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.

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

25th & 26th May 2019

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.

For more information please visit:-

http://tonbridge-ourtown.org.uk/event-1/tonbridge-food-and-drink-festival-2017

Tonbridge Summer Carnival

This year's event will take place on Sunday 16th June 2019 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 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.

Tonbridge Music Weekend

5th - 7th July 2019

A weekend of music on the Castle Lawn, for more information please visit:

http://tonbridgemusicweekend.com/

Changeling Theatre- The Winters Tale

11th July 2019

The Winters Tale by William Shakespeare

'It is required, you do awake your faith.’

The Winter’s Tale, a wonderful fairy story set in Sicily and Bohemia. Leontes has everything a man could want, Wealth, power, a family that loves him and friends. But he is not at peace. Inside he harbours a bitter jealousy that drives him to destroy all he holds dear. Many years later, in a distant country, a journey begins that may ultimately heal his pain and reunite his family. With all the crazy antics of the Changeling magic, plus beautiful costumes and just hint of …ABBA

The play contains Shakespeare’s most famous but challenging stage direction: ‘Exit, pursued by a bear.’

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

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

Tonbridge Lions Car Tour

14th July 2019

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

19th - 21st July 2019

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

Harry Potter – Friday 19th July

Bohemian Rhapsody – Saturday 20th July

A Star is Born – Sunday 21st July

http://www.thelunacinema.com/tonbridge-castle/4592091961

Illyria - Frankenstein

4th August 2019

FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

Brilliant young student Viktor Frankenstein discovers how to endow dead organic matter with life itself. It is one thing to stitch together an anatomically complete organism, but quite another when it becomes a living, breathing creature that shows intelligence, feels torment – and demands answers of its creator. Viktor, disgusted by his creation and unable to face the consequences of bringing it into the world, escapes his claustrophobic university life to return home to Switzerland. But the Monster is not to be put off, and it relentlessly tracks him down. Jealous that Viktor is about to marry his childhood sweetheart and create life in a more conventional way, the Monster resolves to ransom him until a wife is created for him also.

Running time: 2 hours (including interval)

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

For tickets https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/627428

Illyria - Tempest

27th August 2019

THE TEMPEST By William Shakespeare

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero – until Prospero learns that in spite of everything Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Which is greater – his thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

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

For tickets https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/627437

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:

14th July – Jon Hamilton Big Band

28th July – Second Wind Jazz Band

11th August – Invicta Jazz Orchestra

18th August – Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band

25th August – East Grinstead Concert Band

Heritage Open Days

7th - 8th September 2019

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 Team's Dragon Boat Race

8th September 2019

Dragon Boat Race Watergate, River Medway, Tonbridge, KentThe 7th Tonbridge Dragon Boat RaceDear Dragons, Welcome Dragons past and prospective! The 7th 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 RaceThe Dragon Boat Race will take place in Tonbridge town centre on the River Medway at the Watergate (Big Bridge).

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.