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Places

Ightham Mote

Discover Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote, near Sevenoaks, has been in the National Trust’s care for 30 years and remains a fascinating place to visit with a long and colourful history

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Knole, Sevenoaks

Spotlight on: Sevenoaks

Between them Sevenoaks and the surrounding villages offer a wealth of culture and countryside, theatre and the arts plus fab retail and eating out opportunities. Here are just 10 good reasons to visit

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The Quay at Sandwich

Spotlight on: Sandwich

Medieval Sandwich is already bursting with history and character and now it’s also home to its own newly discovered copy of the Magna Carta

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Canterbury Cathedral

Spotlight on: Canterbury

Consistently one of the most-visited cities in the UK, Canterbury is glorious in any season, oozing history and with a great choice of places to eat and shop

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Deal seafront

Spotlight on: Deal

With its lovely seafront, pubs and little independent shops, Deal is a magnet for creative types and it also enjoys a really tight-knit community spirit

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Walks

Sissinghurst

6 of the best bluebell walks in Kent

Stroll through a sea of blue with Kent Life’s suggestion six of the best bluebells woods in Kent for a spring walk

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View of Deal Castle from the north

Walk of the month: Kingsdown and Walmer

Stretch your legs and catch a breath of fresh air on this seaside wander from historic Walmer Castle, just along the coast from beautiful Deal. Enjoy this walk on a clear day and your trail will be a circle of outstanding views towards France and across the surrounding countryside

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Pegwell Bay

Romantic rambles in Kent

Embrace the cold, wrap up warm and enjoy one of our favourite walks in Kent arm in arm with your favourite person this month

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Farthing Common

Winter walks in Kent

Six of the best spots in the county for a winter’s walk that will put a spring in your step and blow the cobwebs away

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Restaurant Reviews

Blue Boar restaurant

Win dinner for two in London

Fancy a night away without the hassle of airports? The hop on a train from Kent to London and let this luxury Hilton take the strain – and there’s a chance to win dinner for two as well

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Waterleaf Restaurant at Reynolds Retreat

Review: Waterleaf Restaurant at Reynolds Retreat

Combining a luxury health spa and gym with a fine dining restaurant proves 
a recipe for success

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The Dog Inn at Wingham

A dog’s life for me

Blazing torches at the front of The Dog Inn mean that you can’t miss this prominent Grade II listed landmark in pretty Wingham.village

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Thackerays Restaurant

Restaurant review: Thackerays in Tunbridge Wells

If you’re looking for a special meal for two this Valentine’s then they don’t come much more highly recommended than this Michelin-starred favourite

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Chapter One Restaurant

Restaurant review: Chapter One

Winner of Kent Life and Kent on Sunday’s Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year categories in the 2014 Food & Drink Awards, chef-owner Andy McLeish demonstrates why Chapter One won the double victory

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Gardens

The World Garden at Lullingstone

25 Gardens to visit in Kent

Kent has a wealth of glorious gardens and here we select some of the best to visit this Spring, including past winners of the Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards - now in its sixth year - to inspire you

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Gallants garden in East Farleigh

Garden of the month: Gallants Manor

This East Farleigh garden is perfect for strolling and in spring, tulips and daffodils carpet the ground under a canopy of blossom

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RHS Level II students at Hadlow College's glasshouses

Horticultural courses at Hadlow College

The appeal of gardening is not only increasing but so too is the desire to expand knowledge via career and recreational courses

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Primary School winners Whitstable and Seasalter

Have you entered the Garden of the Year Awards yet?

Entries are invited to the Kent Life Amateur Gardener of the Year and Primary School Garden of the Year, held in association with Hadlow College and Coolings Garden Centre and in support of chYps Childrens’ Hospice at Home.

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Yew Tree Cottage, Penshurst

Garden of the month: Yew Tree Cottage in Penshurst

Enjoy the subtle beauty of snowdrops and hellebores emerging at Pam Tuppen’s lovely garden, a sure sign that spring is on its way

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People

Joe Cottingham

Meet Joe Cottingham of Watts Farms

The Kent county chairman of the NFU, a former Young Grower of the Year, on growing a wide range of crops and herbs across 10 different sites

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Jo Thompson at Sissinghurst

Meet Jo Thompson, garden landscape designer

Kent-based award-winning landscape designer Jo Thompson is creating a show-stopping garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show sole sponsor M&G Investments – inspired by her beloved Sissinghurst

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Mark Pulsford

Artist of the month: Mark Pulsford

Find out why this Canterbury-based abstract artist loves paper, working in the moonlight and the natural subject matter of bones, rocks and forest

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Emma Williams

Meet the MD: Emma Williams

The executive director of PTA UK on balancing work demands with those of a very young family

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Dave Horn of Perrys

Meet the MD: Dave Horn

The manager of the new Medway branch of Perrys Chartered Accountants on expansion, river views and the joys of carp fishing

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Recipes

Black Forest gateau

Recipe of the month: Black Forest gâteau

Our Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish shows you how to delight your family and friends this Easter with a classic cake everyone will love

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Baked wild sea bass

Recipe of the month: wild sea bass

Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish shows you how to wow your guests with his dinner party showstopper of baked wild sea bass in a salt crust

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Seville orange marmalade

Recipe of the month: marmalade

Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish is seizing the Seville orange season to make delicious marmalade for breakfast

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Poached cod in an Asian broth

Recipe: Poached south coast cod with an Asian broth

Kent Life’s Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish is counting the calories post-Christmas and aiming for a healthy January

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Diane and Robbie Perry

Learn to cook better

Stuck for the perfect Christmas gift on need inspiration in the kitchen? Then check out Diane Perry’s fabulous Cookery Studio near Faversham

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Interiors

Learn to use Annie Sloan paints

To your home - with love

Give your home that loving feeling this Valentine’s with the prettiest of accessories for every room

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Grand Versailles by And So To Bed

How to create a romantic bedroom

Give your home that loving feeling and enjoy staying in this Valentine’s Day surrounded by sumptuous fabrics, wallpapers and great lighting

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Four-poster bed from Sofas & Stuff

Monochrome trends for your home in 2015

Take interiors’ inspiration from the catwalks for a look that’s simple, stylish and never goes out of fashion

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Hazel twig hearts from www.neptunetonbridge.com

Create a winter wonderland at home

Take inspiration from nature with a dash of sparkle to create a look that’s classically Christmas

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Sarah Sturt at Fenwick Canterbury

Fabulous new floor at Fenwick Canterbury

Adam Fenwick and Kent Life Editor open new lifestyle second floor at Fenwick Canterbury

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Celebrity Interviews

Keira Knightley, Johnny Depp, Mackenzie Crook

Meet Mackenzie Crook

How the multi-talented, Maidstone-born actor went from The Orchard Youth Theatre in Dartford to The Office and a star of the silver screen

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Kelly Brook and ex Thom Evans

Meet Rochester’s Kelly Brook

She may have been unlucky in love, but the model and actress is well versed in overcoming adversity and Kent is proud to call her one of our own

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Dave Cousins

Meet musician Dave Cousins

Frontman and founder of seminal British folk-rock band The Strawbs, Dave Cousins, on his new autobiography, 
his 50-year music career and why he loves Deal

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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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Michel Roux Jr

Michel Roux Jr back in Shipbourne

Kent Farmers’ Market Month gets support of its celebrity patron

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