Autumn/Winter Newsletter 2016 from the Seven Wonders of the Weald

Sunday 26th November – Christmas Fair at Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle’s popular annual Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday 26th November from 10am to 4pm.  Perfect for choosing Christmas gifts with over 50 stalls.  Festive refreshments  available.  Adults £4.  Children (5-13) £1.


Mon 7 Nov to Sat 12 Nov Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at the Assembly Theatre

The legendary smash hit thriller The Mousetrap comes to the Assembly Theatre. Famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense with a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.


Ride on the Santa Express at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Enjoy a 1 hour 10 minute return journey to the “North Pole” starting at Tenterden Station! All children will meet Santa on board and receive a lovely present.  There are also free rides on the carousel, the Giant Snow Globe with a free family photograph for all. Complimentary mince pie and drink for adults and a soft drink and chocolate bar for children. To book visit


Christmas shop at Biddenden Vineyards

The delightful Christmas shop at Biddenden Vineyards will be open daily from 4 November until noon on Christmas Eve.  Open 10am to 5pm Mon to Sat and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

Alongside Biddenden’s award winning wines, ciders and juices the shop also offers local products including local jams, chutneys, honey, cheeses, biscuits and cakes, as well as gins, liqueurs and local beers and ales.

Ready-made hampers and gift boxes are available or create your own with products from around the shop.  visit or call 01580 291726 for further information.


Carols at Scotney Castle 17 Dec 14:00 to 14:30

Join the staff at Scotney Castle to sing carols around the Christmas tree.  This is the perfect opportunity to shop for gifts or enjoy a mince pie in the tearoom.

Woodland wonderland Trail – Daily from 3 December

Enjoy the family trail between 10am and 3pm.  Make a decoration to take home and visit the tree at the castle to make your wish.  £2 plus admission to Scotney Castle.

Woodland Wonderland Walk  7 December to 23 December 11:30 to 12:45

Put your walking boots on and join the Scotney team for a walk through the winter landscape of Scotney Castle.  Free event with admission to Scotney Castle.


Choose your perfect Christmas Tree at Hole Park in Rolvenden

Hole Park has been growing Christmas trees for the past 50 years. Visitors welcome daily between 10am and 4pm from the last week in November to choose their perfect tree to take home.  Choose from Norway Spruce, Nordman Fir, Blue Spruce or Serbian Spruce.  Hole Park is located on the B2086 between Rolvenden and Benenden (TN17 4AJ)


Ice Skating in Calverley Grounds from 18 November to 2 January

Calverley Grounds will be transformed into a beautiful winter ice rink signalling the start of the festive season.   Tickets are available to buy online at or via the Box Office on 01892 554645 or in person at the Assembly Hall Theatre and at the ice rink from 18 November 2016.

The 35 x 20 metre ice rink, with a capacity of up to 250 skaters, will be open seven days a week (closed Christmas Day). There are dedicated thirty minute parent and toddler session taking place every morning.

Main skating session tickets cost from £10.50 for adults and children from £7. Family tickets, concessions and Go! Card tickets are also available.  Ticket price includes hire of skating boots and lasts for 45 minutes. For those wishing to watch friends and family enjoying themselves, the spectator’s area is back, adjacent to the rink this offers a range of drinks and food.  No family visit to the ice rink would be complete without a visit to Father Christmas.  To book your tickets in advance visit

Heart Radio Breakfast Presenters James Heming and Becky Ives will open the Royal Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink on Friday 18 November 2016 at 6pm.  The first public skating session at 8pm will see the presenters turning up the sounds and playing a mix of classic party tunes which are sure to include hits from the 90’s, noughties and now.  Pre-booking is recommended.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Fri 9 Dec ’16 to Mon 2 Jan ’17

UK Productions and the Assembly Hall Theatre proudly present ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells from Friday 9 December ’16 to Mon 2 Jan ’17.

The legendary SU POLLARD famous for her role in TV hit Hi De Hi, will headline the Assembly Hall Theatre’s Christmas 2016 pantomime as the Wicked Queen.  To book tickets go to or call the Box office on 01892 530613 or in person at the Assembly Hall Theatre.

On 17 November at 3.20pm look out for Santa and the cast of Snow White who will be taking a tour of the town on an open top bus.

At 4.30pm see Santa make his big entrance at Royal Victoria Place with a festive filled event hosted by Heart’s Jenni Falconer.

At 6.30pm watch the big lights Switch On Party hosted by Heart’s Jenni Falconer in Royal Victoria Place with live performances on stage by Boogie Storm from Britain’s Got Talent and the star of the night will be X Factor winner Ben Haenow.

Tunbridge Wells Farmers’ Market Saturday 10 December

The popular Tunbridge Wells Farmers’ Market will be open on Saturday 10 December and for a special one-event on Thursday 22 December.  We’ll have carol singers and Christmas trees on sale plus a number of craft stalls including Romney Wool and hand woven baskets for great last minute Christmas gift ideas. Our Town Mayor will be drawing a winning ticket for a raffle prize made up of food and drink kindly donated by our brilliant stallholders. The market is open from 9am – 2pm and is located outside the Town Hall on Civic Way, TN1 1RS.


Thinking of booking a Cottage Holiday to enjoy over Christmas or the New Year?

You will be spoilt for choice with our selection of holiday properties across Kent and Sussex. Imagine a peaceful Christmas stroll along the coastline, or if you prefer- think of unwrapping presents with loved ones in front of an open fire.

From cottages with wood burners and fireplaces, to cottages which can fit the whole family, we are sure you will find something to make December and January that extra bit special.


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