Join in the annual Jazz Festival at The Pantiles

Join in the annual Jazz Festival at The Pantiles

by David Hodgkinson

Events in Tunbridge Wells

Here we provide a brief overview of the annual and typical events in and around Tunbridge Wells under more 'normal' circumstances. Tunbridge Wells is usually always abuzz with things to do and see.  We advise you check each venue for the latest on their events, our events listing is updated daily as and when information comes to us.

Events for every season

With such a local interest in culture and a variety of town and country attractions there is something happening somewhere in the borough throughout the year.

Every week, there are a huge variety of events in Tunbridge Wells such as music, comedy, art exhibitions, local sports or outdoor events and festivals as well as theatre productions inside and out.

Use the What’s On Search tool to the right nearer the time of year you are interested in to find out more about the events. 

This is just a small taster of what is going on, from May onwards there is a fiesta of festivals, the search tool will give you a full picture of over 100 events including ticket prices.

The Tunbridge Wells Calendar of Events

Gentle January

A quiet time, recovering from Christmas although the panto and the ice rink still run for the first week.  Aside from sales shopping, check out the spa's, the Oscar winners at the cinemas and the theatres for the rest of the month.

Fanciful February

The Lantern Parade is a large family oriented community parade that lights up a dark winter night in February each year.

Join the lively, characterful parade and see the enormous eye-popping paper lanterns, all home-made and bright, like the zebra, tiger and dragon of past years.

Afterwards, warm up with hot chocolate or dinner in one of the local cafés or restaurants.

Half term and Valentines events also dominate the What’s On scene. Romantic Valentine dinners and hotel packages adorn the calendar. There’s nowhere more romantic than a weekend in the gentle Kent country.

The museums, attractions and theatres offer exciting goings on for children at half term including crafty workshops and story telling.

Mad on March

Mother’s Day and early Spring flowers are the theme this month.

Mouth-watering lunches for Mother made from local produce at beguiling stately homes and castles are the order of the day at the end of March.  Fawn over the flora for the post-lunch stroll in the estate gardens

There are lots of theatrical companies, operas, orchestras, and ballets touring or broadcasting live from places like the Royal Opera House and National Theatre at this time, so look out for those.

April Antics

A stunning month for visiting the resplendent gardens in the High Weald of Kent.  Take The Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor – you’ll be astounded at the sight of so many tulips in so many colours!

Easter Trails triumph in numerous attractions in every corner of the region to keep the children enchanted and entertained.  Parents can sit down and enjoy a refreshing drink and snack while the little darlings seek out the treasures.

Most of all, the gorgeous gardens and flowers are opening up into their most magnificent, look out for the special events.

Merry May

With 2 bank holidays, what a month to savour! Village fetes celebrate charming local heritage and traditions of maypole dancing, pig racing, duck racing and morris dancing.

From May onwards, festivals going on are live music, family, literary, art, food…take your pick! Unfest is one of the live music festivals that takes place during May and it's all in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Don’t miss the bluebells at Hole Park Gardens (noted in The Times newspaper for their splendour) which come out in mesmerising force for the shortest time.

Wedding season arrives with panache in Tunbridge Wells.  Where better to view your venue options and suppliers than in the inspiring and romantic Garden of England?  Hotels and attractions invite you to review their sumptuous offerings.

Jaunty June

Traditionally Summer starts here! Enjoy bursting blooms out and about in the countryside, nature reserves, parks and gardens. 

For half term, get outside at one of the events at Bewl Water or Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest and take in the fresh air.

To celebrate Father’s Day, most of the attractions have special events and offers on, so do check our listings to spoil Daddy. 

Jubilant July

Long light evenings at last and everywhere feels more alive. Jazz on the Pantiles starts up, see our Festival page.

Now is time to explore the villages of Tunbridge Wells and enjoy the energy and beauty of the area as well as the local pub gardens. 

School holidays mean plenty of goings on for the kids all over the borough. 

Visit Groombridge Place and the Enchanted Gardens for crazy outdoor antics or the Spa Valley Railway for a traditional train ride.

Arresting August

Forest schools, bushcraft workshops and camp-building activities are often available for budding adventurers at this time of year. Try Bedgebury National Pinetum &  Forest and Penshurst Place.

Dramatic twilight live performances are an outstanding evening out at the Hever Castle Festival Theatre or Scotney Castle.  Bring your own hamper, picnic chairs and candelbra!

Local & Live kicks off at the end of August (yes, another bank holiday!), a chance to listen to some real live local music.

Surreal September

Often surrendering Summer with great reluctance, this month can still remain warm.  Now that school is back, the adults can play again!

The annual Royal Tunbridge Wells Food Month is a fantastic line up of foodie events for trying out the sumptuous local delicacies.

Theatres and art gallery exhibitions are calmer.  Dahlia Days at Pashley Manor is a highlight to end this season.

The leaves on the trees at Scotney Castle and Bedgebury Pinetum display their awesome autumnal blaze – a photographer’s paradise.

