Events

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There are many fun family events across the borough each month.

Hosting an event

If you would like to add an event to this page, please e-mail your details to Leisure Services.

If you are planning to hold any event, there are a number of organisations that you, as the event organiser, need to request permission from and consult.

Country Park events

Events take place in Haysden Country Park and Leybourne Lakes Country Park throughout the year.

View our Country parks events booklet online or download to print.

Tonbridge Events

Please download our poster of events in Tonbridge in 2018.

Rotary Club of Tonbridge events

The Rotary Club of Tonbridge run a number of events as listed on their newsletter.

Spring flowers and bluebell walk - 13 May

Enjoy a leisurely stroll guided by the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership through the picturesque Holly Hill Wood, identifying spring flowers and taking in the beauty of the woods along the way.

Sturdy footwear is advised and suitable clothing for the days weather conditions. Please be aware that we have a no dogs policy on our events.

Sunday 13th May 2018, 11am- 1pm

Holly Hill Open Space, Off Birling Hill, Near Snodland DA13 0UB (free parking)

The event is free but booking is essential.

To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spring-flowers-bluebells-walk-tickets-45470753247?aff=es2

Morgan Cars Talk at Manor Farm, Wateringbury (ME18 5PP)

On Sunday 20th May 2018 (2pm – 4pm), The Friends of Wateringbury Church invite you to see and learn about Morgan Cars at an event hosted by Brands Hatch Morgan. There will be an opportunity to view the cars, ask questions to true experts and have a chance to win a ride in a Morgan. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds help with the upkeep of the village church building and grounds.

Doors open at 1.30pm. Buy your tickets in advance or on the door. Tickets are £5 for adults with children U16 free with an accompanying adult.

Tonbridge Town Teams Food Festival - 26 & 27 May

Situated in the town’s beautiful castle grounds close to the banks of the picturesque River Medway. The event will be open from 11am to 6pm on both days.

Try, taste and buy from more than 50 stallholders selling a delicious range of food and drink produced in and around Kent and from across the globe. Discover delicious cheeses, breads, cakes, sweet treats such as fudge and marshmallow; locally roasted coffee and specialist teas as well as other food related stalls.

This year’s foodie spectacular is being organised by the team behind Tonbridge Farmers Market, proud winners of the prestigious 2017 Taste of Kent Award for being Kent Farmers’ Market of the Year.

Tonbridge Summer Carnival - 17 June

This year's event will take place on Sunday 17th June and promises to be another great afternoon of fun for all the family.

This popular annual event begins with the usual carnival procession through the High Street. The theme this year will be “Animal Capers”, a great title for interpretation, and anyone including individuals, charity groups, clubs, schools and businesses can take part. For most, there is no chargeto take part in the Carnival procession andany registered charity entering a float may also have a 3metre x 3metre stall free of charge at the fete after the procession. However, there is a small charge for commercial enterprises.

The carnival procession will include bands, walking groups, floats and majorettes, and will leave Avenue Du Puy at 12.30pm and proceed through the town to Tonbridge Castle. The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling and the President of Tonbridge Lions Club will judge the entries in each category. After the procession, the fete will be held on the Castle Lawn and in Castle Walk during which the winning procession entries will be announced and trophies awarded.

The carnival day is organised each year by Tonbridge Lions Club with support from Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council. Money raised at the event is distributed to local charitable causes and to Lions Club charities. If you’d like to take part in the carnival procession, please contact Bob Maddison by email maddison.bob@talk21.com and for a stall on the Castle Lawn please contact Dominic Keast on 01732 351117 or email dominic.keast@talktalk.net

Tonbridge Music Weekend - 6 & 8 July

A weekend of music on the Castle Lawn, for more information please visit http://tonbridgemusicweekend.com/

Changeling Theatre - Measure for Measure - 13 July

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall

Vienna is rife with brothels and loose morality. The weak Duke goes undercover, leaving his strict deputy Angelo in charge to clean the city up. But when Angelo sentences young Claudio to death for premarital sex with his fiancée, Claudio’s sister Isobel, a nun, pleads for his life. Angelo agrees to spare him, but only in exchange for Isobel’s virginity…

Changeling’s Measure for Measure is inspired by the Moulin Rouge with more than a hint of the Burlesque. This compelling Shakespeare comedy has a storyline full of twists and turns as sin meets virtue and good battles against evil.

