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 Good Friday - The Greatest of Shows Tribute at Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel to your Itinerary

    Good Friday - The Greatest of Shows Tribute at Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel

    Pembury

    Finally ‘The Greatest Show’ with a Sensational Greatest Showman Tribute Night is in Tunbridge Wells!

    Type

    Show / Display

    Dates

    From:
    19 Apr 2019 To 19 Apr 2019
  2. Add Easter Specials on the Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Easter Specials on the Spa Valley Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Visit the Spa Valley Railway at Easter to find the eggs around the line!

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    19 Apr 2019 To 22 Apr 2019

    Venue

    Spa Valley Railway, Royal Tunbridge Wells

  3. Add Spring Stroll at Penshurst Place & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Spring Stroll at Penshurst Place & Gardens

    Penshurst

    Get closer to Nature this Easter and take a Spring Stroll through the stunning grounds of Penshurst Place.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    21 Apr 2019 To 21 Apr 2019
  4. Add Captain Blackbeard's Close Encounter at Penshurst Place & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Captain Blackbeard's Close Encounter at Penshurst Place & Gardens

    Penshurst

    Come to Penshurst this Easter and meet the legendary pirate Captain Blackbeard.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    21 Apr 2019 To 21 Apr 2019
  5. Add Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens

    Ticehurst, Wadhurst

    Pashley Manor’s spectacular Tulip Festival sees this garden, on the border of Sussex and Kent, carpeted with over 40,000 tulips, colour themed creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    22 Apr 2019 To 7 May 2019

    Venue

    Pashley Manor Gardens, Wadhurst

  6. Add PJ Masks! on the Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    PJ Masks! on the Spa Valley Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Visit the Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells to see Catboy and Gekko from the PJ Masks!

    Type

    Show / Display

    Dates

    From:
    27 Apr 2019 To 28 Apr 2019
  7. Add Tunbridge Wells Antique Fair to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Antique Fair

    Tunbridge Wells

    Come along to The Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells for a Antique Fair in memory of silver dealer George Paterson, to raise money for Hospice in The Weald.

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Dates

    From:
    28 Apr 2019 To 28 Apr 2019
  8. Add Three Tall Women at Trinity Theatre to your Itinerary

    Three Tall Women at Trinity Theatre

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Multi-award winning "Three Tall Women" is arguably Edward Albees finest work.

    Type

    Theatre/Drama

    Dates

    From:
    30 Apr 2019 To 4 May 2019
  9. Add Annual Jazz on the Pantiles to your Itinerary

    Annual Jazz on the Pantiles

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    From May to the end of September, live jazz performances at the Bandstand on the Pantiles, every Thursday evening from 7pm. Bookmark to see the Jazz on the Pantiles acts for the coming year.

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    2 May 2019 To 26 Sep 2019
  10. Add May Day Celebrations at Hever Castle to your Itinerary

    May Day Celebrations at Hever Castle

    Hever, Edenbridge

    This May Day Bank Holiday come and celebrate at the Hever Castle Festival, which is packed full of activities and fun for all the family.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    4 May 2019 To 6 May 2019
  11. 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:
    4 May 2019 To 5 May 2019
    From:
    18 May 2019 To 19 May 2019
  12. 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:
    11 May 2019 To 11 May 2019
    From:
    25 May 2019 To 25 May 2019
  13. Add Introduction to Beekeeping at Bore Place to your Itinerary

    Introduction to Beekeeping at Bore Place

    Chiddingstone, Edenbridge

    If you're considering starting up a hive or you're just curious about honey bees and what's involved with keeping them, this informal course provides an excellent introduction to the world of beekeeping. The course is designed for beginners, so no previous experience or knowledge is required.

    Type

    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    11 May 2019 To 11 May 2019
  14. Add UNFEST Fringe Music Festival 2019 in various venues to your Itinerary

    UNFEST Fringe Music Festival 2019 in various venues

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Unfest is Tunbridge Wells' annual fringe festival of live music from unsigned bands, at the Forum and various venues around the town. This year, most events will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend, from Thursday 23rd May to Bank Holiday Monday 27th May.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    23 May 2019 To 27 May 2019
  15. Add Alfresco Festival at The Hop Farm to your Itinerary

    Alfresco Festival at The Hop Farm

    Paddock Wood

    Following the success of past Alfrescoes, the team is returning to the heart of Kent for what has fast become the South East’s favourite boutique family festival.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    24 May 2019 To 27 May 2019
  16. Add The Peter Pan Live Spectacular at Groombridge Place Gardens to your Itinerary

    The Peter Pan Live Spectacular at Groombridge Place Gardens

    Groombridge

    A wonderful live performance will be taking place with a singing and dancing theatrical musical show of Peter Pan.

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  17. Add Kids for a Quid! on the Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Kids for a Quid! on the Spa Valley Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Looking for something to do that's cheap and has plenty to see whilst you visit? Well look no further than the Spa Valley Railway on the late May Bank Holiday weekend when all Kids travel for just £1 when accompanied by an adult, who travels for just £12!

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 27 May 2019

    Venue

    Spa Valley Railway, Royal Tunbridge Wells

  18. Add Five Course Dining on 'High Weald Belle' on the Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Five Course Dining on 'High Weald Belle' on the Spa Valley Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Join the High Weald Belle dining train for a freshly prepared homemade 5 course dinner followed by tea or coffee, on a vintage train. Waiter service. Departs from Eridge.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 25 May 2019

    Venue

    Spa Valley Railway, Royal Tunbridge Wells

  19. Add Sculpture In Particular at Pashley Manor to your Itinerary

    Sculpture In Particular at Pashley Manor

    Ticehurst, Wadhurst

    Sculpture exhibition in the gardens, as well as a display and sale of maquettes (small sculptures) in the house throughout the eight day event.

    Type

    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 1 Jun 2019

    Venue

    Pashley Manor Gardens, Wadhurst

  20. Add How Did They Get There? at Penshurst Place & Gardens to your Itinerary

    How Did They Get There? at Penshurst Place & Gardens

    Penshurst

    Penshurst are continuing a theme of Great Explorers this Spring Half Term as they set another fun, engaging and educational garden trail in their spectacular grounds.

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019

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