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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Viking Bay

With plenty of places to eat and drink, award-winning beaches and a relaxed, nostalgic feel, Broadstairs is one of the best places to spend some family time this summer

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Beautiful Deal

The burgeoning arts scene along the Kent coast has been building into a wave of regeneration running from Gravesend to Folkestone

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Saturday, July 9, 2016
Reculver Bay strand line

The strandline on Kent beaches can yield some fascinating finds, from whelks to mermaids’ purses.

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Punch bowl, c. 1760

Art life this month: Antique of the month by Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries and more

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
River trips are a great way to see Tonbridge from the Medway, board your craft of choice under Big Bridge

With the High Street improvements finally complete, Tonbridge is enjoying a renaissance as not only a fantastic place to visit for its history and river setting but also as a foodie destination with a café culture

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Walks

Thursday, June 16, 2016
A lovely stroll beside Hythe & Romney Marsh Hythe Royal Military Canal

The pretty town of Hythe is the starting point for this picturesque summer walk

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Bluebells and blossom at Hole Park

Stroll through carpets of fragrant bluebells on one of these six wonderful woodland walks.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
River Stour at Sandwich

Enjoy a flight over the Fairways on this East Kent Spring stroll

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Saturday, March 5, 2016
The Quay at Sandwich

Enjoy A Flightsover the Fairways on this East Kent Spring stroll

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Chartwell in the winter

We have teamed up with the National Trust to bring you five essential, beautiful walks to explore.

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Restaurant Reviews

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Wye Downs

Enjoy a delicious lunch after one of these countryside strolls. Kent Life suggests five of the best pub walks in Kent

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Ad Feature: The Tyler’s Kiln

Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Tyler's Kiln, Kent

In 2012 with huge support from local villagers, Tyler Hill resident Allister Collins purchased the pub and together with another local resident Tony Sherwood, commenced an ambitious renovation project to radically transform the venue into a one-of-a-kind destination pub that above all else would serve the local community and position it as the hub of village life.

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Ad Feature: The Bull

Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Bull 2

Inspiration from the USA meets the English passion for barbecue: the smokehouse menu at The Bull in Wrotham is a festival of high quality meat cooked to perfection by 2 AA Rosette and Michelin listed chefs...

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Saturday, May 21, 2016
Coast Restaurant at the Hythe Imperial

Built by the South Eastern Railway and opened in 1880 as the Seabrook Hotel, after many facelifts, refurbishments and additions, the Hythe Imperial is entering a new age of magnificence

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Beacon, Rusthall

Set in Happy Valley just outside Tunbridge Wells, the transformed Beacon is today a great place to 
visit for good food as well as its famous view.

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Gardens

Sunday, July 24, 2016
The characterful house

The Castles have filled their garden with wonderful perennials to create a real plantsman’s paradise, reflecting their specialist nursery next to the garden

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Friday, June 24, 2016
The garden team: Toby Barrett, Abe Coster, Ollie Edewards and Chris Bird

Property and construction expert Rod Clark and his wife Nicki have brought the former Yalding Organic Gardens back from the brink of decay and created an exciting new multi-purpose destination venue.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Mary Berry is very involved in both the RHS and the NGS

Themes for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show revolved around naturalistic planting, messages and metaphors. Kent’s talent again played a leading part

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Raft Primrose garden sofa from £2,145, Eden Coffee Table from £491, Raft Furniture, Bromley 020 8208 7175, www.raftfurniture.co.uk

Make the most of every minute in your garden this month with all the following home comforts

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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Beautiful view from the house

Inspired by this beautiful garden? Why not enter your own into the Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year 2016 category?

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People

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Adam Gemili (Photo by Matt Lewis - British Athletics/British Athletics via Getty Images)

Meet the athletes who will be flying the flag for both Great Britain and Kent at this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Camaraderie kept the miners going

Betteshanger, the former East Kent colliery, is being redeveloped into a landmark destination embracing Kent’s mining heritage, green energy education and sustainable business

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Friday, July 8, 2016
The Banqueting Hall

Sir Robert and Lady Worcester kindly opened their home, Allington Castle, to Kent Community Foundation and guests to celebrate the charity’s recent successes and share its plans for the future

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Friday, July 1, 2016
High Sheriff Kathrin Smallwood

She’s brought up three sporty sons, has a background in catering and St John’s Ambulance and has taken on domestic abuse as her Shrieval theme

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Cripps Table

Following her election as President at Kent Law Society’s AGM, Vanda James hosted the 198th annual dinner at the Mercure Maidstone

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Recipes

Friday, July 15, 2016
Roast grouse and game chips

The chef-patron of Chapter One, our winner of Restaurant of the Year 2015, on his favourite game bird and how to cook it

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Andy's modern twist on rainbow trout

Andy McLeish, chef-patron of our winner of Restaurant of the Year 2015, Chapter One on the joys of trout fishing – and eating.

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Monday, May 16, 2016
Hot chocolate fondant dessert

Andy McLeish, chef-patron of award-winning Kent restaurant, Chapter One, shares a favourite dessert

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Saturday, April 23, 2016
Warm poached hen's egg with Kent asparagus and truffles

The chef-patron of our winner of Restaurant of the Year 2015, Chapter One is revelling in new-season asparagus

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Saturday, March 12, 2016
Andy's super-fresh grilled mackerel

The chef-patron of our winner of Restaurant of the Year 2015, Chapter One has gone fishing and hooked a juicy mackerel. Words by: Andy McLeish

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Interiors

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Picture by William Goddard Photography

From beautiful barn conversions and Georgian mansions to fairytale cottages, we take a look at the inspirational interiors of three stunning homes in England

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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Paths intersect the beds

Enjoy summer’s abundance, at Orchard House, where owner Jeanette Lerwill selects many of the plants specifically with her bees in mind

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Picnic blanket £90, Henley scatter cushion £35, picnic blanket £90, Hogla bread basket £25, The White Company, Bromley 020 3700 4690, Tunbridge Wells 01892 731120, Bluewater, Greenhithe 01322 324 623, www.thewhitecompany.com

Enjoy sizzling sausages or an elegant afternoon tea al fresco this summer

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Raft Primrose garden sofa from £2,145, Eden Coffee Table from £491, Raft Furniture, Bromley 020 8208 7175, www.raftfurniture.co.uk

Make the most of every minute in your garden this month with all the following home comforts

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Thursday, May 19, 2016
The sitting room: note the original Arco floor lamp and olive stone glass coffee table

Gary and Alison Ranns prove that small is no obstacle to being beautiful at their perfectly formed cottage in Dovecote Court

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Celebrity Interviews

Friday, November 27, 2015
Mat Riley at Tonbridge Old Fire Station

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
Linda at work in her study

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
The Great British Bake Off contestants - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

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
Brenda Blethyn in character as Vera

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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