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Friday, August 19, 2016
Powell-Cotton Museum (Pics: Manu Palomeque)

In the 120th anniversary year of the founding of the Powell-Cotton Museum and the 150th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Kent Life finds out more in Birchington-On Sea. Words by: Jack Watkins. Pictures by: Manu Palomeque and courtesy of the museum

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Monday, August 15, 2016
Doddington Place (c) Loz Pycock, Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

We have selected some of the grandest historic stately homes with stunning gardens in Kent

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Monday, August 15, 2016
From beaches to woodland, we have the perfect place to plant your wicker baskets

Picnic baskets at the ready because we have gathered 10 of the best places to enjoy a picnic in stunning rural Kent

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Desk in the study at Chartwell showing family photographs, two porcelain busts of Napoleon and Nelson in biscuit Sevres by Antoine-Denis Chaudet

Radio Kent broadcaster and producer Andy Garland on what defines a sense of place and why it can calm the heart and soothe the soul.

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Ramsgate's Royal Harbour

Ramsgate blends stunning surroundings with maritime heritage and a cosmopolitan feel. Discover this glorious, somewhat undiscovered part of Kent

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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

Friday, August 19, 2016
Chargrilled calamari caponata and roast datterino tomatoes

One Warwick Park has emerged from the scaffolding to reveal a sleek, modern hotel with a shiny new Italian restaurant at its heart

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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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Gardens

Friday, August 19, 2016
John Warland's World Vision Show Garden

Kent Life looks at some of our Kent stars that shone at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the largest flower show in the world. Words and pictures by: Leigh Clapp

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Friday, August 5, 2016
Capability Brown's lake and five-arch bridge at North Cray Place

Kent Gardens Trust is celebrating the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth with a new book about his work in Kent

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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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People

Friday, August 19, 2016
H. G. Wells

This month marks the 150th anniversary of H. G. Wells’ birth. Kent Life gets to grips with men in the moon, seductive mermaids, time travellers and tripods from Mars. Words by: Peter Naldrett. Pictures by: Manu Palomeque and courtesy of The Wells Society

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Kate and James Emson with Andrea Gilbertson and Anthony Williams

The sun shone on the drinks reception for the fourth annual summer supper held by The Young Lives Foundation on the lawns of Godmersham Park

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Amanda Cottrell, Sarah Sturt, Caroline Alexander, Rachel Holweger and Dr Sophie Shotter

More than 60 people gathered recently at the stunning Lavender Fields at Castle Farm near Sevenoaks to enjoy an exclusive reception organised by ellenor

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Thursday, July 28, 2016
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 28, 2016
Paul Hannan

Social: Paul Hannan, Principal and CEO of the Hadlow Group, held his annual Principal’s Luncheon in the college’s Broadview Tearoom

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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

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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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Raj Tent Club Bolivian Frazada cushions

Add colour and interest with a touch of the exotic this summer

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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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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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