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Places

Rochester may have always been able to attract tourists - thanks to its castle, cathedral and a certain Victorian author - but its café culture, trendy shops and great commuter links also make it a popular place for young families

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May 2017
Tue, 09:40

Kent is perfect for lovers with many romantic spots to explore so why not try something distinctively Kentish to woo your loved one?

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One of the best-preserved Tudor villages in the country, Chiddingstone has always been a fascinating place for a day out and now that the historic pub at its heart has been brought back to life, there’s even more reason to visit

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May 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017

Kent has many villages that exude historical charm and a traditional village atmosphere beloved by locals and visitors. Here we pick 10 of the prettiest to explore

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It’s a British seaside icon, famed for its sandy beaches and its retro amusements. Now, after decades of neglect, Margate has quite suddenly become one of the most fashionable places outside London. Forget ‘up and coming’; Margate’s renaissance is now

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May 2017 town guide

Walks

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This walk takes you through a rural paradise of meadows, woodland and riverside deep in the Eden Valley

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Striding out across the North Kent marshes with a Labrador in tow provides clarity of mind and a daily dose of exercise for one of the county’s most successful businessmen. Pictures courtesy of: Visit Kent

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March 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Christopher Marlowe is best remembered for his heady lifestyle – a mix of scandal, religion and espionage. This walk through Canterbury will allow you to see the history behind this fascinating character

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Drink in the sight and smell of our native blooms on one of these wonderful wildflower walks

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March 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017

Take it easy with one of our winter walks or trips to the seaside

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Restaurant Reviews

Thu, 11:32

From the classic battered cod and chips to vegan ‘fish’ and deep fried gherkins, everybody loves a good fish and chip shop. We have picked 10 of the best places for fish and chips by the sea in Kent

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Mon, 17:19

From Michelin-starred restaurants to grab-and-go oyster bars, Kent is the ‘plaice’ to be for seafood eateries with the freshest fare around

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nothing beats a burger to curb those hunger pangs! We pick some of the best spots to enjoy a burger in Canterbury

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Monday, April 3, 2017

A plethora of crystals and crushed velvet greeted Kent Life on an overnight stay at The Who’d a Thought It? inn just outside Maidstone. Pictures by Manu Palomeque

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April 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017

Although not actually an island anymore, the Isle of Thanet has its own identity as Kent’s newfound fashionable place to be. These 9 cafés in Thanet will have you reaching for your phone to take Instagram snaps of your breakfast

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Gardens

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kent Life and Country Homes & Interiors magazine have teamed up to offer 20 lucky winners a pair of tickets to the Country Homes & Interiors Summer show

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Using edible flowers in the kitchen has become very popular in the last couple of years and is a great way of linking home and garden. Buying these flowers is expensive and difficult but they can be easily grown by even the most amateur gardener

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May 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The National Gardens Scheme’s 90 years of opening private gardens for charity will be marked with a special Anniversary Weekend this month

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May 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

You can’t fail to come under the spell of the gardens at Scotney Castle, especially in spring when the scene is of wisteria draped arches and swathes of rhododendrons clad in bloom

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April 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mark Lane on health, happiness and horticulture and becoming the UK’s first wheelchair garden designer. Pictures courtesy of the BBC

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April 2017
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People

Royal Warrant-holding glass restorer and chandelier maker Wilkinson PLC on its proud family history

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May 2017
Mon, 15:20

Whether it’s a stately country manor house or seafront hotel, Kent has the perfect venue for your ceremony

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May 2017

Jane Austen, 1775-1817, whose bicentenary we mark this year, has many Kent connections and visited the county and her relatives here throughout her short but hugely significant life

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May 2017

Lighten the load of an expensive wedding by putting your main honeymoon off until you can afford it, and take a ‘mini-moon’ in Kent instead

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May 2017

Kent is blessed with enterprising businesswomen. Kent Life spoke to four about their motivation, ambition and achievements in a tough marketplace

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April 2017

Recipes

Monday, April 10, 2017

The chef-patron of award-winning restaurant Chapter One whips up a special weekend brunch treat. Words by: Andy McLeish. Picture by: Ming-Tang Evans

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April 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017

The chef-patron of award-winning restaurant Chapter One suggests you treat your Mum to a home-cooked pudding on Mothering Sunday. Words by: Andy McLeish. Picture by: Ming-Tang Evans

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March 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017

The chef-patron of award winning restaurant Chapter One delivers a succulent trifle to ease you through the frost of February

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February 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Andy McLeish shares his recipe for crispy pork belly with root vegetables

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January 2017
Friday, December 16, 2016

Rosemary Shrager Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells shows readers how they can make a fabulous festive feast at home

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December 2016

Interiors

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kent Life and Country Homes & Interiors magazine have teamed up to offer 20 lucky winners a pair of tickets to the Country Homes & Interiors Summer show

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jack Brunsdon was a master craftsman with a passion for making things from wood. He turned his hand to many varied forms of joinery, including deck chairs, toboggans and even the rear timber body work of the Morris Traveller estate motor car before settling on high quality windows and doors

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Monday, April 24, 2017

After their newly-bought 1970s home cracked wide open, a couple with an eye to elegance and the environment embarked on a mission to create something new. Pat Bramley investigates Spring House in Little Gaddesden

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April 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017

Sue Gates believes in living in the moment and encourages her family to engage their senses and appreciate the beauty around them – starting at home. Words by: Rachael Hale. Pictures by: Manu Palomeque

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February 2017
Monday, December 5, 2016

These festive place settings are easy to make and are sure to be a talking point with your guests

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December 2016

Celebrity Interviews

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kent-based actress Pam Ferris is voicing the part of Grandma in a new adaptation for TV this Christmas of a children’s classic. Words by: Sarah Sturt. Pictures: Channel 4 Television

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December 2016
Friday, November 27, 2015

The skateboarding firefighter from Great British Bake Off reveals how a batch of perfect macarons led to his bid for the baker’s crown.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

She has survived cancer and a kidnapping at knife point, appeared in everything from Macbeth to Quadrophenia and Hi-de-Hi! and writes successful crime novels. Meet the unstoppable Linda Regan-Murphy.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

After star baker Marie was compared to Rod Stewart this week, we couldn’t help but spot that many of the other contestants shared some spooky similarities with celebrities too…

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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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