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.

Number of items:

Number of items: 772

, currently showing 1 to 20.

  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 Christmas 2020 at Scotney Castle to your Itinerary

    Christmas 2020 at Scotney Castle

    Lamberhurst

    Christmas is coming to Scotney Castle this winter. 

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    2 Nov 2020 To 3 Jan 2021
  5. Add Christmas Gift Shopping at Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Christmas Gift Shopping at Pashley Manor Gardens

    Ticehurst

    Pashley’s Shop will be open now for Christmas shopping. The shop will be packed with high quality gifts and cards, as well as special Christmas stock for the festive season. Come and Visit! (NB gardens & cafe not open)

    Type

    Sale

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2020 To 13 Dec 2020

    Venue

    Pashley Manor Gardens, Wadhurst

  6. Add Christmas 2020 At Bedgebury Pinetum to your Itinerary

    Christmas 2020 At Bedgebury Pinetum

    Goudhurst

    The magical, after-dark, illuminated Christmas trail Spectacular is back for 2020 at Bedgebury.

    Type

    Show / Display

    Dates

    From:
    4 Dec 2020 To 10 Jan 2021
  7. Add Christmas Market in Hawkhurst to your Itinerary

    Christmas Market in Hawkhurst

    Hawkhurst

    Come and support local businesses in the beautiful old village of Hawkhurst this December.

    This year's Christmas Market will be as special as ever, packed full of local products and artisan gifts from candles and handmade jewellery to delicious homebaked treats. 

    Type

    Markets

    Dates

    From:
    4 Dec 2020 To 6 Dec 2020
  8. Add Father Christmas comes to Tunbridge Wells 2020 to your Itinerary

    Father Christmas comes to Tunbridge Wells 2020

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Come along to the prettily lit up Calverley Grounds, and you can visit our wonderful Father Christmas set in the trees & snow!

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    5 Dec 2020 To 23 Dec 2020
    From:
    24 Dec 2020 To 24 Dec 2020
  9. Add Pantiles Christmas Market to your Itinerary

    Pantiles Christmas Market

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Come along to the Pantiles Christmas Market for your Christmas shopping - gifts, food, drink, crafts and with live music on the Bandstand, enjoy the festive atmosphere...

    Type

    Markets

    Dates

    From:
    5 Dec 2020 To 6 Dec 2020
    From:
    12 Dec 2020 To 13 Dec 2020
    From:
    19 Dec 2020 To 20 Dec 2020
  10. Add Santa Specials on The Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Santa Specials on The Spa Valley Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Start your Christmas with a Santa Special experience on the Spa Valley Railway, running every weekend in December and the festive week running up to Christmas.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    5 Dec 2020 To 6 Dec 2020
    From:
    12 Dec 2020 To 13 Dec 2020
    From:
    19 Dec 2020 To 24 Dec 2020

    Venue

    Spa Valley Railway, Royal Tunbridge Wells

  11. Add Christmas Dining on a Steam Train at The Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Christmas Dining on a Steam Train at The Spa Valley Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Join the Spa Valley's Man of Kent engine and High Weald Belle dining car for a delicious festive feast as you travel by steam train through the beautiful Kent and Sussex countryside.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    12 Dec 2020 To 12 Dec 2020
    From:
    19 Dec 2020 To 19 Dec 2020

    Venue

    Spa Valley Railway, Royal Tunbridge Wells

  12. Add Christmas 2020 at Groombridge Place to your Itinerary

    Christmas 2020 at Groombridge Place

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

     Visit the Wishing Tree and See Santa on his Sleigh at Groombridge Place

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    16 Dec 2020 To 24 Dec 2020
  13. Add A Cratchits' Christmas Carol - Dinner and Theatre at The Beacon to your Itinerary

    A Cratchits' Christmas Carol - Dinner and Theatre at The Beacon

    Tunbridge Wells

    A Festive Feast and Theatre at The Beacon

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    16 Dec 2020 To 23 Dec 2020
    From:
    27 Dec 2020 To 31 Dec 2020
  14. Add Christmas Farmers Market in Cranbrook to your Itinerary

    Christmas Farmers Market in Cranbrook

    Cranbrook

    Head to Vestry Hall, at the heart of historic Cranbrook for the village's Christmas Farmers Market.

    Type

    Markets

    Dates

    From:
    19 Dec 2020 To 19 Dec 2020
  15. Add Gin and Steam 2020/2021 on the Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Gin and Steam 2020/2021 on the Spa Valley Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The Spa Valley Railway are delighted to annouce that their delayed Gin & Steam Events will now be taking place throughout the Winter in 2020/2021

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    30 Dec 2020 To 30 Dec 2020
    From:
    2 Jan 2021 To 2 Jan 2021
    From:
    13 Feb 2021 To 13 Feb 2021

    Venue

    Spa Valley Railway, Royal Tunbridge Wells

  16. Add Winter Lanterns Parade 2020 Royal Tunbridge Wells to your Itinerary

    Winter Lanterns Parade 2020 Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    2020: Help light up the town at the Winter Lantern Parade, this year with the theme 'A Night of Magic' Join in and make your own lantern (or help make a big one) in advance at one of the fun lantern-making workshops.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    8 Feb 2021 To 8 Feb 2021
  17. Add Valentine's Day Dinner at The Spa Hotel to your Itinerary

    Valentine's Day Dinner at The Spa Hotel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Indulge a romantic evening out this Valentine's at the Spa Hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    14 Feb 2021 To 14 Feb 2021
  18. Add Summer Diesel Gala at The Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Summer Diesel Gala at The Spa Valley Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The well known and extremely popular Summer Diesel Gala is back in 2020 with the Southerham, Colonel Tomline and Sister Dora.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    7 Aug 2021 To 9 Aug 2021
  19. Add Local and Live | Virtual Festival to your Itinerary

    Local and Live | Virtual Festival

    Tunbridge Wells

    2020: Local and Live is a fantastic free music festival which takes place every year in Royal Tunbridge Wells over the bank holiday weekend in August. This year the festival will be broadcast LIVE directly to you via the organisers' Facebook page from Saturday to Sunday. Local and Live features a…

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    29 Aug 2021 To 30 Aug 2021

    Venue

    The Forum, Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Calverley Grounds

  20. 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 2021 To 14 Sep 2021

    Venue

    Pashley Manor Gardens, Wadhurst

Search Accommodation

Type:
Area:
Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Search Things to Do

Type:
Area:
Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Search What's On

Type:
Area:
Keyword: (OPTIONAL)
Date

Search Food & Drink

Type:
Area:
Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Search Shopping

Type:
Area:
Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Search What's On

Type:
Area:
Keyword: (OPTIONAL)
Date

Now featuring traveller reviews from TripAdvisor.