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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.