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