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Elvi is located on Level 1, Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre

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Welcome There’s a chill in the air and the days are shorter, but here at Royal Victoria Place magazine we couldn’t be happier. To us, the changing of the seasons means a whole new collection of fabulous fashions that need to be tried on for size With that in mind, in this issue, we’re taking a look at some of Autumn/Winter’s most inspiring looks. For us girls? It’s the must-have shearling jacket (and we’ve found one to suit every budget), feminine fifties styling, camel tones and super-warm knits. And for the chaps? Lumberjacks rule, Aran jumpers are back and we’ve found the coats of the season. Plus there’s a guide to some seriously opulent partywear for kids and adults alike. In need of a pamper before you venture out in your new threads? We can help. Royal Victoria Place Magazine has teamed up with Planet Skin in Ely Court to offer you the chance to win a £500 laser treatment. And that’s not all! We show you how to brighten up your home with a few well chosen accessories, go berry-picking for the latest cosmetic colours, take a spin in the new Mini Countryman and check out some of the great new stores arriving at the Centre. Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with what’s going on at Royal Victoria Place, simply visit us online at and sign up to our latest email newsletter. Enjoy!

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Editor – Melissa Woodland Advertising Director – Sharon Lacey Designer – Erica Price Production Assistant – Phil Glover

Royal Victoria Place Marketing & PR – Marc Burchett All prices and information correct at time of publication. Cover model: all clothing available at Royal Victoria Place.




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ROYAL VICTORIA PLACE NEWS The latest from the Centre


11 TREND WATCH This season’s must have fashion

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Shearling coats to suit every purse


Boots and hats to keep out the chills



Party wear guaranteed to wow



Lumberjack style and elegant outerwear



Where to find your favourite stores


Royal Victoria Place gets to work


Those essential household details

35 WIN

Laser hair removal worth £500




The best beauty buys


Junior style and toys for your little ones



Gift ideas and seasonal tips


The new Mini Countryman


Donkey rides in Tunbridge Wells


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5HFHQW arrivals

The Centre is delighted to be welcoming a number of new brands over the next few weeks and months: Chocolate lovers will be pleased to note the arrival of Hotel Chocolat. The store, which is on level 2 opposite Pandora, offers luxurious and adventurous chocolate that combine exciting ingredients for a taste sensation. Pop in to try some of their out-of-this-world

With scores of shops in Royal Victoria Place it’s important you’re kept up to date with what’s happening in the Centre, which is why we’ve been keeping our ears to the ground. New stores, great products, forthcoming events; it’s all here to make sure you don’t miss a thing

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chocolate treats. Famed make-up artist Bobbi Brown has put her expertise on paper to publish the definitive beauty book to empower teens and twenty-somethings. Aiming to inspire readers with age-appropriate makeup New to Ely Court is

tips, style secrets, and self-esteem boosters, the

eco store Organ-Nics.

book emphasises natural beauty.

The company was started because its founder, Nicola, suffered from chronic skin allergies. It took a complete

Beauty Rules is the go-to guide for all girls

lifestyle change before Nicola saw an improvement

and Bobbi Brown launches their new range of

in her condition, and now keeps it at bay by using all

cosmetics to accompany the book on October 1.

natural & organic skincare, cosmetics and eco cleaning

Available at the Bobbi Brown counter at Fenwick.

products. After finding it difficult to source those things in one place, Nicola decided to sell them herself! Perfect if you suffer from allergies, or if you just like nice cosmetics. Brands stocked include: Frugi Organic Clothing, Believe You Can Fair-Trade Fairies, Picalilly

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Fair-Trade Fairy Dresses, Nvey Eco Cosmetics, Jo Wood

You can now catch up with your favourite

Organics, evolve eco beauty, ecosoapia and Giovanni

shopping centre on YouTube. Currently Royal

Organics. They also offer the full collection from Lily

Victoria Place is showcasing their recent

Lolo. Treat yourself to some organic candles or a

Michael Jackson tribute shows and behind

nature-inspired moisturiser.

the scenes of the AW’10 Fashion campaign. Search ‘UKWestfield’ on YouTube to see the latest videos.


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Fenwick has opened its doors to a number of hot brands, increasing its fashion credentials even further. Joining the roster of sartorial names are All Saints (for men and women) and Henri Lloyd in menswear. The New Boss Shop is also now open in Fenwick menswear department and offers pieces from the Boss Black and Boss Orange collections. In the Beauty Space on level 1, Fenwick have introduced Lubatti, a new decadent and timeless skincare collection founded by Tracey Malone (sister of Jo) and Abahna, who aim to bring relaxation and luxury to bathing.

Look out for: Accessories specialist Bijou Brigitte (coming soon) and the thirst quenching Zumo Juice Bar on level 2.

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Trend watch

New season,

QHZVW\OH With our warm weather wardrobe packed away until next Summer, we take a look through the retro-inspired trends that will be fighting for our attention this Autumn/Winter

Woven dress £79, M&S

King dress £159, Reiss @ Fenwick

Tweed skirt £40, Jumper £40, Bag £28, Warehouse @ Fenwick

Fabulous fifties The It’s the era that embraced curves. edly 1950s is back and it’s unasham Lace jacket £28, Next feminine; think Marilyn Monroe, Joan . This Men Mad of en wom the and ford Craw assets, trend is all about accentuating your skirts cil pen so look out for figure hugging sweaters (skirt £35, Per Una @ M&S), fitted ty pret (Keats jumper £89, Hobbs) and skirts detailing (lace jacket £28, Next). Full ther (lea vy provide balance if you’re top hea nipped skirt £99, Autograph @ M&S) and create to in waists are a must – use a belt than the illusion if you’re more athletic to give tops hourglass. Tuck in jumpers and Blouse £35, to choose a clean silhouette and remember Per Una @ M&S Limited Edition Prestwick most ladylike of accessories (quilted the Skirt £129, Hobbs anly and bag £28, Next). 50s styling is wom playful, so make the most of it.

