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Kent’s must-see events July 2022

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Your guide to the county’s best events, compiled by Naomi Porter


Spirit of Tenterden
– Credit: Spirit of Tenterden

Family fun
July 1-3

Taking place in the town’s recreation ground, the Spirit of Tenterden family festival – a free community event – is back, promising this year to be bigger and better than ever! Delights on offer include music from top local bands (or you can let loose during the open mic session), a military vehicle display, children’s activities and even a dog show. With around 40 craft stalls, food and a selection of ciders, beers and gins to sample too, you could easily spend a long lazy summer afternoon here.

Music & Arts Offer
July 1-16

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Deal Music and Arts Festival is in full swing this year, with major music stars including percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, Academy of Early Music and saxophonist Jess Gillam all appearing in places across the city. There are walks and lectures, an outreach program which involves local schools and theater too, with Walmer Castle providing a fitting atmospheric backdrop to the Changeling Theater production of Shakespeare’s Othello. Tickets from £7

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JAM on the Marais
July 7-17

JAM on the marsh concert season 2021

Lots to enjoy at JAM on the Marsh
– Credit: Justin Sutcliffe

Making the most of the medieval churches and stunning landscape of Romney Marsh, highlights of this year’s JAM on the Marsh festival include the London Mozart Players and virtuoso clarinetist Michael Collins performing the world premiere of Judith Bingham’s Clarinet Concerto, the London Tango Quintet bringing their warm Latin music to the Marsh for the first time, and a return visit for local heroes, Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra. Changeling Theater offers its version of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and features exhibitions of sculptures, photographs and oils, poetry recitals and a Romney Marsh Churches Mosaics Trail. Paid events: £20.

center stage
July 6-9

Earth Wind & Fire, James Blunt (the one of dry Twitter hitbacks and 20 million album sales), Rebecca Ferguson and The Human League will all bring their hit songs to Rochester Castle this month, for four nights of spectacular music entertainment. For some of us this could mean the perfect opportunity to relive our youth, with the 12th century castle reminding us that at least some buildings are older than us… Tickets from £

food and song
pub in the park
July 8-10

Hosted by top chef Tom Kerridge, the three-day event in Tunbridge Well’s Dunorlan Park features dishes from award-winning Bidborough-based The Kentish Hare, Michelin Green Star-holding Will Devlin’s The Small Holding, and the popular Tunbridge Wells seafood bar at Sankey. Music courtesy of Faithless, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and former Spice Girl, Melanie C. Tickets from £52.95 adults, £37.98 children for an evening

Textiles and handicrafts

Quilts at Lullingstone Castle

Quilts at Lullingstone Castle
– Credit: Lullingstone Castle

Lullingstone Quilting and Craft Festival
July 15-17

Charming Lullingstone Castle and the Garden of the World plays host to some of the region’s most nimble fingers this month, with South East members of the National Quilters’ Guild showcasing over 100 of their beautiful, intricate quilts and quilts. There will be over 40 craft stalls to explore, as well as quilting, spinning, lace, weaving and embroidery demonstrations for further inspiration, and “Make and Take” workshops, allowing you to come home home with what you have created. Tickets £12.50 adult, under 16s free (Guild members: £7.50)


War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds at Godinton
– Credit: The Pantaloons

Godinton Park Outdoor Drama
July 16 & 30

Enjoy a lively lineup of outdoor theatrical performances, providing a fun and action-packed adventure. On July 16, expect “interplanetary warfare on an epic scale” thanks to The Pantaloons’ War of the Worlds – grab a pre-show picnic, then buckle up and get ready for music, puppets and deadly heat rays on stage – suitable for All ages. Head into the future at the end of the month, when The Rude Mechanicals present Gods & Dogs, a comedy set in the world of 2084 that explores the timeless themes of love and marriage. Tickets £15,; £22


little gentlemen

Folk group Gentlemen of Few in Barham
– Credit: Gentlemen of Few

Summer in Barham 2022
July 20-24

Canterbury Festival’s Summer in Barham is a mini-festival of music, talk and walks set in an idyllic village just outside Canterbury. Featuring music from award-winning chamber band The Brook Street Band, folk heroes Gentleman of Few, and the KD Jazz and Dance Orchestra, you’ll also have the opportunity to attend a lecture on the life and times of diarist Samuel Pepys and stroll through the rolling hills, orchards, woodlands and quirky architecture of nearby Barham and Kingston. Tickets from £11.50


The four Ds

The Four Ds bring their sweet sound to Hever
– Credit: The Four Ds

The four Ds
July 31

With years of experience in London’s West End, close-to-harmony band (and good friends for years) The Four D’s have captivated audiences around the world with their combination of polished choreography, immaculate presentation, harmonious complexity and charisma. Now they come to Hever with a summer evening of hits, from songs made famous by The Temptations and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons to musical favorites such as Les Miserables and West Side Story. Tickets £30,