Kent Diary of the best events in November

Will Young in Cabaret in Tunbridge Wells

Will Young in Cabaret in Tunbridge Wells - Credit: Archant

Kent Life picks the best of what’s happening in the county this month

Until 3 Nov

Bats & Broomsticks

Visitors to the Historic Dockyard Chatham can join in the Bats and Broomsticks activities, which include a bat trail, pumpkin carving and a mini Ghost Tour.

Tickets: £11-£47.00, 01634 823800, Historic Dockyard, Chatham Satnav: ME4 4TE

1 and 7 Nov

The Sensational 60’s

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Featuring The Marmalade, Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe & Steve Ellis’ Love Affair, grab your chance to experience a time when pop music ruled the roost. At The Orchard on 1 Nov and Leas Cliff Hall on 7 Nov.

Tickets: £24.40-£28.40 01322 220000 (Orchard); 0844871 3015 (Leas Cliff Hall) Satnav: DA1 1ED (Orchard Theatre); CT20 2DZ (Leas Cliff)

Sat 2 Nov

Carl Donnelly

See Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2013 Carl Donnelly (a regular on Mock The Week and Russell Howard’s Good News) in his critically acclaimed show.

Tickets: £12 (concs.) 01227 787787 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Satnav: CT1 2AS

5 to 9 Nov

Fiddler on the Roof

Paul Michael Glaser, of Starsky & Hutch fame, plays the lead role of Tevye in this strong adaptation.

Tickets: £15-£38 01227 787787 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Satnav: CT1 2AS

9 Nov

Bill Wyman

The blues-influenced rock band, led by former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, embarks on a UK tour with the Rhythm Kings.

Tickets: £30-£42.50 01843 296111 Margate Winter Gardens Satnav: CT9 1HX

9 Nov

Knicker Lady

The chronology of underwear is presented with comic aplomb by Rosemary Hawthorne, who delves through 250 years of bloomers, briefs and bustles in her comic one-woman show in aid of charity Pilgrims Hospices.

Tickets: £50 (incls dinner) 01843 233922 Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury Satnav: CT1 2EH

10 Nov

Journey of remembrance

Take part in a special service of remembrance at Tenterden station, followed by the last post, a two-minute silence and the laying of a wreath. A Terrier locomotive will make a special journey, with a train formed of the Cavell Van, Birdcage and other historic vintage stock.

Tickets: 01580 765155 Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Satnav: TN30 6HE

12 to 16 Nov


Pop Idol graduate Will Young will be reprising his role in this legendary musical following a successful West End run. With show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Money Makes the World Go Round. A must see.

Tickets: £24.50 to £44.00 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU

13 Nov

Slade and Sweet

Slade became one of Europe’s biggest bands in the 70s, with a catalogue of hits that gave the glam generation its soundtrack. Sweet notched up 34 number one hits, including their explosive smash hit Blockbuster.

Tickets: £25.50-£27.50 01634 338338 The Central Theatre, Chatham Satnav: ME4 4RG

14 Nov

Jewellery workshop

Tap into your creative side with this jewellery design workshop. Create and take home up to three pairs of earrings, followed by a seasonal two-course lunch.

Tickets: £32.50 01732 861161 Chartwell, Westerham Satnav: TN16 1PS

15 to 24 Nov

Folkestone Book Festival

With curator Geraldine D’Amico at the helm once again, scale the highest peaks of the world with mountain climber Doug Scott, brave the frontline of the First World War with Kate Adie and sail the seven seas as a Tudor explorer. A highlight will be the presentation by Lionel Shriver, who wrote the award-winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Tickets: 01303 858 500 Folkestone CT20

16 Nov

Handmade with Love

This fair features items made by talented local artisans, including artworks, ceramics, homeware, jewellery, knitted and crocheted clothing. Live music.

Tickets: £3 Trinity Theatre, Tun Wells Satnav: TN1 1JP

17 Nov

Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres performs her latest show to coincide with the publication of her new book of poetry, copies of which she will be signing after the show.

Tickets: £21 01227 787787 The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Satnav: CT1 2AS

17 Nov

The Nutcracker

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House returns to UK shores with a new and vibrant classical ballet, The Nutcracker, a family fairy tale production packed with glitz and glamour.

Tickets: £16-£30.50 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU

21 Nov

An evening with Adam Henson

Presenter of the BBC’s Countryfile programme and a Kent Life columnist, Adam Henson will be talking about his life, his farm and a whole lot more. See also page 125.

Tickets: £17.50 01903 882741 Kent Event Centre, County Showground, Detling Satnav: ME14 3JF

21 Nov

Ladies Charity Lunch

Businesswomen in Kent and other networking groups are invited to a charity lunch. There will be a two-course spread and a guest speaker, Janet Goode, from Whitehead Monckton. A silent auction for designer handbags is bound to be very popular

Tickets: £35 01622 790195 Chilston Park Hotel, Maidstone Satnav: ME17 2BE

From 22 Nov

Ice skating

The popular attraction, now in its third year, will be open for business again in 2013. The rink is situated in the natural amphitheatre of Calverley Grounds and has become a favourite and much-anticipated Christmas feature of the town.

Tickets: £6-£8 per session 01892 554645 Calverley Grounds, Tun Wells Satnav: TN11BT

22 Nov

Nigel Kennedy presents

World-famous violinist, Nigel Kennedy, presents a typically maverick musical programme that celebrates the music of Bach and Fats Waller.

Tickets: £32.50, £29.00 01634 338338 The Central Theatre, Chatham Satnav: ME4 4RG

23 Nov

Nicholas McCarthy

Pianist Nicholas McCarthy makes a welcome return to Kent. His previous performance was rapturously received, as was his much-praised appearance at the closing ceremony of last year’s Paralympic Games.

Tickets: £16.50 01892825577 Organ Room, Kent College, Pembury Satnav: TN2 4AX

23 Nov

Encore! A Salute to the Dambusters Generation

This special concert celebrates the men and women from the Dambusters Generation. The concert, staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust, is hosted by BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Lynn Bowles and features the Central Band of the RAF plus the Squadronaires.

Tickets: 16.50-£22.50 01227 787787 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Satnav: CT1 2AS

26 to 30 Nov


Oh, what a beautiful morning - and Oh, what a beautiful evening you will have in the company of TWODS, as the company heads out to the Wild West. Eleanor Bell is Laurey Williams, while Jamie Thomas plays her love interest, lovable cowboy Curly McLain.

Tickets: From £13 Tel: 0845 269 1889 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU

29 Nov Lara Melda Brilliant young pianist Lara Melda is giving a fund-raising concert in Frant Church. Lara won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2010 at the age of just 16, and also received the Promising Artist of the Year Award from Kadir Has University in Istanbul. Tickets: £12 Tel: 01892 750665/750845 Frant Church, Frant, near Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU

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