Pencil Skirt £35, Per Una @ M&S

Mirror bow brooch £10, Freedom at Topshop

Leather Skirt £99, Autograph @ M&S

Mega Pearl necklace £15, Accessorize

Bag £35, Wallis @ Bhs

Quilted bag £28, Next

Keats Bead Sweater £89, NW3 @ Hobbs


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Desert storm This A/W there’s one colour you won’t be able Leggings £28, Blazer £60, Topshop

to live without. That Seventies staple, camel, has been resurrected and this time around it’s not just limited to coats. In a neat little tie-up of some of the season’s other key looks, camel is incorporated into traditional tartans (kilt £38, Next) and the essential piece of outerwear, the cape (belted cape £50, Bhs). The camel coat is definitely in vogue if you can carry off the colour; it’s a sure-fire way to add elegance to your

Camel dress £159, Hobbs

wardrobe (coat £299, Hobbs). It’s not the easiest colour to wear. Like the

Summer’s nude shades, it has a tendency to wash you out if you opt for the wrong shade. Take some time to try on different tints and if a camel coat or jacket doesn’t work against your skin tone, pick out a pair of beautifully tailored camel trousers or a simple skirt (trousers £30, skirt £50, both Next). Team your latest favourite colour with brown leather accessories for a chic new look.

Check kilt £38, Next

Camel Cape £50, Bhs Iden Coat £349, Hobbs

Trousers £30, Next


Cowl neck jumper dress £65, Wallis @ Bhs

Ada Camel Coat £160, Monsoon

Valence coat £299, Hobbs

Coat £250, bag £50, both CC @ Fenwick

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Knit one Knitwear is an essential component of well-stocked Winter wardrobes and this year you’ll be spoilt for choice. A rainbow of colours, the full terrain of textures and every shape imaginable have been knitted for our sartorial pleasure. From cute, fluffy jumpers (Bow Peep jumper £34.99, River Island) to sophisticated long line cardigans (grey cardigan £45, Wallis @ Bhs) to light-as-air woven confections that add a layer without adding bulk (cardigan £95, Betty Barclay @ Fenwick), there is a woolly number for every eventuality. Long line cardigan £45, Wallis @ Bhs

Finally, a fashion trend that’s entirely practical. RVP

Jumper £45, Topshop

Cable knit cape £30, Topshop

Bow Peep jumper £34.99, River Island

Jumper £39.50, M&S

Daphne chunky shrug £35, Monsoon

Belted jumper £30, Next


Shawl collar cardigan £55, Topshop

Chunky long line cardigan £70, Next

Arches cardigan £99, Hobbs

Knitted cardigan £95, Top £45, trousers £105, all Betty Barclay @ Fenwick

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One look three budgets Spend


This jacket really is a bargain. Well-tailored leather

If you’d rather have a longer jacket to keep out the

lined with un-bleached sheepskin, with oodles of zip

cold, it’s worth stretching your budget to invest in this

and buckle detailing, it looks a lot more expensive

belted coat from River Island (£160). Rich tan leather

than it is (£65 M&S).

and gusseted pockets give this option a more utility feel, without making it too masculine.

Still feeling sheepish? Try one of these shearling accessories on for size.


Trapper hat £25, topshop

Faux shearling trim boots £45, Next Sheepskin satchel £30, Hobbs

One look, three budgets If you’re in the market for a new casual jacket, look no further than a shearling coat. The closest trend to animal print for A/W sees soft, buttery leather or tactile suede lined with cosy sheepskin. It’ll keep you warm without the need for a scarf. We’ve selected some of the high street’s best interpretations to help you find a shearling number to suit your purse

Suede knee-high boots £85, Wallis @ BHS

Wear with… whatever you like! The sheepskin jacket is more versatile than you might think and will look as appropriate with distressed denim or deep-dyed skinny jeans. For a more folksy style, try with a knitted dress or traveller-inspired patterns. Team with your choice of flat, knee-high or ankle boots and you’re ready to go. Just


remember not to wear it over anything too fluffy and only don one shearling piece at a time – you don’t want to

Distressed jeans £69.99, Superdry

look like you’re wearing a whole sheep.

Jumper dress £32.99, Republic

Kendall boots, £98, Office Fair Isle leggings £69, Hobbs

If you have the urge, splashing out will get you this beautiful jacket from Hobbs (£599). Pieced together from the softest dark brown suede, the asymmetric zip and generously sized collar ensure this stands out from the crowd.

