Leeds Castle, with 900 years of history and 500 acres of land, is the perfect place to learn about the history of one of our most notorious rulers, Henry VII. The King will be in residence at the castle during the February half term to teach children about the darker side of life and grime in Tudor England. With plenty of activities plus educational tales in the marquee, the day seemlessly combines history and wicked humour for everyone to enjoy. From Saturday February 19 to Sunday 27, see leeds-castle.com for details.
Kiss Each Other Clean is the third album from velvetvoiced Iron and Wine. It’s clear even from the cover’s psychedelic artwork that this record is a departure from Sam Beam’s more stripped down acoustic work to a fuller, more colourful style of music. With the introduction of saxophones, scratching and 70s style grooves it’s a big step for the man who made a name for himself essentially whispering into the mic. But some of Iron and Wine’s classic sound is still here and it’s worth regarding Kiss as a progressive piece rather than a complete change of tack. Around £10 from Ape, TW.
Head to Hospice in the Weald’s fundraising black tie dinner on Friday February 18 at the Spa Hotel in Tunbirdge Wells for great entertainment and to do your bit for the local charity. Guests will be entertained with stories from raconteur, wit and former cricket commentator Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofeld plus ex-Red Arrows pilot Flight Lieutenant Dave Davies. Organised by the hospice event team and Marketing Eye (all pictured) the evening includes an amazing auction. Tables of ten or 12 are available for £60 a ticket, call 01892 820 536 to book.
February is, of course, the month for Valentines and whether you’re celebrating your 25th year of matrimony or just looking for an interesting date, consider Bodiam Castle for an impressive backdrop for a romantic lunch. A chocolate themed two course meal will be served in the terrace room, with beautiful views of the castle’s surrounding grounds. And while you’re there, why not top off the afternoon with a wander around the moat and through the medieval ruins? Lunch is on Sunday February 13 and costs £22. To book call 01580 830 074 FEBRUARY 2011
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