Enjoy the Open Air Theatre on the Castle Lawn, bring a picnic or take advantage of the stalls on site.

For tickets visit http://changeling-theatre.com/tickets/#

Tonbridge Lions Car Tour - 15 July

For more information and to take part please visit http://www.tonbridgelions.co.uk/car-tour-2018.html

Illyria - Pirates of Penzance - 17 July

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert & Sullivan

Frederick, apprenticed to the Pirates since a child, learns that he was born in a leap year on 29th February, and that he is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year. With only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, how will he resist being forced to endure a life of crime until he is 84 - and will his sweetheart, Mabel, wait for him that long?

With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, "The Pirates of Penzance" is as fresh as if it had been written today. It is packed-full of memorable songs such as "To be a Pirate King!"; "Modern Major General" and "A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One”.

Enjoy the Open Air Theatre on the Castle Lawn, bring a picnic or take advantage of the stalls on site.

For Tickets visit https://www.illyria.co.uk/pirates-of-penzance

Luna Cinema - 20, 21, & 22 July

This summer, The Luna Cinema transforms the grounds of the majestic Tonbridge Castle into an impressive setting for open air cinema.

Tonbridge Castle is steeped in 900 years of English history, and we invite you to come and enjoy a unique cinematic experience; watching classic films on a giant screen in one of Kent’s most ancient sites. To book please visit

  • Gladiator – Friday 20th July
  • Pretty Woman – Saturday 21st July
  • The Greatest Showman – Sunday 22nd July

For more information and to book visit http://www.thelunacinema.com/tonbridge-castle/4592091961

Summer Band Concerts

A series of free summer concerts will be taking place on the Bailey Lawn at Tonbridge Castle and everyone is welcome to come along.

The concerts, which will be performed by a mixture of amateur and professional bands, have been organised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and will take place between 3pm and 5pm. There is no need to book a ticket – people can just turn up on the day and enjoy the music, bring a picnic or take advantage of the stalls on site.

Every Sunday will feature a different band:

  • 29 July – Jon Hamilton Big Band
  • 6 August – Second Wind Jazz Band
  • 12 August – Invicta Jazz Orchestra
  • 2 September – Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band

Illyria - Merchant of Venice - 7 August

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice is a funny play that deals with serious issues - in particular the keeping of promises. Wealthy Antonio borrows money from Shylock, and both are so confident about his paying it back that they jokingly adopt a ridiculous agreement: that Antonio will give Shylock a pound of his flesh should he default. Then events conspire against him so that he cannot repay the loan. Meanwhile Bassanio risks everything in the hope of winning the hand of Portia in marriage. Admittedly he succeeds - but when she gives him a ring to keep, and he is compelled to give it away, what future for their domestic bliss?

Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama is by turns gripping, funny, romantic and thought-provoking. International award-winning Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Enjoy the Open Air Theatre on the Castle Lawn, bring a picnic or take advantage of the stalls on site.

For tickets visit https://www.illyria.co.uk/merchant-of-venice

WW1 Event - 18 & 19 August

Put it in your diary now! An event that will educate and entertain, and be like nothing Tonbridge has seen for a century. In and around the Castle, visitors will see a replica Great War tank, soldiers and nurses of the period, a search dog, horses, and First World War artefacts, all to the sound of music from the time. Tonbridge 100 in conjunction with Tonbridge historical society will be a visual experience of life one hundred years ago. More participants are expected to be announced, so come to the Castle and step back in time. Entry is free, with donations to the Poppy Appeal.

We hope you can join us to remember those that have gone before us, and those who continue to serve.

Illyria - Hound of the Baskervilles - 28 August

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Who killed Sir Charles Baskerville? Can anyone prevent the same fate befalling the young Sir Henry Baskerville? Is a monstrous hound really roaming Dartmoor? Why is someone systematically stealing Sir Henry’s shoes? And how does a ghostly hound manage to leave vast paw-prints and other unwelcome evidence of its existence?