Sheepskin mittens £24, Accessorize Shearling rucksack £49.99, River Island

Skinny jeans £32, M&S


Head toe

Accessories Black hat £18, M&S Leopard print hat £16.99, River Island


Bobble hat £14, Accessorize

Button leather gloves £22, Accessorize

Leather gloves £15, M&S

Faux fur ear muffs £16, Accessorize

Ear muffs £7, Next

Fair Isle gloves £29, Hobbs

It’s cold, dark and rains a lot. But we’ll take the miserable weather if it means we get to wear these stylish treats! Here’s our selection of Winter warmers to keep your toes toasty, your fingers from being frostbitten and your head out of the clouds

Long gloves £25, Great Plains @ Fenwick

t, s £75, Nex e high boot ne K , hs t B ex ots £55, N 5, Wallis @ Faux fur bo ee boots £8 £35, M&S, t: Suede kn s gh ot ri bo to le ft Le , Ank £92, Office Klog boots


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RSXOHQFH Party season is just around the corner and the fashion world is ready to celebrate. This year’s collection of exuberant evening wear is all about glitz, glamour and over-the-top decadence. We’ve trawled the clothes rails on your behalf and picked out a few favourites that are perfect for your festivities Cufflinks £15, M&S

For him You can’t go wrong with a classic evening suit (from £400, Jaeger @ Fenwick), but if that’s a little formal for your tastes, team a shimmering jacket with well-cut jeans (suit jacket £64, Next) or a classic shirt with a tailored waistcoat (dogtooth waistcoat £40, Next). And accessories aren’t just for the ladies. Try out trilbies, unusual cufflinks and high shine shoes for added glamour. Collezione shawl collar evening suit, £199, Autograph plain poplin shirt £25, Autograph waistcoat £29.50, Plain silk tie £9.50, Silk hankie £9.50, Black dress shoes £55, all at M&S

Suit from £400, Jaeger @ Fenwick

Bow tie £12, Next

Roll sleeve blazer £75, Next

Trilby £12, Next Dogtooth Waistcoat £40, Next


Oxford lace shoes £99, Office

Coated jeans £35, Next

Suit jacket £64, Next

Party wear

Deco chandelier earrings £16, Accessorize Lace panel dress £65, Wallis @ Bhs

For her Metallic fabrics, opulent jewels and luxurious textures abound. From the playful (Madonna dress £59.99, River Island) to the sophisticated (one shoulder maxi dress £85, Wallis @ Bhs), this A/W, anything goes as long as it’s glamorous. If you are attached to the Little Black Dress (fitted dress £149, Limited Collection @ M&S),

Madonna Dress £59,99, River Island

make sure you jazz it up with some luxurious accessories. Chandelier earrings look fabulous whether your hair is up or down (cascade earrings £20, Freedom at Topshop) and bags are a great way to add texture to your outfit; look out for velvet pouches (Harlow purse £29.99, River Island) and feathered clutches (£35, Accessorize). One shoulder Maxi dress £85, Wallis @ Bhs

Be bold. This is your chance to shimmer. Cascade earrings £20, Freedom at Topshop

Dani Crepe strapless dress £80, French Connection

Black stone ring £695, Pandora

Emperor Jewel Collar £18, Accessorize

Fitted dress £149, Limited Collection @ M&S

Ophelia Cuff £15, Accessorize

Bead waterfall choker £40, Freedom at Topshop Cuff £28, Freedom at Topshop

Harlow pouch £29.99, River Island

Feather clutch £35, Accessorize Phoebe bow heel £64.99, River Island

Jewelled shoeboots £45, Next

Pleat dress £55, Warehouse @ Fenwick


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Men’s fashion

New season,

QHZVW\OH Jumper £125, Jaeger @ Fenwick

The time has come to pack away the board shorts till next Summer. The Autumn/ Winter collections have hit Royal Victoria Place and we’ve discovered a few must-try trends for men

Nostalgic knitwear If your grandmother ever knitted you thick woollen jumpers, you’ll be familiar with one of the season’s big looks. Heavily textured knits inspired by the Aran jumpers of our childhoods are once again adorning the fashion rails and are perfect teamed with your favourite jeans – casual but stylish (cable knit jumper £40, Topman). Look out for Seventies-esque shawl collars (shawl collar jumper £45, Bhs, Hakuyama knit £124.99, Superdry) and if you think you can carry it off, opt for one of the beautifully patterned jumpers or cardigans. Superfine knits in dove grey or charcoal make

Autograph grey snood £15, M&S

for versatile work wear (Autograph cardigan £25, Hakuyama knit £124.99, Superdry

Shawl collar jumper £45, Bhs

M&S) and cable-knit snoods are a great alternative to a scarf when it gets chillier (snood £15, M&S).

North Coast funnel neck knit £59, M&S

(Top to bottom) Cardigan £28, Next / Quilted knit zip jumper £90, French Connection / Autograph grey cardigan £25, M&S / Shawl neck sweater £30, Next / Autograph grey cashmere cardigan £69, M&S / Camley jumper £39.99, Republic / Jeans £40, Next Cable knit jumper £40, Topman



Men’s fashion

Outer-style An on-trend coat is probably the biggest fashion investment you’ll make this season, so it’s important to get the right outerwear for Mac, £80, Next

your lifestyle. This A/W, every look is catered for; failsafe, timeless macs (£80, Next), sturdy, practical reefer jackets (£99, M&S) and the casual staple – the toggle button duffle coat (£69.99, Republic).

Grandby coat £69.99, Republic

Coat £499, Jaeger @ Fenwick

Mac £55, stripe T-shirt £12, slim leg jeans £38, all at Next

Double-breasted reefer coat £99, M&S

Wool coat £80, Topman

Wool overcoat £70, Topman

Grey coat £499, Jaeger @ Fenwick Autograph double breasted check wool coat, £129, North Coast lumberjack shirt, £28 M&S

Bubble Boil wool jacket £150, basic antique denim jeans £55, French Connection


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Timber...! If checked shirts are your casual Winter staple, you’re in luck. The Lumberjack look is everywhere; classic red and blue squares (Ickenham shirt £29.99, Republic) on soft brushed cotton is an undeniably comfortable option. Look out for lined, quilted shirts for extra warmth (Sawmill overshirt £84.99, Superdry), jeans (£40, Next) and sturdy boots (check top boots £65, Next) to finish the outfit off. Buckshot check duffle coat £185, croft alpaca crew neck jumper £110, narrow fit jeans £45, all at French Connection Check shirt £32, Next Check hooded jacket £38, Fair Isle cardigan £60, print T-shirt £18, wired jeans £45, all at Next

Feather trilby £30, French Connection Sawmill overshirt £84.99, Superdry

Accessories corner You might not need them, but you will certainly want a few of these knockout accessories.

