What’s on in Kent this November

Peter Pan at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

Peter Pan at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells - Credit: Archant

From bonfire parties to book festivals, concerts and Christmas Fairs, Kent Life has the most comprehensive county wide guide to the best events in the county this month

27 Oct to 2 Nov

Canterbury Anifest 2014

Japanese animation is coming to Kent. And that means everything from Manga to Cosplay to Anime. There will be talks, workshops, live performances, an exhibition, and films all inspired by Japan’s iconic style of animation.

Tickets: various 01227 769075 The Gulbenkian, Canterbury Satnav: CT2 7NB

1 Nov

A Swingin’ Affair

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Jazz singer Claire Martin and saxophonist Ray Gelato present a collection of classics that include That Old Black Magic, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off and Come Dance With Me.

Tickets: Contact venue 0845 6027 017 The Music Room, Pizza Express, Maidstone Satnav: ME14 1PS

1 Nov

Halloween Disco

Ghosts, ghouls, zombies and witches will descend on Folkestone in aid of Cancer Research. The disco is held in conjunction with Planet Folkestone’s Zombie Walk, which is collecting for the Padua Ward at William Harvey Hospital.

Tickets: £5 0844 871 3015 Channel Suite, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Satnav: CT20 2DZ

1 Nov

Murder Mystery

There’s been a murder. No, it’s not a re-run of Taggart, but it does promise to be a unique evening of fun and suspense; dinner theatre with a twist.

Tickets: £42 01303 267441 Mercure Hythe Imperial Hotel, Hythe Satnav: CT21 6AE

1 Nov

Thank You For The Music

An all-new, spandex and sequins spectacular, with the cast taking music fans back to 1974 and that memorable night when Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida arrived as pop music superstars at Eurovision, thanks to the song Waterloo. The show features The Magic of the Bee Gees, with hits like Staying Alive, Night Fever and How Deep is Your Love.

Tickets: £22.50 01322 220000 Orchard Theatre, Dartford Satnav: DA11ED

2 Nov

Chas & Dave

Legendary geezas Chas & Dave celebrate the recording of their first album of new material in 27 years, which is sure to be a ‘rockney’ classic. The duo will try out a few new numbers, plus some of the ol’ classics, including Gertcha and Rabbit.

Tickets: £24.50 to £26.50 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU

2 Nov

Fireworks display

The display is part of the Truck Racing spectacular, which visits the Kent racetrack every year. Entry to the fireworks display is free with your entry ticket, and you will also be able to enjoy a funfair alongside the truck races.

Tickets: (truck racing) £22 0843 453 9000 Brands Hatch, Longfield Satnav: DA3 8NG

2 Nov

RTWSO Concert

Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage, joins the RTWSO to perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. Mark Shanahan will also conduct the RTWSO in a performance of the showpiece Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov

Tickets: £14 to £23 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU

4 Nov


Singer, songwriter, producer, occasional rapper and all-round king of the club banger, Example is taking to the live arena, where he is a true master. Witness him turn any venue into a colossal party as he cranks out hit after hit from his past three albums.

Tickets: £31.40 0844 871 3015 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Satnav: CT20 2DZ

4 to 8 Nov


Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and that infamous coat, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including Any Dream Will Do. Sporting the colourful coat is X Factor finalist, Lloyd Daniels, with Danielle Hope as Narrator.

Tickets: £19.50 to £29.50 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU

5 and 6 Nov

Long Way to Tipperary

Katapult Theatre Company presents a new commemoration review that explores the songs and poetry of the First World War with a special focus on women. There will be less well-known material by soldiers, nurses, journalists, factory workers and performers, as well as familiar and popular songs of the time.

Tickets: Contact venue 01795 531 600 Arden Theatre, Faversham Satnav: ME13 8PW

7 Nov


Purveyors of some of the greatest pop hits of the 20th century, including Dreadlock Holiday, Donna and Rubber Bullets, 10CC will treat audience members to some true musical gems.

Tickets: £27.50; £29.50 01843 292795 Winter Gardens, Margate Satnav: CT9 1HX

8 Nov

Evening of Burlesque

This show, which is all tease and no sleaze, features corsets, killer heels and stockings aplenty. For over 18s only.

Tickets: £24.50, £23.50 (concs) 08448 717620 Churchill Theatre, Bromley Satnav: BR1 1HA

8 and 9 Nov

Fireworks Spectacular

Leeds Castle’s popular display offers moving images, music and incredible fireworks over the historic castle. This year’s theme is heroes and villains.

Tickets: £19; £12.50 (under 16s) 01622 880008 Leeds Castle, Maidstone Satnav: ME17 1PL

9 Nov

Dover and Folkestone

This illustrated talk by historian Michael George on the role of the two ports during the First World War is followed by a reception and four-course dinner in the Manor Restaurant. Signed and dedicated copies of Dover and Folkestone during the Great War by Michael and Christine George will also be on sale.

Tickets: £55 (per person) 01233 213020 Eastwell Manor, Ashford Satnav: TN25 4HR

12 Nov

Circus of Horrors

The Night of the Zombie is set in 2020, in a corpse-ridden London plagued by a swarm of zombies. The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shocks, all interwoven with some of the greatest and most bizarre circus acts on planet Earth.

Tickets: £16.90 to £27.90 0844 871 3015 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Satnav: CT20 2DZ

13 Nov

Sensational 60s

The ultimate 60’s extravaganza when, for one night only, six legendary names from that most ‘swinging’ of times will take to the stage. Herman’s Hermits, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Dave Berry, The Union Gap, The Ivy League and Alan Mosca from Freddie and The Dreamers will perform.

