April Diary of events in Kent

Bluebell walk at Hole Park

Bluebell walk at Hole Park - Credit: Archant

Plan your month ahead with the county’s most comprehensive guide

Late April

Bluebell Walk

Often described as one of the best places to see bluebells in the country, Hole Park Gardens is also renowned for its mature rhododendrons and magnificent standard wisterias.

Tickets: £1 (children); £6 (adults)

01580 241344 or 01580 241386

Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden

Most Read

Satnav: TN17 4JA

4 and 5 Apr


A one-woman show performed by the UK’s leading female beat-boxer Grace Savage exploring the life, journey and experiences of a visually impaired young woman.

Tickets £12

01227 787787

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

4 to 5Apr

Scooby-Doo – The Mystery of the Pyramid

Clamber aboard the Mystery Machine and experience first-hand all the scary fun had by Scooby and his intrepid gang of investigators. With the instantly recognisable signature theme song, spectacular sound effects and a plentiful supply of Scooby Snacks, this show is a must-see spook-tacular!

Tickets: £10-£58

01892 530613

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

Satnav: TN1 2LU

5 Apr

Heritage Transport Show

Celebrate transport through the ages; This year represents anniversaries for the bus fraternity. It is the 60th anniversary of the AEC Reliance, 75th anniversary of London Transport RT and the 60th anniversary of the iconic Routemaster. Car and bike clubs will also have displays.

Tickets: From £5.00

01622 630975

Kent Showground, Detling

Satnav: ME14 3JF

5 Apr


To raise money for the Thanet Pilgrims’ Hospice, choirs and clergy from around Thanet will be joining together to present words and music for Passiontide and Holy Week.

Tickets: Free (but a donation would be welcome)

All Saints Church, Birchington

Satnav: CT7 9RS

6 Apr

Psychic Mediumship

Author, TV star and medium Tony Stockwell will use his ‘gift’ to help people in their quest for consolation. He will bring messages of comfort to those who need to hear and understand that a friend or a loved one can still be with them.

Tickets: From £20

0844 8713015

Channel Suite, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Satnav: CT20 2DZ

9 Apr

Joe Brown

The legendary rock’n’roller is returning to Kent. Joe plus his five-piece band including his son, record producer Pete Brown, will be cranking out timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk and rock‘n’roll, all interwoven with Joe’s light-hearted banter.

Tickets: £22.50 to £27.50

0844 871 3015

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Satnav: CT20 2DZ

12 Apr

Come Dancing

All the magic and excitement and inspired by the smash-hit TV series, there will be show-stopping shuffles, dazzling dances and plenty of sequins. In addition to the moves, you can also enjoy a three-course meal. Spaces are limited.

Tickets: £65 per person

01303 267441

Hythe Imperial, Hythe

Satnav: CT21 6AE

12 Apr

Story Hunt

Daniel Bye will be gathering stories and fables from Margate locals, ready for his new show Story Hunt. Audience members can accompany Dan as he strolls through sights that can no longer be seen and marvel at monuments that are yet to be raised.

Tickets: £5 (limited capacity of 15 per show)

01843 292795

Theatre Royal, Margate

Satnav: CT9 1PW

12 to 13 Apr

Long Bow Archery Display

Archery displays from The Fraternity of St George, using techniques that date back to medieval times.

Tickets: Contact venue

01732 865224

Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge

Satnav: TN8 7NG

12 to 13 Apr

Science Museum Live

For those with curious minds, this is an ‘electrifying’ new show. Follow Annabella and Phil, two futuristic science students, as they race against time to prove their knowledge of energy through a series of live experiments.

Tickets: £12-£15

01892 530613

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

Satnav: TN1 2LU

15 and 17 Apr

Spring Photo Walks

Improve your photography with guidance from Robert Canis. He will discuss such things as composition, lighting, exposure and lens selection. Maximum of eight people per session, must be pre-booked.

Tickets: £40

01622 765400

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Satnav: ME17 1PL

16 Apr

Suggs: My Life Story

“I’ve just turned 50, the kids have left home, and my cat just died.” The Madness front man takes to the stage in a hilarious yet moving one-man tour de force, which represents a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.

Tickets: £26

01892 530613

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

Satnav: TN1 2LU

16 Apr


This Olivier Award-winning production stars Bob Golding as the man ‘what brought us the sunshine’. He dons the glasses made famous by the comedy icon Eric Morecambe.

Tickets £19.50

01227 787787

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

17 Apr

Soul Legends

Boasting more soul classics than any other show, that’s a lot to live up to. So, cramming hits in from legends such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, Barry White, The Four Tops, The Jacksons, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder and The Pointer Sisters and more is a great way to live up to the claim.

Tickets: £23; £22 (concs)

01227 787787

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

19 and 20 Apr

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash

From the creators of Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt comes another all-singing, all-dancing adventure that is jam-packed full of songs, games and muddy puddles.

Tickets: From £13.50

01227 787787

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Satnav: CT1 2AS

21 to 26 Apr

The Two Worlds of Charlie F

Performed by serving and veteran soldiers, this poignant production explores the effects of injury and its impact on others, before, during and after war.

