1 - 10 July 2016

Ten days of Events

The Tonbridge Festival aims to bring the joy of the arts to the people of Tonbridge and beyond, in a celebration of all art forms. The festival comprises of a range of performing arts, live music, art exhibitions and literary events held in venues throughout Tonbridge. It offers local people the opportunity to access and participate in high quality artistic performances and exhibitions from professional and amateur artists and groups.

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Saturday 2nd - 10thJuly

Artwork Trail


Time: Varies according to shop opening hours

Location: Tonbridge High Street

Tickets : £1  for Trail Map (proceeds going to charity)


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Sunday 3rd July

Art on the Railings


Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: Railings by the river below Tonbridge Castle

Tickets: Free event for exhibitors and visitors


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Sunday 3rd July

Sunday Singalong


Time: 11am – 12.45pm

Location: Bubbles Launderette

Tickets: Free event – song sheets £1



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Sunday  3rd July

Variety Show


Time: 7pm

Location: West Kent College Theatre

Tickets: £12/£10 concession*


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Monday 4th July

Tonbridge Historical Walk


Time: 7.00pm

Location: Meet at the Big Bridge

Tickets: Free event – donations to Hospice in the Weald

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Tuesday 5th July

Open Art Exhibition


Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Location: West Kent College Hawthorn Building

Tickets: By invitation only ( Private Viewing)


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Tuesday 5th July

The Churchill Secret 

Time: 7 -8.30pm

Location: Christ Church, High Street, Tonbridge

Tickets: £6 from Tonbridge Gateway (at the Castle) only


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Wednesday 6th July

Breakfast at TJ's 

Time: 8.00 -10.00am

Location: T J's ,  Clubhouse The Slade Tonbridge

Tickets: £15


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Wednesday 6th July

Quiz Night

Time: 8.00pm

Location: The Old Fire Station

Tickets: On the door - £10 per team (max. 5 people per team)


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Wednesday 6th - 9th July

Open Art Exhibition


Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm daily

Location: W K College Hawthorn Building

Tickets: Free to visitors



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Thursday 7th July

Comedy Night


Time: 8pm

Location: Tonbridge Rugby Clubhouse

Tickets: £12 – over 18s only



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Friday 8th July

Comedy Lunch Hour


Time: 12noon - 2pm

Location: The Bakehouse, Tonbridge High St

Tickets: Free event



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Friday 8th - 9th July

TJ's Beer Festival


Time:  Friday 8th July:  5pm - 11pm

Saturday 9th July: 11am -11pm

Location: Tonbridge Rugby Clubhouse



Tickets: Free Entry              More details

Friday 8th July

Rock N Roll Paradise


Time: Gates open 6.30pm for 7.45pm start

Location: Tonbridge Castle

Tickets: £15/£13 Concession



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Saturday 9th July

Live music tour-Tonbridge Castle


Time: 10am, 11am and 12noon

Location: Tonbridge Castle Gatehouse & Great Hall

Tickets: Free event but advanced booking is essential

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Saturday 9th July

Live Music -afternoon session


Time: 1pm Ellie Ford session; 

3pm-5pm music and afternoon tea

Location: Tonbridge Castle and Café 1809, Hildenborough

Tickets: Free event


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Saturday 9th July

 Back to the 90's


Time: Gates open 5.30pm for 7pm start

Location: Tonbridge Castle

Tickets: Early Bird to 30th April - £22/£19.50/£65  (after 30th April - £25/£22.50 /£72.50 Family)


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Sunday 10th July

Live Music Brunch 


Time: 11am-2pm

Location: Basil

Tickets: Free event




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Sunday 10th July

Table Tennis Festival


Time: 2pm – 5pm

Location: Racecourse Sportsground

Tickets: Free event              



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Sunday 10th July

Proms at the Castle


Time: Gates open 6pm for 8pm start

Location: Tonbridge Castle

Tickets: £15/£13 concession*



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Wednesday 13th July

Roundel Poetry–Results Night


Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start

Location: Rose & Crown

Tickets: £ - available from Mr. Books



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Take Part

The committee relies heavily on the help of volunteers such as the Tonbridge Lions and Rotary Clubs to support us in putting on the events. Volunteers help us to set up and dismantle events, steward events, document events and provide support for the Open Art Exhibition.

If you are interested in getting involved, perhaps as a volunteer or sponsor, we would love to hear from you.

Contact us on: enquiries@tonbridgefestival.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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