Joy of Bank Holiday joys, I love May because we're treated to two of them. Not that Bank Holidays mean quite as much when you're self-employed, but at least everyone you know is up for a day out too.
Personally we're going camping this weekend to introduce our toddler to it before we subject her to two weeks in the summer, but there are loads of activities and events on in the Tunbridge Wells area, both over the Bank Holiday weekend, and next week's Half Term. I've listed some of the larger events here, but if you have a smaller event you want publicised, simply add it to the end of this piece as a comment - you won't even have to register.
Sunday 30th May
Bewl Water Walk - A21 near Flimwell, East Sussex
This is the most challenging of the Demelza series of walks, with a 13 miles circular route around Bewl Water, the largest man made body of water in the South East. At a moderate pace and with a reasonable level of fitness, the walk can be completed in approx four hours.
Sunday 30 & Monday 31 May
10.30am to 5pm
Finchcocks Garden Fair & Music Festival - Goudhurst
Stands in the grounds on a garden theme. Folk music in the garden. Informal music on the keyboard collection in the Museum. Lunches, teas and light refreshments available throughout the day (no booking required)
Adults £5.00; Children £2.00 inclusive of fair, house, garden & music
Monday 31 May
11.30am - 3pm
Pepenbury, Cornford Lane, Pembury
Family Picnic to celebrate National Family Week
May School and Bank Holiday at Penshurst Place and Gardens
29th May - 6th June
12noon to 4pm
Kent Wildlife Trust will be showing how we can affect the wildlife around us, there will be demonstrations of basket making and willow-work, Curious Creature puppets and storytelling for children and for the first time, live chickens with talks on how to look after them.
Make Merry This Bank Holiday at Hever Castle
29th May - 31st May 2010
10.30am - 5pm
Visitors will be able to join in the hustle and bustle of Tudor life amidst a cast of costumed characters and enjoy music and dancing as the court prepares for the festivities.
A variety of craftsmen will be demonstrating their trades and selling their wares, including a jeweller, pin-maker, pewter-caster and leatherworker. Visitors can also learn about the little-known art of fletching (arrow-making), which was vital for archery and hunting in Tudor times, and try their hand at firing a bow and arrow. King Henry will oversee the younger visitorsâ€™ efforts and award a prize to the best archer.
Also, throughout the week until 6th June: A medley of medieval costumes; younger visitors can recreat the splendour of Tudor life as they dress up in traditional attire and handle the tools of the era.
30th May - 31st May 2010
Scarecrows, Shires & Sheepdogs
Groombridge Place Gardens
Make your own scarecrow workshops, join in the scarecrow hunt in the forest, see the sheep, dogs, ducks and shires.
1st june - 6th June 2010
Spring Half Term at Groombridge Place
Action packed!! With daily activities including dreamcatcher and drumming workshops with story telling, roving musicians and face painting
Spring Diesel Day
Spa Valley Railway
5th june 2010
The special event days are when the railway hosts some special attractions for visitors to experience.
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