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Ashford from above

Ashford and the Hi-Speed effect

The UK’s only domestic high-speed rail service is celebrating its fifth anniversary and for one rapidly expanding Kent town, the 140mph train service has transformed its economic fortunes

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Foots Cray Meadows, Bexley

Spotlight on: Beckenham & Bexley

Close to London but with plenty of green space, walks and sports facilities, this is an area of Kent well worth exploring - here are 10 good reasons why you should

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Spotlight on: Canterbury

Canterbury offers visitors a magnificent cathedral, great shopping, dining and cultural facilities

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The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

Spotlight on: Tunbridge Wells

A renowned spa retreat destination since 1606, Royal Tunbridge Wells has always been ahead of the game and today is a fabulous place to shop, eat and be entertained

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Tonbridge Castle

Countdown to Christmas begins with Tonbridge Festival

This year’s Tonbridge Christmas Festival will take place over three days on Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November

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Penshurst Place

Autumn walks in Kent

Kent Life suggests six of the best spots in the Garden of England for a walk on a crisp, misty autumn day

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Restaurant Reviews

Inside The Ambrette Canterbury

Restaurant review: The Ambrette in Canterbury

Fancy a change from turkey and sprouts? Then add a bit of spice to your life and sample the delights of the new Ambrette in Canterbury

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The Eatery at Fenwick Canterbury

Review: The Eatery in Fenwick Canterbury

On the second floor of the revamped furnishings and home department you will find the perfect place to stop for a reviving cuppa, lunch or afternoon tea, all freshly prepared to order.

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Zagatos Bar & Brasserie

Zagatos at The Spa Hotel

The bar and brasserie at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells is settling in nicely after its summer launch

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The West House, Biddenden

Review of The West House at Biddenden

Chef of the Year 2013 in the Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards, Graham Garrett, shows why he thoroughly deserved the award: who will lift the coveted trophy in 2014?

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KEN DEC 14 Garden

How to make a Christmas wreath

Meet Groombridge florist Katherine Craft who takes us through the steps to create a beautiful Christmas circle that can be used as a wreath or table arrangement

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Malus Evereste

How to brighten up your autumn garden

Add some autumn berries to your garden, they’re visually rewarding and also a boon for wildlife. Kent Life takes a 
look at the array on offer at Coolings Garden Centre

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Whitstable & Seasalter Primary School winners

Kent Life’s Gardeners of the Year 2014

Meet the Primary School and Amateur Adult winners in this year’s closely fought search for the best gardeners in Kent of all ages

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Godinto House

Garden of the month: Godinton House

Make time to enjoy the final burst of colour in the walled garden and grounds of Godinton House, from an array of late-season flowers and stunning foliage hues

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Northbourne Park pupils with their wildlife garden

How to make a wildlife garden

Top tips on how to encourage wildlife to your garden at home or school, by Bybrook Barn Garden Centre - sponsors of the Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards

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Henry Rogers

Meet Edenbridge blacksmith Henry Rogers

Teenage blacksmith Henry Rogers on running his own business while still at school, and being the youngest-ever winner of Young Start Up Talent

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Sophie Brown of Bod & Ted

My Kent Style: Sophie Brown

The boutique owner from Tunbridge Wells on jumpsuits, heels and Christmas sparkle

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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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Pauline Appleton

Artist of the month: Pauline Appleton

Accomplished watercolourist Pauline Appleton of Lenham discusses the fusion of colour and light

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Hilary Newport at the Ebbsfleet roundabout

Meet Hilary Newport, CPRE Kent director

Campaigning for a Kent countryside under pressure from development but also working closely with developers to ensure projects like Ebbsfleet Garden City are the best they can be

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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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Chef patron Dane Allchorne at The Mik House

A Kentish Christmas feast

Kent Life has teamed up with The Milk House, winner of ‘Newcomer of the Year’ 
in our 2014 Food & Drink Awards, and Produced in Kent to bring you an utterly Kentish feast for your Christmas Day showpiece meal with friends and family

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Gala dinner menu: apple 5 ways with ginger parkin

Recipe of the month: ginger parkin

Guests at the Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food and Drink awards will be wowed with Tom’s ginger parkin dessert served with apple five ways. While the moist cake deliciously compliments the apple flavours, it is also the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. If you can resist temptation, it tastes even better a few days after baking

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2013 winner Eden Allsworth with Richard Phillips

2014 Kent Young Chef now open for entries

The Produced in Kent organised 2014 Kent Young Chef Competition is open and you have until 24 October to get your entry in!

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Pork & chorizo casserole

Cooking with Andy Mcleish

Chapter One’s Michelin-starred chef shares his favourite pork and chorizo casserole recipe

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Hazel twig hearts from

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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Clarkes of Maidstone

New look for Clarkes of Maidstone

One of the county town’s best-known retailing names has just undergone a major refurbishment, which completes phase one of a three-phased project to totally rejuvenate the interior and exterior of the Sandling Road furniture store

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Caravan bed

How to create the perfect bedroom for your child

From babes in arms to teens, your children’s rooms offer a chance to have as much fun creating them as the youngsters will have hanging out there

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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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Celebrity Interviews

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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