Kent weekender: An essential guide to the top eight events happening across the county this weekend

PUBLISHED: 14:36 10 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 10 February 2017




Eight activities taking place across the county that you’re definitely going to want to know about

This weekend sees an array of entertainment taking place across the county. From nature walks to theatre, and live music to exhibitions, Kent will be home to an event to suit everyone and anyone.


1. Theatre

Heading to stages this weekend are Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Bob Dylan Story, and Cloudbusting - the Kate Bush tribute act.

Joe McElderry will don the magical coat in brilliant Andrew Lloyd Webber musical currently at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Mr McElderry won the X Factor in 2009. He will be joined on stage by Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Lucy McKay. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat will be on stage tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday). For tickets visit

The Bob Dylan Story recreates the living legend’s classic hits, from The Times They Are A-Changin’, Blowin’ In The Wind and Mr Tambourine Man through to Like A Rolling Stone, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Lay Lady Lay, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and many more, while telling some of the tales behind them. The show will be visiting Chatham’s Central Theatre on Saturday. For tickets visit

Kate Bush tribute, Cloudbusting, will be coming to Deal’s Astor Theatre on Saturday. Mandy Watson who plays Ms Bush said: “The minute I saw her on Top of the Pops back in 1978 I was fascinated by Kate’s vocals - no-one else ever sounded like this. But when I bought The Kick Inside, I discovered there was so much more to her than ‘that voice.’” For tickets visit


2. Exhibition

This weekend is your final chance to see the Chartwell winter exhibition, Child of the Commons. The home of former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill in Westerham currently displays the exhibition which focuses on his political career. It features over 50 objects, from personal family mementoes to commemorative gifts that will tell the stories of Churchill’s time in politics and why, in his own words, he would spend his life as a Child of the commons. National Trust members will be able to view the exhibition for free, while other visits can pay for access on arrival.


3. Comedy

Phil Zimmerman’s No5 Club returns with comedy at the Alexander Centre in Faversham on Saturday, when the one-and-only Shazia Mirza headlining with her hit new show ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It’. Revered, applauded, loved and reviled, Shazia Mirza is a comedian and writer, as much recognised for her literary prowess as she is for her unique comedic talents. For tickets and more information visit


4. Sport

Come and see larger-than-life characters from all corners of the world do battle inside the ring with heavyweight collisions and jaw-dropping high-flying action! A brand-new season of LDN Wrestling returns on Sunday (February 12) to Margate’s Winter Gardens. Comprising of a great line up of top International talent from all the major world-wide federations set to face the best of British personalities in a 2-hour non-stop fun filled family evening out. For more information and tickets visit


5. Music

Canterbury Cathedral’s organ recital season begins on Saturday when Paul Hale, recently retired organist at Southwell Minster, Nottingham­shire, will play. Mr Hale was previously assistant organist of Rochester Cathedral and assistant director of music at Tonbridge School. It’ll be the last season before the resident organ is isremoved and rebuilt. There is no need to book to attend, and it begins at 7.30pm.

Enchanted Musical Theatre Cabaret Night is a magical evening of popular and classical songs from Broadway and West End theatre productions throughout the years, and will be at Margate’s Winter Gardens on Saturday. The audience will be seated Cabaret-Style and enjoy quality entertainment with a fully licensed bar in a fantastic atmosphere. For tickets visit


6. Nature

Celebrate British garden birds at Hever Castle’s Living with Birds event, from February 11, in conjunction with the RSPB. Coinciding with National Nest Box Week, visitors can learn how to help birds nest, survive and thrive in their gardens at home. For more information visit


7. Markets

Locally produced food and drink including meat, fruit and veg, eggs, bread, cheese, cakes, jam, chutney, fruit juice, cider and beer will all be available at Thanet’s Farmer’s Market at St George’s School in Broadstairs this Sunday. Most of the market is inside and there is plenty of free parking on site.


8. Art

Get inspiration for Margate’s Turner Contemporary’s Portfolio Art Competition with this free drop in family workshop run by students from MidKent College. Join in with a variety of making activities inspired by this year’s competition theme Making a Change. Make protest posters, print metamorphosing butterflies and collage the news. 12-4pm (drop in session) - Free. For more information visit

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