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The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

Spotlight on: Tunbridge Wells

A renowned spa retreat destination since 1606, Royal Tunbridge Wells has always been ahead of the game and today is a fabulous place to shop, eat and be entertained

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Tonbridge Castle

Countdown to Christmas begins with Tonbridge Festival

This year’s Tonbridge Christmas Festival will take place over three days on Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November

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Bluewater at Christmas

Christmas light spectacular at Bluewater

Friday 14 November marks the start of the festive season at Kent’s very own Bluewater, Europe’s leading fashion, leisure and events destination, with its annual Christmas light spectacular

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden, near Cranbrook

Spotlight on: the Weald of Kent

Rich in history and picturesque countryside, the glorious Weald of Kent is a perfect destination for visitors wanting to experience the real English countryside

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Edenbridge

Spotlight on: Edenbridge

Celebrated for its spectacular Guy Fawkes nights, this pretty little town on the Kent/Surrey border offers history, great scenery and lots to do and see

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Walks

Penshurst Place

Autumn walks in Kent

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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Enjoying a clifftop walk at the White Cliffs of Dover

Enjoy a Great British Walk in Kent

The National Trust’s walking festival returns in September in a blaze of colour

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Restaurant Reviews

The Eatery at Fenwick Canterbury

Review: The Eatery in Fenwick Canterbury

On the second floor of the revamped furnishings and home department you will find the perfect place to stop for a reviving cuppa, lunch or afternoon tea, all freshly prepared to order.

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Zagatos Bar & Brasserie

Zagatos at The Spa Hotel

The bar and brasserie at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells is settling in nicely after its summer launch

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The West House, Biddenden

Review of The West House at Biddenden

Chef of the Year 2013 in the Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards, Graham Garrett, shows why he thoroughly deserved the award: who will lift the coveted trophy in 2014?

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Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs

Restaurant review: the Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs

Bring a hearty appetite to this first-floor seafood restaurant above a popular pub right by the seafront

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Gardens

Malus Evereste

How to brighten up your autumn garden

Add some autumn berries to your garden, they’re visually rewarding and also a boon for wildlife. Kent Life takes a 
look at the array on offer at Coolings Garden Centre

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Whitstable & Seasalter Primary School winners

Kent Life’s Gardeners of the Year 2014

Meet the Primary School and Amateur Adult winners in this year’s closely fought search for the best gardeners in Kent of all ages

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Godinto House

Garden of the month: Godinton House

Make time to enjoy the final burst of colour in the walled garden and grounds of Godinton House, from an array of late-season flowers and stunning foliage hues

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Northbourne Park pupils with their wildlife garden

How to make a wildlife garden

Top tips on how to encourage wildlife to your garden at home or school, by Bybrook Barn Garden Centre - sponsors of the Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards

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Garden finalists Staplehurst Primary

Garden of the Year finalists 2014

Kent Life’s fifth Garden of the Year competition in association with Hadlow College, Bybrook Barn and chYps, has again revealed some enthusiastic Kent gardeners of all ages

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People

Pauline Appleton

Artist of the month: Pauline Appleton

Accomplished watercolourist Pauline Appleton of Lenham discusses the fusion of colour and light

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Hilary Newport at the Ebbsfleet roundabout

Meet Hilary Newport, CPRE Kent director

Campaigning for a Kent countryside under pressure from development but also working closely with developers to ensure projects like Ebbsfleet Garden City are the best they can be

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Richard Martin

Meet the MD: Richard Martin

The owner of Kent Inns of Distinction on relaunches, rice pudding and smoking bans

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Paul Barrett

Meet the MD: Paul Barrett

The managing director of family run Barretts Motor Group in Canterbury on business partnerships, bikes and BMWs

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Dave Cousins

Meet musician 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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Recipes

Gala dinner menu: apple 5 ways with ginger parkin

Recipe of the month: ginger parkin

Guests at the Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food and Drink awards will be wowed with Tom’s ginger parkin dessert served with apple five ways. While the moist cake deliciously compliments the apple flavours, it is also the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. If you can resist temptation, it tastes even better a few days after baking

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2013 winner Eden Allsworth with Richard Phillips

2014 Kent Young Chef now open for entries

The Produced in Kent organised 2014 Kent Young Chef Competition is open and you have until 24 October to get your entry in!

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Pork & chorizo casserole

Cooking with Andy Mcleish

Chapter One’s Michelin-starred chef shares his favourite pork and chorizo casserole recipe

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Victoria plum clafoutis

Recipe of the month: Victoria plum clafoutis

Tom Biddle, head chef at Tudor Park Hotel, cooks a seasonal classic

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Duck with autumn vegetables

Recipe of the month: pan-fried duck with autumn vegetables

A lovely late-summer dish from Tom Biddle, head chef at Tudor Park Hotel, the venue for the 2014 Kent Life & Kent on Sunday Food and Drink awards

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Interiors

Sarah Sturt at Fenwick Canterbury

Fabulous new floor at Fenwick Canterbury

Adam Fenwick and Kent Life Editor open new lifestyle second floor at Fenwick Canterbury

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Clarkes of Maidstone

New look for Clarkes of Maidstone

One of the county town’s best-known retailing names has just undergone a major refurbishment, which completes phase one of a three-phased project to totally rejuvenate the interior and exterior of the Sandling Road furniture store

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Caravan bed

How to create the perfect bedroom for your child

From babes in arms to teens, your children’s rooms offer a chance to have as much fun creating them as the youngsters will have hanging out there

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John Lewis Newport range

Keep your cool this summer in a new bathroom

With the temperatures rising, keep your bathroom a cool, calm retreat with neutrals, muted shades and pretty but practical touches

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Through the keyhole in Westerham

Through the keyhole in Westerham

The founder and artistic director of the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain, Jill Tookey, opens the doors to her beautiful home

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Celebrity Interviews

Dave Cousins

Meet musician 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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Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig and Matt Le Blanc at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards BAFTA in London on May 12th, 2013. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

In the spotlight: Tamsin Greig

Episodes star and Maidstone maiden Tamsin Greig is dramatic chameleon who moves between radio, comedy, Shakespeare and satire. She’s also refreshingly down to earth

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Michel Roux Jr

Michel Roux Jr back in Shipbourne

Kent Farmers’ Market Month gets support of its celebrity patron

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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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