Union Jack wallet £18, Next

Ickenham shirt £29.99, Republic

Messenger bag £99, M&S

Atlantic Bay check shirt £26, Bhs Piped detail shoes £50, Next

Evolution grey shoes £85, French Connection Check top boots £65, Next

Boots £54.99, Office


Centre guide

Your shopping A to Z Store Level Department and Variety Stores Bhs 2 Boots 2 Fenwick 1,2 M&S 1,2 WH Smith 1,2 Accessories Accessorize Bijou Brigitte OPENING SOON Claire’s Accessories Star Sunglasses Sunglass Hut Tie Rack

1 1 2 1 1 2

Banks and Finance Santander


Books, Cards & Stationery Between the Lines Clinton Cards Paperchase

Cafés and Restaurants Banjo’s Deli Bhs Restaurant Bhs Coffee Lounge Café Giardino Caffé Nero Costa Coffee Fenwick Terrace Restaurant M&S Café Revive Muffin Break Naked Coffee Nutmeg Tree Tearooms O’Briens Gourmet Sandwich Bar Seattle Espresso Mall Café Confectionery and Ice Cream Joe Delucci Ice Cream The Sweetspot Thorntons Hotel Chocolat NEW Electrical Goods and Computers iStore Sony Centre

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Store Fashion – Childrenswear GAP Kids H&M JoJo Maman Bébé Mothercare Fashion – Ladieswear Ann Summers Dolly Rocks Elvi Hobbs Jane Norman Kaos La Senza Monsoon Select Topshop Yumi Fashion – Menswear Topman

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Fashion – Mixed Animal French Connection GAP Gas Station Next Republic River Island Superdry Topshop/Topman

2 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 1

Food and Drink Julian Graves Marks & Spencer Foodhall

2 1

Food Court/Take Away Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Bar Café Giardino KFC McDonalds Muffin Break Espresso Nutmeg Tree Tearooms Shou Noodle & Sushi Bar Spud U Like Subway Zumo Juice Bar NEW Footwear Office Shoes by M Gifts, Arts and Crafts Between the Lines Latin Colours Organ-nics NEW Revival Smiffys Serious Fun Hairdressers Buzz Barbers Now 4 Women Supercuts Trade Secret


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Store Health & Wellbeing Boots LA Fitness Health Club Planet Skin The Nail Sanctuary The Perfume Shop Homewares and Furnishing Moben, Sharps and Dolphin Jewellery 4 Silver Burrells Jewellers Claybrooks Jewellers Ernest Jones Goldsmiths Krish Gems Magnolia Pandora Toulson Jones Jewellers Velox Jewellers

Level 1 MS EC 1 2


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Mobile Phones 3 Carphone Warehouse O2 Phones 4 U

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Music and Entertainment Game HMV Sony Centre

1 1 2

Opticians Boots Opticians Optical Express

2 2

Services Créche Concierge Desk Free Kiddy Cars Parent & Baby Room Shopmobility Timpsons Sports and Outdoor Leisure Running Bare Sports Toys Hawkins Bazaar Keston Gifts Mothercare Organ-nics NEW

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Opening times Shop Late Royal Victoria Place is open late every Thursday until 8pm. Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm, except Thursday 9am-8pm, Sunday

aims to reunite a lost child with their family as quickly as possible. More information and free Child Safe wristbands are available from the Concierge desk located outside Bhs on Level 2.

10:30am-4:30pm. Individual store opening hours may vary.

Family fun A dedicated Parent Room helps you to take care of your young ones’ needs in a safe and comfortable environment. The Parent Room is located in the Food Court next to Café Giardino. Royal Victoria Place is a Child Safe Zone. This simple effective scheme


We host free children’s events throughout the year including free face painting, workshops or events at which your kids can meet and greet their favourite characters. To keep up to date visit or join the Westfield Kids Club today.

the main routes are the A262 and A26 and from the West, the A264. By Train Tunbridge Wells Train Station is well served by rail services. Leave the station from the Mount Pleasant exit, turn left and it’s a five minute walk up the hill to Royal Victoria Place. By Bus There are a number of bus services into Tunbridge Wells from Chatham, Maidstone, Brighton, Gatwick, Edenbridge, Hastings,

Getting here

Heathfield, Beneden and Oxted. For

By Car Tunbridge Wells is just off the

timetables, please contact either

A21 (take Junction 5 on the M25 if

Arriva on 0871 2002233 or

you’re heading south). From the East

Stagecoach on 0870 2433711.

further information and bus

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Shop Sundays Open 10.30am-4.30pm every Sunday

Parking Royal Victoria Place Car Park offers 1,250 spaces with easy and convenient access direct onto the malls. Allocated accessible parking

visit to Royal Victoria Place even

centre and special accessible car

more. The Concierge desk is

parking bays are located on Levels

conveniently located on Level 2

4 & 6 of Royal Victoria Place Car

outside Bhs and will help you with locating your favourite stores,

Park. Contact Shopmobility on 01892 544355.

facilities and Parent and Child

transport information, and any

parking bays are allocated on

other queries you may have.