Tickets: £14-£27.50

0844 871 7620

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Satnav: BR1 1HA

25 Apr

Roaring Forties – Ed Byrne

Since his twenties Ed Byrne has been a self-confessed ‘miserable git.’ Now, having reached his forties, the comedian is embracing middle age with open arms.

Tickets: £22.50

01634 338338

Medway Theatre, Chatham

Satnav: ME4 4AS


25 Apr

Sinatra, Sequins & Swing

Expect to hear plenty of superb standards that come swingin’ straight out of the glamorous 1950’s Hollywood era of Sinatra and Swing’s significant ‘Capitol Records’ era.

Tickets: £19; £20


The Stag, Sevenoaks

Satnav: TN13 1ZZ

26 Apr

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is back doing what he does best: making mischief. He set himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year, this show is his catalogue of those acts.

Tickets: £14

01303 858500

Quarterhouse Arts Centre, Folkestone

Satnav: CT20 1BN

26 to 27 April

1940s Wartime Weekend

Commemorate the vital role that Dover played as both a port and a hub of national defence during the Second World War. The Victory Wartime Band will be playing 1940’s music and, will be joined by Tacky Annie’s Swing Dance Club and Channel Hoppers, who will take to the dance floor.

Tickets: £3.50 to £15

01304 822409

Dover Transport Museum, Dover

Satnav: CT16 2JX

26 Apr

Right Plant, Right Place

Get some help to liven up those spots in your garden where nothing seems to thrive. Learn how to select plants for difficult places, and go home brimming with ideas that you will want to try out.

Tickets: £55

01233 643854

Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford

Satnav: TN23 3BP

27 Apr

Cyclo Sportive

The Heart of Kent Hospice challenges all keen cyclists to join its cycle of care – a 100km timed cycle through the heart of Kent countryside. Get fit and raise some money for charity.

Tickets: £35 per person.

01622 790195

East Malling Research, East Malling

Satnav: ME19 6BJ

27 Apr

Seedling Swap and Plant Sale

As well as all the usual bits, there will also be an audio-visual presentation by Ginny Oakes that outlines all the highlights of the Kent Group Garden Tours.

Tickets: Contact group

01303 863951

Headcorn Village Hall, Headcorn

Satnav: TN27 9NR

27 Apr

La Bohème

Considrered to be one of the most romantic operas ever written, La Bohème, tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer.

Tickets: £17.90 to £36.40

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Satnav: CT20 2DZ


5 to 21 Apr

Step into Easter

There will be plenty to do over the Easter holidays, including an Easter Egg hunt, craft workshops and an Easter bonnet competition.

Tickets: Contact venue

01732 865224

Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge

Satnav: TN8 7NG

5 to 21 Apr

Easter Quest

A family nature trail will be available through the Woodland Walk at Leeds Castle, with clues to collect in reward for a small prize. Additional charge of £1 per child applies.

Tickets: Contact venue

01622 765400

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Satnav: ME17 1PL

7 to 17 Apr

Kids for a Quid

If you are looking to spend time with the family, have a great day out and save a bit of cash over the Easter Holidays, then the Kent & East Sussex Railway has the answer. ‘Kids for a Quid’ offers families the chance to enjoy rides on the KESR for just £1 per child.

Tickets: £1 (per child); other fares apply

Tel: 01580 765155

Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden

Satnav: TN30 6HE

18 to 21 Apr

Easter Fun

Just Puppets will perform a slapstick production suitable for ages four to10 years. Follow Mrs Mouse as she visits the magic cake shop to buy a birthday cake for her hundreds of baby mice. Meet her friends along the way, sing and laugh along with the characters on their adventures. Or you can have a go at hobby horse jousting, children’s mini battles and knight’s training at Knight School.

Tickets: Contact venue

01622 765400

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Satnav: ME17 1PL

18, 19, 20 Apr

Easter at Brogdale

Spot the spring lambs, have a look at the hatching chicks and meet the Easter Bunny - just some of the treats on offer at Brogdale over the Easter period.

Tickets: £3.50 to £25.00

01795 536250

Brogdale Farm, Faversham

Satnav: ME13 8XZ

19 Apr

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail

Follow a specially created trail around the gardens of Ightham Mote to claim your Cadbury’s Egghead. See also page xx.

Tickets: £2.50

01732 810378

Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks

Satnav: TN15 0NT

21 Apr

Easter Egg Trail & Fun Day

Come and join in the fun around the castle grounds. Once you have finished hunting high and low for chocolatey goodness, there is a petting zoo complete with spring lambs, and other activities, including face painting and an adventure play area.

Tickets: £3 per child (Easter Egg Trail) (chocolate egg for the first 200 children)

01227 281726

Whitstable Castle, Whitstable

Satnav: CT5 2BW

Until 1 Jun

A Squash and a Squeeze

Discover how Julia Donaldson wrote classics such as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Princess Mirror-Belle and The Troll in this new exhibition. During Easter, there will also be some themed events including ‘Monkey Business’ (5 Apr to 19 Apr).

Tickets: £11.50 to £49.50

01634 823800

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Satnav: ME4 4TE