Deal Music & Arts at Betteshanger

Date: Sunday 30th June 2019

Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Cost: Various

For the first time Deal Music & Arts brings outstanding music and culture to Betteshanger Park.

Join us for a day of creative activities for all the family. Make instruments out of recycled materials and join in with the fantastic Junk Orchestra. Cook up a storm with renowned local forager Lucia Stewart or relax beneath the trees with Sound Bath Meditation. Step back into East Kent’s mining routes with the Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir and listen to live jazz as you explore the 250-acre Park.

We invite you to celebrate the great outdoors with us and enjoy a day of culture in an exceptional natural setting.

The programme:


Cycle Hire, Geocaching & Orienteering
(9.30am – 4.30pm)

Our regular activities will be available throughout the day for all to enjoy.


Target Archery
1pm – 3.45pm | £8 per person

Our GB Archery qualified instructors will coach you through the best techniques to shoot with accuracy on our outdoor range. Precision, control and a steady hand are all you need for achieving the best results.


Foraging with The Wild Kitchen
10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm | £35 per person (£60 for 2)

Sample the flavours of nature with Lucia Stuart’s Wild Kitchen at Betteshanger. These workshops provide the perfect introduction to searching for and cooking wild foraged food. From nature’s simple bounty Lucia will teach you how to make delicious food and together you will cook a scrumptious outdoor feast in the wild kitchen. All food and drink is included in the price of the workshop.


Junk Orchestra
11am – 4pm | Free

Join us in a Tipi to jam on a collection of re-invested objects or build your own instrument to take home.


Sound Bath Meditation
11am – 12.10pm, 1.30pm – 2.40pm & 3.30pm – 4.40pm | Free

A 400 metre walk, 10-minute stroll into the woods to join Sound Therapist and Artist Jo Miller of Solasta Sounds for an immersive and deeply nourishing experience. You will be invited to lie down and participate in deep listening, connecting our bodies to ecological surroundings and awareness. Whilst the sessions are free, spaces are limited so we ask that you book in advance.


Jazz Band
11.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 2pm & 3pm – 3.45pm | Free

Welcome to a day of the finest jazz music purveyed to you by BONAJAZZ, six consummate, seasoned musicians (well, five musicians and a drummer) with the classic line-up of trumpet, trombone, clarinet/saxes, guitar, bass and drums. Adding to the heady excitement is the tantalising prospect of banjo and vocals all adding up to a foot-tapping farrago of mellifluous melody and riotous rhythm.


Pithead Art
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm | Free

Mining communities have inspired many artists both internationally and locally. Take a closer look at some examples of Kent mining art and take on the role of artist yourself as you use charcoal to depict life on the Kent Coalfield.


Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir
1pm – 1.30pm & 2pm – 2.30pm | Free

Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir retains strong mining links, not least their participation in a 2012 Coal in Kent Centenary Concert. As their mining heritage enters a new phase at Betteshanger Park, they are particularly pleased to participate in this event since it falls in their 90th anniversary year. Special events have been running since last November, when they sang at a Menin Gate wreath-laying service. Later this year, they tour South Wales, where many of their original members came from. In addition to many charity-fundraising concerts, they will also be appearing at the Canterbury Festival.


Find out more about the full Deal Music & Arts programme.