The original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, tackle the most baffling case of their careers in this faithful, cheeky but chilling adaptation...

Enjoy the Open Air Theatre on the Castle Lawn, bring a picnic or take advantage of the stalls on site.

For tickets visit https://www.illyria.co.uk/hound-of-the-baskervilles

Medieval Fair - 8 & 9 September

(Details to follow)

Heritage Open Days - 8 & 9 September

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture. Organised by volunteers – usually property owners or managers – for local people, Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event, attracting some 800,000 people annually.

The Heritage Open Days Partnership gives central co-ordination and additional voice to the event which is made possible by funding and support from English Heritage. Locally this event has been co-ordinated by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council in partnership with The Malling Society and Tonbridge Civic Society. Tonbridge Art Group, Tonbridge Civic Society, Tonbridge Historical Society, Tonbridge Parish Church Bell Ringers and members from the Jane Austen Society (Kent branch) will be exhibiting at Tonbridge Castle throughout the weekend.

For more details, visit www.heritageopendays.org

Tonbridge Town Teams Dragon Boat Race - 9 Sept

Dragon Boat Race Watergate, River Medway, Tonbridge, Kent

The 6th Tonbridge Dragon Boat Race

Dear Dragons,

Welcome Dragons past and prospective! The 6th Tonbridge Dragon Boat Race will be held on Sunday 9th September 2018. For six years now the Tonbridge Town Team has hosted what many feel to be the Tonbridge event of the year. As in previous years, the event relies on the professionalism and expertise of Dragon Boat Events – the company that supply the boats and equipment. On the same weekend the Tonbridge Medieval Fair will be taking place on the Castle lawn and we at the Town Team will be organising stalls along the newly refurbished River Walk.

The Dragon Boat Race will take place in Tonbridge town centre on the River Medway at the Watergate (Big Bridge).

Tonbridge Singles Tennis League

If you have been meaning to get back into tennis or would like to meet new people to play, join the Tonbridge Singles Tennis League. Open to men and women (18+) of all standards, it's a great way to improve and to have some competitive fun.

Players are organised into groups of a similar level and they arrange their own matches at a mutually convenient time over 8 weeks (from Thursday 24 May to Wednesday 18 July). Any court that suits both players can be used. Everyone who completes 3 matches by the half way mark is sent a free can of balls and there are prizes for the winners of each group.

Entry is £18 at https://localtennisleagues.com/tonbridge by Monday 21 May.

Park Life Music Festival

Sunday 21st July at Kings Hill Sports Park from 1pm. Music festival with hog roast, BBQ, Pimms & Procescco Bars. Tickets and full details at www.skiddle.com/festivals/park-life/

Tonbridge Half Marathon (Sunday 7 October)

Organised by the Tonbridge Rotary Club and Tonbridge Lions to raise money for The Bridge Trust and Pepenbury together with other charities supported by Lions and Rotary.

The race starts outside Judd School at 10.00am. There will be some road closures related to this event.

Full details are at www.tonbridgehalfmarathon.co.uk

Tonbridge Rotary Christmas Festival

Details for 2018 to follow.

Theatres

EM Forster Theatre

The Box Office, EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, TN9 1JP

For a full list of shows visp;www.boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk/home/

Oast Theatre

London Rd Tonbridge Kent TN10 3AN

For a full list of show visit www.oasttheatre.com

Happy Tonbridge

A video has been made in Tonbridge to show off its thriving community and put a bit of happiness into the town. Inspired by Pharrell Williams' number one hit Happy, more than 2,000 happy films have been made worldwide and Tonbridge wanted a slice of the action. Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council recognised the film's worth and a Community Enhancement Grant was given to support the launch event. See the full video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEApL1fxZ-U

Jane Austen's Connections to Tonbridge

You can have an MP3 audio guided tour of the monuments in the Church of St Peter & St Paul; these include the tomb of Jane Austen's grandparents, other Austens and people they knew narrated by Louise Jameson. You may also download this guide.

A circular walk of Tonbridge includes local links to Jane Austen. Download a copy of the leaflet.

Farmers' Markets

There are a number of Farmers Markets across the borough.