The Best of June

New to the Pantiles for 2018 is the Gin and Jazz Festival (9th & 10th). A specialist market featuring many gin producers. With champagne and other treats to try, music on the bandstand and plenty of food stalls it's just what you would expect from what, I am sure, will be a popular Pantiles event.

The ever popular Forest Live gigs return to Bedgebury for 2018 with Paloma Faith (15th) and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott supported by Billy Bragg (16th). They're sold out so if you're going enjoy, if you've missed out make a note to check early next year.

Another new event for Tunbridge Wells and also likely to be very popular is Crazy Jean's Soapbox Race at Dunorlan Park (16th). Build 40 soapbox carts, get sponsorship from local companies and race them down the slope at Dunorlan, what can go wrong! With this level of investment it looks like we will have our very own Wacky Races for a few years to come.

Keeping Kent Cricket in Tunbridge Wells has been difficult and this year we have just one four day match. It's against Warwickshire, starts on Wednesday (20th) and scheduled to finish on Saturday; perhaps we could do with some light rain to keep the game going to the weekend!

The Ultimate Tribute Festival, featuring all the acts you wish you had ever seen all in the same place, is at Colebrook Park from the 22nd to the 24th. Meanwhile, over at Eridge Park it's the Black Deer Festival. With 6 stages of Americana and Country music featuring international, national and local acts it's the 'big one' for 2018.

Steam enthusiasts will like the Spa Valley Railway Summer Festival, this is based mainly at Eridge Station, (where parking is easier) ,where you can see (feel, smell and hear) lots of road and rail steam engines over the weekend of 30/1 July.

Finally an early warning for July as the Mela returns to Calverley Grounds for it's 13th edition on Sunday, 1st July. This celebration of multi-cultural music and food is always popular so lets hope the sun shines, in fact all these events are outside so lets hope it shines all summer.

See on Screen

My recommendation for a cultural screening for June is Madama Butterfly from Glyndebourne, showing at screens in and around the town (including Trinity and the Odeon) on the 21st.

Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.

Most of us will never get to see a live performance from Glyndebourne so if you fancy some top notch opera at a reasonable price this may be for you.

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