It’s a borough-wide summer of science and tech, with the tech-themed summer reading challenge at the libraries and a gold mine of free public events on science, gadgets and gadgets.
Appearing last Wednesday in the upper atrium of the Amelia Scott Building, next to the teen and adult library section, award-winning children’s author Vashti Hardy explained the importance of science and engineering in her work .
The world-building in her children’s fantasy novels relies heavily on science and technology, while science and engineering also drives her to create logical and science-minded characters.
Meanwhile, in the Assembly Hall, an afternoon session on the same day introduced primary school children and their families to how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) elements are used to create theatrical special effects.
Meanwhile, a combination of circuitry and chemistry can be combined to create a pyrotechnic scene.
Council-sponsored events complement the free Cabaret Mechanical Marvels exhibit, also at the Amelia Scott Building in the exhibit space.
The exhibit, produced by Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, features contemporary mechanical automata, part of a modern revival of the golden age of 17th-century mechanical gadgetry.
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is Science and Technology, with characters created especially for the holiday library program by children’s author and illustrator Julian Beresford, in association with the Science Museums Group .
‘Gadgeteers’ Aisha, Eddie, Leo, Maggie, James and Ajay all use technology to learn about the world around them – even tackling issues like waste, for example thanks to Maggie’s sustainable approach to matter of food and nutrition.
The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge is launched at local libraries. The Cabaret Mechanical Marvels Exhibit runs at the Amelia Scott Exhibit Space through October 2.
On stage and on screen
Michael Hackett and Mat Wills take over the Pembury Village Hall tomorrow night (August 11) in this one-off special bringing fun and entertaining stand-up comedy. Joined by two mystery guests, the couple promise a knee-high show with a selection of craft beers, ciders, premium wines and more throughout the night. Tickets start at £18.90, from Eventbrite.
Laugh out loud as Changeling Theater bluffs and bluffs its way through Oscar Wilde’s satirical masterpiece The Importance of Earnest Earnings at Penshurst Place on August 12. Robert Forknall directs a story of deception, disguise and hysterical misadventure. Bring a blanket to take a seat in the outdoor theater.
In the name of comedy, drama and lots of theft, Rusthall Community Cinema takes you back to the 1960s in “The Duke”, in which Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington is stolen from the National Gallery by an unlikely thief. Described as a “simple but charming cup of Nordic goodness”, this sadly true story is not to be missed this weekend. (August 13)
Jazz on The Pantiles takes place at the bandstand in the center of The Pantiles every Thursday night throughout the summer and tomorrow night (August 11) is no exception. Performers so far this year have included The Skatonics, Spice Fusion and Derek Nash, so don’t miss out – make it a night out by booking a table at one of the participating restaurants, including La Casa Vecchia and The Kirthon .
Both Sides Now, a band dedicated to the iconic songs of Joni Mitchell, come to Hever Castle this Friday. (August 12) Not so much a tribute band as an evening exploring Joni’s incredible songwriting legacy, the five-piece band spans three decades of Joni’s songwriting career, including “Blue ‘, ‘Woodstock’, ‘A Case of You’ and ‘Big Yellow Taxi’.
For something a little more classic, visit Hever Castle on August 13 for an extravagant mix of great operas, including La Habañera and The Song of the Toreador from Carmen, by Opera Brava.
After a night of disco, house and dance classics? Join the legendary Tunbridge Wells Forum on August 13 for an evening of old school bangers. Best known for his work with Fatboy Slim as well as his own 2000 UK No. 1 hit “Because Of You”, DJ Richard Scanty joins international DJ Markus Holler for a fantastic evening for enthusiastic clubbers of all ages. (18+ only)
Let your inner artist flourish as you create beautiful works of art using natural materials at Ightham Mote this Thursday (August 11). This family-friendly event gives adults and children of all ages the chance to explore their creativity with like-minded people this summer. Activities run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and although reservations are not required, admission still applies.
Mineral enthusiasts will be wowed by the incredible range of crystals and gemstones on sale at the Rock, Gem ‘n’ Bead Show August 13-14 at The Hop Farm. Exhibitors from across Europe will show and sell precious ornaments including fossils and beads ranging in price from pocket money to thousands of pounds meaning there is a gift for every budget .
From a fruity red to a dry white, you might think you’ve mastered the world of wine, but the Green Duck Coffee House and Bar is here to prove you wrong. With a selection of new vintage wines hitting their shelves soon, a visit on August 17 is an absolute must. Get ready to indulge in the good stuff on this Southern Hemisphere wine tasting evening where you’ll enjoy New Zealand Pinot Gris and Argentinian Bonarda, among other familiar favorites.