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    SEVEN DAYS OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

    WEDNESDAY MAY 11
    At Trinity theatre this evening there will be a screening of the much acclaimed Indian film Court. It won top prize at the Venice Film Festival and its plot centres around a tale of prejudice, politics and corruption involving an ageing folk singer and activist who is blamed for a murder in Mumbai. For ticket details and further information visit www.trinitytheatre.net

    Tonight the Old Fire Station in Tonbridge is hosting an Empty Bowls evening. This foodie event takes its culinary cue from similar events in America and will help to raise money for The Bridge Trust. Guests buy a specially hand thrown ceramic bowl then select a tasty soup to put in it. There will be three top chefs present on the night including Michelin star chef Daniel Hatton.

    THURSDAY MAY 12
    Ightham Mote will host an afternoon of musical recitals from 12.30pm today by Kent ensemble Wind in the Weald. The historic house will come alive as the musicians play a selection of ambient chamber music. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote

    There will be a screening of the National Theatre’s A View From The Bridge this evening at the EM Forster theatre in Tonbridge. The play, penned by Arthur Miller, is a dark tale full of jealousy, betrayal and passion. It tells the story of Eddie Carbone (played by Mark Strong, pictured above) who has to deal with the consequences of his Sicilian relatives coming to Brooklyn and impacting on his life. www.boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk

    Another American classic starts tonight, this time at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks which begins a three night run of the Guys and Dolls musical. Boasting a feelgood plotline and popular songs such as Luck Be A Lady Tonight and Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat, audiences will love singing along to this romantic comedy. Performances start every evening at 7.30pm with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. For tickets visit www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk

    If you’d rather just sit back, relax and enjoy the early evening sunshine then don’t forget to pop along to Jazz on the Pantiles which features Sue Rivers Trio tonight.

    FRIDAY MAY 13
    The annual Pembury Art & Craft fair starts this evening at St Peter’s Church and continues over the weekend. Visitors can expect an array of both professional and amateur artists displaying their work as well as lots of stalls selling Fairtrade products. Entrance costs £2 per adult.

    The UK’s number one selling classical artist Russell Watson comes to the Assembly Hall this evening to perform his Songs from the Heart show. Featuring a host of Russell’s best loved classical and contemporary performances backed by a fabulous live band it promises to be a memorable occasion. To book tickets visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

    The first Tonbridge Comedy Night launches this evening at the EM Forster theatre. Starring a trio of top comedians -Howard Read, Paul Tonkinson and Tony Cowards – it promises to be a very good laugh! Tickets cost £12 and the performance starts at 7.30pm. For more information visit www.boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk

    Mister Maker Tunbridge Wells

    SATURDAY MAY 14
    Popular CBeebies presenter Mister Maker comes to town today with two shows at the Assembly Hall at 1.30pm and 4pm. Children love his funky take on arts and crafts and his first series of live, interactive shows Mister Maker & The Shapes Live is proving to be a great success with audiences! Tickets cost £13.50 (adult) and £10 (child).

    The West Kent Garden & Leisure Show is on today and tomorrow at Tonbridge Angels Football Club. As well as inspiring horticultural buys there will also be stalls selling hand crafted jewellery, homemade soaps and delicious conserves. Children will love the birds of prey demonstrations, face painting and the fun inflatables also on offer. Tickets cost £3 per adult and under 16s go free. Proceeds go to CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). For more information visit www.tonbridgeangelsonline.co.uk

    The Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Choir performs at Trinity this evening at 7.30pm. Expect rousing choral hymns, classic blues and moving spiritual songs plus guest performances by the Bennett Memorial School Music Academy.

    Kindertransport

    SUNDAY MAY 15
    Children will have the opportunity to Meet Peppa Pig today at the Spa Valley Railway. Just chug along to the Tunbridge Wells West train station anytime from 10am, board one of the trains running throughout the day and catch Peppa Pig and friends en route as you journey through the beautiful Wealden countryside. Children’s tickets cost £4.50 and £9 for adults. For further information visit www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

    The Oast Theatre in Tonbridge continues its run of Diane Samuel’s Kindertransport until Saturday May 21. It is the story of nine-year-old Eva, a Jew, who is sent from Germany to England by her mother in order to escape the imminent holocaust. She changes her identity but years later, when her daughter discovers some old letters and a German children’s book, Eva is forced to confront the truth. More information at www.oasttheatre.com

    MONDAY MAY 16
    At 5pm this evening the rangers at Grosvenor and Hilbert Park will host a guided walk and talk on wildflowers. The event will give people the opportunity to learn about lots of different varieties and where to spot them in the park’s extensive grounds. For further information visit www.fogh.org.uk

    From 8pm the Club meets at the Foresters Arms for an evening of traditional music and song. Tonight’s gathering features the popular Where’s Spot Band from Essex. For more details visit www.tonbridgefolkclub.org

    TUESDAY MAY 17
    Today is the last chance to catch the Down Memory Lane exhibition at The Old Fire Station in Tonbridge. On show is a variety of vintage fire service artefacts including equipment and photographs. There will also be a café with proceeds going to dementia support charities.

    The Night Manager’s Tom Hiddleston stars in the film adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic novel High Rise at Trinity this evening. In this sci-fi celluloid thriller Hiddleston’s character becomes involved with the lives of a group of people living in an isolated community at the top of a luxurious block of apartments. Expect dark drama and dangerous plot twists.

    Decorative Living Fair

    PICK OF THE WEEK

    The Decorative Living Fair

    (May 13 and 14) at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells. The event, which is sponsored by the Times and So magazine, is a very popular one which draws visitors from far and wide thanks to its wealth of impressive exhibitors. Interiors fans will be in heaven as they browse the 60-plus stalls selling unique, vintage and handmade creations that will enhance your home. For further information and ticket details visit www.decorativelivingfair.co.uk