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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 westﬁeld.com/rvp and sign up to our latest email newsletter. Enjoy!
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have made my “ Brolley home look beautiful again...
ROYAL VICTORIA PLACE NEWS The latest from the Centre
11 TREND WATCH This season’s must have fashion
16 ONE LOOK, ... my Brolley cleaner is wonderful and the service is well priced too.
Shearling coats to suit every purse
19 HEAD TO TOE
Boots and hats to keep out the chills
Party wear guaranteed to wow
23 CHECK IN,
Lumberjack style and elegant outerwear
29 CENTRE A TO Z
Where to ﬁnd your favourite stores
30 RVP AT YOUR SERVICE
Royal Victoria Place gets to work
32 RIGHT AT HOME
Those essential household details
Laser hair removal worth £500
37 ON THE
The best beauty buys
39 IT’S PLAYTIME
Junior style and toys for your little ones
43 CHRISTMAS LIST
Gift ideas and seasonal tips
46 ROAD TEST
The new Mini Countryman
50 MULE TIDINGS
Donkey rides in Tunbridge Wells
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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
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
the scenes of the AW’10 Fashion campaign. Search ‘UKWestﬁeld’ on YouTube to see the latest videos.
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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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
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
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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
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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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
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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
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
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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 westﬁeld.com/rvp 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,
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.
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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
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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.
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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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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Health and beauty
dressing table Nail it
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 www.kent.gov.uk/
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
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
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
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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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 westﬁeld.com/rvp 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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WORDS NICK MOORE
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
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:
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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