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X-Factor stars to help the Christmas lights shine

Boy band 5 After Midnight will be bringing some extra sparkle to a Christmas lights switch-on in Kent this weekend.

Book in for a lit festival

Sandra Howard will be at the Folkestone Book Festival

Sixties celebrities, being a baroness and books: author Sandra Howard on her life as this year's Folkestone Book Festival gets set to launch.

A date with a mind reader

Luke Jermay is a consultant to Derren Brown

A consultant to Derren Brown, whose high profile fans include Uri Geller, brings his Sixth Sense show to Kent.

My darling Clementine: the woman behind Sir Winston Churchill

The Oscar Nemon statue of Winston and Clementine Churchill at Chartwell Picture: National Trust

They were a devoted couple - now the Churchills' Kent home, Chartwell, opens the door on Sir Winston's wife in its winter exhibition.

The big freeze: get out on the ice this winter

Try snow tubing at Betteshanger Country Park, Deal this winter

Get your skates on... get out on the ice this winter with ice rinks and ice tubing activities to try for all ages across the county.

A Summer of Steps is coming to Kent

Steps are bringing their Summer of Steps tour to Kent

Dancefloor supremos Steps are to play a date in the county next summer as part of their Summer of Steps tour with special guests, boy band Blue.


Let there be festive lights

Lucas Farley and Jacob Park, both five, get into the festive spirit at West Malling last year. Picture: Andy Jones

Christmas lights are starting to sparkle across the county. Make sure you grab a slice of the festive fun with our guide to switch-ons near you.


Gok Wan bares all in the county

Gok Wan will be baring all

Who doesn’t want to look good naked? The man who made us all feel we could, Gok Wan, is at it again – and he’s doing it in the county.

The glorious outdoors: weekend walks to try

Take the dog on a family walk

A winter walk provides the perfect antidote to days spent indoors: Here's some top trails to try which will get you out and about.


The Little Mermaid and her enchanting tail

Abigail Prudames gets ready to play Marilla

The underwater world of The Little Mermaid we all know and love comes to life in a new Northern Ballet production coming to Kent.

Fatboy Slim's Christmas party in Kent

DJ Fat Boy Slim will play at the Source Bar in Maidstone

DJ Fatboy Slim will play an extended set at a street party in the centre of a Kent town in the run up to Christmas.


TV favourites Bagpuss & Co return to the county

The Clangers and Bagpuss exhibition with the V&A Museum of Childhood will be at Sissinghurst Picture: ©Smallfilms, ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A major new retrospective looking at some of our favourite children’s TV shows, such as The Clangers and Bagpuss, opens this weekend.

Seeing stars: Pantomimes across Kent this Christmas

Amelia Lily as Tinkerbell and Lloyd Daniels as Peter Pan, appearing at Maidstone Studios this Christmas

See the stars, boo and hiss and enjoy some festive happy endings: here's our guide to pantomimes across Kent this Christmas.

Paddington Bear 2: the review

Paddington Bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) Picture: PA Photo/StudioCanal/Jay Maidment

The much-anticipated second outing for the loveable Peruvian bear Paddington is out in cinemas this weekend: here's our review.

They're still fizzing: former Bucks Fizz stars play the county

The Fizz band members (L to R): Jay Aston, Bobby McVay, Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan. Picture: PA Photo/MPG Records

Re-branded former Bucks Fizz stars The Fizz come to Kent, minus their famous skirt-ripping routine, but confess “we’re not really cool.”

Panto stars and Santa will kick off the Christmas countdown

Members of the Aladdin cast will be at the Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells Picture: Phil Lee

Christmas will kick off in one Kent town with a family day featuring panto stars, a themed Santa's grotto - and free parking.

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