Stay in touch

Levels 4 & 6. Meadow Road Car

Contact Westfield Concierge on

Register today to receive your

Park is located directly opposite the

01892 506666

free email newsletter that makes

Centre and provides a further 450 car parking spaces. Free car parking is available in both car parks every Thursday after 6pm.

sure you really are the first to know Accessible Services are available from Shopmobility located on Level 1 beside Next. Shopmobility offers a

about what’s on at Royal Victoria Place. Our website will also keep you informed about our news, stores, shopping hours and special offers.

Centre info

range of services to include hire of wheelchairs and electric scooters.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest

The Concierge team are at your

Accessible toilets can be found at

news and hottest offers by visiting

service to make sure you enjoy your

several locations throughout the


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Home front

Egg chair £729, Bhs

Pop pattern towels from £9.50, M&S

Few people want to redecorate their pad with every changing season, but many like to try something new to keep their home feeling fresh. With few garden flowers blooming until Spring, it’s even more important to bring in a few vibrant touches to brighten our day, so we’ve picked out a few of our favourite home comforts for Autumn/Winter

Large Petal pendant £500, Galaxy velvet chair £499 each, Wide Stripe cushion £22, Zebra lumbar cushion £22, Wave cut velvet cushion £22, Fluffy cushion £15 each, Mardi Gras cushion £15, Wave cut velvet cushion £22, Colour Block cushion £22, all at Bhs

Velvet stripe cushion £22, Bhs

Teal electroplate cake stand £15, Bhs

Doormat £15, Bhs


Spot Toilet Brush £8/, Spot Bin £10, both Next

Cook letters £10, Soda glasses (set of 4) £8, Canisters (set of 3) £24, Bread bin £15, Handpainted dinnerware (set of 12) £30, Tea towels (set of 7) £10, Handpainted mugs (set of 4) £6, Cake tins (set of 2) £12, Glass jar £12, Teapot and creamer set £12, Cake Stand £12, all at Next

Patchwork curtains from £25, patchwork shade £15, patchwork bed linen £25, taffetta throw £45, Ellie bunk bed £199, cushions (Set Of 3) £28, plaited rug £25, storage Boxes (Set Of 3) £15


Dolce Gusto coffee machine £129, Fenwick

British tea cosy, £10 Bhs

Clock £25, Next

Calypso stacking cups and saucers £15, M&S Tea towel bale (set of 3) £10, Powder Soap sign £6, cake plates (set of 4) £18, mug £4, cake tin (set of 3) £15, Alida Easyfit £15, glass vases from £10, Powder Room sign £6, Josie bedding from £20, butterfly cushion £15, double oven glove £10, crochet throw £50, bird towels £8-16, all at Bhs

Turquoise croc pouffe, £89, M&S

Stars and stripes bedding from £22.50, M&S

Zepplin iPod dock £391, iStore


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There’s a new trend sweeping nails across Essential colours

Lady Million by Paco-Rabanne £32.50, The Perfume Shop

Catching the scent Our pick of the new season’s fragrances Chemistry cologne £40, Clinique @ Fenwick

Big Pony 1,2, 3 and 4 by Ralph Lauren £34.50, The Perfume Shop

From day-time elegance to evening glamour, this Autumn/ Winter makeup is all about being daring. We experiment with the latest in berry-rich shades and find a few new fragrances to refresh our senses

£2.50, M&S

the country and it’s taken the shine off things. Literally. It was the beauty look of the A/W catwalks – beautifully manicured nails finished in a flat matt colour. It’s ideal for daywear, but adds an understated class to your evening look. If you can’t bear not to shine, metallic colours are still de rigueur when it comes to party time.

No.7 Autumn limited edition matte nail top coat £7.25, Boots Sparkle eye shadow £14.50, Bobbi Brown @ Fenwick

Very berry It’s time to overhaul your makeup bag and throw away any past-theirbest cosmetics. Treat yourself to

No.7 Exceptional definition mascara £12.50, Boots

a few new pieces in the mouthwatering shades of Autumn fruits; think blackberry, plum and black cherry. Bobbi Brown’s Black Velvet collection is ideal, with sumptuous lipsticks and shimmering eye shadows. Frame your eyes with No.7’s new mascara that promises ‘exceptional definition’. Lip colour £15.50, Bobbi Brown @ Fenwick


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! e m i t y a l p Butterfly embellished dress £46, flower lace tights £7, small corsage ballerina shoes £22, all at Monsoon

Dressing up

This A/W, children’s fashion is in line with the grown ups’, just a little smaller. Key pieces like the shearling jacket are perfectly recreated in diminutive form for your pintsize princesses and little boys can climb, rather than fell, trees in any of the season’s lumberjack checks. Checked hooded shirt from £12, M&S

Military coat from £28, Next Baby boy pea coat £18, M&S

Romper suit £12, Next

Outerwear is surprisingly sophisticated, with classy pea coats and military macs. But it’s the season’s partywear that really wows. Vintage inspired faux furs, shimmering sequins

Stripe rugby shirt from £12, mid-wash jeans from £15, Next

and floaty chiffons are brought together to create some of the prettiest party pieces. Sequin beret £12, Monsoon

Flying jacket from £30, dress and waistcoat from £20, M&S

The traveller trend is out in full force, with woven dresses bearing tribal patterns, while this years knits are reassuringly retro; think Fair Isle and shawl collars for him and for her. Knitted hat and dress set from £20, M&S

Spotted dress £20, M&S

Sweetmillie vintage faux fur swing coat from £24, purple floral print dress from £22, Bhs Duck & Dodge Fair Isle cardigan, from £16, Bhs


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Sylvanian Families Regency Hotel around £99, Fenwick

Noah’s Ark £15, ELC @ Boots

Play cubes £15, M&S

The Toy Box

Sylvanian Families Meerkat family £15.99, Fenwick

The latest products designed to inspire your kids. Science Putty £5, M&S

Toy Story Klip Kitz £10, Boots

Train cushion £15, M&S

K’nex Wonder Wheel £24.99, Fenwick Pintoy Wildlife collection from £20, Fenwick

Just for kids

Kids get a free good ie bag when they join Wes tfield Kids.

