GOOD FOR­TUNE TO YOU ALL

Let’s wel­come in the New Year again in 2018 – but this time in Chi­nese style. An­gela Cole looks at the Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions on of­fer

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - CHINESE NEW YEAR -

HEMPSTEAD VAL­LEY SHOP­PING CEN­TRE, GILLING­HAM

On top of the half term ac­tiv­i­ties at the cen­tre with the kmfm Street Team, on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 17 and Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, there will be Chi­nese New Yearthemed ac­tiv­i­ties. Look out for trea­sure hunts, colour­ing Chi­nese dragons and a bal­loon mod­eller. For de­tails about the free fun, visit hemp­stead­val­ley.com or like face­book.com/Hemp­stead­val­ley

CHATHAM

Cabaret groups will per­form on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 17, out­side the Pen­tagon Cen­tre, Chatham be­tween noon and 2pm. Many Med­way groups also head to the big cel­e­bra­tions in Lon­don, which take place on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 17. There’s a colour­ful pa­rade in Char­ing Cross Road, ac­tiv­i­ties and foodie treats in Chi­na­town, fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment in Le­ices­ter Square.

GRAVESEND

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese en­ter­tain­ment comes to the streets of the town with the “awak­en­ing” of a lion on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 20. The event starts at 11am in Com­mu­nity Square where the lion will re­ceive green leaves from the Mayor and lo­cal busi­nesses. En­ter­tain­ment will fol­low in The Woodville au­di­to­rium from 11.30am, in­clud­ing Chi­nese mar­tial arts, singing and danc­ing, with the events or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with Ying Tao As­so­ci­a­tion and Twin Dy­nasty. Cllr Gur­jit Bains said: “The Chi­nese Year of the Dog is of­ten recog­nised as pro­mot­ing be­ing strong willed and loyal to your friends... so let’s take this op­por­tu­nity to... em­brace the many cul­tures and re­li­gious faiths that makes up our whole­some com­mu­nity.”

ROYAL ENGI­NEERS MU­SEUM, GILLING­HAM

There’s a host of chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, cel­e­brat­ing Chi­nese Year of the Dog, at the mu­seum in Prince Arthur Road, Gilling­ham. On Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, in­spired by mas­cot, Snob the Dog, who was res­cued by Royal Engi­neers and brought back to Gilling­ham in the Crimean War, there will be Woof Woof Year Of The Dog. Young vis­i­tors can make their own non-sew sock dog to use as a com­pan­ion. On Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 16, Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 17 and Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, vis­i­tors can cre­ate their own Chi­nese Chao Guan Hat, com­plete with red tassles and topped with gem stones. Ac­tiv­i­ties cost £3 each, plus nor­mal ad­mis­sion charges.

Drop in be­tween 10.30am and 1pm, and 1.30pm and 3.30pm. To book call 01634 822839 or visit re-mu­seum.co.uk

Trafal­gar Square hosts the main stage per­for­mances.

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