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Places

Saturday, August 1, 2015

With Margate firmly on the tourist map thanks to the Turner Contemporary and now Dreamland, visitors are flocking to town. Kent Life recommends where to stay, what to see and where to eat out

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Friday, July 31, 2015
Viking Bay, Broadstairs

Beloved by Dickens, Broadstairs exudes a nostalgic seaside atmosphere with a clifftop promenade, award-winning sandy beaches and plenty of great places to eat and drink

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Friday, July 24, 2015
Ramsgate harbour

With a beautiful marina, award-winning beaches nearby and a thriving café culture, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in the South of France. Welcome to Ramsgate

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Saturday, July 18, 2015
The quayside at Sandwich

This tiny gem on the Kent coast has medieval buildings, Roman ruins and wild beaches right on its doorstep

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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Children playing with a den

This summer, for one night only, you can pitch your tent in one of Kent’s fantastic National Trust-owned locations

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Walks

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Take a trip to Samphire Hoe and you may just end up questioning how this haven for wildlife could possibly have been created from material dug to create the Channel Tunnel. It’s fair to say that what was once essentially mud has had a miraculous transformation into the glorious spot you see today.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015
Wild flowers above Rochester

The distinctive landscapes of the North Kent Downs, with its walks, cycle and equestrian rides, is captured in a new photobook

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Friday, June 19, 2015
Ramsgate harbour

The Contra Trail leads past the hustle and bustle of modern Ramsgate, down the gently undulating Isle of Thanet Coastal path and into the natural peace and tranquillity of Pegwell Bay

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Saturday, June 6, 2015
Viking Bay, Broadstairs

Head out for a day at the East Kent seaside and discover the fantastic landscapes that inspired world-renowned artist JMW Turner and author Charles Dickens

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Saturday, March 14, 2015
Sissinghurst

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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Restaurant Reviews

Friday, July 31, 2015

Back on the scene after a £2.4m revamp, was it money well spent at this prominent Tunbridge Wells town hotel?

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Wallett's Court

Diners and residents at Wallett’s Court can now not only enjoy the joint talents of Oakley and Fowler, but also learn how to cook at the feet of the two master chefs

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Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Lodge at Princes, Sandwich

The area around Sandwich is a golfer’s paradise and The Lodge at Prince’s provides the ideal venue to stay in smart, comfortable accommodation and enjoy a meal at the Brasserie to set you up for a few rounds on the links

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Saltwood on the Green

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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Gardens

Monday, July 20, 2015

Admire the ethereal sunlit plantings at Long Meadow garden in Chiddingstone, an impressionistic scene of textures and colours from ornamental grasses and late-season perennials

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Saturday, July 4, 2015
Blacksmith's Arms Cudham

Kent Life takes a look at the spectacular floral displays that draw visitors to Joyce and George Cole’s lovely pub and its colourful garden

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Friday, June 19, 2015
Jo Thompson's Sissinghurst-inspired garden

Garden designers from all over Kent triumphed at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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Friday, June 12, 2015
Upper Pryors, Cowden

Take time to enjoy the delightful country garden at Upper Pryors with its scenic vistas and harmonious planting

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Saturday, May 16, 2015
Designer Bethany Williams of Hadlow College Hampton Court garden

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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People

Friday, July 31, 2015

The six-year-old golf pro rom Old Romney who has already played in San Diego this summer

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Friday, July 24, 2015
Ian Palmer

On Twitter Ian Palmer introduces himself as a ‘journalist fascinated by the power of sport and music. Put them together and anything is possible.’ 
Kent Life catches up with the multi-faceted BBC South East Today presenter in Tunbridge Wells.

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Monday, July 20, 2015
Alex Renny, Andy Garland, Cory Furness, Steve Edney, Caroline Jackson and David Carey

Kent Life columnist Andy Garland chaired a Gardeners’ Question Time-style evening with a panel of Kent’s top gardeners

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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Rob Brand in Kings Hill

The financial services director on his favourite suit, golf and life in Matfield

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Saturday, July 4, 2015
Oliver Jaynes, Face of Whitefriars 2015

Canterbury Christchurch student Oliver Jaynes on modelling, rugby and being a lifeguard in Faversham

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Recipes

Monday, July 20, 2015

Kent Life’s chef of the year 2014 Andy McLeish on his love of summer barbecues and favourite pork belly chops

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Friday, June 19, 2015
Venison Wellington

Andy, McLeish, Chef of the Year 2014, celebrates his favourite game season with a locally sourced venison classic

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Saturday, May 16, 2015
Bread and butter pudding

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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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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