Are your children under 12? Sign them up to the

Make shopping a bit more fun for your little ones.

Westfield Kids Club at the Concierge desk located

They’ll love going from shop to shop when they

outside Bhs on level 2 and they’ll receive a free

get behind the wheel of one of our free Kiddy

goodie bag and Westfield Kids membership card.

Cars. Just visit the Concierge desk with some

Plus they’ll get event newsletters and exclusive

ID to take one out for a spin. Your child must be

offers throughout the year.

under 104cm (3’4”) and able to walk.


Toy Story Klip Kitz £10, Boots

Promotional feature It’s time to think again with the courses now out from Kent Adult Education for 2010/2011. Take a look at what you can do this year

rom soft furnishings to sewing machine skills,


creative textiles to cushion making, or interior

Think again...

design and furniture restoration, Kent Adult

Take your pick from our Basic Sewing Skills or Sewing Machine

Education provides inspiration for learning

courses, or if you want to try something different, why not try

new skills.

knitting or felting your home furnishings or embellishing your cushions with beading. To spruce up your home, take a look

Whether you’re driven by a desire for self-fulfilment or are keen

at some of our new courses which include Beautiful Bedding,

to improve your skills – there’s something for you. Perhaps you

Curtain and Blind Making or making your own cushions.

have developed a deep rooted passion for a specific subject or maybe you’re looking for new friendships or keen to discover

For the more adventurous we have longer courses on Furniture

new social networks. Why not join the thousands of learners

Restoration and City & Guilds Level 2 courses to develop your

who enrol every year on Adult Education courses in the UK?

interior design skills. Back by popular demand are our pottery and ceramics and upholstery programmes – but don’t delay,

Be part of a group of enthusiastic learners who are remarkable

enrol today as these courses are already filling up!

– for their energy, commitment and talent and their determination to succeed.

Take a look and see what some of our learners achieved last year on one of our upholstery courses – these are an exciting

Whatever you’re looking for, Kent Adult Education programmes

range of courses for all levels and in many of our West Kent

can provide you with the solutions. Now is the time to think

centres, so why not join them and learn something new!

about what new and exciting things you would like to learn or which of your talents you would like to develop.

Or why not follow Elaine Grayling’s example? Last year Elaine took ‘creative’ advantage of her employer’s Personal

We’re offering a variety of long and short courses plus tasters

Development support package.

that will help you learn new skills, improve old ones, or inspire you to take up a new hobby or follow the career of your dreams!

A primary school Teaching Assistant, she was awarded £200 to

There are plenty of options to suit everyone no matter how

spend on her personal development. “It could be anything for

much time you have to spare or where you want to travel.

my own development,” she said. “So I decided to spend it on a creative course with Kent Adult Education.”Elaine really enjoyed

Are you improving and not moving? More and more people are

the opportunity to “do something creative” after spending a

choosing not to move and taking time to revamp and restore

busy morning in the classroom – and you could do the same!

choice of home improvement courses ranging from one day to

There are a whole range of creative courses running in the

30 weeks.

Tunbridge Wells area next year including Machine Embroidery,


their homes. Coming up in your area we have an amazing


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Silversmithing & Jewellery, Ceramics, Soft Furnishings and

opportunity is on the horizon or maybe you want to develop

Picture Framing.

yourself as a person, one of the most common reasons for taking an Adult Education course. In 2010/11 Kent Adult

For those who want more of a challenge, why not take a look

Education is offering more innovative courses and training

at our Home Maintenance courses? Whether you’re looking

opportunities to help you gain the skills you need.

to start a new career, or develop the building skills you need for DIY and home maintenance, you can choose from a wide

This year we have produced our popular Tunbridge Wells

selection of courses at a Kent Adult Education Centre near you,

District Course Highlights leaflets, which give a flavour of some

including Bricklaying, Plumbing or Woodwork.

of the local courses we are offering. Pick one up from your local Adult Education Centre, or at an event near you. Events planned

Our Do-it-Yourself courses enable everyone, including those

for this year include the Big Draw taking place on Saturday 9

who have little or no experience in construction or DIY, to learn

October from 10.00am to 3.00pm and our Christmas Fair on

a comprehensive range of skills that are useful, current and in

Saturday 20 November running from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Both

demand at work or on a home project. They appeal to anyone

events will be held at the Tunbridge Wells Adult Education

who wants a much improved understanding of how to fix

Centre in Monson Road, come and join us!

common DIY faults and problems around the home. Kent Adult Education encourages thousands of adult learners The growing popularity of DIY means that there are even more

every year, whatever their age or background, to give learning a

opportunities to learn new skills and even more courses to

go: whether it’s catching up on skills missed out at school

choose from this year. Kent Adult Education has a wide range of

or getting that new job or promotion. Open to everyone, the

Home Maintenance programmes where you can learn how to

service plays a vital role in widening access to lifelong learning

look after your own home and develop new skills along the way.

opportunities in your community.

Why not extend your design and home improvement skills

Why not make 2011 your time to learn something new!

to the garden? If you want to learn more about gardening, a

However you want to change your life you can create a new you

course could be just what you’re looking for. From one-day

at Kent Adult Education. Reaching learners across Kent and

workshops to courses lasting 10 weeks or more, there’s a

with over 4,000 courses and 900 new additions, there is sure to

range of courses available to suit everyone.

be something that will motivate you.

