There will be more than enough to keep everyone occupied and interested throughout the day. We have plenty of activities for young and old alike.

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Anaconda Belly Dance

Back again on the main stage are the fabulous Anaconda, an award winning dance troupe specialising in Egyptian, Bolly, Romany, Tribal and fusion routines to entertain and enthrall by mixing theatrical and classical belly dance. This year their display will be a little longer with some surprises, make sure you are close enough to see the action!

Wacky Faces

Before Anaconda take to the stage visit Wacky Faces to get into the spirit of the event by having your face painted. Claire and Becca take the art to a stunning new level with makeup and face-painting which is ‘out of this world’.

Making Art work

From Maidstone we have Making Art Work, a network of artists and creative people who are serious about developing their professional practices and establishing sustainable careers in the creative arts. They will be running a lino printing workshop themed on fish, birds and the Goddess of the Medway.

Namaste, I'm Leila, a yoga practitioner & teacher

Imagine what it would be like to be free of the tension, stress and noise of our everyday life.
Where, no matter what is happening around you, you can remain calm and centred. The ancient practice of yoga can bring you to this place, and give you these benefits.”
In Jenny’s tea tent local yoga teacher Leila Madar will run two 30′ sessions explaining the benefits of yoga with a short class. First session after our first musical act, Petits Bijoux, second session before our last act of the day Lazlo Baby.
Leila qualified from the Karuna School of Teacher Training in Iyengar inspired yoga and has taught for over 14 years. This will be a perfect chance to try yoga for the first time, or experience Leila’s distinctive style if you’re already an enthusiastic participant.

School Bus Project

“You don’t have to go to school to get an education. School can come to you”
We are very excited to be welcoming The School Bus Project to Tonbridge Calling this year. This Folkestone based charity works to provide mobile education for refugee children & vulnerable migrants across Europe in the belief that education is a basic human right. As well as providing safe spaces in which children can learn & change their futures, they provide resources for mobile learning wherever it is needed and training & advice for volunteers & groups wishing to support refugee education.
They will be bringing their big yellow double decker bus to the festival with plenty of activities and information for adults and children alike. Make sure to pay them a visit to find out all about their amazing work and perhaps see what you can do to help.


If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

We are delighted to announce that Ringpullman will be joining us on 12th August.
Ringpullman is our local superhero, he collects ringpulls on behalf of The Purple Community Fund who send them to The Philippines, where poverty stricken children spend their days on rubbish dumps scavenging to feed their families. The ringpulls are made into bags and jewellery by their parents, which allows the children to attend school and provides an income so they have enough to eat. PCF have built a school out of disused shipping containers where 800 kids are now receiving an education well away from their former days on the rubbish dumps.

This wonderfully simple but remarkably effective process relies on LOTS and LOTS of ringpulls!
Please collect as many as you can and bring them to Tonbridge Calling where we will have a collection point.
ANY ringpull from ANY can is needed, each one is worth 3p to the families in The Philippines yet costs us nothing & we usually just throw them away.

See for a video showing the PCF project & Ringpullman’s TED talk

See to find out all about The Purple Community Fund

Bear Necessities

“Local project Bear Necessities is all about Hugs, giving bear hugs to children who need a bit of extra support, whatever the reason. 
They collect teddy bears – new and pre-loved – and pass them on to vulnerable or troubled children both in the UK and overseas, just: because. 
Since starting in December 2016 they’ve already given hundreds of bears to children via refugee projects, school family liaison officers, foodbanks, young carers organisations and other avenues. 
If you’d like to help spread a little love to young people who deserve a hug see the website, and bring a bear to their collection table at the festival.

Please check out their Just Giving page
Can you #SpareABear ?”

ArtSpring Gallery

We will be joined by artists from ArtSpring Gallery, the Tonbridge based artist-run gallery bringing work by 18 members to the north end of the High Street, promoting artists’ work and connecting more directly with art lovers and collectors. On the day they will be running a fun paper collage workshop, so come along and get creative with paper, brushes and glue!

Peppy Scott and David Smith

Local poets Pam Flitt & Ivor Folio (AKA Peppy Scott and David Smith) will give two short performances in Jenny’s Tea Tent during the afternoon. Described as ‘poetry for those not averse to a verse’ or ‘from the subrhyme to the ridiculous’, . Grab a brew and piece of cake, and have a listen, make your own mind up and be entertained.

Sponsors & Supporters

As we discovered in 2016, running a festival involves combining lots of different elements which are facilitated by funding in order to ensure a successful event. Without our supporters and sponsors Tonbridge Calling wouldn't be the great day it is. Last year's success set the bar high for the organisers and it was hugely gratifying for us at the end of the day to have such an enormously positive response from so many of those who came along. Our huge thanks are due to the local people and businesses below that have generously contributed by providing funding, resources, or heavily discounted services, both on the day and in the run up to the festival, as well as to our wonderful team of stewards, cake bakers and other volunteers- thank you!

DDA Statement

The Tonbridge Calling festival aims to increase diversity and tolerance and bring people within the community together. With this in mind we try to incorporate the needs of everyone attending, from a diverse range of music to food suitable for all diets and tastes. The event itself is set within an open park, with no restrictive boundaries so those that wish to can escape the music for a while or enjoy from a distance with no difficulty.
The event is free and unticketed so there are no long queues to get in to the festival, and people can come and go as they please.  We actively encourage people to bring picnic blankets so that there is plenty of space in the audience for easy movement with no crowding, and festivalgoers in wheelchairs can still have a good view of the stage. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy going.
The event itself is set on a large flat area of grass, there is a hard path to the edge of the site directly from nearby car parks and the high street which is about 500 metres away. Our stewards will be more than happy to help with wheelchair access should you need it. The shortest access route across the grass will be by the stage itself, which runs along the path by the river. We are also very happy to assist people with limited vision, and can meet you at the main gate to guide you to the event area.

There are three car parks nearby. The castle car park has five disabled spaces, is roughly 300m away from the site but has a slope with steps so is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone with severe mobility issues. The swimming pool car park has six disabled spaces, they are 150 meters from the site via a flat hard path with no steps, a gentle small slope over the bridge across the river. The main car park has two disabled spaces accessed via the same route as the swimming pool but an extra 50 metres or so. The railway station has street level access from one platform and lifts for the others. The route to the site is along roads with pavements with normal height kerbs and is approximately 650m distant.

Please search for ‘Tonbridge Racecourse Park’ in google maps, the pipper is on the festival site.

There are public toilets on site, with a disabled toilet accessed up a ramp locked by a radar key. All our stewards will be happy to assist you accessing the toilets should you need it, and there will be cleaners in attendance at various times throughout the event.  There are further toilets in the swimming pool, the route to these is flat with a slight ramp over the river bridge about 150 metres away.

There will be a clearly identified information tent. Should anyone feel unwell, or need help there will be qualified first aiders on site to take care of you.

We aim to be inclusive and like to encourage everyone to enjoy our festival, and actively support people with special needs and disabilities. If you would like help on the day or feel there is something extra that we could do to make the festival more enjoyable for you, please let us know straight away via our web site contact form, by email at and we will respond as soon as possible.