Rusthall Bonfire Night

Rusthall Bonfire Night

David Hodgkinson

How to avoid Hallowe'en in Tunbridge Wells

Not interested in ghoulish goings on or Hallowe'en horrors?  We've compiled some highlights of what’s on in Tunbridge Wells at Hallowe'en and half-term for adults and children that will steal you away from such terrifyingly tiresome times!

14 Happy Not-Halloween Events

1. The Tunbridge Wells Farmers’ Market provides you with lots of real local food, drink and treats on Saturday 26 Oct 9am – 4pm;

2. Pantiles Market, 2 and 3 Nov. Revel in the crafts and local produce in the famous pedestrianised walkway;

3. Spa Valley Railway are out to cheer everyone up! You can’t help but smile like a child when parents save money. Only pay a pound for your little person (accompanied by an adult) on 23 and 24 October. Book a cream tea or Fish and Chip Lunch for 24 October. The 25 October sees the Steam Driver Experience whistling out for wannabe train drivers! Also open for standard choo-chooing on 26 and 27 October;

4. 19– 25 Oct Mindfulness Life Coach Residential Training at the Salomons Estate in Southborough – enjoy making pleasant dreams come true;

The not so horrific Halloween of Tunbridge Wells

5. Dance away with the fairy tale show of The Nutcracker from The Russian State Ballet and Opera House on 29 Oct at the Assembly Hall Theatre;

6. Theatrical performance ‘Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!’ is on at The Forum, 30 Oct, over 16s only;

7. The ROH Live is broadcasting opera Don Pasquale at The Trinity Theatre on 31 Oct, providing an entrancing transformation from the devilish Hallowe’en atmosphere;

Why Frighten Yourselves This Hallowe’en?

For something a little more sedate try some family friendly fun in the warm and dry:

8. The King of Pop aka Michael Jackson impersonator Navi is performing at the Assembly Hall Theatre on 20 Oct with an opportunity to meet the star of the show as well!

9. For children, catch the panto Alice in Wonderland at The Trinity Theatre on 27 October;

10. One of the more unusual things to do in Tunbridge Wells is to join The Trinity Theatre on 29 Oct at the Grantham’s Edwardian dinner table and enjoy a screening of the Downton Abbey film;

11. Even more serene would be a trip round the atmospheric churches of the Tunbridge Wells borough. Take up the Churches Trail leaflet and explore the diverse stories behind each one;

Cobwebbed Flowers buy Mike Bartlett

Blow Away The Cobwebs

12. Alternatively, come face to face with the beautiful nature walks and stunning views around the Weald’s own Swallows and Amazons adventure backdrop.

Breathe in the country air; bring your bikes, or hire them from Bewl Bike Hire, wend your way round the Bewl Water lakeside tracks then warm up in the café or bistro afterwards;

13. For adults only at Bedgebury Pinetum the sell out Fungi Walk is on 19 Oct and Dawn Photography is on 2 Nov.

14. Don’t miss the hair-raising 42nd annual Rusthall Bonfire, Fireworks and Torchlight Procession on the last weekend of October. Bonfire night, burning Guy Fawkes and fireworks take place just before the official day in the lovely little village of Rusthall;

Whatever you decide to do o’er Hallowe'en, we hope you enjoy yourselves and that you'll come back and discover more things to do in Kent and the Tunbridge Wells region. 

Don't forget we have a list of our cosy accommodation and welcoming places to eat and drink on the site too.

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