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Places

That was then, this is now... Ramsgate Music Hall before and after

Ramsgate Music Hall is pulling in the sharpest young talent

The venue is small but it’s attracting bands from across the country

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Easter is a magical time at Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle has a special Easter offering

Take a family stroll along the nature trail through the grounds of Leeds Castle this Easter and you could win a medal.

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

Spotlight on: Sevenoaks

10 good reasons to visit this charismatic, elegant town

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KEN APR 14 Faversham

Spotlight on: Faversham

Often referred to as Kent’s hidden jewel, this historic town has clubs and societies galore, idyllic Faversham Creek, open countryside – and it’s a real foodies’ paradise too

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Sandwich

Spotlight on Sandwich

Spring is the perfect time to visit this quaint historic town with its splendid riverside setting, more ancient buildings than almost anywhere in Kent and so much to do and see

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Walks

St Margaret's Bay

Walk of the month: St Margaret’s Bay

This circular walk takes you past some spectacular views over the bay and towards the coast of France

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Bluebells at Sissinghurst

Six of the best Spring walks

Where to enjoy bluebells, cherry blossom and even wild orchids in Kent

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Story Hunt in Margate

Stories of lost and forgotten Margate

Join a theatrical walking tour in Margate

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Canterbury Cathedral

Walk of the month: Christopher Marlowe and Canterbury

Discover the birthplace of the poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe on this peaceful city amble

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Restaurant Reviews

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The Shurland Hotel in Eastchurch

Kent Life stays the night at this revamped gem on Sheppey

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Hythe Imperial Hotel

Kent Life reviews the Hythe Imperial and its Coast Restaurant

You don’t have to wait for summer to head for the coast – the magnificent seafront Hythe Imperial has everything you could desire for a romantic break

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Elegant dining room at Thackerays

Thackerays, Tunbridge Wells reviewed

Kent Life visits its Restaurant of the Year winner

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Gardens

KEN APR 14 Garden of the month

Garden of the month: Potmans Heath

Find out how Wilma and Alan Lloyd Smith have developed their garden close to the fertile Wittersham Levels

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Paul Bowen, manager, BybrookGardenCentre

Bybrook Barn Garden Centre

Nearly 40 years ago, Bybrook Garden Centre was a dilapidated barn near Ashford. Now it’s a thriving garden centre and this year has joined the Kent Life Garden Awards as one of its principal sponsors

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Leydens, beautiful garden of Roger Platts, head judge of the Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards

25 gorgeous Kent gardens to visit

Some of the county’s best to visit this season – including past winners of the Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards, to inspire you at home

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Daffodils at Stonewall Park

Garden of the month: Stonewall Park in Chiddingstone Hoath

Take the chance to see the glorious show of daffodils here this March

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St Mary's Catholic Primary School gardening club, winners in 2013

Enter the Kent Life 2014 Garden of the Year competition

Entries are now invited to the 2014 Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year and Best Primary School Garden competitions

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People

Ben Macauley is a paramedic for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

Leading industry experts share their career advice for local pupils

In the latest of our special series on careers advice, here we talk to four more leading industry experts – this time from the RHS, the region’s air ambulance, M&S and a well-known hotel – to find out what pupils can be doing now to get ahead

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And you think we're barmy now?

Author Terry Deary and a horrible success story

The rise and rise of Horrible Histories, which is coming to Tunbridge Wells

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Anil Kumar

The Kumar changing our Indian tastes

Anil is leading a high street revolution

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Ray Mears on why his primary school teacher played a big part in his future success

From the Spring 2014 edition of A+ education magazine South East - A regular on our TV screens, Ray Mears is one of the country’s leading experts in bushcraft and survival techniques – but it might never have happened if it had not been for a teacher at his Surrey primary school…

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Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman

The Kent resident is immortalised in a new documentary out on 25 April fronted by his long-time friend Johnny Depp

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Life TV

Recipes

Textures of chocolate and rhubarb

Recipe of the month: textures of chocolate and rhubarb

By Tom Biddle, head chef at Tudor Park, the venue for the 2014 Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food and Drink Awards

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Loin of venison with juniper berry sauce and roast pumpkin

Cook a Kentish feast

Make your Christmas lunch a truly local one

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Barbeque

Tom Parker Bowles

Tom Parker Bowles offers a few basic tips for barbecuing, as well as a Marinated Leg of Lamb Recipe...

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Interiors

And So To Bed, style Nicole

Interiors to inspire: bedrooms

Lovely furniture, decorative touches and gorgeous beds make a bedroom worth staying in for

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Rochester living room

Through the keyhole in Rochester

You don’t have to own your own home to put a personal stamp on it: find out how

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At Home with John Lewis

How to keep cosy indoors this winter

Our pick of feelgood interiors products for January and where to buy them in Kent

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Andrew Purchase in his decorative warehouse and showroom at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Transform your home with decorative antiques

Kent experts show you how to mix vintage with contemporary and antiques with high-end designer pieces

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Hearth accessories: Milan Log Tray

Three of the best hearthside accessories

Stylish pieces to complement your fireplace

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Celebrity Interviews

And you think we're barmy now?

Author Terry Deary and a horrible success story

The rise and rise of Horrible Histories, which is coming to Tunbridge Wells

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Ray Mears on why his primary school teacher played a big part in his future success

From the Spring 2014 edition of A+ education magazine South East - A regular on our TV screens, Ray Mears is one of the country’s leading experts in bushcraft and survival techniques – but it might never have happened if it had not been for a teacher at his Surrey primary school…

Read full story »

Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman

The Kent resident is immortalised in a new documentary out on 25 April fronted by his long-time friend Johnny Depp

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Jilly Goolden outside Trevor Mottram, the Pantiles

Meet Jilly Goolden

Why the Kent fan and wine expert loves Tunbridge Wells

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Ralph Steadman at the judging process

First Ralph Steadman scholarship awarded at launch of new art competition

Celebrating the winners of The Best of... Art Competition at Rochester Independent College

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