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The best events around Tunbridge Wells this weekend – 16 & 17 October

This weekend sees the pinnacle of the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival with its live theatre, street performance and huge art installation in the heart of the town – read on for all the info you need to visit!

For something energetic and completely different, a Commando style endurance race comes to Hever Castle – suitable for adults and children from age 8!

Pumpkin season is now in full swing and we have details of local farms where you can throw on some wellies and pick your own – always a great photo opportunity! Have a wonderful weekend!

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival 2021♥ If you do one thing this weekend, it must be to visit the centrepiece of the Puppetry Festival: Museum of the Moon. Measuring seven metres in diameter, this awe-inspiring artwork will be suspended above Calverley Grounds from 7pm on Friday until 9pm on Sunday. With its detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, this free art installation is coming from its tour of the likes of the Natural History Museum, for its first trip to the Southeast, right on our doorstep! The Inside will be serving food and drinks from the café and a pop-up adjacent to the installation throughout the weekend. The installation can be seen on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 9pm too.

Friends of Calverley Grounds invite all to Free Art in the Park including spray painting, comic strip creations and Moon modelling with Freckles from 12-2pm on Saturday.

  • The festival programme includes some great introductions to theatre. Dig! is perfect for children 6 months to 3 years, at the Assembly Hall on Thursday 14th October at 10am & 11.30am, while The Hug at Trinity Theatre on Friday 15 October at 10am and 11.30am is ideal for little ones age 4 and under.  On Saturday 16th Eggs on Legs at the Camden Centre is great for older siblings too up to 8 years.
  • For older children and adults, Stephen Mottram performs The Parachute at Trinity Theatre and String Theatre’s The Insect Circus has two performances on Sunday 17th October at 3.15 and 4.30pm at The Forum.
  • Your 8+ year olds can join one of the Aardman team of expert model makers to get hands on making your own Gromit, Feathers McGraw or Shaun the Sheep character on Saturday at Royal Victoria Place. Bookable in advance for £10.

There are many more free puppetry performances for all to enjoy across the town, on The Pantiles, Trinity Theatre, The Forum and Trinity Theatre as well as paid-for ticketed events. Check out the programme and enjoy!

Commando at Hever Castle♥ Take on the ultimate endurance obstacle course when it returns to Hever Castle this Saturday and Sunday. Commando UK is the only event that recreates the mud, sweat and pain of modern-day Royal Marines Commando training. Anyone aged 8-80 can challenge themselves across a 6k course, taking on some of the toughest obstacles straight out of the Commando test book, but you can pick your level from Commando to a family-friendly course. A great day out for all the family!

Sevenoaks Mum2Mum MarketMum2Mum Market is coming to The Angel Centre in Tonbridge this Sunday 17th October from 10am to 2pm. Don’t miss out on hundreds of baby & children’s bargains from over 30 stalls! With clothes for girls and boys from newborn up to age 6, there will also be a super selection of toys and equipment including bouncy chairs, play centres, prams and pushchairs, as well as smaller items like sterilisers & slings. Entry is £2 for adults (children go for free) and parking is free.

♥ There are rides and attractions for all ages at the family run travelling Bensons Funfair, at Colebrook Park until Sunday evening, including a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday 16th October starting at 8.30pm. Entry £1.

♥ The popular Pumpkin Festival is back at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens from Saturday 16th October, through until Sunday 31st October (except Mondays and Tuesdays). Collect a sheet from the ticket office and find all the pumpkins hidden in the garden to claim a sweet treat at the end. Then get creative in the BYO pumpkin carving themed grotto!

Pumpkins KentBirchden Farmin Groombridge as well as The Spadework Charity PYO Pumpkin Garden, Taywell Farm Shop and Lower Laysden Farm all have PYO Pumpkin events going on this weekend, which you can read about in our pumpkins round-up!

♥ Are you brave enough to explore the haunted woodland trail at Reuthe’s The Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks? Book now for this weekend and throughout October, from £5 per person for 3 years and over (free for tots!). Create your own spooky pumpkin to take home at the carving sessions, also £5 and bookable now.  The 11-acre nursery and Basecamp Café are also open.

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