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Blackham Village Market

(First Saturday of every month except January)
Authentic village life atmosphere
Local produce for sale

Blackham Village Market

Saturday June 1st 2019

10am – 12:30pm

Blackham Village Hall

Meet other village folk at “The Stage” café!  Enjoy Filter Fresh Coffee, Tea and Homemade Cakes!

Local produce for sale includes: Bread, Free-range Eggs, Occasional Fruit & Veg in Season, Pasties & Other Baked Savouries, Cakes, Scones, Preserves, Fruit Juice, Honey. Also available: Phoenix Cards, Aloe Vera Health Products, Handmade Jewellery, British Legion Merchandise, Wild Bird Food.

Blackham Village Hall is a registered charity whose sole purpose is to promote and maintain the hall for the enjoyment and benefit of the community.


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Events and exhibitions at the Eden Valley Museum 2019

hopping exhibitionThe Museum’s major exhibition for 2019 is Hopping in the Eden Valley. It opens to the public on Wednesday 3rd July and runs through to Friday 20th December. This is followed by a coffee morning hopping coffee morning on Saturday 13th July. The Museum welcomes any hop-picking memories, photos or objects you have to add to the exhibition.





what's in a name exhibition

Another new exhibition, What’s in a name, will uncover the background to some of the very odd road names we have in the Eden Valley. This also opens on 3rd July.







Our very popular free guided walks are on again this year, starting in June, see below for details.

To make room for our new exhibitions unfortunately we have to close two we are currently running, Predicting the Weather and WW1- We Will Remember Them.

These exhibitions will remain open until 16:30 Saturday June 29th.

June also sees the Museum opening each Sunday from 14:00 to 16:30 (except for June 30th when it will be closed to set up the new exhibitions).

Lastly, the Object of the Month for May is a ‘sun stick’ used by a local meteorologist, which will be followed in June by a 1999 World Cup Cricket ballsun stick



eden valley museum guided walks 2019

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival: Saturday 4th-Tuesday 7th May 2019

Chiddingstone Castle is delighted to announce the dates for next year’s Literary Festival. Due to its increasing popularity and in order to bring you yet more wonderful authors and workshops, for both adults and children; next year’s festival is expanding to FOUR days over the first Bank Holiday in May.

Dates are as follows:
Saturday 4th May – Adult programme day 1
Saturday 4th May – Festival Drinks Party at Stonewall Park
Sunday 5th May – Adult programme day 2
Bank Holiday Monday 6th May – Family Day
Tuesday 7th May – Schools Day

This is our most ambitious programme yet, spilling over with riches and diversity; with subjects ranging from powerful women’s poetry, new light on Henry VIII, soldiers’ stories from WW1, terrorism in Africa, cutting edge forensic science, 12 months of applied self-help books, cookery from home and abroad, adventures in wine, revealing memoirs, thrilling new fiction, the origins of humanity, letters between mothers and sons, television personalities and much, much more.

The full line-up will be announced in the New Year with details of how to pre-register for priority tickets available on 28th February, 24hrs before going on general sale on 1st March 2019.

We have recorded last year’s talks, so if you missed one or would like to listen again, please do visit our website and hear some of the inspiring talks from our Literary Festival 2018, now available as podcasts on

The Castle, Collections, Tea Room and Gift Shop are now closed until our
2019 season : Sunday 31st March - Wednesday 30th October | 01892 870347


Causeway Live Music Club

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Parkrun at Kingdom, Grove Road, Penshurst

The first parkrun was held at Kingdom on Saturday 27th April 2019. This free, weekly 5km timed run, jog or walk will now be held every Saturday morning at 9am. Anyone interested can register for a free barcode at and then come along. All ages and abilities are welcomed and there are plenty of volunteering opportunities for those that fancy a bit of social interaction but don’t feel like taking part in the event itself. For further info contact the volunteer event team via email at


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