Want to know what’s 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
Got a great event or a meeting you want to promote? Email us at Voice@ashford.gov.uk to have it listed here.
23rd - 24th September
Kent and East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, TN30 6HE
Head down to the Kent & East Sussex Railway to spend the day with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and some of his favourite friends. All trains will be hauled by Thomas himself, so hop on and travel behind Thomas as many times as you like between Tenterden and Rolvenden Stations. There will also be face painting, balloon modelling, live story re-enactments for children to enjoy. Tickets cost £18 for adults, for children (18 months to 15 years) tickets cost 13:50, and family tickets are £15. Find out more or book tickets online.
23rd September, 9.30am - 12pm
Godinton House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, TN23 3BP
Join plant expert Viv Hunt to learn how to get the best from your plants. The workshop will involve advice on making compost, using fertilisers, watering, and dealing with pests and diseases. The session costs £25 which includes homemade refreshments. Booking is required, so make sure you reserve your spot!
Revelation Ashford, Churchyard, Ashford, TN23 1QG
29th September, 7.45pm - 10.30pm
Gerald Dickens, the great great grandson of author Charles Dickens, presents The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Inspired by the RSC’s 8-hour production of Nicholas Nickleby, Gerald’s version packs the plot into just 90 minutes.Travelling with Nicholas across the country you meet some of Charles Dickens’ greatest characters, including Wackford Squeers, Smike, Vincent Crummles and Newman Noggs. Tickets cost £10 and are available online or at the door. Come dressed in Victorian attire and receive a free glass of wine or a soft drink!
1st October, 10am
Clewards Meadow, Market Place, Charing, Ashford, TN27 0LR
Take part in a Family Colour Run and choose between a 2.5 km or 5km course around the village of Charing. You can walk, skip or dance your way around the course whilst being covered in colour! You will receive a finisher’s medal and then can enjoy some food and drink at the event village at Clewards Meadow. Your entry fee includes one pack of colour powder and you (and spectators) can purchase more on the day.
Festival lasts from 5th October - 8th October
Have fun at four days worth of local folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions in and around Tenterden. There will also be barn dancing, raffles and street performances. Book your tickets today.
Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, TN30 6HE
If you're over 60, take advantage of the special £13 TravelCard from the Kent and East Sussex Railway. The train travels 21 miles on a round trip through scenic countryside between Tenterden and Bodiam. Why not pre-order a delicious cream tea or ploughman’s lunch to enjoy during the trip, and if you’d like to take your grandchildren along there is a children’s munch box option too.
Pluckley Village Hall, Station Road, Ashford, TN23 1PP
October 7th 10am - 5.30pm and October 8th 10am - 4pm
Enjoy jazzy tunes from Miss Holiday Swing as you browse the interesting stalls at the vintage fair. You will also find many different stalls from antiques, furniture to painted furniture and vintage goods. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
14th October, 7.30pm
Godmersham and Crundale Village Hall, 4 Purr Wood, Godmersham, Ashford, CT4 7DS
Scratchworks Theatre Company's fun, fast and fierce family show comes to Godmersham. Prepare for a raucous heist adventure with live music; tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children. For more information and to book call 07964 735878 or email email@example.com
1st October, 10am - 2pm
Lower High Street, Ashford Town Centre, Ashford
Snap up seasonal treats at Ashford Farmers' Market, listen to live local music and soak up the buzzing atmosphere. Plenty of tasty treats will be on offer from local traders including fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, artisan goods, cakes and locally sourced meats.
Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9pm from September to May
Brake Hall, The Ashford School, East Hill, Ashford, TN24 8PB (free parking is available in East Hill opposite the school)
If you love to sing and would like to do more, now is your chance to improve your vocal skills, learn and perform many choral songs, and make new friends in an established and welcoming musical community. No audition is required. Under 25s can join for free, and for those over 25 the annual subscription is £90 (working out at just £3 a week!) If you are interested, email the Secretary, Virginia Brown, call 01233 660559 or come along to one of the first rehearsals.
18th November. 7.30pm
Singleton Village Hall, Hoxton Close Ashford TN23 5LB
Enjoy a fun evening of singing from the Ashford Barber Shop in aid of the Pilgrims Hospices. The show will also include comedy, music and dance. The East Kent Chorus will be performing several songs.
Berwick House, Elwick Road, Ashford
2nd & 4th Friday of every month, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Ashford Volunteer Centre has started a new games club which is open to over 50s looking to meet new people, make more friends and play some games. Sessions cost £2 and includes refreshments. For more information contact Lorraine Burley on 01233 665535.
If you want to meet people, enjoy the great outdoors, learn about conservation and keep fit whilst doing it, why not become a volunteer at the The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership. The organisation are looking for enthusiastic people to join their team. They meet Wednesdays to do tasks in the Ashford area and Thursdays for tasks from Canterbury to Sandwich. There are also opportunities to help at events and educational sessions, such as Westgate Parks. For more information call 03000 410900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to become part of our team!
KAB Ashford are looking for flexible, reliable and friendly volunteers who are willing to use their own vehicle to visit and transport our service users, as well as to collect and deliver equipment. The KAB are currently looking for befrienders – people who visit our sight impaired clients at home to help with light paperwork and to reduce their isolation
If you would like to help out and give something back to the community, contact Chenice Clarke on 01227 763366 or email email@example.com.