Published: 06:00, 19 August 2020
| Updated: 08:48, 21 August 2020
Whether it's films, food or fun on a Friday night you're looking for, we've rounded up what's happening across the county for you to try this weekend:
Kent Drive-In Cinema, Ashford Designer Outlet
Kids' favourites, classics and blockbusters will all be showing at a night out at the movies 2020 style this week.
Ashford Designer Outlet's Southern Car Park will be playing host to screenings by Kent Drive-In Cinema, with film fans able to enjoy the spectacle from the comfort of their cars.
The programme of screenings includes A Star Is Born, The Greatest Showman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Frozen, Back to the Future, The Lion King and Grease.
The centre’s cafes and restaurants will be open and some are offering deals on snacks to go with the movies. Once guests have parked up, they will be given FM frequency to tune their radio in to. Tickets will be sold per vehicle with a maximum of 150 cars on-site per screening.
Tickets cost £30 per car, plus a booking fee. Children's movies start at 1pm, family favourites at 4.30pm and blockbusters at 8pm. To book visit kentdriveincinema.co.uk .
Ticket holders get a 10% privilege card, valid for the day, which gives them an extra 10% off in selected stores and restaurants in the centre.
Luna Cinema, Leeds Castle
Many things may have changed but the stars are still with us, so it's good to know cinema under the stars can still go ahead this summer.
Luna Cinema is showing films at two sites in Kent this year, with Leeds Castle near Maidstone the first this week, until Sunday, August 23. Films on offer will be Joker; Pretty Woman; Rocketman; Grease and Downton Abbey. The Greatest Showman screening has now sold out. To book, visit thelunacinema.com
Rochester Castle provides the county finale with showings running from Tuesday, September 29 to Sunday, October 4 of classics including Grease and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The Gulbenkian cinema, Canterbury
Canterbury’s Gulbenkian reopens with a mix of family screenings, black comedies and war epics this week.
Reopening its doors on Thursday, August 20, movies on offer include Clemency, Summerland and Parasite, plus Emma, Jojo Rabbit and 1917. Popular family screenings will be on Sunday afternoons, with Onward and Trolls World Tour the first to show. There will reduced audience numbers and a one way system. Book at thegulbenkian.co.uk
Jazz on the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
The season of outdoor jazz at the picturesque Pantiles, which runs until the end of September, sees acts entertaining diners on Thursday nights.
There's a new socially-distanced layout, and seats need to be booked in advance. To book and find out more go to tunbridgewellsevents.co.uk/pantiles
From Friday, August 21, Macknade’s Ashford branch in Elwick Place will be open for longer, and to celebrate will be launching Free Corkage Fridays.
For those dining in and spending more than £30 on food, they'll be able to choose from more than 90 different wines to complement their meal, and on Saturday for a corkage fee of £7.50.
The eaterie, which has free parking after 3pm, will be open from 9am to 9pm every Friday and Saturday. Saturdays will also be themed, starting with Steak Night on Saturday, August 22, and featuring a variety of unusual cuts from the award-winning butchery, cooked on the plancha.
Reservations are not required for small parties, but for groups of six or more, call 01233 434096.
Bridge Works, Maidstone Museum
The museum is hosting a touring exhibition with the theme of bridges, to mark the 141st anniversary of the New Maidstone Bridge being opened across the River Medway.
Officially opened on August 6, 1879, the "new" Maidstone Bridge was opened with huge crowds and plenty of pomp and ceremony. The engineer behind the bridge was Sir Joseph Bazalgette, who was renowned for his work on the London sewer system, and the opening was presided over by the Mayor of Maidstone Charles Ellis.
The Bridge Works exhibition offers visitors the chance to explore an interactive display from the Rochester Bridge Trust looking at how the bridges along the River Medway - which include Maidstone’s bridge - developed from the Roman period to today. The Rochester Bridge Trust has provided and maintained crossings of the River Medway for more than 600 years. The exhibition is free and runs from now until July next year. To find out more about visiting Maidstone Museum at the moment go to museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Jousting, Hever Castle
Knights on horseback will be squaring up to eachother in the outdoor sporting spectacles on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23.
The Knights of Royal England will be entertaining the crowds with their displays in an authentic arena on weekends throughout the summer holidays, until the bank holiday weekend.
To book go to hevercastle.co.uk , call 01732 865224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.