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    SEVEN DAYS OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

    WEDNESDAY
    The Tunbridge Wells Over 50s Forum (TWOFF) is an organisation that exists to give a voice to the older people of the Borough, keeping decision makers in touch with seniors’ needs and helping make improvements to local transport, healthcare and the public realm. They meet today at 2.30pm at St Augustine’s Church Hall on Crescent Road in order to celebrate their 7th anniversary and to commemorate The Queen’s 90th birthday – so members are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue! New Mayor David Neve will be present and cream teas will be on offer. If you’re interested in joining the group please call Denise Watts on 01892 518 951.

    Graeme of Thrones is on at The Assembly Hall theatre at 8pm. This satirical take on the modern day phenomenon that is Game of Thrones, follows avid fan Graeme as he tries to recreate his favourite fantasy drama with his best friend Paul and unrequited love Bryony – with a mere fraction of the TV show’s lavish budget and cast. Tickets cost £18 (plus booking fee) at: www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

    Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) Photo by Johan Persson

    In celebration of The Queen’s big birthday the award winning National Theatre production of The Audience is being screened at the EM Forster theatre at Tonbridge School at 7pm. Starring Helen Mirren, the drama centres around what goes on in the weekly private meetings Her Majesty has with each current Prime Minister. Having been on the throne for 60 years, an impressive 12 of them have served under Queen Elizabeth. Tickets cost £14 and are available from: www.boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk

    THURSDAY
    Antiques Roadshow will be at Ightham Mote, near Sevenoaks, from 9.30am today so bring along your vintage treasures and quirky car boot finds for a chance to have them valued by the popular BBC show’s team of experts. You might even catch of its host Fiona Bruce. Booking isn’t required but to ensure entry get there in plenty of time.

    The Moonlight Drive In Cinema rolls into the Hop Farm tonight with a screening of the classic Patrick Swayze movie Dirty Dancing. Starting at 21.45pm this celluloid classic will have you singing and dancing into the night. For ticket details visit: www.moonlightcinema.com

    La Belle Ferronniere

    Tonight at Trinity, art lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy a screening of the film Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius in Milan. It focuses on the major exhibition put on by Milan’s Palazzo Reale last year which brought together all of the famous artist’s work including La Belle Ferronniere (above). As well as examining the oeuvres of Italy’s most famous artist who was also a botanist, scientist and architect, it also features many experts discussing his world famous paintings and sculptures.

    FRIDAY
    At 7.30pm the Tonbridge Art Group will meet at Tonbridge School sports centre. There will be a special talk by Bryan Davies on the artistic influence of the Camden Town Group collection of pre-First World War impressionist painters. Tickets cost £5 to the event or you can join the Tonbridge Art Group for an annual fee of £35. For more information visit: www.tonbridgeartgroup.pbworks.com

    SATURDAY
    Pembury School is hosting a Sounds of Summer open air concert this afternoon from 2 until 6pm in place of its usual summer fair. Supported by The Acoustic Reverb Collective which helps to raise funds for various charities, the school will also welcome bands such as locals The Big Squeeze and its very own drumming club and choir. Visitors can also browse the many stalls offering everything from delicious food and drink to tombolas and glitter tattoos. Entrance is free but donations to the school are welcome.

    Today at 2pm local natural history expert, Dr Ian Beavis, will lead a Bee Walk over Tunbridge Wells common as part of National Insect Week. This free event aims to help people to identify the different varieties of wild bees and their habitats and ways in which they can be encouraged into our own gardens. The Common is the perfect environment for bees to frequent thanks to its variety of grassland, heathland and rocky terrain. The walk begins at the Fir Tree Road car park and booking in advance is recommended. Call: 01892 554 171 for more details.

    Norwich Puppet Theatre are putting on a performance of Oddly at St Luke’s Church Hall, at 4pm. This interpretation of the much loved children’s book by Joyce Dunbar promises to be a visual treat thanks to the imaginative sets, emotive music and colourful puppets who tell the tale of four friends who find unusual ways to make their hopes, wishes and dreams come true. Tickets cost £3 for adults and £2 for children. For more information visit: www.applause.org.uk

    SUNDAY
    The Kent & Sussex Organ & Keyboard Club hosts a recital by professional musician Chris Powell this afternoon at 2.30pm. The concert takes place at the Southborough Community Centre, where the organisation houses five of its different organs. Fortnightly on Fridays it welcomes its members to come along and play a couple of pieces on them for a fee of £2 and once every two months it invites a professional organist to play. Tickets are available on the door from 2pm and cost £5 for members and £6 for non-members.

    The annual Tonbridge Summer Carnival takes place today. Organised by the Tonbridge Lions Club it has been going for 30 years and is always a fantastic event that people of all ages enjoy. Aside from the colourful parades and live music by musicians from all over the world, there will also be lots of fun children’s activities, delicious food stalls and classic cars on display. For more information visit www.tonbridgelions.co.uk

    As it’s Father’s Day why not treat dad to a steam train ride on one of Kent and East Sussex’s Railway Lines vintage beauties. Taking in the stunning scenery between Tenterden and Bodiam stations he can enjoy either a hearty ploughman’s lunch or indulgent cream tea. Tickets cost £27.50 and include a surprise gift for each dad. Pre-booking is essential: www.kesr.org.uk

    MONDAY
    Every day until the end of this month there will be a photographic exhibition at the Daily Bread bakery on Rusthall High Street showcasing a cluster of photographers’ work. Most of them are from the village but are also renowned for their photographic work all over the world. Artists exhibiting include Seamus A Ryan, Sam Christmas and Denise Dallender who is appearing in an offi cial show for the first time.

    Tonight the Tonbridge Folk Club meets at The Foresters Arms in Tonbridge. The session which features Na-Mara, runs from 8 until 11pm and all musicians and singers are welcome. For more information see the club’s official website at: www.tonbridgefolkclub.org

    TUESDAY
    Tonight at various venues in the area including Trinity, Odeon cinema and Hawkhurst’s Kino there will be a live screening from Glyndebourne of Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Conducted by Enrique Mazzola and featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus this famous comedic opera centres on Figaro, the cunning barber, who uses every trick he can to ensure his master gets his chosen bride Rosina. She, however, has other ideas… Transmission starts at 6.30pm at each venue.

    The Beautiful Burrswood exhibition continues this week and visitors can expect to enjoy a selection of photos and paintings depicting the Groombridge scenic spot throughout the seasons. Entrance is free but donations are welcome. To reserve tickets call: 01892 865 982.

    PICK OF THE WEEK

    Chiddingstone Castle Summer Vintage Fair

    Chiddingstone Castle Summer Vintage Fair

    This annual event runs from 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday June 19. Expect lots of unique funky fashion, specialist food producers, live music from the Lindy Hoppers and a retro Punch and Judy show. Tickets cost £4 per adult and £1 per child aged from 5-13 years. For tickets see: www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk