Victoria Roberts takes a look at some of the local events and activities planned to keep you entertained during the special bank holiday celebrating the Queen…
Platinum Jubilee celebrations lead to a busy week of entertainment
On Friday the 3rd there will be a military parade at the Tunbridge Wells War Memorial, attended by the Mayor and Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent.
This is followed by a fun procession to Dunorlan Park Events Field via Monson Road, Calverley Road and Bayhall Road, then a Big Jubilee Lunch at Dunorlan Park Events Field.
These celebrations, organized by the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, will delight fans of music and dance, as a diverse selection of artists representing musical styles from across the Commonwealth and beyond will perform in the park.
Performers include the Bloco Fogo band and dancers, the Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Choir who will perform some of the Queen’s favorite classical tunes, and the Queen’s regular visits to India will be recognized with an incredible Kings of Bhangra dance performance as seen seen at the Tunbridge Wells Mela.
And of course there will be plenty of street parties over the weekend as the royal city celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th birthday.
Although the Jubilee dominates the activities on offer this week, there’s still plenty going on whether you’re a mid-term vacationer or even – a Republican!
The long holiday weekend coincides with the Unfest program, bringing together spoken word, poetry and food, along with the music we expect from the creative partnerships of The forum.
On stage and on screen
Comedian Shaparak Khorsandi tries to reminisce about “the decade of binge drinking and walks of shame” – the 90s, of course. Trinity Theater this Saturday [June 4]at 20 hours.
“Waiting for Godot” airs at 7 p.m. this Sunday [June 5] at Trinity Theater. Ironic that the production, by Theater Nation (Hastings), itself should have been delayed – having originally been due to premiere in 2020 just before lockdown.
The Hever Festival continues with “Patience” by Gilbert & Sullivan by Charles Court Opera. Sunday [June 5] at 8 p.m., Two Sisters Theater (Hever Castle).
Rusthall Community Cinema presents Swedish comedy-drama ‘A Man Called Ove’ this Saturday [June 4]. Doors at 7 p.m. [See the Times feature on RCC’s filmmaking workshops and film festival in October, page __]
If your patriotism is American-style and all those Jubilee pennants don’t suit you in red, white and blue, get your red blood pumping with Top Gun: Maverick (12A) at Odeon (several daily screenings). The children’s film ‘Good Guys’ (U) is also still playing – can a bad Mr Wolf become good?
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have a two night tour in The assembly hallfrom tonight [June 8-9] at 7:30 p.m.
Fairport Convention are on at St. Dunstan’s Church (Cranbrook) Friday, June 3, 2022 Door Time: 7:00 PM Tickets from WeGotTickets.com
(Saturday 28 May, at 8 p.m.). 18 and over.
The Lyle has a busy weekend, with DJ Tim Cullen from the Ministry of Sound on Thursday [June 2] at 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Then on Friday night comedian Reginald D Hunter is on from 8pm before the DJ takes over at 10pm. Tickets £20 at www.TheLyle.co.uk
The godfather of the Horrible Histories juggernaut, Terry Deary is baptizing a new generation with the comedy “Twisted Tales.” Mr Pimm, a Victorian schoolteacher, asks: ‘Can the past really predict the future? The assembly hall tuesday, [June 7] at 19 ‘o clock.
Shakespearean actors on bikes the HandleBards put on ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Library Gardens (outdoor performance) in the EM Forster Theater (Tonbridge), this Friday [June 3]. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
Rhyme Time is enabled, free, at L’Amelie for kindergartens, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. Find the event in the Children’s Library, under the projection of the night sky.
L’Amelie also has a free story hour on Mondays at 11am, or you can ask the librarians for the Kent Libraries audiobook collection.