Annual Jazz and Soul on the Pantiles

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Summer nights - Jazz on the Pantiles - photography David Hodgkinson


The Bandstand
The Pantiles
Royal Tunbridge Wells



Live jazz at the Bandstand on the Pantiles starts from around May going on until the end of September each year. This award winning and very popular live, outdoor event packs out the Pantiles and begins at 7pm going on until approximately 10pm.

Music has been part of The Pantiles since the Chalybeate Spring well was built, that is over 400 years ago. An official bandstand on the walkway first came into being in 1900 and the building as it is now is over 45 years old having been erected in 1973.

The Musick Gallery is worth casting your eye over. This is the original version of the bandstand placed above the jewellers, Peter Jenner, in the middle of the Lower Pantiles promenade. Built in 1739, by day the musicians used to serenade the passers-by from the exquisite circular balcony.

An award winning Beautiful South Festival of the Year event, today’s Jazz on the Pantiles is a well-loved annual happening; the whole area gets very packed out. We recommend booking a table well in advance at one of the lovely restaurants to sit down outside and relax with friends. There are bars, restaurants, cafés and pubs providing a very warm welcome to all visitors.

From dixieland to swing, from African roots to Cuban spice, from classic jazz to big band styles you'll be able to immerse yourself in a wide ranging genre of music that has an individual attraction for each of us.

Getting up and dancing is not compulsory but many do! There is plenty of space to jive and bop. Sustain your dancing feet by trying the absolutely delicious food and drink on offer.

There is no admission charge but you will be invited to make a donation to show your appreciation of this fabulous social event.

We’ve had Robert Reid, Asher Parkinson, the Sue Rivers Quintet and Derek Nash. We have pianists, saxophonists, duos, trios, quartets, quintets and solo acts.

Check the what's on listings for the details of each week's act, that’s an average of 22 nights of fantastic live jazz music on the Pantiles each year!

Ticket Information

Free entry but donation is encouraged to keep this amazing event going.

Opening Times

This date is indicative, please check back for finalised dates (2 May 2020 - 26 Sep 2020)*

* From the beginning of May at 7pm onwards every Thursday until the end of September.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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