The showery weather continued through Bank Holiday Saturday, and the art of ducking and diving is not just for wet-wildfowl.Shops, cafes, awnings and pubs all provided suitable cover through a damp day of local entertainment in Tunbridge Wells.
Camden Road has organised “Arts Alive” and several local artists and photographers have taken on shop-window space to display their work. Restaurants in the road are offering special weekend menus. The next project Camden Road Guild take on is a pop-up Community shop, opening in a couple of weeks.
Further out of town in Pembury the King William IV pub is hosting a weekend of Real Ale, music and food. Local music promoter Dan Littlechild has lined up two days of local acts in the second year of “Willfest”. The King William IV is a lovely old pub with a huge garden, and the event is raising money for Demelza House, http://www.demelza.org.uk/home/index.php . Music continues through Sunday, which hopefully will be a drier day for this laid back family fundraiser.
Having started on Friday evening, “Local and Live” carried on all day Saturday on the Pantiles, with bands on the bandstand and in the Duke of York pub, and an after show party in The Forum. Some excellent bands have been on, and a very friendly atmosphere amongst the crowd. Sunday and Monday see “Local and Live” at the lower end of the town and “The TW Festival” at the top of the town. Sunday could possibly be the one day this weekend we don’t need to worry about umbrellas and rain-coats, and can enjoy the town.