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Yesterday, 14:19
Goodnestone Park is a very romantic place to spend time with your loved one (ajr595, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman promoting Les Miserables (Shutterstock)

Dramatic landscapes, grand castles and historic locations have made Kent the perfect setting for many iconic films and TV programme. Here are 21 different movies and television programmes that made use of the Garden of England

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Monday, February 13, 2017
St Mark's Square, set to transform the southern end of Bromley town centre

Change is nothing new for this ever-evolving town. With exciting regeneration projects, expect great things when you next visit Bromley

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February 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Stay in the Fairfax Room at lovely Leeds Castle

You can really make an impression with one of these dreamy overnight stays

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February 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
The Beast @ V-Formation

The ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults is coming to Deal in May 2017. At 272m The Beast is the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course and its first UK outing will be at Betteshanger Park

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Walks

Monday, February 13, 2017
St. Margaret's Bay is part of the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent

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

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Wateringbury at dawn (ExploreKent, Flickr)

Wateringbury’s history stretches back to the pre-Christian Saxons. Nowadays you can walk along the delightful riverbank discovering the pleasures of the early spring wildflowers

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Blean Woods (Ben Tavener, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

The Blean is a treat of woodland, countryside and villages situated between Canterbury and Faversham. You will follow the gently winding path of long gone drove ways through ancient woodland before entering open countryside offering fantastic views of the Medway estuary

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Fields near Edenbridge (pic: grahamsimage, Thinkstock)

This delightful walk takes you through meadows and into small wooded areas. It is a perfect walk to make the most of the changing seasons whilst taking in the peace and tranquillity of the countryside

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Hamstreet Woods National Nature Reserve (Photo: Explore Kent)

Hamstreet Woods is a wonderful walk for people seeking a peaceful woodland haven; it is easily accessible via public transport, yet sits in a quiet oasis of calm

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Restaurant Reviews

Monday, February 13, 2017
Exteriors at The West House

Winner of the Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Chef of the Year 2016, dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant of chef patron Graham Garrett is a treat to be savoured

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February 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
Burger Bros at Alberrys

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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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Benjamin Dilloway and Tafline Steen as Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet (photo: Johan Persson)

Sarah Sturt reviews the “perfect winter treat,” Pride & Prejudice performed at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Sportsman, Seasalter is one of our top dining pubs (Ewan Munro, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

We have gathered some of the best gastro pubs in Kent to enjoy a delicious but laid back meal with friends; such is the beauty of the dining pub

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Read's of Faversham

Winner of the 2016 Restaurant of the Year, Read’s of Faversham, opens its elegant door to Kent Life and restores body and soul. Words by: Sarah Sturt. Pictures by: Manu Palomeque

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January 2017

Gardens

Mon, 14:15
KEN FEB 17 Garden of the month

Dainty snowdrops and stunning hellebores grace the gardens at Broadview each February, a sight not to be missed and an enticement to add these tiny beauties to your own garden

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February 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Adele and Susan

Two Hadlow College graduates are making their way as garden designers in Kent, winning gold twice at RHS Hampton Court and now establishing their own practices

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January 2017
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Holly, Ilex Aquifolium

With Christmas preparations dominating this month, it can be easy to overlook the space outside, but there’s still plenty to do in your garden

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December 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Simon has combined blocks of heuchera with clipped buxus and grasses

Looking for some interesting options for containers to add some winter cheer to your garden? Heucheras and heucherellas are the perfect choice. Words and pictures by: Leigh Clapp

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November 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
Ray and Jacqui Sparks, Spa Valley Railway

Visit Kent and partners embraced the traditional English weather at their annual summer garden party

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People

Monday, January 16, 2017
Sir David Steele

He left a stellar career in the navy to head up the top job at Leeds Castle. Kent Life catches up with Sir David Steel 18 months into his role as chief executive

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January 2017
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Dean of Rochester Cathedral, Philip Hesketh, in the transformed crypt

Philip Hesketh, who became Dean at Rochester Cathedral this summer, on hidden treasures, strong communities, a calmer Christmas and a bright future

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December 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Pam Ferris

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
Monday, December 5, 2016
Ollie

The Amazing Ollie Onion on the challenges he and his Dad have done to raise money for ellenor’s Children’s Hospice Care at home

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December 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
JB with cat

Former JLS star turned farmer JB Gill has been busy preparing his produce for the festive trade at his 10-acre smallholding in Westerham. His three rescued pets also play a big part in his life. Words by: Rebecca Durrant. Pictures by: Manu Palomeque

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December 2016

Recipes

Mon, 16:22
Rhubarb custard tart, white wine jelly and rhubarb sorbet

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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Monday, February 6, 2017
Blood orange trifle with a warm blood orange espuma

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
Crispy pork belly with root vegetables

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

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January 2017
Friday, December 16, 2016
Goat's cheese and lemon mousse

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
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Seared Rye Bay scallops, white chocolate risotto and truffled vegetables

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

Mon, 13:57
The light and welcoming kitchen has lots of space for everyone

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 pretty place settings are perfect for Christmas Day lunch

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
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The fabulous kitchen showcases the best of Will's own bespoke kitchen company Herringbone Kitchens

Young couple Elly and Will Simmons open the doors to their welcoming little town house in the ancient heart of Canterbury. Words by: Sarah Sturt. Pictures by: Manu Palomeque

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Friday, August 19, 2016
South Green House, Southwold

From seaside escapes to eco-friendly self-builds, take a tour of three motivating and beautiful renovations that will give you serious house envy

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Monday, August 15, 2016
Living room

Tiffany Hornshaw says she ‘felt so scared’ as the door to her new home opened three years ago. Having made just one visit to the property, she’d put in an offer and convinced her family to pack up everything they owned and fly over from Hong Kong. But would they like it?

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Celebrity Interviews

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Pam Ferris

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
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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