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Whats on in May

May is a busy month in Maidstone with lots of great events and activities to enjoy, while the fields and hedgerows are bursting with blossom.

The Maidstone Fringe Festival is now in its 8th year and offers five full days of music from 3 to 7 May. Filling the town’s numerous pubs, clubs and music venues with live music across many different genres, including classic, rock, funk, soul, jazz, ska and more besides. There are also family-friendly events in cafes and coffee shops and most shows are completely free.

Celebrate May Day in traditional fashion at Kent Life and enjoy maypole and Morris dancing before joining the annual parade and crowning of the May King, Queen and Princesses.

Maidstone Museum is celebrating women’s wit and insight in a new exhibition opening this month. The Inking Woman will showcase the work of 100 British cartoon and comic artists, demonstrating that women have always had a wicked sense of humour and a perceptive view of the world.

In a connected talk, join The Inking Woman author and comic postcard tycoon Cath Tate, along with cartoonists Wallis Eates and Rachel House, for an illustrated discussion about 250 years of women cartoonists working in Britain.

There’s also an opportunity for visitors to have their say about what they’d like to see in the Museum in Conversations on 12 May. Hear from the staff about their favourite items from the collections and share your thoughts about what else you’d like to see.

Head to the County Showground this month for the UK’s first dedicated Prosecco & Fizz festival, with over 40 different varieties to sample.

The Hazlitt Theatre has a great mix of entertainment with something for all the family. Guess How Much I Love You is a magical journey through the seasons, while there’s comedy from Richard Herring and Shappi Khorsandi, music from the Adele Songbook and the wonderful Ballet Black performing a double bill.

We finish the month with another Bank Holiday weekend, leading into the half term holidays. Enjoy the Grand Medieval Joust at Leeds Castle or wander the stalls at the Kent Garden Show before heading to Whatman Park for Proms in the Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy the Maidstone Wind Symphony and a host of other performers during this packed afternoon of great entertainment.

There are lots of ways to keep the children amused over the school break with Farmyard Fairy-tales at Kent Life, cartoon-themed workshops at Maidstone Museum and pond-dipping sessions at Kent Wildlife Trust.

See what else is happening in Maidstone this May.

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