Why not join the increasing number of people who are ‘growing

Think again and book your course online at

their own’ on an allotment, or taking more interest in designing

adulted or you can call us on 0845 606 5606 or visit any one

their own garden.

of our centres. New for this year you can now enrol in your local library, see our website for all enrolment and course

Kent Adult Education has courses ranging from Planning your Garden, Creating a Hanging Basket, Growing Fruit and Vegetables, Plant Propagation or Pruning. Whatever your level of skill in the garden, there’s sure to be something for you. New for 2011 we are including Garden Visits in our everexpanding programme; join us and be inspired by a visit to Bateman’s Garden in East Sussex. Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th Century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams has an extensive and attractive garden including a tunnel made of pear trees, yew hedges, stone paths, a rose garden, pond, wild garden and herb garden. Book your place early to avoid disappointment. A course with Kent Adult Education can change your life! Perhaps you’re looking for a change of career, a promotion


information. Don’t delay – book now before it’s too late! RVP

Christmas guide

V D P W V L U &K Every year, the list of things we need to do before Christmas gets longer and the lead up to the festive period is more frantic. This year Royal Victoria Place magazine is here to help with this guide to Christmas bliss. We’ve brought together the information you need to make your Christmas prep run a little more smoothly

Special delivery

comes but once a year

Damask flock cards £6.50 for 8, single cards from £3, Paperchase

Cards £6 for 5, Bhs

Cards £3.99 for 10, WH Smith

Imagine finally finding the time to sit down and write a mountain of Christmas cards, addressing the envelopes and sticking on stamps, only to discover you’ve missed the last

Nostalgic cards £5 for 30 cards, Boots

posting date and will have to hand deliver them. This year, you can avoid that by marking the Royal Mail posting dates

Individual cards available from Fenwick, Clintons and Between the Lines

on your calendar or adding a reminder on your phone. Recommended posting deadlines for Christmas: Second class December 17 First class December 21 Special Delivery December 23

Opening hours The Centre is open every Thursday night until 8pm. From December 16, the Centre will open late (8pm) every week

Stocking fillers

night until December 23 and you can shop until 7pm Egg cup and soldiers £5, M&S

on Saturdays. We’re even open 9am til 5pm on Humbug mug £7.50, M&S

Christmas Eve for those last minute gifts.

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Keyring Digital Photo Frame £9.97, WH Smith


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Food, glorious food If you’re playing the host in the run up to Christmas Day, make your life a little easier and pick up canapés and party food from M&S’s range. From bite sized salmon parcels to mini beef burgers complete with buns to tiny desserts, you can pick up a whole soiree’s worth of food, pop it in the oven to heat, then serve it up. If you’re catering for smaller numbers, just visit the Food Hall to buy it there and then. Throwing a bigger do? Order the quantities you need in store and pick it up when you need it. Available from mid November. M&S also offer an ordering service for your Christmas dinner. Turkey, gammon and lamb joints can be purchased in advance until December 15 and picked up between December 21 and 24.

Christmas plush toys £5, Paperchase

Stocking fillers Gold nail polish set £6, Next

Let there be light The big Royal Victoria Place Christmas Light Switch On is an unmissable date in the Tunbridge Wells calendar. This year, the illuminating switch will be flicked on Thursday November 18. Check out for more information.

Little cracker Don’t forget those Christmas table essentials – Crackers! From cheap and cheerful to all out luxury, there’s a cracker to suit your budget. Look out for those filled with useable gifts or delicious chocolates.

Vintage crackers £15 for 6, Bhs


Lollipop £1.50, Bhs

Gu Crackers £6, Bhs

Cream and gold connoisseur crackers £25 for 6, M&S

Family crackers £7 for 12, Boots

Christmas guide 18 carat white gold diamond ring £2,250, Burrells

Percy Pig baking set £12, M&S

Watch £300, Pandora

Gentleman’s Big Pilot’s Watch £9,500, Burrells iPod Nano (5th gen) from £129, iStore Nintendo Dsi Xl from £149, HMV

Watch £2,380, Toulson Jones

Marmite teapot set £20, Bhs

Gift inspiration Gold charms from £175, bracelet from £1,000, Pandora

Mock croc bag £29.50, M&S

Pendant £124, Toulson Jones

Table football £19.50, M&S

Botanics for Men gift Set £25, Boots Paddington Bear £15, M&S Gift bags from £3, Paperchase

That’s a wrap When you choose your wrapping paper, try to stick to a key colour, theme or pattern. Pick co-ordinating tags and ribbons that go with all the papers so you don’t have to worry about matching things as you wrap! Wrapping paper £3, Bhs

Snowflake ribbon £2, Bhs

Reindeer wrapping paper £3, Boots


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Country life


Love the original 1959 Mini? You might want to look away now. Everyone else on the other hand can lean forward and pay close attention

ini the brand is at it again, with


riding stance, general visual toughness and chunky

the fourth (and not the last) body

detailing suggest the ability to cope with pretty much

style to be spun off the hatchback,

anything. It remains, however, unmistakably a Mini,

designed to push the same

even though it pushes the boundaries of the dimensions

buttons but offering a little bit

which its name suggests.