For something a bit quirky, visit the lovely Speldhurst village for its annual Scarecrow competition!

Outstanding October

As the temperatures drop, don't panic! Harvest time in this part of the world means farms and orchards can now display their produce at their peak. 

Be sure to taste our local produce, go to a farmers’ market and the Apple Fair in Cranbrook (don’t forget to see the Red Barrows display team!!).

Hallowe'en events are very popular for adults and children.  Gasp in horror at murderous theatre at The Trinity Theatre, scream at the bands in The Forum music venue, whilst most of the larger attractions have Hallowe’en themed activities, storytelling and fancy dress too.

Noisy November!

Guy Fawkes’ Bonfire Nights and Fireworks really go off with a boom in Tunbridge Wells.

Take your pick from Dunorlan Park in Royal Tunbridge Wells and the village of Rusthall, amongst many other parks and village greens across the borough.   Check the What’s On search box nearer the time.

One bonfire night with a difference is The Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Event commemorating the infamous gang of smugglers who controlled the area in the 1700s.

After these spectacles, why not enjoy the additional warmth of the local hearty food in the pubs and restaurants as well.  The odd toffee apple might even have been grown in Kent thanks to this year’s harvest.

In mid-November the great Christmas Light Switch On at Royal Victoria Place Shopping Mall takes place in the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Dazzling December

Christmas sees the towns and villages come alive with colour, lights and seasonal fun. 

Shopping events are at their peak at this time of year including the Royal Tunbridge Wells Together Christmas Festivities programme and Ice Rink in Calverley Grounds.

Local attractions welcome you to their Christmas extravaganzas and you can always find a Santa’s grotto or two! 

Don’t wait! You only live once

Check our search tool for events that interest you and make a move from your armchair now!

For more details on the larger festivals go to the Festivals page to see what is in store in the upcoming year and plan your trip with our handy planner.

Accommodation is available across the borough and can be viewed right here right now! Don't forget the Tourist Information Centre is here to help.

If you’ve got your own event to add, go to the Events Form and upload it now for free! And we’ll retweet it too from @TWellsTourism.

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  1. Clue Cracker

    Add Clue Cracker to your Itinerary

    Clue Cracker

    Type

    Activity Centre

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    7 July 2020 update: open - please book in advance

    Escape room puzzles for all the family

  2. Add CountryBike to your Itinerary

    CountryBike

    Type

    Cycle

    Fordcombe

    Hire a CountryBike located at one of various attractions in West Kent and East Sussex. See website for details.

  3. TimeQuest | Live Escape Room

    Add TimeQuest | Live Escape Room to your Itinerary

    TimeQuest | Live Escape Room

    Type

    Activity Centre

    Paddock Wood

    Solve the puzzles and clues to complete the mission and escape in under 60 minutes or ....

  4. Add 25th Summer Exhibition at The Fairfax Gallery to your Itinerary

    25th Summer Exhibition at The Fairfax Gallery

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The Fairfax Gallery will be holding its 25th Summer Exhibition at its gallery on the Lower Walks of the Pantiles. The exhibition will feature original contemporary art by established, award-winning and emerging artists.

    Type

    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    20 Jun 2020 To 6 Sep 2020
  5. Add Virtual Park Safaris with The Amelia Museum Team to your Itinerary

    Virtual Park Safaris with The Amelia Museum Team

    We're Going on A Bug Hunt...

    Type

    Virtual Event

    Dates

    From:
    12 Aug 2020 To 12 Aug 2020
    From:
    19 Aug 2020 To 19 Aug 2020
    From:
    26 Aug 2020 To 26 Aug 2020
  6. Add Dinner and Jazz on The Pantiles to your Itinerary

    Dinner and Jazz on The Pantiles

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Socially distanced Jazz & Dinner on the Pantiles for Summer 2020

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    13 Aug 2020 To 13 Aug 2020
    From:
    20 Aug 2020 To 20 Aug 2020
    From:
    27 Aug 2020 To 27 Aug 2020
  7. Add Friday Night Comedy at the Trinity Theatre Gardens to your Itinerary

    Friday Night Comedy at the Trinity Theatre Gardens

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Comedy is back on Friday Nights at Trinity Theatre!

