Events

Last Updated:

Events cancelled due to Covid 19.

Please note that due to the coronavirus outbreak, many previously advertised events have been cancelled. Please check directly with organisers for the latest information.

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

Hosting an event

If you have any community events that you would like publicised please provide the details by emailing leisure.services@tmbc.gov.uk

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.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council cannot accept any responsibility for any errors, omissions or subsequent alterations.

Country Park events

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

View our Country parks events booklet.

Rotary Club of Tonbridge events

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

Tonbridge Town Team’s Food Festival

23 - 24 May 2020

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.

For more information please visit: http://tonbridge-ourtown.org.uk/

Tonbridge Music Weekend

3 - 5 July 2020 Tonbridge Castle

A weekend of music on the Castle Lawn.

For more information please visit: http://tonbridgemusicweekend.com/

Tonbridge Lions Car Tour

12 July 2020

Tonbridge Lions Classic Car Tour.

For more information and to take part please visit: http://www.tonbridgelions.co.uk/car-tour-2017.html

Luna Cinema

19 - 21 July 2020

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 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:

12 July – The Soul Knights

26 July – Jon Hamilton Big Band

2 August – Second Wind Jazz Band

16 August – Invicta Jazz Orchestra

23 August – East Grinstead Concert Band

30 August – Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band

Heritage Open Days

11 -- 20 September 2020

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

8 September 2020

Dragon Boat Race Watergate, River Medway, Tonbridge, Kent. The 8th Tonbridge Dragon Boat Race Dear Dragons, Welcome Dragons past and prospective! The 8th Tonbridge Dragon Boat Race will be held on Sunday 8th September 2019. 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).

Medieval Fair

12 - 13 September 2020 10am-4pm Tonbridge Castle

Visitors are invited to step back in time in the grounds of Tonbridge Castle on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September to enjoy the annual Medieval Fair, which will be open from 10am to 4pm on both days.

Now in its 13th year, the Medieval Fair continues to grow, stepping us back in time, entry is free.

Everyone is welcome and visitors will be able to enjoy a whole host of 15th century sights, sounds and smells which include medieval re-enactments with swords echoing on armour and blades crunching on chainmail as fighters meet in combat. Visitors will come face to face with men-at-arms decked in armour and telling stories of past battles and musical minstrels will serenade their audiences alongside the entertaining antics of Punch and Judy and the merry jester, Bosco.

A full programme of events will entertain the thronging masses each day, and all can join in the fun with archery, become a Knight for the day, medieval crafts and demonstrations, plate spinning and juggling workshops, a hog roast and stalls selling medieval-style souvenirs.

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.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council welcomes amateur photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of your visit with us on social media. If you are looking to use our site for commercial, corporate or professional photography please contact leisure.services@tmbc.gov.uk as soon as possible to check availability and acquire the relevant permissions and paperwork.