Say hello to the Mini Countryman. Spotters will

get the thumbs up, but what will almost universally be

recognise in Countryman another name to come from

met with approval is the resulting extra room. Up front

the Austin bloodline. The original Mini Countryman was

there’s a pleasingly upright dashboard and seating

to all intents and purposes, a Mini estate, bringing

position with decent head and legroom, but step into

more practicality to a familiar small car. So it is with the

the back seats and there’s the kind of space that will

new Countryman, and the most obvious point of note is

push the Countryman on to many more shopping lists.

more in the process. You will have already decided whether or not the looks

that it is pushing the boundaries of what can be called a small car. At 4,110mm long it’s just 12cm shorter than a

There’s a choice of a regular bench or a neat two-seat

BMW 1-Series, and a full 41cm longer than a regular

rear arrangement, both of which come with a centre

Mini hatchback.

storage rail and allow numerous tilt, slide and fold options. Either way, rear-seat head and legroom is

This XXL Mini is therefore quite different in terms of

good enough even for the irritatingly lanky.

Countryman certainly fits into the crossover camp:

There’s what can only be described as a proper boot out

choose a Cooper S ALL4 such as this and the high-

the back too. In standard configuration it offers a deep if



cabin space and appearance. Looks-wise the

Royal Victoria Place Magazine relatively short 340 litres, but sliding the rear seats increases this and with all the seats folded there’s a van-like 1,340 litres available. Where a regular Mini hatchback means you have to think about what loads you want to carry, the Countryman allows the chuck-itall-in approach. The Countryman comes in a number of different flavours too: One, Cooper and Cooper S you will be familiar with, but at the top of the range comes the Cooper S ALL4, which brings in the extra factor of four-wheel drive. The electromagnetic centre differential distributes power between the front and rear, with on-demand control to help minimise a fuel consumption penalty. In certain conditions it can transfer 100 percent of the drive to the rear wheels to maximise traction. Mated to either the new turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel versions, the ALL4 Countryman is as surefooted as a car of this size can be. The seamless transfer of power is virtually undetectable; this is four-wheel drive for dummies, as there are no complicated buttons to make it all work. All the driver will notice is that the Cooper S ALL4 hauls itself out of tight bends with very little effort, and every one of its 181bhp can be deployed almost all the time. There’s no obvious cost in terms of agility or smoothness either. The Countryman is just as pointy and keen to play as the hatchback, although its larger dimensions and secure four-wheel drive mean it’s not quite the hooligan’s delight. But it’s as sharp as all but the most rabid wheelsmith could want, particularly as it does so while sacrificing little in terms of comfort. Quiet and efficient, the Countryman will pick off long distance journeys with ease, and thanks to slightly taller tyres, the ride quality is better too. The rest of the package is typical Mini; there are stacks of personalisation options, the cabin is retro-heaven and well constructed, and there is a version to suit almost every budget. The Mini Countryman may not be the most practical car in this class, but what it does achieve is extending the Mini values – sharp driving experience, a premium

Facts at a glance: Model:

Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4, £19,875


1.6-litre turbocharged petrol producing 181bhp and 177lb.ft of torque

feel and a sense of fun – into a package that can carry passengers and luggage. It’s the Mini to suit every day and almost every person, so expect to join an orderly queue. RVP


Transmission: Six-speed manual gearbox driving all four wheels Performance: Top speed 130mph, 0-62mpg in 7.8 seconds Economy:

42.2mpg combined


157g/km C02




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Muletidings If you thought that donkey rides were solely for the likes of Blackpool and Brighton, a look back through the local archives reveals a different story


n the 19th Century, donkey rides for the pleasure of holidaying aristocrats were big business in our Royal town. In fact from what we can gather, TW

It seems the donkey rides flourished around the same

was one of the first places in the country to profit

time that a race course for horses was set up on the

from the bottom rung of equestrianism. Though

Common, as documented in Clifford’s guide to

reports vary, Margate was apparently the first beach

Tunbridge Wells (1818):

town to provide donkey rides as an activity in 1790 and according to several local articles, TW shortly followed.

“The Common, on which are walks, rides, romantic rocks, the race ground… had become a favourite place

In 1801, the pastime was introduced to the town by

of resort with the visitors to the wells. The turf is

Lady George Seymour, a leading member of society.

covered, during the Summer, with flocks of sheep; and

Under the guidance of the exotically named ‘donkey

pedestrians, equestrians, and asinurians, of all ranks,

boys’, the rides ran from the corner of Vale Road, up

sexes and ages amuse themselves on it.”

London Road to Mount Edgcumbe Road. For those of you not born of pure TW blood, an The donkeys were apparently stabled in the caves

‘asinurian’, in the local vernacular, denotes one

beneath Mt Helena, which have since been filled in and

who rides a donkey.

the strip of London Road was known at the time and for subsequent years as Donkey Drive. Sadly though,

Donkey rides themselves fitted seamlessly into the

this name has fallen by the wayside with modern

other leisure activities of Tunbridge Wellians and

Tunbridge Wellians. Perhaps a campaign to reinstate

visitors. We know they were popular in the town for at

it is called for!

least 100 years, until the turn of the century.

It is known that Queen Victoria, whom our Centre is

One can only hypothesise that as coastal holidays

named for, enjoyed the odd ride along Donkey Drive.

became fashionable, in a place of soaking in the spas

Indeed, in the 1820s, to commemorate one such occasion, a celebratory

of TW, the donkey stalls shut up shop and headed for the beaches.

biscuit tin was commissioned by the Romany Biscuit Company on Church

So, who would have believed it? Our very own town had

Road and it is now proudly displayed

a hand in popularising a Victorian fashion that lasted

down the road from Royal Victoria Place at the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery.


into the 20th Century. Today, there are still around 1,000 donkeys working on the beaches of Britain – just not on our very own Donkey Drive. RVP

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