Outing Guide (April 13 – April 19)


The Times’ Victoria Roberts offers a roundup of local events and activities…

Hot on the heels of the success of Elton John’s biopic Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton, Tunbridge Wells is set to host its own tribute to the British singer and songwriter.

‘Rocketman: A Tribute to Sir Elton John’ is set to bring together all the hits from the musicians spanning nearly 50 years next Friday night [April 15].

Combining two musical sessions with drinks and dinner at Salomon’s Estate, the show features singer-pianist Iain ‘Crocodile Mock’ Court and his band of talented professional touring musicians, who bring a high degree of technical brilliance to a catalog which already shines with gold and platinum numbers like “Philadelphia Freedom”, “Your Song” and, of course, “Rocket Man”.

After honing his style over decades of interaction with audiences, Iain sprinkles the musical program with conversation imbued with the same “lively” spirit as the old crocodile rocker himself.

Step back in time with strains from ‘Are You Ready for Love’, ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘I’m Still Standing’, ‘Your Song’ and more.

Located on the south slope overlooking Tunbridge Wells, it’s the perfect place to let the sun go down on a Friday evening. Starts at 7:00 p.m. with a prosecco aperitif, followed at 8:00 p.m. by a two-course dinner and coffee. The first music session is from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the second session is at 10:30 p.m. Cars at midnight.

Also appearing this weekend, Eagles tribute act “The Illegal Eagles,” will return to Assembly Hall on Sunday. [April 17] night.

In a celebration of five decades of musical creation by the legendary West Coast country rock band, the Illegal Eagles will choose from the best of the classic Eagles catalog, including “Hotel California”, “Desperado”, “Take It Easy” , ‘New Kid in Town’, ‘Life in The Fast Lane’ and more.

“Rocketman” tickets from solomons-estate.com/whats-on

On stage and on screen

Looking at screens and stages large and small, the Hours of Tunbridge Wells presents a selected guide for the coming week.

The battle between animal animation franchises boosts the selection at the Odéon for “U” age viewers, with “The Bad Guys” (from the creators of “Madagascar”), which features criminal animals trying to get good – can they stick to this? Meanwhile, ‘Sing 2’ (from the creators of ‘The Secret Life of Pets’) continues the story of the ‘Sing’ characters, now trying to recruit a reclusive rock star, voiced by U2’s Bono. Meanwhile, “Sonic the Hedghog 2” (PG) is on the hunt for a civilization-destroying emerald…

At the Other End of Life, ‘The Duke’ (12A) is the touching story of 60-year-old activist Kempton Bunton, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London, holding the painting hostage to demand public investment in care for the elderly. To Trinity Theater Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Musical smash ‘Blood Brothers’, the story of fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie, separated at birth, continues its run to The assembly hall until Saturday April 16. Evening sessions at 7:30 p.m. mornings today [April 13]Thursday and Sunday, at 2:30 p.m.

The biennial exhibition for young local dancers (ages 3-18), ‘Back In Biz’ness’, is at The EM Forster Theater (Tonbridge) this week. Performances at 7 p.m. from Wednesday [April 13] until Friday [April 15]with an additional morning at 2 p.m. on Friday. [see Arts for interview?]

Trinity Theater presents one-act plays from the “Connections” festival run by young people from the National Theatre. The double bill tonight [April 13] features a piece lost in the woods “Remote”, followed by the climate apocalypse nightmare “Like There’s No Tomorrow”. Tomorrow evening [April 14] presents “Find A Partner!” », a spooky mix of « Love Island » with « Black Mirror ». Performances at 7 p.m.

On Friday, April 15, adventurer Stephen Venables recounts his ongoing explorations in “Life After Everest,” illustrated with stunning slides of Himalayan peaks, arctic dog sledding, filmmaking, desert trips and fifteen sailing trips in the snow-capped mountains of Antarctica. . Trinity Theater8 p.m.


With one of the best live music scenes in the Southeast, here’s a roundup of some of the best bands and artists performing this week, especially with the four-day holiday.

The Specials’ Neville Staple finally makes his long-awaited appearance at The forum this Saturday night, playing a concert rescheduled from December 2021. A key player in the 2-Tone movement, Neville’s musical evolution has never stopped. Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. 16 years and over unless accompanied by an adult.

On Friday, DJ Luck & MC Neat’s Easter Party takes over The forum, kick-off at 8 p.m. 18 and over.

Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes performs his solo show at The forum Saturday evening [April 16]. 16 years and over, unless accompanied by an adult.

On Sunday night, Tunbridge Wells rock band Deadlines take the stage at The forumbacked by returnees instead Shoplifter and Hastings alternative rock band Paris Blue.

The assembly hall presents “The Illegal Eagles” this Sunday [see review section, above]. April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

More Easter Monday Hit Songs [April 18]from ‘The Carpenters Story’ combo this time, including ‘Close To You’, ‘Top of the World’, ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’, ‘Rainy Days & Mondays’, ‘Goodbye to Love’ and Suite. The assembly hall at 7:30 p.m.

appearing at The gray lady this Sunday, David Migden & The Twisted Roots bring their “twisted American roots” of original rock and blues music, followed by Hampshire band The Lucky 13s, for more original music in a soulful crossover of rhythm and blues. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., music at 8 p.m.

Family fun

Whether your family is young or old, large or small, there’s plenty to do indoors and outdoors over the coming week, plus some active ideas.

Set foot on the Yellow Brick Road and you’re off to see the Wizard of Oz, in a stage adaptation of the classic children’s fantasy tale. Meet the characters at the end. Trinity Theater at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday, April 16.

Bedgbury Pinetum “Crack the Code” events continue through April 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, challenging 4-17 year olds to learn more about evergreens and use the information to unlock their Easter chocolate prize . Activity sheets £1 at the Visitor Centre. Parking is chargeable.

Penshurst Square the treasure trail features Victorian Easter eggs. Meanwhile, on Easter Monday, [April 18] Aardvark Productions presents “The Hunt for Easter Island”, featuring a valiant ship’s crew traveling across the Pacific Ocean to solve a puzzle and retrieve the eggs. Four performances on Monday [April 18]: 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Let the two giant rabbits from Groombridge Square guide you to the sweets. Raptor demonstrations at noon and 3:30 p.m. Punch and Judy play at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

by Bateman trail is a list of 10 challenges, leading to a chocolate egg (or an allergen-free alternative) at the end. Trail £3 per child plus any entry fee.

To Hever Castle, the goal is the ‘Golden Carrot’. Meanwhile, Easter egg hunters must write down all the answers hidden around the eggs, to collect a chocolate treat (or a dairy-free alternative) at the end.

Follow the Easter Trail at hop farmbut watch out for roaming “dinosaurs” in the Family Park today [Wednesday, April 13]!


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