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Hand-picked events from the editor n EDITOR’S Choice January 7


Maidstone Ramblers Walk


JANUARY January 1 to February 28 Amazing Wild Weather Samphire Hoe


Education Shelter, Dover The coast at Samphire Hoe can take a battering but it can be stunningly appealing. Storms, sunshine and clouds all effect the way we feel about the landscape. This exhibition is a celebration of the beauty and power of the elements. Open daily from 11am - 3pm. Pay & display parking. 01304 225649.


January 5 - February 25 The Life of Lady Churchill


Chartwell, Westerham The National Trust has been working with local community groups to explore Lady Churchill’s life and women’s history since 1918. The result is a series of artwork, on display in the Mulberry Room above the café. Come and be inspired by their work - even add some art of your own. Daily 10 am-4pm.


January 14 Tracey Emin’s iconic ‘My Bed’ Turner Contemporary,


Margate Kent artist Tracey Emin’s iconic and controversial installation My Bed, created in her Waterloo council flat in 1998, comes to her home town. It is on display alongside a collection of


Yalding, Maidstone A leisurely seven mile circular walk starting from Yalding beside the canal and taking in Nettlestead Green, St Michael’s Church, Nettlestead Church and the Medway Valley Walk. The route is slightly hilly with good views and there will be an opportunity to see inside the redundant St Michael’s Church. There are pubs and cafes at the end for refreshments. Assistance dogs only. 10am-1.30pm www.maidstoneramblers.org.uk Tel: 07752 488931


January 19 Ghost Hunt


Fort Amherst, Khartoum Road, Chatham Guides will lead you around the Fort and tell you about the unexplained happenings that occur. Time will also be spent actively hunting and connecting with the spirits that inhabit the Tunnels and other buildings within the Fort. Hot drinks will be provided and ghost hunting equipment such as pendulums, dowsing rods and selected devices will be available. Not recommended for those with a fear of the dark or of a nervous disposition. 16+ only. Warm clothes and sensible footwear – and take a torch.


Book tickets at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/415545 7:30 pm, £20.00, Free parking.


January 15


Gardening for Insect Pollinators


Hildenbourgh Church


Hall, Hildenbourgh An illustrated talk by Dr Nikki Gammans, who is greatly involved with the reintroduction of the short- haired bumblebee, will show how vital insects are as pollinators and how we can make our gardens more attractive to them. Organised by the West Kent


JMW Turner’s seascapes and stormy skies, loaned from Tate’s collection. Antony Gormley’s sculpture


‘Another Time’ can also been seen on the shore at low tide. What better time to visit Turner Contemporary. The gallery is open Tuesday


to Sunday 10am – 5pm, closed Mondays. www.turnercontemporary.org


Local Group of Kent Wildlife Trust. 7.30pm. Refreshments available. Donations welcome. Contact Jenny Macpherson 01732 352703.


January 17


Charles Dickens & Gad’s Hill, Wateringbury Local History Society Wateringbury Village Hall, Tonbridge Road,


Wateringbury. Guests are welcome to join members for this talk by Ann Carter about the life and times of Charles Dickens who wrote many of his famous works while living at Gad’s Hill, Higham. The talk starts at 7.40pm and costs just £3.


Hand-picked events and great days out around the county...


January 20 & 21 Detling Antiques, Vintage and Collectors Fair


Kent County Showground,


Detling, Maidstone You can find wonderful things at the Antiques & Collectors Fair. If you are looking for the unusual then this is the place to go to. Dealers work hard to offer you a wide choice of items that you won’t find on the High Street. www.kenteventcentre.co.uk/ whats-on/


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