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    SEVEN DAYS OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

    >> Wednesday
    Each Wednesday until the end of November there will be a Rock Choir session happening at the Camden Centre in Tunbridge Wells. Go along to the Victoria Suite at 11.30am and let your hair down at this popular singing session. If you live in Tonbridge, then the sessions are on every Thursday at 8.15pm at Juddians Rugby Football Club. For more details visit www.rockchoir.com

    Manchester musicians 10cc will be performing at the Assembly Hall tonight from 7.30pm. Loyal fans of the band will enjoy this concert as the first half sees them playing their first album, Sheet Music, released 40 years ago, in its entirety. The second half will be dedicated to them playing all their classic hits, including Dreadlock Holiday and I’m Not in Love. To book tickets, which cost £32.50, go to www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

    Un Homme A La Hauteur (Up for Love) is being screened at Trinity Theatre this evening. This French-Belgian romantic comedy stars The Artist’s Jean Dujardin and tells the story of his alter ego Alexandre, a lovable character who finds the mobile of a beautiful woman called Diane and wants to return it to her. The pair hit it off when they talk on the phone, but when they meet in person Diane has immediate reservations…go along to find out why. www.trinitytheatre.net

    >> Thursday
    At 7pm, Daily Telegraph leader writer and historian Tim Stanley will be in conversation with MP Tom Tugendhat at the EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School. The pair will discuss the upcoming US Presidential Election and its impact on the UK. Tickets to the event cost £15 per person, with proceeds going to the Hopsice in the Weald. www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk

    Alternatively, you could always go along to the Artspring Gallery on Tonbridge High Street and enjoy a glass of Prosecco while you browse the paintings and sculptures on display. This is the first open evening the gallery has put on, and if it’s a success there will be more similar events. www.artspringgallery.co.uk

    Over in Sevenoaks, popular stand-up comedian Stewart Lee will be delivering his trademark acerbic wit to the audience Out of the Box at the Stag Theatre. Tickets are selling out fast, so if you want to see the man responsible for the best-selling Comedy Vehicle series and the Alternative Comedy Experience, then get booking! Tickets cost from £16. www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk

    A talk on The Green Man in English Churches will be given by Imogen Corrigan as a fundraising event for St Denys’ Church, Rotherfield. Refreshments will be served from 7pm, and the talk will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6 on the door or £5 in advance. Call 01892 852 196 to book.

    >> Friday
    Today is the last day of the Sevenoaks Literary Festival, so if you haven’t been over to the town and dropped in on one of the many workshops, readings and recitals, this is your last chance to do so. For more information visit www.sevlitfest.com

    The Assembly Hall welcomes Dr Hook this evening. With original front man Dennis Locorriere touring with the band again it promises to be a good night, packed full of their fabulous hits, which include When You’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman and A Little Bit More.

    Bridget Jones

    If you didn’t get round to seeing it at the cinema then Bridget Jones’s Baby is on at the Hop Farm’s Moonlight Drive-in Cinema from tonight until next Wednesday. Beginning at 7.30pm, tickets cost £25 per car. For more information visit www.moonlightcinema.com

    >> Saturday
    Free 5k parks runs happen in Dunorlan, Tunbridge Wells, and Castle Road, Tonbridge, every Saturday morning from 9am, and now they take place at Bedgebury Pinetum, too. For more information about running around this glorious wooded area of Kent visit www.parkrun.org.uk

    Tunbridge Wells Farmers’ Market is on today from 9am to 2.30pm outside the Town Hall. Visitors and foodies can expect the usual mix of specialist suppliers, local produce and seasonal gourmet goodies.

    Nina Conti

    Nina Conti brings her latest tour, In Your Face, to the Assembly Hall from 7.30pm. The famous ventriloquist is sure to delight with this new show, which sees her cleverly using a variety of different voices and masks to interact with the audience and present a really spontaneous event.

    Rusthall’s Community Cinema Club will be screening the Oscar-winning Bridge Of Spies this evening. Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance star in this slick political spy thriller, which will be screened at the village’s Sunnyside Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £2 for members and £7 for visitors. For further information visit www.rusthallcinema.club

    >> Sunday
    There will be a Memory Walk, organised by local charity Caremark, at Dunorlan Park today to help raise money for dementia research. If you’re interested in taking part, then go along to www.caremark.co.uk

    Spa Valley Railway

    You can enjoy a Day Out with Thomas today courtesy of the Spa Valley Railway. Journeys start at Tunbridge Wells West Station and run through the beautiful Wealden countryside along to Eridge. Children will have the opportunity to meet the Fat Controller and take part in various Thomas-themed fun activities. Ticket prices start at £11. www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

    The improvisation theatre group, The Claquers, are holding a workshop at St Barnabas’s School Hall on Camden Road for anybody who may be interested in this dynamic form of theatre. They recently put on two performances alongside the Restrisiko Improvisations Theater company from Wiesbaden (our German twin town) and had around 100 people attend over the two evenings. The workshop is from 10am-5pm. Tickets cost £10.

    Friends of the Earth and Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council have organised a Climate Action community event which runs from 1-4pm today at the Angel Centre, Tonbridge. As well as providing visitors with lots of information on green and environmental issues, there will be children’s activities and live music, too. Call the organisers on 07875 086592 for more information.

    >> Monday
    Grosvenor and Hilbert Park hosts The Big Draw this afternoon from 4 until 6pm. Open to children aged four to 16 years, it’s a fun event that encourages young minds to explore the worlds of science and technology through the medium of art.

    The Creatives exhibition at Trinity Theatre continues all this week, so if you’re an art lover or fancy purchasing something new for your home, then make sure you get along to see the work of this group of local artists. It’s on until the end of the month. See here for our special interview with Creatives co-founders Elaine Gill and Chris Burke.

    World Mental Health Day is observed today. All are warmly invited and encouraged to attend a meeting of Vale Royal Wesley Guild which will be held at 7.30pm in Tunbridge Wells United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, when the Guest Speaker will be Len Horwood (Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Mental Health Resource).

    >> Tuesday
    At 5.30pm, The Hub at Grosvenor and Hilbert Park will be showcasing the Weird and Wonderful Show, which highlights some of the quirkier treasures found at the Tunbridge Wells Museum. There will be an expert on hand to discuss these unusual pieces and talk visitors through the history of each artefact. The event is free but booking is required. To reserve your place, email Steff D’Agorne at: steff.dagorne@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

    Another attraction at the Tunbridge Wells Museum is the Grunts and Grapples show. Running until January 14, it has been curated by historian Kerry Purcell and showcases the golden age of British wrestling, which ran from the 1950s to 1990s. Profiling famous names such as Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks, and with all kinds of nostalgic posters, photos and memorabilia on display, it’s proving to be an enjoyable exhibition. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays during the usual museum opening hours.

    WORTH A TRIP:
    Sandhurst Hospice in the Weald
    Tuesday October 11, 3pm

    Classical Music

    Fans of classical music shouldn’t miss this performance by Adrian Bradbury on cello and Oliver Davies on piano. The duo will be playing at a private residence in Sandhurst.

    A donation of £15 minimum per person is requested and places must be booked in advance by calling 01580 850384.