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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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The Guildhall, Faversham

Spotlight on: Faversham

10 good reasons to visit this historic and always welcoming market town, home to Shepherd Neame - Britan’s oldest brewery

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Tom Hart-Dyke at Lullingstone

The World of Conifers at Lullingstone Castle

This Bank Holiday weekend, 22-25 August, why not head to Lullingstone for the annual celebration of a particular family of plants - this year the focus is on conifers, which range from the tallest living thing in the world to the tree that underpins the global forestry industry

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Hythe coast

Spotlight on Hythe and Romney Marsh

Once beneath the sea, Romney Marsh breathes history and folklore and is a perfect place for walkers, cyclists and anyone who likes wildlife and ancient churches. Hythe, the Marsh’s northernmost town, is a quaint old seaside settlement with a fine canal

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Royal Albion Hotel, Broadstairs

Spotlight on Broadstairs

With its Blue Flag sandy beaches and clifftop walks, literary, culinary and musical festivals, plus great independent shopping, Broadstairs is simply gorgeous

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Walks

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

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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Eastwell Manor

Eastwell Manor hotel, restaurant and spa review

Win your own luxury break to this beautiful venue near Ashford

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Gardens

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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Garden of the month: Charts Edge

Garden of the month: Charts Edge

The gardens at Charts Edge reveal a colourful array of late-season blooms as the season reaches its zenith

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Flowers by the bucket at Blooming Green

Garden of the month: Blooming Green in Linton

Pick your own bouquet at this enchanting and eco-friendly flower farm and florist

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Explore beautiful gardens

Faversham Open Gardens Day

A one-day only chance to explore more than 30 private and community gardens in Faversham

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People

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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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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Jon Farthing with Judy Whittaker from Thanet Earth

Thanet Earth Discovery Fellowship winner 2014

Hadlow Horticulture student Jonathan Farthing receives prestigious award at college ceremony

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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

The Prince’s Countryside Fund to support rural projects in Kent

How grants to support a sustainable rural community through education and training will change lives

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Jane Seaman in Maidstone

Meet writer Jane Seaman from Maidstone

Jane discusses her personal style, why she loves town life and is a fan of charity shops and colourful socks

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Life TV

Recipes

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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Summer trifle

Recipe of the month: Tudor Park strawberry trifle

June is the month for Kent strawberries and these juicy fruits will feature on the menu at Tudor Park, venue for the 2014 Kent Life & Kent on Sunday Food and Drink Awards. Executive chef Tom Biddle has given grandma’s trifle a contemporary twist

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Make your own sourdough bread

Easy sourdough

It’s one of the purest breads you can make

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Interiors

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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The elegant living room

Through the keyhole: in Pembury

This elegant Victorian house contrasts original Arts and Crafts features with modern 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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