Countdown to Christmas begins with Tonbridge Festival

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Last Updated: 14 Nov 2017 11:25am

This year’s Tonbridge Rotary Christmas Festival will take place over three days on Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November.  With the panto stars waiting in the wings for the big light switch-on and a host of musical entertainment lined up for Sunday – and all for free - this year’s festival is set to be another huge success!

The festivities start early again this year with a Family Fun Fair in Sovereign Way Mid car park.  The Fun Fair will be open on Friday 24 November from 6pm to 10pm, and again on Saturday 25 November from 12noon to 10pm and on Sunday 26 November from 12noon to 8pm.  There will be something for everyone including traditional children’s rides, side shows, arcades, toffee apples and candy floss – all guaranteed to bring the town to life with laughter, screams and smiles all round.

On Sunday 26 November the fun will begin at 1.50pm with the TS Brilliant Reunion Band marching through the High Street.   At 2.25pm the on-stage musical entertainment begins at the top end of town featuring Courtney Hardwin – The Voice Kinds UK Finalist, Razzamataz Theatre School, Hobbo and the Hippies, Tonbridge Community Singers and Roxxon. At 4.55pm the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Dalton, will be joined by stars from the Angel Centre Pantomime – ‘Peter Pan’, to switch on the Christmas lights.  After the light switch on, the music will continue until 6pm when there will be a spectacular firework finale over Tonbridge Castle.

The Hartley Morris Men will be performing all around the event throughout the day.

There will be, throughout the day, a variety of commercial and charity stalls together with street performers in the High Street from 2pm.

Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Maria Heslop, says: “As always, this year’s festival - with all the drama of the lights switch on, live music performances and the fireworks spectacular, looks sure to be a great afternoon out for the whole family. A big vote of thanks to the Rotary Club of Tonbridge for organising this fabulous event once again and to The Times of Tonbridge, Shaw’s Leisure and KMFM, together with other High Street retailers for sponsoring the event. I hope many people come along to join in with and enjoy the festivities on Sunday 26 November and throughout the weekend.”

The festival is organised by The Rotary Club of Tonbridge with support from Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Tonbridge Lions Club, Razzamataz Theatre School, Times of Tonbridge, KMFM and Nick Shaw’s Leisure. For more information on the Christmas Festival, please contact Tonbridge Rotary Club by emailing