director, Ailsa Molyneux said of this year’s Festival:

“The 2019 Festival is brimming with events. This year’s extended selection will appeal to both our existing patrons and those who will be new to the truly magical experience of visiting our theatre in the award winning Hever Castle Gardens.”

Hever Festival Theatre, the open air theatre set in the stunning grounds of Hever Castle, is back for 2019…and it’s bigger, better and longer than ever (4 May to 30 August) with highlights that include Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley aka Lost Voice Guy, national treasure, broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Vine, and icons of jazz Mica Paris, Courtney Pine (with special guest Omar) and Miloš Karadaglić performing as part of the Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival.

The Festival offers one of Sevenoaks’ districts best summer experiences. So book now!

Festival Fever hits Sevenoaks

Festival fever has hit Sevenoaks with a vengeance!  Whether you're a fan of books, drama or music there's something on offer for you!

Bank Holiday weekend, May 6/7 is the date for the 2018 Chiddingstone Literary Festival, a literary feast with Ian Rankin, Adam Kay, Diana Henry and so many more - all set within the intriguing setting of this quirky Kent country house. 

Celebrating its 35th anniversary season is Hever Festival Theatre. Booking is now open for an eclectic range of music and drama.  There's definitely a treat in store for all the family here. Take a picnic and make it a real occasion.

Sevenoaks itself launches its 2018 Festival Programme on Saturday 23 June. Don't miss out on this annual cornucopia of delights and book now!

 

Hever Festival - Cinema under the Stars

           CINEMA UNDER THE STARS

             Tuesday 22nd – Friday 25th August

 There is something special about watching Movies on a big screen in the open air, and in the magical setting of the Festival Theatre with tiered seating and the shade of the large canopy, audiences can enjoy classic and recent blockbusters under the stars. People can bring a picnic, wrap up warm and then take their seats to laugh or cry their way through the selection of popular films! This year enjoy vintage classics, the Oscar winning blockbuster of 2017 and a girls-night-out favourite.

New this year, a pizza van will be parked up on the Theatre lawn during film week, offering a selection of freshly cooked pizzas. Audiences will be able to purchase on the evening, or book a special combo deal in advance – two cinema tickets and one 10-inch pizza with toppings of choice for £38. The perfect accompaniment to an evening under the stars!

Cinema Under the Stars: Tues 22nd – Fri 25th August 8pm, Gates open 6.30pm

Tickets: Reserved Covered Seating £14

Box Office 01732 866114 www.heverfestival.co.uk

 

Singin' in the Rain

Tuesday 22nd August 8pm – Cert U

Reserved Covered Seating £14


 

Swing along to Hever Festival's late summer delight!

SWINGING AT THE COTTON CLUB

 

FEATURING THE LINDY HOP DANCE COMPANY

& THE HARRY STRUTTERS HOT RHYTHM ORCHESTRA

SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST 8PM

This sensational live music show takes audiences on a journey back in time, stepping back into 1920s and ‘30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest night club – The Cotton Club! Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging – whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breath-taking routines.

In this show, the exhilarating dance of the famous Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous Lindy Hop Dance Company, the UK’s finest, authentic Jazz Dance Company and the show’s special guest tap-dancer. Alongside them The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, featuring American vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington, are specialists in recreating the jazz and hot dance music of the 1920s and ‘30s with characteristic drive and visual appeal.

“A positive pleasure to behold” The Guardian

Book now!

Swinging At The Cotton Club: Saturday 26th August 8pm, Gates Open 6.30pm
Tickets: Reserved Covered Seating £27, Grass Areas £17
Box Office: 01732 866114  www.heverfestival.co.uk