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Our edit of the most entertaining events happening in June…

A bit of country

Black Deer, Kent’s local Americana festival, returns after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic at Eridge Park on the weekend of June 17-19. The 2022 lineup includes the Belfast Cowboy himself, Van Morrison and 2015 NME Best Solo Artist winner Jake Bugg. In 2019, The Guardian newspaper voted Black Deer Best New Small Festival and it’s easy to see why, given that there’s so much to see and do at this event, including children’s activities, demonstrations Live Fire Cooking Shows, Classic American Car Shows and more.

To book tickets, visit

Did you know?

Jake Bugg has just released his fifth studio album, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning and his headline set at Black Deer 2022 will be his first festival appearance this year.

Join the green party

TWODS presented their performance of Shrek the Musical at Assembly Hall from June 14-18. As you’d expect from the cast and crew of TWODS, it’s going to be a super fun, packed and spirited event with great acting, singing and dancing. Fun for the whole family, there are matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For more information and to book tickets, visit

The stage is set…

The popular Hever Castle Theater Festival summer program is back for 2022. As usual there is a wealth of musical acts, opera, film and comedy and live theater to enjoy during the summer months until the end of August. Dubbed the West End in the Garden of England, this year’s lineup is more diverse than ever and includes A Celebration of Father Ted (June 19), Rapunzel (July 27) and James Bond Concert Spectacular (August 5). Learn more about

water world

Located on the border of Kent and East Sussex, Bewl Water is the largest reservoir in the South East, with 770 acres of water. Enjoy a take-out coffee at the Waterfront Café while watching your little ones explore the Adventure Playground or why not take a dip in the water park or ride the mountain bike trails? If you are looking for something more relaxing the fishing is now open and the water has a history of large trout and pike as well as perch. For more information and to book, visit

Celebrate Father’s Day…

June 19 is Father’s Day and with the warmer weather, it’s a great opportunity to get out there and help him celebrate.

Two local venues: Salomons Estate and One Warwick Park’s STEAK host fun events that are sure to please your dad.

There will be a special roast offered at each venue at lunchtime – with each father qualifying for a free beer – so it’s up to you whether you want to head to the beautiful 36-acre Salomons estate or the keep local in the center of Tunbridge Wells.

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Strictly Sensational

Keep dancing! is an all-new spectacular show featuring Strictly 2020 finalist and EastEnders star Maisie Smith, and Strictly 2021 semi-finalist and CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson. The duo will be joined by incredible strictly professional dancers Neil Jones, Gorka Marquez, Jowita Przystal and Nancy Xu for an evening of cha cha, salsa and samba. And, as an added treat for Strictly fans, live music will be performed by Max George of The Wanted, who featured on the 2020 series of the hit BBC One show. Performing at Assembly Hall on June 22, this is a can’t-miss event for all dance fans!

Fair play

The hugely popular Wealden Times Fair returns to Hole Park in Rolvenden. From June 9-11, a plethora of lifestyle and food brands will be on display, including Alsop & Walker cheese, Ladies Who Lunch jewellery, Fine Grind coffee shop and Anno gin distillers. The Hole Park site is the perfect setting for this three-day fair, as you can also visit its beautiful gardens and see its beautiful seasonal flowers in bloom. For tickets and more information, visit

Poetry in motion

The Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival runs from June 5-26 and returns in 2022 with a varied program of workshops and events at venues including Trinity Theatre, Even Flow, Ashdown Forest and The Forum. This year, the festival has been extended for a week in order to integrate everything. Opening on Sunday June 5 with a tasting event as part of Unfest, three full weeks of “poetry for all, big or small” will then follow. See

national treasure

Nestled in the Weald of Kent, Sissinghurst Castle was once the home of poet and writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband, diplomat and author, Harold Nicholson. The magnificent National Trust property was beautifully described by Vita in one of his works: “The intense, golden sun enriched the old brickwork with a kind of patina and caused the tower to cast a long shadow over the grass, like the finger of a gigantic sundial. slowly veering with the sun. All was hushed, sleepy and silent, but for the cooing of white pigeons. The famous gardens of the historic house should now bloom and the cafe is still a great place for a coffee and a delicious snack.Read more about

blue for you

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra of 19 musicians, composed of a pianist, organist, drummer, three female voices, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets and three trombones, rocks in city ​​on June 8 and 9. Performing at Assembly Hall with special guests Eddi Reader and Ruby Turner, it promises to be a truly fantastic event as the orchestra plays a host of enjoyable rhythms and blues – both classic and contemporary. To book tickets, visit

Did you know?

After leaving band Squeeze, Jools Holland presented Channel 4’s The Tube with the late Paula Yates. He also did a stunning 60s series of Later with Jools Holland on BBC2


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