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Places

Queen's Garden, Bromley

Spotlight on: Bromley

With excellent shopping, parks and open spaces, Bromley is also on the cusp of being Kent’s leading architectural innovator

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Gordon Gardens

Spotlight on: Gravesend and Dartford

Superb shopping at Bluewater, excellent rail links to Europe and London, a rich river heritage and an AONB all add to the appeal of this vibrant part of Kent

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Prince Harry unveils the Step Short Commorative Arch @ Manu Palomeque/LNP

Prince Harry in Folkestone

A new memorial arch was unveiled in the Kent seaside town and crowds of thousands flocked to see the Royal visitor do the honours

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Deer Park at Knole, Sevenoaks

Spotlight on: Sevenoaks

Celebrating its annual Literary Festival this month and with fine historic buildings, great walks, stress-free shopping and lovely surrounding countryside, Sevenoaks has got it all

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Cranbrook

Spotlight on: Cranbrook and Hawkhurst

Packed with white weather-boarded buildings, Cranbrook boasts its own restored smock mill while Hawkhurst, the ‘Crossroads of the Weald’, has distinct ‘old’ and ‘new’ parts

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Holidays E-Edition

Holidays E-Edition

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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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Broadstairs walk

Ramsgate to Broadstairs Walk

Enjoy coasts, cliffs and café culture on this glorious stroll along the coast of Thanet

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Reculver

6 of the best summer strolls

Kent Life suggests six of the best spots for a summer’s day saunter

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Amanda Cottrell opens the Serpentine Walk

Walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps

The 18th-century Serpentine Walk is now open at Goodnestone Park

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Restaurant Reviews

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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KEN JUL 14 Restaurant

Royal Harbour Brasserie, Ramsgate

On the end of the East Pier is a relaxed, Parisian-style brasserie offering great seafood and fantastic views

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The Empire Room restaurant

The Royal Harbour Hotel and Empire Room restaurant, Ramsgate

Kent Life stays in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse overlooking Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour

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Gardens

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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Belmont House

PYO flowers at Belmont House

The Head Gardener and staff at Belmont House and Gardens in Throwley are offering not only a tour of the gardens but also a very rare opportunity to pick your own flowers from the skilfully tended borders

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People

Jonathan Grosberg

Meet music maestro Jonathan Grosberg

October’s Bright Young Thing on Canterbury, the Rock Choir and his West End ambitions

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Melvyn Evans

Meet Sevenoaks linoprint artist Melvyn Evans

How the Kent countryside has helped inspire this artist to create captivating works in print

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Rhona McClelland

Meet the manager: Rhona McClelland

No Place Like Home’s manager on bespoke later-life support and the role of trust and empowerment

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Lord and Lady Hailes at home

Meet the owners of Ingress Abbey in Greenhithe

Lord and Lady Hailes on their love of history, genealogy and taking Burke’s Peerage on a new journey

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Anna Harvey

Meet Anna Harvey: September’s Bright Young Thing

The former student at St Lawrence College in Ramsgate on pursuing her chosen career in medicine at King’s College London

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A+ Education E-Edition

A+ Education

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Life TV

Recipes

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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Peach Melba

Recipe of the month: Peach Melba with Raspberry clouds and almond tuile biscuits

By 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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Crab and watermelon salad

Recipe of the month: Crab and watermelon salad

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

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Interiors

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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The living room

Through the keyhole: in Broad Oak

How a rented Kentish farmhouse cottage has been made into a real home with a mix of inherited family pieces and a keen eye for display and colour

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Luca Alder range by Sharps

The home office

Keep your home workspace looking streamlined with bespoke desks and functional but personal touches

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Celebrity Interviews

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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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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