Victoria Roberts takes a look at some of the local events and activities planned to keep you entertained soon…
Rock veterans will take the stage to help military heroes
Two hundred tour dates in a year is a tall order, but the seven-member band Rock for Heroes are set to donate £2.5million to military charity Help the Heroes.
Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells is one such July date, and every milestone along the way counts, according to director Paul Finch.
“It’s a very long target, but we’ve just passed around £50,000, and every time we hit another £10,000 we get another Help for Heroes certificate,” he told The Times.
“Originally, we were the Live Aid experiment. We always wanted to channel the money to good causes,” he explained.
“We all have family in the military, and we were in the process of changing our names right when we got in touch with Help for Heroes, so we called ourselves Rock for Heroes.”
“There was a break (in touring and fundraising) in 2020-1, but now we’re back. Unfortunately, Help for Heroes has really suffered over these years. Its main income comes from charity collection buckets.
“We have 200 tour dates this year, across the country.”
The Rock for Heroes show features Paul and his six bandmates, rocking out to classic rock songs from Bon Jovi, Prince, The Eagles, and more.
“It’s not just a rock show; it is also an entertainment show. We are breaking that fourth wall,” he said.
Due to regulations, tickets (£25) do not include donations to Help for Heroes, but the public can donate into the collection buckets at the end of the show.
Rock for Heroes at The Assembly Hall on Thursday July 7 at 7:30 p.m..
On stage and on screen
Fresh from the West End, improvisational musical ‘Showstoppers’ brings a talented cast – ready to do whatever the public can ask of them – to the Trinity Theater for a two-night run (May 12-13) from this Thursday. Performances at 8 p.m. (See p22 for more…)
The controversial Stewart Lee is at The Assembly Hall this Thursday [May 12] at 7:30 p.m., with a double program of two one-hour comedies, “Snowflake” and “Tornado”.
The Trinity Theater presents the Northern Ballet’s production of ‘Merlin’, filmed November 2021. Sunday May 15 at 2:30 p.m.
“Ali & Ava” (15) are the unlikely couple at the heart of this cinematic drama, both struggling to shed the baggage of their past relationships. Trinity Theaterthis evening [Wednesday] at 20 hours.
Maurice Flitwick is a man who does not suffer from impostor syndrome, as he fights his way to the 1976 British Open despite having never played a single round of golf, in “Phantom of the Open” (12A). Trinity Theatre, May 17 at 8 p.m.
It’s a battle of behemoths Odeon this week, with Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (12A) appearing in the same theater as “Downton Abbey:
Local impresario Paul Dunton brings the special indie rock style of East Sussex band Wild Horse from ‘BBC Introducing’ and RadioX to The Forum. They co-lead with the youth quartet Another Day, whose freestyle trampoline athlete Louis is always ready to do flips on stage. Friday [May 13] at 7:30 p.m. 16 years and over unless accompanied by an adult.
Cranfest darling Samuel Ashton brings his soulful blues voice back to Cranbrook Village this Friday [May 13], appearing on The Hive at 7-10 p.m. No need to book.
The Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir is raising funds for the Dementia Friendly Community of Tunbridge Wells this Saturday 14th May at 7.30pm. The Bennett Memorial Junior Choir are guest performers, for a program that includes musicals, popular classics and traditional pieces. Trinity Theatre.
Mellow folk is at St Dunstan’s Church, Cranbrook, this Saturday [May 14] as Show of Hands tours the UK this spring and summer. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets from WeGotTickets.com
The booming, resonant voice and music of singer-songwriter Rachel Croft is an atmospheric choice for Sunday night [May 15] at the Trinity Theater at 7 p.m. Part of the “Breathing Room” series.
The Gray Lady hosts Soul Kitchen this Sunday [May 15] from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by Tracey Shaw and John Browne.
Island Records-signed trio Noisy bring a ‘go mental’ attitude from Friday night to Monday night [May 16] at the Forum, as part of their UK tour. Touring with them is pop and hip-hop influenced summer rapper Barny Fletcher.
Craft in Focus’s four-day spring craft fair starts this Thursday [May 12] to Hever Castle, until Sunday, with 180 exhibitors covering a range of leading British artists and designers. Free admission to the craft fair with a Jardins ticket. Park opens at 9:30 a.m. The craft fair closes at 5:30 p.m. and the park at 6 p.m.
It’s a busy weekend on the Spa Valley Railway, with the Kent Gin train running between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge at 2.45pm on Saturday. Serve canapes with three local gins on the way, with ice cream and fruit garnish. Branded gin glass included in the £35 note. 18 and over.
There is no age limit for the Sunday afternoon tea train, leaving at 2.45pm on Sunday. Table for two £80, or table for four £160.
Saturday and Sunday are also the last chance to see the Sir Keith Park locomotive until 2023, when it blows for an overhaul. Steaming between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge.
Meanwhile, at the Pantiles, the Annual food festival in full swing on Saturday and Sunday, with over 40 different food and drink stalls, live cooking demonstrations and live music. Taking place May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There’s still time to join the Moving Memory Dance Theater Company’s dance workshops at Royal Victoria Place (RVP), for anyone who wants to socialize with new people while on the move. No prior experience required, but comfortable clothing and sneakers encouraged. Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. until May 27, when the workshops end with a “flashmob”. Meet outside the RVP Customer Service Office on Level 1. No reservations required.