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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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Ramsgate Royal Harbour

Spotlight on Ramsgate

The harbour and marina may be Ramsgate’s shop window but there’s plenty more to attract you: listed buildings galore, fine sands, coastal walks and wonderful sea views

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Castle Lawn, Tonbridge

Spotlight on: Tonbridge

What to see and do this month in the pretty west Kent market town on the Medway

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Whitstable oysters

Spotlight on: Whitstable

A wonderfully welcoming town with a creative spirit that attracts artists and writers, Whitstable celebrates its famous Oyster Festival this month

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Bikes at Bedgebury

25 family days out in Kent

From bikes at Bedgebury to wildlife at Wingham - how to cope with the long summer holidays

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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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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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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St Margaret's Bay

Walk of the month: St Margaret’s Bay

This circular walk takes you past some spectacular views over the bay and towards the coast of France

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Restaurant Reviews

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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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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pasCarol Bruce

Garden of the month: Old Bladbean Stud

Passionate plantswoman Carol Bruce paints her garden in swathes of roses and irises

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Garden of the month -in Frittenden

Garden of the month: Frittenden

Enjoy the abundance of bloom at this pretty cottage, where effervescent combinations include the National Collection of geums

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Liz Moran, Gulbenkian

Meet Liz Moran, Director of Canterbury’s Gulbenkian

The Scot who has settled in Whitstable and is repositioning Gulbenkian as a leading 21st-century international arts centre

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Nick Beaumont

Meet Canterbury fencer Nick Beaumont

The 18-year-old sportsman talks about his success in fencing, tutoring maths and mastering Spanish

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Garden owner Lisa May with chYps patron Charlotte Hawkins and from chYps, Rachel Holweger and Candy Kitsz

Fundraising news and initiatives across Kent

A sunny forecast for chYps and how one Kent youngster met her pop idol

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Will Devlin

Meet Will Devlin, head chef at The Windmill, Hollingbourne

The talented young chef from Tunbridge Wells on creating great tasting food and always keeping his customers happy

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Hugo Fenwick

Kent’s new High Sheriff, Hugo Fenwick

Balancing the demands of a famous retail empire with family life, sporting interests and shrieval duties that include many events commemorating the First World War

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Life TV


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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Smoked salmon and asparagus tart

Recipe of the month: asparagus and smoked salmon tart

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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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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And So To Bed, style Nicole

Interiors to inspire: bedrooms

Lovely furniture, decorative touches and gorgeous beds make a bedroom worth staying in for

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Celebrity Interviews

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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Jilly Goolden outside Trevor Mottram, the Pantiles

Meet Jilly Goolden

Why the Kent fan and wine expert loves Tunbridge Wells

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