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Places

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A mecca for foodies and lovers of folk music, with a popular summer festival, Tenterden is not only beautiful but also has a strong community heart

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Folkestone harbour

Home to Open Quarter weekend this month, these are exciting times for Folkestone, the seaside town in the middle of a transformational redevelopment

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Saturday, May 16, 2015
Wide open spaces at New Romney & Hythe

Explore this extraordinary part of Kent, made up of rolling fields, marshes and broad beaches, all under the wide open skies that have influenced creatives for centuries

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Sunday, May 10, 2015
White Cliffs of Dover in the early morning.

The National Trust’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Neptune Coastline Campaign this year offers the perfect motivation for an investigation of Kent’s famous White Cliffs

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Saturday, May 2, 2015
A different ball game, by Kevin Atherton, at Kings Hill

West Malling and nearby Kings Hill may be at different ends of the age spectrum but both are thriving and together make a fascinating area to visit

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Walks

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Stroll through a sea of blue with Kent Life’s suggestion six of the best bluebells woods in Kent for a spring walk

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Friday, March 6, 2015
View of Deal Castle from the north

Stretch your legs and catch a breath of fresh air on this seaside wander from historic Walmer Castle, just along the coast from beautiful Deal. Enjoy this walk on a clear day and your trail will be a circle of outstanding views towards France and across the surrounding countryside

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Pegwell Bay

Embrace the cold, wrap up warm and enjoy one of our favourite walks in Kent arm in arm with your favourite person this month

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Farthing Common

Six of the best spots in the county for a winter’s walk that will put a spring in your step and blow the cobwebs away

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Penshurst Place

Kent Life suggests six of the best spots in the Garden of England for a walk on a crisp, misty autumn day

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Restaurant Reviews

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A former village shop has become a restaurant to watch in a little Kent village, as Kent Life discovers on a visit to Saltwood on the Green, celebrating its first anniversary

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
The Green Room

Want to see a show but need to eat first and not feel rushed? Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre has the answer

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Friday, April 17, 2015
The attractive dining room at The Wife of Bath

A new team has transformed both the interior and the menu at this Grade II listed restaurant with rooms

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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Blue Boar restaurant

Fancy a night away without the hassle of airports? The hop on a train from Kent to London and let this luxury Hilton take the strain – and there’s a chance to win dinner for two as well

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Waterleaf Restaurant at Reynolds Retreat

Combining a luxury health spa and gym with a fine dining restaurant proves 
a recipe for success

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Gardens

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A very special garden celebrating Kent’s mining heritage will fly the flag for the Garden of England at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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Monday, May 11, 2015
2014 runners-up Staplehurst Primary with their personalised and framed certificate

Will you, your child or grandchild’s primary school, a family member or a neighbour be picking up a prize at the 2015 Garden of the Year Awards? You have to be in it to win it - entries close on June 12 2015

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Friday, April 17, 2015
Stoneacre: Garden of the month

Take a stroll through the lush gardens of this half-timbered yeoman’s hall house, first created by Rosemary Alexander, founder and principal of the English Gardening School, back in the 1990s

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Last year's judges with the 2014 adult winner, Prue Seddon

Thinking of entering the Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year and Primary School Garden of the Year competition? Find out what the judges are looking for

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Saturday, March 28, 2015
The World Garden at Lullingstone

Kent has a wealth of glorious gardens and here we select some of the best to visit this Spring, including past winners of the Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards - now in its sixth year - to inspire you

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People

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hockey mad sisters, Leo and Alex Penry from Maidstone, were both chosen to play for Kent this season

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Jonathan Neame

Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame, on family history, a competitive market and a new dawn for the beer industry


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Saturday, May 16, 2015
Brenda Blethyn in character as Vera

The star of ‘Vera’ discusses her love for her childhood home of Ramsgate and her enduring work ethic

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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Jonathan Foyle, Alsion Weir, Duncan Leslie, Ian Coulsdon and Amanda Cottrell at Hever Castle

From Canterbury Auction Gallery’s antique of the month to two Tudor treasures unveiled at Hever and capturing Whitstable in photographic form

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Saturday, May 2, 2015
Andy Garland: muddy but victorious

The Radio Kent broadcaster and producer fulfils a life ambition to become a Royal Marine commando, or at least train like one and get covered in mud, just like a real one

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Recipes

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish shares the joys of a staff favourite at Chapter One

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Saturday, May 2, 2015
Chargrilled asparagus

Kent Life’s Chef of the Year Andy McLeish makes the most of the British asparagus season with this simple but delicious classic

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Saturday, March 14, 2015
Black Forest gateau

Our Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish shows you how to delight your family and friends this Easter with a classic cake everyone will love

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Sunday, March 1, 2015
Baked wild sea bass

Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish shows you how to wow your guests with his dinner party showstopper of baked wild sea bass in a salt crust

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Seville orange marmalade

Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish is seizing the Seville orange season to make delicious marmalade for breakfast

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Interiors

Saturday, May 30, 2015

From a star of the seventies to a shower pavilion for your garden, find your pick of the prodcts right here in Kent

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Sunday, May 17, 2015
Bespoke Garden Room, www.crownpavillions.com

Sit outside, play outside, take a dip or just admire your garden - now is the time to get out if not about

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Bois Rustique wine rack

Celebrate English Wine Week (23-31 May) with Kent Life’s pick of wine-inspired interiors and accessories

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Monday, February 9, 2015
Learn to use Annie Sloan paints

Give your home that loving feeling this Valentine’s with the prettiest of accessories for every room

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Sunday, February 1, 2015
Grand Versailles by And So To Bed

Give your home that loving feeling and enjoy staying in this Valentine’s Day surrounded by sumptuous fabrics, wallpapers and great lighting

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Celebrity Interviews

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The star of ‘Vera’ discusses her love for her childhood home of Ramsgate and her enduring work ethic

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Friday, April 17, 2015
Ross_Noble

Ross Noble has been one of Britain’s most beloved comedians for more than 15 years, and although born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, now calls Kent his home

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Keira Knightley, Johnny Depp, Mackenzie Crook

How the multi-talented, Maidstone-born actor went from The Orchard Youth Theatre in Dartford to The Office and a star of the silver screen

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Kelly Brook and ex Thom Evans

She may have been unlucky in love, but the model and actress is well versed in overcoming adversity and Kent is proud to call her one of our own

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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Dave Cousins

Frontman and founder of seminal British folk-rock band The Strawbs, Dave Cousins, on his new autobiography, 
his 50-year music career and why he loves Deal

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