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 annual and typical events in and around Tunbridge Wells. Tunbridge Wells is almost always abuzz with things to do and see.

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 is music, comedy, 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!

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. Add Colour of Spring Fairfax Gallery on The Pantiles to your Itinerary

    Colour of Spring Fairfax Gallery on The Pantiles

    Tunbridge Wells

    An exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculpture over both floors of our gallery on The Pantiles.

    Type

    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    8 Mar 2019 To 30 Apr 2019
  2. Telemann Recital at All Saint's Church Tudeley

    Add Telemann Recital at All Saint's Church Tudeley to your Itinerary

    Telemann Recital at All Saint's Church Tudeley

    Tudeley

    On Saturday March 23rd at 7.30pm at All Saints' Church, Tudeley Kathryn Bennetts, Recorder, Yeo Yat-Soon Harpsichord, and Ibi Aziz Viola da Gamba, present a recital of Sonatas and Fantasias by Telemann to celebrate the anniversary of his birth.
    Tickets £15 at the door; £12.50 in advance from
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    Type

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    Dates

    From:
    23 Mar 2019 To 23 Mar 2019
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    Elizabeth I and the Armada at Penshurst Place & Gardens

    Penshurst

    Walk through the house and be transported back to the 16th Century, as the staff of the time welcome you to see and learn all about their battle preparations and their plans to defend Penshurst Place

    Type

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    Dates

    From:
    23 Mar 2019 To 24 Mar 2019
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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The New Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market features nearly 20 independent local artisan traders.

    Type

    Markets

    Dates

    From:
    23 Mar 2019 To 23 Mar 2019
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    Mark Thomas: Check Up. Our NHS At 70

    Tunbridge Wells

    Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries, Thomas working with director...

    Type

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    Dates

    From:
    29 Mar 2019 To 29 Mar 2019
  6. Add Michael Bublé Tribute at the Mercure Hotel to your Itinerary

    Michael Bublé Tribute at the Mercure Hotel

    Pembury

    Dinner dance with a live singer performing a tribute to your favourite songs from Michael Bublé and the swing era.

    Type

    Show / Display

    Dates

    From:
    29 Mar 2019 To 29 Mar 2019
  7. Add The Big Dog Day Out at Bewl Water to your Itinerary

    The Big Dog Day Out at Bewl Water

    Lamberhurst

    Come and join in the Big Dog Day on Saturday 30th March at Bewl Water.

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    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    30 Mar 2019 To 30 Mar 2019
  8. Add The Neville Staple Band at The Forum to your Itinerary

    The Neville Staple Band at The Forum

    London Road, Tunbridge Wells

    "Nothing came close to the sensational Neville Staple Band who really got the party started and had the masses dancing along" Anita Merritt-Exeter Express & Echo. Neville Staple, Legendary front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, also known as The Original Rude Boy, is credited...

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    Dates

    From:
    30 Mar 2019 To 30 Mar 2019
  9. Add Mother's Day Weekend at Penshurst Place & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Mother's Day Weekend at Penshurst Place & Gardens

    Penshurst

    Visit on Saturday 30th March to create a loving card and maybe a special craft or two for Mum ready for the next day.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    30 Mar 2019 To 31 Mar 2019
  10. Add Vintage Fair at King Charles The Martyr Hall to your Itinerary

    Vintage Fair at King Charles The Martyr Hall

    Tunbridge Wells

    The original quality vintage fair in Tunbridge Wells, full of beautiful vintage fashion from the 1920 to 1980s, antique jewellery, hats, handbags, period home-ware, original records, menswear, and small furniture. Carefully chosen stallholders from all over the South East and London. DJ playing...

    Type

    Markets

    Dates

    From:
    30 Mar 2019 To 30 Mar 2019
  11. Add Mother's Day at One Warwick Park Hotel to your Itinerary

    Mother's Day at One Warwick Park Hotel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    For a stylish and indulgent Mother's Day, take her to One Warwick Park.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    31 Mar 2019 To 31 Mar 2019
  12. Add Mothers Day at The Spa Hotel to your Itinerary

    Mothers Day at The Spa Hotel

    Tunbridge Wells

    Spoil Mum in style this Mother's Day with a delightful day out at The Spa Hotel.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    31 Mar 2019 To 31 Mar 2019
  13. Add Mother's Day at Hotel Du Vin to your Itinerary

    Mother's Day at Hotel Du Vin

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Spoil Mum this Mothering Sunday with a delicious four course lunch at the luxurious Hotel Du Vin

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    31 Mar 2019 To 31 Mar 2019
  14. Add Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club at the Masonic Hall to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club at the Masonic Hall

    Tunbridge Wells

    Lively quintet, the Vitality Five, - five virtuosi with energy and enthusiasm

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    5 Apr 2019 To 5 Apr 2019
  15. Add Cadbury Easter Egg Trail at Scotney Castle Gardens to your Itinerary

    Cadbury Easter Egg Trail at Scotney Castle Gardens

    Tunbridge Wells

    Follow the bunny's clues on the Easter trail around the Castle grounds and claim your Cadbury prize!

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    6 Apr 2019 To 22 Apr 2019

    Venue

    Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst

  16. Add What Lurks Beneath the Inky Sea? at Penshurst Place & Gardens to your Itinerary

    What Lurks Beneath the Inky Sea? at Penshurst Place & Gardens

    Penshurst

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    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    6 Apr 2019 To 22 Apr 2019
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    Cannon Fire and Sea Monster Spotting at Penshurst Place & Gardens

    Penshurst

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    Type

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    Dates

    From:
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  18. Add Pantiles Market to your Itinerary

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    Type

    Markets

    Dates

    From:
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    From:
    20 Apr 2019 To 21 Apr 2019
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    Spring Art Exhibition at Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    13 Apr 2019 To 28 Apr 2019
  20. Add Tunbridge Wells Farmers' Market to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Farmers' Market

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The New Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market features nearly 20 independent local artisan traders.

    Type

    Markets

    Dates

    From:
    13 Apr 2019 To 13 Apr 2019
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    27 Apr 2019 To 27 Apr 2019

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