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.

THE Flowers of Spring!

Bluebells are THE flowers of an English Spring.  The Evening Standard reported recently that Sevenoaks district has some of the best displays of these brilliant massed blooms.

So come and visit to admire the cerulean carpets of this Spring classic! Stunning displays can be seen at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, NT Ightham Mote, Chartwell and Emmetts Garden.  All are within a short drive from Sevenoaks, so why not make a bluebell visit a weekend trip? See www.simplysevenoaks.co.uk for some great accommodation choices.

 

 

Half term treats!

You can trick and treat to your heart's content this week in Sevenoaks!

Visit Ightham Mote tomorrow, Thursday 26 October to be wound up in their spider's web special! Be spooked at Lullingstone Castle with their Halloween highlights on Sunday 29 October (noon to 8 pm), with ghostly house tours and garden explorations, pumpkin carving and more!  Or be brave and visit Knole House on Saturday 28 October for some torchlight tours (5 pm - 8 pm)!

Find fresh air and eerie treats at Emmetts Garden; hunt the broomstick in the gardens at Penshurst Place and enjoy spine-tingling half-term fun at Hever Castle where you might win a prize for fancy dress!

So scramble into that pumpkin outfit and be off and out to find the fun! Happy hunting and don't forget to say boo if you find any friendly ghosts!

Celebrating Ightham at Ightham Mote on July 15

All lovers of Kent artisans, should head for the Celebrating Ightham Fair at Ightham Mote on Saturday 15 July, 10 am - 5 pm, with FREE entry.

Join us for a host of artisan craft stalls, Kent produce, food and zany entertainment.  Be it jewellery, pottery, that ever intriguing bric a brac hunt, Kent cobnut oil, well-being products, individual home accessories or just simply the fun of browsing for the unexpected, you'll find it at Ightham Mote on 15 July.

Add in zany entertainment, music, food, mouthwatering WI home-baked cakes and the glories of Ightham Mote, then this makes Celebrating Ightham an event not to be missed.

Saturday 15 July, 10 am - 5 pm, Free entry to the Mote and to the Fair.

What's that in the cupboard?

Tidying out? Discovered something dusty and unused at the back of the cupboard? Is the 'something' a thing of beauty, interest, or history? If so, perhaps you should head to Ightham Mote this Thursday, 16 June where BBC Antiques Roadshow will be filming. Entry is free, Ightham WI are serving mouthwatering home-made cakes, and although the queues might be long, the antique expert might possibly have some good news!

Worth the trip? Definitely . . . . and good luck!