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Carpets of Bluebells start to appear in the woodlands of Kent during the April period.

Whats On in April

It’s April! The days are getting longer and the countryside is filling with blossom and new life. It’s a great time to be in Maidstone and there are lots of fun activities taking place throughout the month.

We start with the Easter holidays and, as you’d expect, there are a host of events sure to delight the entire family. You can find details of all the action in our dedicated Easter section.

For less chocolate-fuelled entertainment, head to the Heritage Transport Show, featuring the South East Bus Festival and a host of vintage vehicles.

Explore the beautiful world of Japanese ukiyo-e prints at Maidstone Museum in their latest exhibition Japan: A Floating World in Print. Including dramatic landscapes from the Edo and Meiji print masters, it also features Bijinga prints of beautiful courtesans and much more besides. Taking inspiration from the exhibition, learn how to create a stunning flower arrangement in the Japanese style in a special workshop led by floral designer Jackie Brooks.

While you’re at the Museum, don’t miss the exhibition from the Maidstone Visual Arts Network in the Café Gallery. ‘Interpretations’ is a collection of works by various artists who use a mix of media from paints to textiles and paper.

If you’d like to explore your own inner artist, Kent Wildlife Trust is running a watercolour workshop lead by local artist Carole Robson.

Art of a different kind will be on display at Maidstone’s first tattoo convention. Being held at the Kent Event Centre, the show will host over 100 tattoo artists for a weekend of tattooing, live music and much more.

Some great comedy acts are topping the bill at the Hazlitt Theatre this month, including Russell Kane and the brilliant rising star Joel Dommett. Following his sell-out performance last month, Danny Baker also returns to deliver another dose of his unique stand-up.

Get those little grey cells working at this month’s Museum Lates: Quiz Night. Enjoy some delicious food while answering some fiendish questions, including an ‘amazing artefacts’ round, and be in with a chance of winning a fabulous Kent Fine Foods hamper.

We round off the month with the annual Maidstone Fringe Festival. Over 100 live bands, DJ’s and performing artists will appear at 16 venues around the town over the 5 day event. The festival includes a number of all day events and dance all-nighters, as well as family-friendly entertainment in cafes and coffee shops in the town centre, with much of the music being free to attend.

If all this has whetted your appetite, see what else is going on in Maidstone this April.

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