Tickets: £28.40 to £30.40 0844 871 3015 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Satnav: CT20 2DZ

14 to 23 Nov

Folkestone Book Festival

Featuring the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, among many more literary greats, the Folkestone Book Festival returns for another literary adventure. Expect everything from a puppy to Richard III and everything in between. See also page 52.

Tickets: Various 01303 760750 Quarterhouse, Folkestone Satnav: CT20 1BN

15 Nov


Reggae stars UB40, with 40 top hits to their name, are embarking on one of their biggest UK tours for three years and you can catch them in Kent.

Tickets: £28.50 01843 292795 Winter Gardens, Margate Satnav: CT9 1HX

18 Nov

RAF in Concert

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Red Arrows, the RAF in Concert tour returns to the Marlowe Theatre with a programme of music to match the colour, flamboyance and entertainment provided by the world’s most exciting aerobatic display team.

Tickets: £17 to £23 01227 787787 The Marlowe, Canterbury Satnav: CT1 2AS

18 to 19 Nov

Dinosaur Zoo

Direct from the West End, see the prehistoric age brought to life. From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, observe and interact with extraordinary life-like dinosaurs.

Tickets: 12.50 to £15; £10 (schools) 01892 530613 Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells Satnav: TN1 2LU

19 Nov

Magic of Motown

Classic hits from such greats as the Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and The Supremes at this spectacular.

Tickets: £25; £23 (concs) 01227 787787 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Satnav: CT1 2AS

21 Nov

Imelda May

Ireland’s reigning musical queen with the rockabilly influenced sound will perform songs from her latest studio album, Tribal.

£26 to £30.50 0844 871 3015 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Satnav: CT20 2DZ

21 Nov

Joseph Moog

At just 26, Joseph Moog has set new standards in the classical music world, having given concerts and recitals all through Europe and the US. The programme of music on offer this month includes music by Liszt, Rachmaninov and Beethoven.

Tickets: £14 01892 750665/750845 Frant Church, Frant Satnav: TN3 9DX

21 Nov

Abba Reunion Tribute Show

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Abba’s song Waterloo, and what better way to celebrate the quartet’s pop genius than by checking out one of the hottest tribute acts around? Starring the ‘original’ Frida from London’s West End, this is sure to be an evening filled to the brim with pop gems, including Knowing Me, Knowing You, Take A Chance On Me, Thank You for the Music, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes It All, Voulez Vous, SOS and, of course, the one that started it all, Waterloo.

Tickets: £19 01622 758611 Hazlitt Arts Centre, Maidstone Satnav: ME14 1PL

21 Nov

Moët & Chandon Black Tie Gourmet Dinner

An evening of indulgence where Eastwell Manor’s executive head chef will introduce his seven-course gourmet extravaganza, which Mark Thompson from Moët Hennessy will then team with expertly chosen wines and Champagnes.

Tickets: £125 (per person) 01233 213020 Eastwell Manor, Ashford Satnav: TN25 4HR

22 Nov

City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

The CRSO opens its 45th concert season with music from Smetana, Dvorak, Brahms, Rodrigo Tascon (University of Kent), and Jacob Bride.

Tickets: From £10 (adults); £1 (under 18yrs) 01634 338338 The Central Theatre, Chatham Satnav: ME4 4AS

23 Nov

Tonbridge Town Christmas Festival

Tonbridge Rotary is organising the Christmas Festival this year and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The High Street will be packed with stalls in addition to a procession, a stage with carol singing, entertainment, and a firework display.

Tickets: Free Tonbridge High Street Satnav: TN9

24 Nov

Paloma Faith

Kooky songstress Paloma Faith’s blend of sixties and seventies soul, r’n’b and disco truly separates her from the bland X-Factor clones currently dominating the pop charts.

Tickets: £30.50 0844 871 3015 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Satnav: CT20 2DZ

27 Nov

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas, one of comedy’s elder statesmen and all-round arty mischief-maker embarks on his eighth nationwide tour. He will be telling the true story of how Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, came to spy on a comedian in this five-star, multi-award winning tale of hubris, planes, demos and undercover deceit.

Tickets: £15; £10 (concs) 01227 769075 Gulbenkian, Canterbury Satnav: CT2 7NB

29 Nov

Christmas Fair

The perfect (and relaxed) opportunity to pick up Christmas gifts for all the family in a beautiful countryside location. Both Chiddingstone Castle and marquee will be brimming with inspired and unusual ideas.

Tickets: £3 01892 870347 Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge Satnav: TN8 7AD

29 Nov

Rat Pack Dinner Dance

Pilgrims Hospice is putting on a tribute Rat Pack Dinner & Dance, which fans of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior will love. With Anthony Adams, Jim Whitley and Neil Duncan.

Tickets: £40 01843 292795 Winter Gardens, Margate Satnav: CT9 1HX

29 to 30 Nov

On the home front

Talk to the family preparing for Christmas in the 1940’s cottage; make wartime decorations with the Blitz victims in the rest centre; gather around the piano for carols, a little song and dance, or maybe send a telegram to a loved one from the post office.

Tickets: £5 to £7 01622 763936 Kent Life, Maidstone Satnav: ME14 3AU

30 Nov

Christmas Shopping

The picture-perfect shops in Otford are open for a special shopping experience. Pick up some unique presents and enjoy street entertainment including face painting, Father Christmas, bell ringers and a raffle.

Tickets: Free Otford Satnav: TN14