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Want to know what festive events are happening in the borough this month? Check out our events listings below. You can also find out what's on in Tenterden every month with the TENTERDEN EVENTS DIARY


Triumphant Women at Smallhythe Place

Until 28 October
Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, TN30 7NG

With 2018 being the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote, The National Trust has decided to celebrate with several explorations of women’s history and suffrage. One of which will be through a number of exhibitions to be held at Smallhythe Place, celebrating the women of Smallhythe during the suffrage movement.

Hole Park Bluebell Festival

20 April – 3 May, 11am – 6pm
Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden, Kent, TN17 4JA
Admission £7.50 for adults and £1 for children (between 5 to 18)

Following its grand opening for Spring on 1 April, the beautiful Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden will be host to a bluebell festival between 20 April – 3 May. During this time the bluebells can be enjoyed via a circular walk which takes visitors through the woodlands and over streams to a renovated solar powered ice house.


Wealden Pullman Sherlock Holmes Themed Evenings

21 April 7pm – 11.15pm
Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson will be on hand to help you solve a themed murder mystery aboard the Wealden Pullman dining train. This is your chance to pit your wits against the famous crime solving duo, who will unveil clues along the journey before revealing who done it on the platform of Tenterden Town Station at the end of the evening. 


The Annual Garden Workshop at Godington House & Gardens

Saturday 21 April
Godington House & Gardens, Godington Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP

Viv Hunt, Godington’s Head Gardener and green fingered guru, will be hosting a morning for anyone keen to improve their knowledge of gardening – covering a range of topics from choosing and growing annual cut flowers to how to maintain pots and keep colour in your garden all year round. A treat for aspiring gardeners of all abilities. Tickets cost £35 and booking is essential.


World Forest Org #ConservationConversation

Sunday 23 April 12pm – 4pm
The Big Cat Sanctuary, Headcorn Road, Smarden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8PJ

Join Ru Hartwell and Giles Clark as they engage in an interesting presentation about the impact of the new forests that have been built in Kenya and how they are affecting the wildlife there – in particular the Malayan Tiger. Guests will also have the opportunity to see the wild cats onsite, as well as win the chance to hand feed one of the tigers on the day. This is a ticketed event, but a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to charity. 


Ashford Choral Society present German choral masterworks

Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm
Colyer Fergusson Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB

On Saturday 12 May Ashford Choral Society, soloists and orchestra will perform a programme of three masterworks from the German choral repertoire under the baton of Dr. Mark Deller.
Soloists Claire Seaton (soprano) and Gareth Brynor John (baritone) join Ashford Choral Society to sing Brahms' powerful "Requiem". The choir will also sing Brahms' "Nänie" - a rarely heard work, setting a poem by Schiller -  and Claire Seaton will sing the "Four Last Songs" by Richard Strauss.

LoveAshford’s Royal Street Party

Saturday 19 May, 11am – 3.30pm
Park Mall Shopping Centre, Ashford

Celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by coming along to LoveAshford’s Royal Street Party! Enjoy live music and entertainment, pick up some tasty food and drink from local producers and soak up the buzzing street party vibe. Kids can get creative in arts and crafts workshops, plus play games including pin the tail on the corgi to win some fabulous prizes. This family-friendly experience is free to attend and takes place in Park Mall, Ashford Town Centre,


1940s Weekend on Kent & East Sussex Railway

19 – 20 May
Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

With live music, dancing, vintage vehicles, fashion and much more, this is a great day out for anyone that enjoys 1940s nostalgia. With train journeys departing from the station every 45 minutes, this makes for a fun, family-friendly day out. 


Shakespeare’s Globe at Chilham Castle

From Friday 25 May - Sunday 27 May
Chilham Castle, Chilham, Canterbury CT4 8DB. 

As part of Shakespeare’s Globe’s tour around the world, don’t miss your chance to see open air productions of The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew. Presented over five performances, on Sunday the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience

The Merchant of Venice, Friday 25th May, 7pm; Twelfth Night, Saturday 26th May 2pm; The Taming of the Shrew, 7pm and voters choice Sunday 1pm and 6pm. 


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