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    The Importance of Being Earnest

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    At 6.30pm the Odeon cinema is screening The Importance of Being Earnest. This classic comedy by Oscar Wilde sees David Suchet playing the role of the formidable Lady Bracknell and also stars Downton Abbey’s Michael Benz as John Worthing. This much loved satire on the pomposity of Victorian manners is directed by Adrian Noble and was originally staged at the Vaudeville Theatre in London in 2015.

    This evening at Tonbridge School there will be a Dancing with the Praes event in order to raise money for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Eleven prefects from the school and their accompanying partners will take to the floor and perform four dances including the cha-cha-cha and a waltz in front of a judging panel. Tickets cost £15 or £30 if you would like to enjoy the champagne reception beforehand and front row seats. For more information call: 01732 304241.

    From 10am ‘til 12noon the Baptist Church in Darenth Avenue Tonbridge will host another Man2Man meeting for retired men. Today’s talk will be given by Keith Morgan on his time spent exploring the Australian Outback. For more details and to book tickets which are priced at £1 per person call: 01732 352 824.

    There will be another Murder Mystery night at the Scallywag café from 8pm performed by the 368 Theatre Company. So if you fancy coming along to this evening of skulduggery, suspicion and sleuthing then tickets cost £10 and are available on the door.

    If you missed it at the cinema at Christmas then tonight is your chance to catch the huge hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Presented by Moonlight Drive In Cinemas the film will be screened at 9.30pm at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood: www.moonlightcinema.com

    Jazz on The Pantiles continues its summer run with a concert that features the Force 10 Big Band tonight.

    For babies who like to boogie and toe-tapping toddlers Diddy Dance classes are the perfect pastime. The 45-minute sessions take place every Friday morning at 9.30 and 10.30am at Langton Green Village Hall and cost £6. For more information visit:www.diddidance.com

    The Tonbridge Festival starts today and runs until July 10. As well as art exhibitions, comedy performances, classical music concerts and a spot of variety theatre, there will also be a beer festival and poetry readings. For more information visit: www.tonbridgefestival.co.uk

    Every first Friday of the month the Women’s Equality Party, whose aim is to create more balance in the world of politics, business and industry for females, meets at The Fine Grind for a drop-in coffee session. Kicking off at 10.00am and finishing at 12.30pm it’s a chance for the group to discuss current affairs and issues and also welcome new members.

    Mark Watson

    The popular comedian Mark Watson, who has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You, comes to Trinity Theatre this evening with his new show I’m Not Here. Expect lots of quirky humour from this Edinburgh Festival veteran. Tickets cost from £16: www.trinitytheatre.net

    The popular Pantiles Food Market is on this weekend so make sure you pop along to pick up all your necessary gastronomic goods and seasonal produce.

    Join the Calverley Adventure Grounds team for a Jam Jar Celebration in Metro Bank Tunbridge Wells from 10am to 4pm. See how much you have raised by counting your coins in their Magic Money Machine. You’ll also have the chance to receive a goody bag for all your hard work. The team will be on hand throughout the
    day if you’d like to learn more about the Calverley Adventure Grounds project.

    Spa Valley Railway

    On Saturday and Sunday the Summer Steam Festival at the Spa Valley Railway gets underway. The main action will take place at Eridge station with two huge industrial steam trains on display as well as heritage diesel ones, steam rollers and even a miniature railway. There will also be a good range of vintage trains to spot at Tunbridge Wells and Groombridge and a fantastic fish and chip supper will be available on board trains running on Saturday evening. Tickets cost £17.50 per adult and £8.75 per child. For further information please visit: www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

    Penshurst Run or Dye

    Pull on your running shoes and take part in Clinique’s Run or Dye 5k event from 10.30am. Dubbed the ‘world’s most colourful run’ due to participants being pelted with coloured powder as they run, walk or even dance round the course, this fun race helps raise money for Great Ormond Street and Clinique’s Kiss it Better campaign, which has been supporting children with cancer for the past 12 years. Olympian champion cyclist and jump jockey Victoria Pendleton will also be taking part. Tickets start at £25 for adults and £5 for children and includes T-shirt and goody bag. To find out more visit: www.runordye.co.uk

    The summer season of Unfest Sunday Sessions continues this afternoon at 2.30pm at The Forum. Table tennis, poetry, live music and a BBQ are just a few of the things on offer.

    The Tonbridge Festival continues all this week and today sees the launch of the fun Artwork Trail. Local primary school children have contributed drawings on this year’s theme of Roald Dahl which are displayed in various shops along the high street. Simply purchase a special trail map from the Gateway in town for £1 and follow it until you have spotted every oeuvre. Proceeds go to various charities.

    Tonight the popular production of Save The Last Dance For Me starts its six night run at the Assembly Hall. Starring former Blue boy band star Antony Costa, this feelgood musical set in the 1960s promises to have you jiving in the aisles. See here for our exclusive interview with Antony. For tickets visit:

    Our National Trust properties in the area will be carrying out their 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾ activity programme throughout the summer months so if your children are at a loose end after school why not go along to Scotney Castle or Sissinghurst and have a fun afternoon seeking out bugs, making stick trails or daisy chains.

    Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neill star in the indie Australian film The Daughter tonight at Trinity at 8pm. The story centres around a young man who returns to his hometown and discovers a disturbing family secret that could shatter his estranged relatives’ lives forever.


    Hever in Bloom


    All this week you can visit the Hever in Bloom experience at one of the area’s oldest castles. Wander around the stunning 13th century historical grounds and enjoy sites such as the stunning English Rose Garden which will be in full bloom by now. Many of the castle’s impressive rooms, which were once home to Anne Boleyn, will also be decorated with fl oral arrangements. For more details visit: www.hevercastle.co.uk