It looks like we can finally look forward to a weekend of sunshine! And you can stop the search for where to enjoy it, with our family friendly what’s on guide for Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area. There’s a roundup of children’s workshops with availability during the final weekend of the Tunbridge Wells Fridge Festival. Why not enjoy a vintage fairground or some Japanese puppet theatre with the whole family?! Or show your support at a church fair, farmer’s market, or charity poetry night. Enjoy!
♥ A new zoom event is coming to Tunbridge Wells! The brilliant new Baby Umbrella charity, is hosting a Mums Poetry Night this Friday 16th July at 8pm. Tickets are £8 and you’ll hear lots of inspirational poets reading their writings inspired by motherhood. There’s an open mic session for any budding poets and a discussion on the benefits of writing about the subject, plus a chance to ask questions.
♥ Now in full swing the Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival has some fantastic sounding opportunities for kids to get involved (bookable in advance only):
- On Friday 16th July, The Talentz Musical Theatre Company presents an Improvisation and Devising Workshop with an industry professional for a fun two-hour workshop aimed at 11–18-year-olds.
- Book now for a free Creatables workshop on Saturday, perfect for age 4-9 year olds. Full of drama, games and craft that sparks kid’s imagination and immerses them in fun. Join them at The Inside Community Café (11am-12pm) for an Outer Space Workshop or at Christchurch (3-4pm) for Pirates and Princesses.
- Manic Ceramics on Camden Road invites anyone to get creative and paint on pottery, with a tea or coffee and cake from 10am-1pm on Saturday for £20 per person.
- Still want more? Then check-out the Camden Road Treasure Hunt, storytelling at The Zero Waste Co., a lantern making workshop in the park, plus a packed programme of live music.
♥ Join St Luke’s Church, St Luke’s Road, this Saturday 17th July between 2 and 4pm for the annual Summer Fair. There’s traditional fun to be enjoyed by the whole family on lots of stalls. Try you luck on the raffle, take a spin on the tombola’s, entertain the children with some fun games, enjoy tea & cake and more. Admission is free for children, £1 for adults. Covid guidelines are being observed.
♥ A steam driven vintage fairground is coming to Bluebell Railway’s Horsted Keynes Station (RH17 7BB) this weekend. Road Meets Rail is a Festival of Working Steam that recreates a bygone era of working traction engines, steam wagons, road rollers, and fairgrounds. Ride or watch lots of busy steam trains and enjoy refreshments including ice-creams, a hog roast and beer tent. Tickets can be purchased online for advance discount or on the day.
♥ The unique theatrical experience of Kamishibai (traditional Japanese paper theatre) comes to Chiddingstone Castle at various times on Sunday 18th July. Watch three family-friendly performances for children age 3+, of a story that tells of friendship based around the Japanese Tanabata Festival of Stars. A Thousand Cranes theatre company presents ‘Milkyway’ and tickets are on the door for £2.50.
♥ Wadhurst Farmers & Crafters Markets attracts 30 stalls, who pitch-up at the Wadhurst Commemoration Hall on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month. Expect to find fresh local produce, home baked goods, local arts & crafts, plants. Behind the hall is a large playing field perfect for a picnic and a run around or nearby Bewl is just a few minutes’ drive if you’re looking for somewhere to spend the rest of the day.