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Hand-picked events from the editor n


EDITOR’S Choice APRIL


April 3 – 15 Easter Trails


Ightham Mote, Ivy Hatch, MARCH


March 30 – April 15 Easter Fun at the Farm,


Hop Farm, Paddock Wood Fun in the family park with Easter egg hunts, spring lambs, Easter chicks, children’s rides and fun for all ages to enjoy during the school holidays. The £1-per- person entry fee includes all day indoor soft play, outdoor adventure play and crazy golf. Pony grooming, meet the ferrets, horse and cart rides and much more! Admission £1 per person. www.thehopfarm.co.uk


March 30 – April 2 Full Steam Ahead Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Royal


Tunbridge Wells Steam and Heritage Diesel trains will be running daily over the weekend. There’s an Easter bunny competition – tick the sheet when you spot one as you travel through the High Weald to Eridge. Fares: Adults £12, Child £6, Seniors £11, Family 2+2 or 1+3 £31. www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk


April 7 Heritage Transport Show,


Kent County Showground, Detling More than 700 vehicles including motorbikes, cars, tractors, commercials and many more. The South East Bus Festival will also be there, a firm


favourite at the show and will be featuring a display of over 100 buses and bus related trade stands. Visitors and exhibitors can take advantage of as many free vintage bus rides around the showground as they like. Autojumble and trade stalls. For more information, visit the South East Bus Festival website www.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east-bus-festival


Mid Kent Living 9


Sevenoaks Keep the children entertained with trails, crafts and a natural play area. Look out for themed Thursdays from 11am-3pm. Craft activities available most days. Open 10.30am – 4.30pm daily. www.nationaltrust.org.uk


April 1-2 Festival of Steam and Transport, Historic


Dockyard, Chatham Now in its 16th year, the festival has its usual favourites for the weekend… Steampunks, Funfair and running trains. New for this year is the International Food & Drink Festival with a variety of cuisines from around the globe you won’t be leaving hungry! Prices from £7 for children and £9 for adults. www.thedockyard.co.uk/steamandtransport


April 5 onwards Women, Suffrage and the Theatre,


Smallhythe Place,


nr Tenterden A new exhibition exploring the life of Edy Craig, daughter of Ellen Terry, in the suffrage movement 100 years ago. The Shakespearean Lectures of Ellen Terry will also be on display, together with photos, play scripts and memorabilia of the founding member of the actresses franchise league. 11am-5pm. FREE EVENT – normal National Trust admission applies.


April 14


East Malling Singers’ Spring Concert, St James the Great


Church, East Malling The Armed Man: Mass for Peace – Karl Jenkins. Written to commemorate the Royal Armouries’ Museum move from London to Leeds in 2000, the Armed Man was dedicated to the victims of Kosovo and embraces the horrors of war with the hope for peace in the new Millennium. A fitting choice to mark the centenary of the end of WWI. Tickets from 01622 750943 or boxoffice@ eastmallingsingers.co.uk


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


April 14 - 15 Comic Art Festival,


Margate Winter Gardens The first such festival to be held in Margate. This exciting new event celebrates the rich diversity of the comic art medium, featuring an international guest list of famous comic creators and also a selection of exhibiting artists, dealers and publishers. Tickets from £15.


FREE EVENT


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