This weekend Tonbridge Castle - and its environs - is playing host to Tonbridge 100: Step Back In Time To WWI, a living history event looking at the First World War.
The first thing I have to say is that Rachel and I (and Alice) were amazed by just how people there were there with dogs. Pretty sure it's the most dogs we've seen at a non-canine-themed event in the town.
Not only did this mean Alice got to make lots of new friends (both doggie and human), but we got to chat to fellow owners and give their fur-babies a stroke.
We met Nick, Clare, Alec and Bettany there, and the children have really taken to Alice these days, and enjoy taking it in turns to take her for short walks - which is a wonderful turnaround from when they first met her (years ago, of course) and weren't quite sure what to make of her!
That said, I haven't any photographs of other people's dogs as, this not actually being a dog show, I feel a bit uncomfortable about snapping random pictures of other people's pooches (or even bringing the idea up in conversation, it would just seem a bit weird).
The event, itself, was very impressive, with displays in the 'arena' on the castle lawn, surrounded by an array of tents featuring living history displays (quite a lot on first aid and surgery), a machine gun nest, an assault course for youngsters, a tank-driving 'school', and a life-sized WWI prop tank.
Tonbridge 100 was running in parallel with the riverside food market, which meant we also got to sample some local wares, and purchase some chilli chutney and posh ice cream.
|The River Market|
Every one of these local events we go to reminds me why I love living in Tonbridge so much. The town doesn't rest on it laurels because it has a castle and a river, but it uses them frequently and to great effect.