    Set in the newly adapted garden at the back of the beautiful Trinity Theatre, you can enjoy an evening of fun, laughter and good times from the comfort of your socially distanced table seating in this calm oasis in the heart of Royal…

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    14 Aug 2020 To 14 Aug 2020
    From:
    21 Aug 2020 To 21 Aug 2020
    From:
    28 Aug 2020 To 28 Aug 2020
    From:
    4 Sep 2020 To 4 Sep 2020
  8. Add Pantiles Market to your Itinerary

    Pantiles Market

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The Pantiles Market is held on the first and third weekend of each month - combining hot food and seasonal local produce with a broad selection of artisan crafts, gifts, clothing and accessories.local produce, tasty treats, designer clothes and artisan crafts

    Type

    Markets

    Dates

    From:
    15 Aug 2020 To 16 Aug 2020
    From:
    5 Sep 2020 To 6 Sep 2020
  9. Add Local and Live at Calverley Grounds to your Itinerary

    Local and Live at Calverley Grounds

    Tunbridge Wells

    2020: Local and Live is a fantastic free music festival taking place in Royal Tunbridge Wells over the bank holiday weekend in August. The festival will be at Calverley Grounds from Friday to Monday. Local and Live features a wide range of talented local musicians and bands; what's more, it is all…

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    23 Aug 2020 To 25 Aug 2020

    Venue

    The Forum, Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Calverley Grounds

  10. Add Local and Live at The Spa Hotel to your Itinerary

    Local and Live at The Spa Hotel

    Tunbridge Wells

    Local & Live is a music festival taking place from the 23rd to the 26th August. One such selection of performances will be at The Spa Hotel on the Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August. Headliners are The Breretons.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    26 Aug 2020 To 26 Aug 2020
  11. Add August Bank Holiday Reopening The Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    August Bank Holiday Reopening The Spa Valley Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    This August Bank Holiday, The Spa Valley are thrilled to get back on track with a Special Reopening Weekend offer...

    Book your own private carriage for your party of up to 6 and ride through the glorious Kent countryside in style at for £40 return.

     

     

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    28 Aug 2020 To 30 Aug 2020
  12. UK Queen Tribute 2020 at Hole Park

    Rolvenden, Cranbrook

    Hole Park are proud to present ‘UK QUEEN’ on Friday 28th August 2020.

    Front man Alexander Koronka is sensational as "Freddie Mercury", alongside the band of world class musicians, who have been performing Queen's greatest hits to the delight of audiences worldwide for over a decade.

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    28 Aug 2020 To 28 Aug 2020
  13. Proms Spectacular 2020 at Hole Park

    Rolvenden, Cranbrook

    Hole Park are delighted to announce that the Proms Spectacular 2020 will be going ahead.

     Bring a picnic, or purchase food and drink on site,  and pack a blanket to sit in comfort with 2M distancing. This is to ensure peace of mind,  as you enjoy a truly magical evening including an impressive…

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    29 Aug 2020 To 29 Aug 2020

    Venue

    Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden

  14. Add Dahlia Days at Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Dahlia Days at Pashley Manor Gardens

    Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

    The summer may be drawing to a close, but the vibrant Dahlia Days event at Pashley Manor keeps the colours alive on the Kent, Sussex border.

    Type

    Show / Display

    Dates

    From:
    4 Sep 2020 To 14 Sep 2020

    Venue

    Pashley Manor Gardens, Wadhurst

  15. Add The September Art Exhibition to your Itinerary

    The September Art Exhibition

    Wadhurst

    Established in 1996, come and see the September Art Exhibition, which is celebrating it's 23rd birthday in Wadhurst this year!

    Type

    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sep 2020 To 16 Sep 2020
  16. Add Heritage Open Days around Tunbridge Wells to your Itinerary

    Heritage Open Days around Tunbridge Wells

    Tunbridge Wells and around

    Heritage Open Days celebrate England's architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    13 Sep 2020 To 22 Sep 2020
  17. Add RTW Food Month | Pantiles Harvest Food Festival to your Itinerary

    RTW Food Month | Pantiles Harvest Food Festival

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    2019: The Pantiles Harvest Food Festival returns in the midst of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Food Month! Another tantalising weekend full of delicious local foods and chefs.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    14 Sep 2020 To 15 Sep 2020
  18. Add Pub in the Park 2020 now Drive in Garden Party with Tom Kerridge to your Itinerary

    Pub in the Park 2020 now Drive in Garden Party with Tom Kerridge

    Tunbridge Wells

    Pub in the Park have launched their Drive In Garden Party to replace the postponed Pub In the Park.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    18 Sep 2020 To 20 Sep 2020

    Venue

    Dunorlan Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells

  19. Add RTW Food Month | Royal Tunbridge Wells Food and Drink Festival to your Itinerary

    RTW Food Month | Royal Tunbridge Wells Food and Drink Festival

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Tunbridge Wells Food and Drink Festival will be held in Calverley Grounds as part of Tunbridge Wells September Food Month.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    21 Sep 2020 To 22 Sep 2020
  20. Add RTW Food Month | Tunbridge Wells Beer Weekend - Beer Matching Dinner to your Itinerary

    RTW Food Month | Tunbridge Wells Beer Weekend - Beer Matching Dinner

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    As part of the TW Beer Weekend The Small Holding Restaurant Pop-up Beer Matching Dinner will be held at Fuggles Beer Cafe in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

    Food by chef Will Devlin matched to beers selected by Fuggles Beer Cafe.

    Also part of the joyous Royal Tunbridge Wells Food Month

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    29 Sep 2020 To 29 Sep 2020

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